Bali is in Indonesia, located in the Indian Ocean north of Australia. Bali means ‘Island of the Gods’, and it is indeed a paradise worthy of visiting. There is always something to do in this fantasy land of dreams come true.

Bali is home to a variety of landscapes. Volcanoes, rice paddies, beaches, and coral reefs make up just some of its appeal. There are notable points of interest, bars, famous resorts, and yoga and meditation retreats.

Bali natives are warm and welcoming, and it’s unique and alluring appeal make it a favorite tourist spot. New travelers are attracted to the sun and sand, and repeat visitors come back for more. Traveling around Bali is affordable, making it a great place to spend some time checking out these must-see destinations.

Kuta Surfing

Kuta Beach is the most famous beach in Bali. Located across from a sandbar, the rolling surf is free of share reefs, which is perfect for beginners, or those who prefer gentle waves.

Visitors can rent surfboards or sign up for surf lessons, and body boards are available for those who want to try something a little more relaxing.

Aside from surfing, locals and visitors alike will come to rest on the beach with a cold beer in their hand to absorb the sun and the atmosphere.

Ulun Danu Temple and Tanah Lot Temple

Bali is famous for nothing if it isn’t famous for its many temples. The Ulun Danu Temple is located in central Bali and offers picturesque scenery, like the soothing surface of the surrounding Baratan Lake. This favorite holiday retreat among locals connects the north and south sides of the island and is Bali’s most iconic sanctuary.

Surrounded entirely by water, the Tanah Lot Temple sits atop a broad rock foundation. At high tide, the rock is completely covered, making this a remarkable sight. Visitors flood this location for beautiful sunsets, and at low tide, you can walk across the sand for foot access to this iconic attraction.

These temples are spiritual paradises for anyone practicing Hinduism or wanting an escape from the pressures of everyday life.

Surrounded entirely by water, the Tanah Lot Temple sits atop a broad rock foundation. At high tide, the rock is completely covered, making this a remarkable sight. Visitors flood this location for beautiful sunsets, and at low tide, you can walk across the sand for foot access to this iconic attraction.

Padang Bai Muck Diving

Padang Bai is famous for its diving. It’s the ideal location to get PADI certified, or get a glimpse of underwater dwellers like octopuses and seahorses. Sharks, turtles, and vast coral gardens are also visible on occasion. Because diving is Padang Bai’s specialty, there is something for divers of every experience level, and the whole family is welcome.

Yoga Barn

Bali is known for yoga, meditation, and a slower pace of life. It’s one of the most spiritual places on earth, and the Yoga Barn is one of the most famous retreats, offering enlightenment of the mind and renewing of the body.

Located in the quiet of Ubud, this contemplative barn has programs for beginners and experts. Take one class, spend the day, or stay for a retreat to experience cleansing and detox programs in this haven of relaxation.

Tanjung Benoa

Water sports are popular in Tanjung Benoa, and the range of activities this locale has to offer is immense. One of the most unique experiences in Tanjung Benoa is jet packing. These jetpacks provide 10 meters of height, and you can rent them in 20-minute sessions. Take in gorgeous Bali from the air while experiencing the adrenaline of flight in a safe and controlled environment.

Tabanan Paddy Fields

Bali is also famous for its rice paddies. Rich, terraced landscapes provide beautiful roadside scenery. You can adventure through these sparking fields in the sun, but you may find yourself knee-deep in mud. There are great educational opportunities to learn how rice is grown and harvested in Bali.

Monkey Forest

This Hindu temple in Ubud houses over five hundred monkeys and three temples dating from the 14th century. Monkey Forest is a protected nature reserve and an unusual experience. Buy bananas to feed the monkeys, but be careful. If you have anything that they think looks like fun, you may be saying goodbye to your hat, sunglasses, or water bottle forever. Interaction with the primates is encouraged, and it’s fun for all ages.

Tirta Empul

Tirta Empul temple came to fame in the movie Eat, Pray, Love. Located just outside of Ubud, it is full of pools and fountains. The waters are sacred, and Hindus from all over come to these basins to bathe. Anyone is welcome to swim or wade in the water, and the complex offers beautiful architecture and ornate statues.

Ayung River Whitewater Rafting

For the adventurous, the Ayung River is home to exciting water sports like whitewater rafting. Enjoy this wild ride past local villages and lush forests. It offers an entirely different perspective on Bali domestic life and the current will keep you on your toes.

Climb Mount Batur

Mount Batar’s elevation is 1700 meters above sea level. It is one of the most famous volcanoes in Bali. Tours to the top usually start around 4 am and take all day. You won’t want to miss the sunrise over the crater, and from the top, you will have a spectacular view of the encircling lake. This is an easy climb compared to others in Bali, so it’s suitable for different experience levels.

There are many more things to do such as Bali Treetop Adventure Park, cooking classes, more temples than you can count, and varied cuisine. Bali is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Author Bio – This guest post is written by John Scott on behalf of Bali Ferry specializing in ferry and fast boat travel to Bali, Lombok, Lembongan, Gili Meno and Gili Air.