Chances are you’ve heard of this vacation destination – It is known worldwide for its amazing beaches, culture, food and peace. Did you guess it? Bali is an island and province of Indonesia that is a popular tourist destination (Tourism is 80% of the economy on the island!) The province is located in the Coral Triangle, known as the Amazon of the oceans because of the large diversity of marine species living there. To put things into perspective, you will find about 500 reef coral species in this part of the ocean, which is seven times more than the amount of coral in the entire Caribbean.
Do you think a latte for $5 is expensive? In Bali you will find the most expensive coffee in the entire world! It is called “Kopi Luwak,” and the price per pound is anywhere from $100-$500 U.S. dollars. The beans are collected from the digestion of a Civat Cat; after the cat eats the ripest coffee “cherries,” it cannot digest the bean. The beans are then turned into coffee – the actual process of how it works is one you’ll find out when visiting Bali! It is world-famous, so don’t be afraid to give it a try.
Bali is also famous around the globe for its beautiful beaches and clear blue waters. While this is indeed one of the most beautiful features of the island, there are also some special beaches that stand out – these beaches have black sand, which make for a sight like no other. For instance, the Lovina Beach is comprised of black sand that comes from the cooled lava of Mt. Agung, creating a gorgeous scenery. Grab some sun screen and be prepared to relax on your choice of white-sand beaches or one-of-a-kind black-sand beaches!
In case you were left wondering about volcanos, Bali has two active volcanos: Mt. Agung and Mt. Batur. In fact, you can hike Mt. Agung to the highest peak of Bali at over 3100 meters (2 miles), which is said to be one of the most spectacular views on the island. Be sure to bring a camera to capture the stunning sight!
Next up is a place you might know from the Julia Roberts’ film Eat, Pray, Love. The famous Tirta Empul is a temple complex just outside of Ubud and is made up of several pools filled by water fountains. The water coming from the fountains is said to be sacred, and many people come from afar just to bathe in the pools. Don’t let the crowds scare you away!
Bali is home to a majority of Hindu believers living in Indonesia, and because of this it is also home to numerous magnificent Hindu temples, one of them being the Ulu Wata. The Ulu Wata stands as one of the most beautiful places to visit in Bali and offers a breathtaking view of the coast and the ocean. The best time to visit the temple is around dusk, when you can experience one of the most amazing sunsets on the whole island.
Be on the lookout for monkeys that venture around Ulu Wata!
Since Bali is a popular beach destination, water sports are something you have to make time for! The Coral Triangle makes this province a superb location for snorkeling and exploring the clear waters.
One of the best aspects about traveling and being in a new place is the ability to learn and experience the local culture, which is very rich in Bali. Take a trip to Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali, where you will find many art galleries dedicated to ceramics, sculpture and jewelry. If you are fan of the Indonesia cuisine, you may also take a few of the cooking classes that are offered there. You do not want to miss out on this fascinating opportunity.
Last but not least, don’t forget to check the turtle sanctuary, located on the Serangan island. The sanctuary aims to educate its visitors on the dangers caused by pollution that harm the turtles. The institution also rescues injured turtles and cares for them before releasing them back into the wild.