Want surf, sand, great food, culture and art? Bali has all this and more!
For many travellers, Seminyak is a top choice. Renowned as a luxury spa destination with high-end shopping, Seminyak also features up-market eateries offering a variety of delicious gastronomy with international chefs attracting foodies from all over the world.
Another way to enjoy the local food is to buy seafood at the fish markets (one street from Jimbaran Beach) and get a local restaurant to cook it for you. Also, as these restaurants line the beach, if you have an interest in photography or want to enjoy a romantic moment, they offer pole positions for spectacular sunsets.
Speaking of beaches, Petitenget offers white sands and a quiet place to enjoy the sunset, and less crowded than its sisters in Seminyak, Legian, and Kuta – Bali’s most famous beach resort and party-centric destination which is just minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport, with consistent waves making it popular with beginner surfers. A short drive from Kuta but calm and ideal to chill out in, is Canggu, whose beach and waves also attract surfers. In addition, the Canggu region hosts the more recently discovered surf spot of Echo Beach, a black sand beach around 14km west of Bali’s capital of Denpasar.
Another of Bali’s best spots attracting surfers worldwide is at Uluwatu. Discovered in the ’70s through the surf classic “Morning of the Earth”, Uluwatu is also home to one of Indonesia’s finest ancient cliff-top temples.
Another temple perched on a rock tower is Bali’s most visited and photographed – Tanah Lot. At low tide, you can walk over to the temple however non-Balinese can’t enter it.
As well as cultural, are you artsy? Well you can’t go past Ubud, a flourishing arts centre, with hundreds of shops sell woodcarving, crafts and textiles while fabulous art museums, studios, galleries and local markets attract culture vultures year-round. Nearby are the iconic terraced rice paddies and rainforest as well as Ubud’s famous monkey forest. As well as over 700 monkeys (often cheeky – you’ve be warned!), the forest is home to over 186 tree species within 12.5 hectares of lush forest.
Had enough relaxing and after lively nightlife? Bali’s slick bars and clubs offer a variety of entertainment. Hosting a packed program of parties, exhibitions and installations featuring local and international DJs, musos and artists, popular beach club Potato Head, for example, offers two restaurants, three bars, an infinity pool and a 500 sqm lawn, all with views of the Indian Ocean.
A whole other range of excitement is offered by Waterbom Bali. The many fun-seekers and adrenalin junkies that enjoy Waterbom have resulted in Trip Advisor rating it Asia’s number one water park, with waterslides that are fun for the whole family as well as for all ages.
And how do you pay for all these lovely indulgences? Don’t exchange before you travel. When you get out at Bali’s airport, change around AU$100 then use money changers to convert your dollars to the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), also abbreviated to Rp. All exchanges are well worth it as this island paradise of Bali offers value for money on a range of exciting holiday activities.