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4 memorable things to do in Bali

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Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago! Each island boasts its distinct character, with a harmonious coexistence of diverse religions and a tapestry of delectable cuisine amid enchanting rainforests. Bali, often referred to as the ‘Island of the Gods’, is a tropical paradise nestled in the Indonesian archipelago. Renowned for its lush landscapes, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality, Bali captivates visitors with its diverse offerings. As you embark on your Bali journey, here are four memorable experiences awaiting you on this breathtaking island.

Tour the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Even for the casual monkey enthusiast, a visit to Ubud is a must. This hidden gem offers a unique experience, allowing you to observe families of the famous crab-eating macaque in their natural habitat. Situated in Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali, this park is surrounded by artists selling traditional art, such as picturesque paintings of rice fields. As you take a short stroll from the tourist centre, the lively screeches of monkeys will signal your arrival. Unlike zoo settings, these playful creatures roam freely, exhibiting their mischievous antics. 

Inside the sacred monkey forest, clear instructions guide your behaviour. While not inherently risky, adherence to these rules is crucial to avoid being surrounded by a group of macaques or having a monkey playfully jump on your shoulder in search of treasures in your hair. Stay calm and await assistance from the rangers. Photographers will find delight in capturing close-up shots of monkeys, especially near the Dragon Bridge – an experience that transports you into the heart of nature, akin to an adventure with Indiana Jones and his primate companions. 

Raft down the Ayung River

Envision an adventure that’s both exhilarating and awe-inspiring – rafting, the epitome of thrilling leisure activities. Become an explorer of the rainforest, a modern trailblazer navigating the Ayung River near Ubud, where the ambiance is enriched by the sounds of howling monkey groups and rushing rapids.  

A variety of tours are available depending on how intense you want your adventure to be. Regardless, your guides will be there every step of the way. There’s a chance you might take an unplanned dip into the river—just go with the flow, swim with the stream, and rest assured your guides will swiftly retrieve you. 

Amidst the adrenaline-pumping escapade, magical moments include drifting along with the current, feeling the black sand from a volcanic source beneath your feet, and cruising beneath a cascading waterfall. The route also unveils a rock face adorned with captivating animal carvings. Upon returning, indulge in a well-deserved, lengthy warm shower—a fitting reward for your daring endeavours! 

Bathe in Batur Natural Hot Spring

Embarking on a journey through a country can be physically demanding, making it crucial to identify the perfect spots for rejuvenation. Around the picturesque Lake Batur, nestled amidst the active volcano, you’ll discover an array of exclusive havens for relaxation. Picture yourself in the warm embrace of natural hot springs, indulging in spa treatments under the Indonesian sun. Soak in breathtaking views of the volcano-laden landscape while sipping a fruit cocktail, whether floating on the edge of an extraordinary swimming pool or standing beneath a gentle natural waterfall. 

On the opposite side of Lake Batur lies the Aga village, renowned as Trunyan. Home to around 600 indigenous Balinese people who live apart from civilisation, this village adheres to unique funeral traditions. In Trunyan, the departed are not buried in the earth; instead, they repose in a designated cemetery area enclosed by wooden structures, safeguarding them from the outside world. 

Ascend Mount Agung

The towering Gunung Agung, Bali’s highest volcano, majestically reaches a height of 3,031m above sea level. The last volcanic eruption dates back to 1963, a miraculous event that spared the revered mother temple, Besakih, considered to be the most important Hindu temple in Bali. Venture just a few metres away, and you’ll encounter the remnants of congealed lava flows. Seize the opportunity to visit this enchanting temple, partake in a Hindu ritual, and ascend to the summit of the volcano! 

For the intrepid souls seeking adventure, explore the climbing possibilities in the region. Commence your trek in the night to avoid the daytime heat – a seemingly unconventional choice but trust your guide and set out on your ascent at 2.30am. The early start leads to an extraordinary reward: witnessing the sunrise from Gunung Agung’s summit. As the sun unveils its splendour, the silhouette of Lombok’s mountain emerges through the clouds, creating a breathtaking spectacle. 

Make it happen

With over 17,000 islands to explore, Indonesia is an incredibly diverse country that can keep curious visitors busy for decades – get in touch with one of our local experts and plan a tailor-made trip throughout Indonesia, including the magnificent island of Bali.

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