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“An Ideal Retreat For Beaches, Temples And Rice Terraces”
Bali, Indonesia’s most famous island, is located to the west of Java in the Lesser Sunda Islands. It is world-renowned for its scenic rice terraces, fragrant cuisine, stunning beaches and a galore of culture and tradition. With its elaborate temples, endless coastline, some of the world’s best coral reefs, waterfalls and retreats, Bali combines leisure and adventure impeccably. A dizzying combination of spiritual awakening and hard-partying all into one, Bali is where people from all over the world come to lose themselves in.
The island boasts some of the best sunsets and sunrises, enough to captivate and entice you into never leaving this place. Home to the coral reefs of Tulamben, the mountain peaks of Kintamani, the beaches and scenic routes of Seminyak and Kuta, with ancient temples and traditional village life of Ubud, Bali’s charm is boundless, as are its opportunities for fun.
Don’t forget to stop by one of the many terraced rice fields, a feature that only adds to the diversity of Bali’s beautiful landscape. Tourists may enjoy an idyllic day at the beach, surf, dive, take a casual boat ride to gaze at the dolphins, explore the many beautiful temples, the local markets and the waterfalls, or go to the silent yoga retreats – there is something for everybody here. Bali has been the subject of so many travel journals and has been famously alluded to in many works of literature, as a place of true beauty, and yet words always fail to capture the captivating magic of ‘The Island of the Gods’.
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Situated at the south-western tip of Bukit in Bali, Uluwatu attracts surfers of all levels from around the world to its exciting shoreline. The waves are composed of five world-class surf breaks, and the hotels and restaurants overlooking the Indian ocean provide a magnificent view. The Pura Luru Uluwatu temple is another important attraction in this area.
Situated at the south-western tip of Bukit in Bali, the short strip of beach called Uluwatu attracts surfers of all levels from around the world to its exciting shoreline. Uluwatu comes from the words “ulu” meaning ‘land’s end’ and “watu” meaning rock. The waves here are composed of five world-class surf breaks, and the hotels and restaurants overlooking the Indian Ocean provide a magnificent view.
Uluwatu’s beaches are incredibly beautiful, but it is ultimately a surfing destination because of its tricky waves. These are not suitable for swimming. So if you aren’t inclined to go surfing in Uluwatu, keep in mind that it’s mostly a destination to relax and there isn’t much to do around here.
Just off the main coast road to Kusamba, Pantai Lebih is famous for it’s shimmering mica-infused black sand and the array of seafood options it offers. Pakerisan river reaches the sea here, and the beach has some speciality warungs that serve fish satay, Barbecued fish, and other seafood delicacies that make it a great stopover point for Lunch.
This black sand beach is actively promoted by its community. Popular for its many watersports and seafood options, it brings in some good business to the neighborhood. The locals occasionally organise beach and water contests in volleyball, tug of war, and swimming. The waves make for good surfing. Sometimes you can see families flying kites. It’s a long beach, facing the east, so it’s not unusual to spot people strolling here during sunrise. Out into the ocean you can catch sight of Nusa Penida Island. Unfortunately traffic to this beach has been diminishing as it deteriorates for various reasons. Efforts are underway to restore it. Make sure to take a picture of the neat rows of jukung fishing boats.
Called “Gunung Batur” in the local language, Mount Batur is an active volcano in Indonesia. At 1717 metres (around 5,600 feet) above sea level, it offers a spectacular view of its surroundings – the majestic Lake Batur, nestled amongst black lava from the last explosion in 2000, and adjacent to this all, beautiful mountains.
In 2012, UNESCO announced Mount Batur Caldera, the collapsed top at the top, as a part of the Global Geoparks Network, an effort to preserve the planet’s geological heritage. The volcano is a popular trekking destination amongst tourists and locals alike. Because of its beautiful views and relative ease to climb, Mount Batur is considered a must-visit in Bali.
When you think of the prospect of scuba diving in Bali, exploring the majesty under the sea, drinking in the sheer exhilaration, Bali is one of the first places that come to mind. And rightfully so! With an abundance of beaches offering spectacular views and plenty of friendly ocean creatures, you’re bound to have a fantastic time here. But when there’s so much to offer, how are you supposed to choose? Worry not, for we’ve rounded up the best locations and all additional information to go scuba diving in Bali!
Some of the best scuba diving in Bali are Tulamben, Candidasa, and Amed Beach in east Bali; Menjangan Beach and Pemuteran Bay in west Bali; Puri Jati in north Bali, and Nusa Penida in south Bali.
Located on a beautiful offshore rock in Tabanan regency, Bali, Tanah Lot or ‘Land on the Sea’ is a Hindu shrine believed to be about 500 years old. An amalgamation of Balinese and Hindu mythology, the base of the temple is carved with sea snakes and offers a natural source of holy water, providing visitors with an aesthetic and spiritual experience unlike any other.
The Tanah Lot temple can be found some 300 metres (over 980 feet) off the island shore. It is one of seven temples along the Bali coast. In fact, from this beautiful rock temple, you can see the Pura Ulu Watu temple site on the cliffs to the south, and a long sweep of azure waters to the west, near Negara.
Visiting the top of Tanah Lot is reserved for priests and Bali locals, but tourists are allowed to wander the base of the temple and receive blessings from the small shrine there. Because of its astounding architecture and intricate rock faces, set against the breath-taking Indonesian waters with a clear sight of the sun as it sets, Tanah Lot is considered a photographer’s paradise.
“The Rugged Beach”
The hidden treasure of Indonesia, Nusa Penida is the most exotic of the three Nusa Islands and is relatively less travelled. Located in the Klungkung district, it is a little off the shores of Bali. During this season, the island is relatively dry and is fairly suited for activities like snorkelling, scuba diving and surfing. Despite these qualities, Nusa Penida is largely left unexplored and is awaiting tourists to explore this exotic destination. Pristine white sand beaches like Atuh and Nusa Penida beach draw tourists from around the world.
Nusa Penida is larger than its two sister islands, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan, with improving tourist infrastructure. The nature of cliff formation as well as the number of Hindu temples on this island makes it more picturesque than its sisters. Known for preserving the endangered bird Bali Starling, this island’s famous attractions are the Crystal Bay sand beach and sunset panorama. Boats regularly move from mainland Bali to the three Nusa Islands, Nusa Penida being the last stop.