It’s on everyone’s bucket list. Everyone. And for good reason. Just whisper the seductive word “Bali” at a party and witness the dreamy, faraway look in the hearer’s eyes. Bali is more than just a destination. It’s the epitome of an exotic paradise.
An Indonesian island known for lush terraced rice paddies, lively beaches, and cloud-capped volcanic mountains, Bali is also home to some of the world’s most magnificent temples. The island is just 8 degrees south of the equator, giving it a fairly consistent year-round climate with daytime temperatures between 68-93⁰ F in the lowlands and somewhat cooler in the mountains.
Between the American government lifting its travel warnings in 2008, and the run-away popularity of the 2010 movie Eat, Pray, Love based on the Elizabeth Gilbert book, American interest in traveling to Bali has been on the rise.
In addition, Bali offers diverse tourist attractions and adventures, delicious cultural food, and exuberant and friendly local people. All told, it should be no surprise that Bali has been consistently been named as one of the world’s best islands.
1. Visit a rice field.
First sight of the rice paddies is stunning. The terraces zig zag up the hills, looking more like art than food planting. The fields are in the rural areas of central Bali, a short drive from Ubud, but away the tourist crowds. Just the drive to get there is a visually-stimulating experience where you can see workers in conical straw hats working the fields.
2. See a cultural dance performance.
Drama and dance are an important part of Bali’s religious and festival celebrations. A lucky tourist may accidentally stumble upon an impromptu village performance, but there are also many staged performances complete with spectacular costumes specifically for tourists.
Read all 12 things to do in Bali in my Huffington Post article. The photos will blow you away!