If this is to be your first time on the exotic island of Bali, you are in for a real treat. This place is known for its stunning tropical beaches and amazing natural beauty, coupled with some of the best resorts in the world and a colourful and vibrant local culture.
I came to Bali 4 years ago, and I’m absolutely dying to return. If you want a full, extensive list of things to do in Bali, there is a full list here. But in order to help you get the most out of the experience by just a number of highlights, here are a few must see locations that you simply must visit.
Mount Bator Sunrise Trek
Ideally, you will be met at your resort by the local guide well before dawn and together, you will ascend Mount Bator and watch the sunrise over the ocean, which is an unforgettable sight.
The climb is not too strenuous, and with a local guide who knows all the best stop off points, you get to see and experience the wonders of this gorgeous region of Bali. For first rate accommodation, look no further than Cantik Bali Villas, which is Australian owned and managed and offers luxury resort style accommodation at very affordable prices.
Rafting on the Ayung River
Not to be missed if you are an avid adventurer, this 3-hour experience allows you to experience the fast-flowing white water rapids on a stretch of the Ayung River, and finished off with a traditional Balinese lunch.
If there are only two of you, why not join up with some other travellers to make up a crew of 6, plus the experienced guide, and you will be very happy that you made the booking.
Swim with Manta Rays
Nusa Pineda offers Manta Bay, where you can literally swim with huge and majestic Manta Rays that populate the region, and by spending some time at Mangrove Point, you can finish off the snorkelling trip at Crystal Bay, one of the best spots in the Indian Ocean.
Traditional Kecak Dance
Located on the very southernmost tip of Bali, you can experience this traditional form of dancing at Uluwatu Temple, then it is off to Jimbara Bay to sample an excellent Bali supper. You can hire a guide for the day, who will make sure you get the most out of the experience, and the photo opportunities alone make this trip you shouldn’t pass up.
Ubud Rice Terraces
This unique day trip will show you the real beauty of the interior region of this amazing island, and with Kintamani hosting a real live volcano, you can tick that one off your bucket list. This is a 9-hour trek that includes a visit to a tropical lake and a few Balinese temples, and your English speaking guide will tell you all about the fascinating history of this unique part of Bali.
Bali leaves a lasting impression on all who visit her, and with some online research and planning, you can see the very best sights while in the good hands of local guides.
There are very affordable luxury bungalows and resorts that can be booked from a reputable online agency, and if you book well in advance, there are some savings to be had.