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Updated by Roger Gary on Feb 23, 2015
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Top Things to do in Bali – Tropical Holiday Haven

Beaches, surfing, exploring mountains, diving, swimming, prayers at historic temples and rejuvenating mind body and soul are on the cards when you holiday in Bali. Read on for the best attractions.


Balian Beach

Gorgeous Balian Beach is popular for its rolling surf, sandy dunes and grassy knolls. Less hectic than the Southern beaches Balian Beach is favoured by surfers and those looking for a quiet stroll along the seafront. There are cafes and beer gardens offering you a chance to unwind relax and enjoy the gorgeous sunsets over the horizon.


Museum Puri Lukisan

Located in the cultural town of Ubud this amazing museum is housed within verdant gardens scattered throughout with lotus ponds. In fact many visit the museum in order to spend time in and savour the tranquil surroundings of its lush gardens. A well catalogued collection of Balinese art covering various genres is found here such as classical 'Waylang Style' paintings – art affected by shadow puppets, ink drawings by I Gusti Nyoman, classical masterpieces from the 1930's and traditional works of art from Ubud and the surrounding villages. As Ubud is a central hub for modern art the museum dedicates a branch to showcasing the talents of Indonesia's rising young artists.


Book a Traditional Bali Tour

Take on a tour covering the traditional sights of Bali. Explore the volcanic mountains, trek through gorgeous green reserves, discover beautiful waterfalls and relax on remote beaches. In fact if you are up for a holiday of exotic beauty and tranquil surroundings consider staying at a boutique hotel Bali is so well known for. These luxuriant green sanctuaries offer all the holistic attractions of Indonesia. Enjoy the blissful spas, expansive gardens and beach front beauty. Located in Buitan Beach in Karangasem is the Alila Manggis – Bali boutique hotel. If you are considering a classic tour the eastern coast of Karangasem is a wise choice for unspoilt beaches, mountainous coastal backdrops and infamous dive islands.


Diving, Snorkelling and Surfing

Bali was Asia's first surf destination, and rightfully so as the island offers some of the best breakers for surfers to roll on. The beaches are generally thronging with surf enthusiasts who simply chase the breaks from beach to beach. Diving of course is an excellent sport to enjoy here as the clear waters are teeming with all kinds of marine life. Manta Rays will hover above you while tiny coral fish dart shyly away. The Eastern dive islands offer some of the best dive locations together with pristine beaches and rural backdrops in which to enjoy your day undisturbed. Of course if you are not keen on diving do consider a snorkelling tour, you may easily book one with your hotel or tour operator who will guide you to the best coral beds and bays for undisturbed indulgence of observing the beauty beneath the ocean.


Relax at Air Panas Banjar Hot Springs

Located in west Bali the hot springs – Air Panas Banjar – are found amidst tropical gardens. Spend a day here as you relax and unwind, satisfy your hunger at the restaurant and even opt to spend the night if the soothing ambiance is to your liking. Highly artistic the springs consist of stone spouts representing 7 mythical snake heads which spill the sulphurous warm spring water into a series of pools. The last pool spills water from a height of 3 meters for a pounding massage effect.


Enjoy the Night Life

Bali does know how to throw a great party, as the sun sets the clubs, bars and karaoke lounges come alive. DJ's from around the world are flown in to keep the party going and in Bali bar hopping is a standard form of entertainment. Kuta Beach is by the far the most frequented by the fun loving locals and enthusiastic visitors. Drinks are galore as friendly vibes and tropical charms surround you.

These are just some of the allures of Bali, choose the right accommodation and you will discover a whole new world of excitement and adventure in beautiful Bali.