For such a small island approximately 145 x 80km Bali boasts a surprising number of highlights. With lush rice paddies, mystical temples, white-sand beaches, and misty volcano treks, it is easy to see why the island of Gods is Indonesia’s most popular tourist destination. Check out the cultural heritage of Ubud, bask in the sophistication of Seminyak, or simply relax at the mellow beachside towns of Lovina and Amed. Whatever you do, rest assured that this paradise island will leave you with a bounty of lasting memories.
Those not fazed by the concept of waking up before dawn should join one of the numerous sunrise treks up Mt Batur. It takes approximately two hours to ascend the 1,717m active volcano.
Ubud’s Seniman Coffee Studiobrews high-quality organic coffee beans from different parts of the archipelago, including Bali. The café also offers a breakfast menu and fresh juices.
In Ubud, buy textiles at Threads of Life or stop by Studio Perek for handmade jewellery. Alternatively, fill your bags at the Ubud Market, which stocks knick-knacks and traditional Balinese art.
Long-tailed macaques freely roam the Monkey Forest. This jungle-clad temple complex houses sacred sites including the Pura Dalem temple and theHoly Spring bathing temple.
Bumbu Baliserves a wide range of authentic Balinese dishes in a traditional setting. Order nasi campur, or mixed rice, a popular dish that comes with a selection of meats, vegetables, and sauces.
Elephant Safari Parkis the best place in Bali to get up close and personal with a herd of these gentle giants. Enjoy an elephant ride or simply sit back and watch them frolic in the bathing area.
The 11th-century Pura Lahur temple in Uluwatu is the setting of a nightly spectacle. The Kecak is a dramatic dance, performed by around 100 men, characterised by a trance-inducing cak chant.
Each evening Jimbaran beach transforms into a lively cluster of seafood restaurants. Visit the Menega Café and choose from fresh prawns, squid, crab, lobster, and a wide range of fish.
Perched on a rock 14m above the Indian Ocean, the Rock Bar at AYANA Resort is one of Bali’s most iconic venues. Better still, the trendy bar can be reached by a funicular.
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Distance: 6,930 km
Flight Time: 12 hours , 10 minutes
Frequency: Daily via Singapore