The destination is famed for its miles and miles of pristine beaches but there are many other reasons to visit Bali, some of which are outlined below. While the geographical region does of course contain the threat of natural disasters like tsunamis and earthquakes, this has apparently not been enough to deter intrepid travellers from making their way there to enjoy a luxury holiday somewhere different from where they might ordinarily head.
Bali is famous for its scuba diving and snorkelling sites which are considered among the best dive sites anywhere on earth. Among the most popular dive destinations in Bali are Menjangan Island situated off the north-west coast and also the stunning sights and reefs off Nusa Penida to the south of Bali. Dive conditions often vary depending on the time of year so it can often be worth asking the staff in Bali hotels which is the best place to go diving at the time of your visit. Lots of visitors to Bali find that they fall in love with diving and as such choose to study for their PADI or SSI diving qualification while there.
Bali is also renowned for its many beautiful Hindu temples which are liberally scattered all over the island. The island has a law which requires every village to be home to a minimum of three temples and the influence of this tradition on the place is there for all to see. There is something quite mystical about Bali and a visit to the island’s temples is an absolute must for any visitor. Remember though that there is a dress code for entering temples and that you should always be respectful while there.
Like many other south-east Asian destinations, Bali is home to many stunning natural waterfalls which are one of the chief attractions on the island. It is very easy to lose oneself on a trek through thickly canopied jungle to a beautiful lagoon where hikers are invited to cool off with a swim. Many Bali resorts are happy to help visitors arrange treks through the jungle with specialist firms which know the routes and provide guides.
No visit to Bali is complete without seeing the landscape’s famous fields of rice paddies. The fields go on for miles and miles and are quite a sight, being laid out as they are in terraced rows making them a sight to see in their own right. The stretch between Candidasa and Amplapura is arguably the most famous area around for seeing the rice paddies and many tourists like to take in the route by bicycle – getting a bit of fresh air and exercise while seeing the countryside too!
Indonesia is of course famous for its many natural disasters caused by its unique geography and geology, so while in Bali it is always worth a visit to a volcano. Gunung Batur is arguably the place’s most famous volcano and symbolises female reproduction and fertility, in contrast to Bali’s other famous volcano, Gunung Agung. The volcano is still active though so be very sure to seek advice from a local or a tour guide about when and how to go to see the volcano safely.