Heading to Bali? There’s an endless array of things to see and do. Fill it with art, culture, the spiritual, nature, or all of the above. Whether you’re headed to the rice terraces of Ubud, the spectacular beaches of Kuta, Nusa Dua and Seminyak, or the quiet laidback area of Lombok, there is much to be discovered. The West Coast of Bali, although less touristy, is nonetheless breathtaking, with forest-covered mountain ranges, beautiful flora, and endless seas of wet rice fields. There are also loads of local attractions to check out, from the budding art galleries to a variety of museums and art galleries, each offering a different glimpse of Bali. Start exploring the many options of what to do in Bali.
Bali is a province of Indonesia and the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands. The provincial capital, Denpasar, is the most populous city there and the second largest, after Makassar, in Eastern Indonesia. Bali is the only Hindu-majority province in Indonesia, and it’s Indonesia's main tourist destination, seeing a significant rise in tourists since the 1980s. Bali is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, painting, sculpture, metalworking, leather-working and music, and every year they host the Indonesian International Film Festival.
Bali has more than 500 coral species given it is part of the Coral Triangle, an area with a significantly high biodiversity of marine life. This is why it is such a huge tourist draw for those who enjoy snorkelling and scuba diving. It enjoys relatively stable warm temperatures throughout the year.
Some little-known facts about beautiful Bali: Not only was the Julia Roberts’ movie Eat, Pray, Love filmed here (it was inspired by the book of the same name), but it’s the final resting place of musician David Bowie, who asked in his will to have his ashes spread there.
Given the growth in tourism popularity, getting to Bali is getting easier and easier. Flights from Jakarta are about 1.5 hours, to Singapore and Perth (Australia) 2.5 to three hours, to Hong Kong about 4.5 hours, and to Sydney/Melbourne about 5.5 to six hours, with various airlines offering their services. You can also get their by water via cruise ships that make stops in Bali.