If you don’t believe in a paradise on Earth, a trip to Bali should be added to your bucket list immediately. Bali’s colourful traditional dress and stunning natural landscape will leave even the most seasoned traveller scooping their jaw from the floor. There’s a deep spiritual meaning to every local tradition, whether it’s the hypnotic dance moves of the locals as they perform in a parade on a recently closed street, or one of the 10,000 decadent temples, scattered across the island.
Bali remains the most popular island gateway of Southeast Asia and a global tourism hotspot. The picturesque natural beauty, tranquil oceans, endless beaches, breathtaking landscapes, extraordinary culture, and spicy food attracts visitors to this Island of Gods. Year after year the island of Bali remains the top tourist destination offering visitors highly unique experiences. The island not only remains culturally rich but offers diversity and a touch of class. You’ll find active volcanoes, roaring seas and ancient temples. So, why choose Bali over the 6,000 other habitat islands in Indonesia? Well, here’s why…
Many of us are used to the dismal confines of our day-to-day life, especially when it comes to the grey and dreary weather of the UK. But, if like me, you’re partial to feeling the warm sun against your skin, then Bali has all you can want and more. The weather remains a major reason behind its popularity amongst tourists, especially for those who love a spot of sunning, surfing and snorkelling. Bali’s tropical weather turned this Island into a year-round destination.
Although Travel Antics is prone to dealing with everything city-related, even we had to concede at the sight of Bali’s beaches. The island is home to some famous beaches and for those who like topping up the tan while lying on the whitest sand imaginable, or taking a dip in the most crystal-clear ocean, then Bali is a must. There are many diving and snorkelling spots to be found, or if you prefer you can gently bob around the colourful coral reefs teeming with wildlife, that most will only see on a David Attenborough documentary.
Culture and religion
The Island of the Gods may seem like a future Russel Crowe blockbuster but this is the nickname of Bali. It may be because of over 10,000 temples which occupy the pristine natural landscape, or the fact every dance, parade or festival seems to be a montage to the Balinese form of Hinduism. Although Bali is a multi-religious island, with specific groups following the Christianity, Muslim and Catholic faiths, the main inhabitants are Hindu, but not in the way that you may know. Bali’s Hinduism is also referred to as the Holy Water religion and is a combination of Shivahism and Buddhism.
If you decide to take a day trip to one of the thousands of temples speckled across the island then it may be worth taking a trip to Tanah Lot, which can be seen in most tourist images of Bali, it’s an iconic spot giving you sunset views with the backdrop of a blue ocean.
We’ve already established the deep spiritual meaning behind the Balinese way of life, but their celebration of faith is seen through their interest in dance and the arts. Many of the Bali temples have open areas with sitting arrangements for visitors to see local dance performances. The Kecak dance show remains one of the most popular shows admired by tourists and locals alike.
If you’re used to spending all your time staring out your office block window, wondering if the natural world is just a clever manipulation from techy wizards, well good news the island of Bali is an untouched gem. It offers endless natural beauty like green rice fields, and gorgeous waterfalls. The Mount Agung and Mount Batur remain the only two active volcanoes on the island and if you’re in the mood to get your heart pumping and the adrenaline flowing then an early morning trek up Mount Batur should be hastily added to your itinerary.
Food and Dining
Indonesian cuisine remains world-famous for such a unique taste, and Bali is no exception. The national dish of the country is Nasi Goreng and it remains the most popular food for its exquisite taste. If you’re someone who enjoys the high life, then a candle-lit dinner and five-star dining is far more affordable than you might think. But, don’t worry if you’re partial to a spot of local style street food, Bali has everything you could want to eat and more, whether you’re a self-confessed foodie or a beginner eager to learn everything you can.
Bali offers an amazing budget-friendly island gateway with a bucket list of natural attractions and experiences. There are many reasons for visiting, but it remains the island getaway where all your dreams can come true, whether you’re visiting for the natural beauty, soul-stirring cultural feats, or you just want to relax for a little while, Bali is the ultimate destination for complete escapism and a trip that will be remembered for years to come.