You might have heard about Bali from your friends, relatives, online blogs or from any other source because Bali is such a beautiful place that people will always admire the beauty of that place. Bali is popularly known as the “Island of the Gods” for good reason. Being lavish in beautiful flowers, temples, prayer, and a reverent culture which celebrates the essence of love makes Bali as one of the most romantic places on Earth.
Cycling in the rainforest, discovering secret beaches, eating with the locals and bathing in a volcanic spring what else do you need to make your Bali trip more memorable? This Island of the Gods gives you lavish, secluded, extravagant and dreamlike experiences that will take you to a new level of romance.
The best way to explore an island like Bali is to make your own independent circuit of the place using either public transportation or renting your own means of transport and setting out. The combination of problem-solving and mixing with local people guarantees to acquire intimate knowledge of the island and its culture.
Hike up Lombok’s Mount Rinjani
To get a real feel of the local culture, take a hike up Lombok’s Mount Rinjani, Indonesia’s second-highest point, for amazing views and ever-changing scenery. If you can be there at sunrise or sunset, the mists and colours are inspiring. Indulge yourself in the hot volcanic springs or swim in the tranquil waters of Segara Anak lake. Head down to Padang Bai and take the public ferry (four hours, £4 one way), full of friendly chattering locals, to the transport-free paradise of the Gili Islands.
Enjoy Some Local Treats
Surf on the beaches of the south coast and the Bukit peninsula at places like Kuta and Nusa Dua. See temples like Uluwattu, perched on a striking sea cliff, or Tanah Lot, conveniently up the coast from the expatriate enclave of Seminyak. Scuba dive in the waters around the islands of Penida and Lembongan.
Enjoy Barong Dance
Travel north to Ubud, in south-central Bali. Explore the galleries in town and take in its performing arts, such as a Barong dance. Hike in the rice paddy country north of Ubud and visit nearby temples like the Elephant Cave and its shrine or Bratan Temple. Ride out to Kintamani and engage a guide in hiking to the peak dormant volcano of Mount Batur.
Visit Lake Batur
At the base of this volcano, it is considered to contain holy water and is surrounded by towering walls of the crater rim that whisper of the magnitude of ancient eruptions. Contemplate it all as you soak in the warm, mineral-rich waters of the hot springs that line the shores of the lake.
Bali Green Surf
Bali is famous for its surf and giving this sport a whirl when there is an absolute must. The guys at Bali Green Surf in Seminyak are not only locals, but incredibly friendly, supportive in your attempts to stand up on the board and they take safety seriously. They also organise beach clean-up and help out at the local orphanage, giving something back to the incredible landscape and surroundings that they work in.