Located in Indonesia, Bali Island is an exotic and world famous holiday spot that attracts millions of tourists every year. Tourists from all over the world visit Bali Island to see breathtaking attractions such as the Tanah Lot Temple, Tegallalang Rice Terraces, and Ubud Monkey Forest. The Island of Bali is home to about 3.8 million. In terms of religious affiliations, about 83% of Balinese inhabitants practice Hinduism. Muslims, Christians and Buddhists account for 13.4%, 2.5% and 0.5% of Bali’s population respectively. Here is some more information on Bali Island, including popular attractions and Balinese cuisine.
1. Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot is one of the most iconic and popular temples in Bali. This temple stands on top of a rocky outcrop on the Southwest coast of Bali and dates back to the 17th century. The sight of ocean waves crashing at the base of the rock on which Tanah Lot is built can be enthralling.
2. Elephant Riding Tour
A visit to Bali would not be complete without going for an elephant ride. These elephant-riding excursions take place in lush tropical jungle settings. Visitors mount well-trained elephants that take them through a botanical jungle straight out of a holiday postcard. What’s more, some Bali hotels arrange to take visitors on elephant riding tours followed by sampling of local foods.
3. Kecak Fire Dance
The Kecak Fire Dance is a spectacular event that you should witness. This event takes place at the Uluwatu Temple built on top of an imposing 90-metre limestone cliff. To make it even more enchanting, the dance normally takes place in the evening with the setting sun in the background.
4. SeaWalker Bali
The SeaWalker Bali underwater tour involves walking along the ocean bed while wearing a special diving helmet that would allow you to breathe naturally underwater. What’s more, you do not have to be a seasoned diver or even have a PADI license to undertake the SeaWalker Bali underwater tour.
Where to Stay
Bali caters to all categories of visitors, thanks to numerous budget hotels, villas, Airbnb rental properties, and five-star luxury holidays hotels. In general, budget travelers tend to stay in hotels located on the northern part of Bali. If you prefer family-friendly beachfront accommodation, book any of the hotels located in southern parts of Bali including Balangan, NuSa Dua, and Jimbaran. Visitors who want to stay in a quiet environment should book hotels located in southeast Bali. If you would like to stay in a class upper class location, try hotels in southwest Bali.
You can buy souvenirs and other items from Bali’s top shopping outlets. To start with, the Ubud Art Market has tons of art products including handmade cotton bags, silk scarves, Buddhist statutes, and straw hats. If you fancy interacting with painters and sculptors, visit the Sukawati Art Market. Besides art markets, you can visit the Kuta Beachwalk shopping complex, Discovery Shopping Mall, Seminyak Square, Gianyar Night Market, Kuta Night Market, and Sanur Night Market. In general, you can purchase everything, from local art artifacts to modern jewelry in Bali.
Bali has a vibrant nightlife that typically starts after sunset. The liveliest spots at night are located in Legian Kuta and Seminyak areas. Some popular nightspots include the world famous Nikki Beach Club, Bounty Discotheque, Boshe VVIP Club, Mint Bali, WooBar Bali, Sky Garden Rooftop Lounge, Jenja, Adora Super Club, Pyramid Club Bali, Eikon Bar & Club, and Rock Bar. So what are you waiting for, put on your nice clothes, brighten your smile with a pack of Crest 3D white strips, for example, and start clubbing like a star.
Balinese cuisine is a food lover’s dream come true. One stark culinary difference between Bali and other parts of Indonesia is pork. Bali’s majority inhabitants (Hindu) prepare and eat pork-based dishes including the wildly popular Babi Guling (suckling pig). This is the right holiday meal if you are looking for a large meal. The signature dish here consists of 70 kilograms of pig meat stuffed with spice paste (base gede), lemongrass, salam leaves, ginger, kencur, red shallots, coriander seeds, garlic, and black pepper. Other popular local dishes include:
• Lawar (a mix of vegetables and minced meat fused with grated coconut)
• Bebek Betutu (slow cooked duck rubbed with tamarind puree as well as stuffed with cassava leaves and eggs)
• Sate Lembat (minced meat pounded in a mortar together with grated coconut)
• Ikan Bakar (grilled fish)
• Be Siap Sambal Matah (shredded chicken meat mixed with ginger torch, shallots, chillies, lime leaves, and lemongrass)
• Chicken Satay
• Nasi Ayam and Nasi Campur (chicken rice).
• Tahu and Tempe snacks
• Jimbaran Seafood (an assortment of seafood like shrimp and clams)
Bali is a magical holiday destination with popular attractions including the Tanah Lot Temple, Kecak Fire Dance, Elephant Riding Tour, and SeaWalker Bali underwater tour. In addition, Bali has a vibrant nightlife, tasty local foods, and plenty of shopping outlets.