Bali is one of the most enchanting travel destinations and is constantly voted the best island in the world. It can boast a tropical climate and has a whole range of different environments and activities for travellers.
The monsoons are approaching, and while India turns gorgeous shades of green, there is every possibility you’re going to be dull and grey. For us travel buffs ‘tis a time to be merry and head out of the country. Though paced leisurely, this Bali trip has all the elements to make a discerning traveller go woah! We have packed our bags and are looking for awesome travellers to join us on this one!
4th July-10th July | http://bit.ly/BaliWebsite
6 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY HEAD TO BALI:
6) THE TRIFECT; SURF, SUN AND SEA
Bali has been a mecca for surfers since the 1970’s, with its world-class waves and perfect line-ups. From Uluwatu and Impossibles in the Bukit, to Old Man’s Canggu and Balian’s break – the entire island is a surfer’s paradise.
5) BEAUTIFUL TEMPLES TO STIR THE SOUL
Temples are part of the very essence of Bali and are evident in the very framework of this island. The ‘Mother’ Temple, Bekasih, lies in the centre of Bali and is a mystical and magical place that is best visited at full moon, if possible.
Bali has several directional temples, such as Uluwatu and Bedugal, that serve to protect the island, ward off evil and hold a spiritual force. The architecture varies and is heavily influenced by cosmology.
A visit to a temple is a must as it is a representation of the Balinese culture and a truly beautiful experience.
4) EXPERIENCE THE UNIQUE LUWAK COFFEE
One of the most expensive coffees in the world, Kopi Luwak is a Balinese drink made from…wait for it…seeds of coffee berries defecated by cats known as Asian palm civets. It may be a strange concept to few, but the coffee is worth trying! Head to one of the coffee plantation in the volcanic highlands, Ubud and enjoy tasting sessions that include flavours including Gensing Coffee, Bali Cocoa and Rosella Tea.
3) KECAK DANCE AT SUNSET
Seeing the story of Ramayana unfold in the form of a Balinese dance is a unique cultural experience. The setting is perfect – an amphitheatre overlooking the ocean and Uluwatu Temple on a cliff. Everyone who attends the Kecak and Fire Dance is handed a sheet with a scene by scene summary prior to the performance. As the sun sets in the backdrop, the men start chanting and keep you captivated through the dance. After the performance, you can head to the nearby Jimbaran Beach and have dinner by the ocean!
2) FAMOUS RICE PADDIES
Ribbons of green sinuously curve around hillsides crested by coconut palms: the ancient rice terraces of Jatiluwih are as artful as they are elegant, and a timeless testimony to the Balinese rice farmers’ love and respect for the land. You’ll run out of words for green as you walk, bike or drive the little road that wanders through this fertile bowl of the island’s sacred grain. This is one of the few places where the ancient strains grow, standing stout and bounteous in the flowing fields.
1) SNORKEL OR DIVE THE REEFS OF BALI
While Bali have so much to offer on land and beaches and mountains, do not forget the marvels of what’s under the sea. Feel small as a manta ray blots out the sun’s glow overhead, its fluid movement causing barely a disturbance in the surrounding waters as it glides past. And there’s another, and another. Just when you think your dive can’t get more dramatic, you turn to find a 2.5 meter sunfish hovering motionlessly, checking you out. Nusa Penida is but one of the many dive sites ringing Bali. The legendary 30 meter wall at Pulau Menjangan thrills, one tank after another.
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Trip Dates: 4th July-10th July | http://bit.ly/BaliWebsite