When you talk about paradise, it might be that many different places pop into your mind, but if you want a destination that most people class as paradise, you would be hard pressed to beat Bali.
Known as the Islands of the Gods, Bali is an idyllic, beautiful, laid-back, chilled-out, and downright stunning destination, and for anyone who is wanting to tick such a place off their bucket list, it’s certainly a great time to do it. Part of the huge Indonesian archipelago, Bali is one of the 17,000 plus islands which make up this truly beautiful part of the world, and probably one of the most famous of the region. If you’re picturing those bungalows which sit over the crystal clear water, that’s Bali!
In terms of cost, it’s true that Bali is not the cheapest place in the world to visit, but the good news is that there are budget options too. From backpacking B&Bs, to private villas in Bali, there really is something for everyone, and that is great news for a variety of different travellers.
Bali earned the nickname the Island of the Gods because of its landscapes and its total and utter natural beauty. These landscapes vary from rugged and mountainous, to lush and green, covering rice terrains, volcanic landscapes, paradise beaches, and bustling cities, this is an island which was touched with every single finger to create paradise. Bali is packed with culture, which is sometimes overlooked in place of beach life and partying, especially in the Kuta Beach area. For that reason, it’s vital that visitors explore the more traditional way of life on the island, as well as exploring the spiritual side of life in this part of the world too. There are many important temples which you can visit, and this is to be recommended too.
The intriguing thing about Bali is that the island’s vibe changes in each direction. The southern part of the island is the most visited, and this is where most of the touristic nightlife and attractions are based. The most famous place in this region is Kuta Beach, and this is where most budget travellers head, thanks to cheap accommodation and bright nightlife. The Bukit Peninsula, Nusa Dua, and cultural Seminyak are also located in the southern part of the island. If you are looking for a quiet, chilled, luxury break, perhaps the southern portion isn’t for you, but it is ideal for anyone who likes to dib in and out of nightlife and attractions, before retiring back to their home away from home villa set up.
The central part of the island is really where you will find the most authentic sights and way of life, and this is the true heartland of the island. The central mountains are found here, and the scenery is dramatic, to say the least. The western part of the island is home to the West Bali National Park, and again, scenery is certainly jaw-dropping here, as well as being the part of the island where you can catch a ferry over to Java. The West Bali National Park is packed with outdoor activities to enjoy, such as trekking, climbing, bird-watching, diving, and basically enjoying the open fresh air and some downright amazing scenery.
If you are looking for a true relaxation break then the northern part of the island is a good option. Lovina is located here, and you will also find black sand beaches which are quieter than those found in the south of the island. Lovina is the old capital city, and you should certainly take the time to explore it, as well as its old architecture.
Finally, the eastern portion of the island is home to many quaint villages, as well as an active volcano and Mount Agung. Again, expect dramatic scenery here!
Bali is an island, but it has a few smaller islands which are just offshore, and still belong to it. These islands are ideal for scuba divers and those who want to check out what lies beneath the surface. Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Penida are located just off the south-eastern coast of the island, and should certainly be on your list if you love water-based activities.
Bali is ideal for anyone looking for relaxation, but the southern portion is there for fun in the sun. Nusa Dua is packed with resorts which are considered more high end, as well as having a stunning sandy beach to totally relax on. The Bukit Peninsula is home to one of the most iconic sights on the island, if not the entire region – Uluwatu Temple, which literally hangs off the edge of a cliff side! This is a sight that you simply have to see if you’re travelling all the way to Bali, and not visiting this site would be a major mistake.
Overall, Bali is a destination that everyone should get to see at least once in their lives. From honeymooners, upcoming weddings, backpackers, solo travellers, groups, and everything in-between, this is an island which was touched by the hand of God in the best possible way, and therefore that makes it one of the most beautiful destinations on the planet. In terms of paradise, you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere which deserves the description any more than this Indonesian wonder.
Is now the best time to venture to paradise? You bet it is! What are you waiting for?