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If you have never visited Bali, you’re missing out on the famed Island of the Gods, with its varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides all providing a picturesque backdrop to its colourful, deeply spiritual and unique culture, that stakes a serious claim to be paradise on earth.
We hit the paradise island this summer and are happy sharing the visual story with you along with our recommendations of things to do when there. Read on!
1. Street Shopping in Kuta
Bali is a heaven for shoppers. There are many streets in Kuta that house hundreds of small and large retailers selling everything from branded clothing and accessories to inexpensive rip-offs. Shopping there is pretty fun too because the vendors generally quote a high price and are open to bargaining. For instance, if a vendor quotes the price of a t-shirt as 1,50,000 Indonesian Rupiah, you can start your quote at 30,000 or40,000 Rupiah.
2. The Active Kintamani Volcano
Located in the highlands of North-East Bali, Kintamani Volcano is a rare opportunity to experience one of Bali’s last remaining active volcanos up close. Surrounded by the captivating Batur range, the volcano and range are known collectively as Mount Batur. If you’re up for a bit of trekking adventure, you can take the winding road down to the lake shore, hot springs and Ulun Danu Batur temple.
3. Barong Dance
Brong is Bali’s classic story-telling dance, narrating the fight between good and evil. It is a way of acting out mythology, resulting in myth and history being blended into one reality.
4. White Water Ayung River Rafting
As you carve through some of Bali’s most appealing landscape, the Ayung River provides a thrill that begins the moment you push of from the riverbanks for a 9 Km stretch. As you switch between Class I and II rapids, you will wind through deep valleys with cascading waterfalls and towering cliffs of prehistoric significance.
5. Sea Facing Restaurants & Bars
If you’re looking for a late lunch or early dinner with a view, Rock Bar in Ayana Resorts is something you’ll love. Perched atop distinctive rock formations along Jimbaran’s pristine sunset coast, Rock Bar Bali is one of Bali’s most popular venue. Featuring a glamorous sunset vibe, and a seductive after-dark ambience, listen to premier international DJs as they heighten your experience from a custom DJ booth carved directly into the cliff face.
6. Coffee Plantations
Bali also has a lot of coffee plantation that really interesting to visit along the trip throughout the island. The Coffee plantation areas are commonly set in the tranquility of village surrounded by the green lush tropical garden where tropical trees including cacao plantations thrive around this area. You can also try and buy the well known Luwak coffee (one of the most expensive coffees) from these plantations.
7. Temples – Thousands of them
Calling Bali the land of 1000 temples is an understatement. In fact, there are more than 6000 temples there. And they include the top-of-the-cliff Temples (like Uluwantu Temple), Sea temples (like Tanah Lot) and many road side ones.
8. Have the time of your life – Private Villas, Sceneic Locales, Chilled Out Pubs
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