Bali is one of the most popular travel destinations in Indonesia. And there are good reasons why! From famous Indian Bloggers, we bring you the list of the things that you shouldn’t miss when visiting BALI!
1. SUNRISE TREK TO AN ACTIVE VOLCANO
Be warned! This activity is not for the faint-hearted, but if you want to experience something different, trekking to an active volcano is what you should put on your checklist. A three-hour trek starting at 2:30 in the morning to Mount Batur (Kintamani) is worth every sweat.
Bindhu and Unny talk about their experience while trekking here. They say, “The easy walk soon turned to gradual climb and to steep ascent at some places. The guide was very helpful and gave us short breaks to catch the breath..”
Check out more about the trek and their experiences in their blog
2. DISCOVER BALI’S UNDERWATER LIFE
Bali is famous for its underwater world. There are many diving sites from which you can choose in Bali. Coral reefs attract very rich and impressive fauna. Many diving sites also offer scuba diving in the night to experience the underwater life, under the glow of your dive light.
Laxmi shares her experience of how she felt after diving. “I did take a leap into the deep blue sea and lived to tell the tale. Life under the ocean is more than just a breathtaking kaleidoscope of colours.”
Parnashree talks about scuba diving sites in Padang Bai. She says ” You can choose from seven different dive sites that you can reach after a short boat trip from the shore. You can get PADI certified in Padang Bai and go on a diving adventure that matches your diving experience. ”
3. WATCH A TRADITIONAL DANCE
The Kecak is a form of Balinese Hindu Dance. It is unusual because there is no song or music, just the sound made by the chanting choir of men. The dance tells the musical tale of Ramayana. The Kecak Fire Dance is one of Bali’s most iconic art performances, famous for its dominant use of human vocals in place of instruments to accompany the dance-drama at its core.
Parnashree shares her experience of the traditional dance. She says that ” The Kecak dance is a spectacular sight to see and gives you a brief look into the island’s heritage and culture.”
For more things to do in Bali, you can check out her blog
A glimpse of traditional Balinese dance
4. RIVER RAFTING
River rafting in Bali is a fun-filled adventure to all those looking for adventure. It assures an adrenaline rush as you ride the rapids. Jyotsna, who covers the unusual places of Bali, tells us that River Rafting is not common there unless you visit the Ayung River.
“This river is full of grade 2 and 3 rapids and is excellent for rafting. Dense, lush forests on either side make this a perfect place to enjoy a laid-back, fun rafting experience.”, she says.
5. RELEASE THE SEA TURTLE
A sea turtle center, situated close to Seminyak sea, was designed to protect and increase the turtle population. The sea rangers patrol all night along the beach and collect the eggs for keeping them safe. You’re allowed to release the turtle in the sea after they’ve hatched, taking precautions so as not to hurt them or flash cameras on them. It is one of the activities that you can do, away from all the chaos
” I truly enjoyed this experience as I watched my baby turtle swim with the waves into the horizon. ” ~ Jyotsana
Know more about the activities you can do and how Jyotsna felt about doing something different.
6. DOLPHIN WATCHING
Lovina is one of the spectacular beaches in Northern Bali, with a Dolphin habitat and a perfect place for watching dolphins. It is a full day tour that starts in the morning. You get to see dolphins catching fishes in the sea. Dolphin watching tours at Lovina Beach remain one of the main natural attractions in this quiet and laid-back coastal town.
Nevedith shares his experiences. He says, ” …not only is it a breathtaking sight to see a large number of dolphins leaping out of the water and swim near your boat, but the boat trip in the morning will be a pleasant experience as well.”
7. KINTAMANI FARM
Kintamani Farm which is located near Mount Batur is where you can visit the local farmers. Bindhu and Unny tell us about how many tourists are misled by the drivers to pay money and view someone’s farm.
Bindhu and Unny share their experiences about visiting a farm where they found the most expensive coffee, “Civet coffee (kopi Luwak)”. They also appreciated the hospitality of the women working there.
” The Satria farm is a cooperative setup of farmers and the proceeds from the sale goes back to the farmers. So we thought, this is an interesting business model, where farmers get their due without suffering at the hands of middlemen.” ~ Bindhu & Unny
Know more about this farm and the experiences.
8. RICE TERRACE
The best rice terraces provide an outstanding landscape that can fill your memory card with beautiful snaps. These terraces also offer fascinating insights into the farmer’s local life and hence are a part of the people’s heritage. Tegallalang is a popular village which attracts many tourists all around the year. The gorgeous valley is a short drive up from the main Ubud centre.
Puru shares his experience and talks about how these rice terraces did not disappoint him . He says, ” The beauty that lay before us seemed too good to be real. It sprawled down into a valley of green magic, and extended to meet the terraces in the surrounding mountains, dotted by coconut trees.”
Check his blog to know the location of the farm and things found near it.
9. SILVER HUNTING
Celuk (the only silver village in Indonesia) is the heart and soul of Bali’s silversmithing heritage. With techniques that offer exquisite handmade silver jewelry to the world, this is an interesting skill passed on through generations.
Parnashree says, ” Jalan Raya Celuk is the village’s main street where you can stroll at a leisurely pace and shop for ornately designed silverware from the many silver studios here. You can buy traditional souvenirs to take back home, or even custom order an item of your choice.”
Check out her blog to learn more about this Balinese tradition.
Now you know what you shouldn’t miss while planning your trip to Bali!