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Things to do in Bali
Hinduism in Bali reigns supreme with Pura Taman Ayun in Mengwi, Ulun Danu Bratan and Pura Tanah Lot at Bereban, three temples to build into a tour.
Rural communities are founded around family and worship with water temples adorning fields, gardens and rice paddies in accordance to Subak Ė the sustainable and sacred system of irrigation Ė to make a fascinating addition to a guided walk within the central highlands. Just as integral to Balinese cultural heritage is food and there's no better way to discover the secret spices involved in an authentic Nasi Goring or Nasi Campur than joining a cooking class on the coast in Candidsa.
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Snorkelling and diving rank as two of Baliís most unforgettable experiences with a string of sites along the north and east coasts showcasing coral gardens flush with tropical fish, barrel sponges and sea anemones, no distance at all from the shore. The coral-covered WW2 wreck at Tulamben is breathtaking with a ban on fishing enabling an explosion of eels, octopus, squid and barracuda alongside shoals of damsel, butterfly and clown fish. Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida, just off the southeast coast, promise manta rays via dive boats around Penida whilst at Mangrove Point on Lembongan, currents are much gentler to allow a safe drift over fish-filled coral nurseries. Bali Barat National Park always promises successful snorkelling with Menjangan Island, particularly the shallow reef, coral canyon and subsequent drop off, conjuring up sea turtles, white tipped sharks, eagle and sting rays.
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Away from Baliís beaches itís rice terraces melting over hillsides like clocks in Dali's Persistence of Memory that attract those seeking solace from the heat, with central highland villages like Jatiluwih, overlooked by Mt Batukaru, awash with water-filled paddy fields. For photographers looking for the greenest of green shoots, February, March and April is the best time to visit the rice terraces although visit a couple of months later, June and July, and youíll find the fields alive with activity as crops are harvested before Sasih Karo storing ceremonies in August. Walking and cycling is certainly the best way to explore in the central highlands with quiet country tarmac lanes leading between rice terraces, fruit orchards, spice plantations and pockets of rural life to be found in and around villages like Munduk, just a two hour drive north of Ubud.
Bali's volcanic hillsides and sandy coastlines extend from one village to the next with sometimes no more than 50 people living and working, far from the trappings of tourism.
The further you get from built up Bali the more local people you'll meet with homestays in villages like Tirta Gangga, near the water palace, a great way to become part of a community where you can join in and help out as much or as little as youíd like. Local guides will introduce you to villagers and explain the etiquette, the work and the activities before leaving you to settle in with a host family, usually over a steaming pan of coffee.
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The best time to visit Bali depends on whether youíre adverse to a spot of tropical rain in the afternoon or if you prefer a dip in the ocean to cool off during a day at the beach.
As our Bali travel guide sets out to explain, there's plenty of this idyllic Indonesian island to go round with Aussie surfers, cultural adventurers and underwater explorers all finding their own pocket of perfection, just the way they like it.
Discover how to make the most of your time on Bali by checking out our interactive Bali map & highlights guide which features some of the islandís off the beaten track locations including Bali Barat National Park and the rural villages situated north of Ubud, within the central highlands.
Thereís no getting away from it - Baliís beaches are bountiful which is why this entire page is dedicated to the best beaches for sunsets, surfing and snorkelling.
Bali vacations for solo travelers are the bridge between independent and group travel, welcoming you into a group of travelers with a similarly free-thinking attitude.
Find out how to get around Bali, what to pack and where & what to eat as you read advice and tips from our friends in Bali and take the time to travel safely in Bali after checking out our health & safety travel guide containing everything from mosquitoes to metered taxis.
There are no excuses not to travel right in Bali with mass tourism, street kids and dolphin watching tours all big issues that the island needs to address, and fast.