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Top-6 things to do in Bali

written Av Mattias Publicerat i Asien den 16 jul 2013

Bali and Gili Islands offers pretty much anything a traveler might want. Fantastic beaches, shopping opportunities, spas, great food, lively night life, beautiful landscape, mystique culture and friendly people. This is my top-6 list of great activities:

Gili Islands 
If you are traveling to Bali you also need to visit these islands. The islands consists of GiliBalibeach Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. Gili Trawangan is the most popural and lively island. Gili Meno and Gili Air are more quiet. The beaches are so stunning with all the white sand and turquoise-tinted, warm and crystal clear water. On these beaches you can just relax all day long doing nothing. In Gili Trawangan there are plenty of different levels accommodations, great cafés and bars. In the evenings the food market is worth of trying. The best way to see the whole island is to take a bike and cycle around the island and remember to stop on the west side to see the sunset in the end of the day. The cycling is fun and easy since there are no motor vehicles on these islands. 

The best way to see the underwater world is to reserve your own boat and guide so you don’t need to be in the same spot with twenty persons at the same time. The glass bottom boat hire is about 750 000 IDR from five person for four hours. You can stop and snorkel in the places you want and for example spend time on another island. The guide also has time to show the best places for you. The undersea world is gorgeous with its colorful fishes and coral reefs and above all the turtles are swimming so close you can almost touch them.

White water rafting 
White water rafring at Telega Waja River is an adrenalineshock. A  driver will pRaftingick you up from your hotel in the morning and take you to the hills where 16 km long and 2 hours lasting fun starts. Rafting in the middle of jungle, waterfalls and the 4 meter fall in the end of the river are so much fun! The ride is a great mix of falls, rapids and lovely points of peaceful river where you can slowly paddle and enjoy the beautiful landscape. You can definitely enjoy even if it is raining pouring water. They also have waterproof bags on each raft for phones, cameras and wallets. There is an opportunity to buy pictures taken with system cameras and it’s really worth of money. You’ll get awesome photos. The rafting is safe and not too hard so it can be recommended for first timers and older children too. Normally the prices are set to 50-75 USD. Tours can also be booked from a street vendor and its worth negotiating because you can get it down to 300 000 IDR. Just remember to check that it includes everything you need. With 300 000 IDR you can get a ride from your hotel, return transfer, hot buffet lunch, safety equipments, guides, insurance and shower.  

Beaches and surfing opportunities
That’s one of the things you shouldn’t miss if you go to Bali. Head to the beach in the late afternoon and enjoy the sunset while surfing at the same time. In Kuta and Seminyak there are many places offering board rent and teaching lessons. The board rent is about 50 000 IDR and the lesson 100 000 - 250 000 IDR per one hour. For start one hour might be enough because it’s quite hard! If you want to learn to surf really well, it’s recommended to take more than a two days course.

If you’re not staying that long in Bali you can see most of the common sights in one day.
Take a guided tour and start your day early in the morning. First you can head to see the traditional Barong dance. It’s a story telling dance based on Balinese mythology. After the dance you can visit the batik and silver factories, where you can see the locals working. There are also many temples you can visit on the way to the north. In sunny weather go and have dinner at Mount Batur where you can see the craterlake and volcanos. After dinner you can have some great coffee in plantations nearby or relax on the rice terraces. Then it’s time to head to cultural town of Ubud and its famous Sacred Monkey Forest where monkeys are running free. The forest itself is also great experience with its huge trees. Ubud in turn offers art and history. At the end of the day you can do some shopping in some of the small shops or the local market.

Balinese coffee balicoffee
The coffee is really good and while you’re in Bali you need to taste Kopi Luwak. It’s one of the world’s most expensive coffees and it’s produced of beans that civets, Asian cat animals, eat and excrete. One cup of this coffee costs about 50 000 IDR on the plantations but elsewhere in Bali near to 200 000 IDR. One small bag costs already about 750 000 IDR.  In the plantation you can find out how it’s made and you can also see the civets.

/Pipsa Lyytikainen


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