Bali is seen as the most popular island in Indonesia. Although the island is much smaller than other islands, it has at least as much to offer. Last summer I was lucky enough to be able to discover this beautiful Indonesian island again.
In a short time, you can certainly discover all the highlights that this Indonesian pearl has to offer. Curious about the Bali highlights? Read the top 10 Bali sights here.
Bali sights # 1: paradise Nusa Lembongan
Nusa Lembongan is a paradise island off the coast of Bali. The speedboat takes about 45 minutes. In my opinion, this island is the ideal base for a few nights of relaxation. Rent a scooter, cross the island, eat fresh fish, discover bays and secret beaches and enjoy a wonderful adventure.
Bali sights # 2: lively Sanur
Sanur is a friendly alternative to places like Kuta and Seminyak. This quiet resort in the south of Bali has a calm sea, beautiful wide sandy beach, small-scale hotels and you can fully enjoy all the beauty that Bali has to offer. You can also easily reach the most important sights of the island from Sanur.
Bali sights # 3: green rice fields
What Bali is known for is its beautiful rice fields. For the most beautiful rice fields, you have to go deep into the interior. The search will be rewarded when you arrive at Jatiluwih. In contrast to the rice fields at Ubud, these are in the hills which of course produces beautiful pictures.
Bali sights # 4: colorful underwater world
No matter how beautiful Bali is, # 4 is not on the island but off the coast. Around Bali, you can get acquainted with a colorful underwater world full of coral and various animals. Idyllic coves with white beaches and crystal clear water lie between high rock cliffs. Famous places include Menjangan island, Amed and the Nusa islands.
Bali sights # 5: magical temples
Bali is a Hindu island that is bursting with beautiful temples. In every village, you will find several in any case. Bali also has a number of well-known temples. Along the coast you will find Tanah Lot, on a cliff in the south Uluwatu, the Pura Ulun Danu Beratan is located near the Bratan lake and Pura Besakih is the largest temple in Bali.
Bali sights # 6: cultural Ubud
If you are looking for the ultimate Bali with rice fields and jungle, then you have to go to central Ubud. The village itself is touristy, but also traditional and artistic with a focus on religion and culture. Be enchanted by the endless rice fields and especially go into unexpected alleys.
Bali sights # 7: challenging Gunung Agung volcano
The Gunung Agung volcano is with its 3,142 meters the highest mountain in Bali. You can see Mount Agung from almost every point in Bali and the surrounding islands (provided there are no clouds around it). An ascent is, in my opinion, an absolute must-do! Choose a spectacular five-hour trek for a fantastic view as the sun rises.
Bali sights # 8: authentic Balinese dancing
During my travels, I can not understand a country without music and without dancing. In Bali dance is seen as art and to get to know its gods. Visit a theater show or ceremony, hear the stirring melodies of gamelan music and experience traditional dancing by Balinese people moving on tones of the xylophone, flute, and gong.
Bali sights # 9: holy Tirtagangga
‘Water of the Ganges’ is the literal meaning of Tirtagangga, a wonderful and sacred place for Balinese people with a magical attraction. The highlight of Tirtagangga is the 20-century water palace, a labyrinth of baths and fountains surrounded by lush gardens and statues northwest of Amlapura.
Bali sights # 10: quiet Sidemen
I like to find coastal towns like Sanur for a few days, but it’s the green hills and small villages that I really like. No crowds, no hip restaurants, but peace and a beautiful environment: that is Sidemen.
Sidemen are the name of a green valley
surrounded by hills and with several small villages. You can walk here and come to yourself, for example by following a yoga course.