Bali: Where to go and what to see

by Jules on February 18, 2013

Booking your flights to Bali is just the beginning of one of the most intriguing journeys that you will ever undertake. The province of Bali is one of the most visited, and tourist friendly, islands in Indonesia.

And rightly so.

Known for its beautiful beaches, surfing, art, traditional dance performances, music and temples, Bali may be small, but it is truly an island which caters for your every whim. If you’re planning a trip, have your flights to Bali booked and are looking for some inspiration, let us help you, with our top four-must see Balinese attractions.

  1. Kuta

Whether you’re an avid surfer or not, the chances are that the mere mention of Bali conjures up images of beautiful beaches and clear blue water. It’s these images that have made Bali famous.

To this day, Kuta, Bali’s premiere beach resort, situated on the island’s south coast, retains its allure. It may not be the quiet, untouched surfing and relaxation destination that it once was, but, after the noise and frivolity of the Kuta party scene has died down to a whisper, it’s still possible to enjoy moments of tranquillity.

While surfing and partying are the dominant themes on the main strip, Kuta still retains some of its Balinese subtleties, with the air filled with the scent of burning incense and the streets lined with offerings of petals to Hindu gods.

  1. Ubud

If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Kuta, Ubud, situated close to Bali’s central mountains, is a fantastic destination to spend a few days relaxing and unwinding.

Ubud’s draw comes from its preservation of traditional Balinese culture. The town is positively teeming with traditional spas and some of the best food that you will find in Bali, as well as a thriving artistic scene.

Surrounded by temples, historical sites, rice paddies and impressive coconut trees, Ubud is one of the wonders of Bali that truly immerses visitors in Balinese culture.

  1. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

The image of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan reflected in the water, silhouetted against the surrounding mountains is one of the most breathtaking images that Bali has to offer.

The Pura Bratan temple, located on the shores of Lake Bratan, is a 17thCentury water temple, which is used as a site to make offerings to the Balinese water goddess, Dewi Danu. While the architecture of the temple itself is stunning, the overall ambience of the place is truly awe-inspiring.

  1. Devdan show

Devdan: Treasure of the Archipelagois one of the most all encompassing immersions in traditional Indonesian culture that one can experience. The 90 minute show takes the audience on a magical journey throughout the islands of the Indonesian archipelago, accompanied by world class special effects, and modern and contemporary dance.

The show gives a real insight into the history and traditions of Indonesian culture. It’s a must see for anyone with a passionate curiosity for Indonesian history.

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