Known as the Island of the Gods, Bali in Indonesia is a tourist destination blessed by nature with hulls, mountains, coastlines, sandy beaches, barren volcanic hillsides, and lush rice terraces. The island is also world famous for historical and archeological attractions, as well as scuba diving and surfing waters. Culture is also very rich in this part of Indonesia and is a favorite among young backpackers and adventurers.
The island of Bali is divided into various regions like South which is the most visited part of the island for Kuta Beach and chic Seminyak, Central Bali which is the cultural heart of the island and is the location of the central mountain range, West which is where ferries to Java are located as well as the West National Park, North that is famous for black sand beaches and is the old capital city, East which is home to quaint coastal villages and Mount Agung, and the Southeastern Islands of Bali which is widely known among scuba diving enthusiasts.
Some of the best destinations for tourists in Bali is the West Bali National Park known for trekking, diving, and bird watching. This is also the only natural protected area in the island. Other destinations are the Nusa Penida which is a wild and off-beaten path for adventurous spirits, the Nusa Lembongan which is a great place to relax and do some diving or swimming, Nusa Dua which is a golden sand beach and is home to various exclusive resorts, Mount Agung which is the highest mountain of Bali and is the location of the mother temple Besakih, Kintamani home to active volcano Mount Batur and offers a picturesque scenery, Bukit Peninsula that is located on the southern tip of Bali known as the ultimate surfing destination and the cliff-hanging Uluwatu Temple, Bedugul that is the location of Ulun Danu Bratan Temple and has a golf course, and the black beaches of Amed known for its great corals and popular diving spots.
Additional places to visit are the Hindu temples and directional temples, but keep in mind that when visiting these temples tourists must be appropriately dressed with a sarong and sash. These could be rented on large temples for a small charge. There are also the beaches of Bali that are known worldwide for their beauty. Popular beaches include Bukit Peninsula, Jimbaran Bay, Legian Beach, Padang Bai, Menjangan Island, Nusa Lembungan, Kuta, Canggu, Sanur and more. Water activities that can done be done here are scuba diving, white-water rafting, sports fishing, and surfing. Art lovers will enjoy a trip to Ubud, which is the artistic capital of the island with various museums offering informal workshops and retail outlets. Aside from knowing more about the culture of Bali, tourists can also try out the island’s hot springs, yoga, Balinese massage, creambath, golf courses, mountain cycling, paragliding, horse riding, bungee jumping, jungle trekking, hiking in the rice fields, and visiting Zoos, while some prefer to do volunteer works.
Tourists can also know more about Bali by participating in the festivals. Through this, they can meet more locals and tourists alike and be more familiar with the Indonesian culture. Records show that there are around 20,000 temples all over the island and each of this holds festivals at least twice a year. Some of the cultural activities that are attended by the large population are the funerals wherein the deceased was cremated with colorful rituals, Galungan which is a 10 day festival and celebrates the death of the tyrant Mayadenawa. The last day of the festival is known as Kuningan. Another widely known festival is Nyepi or Hindu New Year, which is the day of the absolute silence in Bali. This festival happens in March or April and during this time, airports and ferry harbors are closed as well.[schema type=”review” url=”http://guidetropical.com/” name=”Bali” description=”Bali Island Overview” rev_name=”Bali Island” rev_body=”Bali Island is absolutely amazing!” author=”Tony Stark” pubdate=”2013-05-01″ user_review=”10″ min_review=”1″ max_review=”10″ ]