When I hear Bali, I think paradise. That is why our second destination for this summer is: Bali, Indonesia.
It’s more than a place: it’s a mood, an aspiration, a tropical state of mind. Yes, Bali has beaches, surfing, diving, and resorts great and small, but it’s the essence of Bali – and the Balinese – that makes it so much more than just a fun-in-the-sun retreat.
It is possible to take the cliché of the smiling Balinese too far, but in reality, the inhabitants of this small island are indeed a generous, genuinely warm people. And there’s an awful lot to do in paradise:
1.) Go surfing in Uluwatu, Bignin, or Balangan. Or if you don’t know how, learn in Kuta, Legian, and Canggu. Bali boasts some of the world’s best surf spots.
2.) Escape to Menjangan Island and go snorkeling in the clear waters to see the abundant marine life. If you visit in the spring, make sure to catch hundreds of deer swimming to the island.
3.) Relax and take in a spa and massage treatment in the midst of Bali’s beauty or practice yoga and meditate in Bali to find your inner self.
4.) Climb Mount Batur’s black sand and lava at dawn to see the sunrise. After that walk around the shores of Lake Bratan in scenic Bedugul.
5.) Go cycling and see Bali’s beautiful rice fields, rainforest, or mountainous terrain. If you’re a thrill-seeker, try one of the downhill tracks.
6.) Visit the Tirta Gangga water palace, a maze of pools and fountains surrounded by lush gardens with stone statues. The complex is simply beautiful.
7.) Visit the scenic fishing village of Jemeluk, learn freediving in Amed, and dive the famous USAT Liberty wreck in Tulamben: it’s an unbelievable experience.
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