This romantic island of Bali seeks lovers of swaying palms, perfect beaches and sunset cocktails for companionship and more. Here are top things to do if you ever visit Bali in Indonesia.
1- Visit Museum Puri Lukisan
This museum displays fine examples of all schools of Balinese art. Just look at the lush composition of Balinese Market by Anak Agung Gde Sobrat to see the vibrancy of local painting.
2- Visit the Volcanoes
The archipelago of Indonesia is rugged and exotic. A land of impressive volcanoes and the great Komodo Dragon, this section of the island chain from East Java, Bali, Lombok to Rinca is stunningly diverse. From lush tea plantations, barren volcanic summits to the wilds of Rinca, the home of the world’s largest lizard. The World Heritage Site of Borobudur is an amazingly well-preserved monument richly adorned with impressive reliefs and Buddha statues.
3- Buy a Jenggala
There’s plenty of shopping to do in Bali, and few visitors are able to resist the urge to take home a full 24-piece set of Jenggala crockery in pale green jade or plain white.
What started in 1976 as a small, experimental cottage industry has become a global ceramic force.
The high quality, handcrafted ceramic decorated with painstaking detail is a pretty addition — and nicer reminder of Bali — to any home.
4- Visit Tanah Lot
Supposedly the work of the 15th-century priest, Tanah Lot is one of Bali’s most holy, and touristy, sites. Located in Tabanan, the sacred Hindu temple sits on a large rock out in the ocean and is said to be guarded by sea snakes. Head toward the footpath leading to the raised cliff area where the view of the sun setting behind the temple is outstanding.
5- Bicycle around Ubud
The streets of Ubud teem with culture. A great way to see the town, surrounding artistic villages, and working rice paddies is on bicycle. Start at Monkey Forest and visit with the infamous residents — crab-eating macaques. Mid-day, head over to Goa Gajah, one of Bali’s most unique holy places. To end your day, ride to the village of Petulu.
6- Snorkeling around Menjangan Island
Menjangan Island in the far west is a long trip from almost anywhere in Bali. The remote location augments the pristine experience by discouraging crowds. Much of West Bali is sparsely populated parkland, so it is a departure from the bustling south. In Menjangan, hire a boatman to take you out to the reefs for the day, and prepare to get your mind blown. Snorkeling does not get better than this.