Bali is world famous for many reasons: its sandy beaches, rugged coastline, lush landscapes and barren volcanic regions make it an island of contrasts and provide a beautiful backdrop to any vacation. In Bali boutique hotels, luxury spas and welcoming villas mean that there is a place to stay for everyone, whatever the budget.
This island is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations and it is easy to see why. With its wide range of historical and cultural attractions, its first class diving and surfing facilities, its hospitable and welcoming people and the many opportunities for relaxation that it offers, it is hard to find fault with this little piece of paradise.
Most travelers visiting the island arrive via Denpasar International Airport, also known as Ngurah Rai International Airport. The airport is a major hub in the area and has good connections to other parts of Indonesia, South East Asia and Australia. Many hotels arrange transfers from the airport. Alternatively, there are plenty of taxis available as well as a number of bus services.
The island is home to an excellent range of hotels. In Bali boutique hotels are available that offer a wide range of facilities. From modern villas with all the mod cons, to exquisite hotel rooms with beautiful views, there is something for everyone. Many hotels on the island have a full range of spa facilities on offer, swimming pools, fitness centers and on site restaurants with a selection of cuisines available.
Bali is known for its beautiful beaches. Most have black sand, however, there are some in the south of the island that have fine white sand. The best sites for swimming are found to the north of the island and in Jimbaran Bay, once a small fishing village but now home to a number of exclusive hotels.
There is more to the island than beaches however and there are a number of sights that should not be missed. Bali is home to many interesting Hindu temples. Intricately designed, they can be found in every village. The Uluwater Temple in the south of Bali is one of the most important. Perched on a steep cliff, the temple is also home to a number of monkeys who have achieved some notoriety for snatching visitor's belongings, although it is usually possible to get items back in exchange for some fruit.
A number of hot springs can be found on the island. In lush gardens at Air Banjar, intricate stone mouth carvings pass hot water between pools whilst at Toyah Bungkah it is possible to soak in hot springs right by the lakeside and also hire a lounger.
Bali is renowned for its water activities. It is one of the world's top surfing destinations. The south coast is most popular with surfers and there are a range of different areas suitable for novices and the experienced alike. White water rafting is becoming increasingly popular on the island, particularly during the wet season. Sports fishing is also increasingly popular with tourists. It is possible to charter a boat from many of the coastal areas, the most popular being Benoa Harbor and Serangan.
There are a number of places that are suitable to visit with children. For wildlife encounters try Bali Zoo, Taro Elephant Park, Bali Bird Park or Bali Marine and Safari Park. The Bali National Park and Butterfly Park are also great places to encounter nature whilst the Botanical Gardens in Bedugul are also home to a treetop adventure park.
Shopping is a popular activity with visitors to the island. Well known brands of clothing can be found at a significantly lower price than back home, particularly sportswear. The main shopping areas can be found in Kuta and Legian whilst Seminyak is home to a number of local designers. Bali also has a wide range of locally produced arts and crafts, from paintings to wood carvings to jewelry. Coffee and dried spices are also popular purchases. The traditional market found at Bukit Mungsu is an excellent place to browse for locally produced items.
This wide range of activities and facilities means that Bali has much to offer a diverse range of people. Those looking for a romantic beachfront wedding, some excellent surf, an interesting cultural experience, or the ultimate in relaxation, will find what they are looking for here. Bali boutique hotels, spa resorts and luxurious private villas are the perfect backdrop for a stay in paradise.
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