Top Five Things To Do in Bali

30 March 2012

Bali is one of Australia's favourite holiday destinations - and for good reason. Contrary to popular belief however, there's much more to a Bali holiday than resort living, haggling and Bintang beer. From beautiful beaches to peaceful countryside and fascinating culture, Bali presents an array of opportunities. You just have to know where to look. Here are our top five recommendations:

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Go Surfing
Surf's up in Bali! It might not have the biggest breaks in Indonesia but Bali still remains a favourite on any surfer's itinerary. Beautiful beaches, ample accommodation and consistent waves - what's not to love? Even if you’ve never laid foot on a board before, you can still enjoy Bali's pulsating surf. The island has numerous learn-to-surf schools for all ages and levels so there's no excuse not to catch a wave on your next holiday.

Escape to the hills
Take some time to escape the resorts and bustle of Kuta and head for the lush green hills of Ubud. Rich in culture and beloved for its peaceful spirit, Ubud is home to numerous health spas, gourmet restaurants and rice paddy scenery. While there, wander the historic Goa Gajah, also known as Elephant Cave, or enjoy a yoga class at the various meditation centres and spas available.

Tour the Temples
As a spiritual island, Bali is home to a large number of historic temples. These sites of worship are fascinating to visit and represent much of Bali's history and culture. Of all of Bali's shrines few can match the dramatic beauty of Pura Tanah Lot, a temple located on a rock jutting out of the ocean at Tabanan. Other highlights include the cave temple Pura Goa Giri Putri and the sea temple Pua Luhur Uluwatu.

Cruise the Reef
While on holiday in Bali don't forget to take a peak beneath the water's surface. Bali's tropical reefs are teaming with life and are home to manta rays and turtles. For some of the best snorkelling, take a reef cruise around the coast line and out to Lembongan Island. The reefs surrounding the island are spectacular and experienced divers will love the exploring the 40 metre drop-off.

See the monkeys
Bali's mischievous monkeys are the subject of much fascination and praise. The long-tailed macaques can be seen in a range of locations including the popular Sacred Money Forest of Padangtegal and the Sangeh Monkey Temple. Though they may be wild, Bali's cheeky monkeys are not afraid of humans and will happily approach you in search of food.

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Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.