Bali, Indonesia is one of those places that people have always dreamed of going to. It’s part of the coral triangle which has the greatest biodiversity of marine species in the world. The beaches are amazing, the snorkeling is out of this world, and its steeped in culture and the arts.
Among the touristy activities like safaris, spas, fantastic and unique restaurants and bars, there are some more spiritual and off the beaten path things to do in Bali:
- Get a traditional Jari Menari rhythmic massage at the Dancing Fingers School. On Tuesdays you can learn how to do it yourself, participate in a yoga class and have lunch.
- Dine at Prince Ajoaes’ Tabanan Palace, a 17th century restored palace and following dinner, see the dance performance.
- Visit the Jagasari temple and other temples and rice terraces rarely seen by tourists http://www.privateconciergebali.com/
- Take a sunset sail on a Jukung and perhaps see some dolphins. com/tembokbali.
- Visit the Bedugal waterfalls. sanakbali.com
- Visit the Banjar Hot Springs sanakbali.com
- Take a day long tour to the 7 temples of enlightenment, A UNESCO World Heritage site, including Bali’s first Hindu temple dating back to the 10th century. privateconciergebali.com
- If you go during Balinese New Year, there is a day of cleansing ceremonies, then villages hold huge processions, then on Nyepi, you will experience a day of silence, where everyone must stay inside and there is no noise and no lights in the houses.
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- Visit the rice terraces and water temples that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. combalirescentre.com
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This is only a sample of all the things to do in Bali. There is so much, both culturally significant and more light. Please let us know what you’ve seen and done in Bali in the comments below!