Bali is a little tropical delight off the southern coast of Indonesia. Surrounded by the warm Indian Ocean it is a perfect exotic getaway if you’re looking to unplug and unwind completely. You might be the sort of traveller who seeks out adrenaline filled activities, or you might prefer curling up with a book under a tall palm tree – either way I’ve got you covered. Here are my top five must do’s on the island…
- Jet skiing, banana boating and a visit to Turtle Island
There are many coastal spots to do water activities but Nusa Dua and Jimbaran Bay are easily accessible and very popular. Jet skiing and banana boating is a trip! It’s high intensity, action packed and will not disappoint.
For an opportunity to play with turtles, from babies to big 90-year-old buggers, visit Turtle Island. It is only a 15 minute glass-bottom boat ride from Nusa Dua. There, you can also pet snakes, an iguana, feed a large bird and of course, pose for wonderfully cheesy photographs!
- Rice paddies in Ubud
The Tegallalang Rice Terraces can be found in the Ubud region of tropical Bali. These terraces consist of hundreds of hectares of undulating greenery and produce rice three times a year. Rice is the staple food of Balinese people and is traditionally eaten with every single meal. It’s such a special feeling walking through these terraces, which are a luscious green all year round. It reminded me of how simple and beautiful life can be. There’s also an abundance of local roadside stalls leading up to the terraces. There, you’ll find everything from handwoven Batik silk garments to an array of organic fruit and holiday mementoes.
- Sunset dinner cruise
If you’re planning to spoil yourself a little, or want to do something really special – do this. The day after we arrived in Bali, it was my 25th birthday. My romantic fiancé planned a sunset dinner cruise and it was well worth the splurge. There are many (many) sunset cruise boats available, but if you’re wanting something more intimate, ask your concierge to arrange a private cruise (but you’ll have to hire a private yacht for this). If you’re not prepared to hire an entire yacht (which is understandable!) and still want the experience, larger yachts are available. They offer packages which include hotel transfers, welcome drinks, canapés, a buffet dinner and a cabaret show.
- Uluwatu Temple
In all my travels, the view from the Uluwatu temple at sunset has got to be one of the most breath taking things I have ever seen. Perched on a cliffs edge, in between lush forests, the view is a vast expanse of Indian Ocean and all you see are the hues of a bright orange sun that shines in all its glory. It’s peaceful, captivating and majestic. A very important thing to note however is the monkey population that inhabits the temple and its surroundings. They can be a little aggressive, which you’ll be warned about, so don’t have any loose items exposed or you’ll be chasing monkeys for the better part of your visit.
- Yoga/meditation retreats
If chasing adrenaline-filled activities is not for you, then visiting a yoga retreat might be the perfect experience to help you unwind. There are many resorts offering yoga and meditation sessions, but the Uluwatu Surf Villas has got to have one of the best views. Yoga sessions take place in the middle of the resort’s lush forest. Here, you’ll be immersed in nature, surrounded by the faint sounds of birds and waves lapping on the shore. Even if you’re not the type of person who enjoys meditation, trust me, experiencing this on an island as exotic as Bali is 1000% therapeutic!