Discover the Endless Beauty and Rich Culture of Bali
Bali, Indonesia, is an island paradise with white-sand beaches, soaring cliffs, cascading waterfalls, crystal-blue lagoons, and a vibrant history that blends Buddhist and Hindu traditions into a unique cultural experience.
The following are just a few of our favorite things to do in Bali. Contact your GAC broker today about flights to this jewel of Southeast Asia.
Most visitors to Bali arrive in the town of Kuta. This former fishing village in southern Bali is now one of Bali’s most popular destinations. You could easily enjoy your entire stay lounging by the pool at one of Kuta’s many beach clubs, savoring the local cuisine, or heading to the beach for sunbathing or surfing lessons.
We suggest you spend at least a day or two in Kuta to unwind, relax, and adjust to the local time zone. Once you’re feeling recharged, you can venture to other parts of the island.
While it may be tempting to stay close to Kuta’s extraordinary beaches, there’s plenty to do in the heart of the island. Start with a visit to the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud, situated on the grounds of an ornate Hindu temple, to see the resident macaque monkeys up close. But be alert, as the monkeys can sometimes be frisky. If you’re not careful, one might steal the hat off your head or even snatch your phone.
Next, head to the Tegalalang Rice Terrace to experience a taste of traditional Balinese culture and take in the stunning mountainside views. If you’ve ever read about Bali, you have likely seen pictures of these terraces, but there’s nothing like experiencing them for yourself.
Located on the southern tip of the island, Uluwatu affords visitors stunning views of the Indian Ocean and some of the best surfing conditions in the world. Uluwatu’s beaches are on the bucket list for serious surfers, but even beginners can enjoy paddling out into the water and being carried back to the beach by the breaking waves.
Uluwatu is also the site of the Pura Luhur Temple. Perched atop a cliff, this iconic temple offers breathtaking views of the Balinese sunset and the surrounding waters.
Tanah Lot Temple
If you have time, visit the Tanah Lot Temple, a short drive from Kuta. This temple was founded in the 16th century by a Hindu priest and was dedicated to the oceanic gods that protected fishermen when they headed out to sea. The temple sits on a rocky outcropping overlooking the ocean, offering another spectacular sunset view. This popular site gets crowded during peak season, but visitors will find more breathing room and a more relaxed atmosphere in springtime.
Enjoy Balinese Food and Culture
Not surprisingly, much of Balinese cuisine features seafood, often amplified by flavorful sauces and seasonings. Satay is popular in Indonesia, and Bali’s version of these skewered meats is often marinated in coconut milk. Bali’s most famous dish is nasi goreng, fried rice with chicken and shrimp with a deep brown hue from the local sweet soy sauce.
If you plan to shop in any of the local villages, bring cash in either US dollars or local currency. You’ll find locally produced artwork, jewelry, and clothing, all at reasonable prices. And when you shop in one of Bali’s many villages, you support the local economy and the Balinese people. Make sure to take some time away from the beach clubs and the hotels to experience traditional Balinese culture for yourself.
Travel to Bali
Reach out to your GAC broker today and start planning your time in this extraordinary island destination.