This was a three-day trip to Bali from Singapore, short but packed with many activities. This time I was more interested to experience the cultural and spiritual side of Bali instead of relaxing at the beach. Since my hotel was only 5 minutes walk from Kuta beach so that was one of my favorite destinations during my stay on the island.
I know there are a lot of bad reviews about Kuta beach but to me, it’s something unique that can be only experienced in Bali and me I am not here to swim in the beach or expecting for a quiet moment that I experienced in a private beach of Maui. I agree it’s crowded, not so clean beach but it has its own charm.
I have also visited Nusa Dua just to take a look, the crystal clear blue sea and the wonderful beach really impressed me. I was lucky enough to explore some of the locations that were absolutely breathtaking and no doubt why Bali is often called as Island of Gods.
There is a lot to do here in Bali no matter what your travel preference is you could always find things to enjoy staying within your budget.
The locals are so friendly and cheerful, I met with a local family and was invited for a dinner at a local restaurant. Since her son is a friend of mine and lives in the USA so I got her special attention and their unforgettable hospitality tends to make future trips.
If you never been to Bali then I really recommend you to be there to experience it otherwise it’s hard to understand what you are missing out.
Top Things to do:
Visit Tanah Lot Temple: Tanah Lot is a rock formation off the Indonesian island of Bali. It is home to the pilgrimage temple Pura Tanah Lot, a popular tourist and cultural icon for photography and general exoticism. It’s 23 km Northwest of Kura beach and about 50 minutes by car. And a great for spectacular view of Sunset.
Petitenget Temple: Referred to as ‘Pura Petitenget’ by locals, is a significant, centuries-old temple in Bali and one of the very few cultural landmarks at the island’s upscale beach resort area of Seminyak.
Red bricks and Sandstone make up most of the temple’s architecture, giving it an antique feel.
Ubud Monkey Forest: It is a popular tourist attraction and is often visited by thousands of tourist a month. The Ubud Monkey Forest is a nature reserve and Hindu temple complex in Ubud. Its official name is the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary.
Ubud Tegalalang Rice Terrace: Ubud Tegalalang Rice Terrace is a famous tourist attraction for beautiful rice terraces, many tourists who travel to Ubud stopped at this place to witness the beauty of the verdant terraced rice field scenery or having lunch at the restaurant while enjoying the beautiful scenery of terraced rice fields. Ubud Tegalalang Rice Terrace is one of the tourist icons in Ubud Bali. The Ubud rice terrace is designed very beautifully with exquisite hollowing rice field and precisely located on the hill bank. In this place, you will see the Balinese farmer do their rice field in the oblique area complete with its system irrigation.
Ubud Royal Palace: Ubud Royal Palace is a Ubud Kingdom Palace with beautiful Balinese traditional houses as a residence of Ubud King. It is set in the center of Ubud Bali with traditional art market just in front of it and it is found by Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel who has commanded from the year 1800 – 1823. This palace is an artistic cultural life center, while the traditional market is the symbol of the local economics resident. The existence of Puri Saren as a palace is equipped by a Wantilan/auditorium that is a large building of meeting room and a banyan tree as shelter place at the daytime. Ubud village has been a “royal town” for over a hundred years.
Ubud Tegenungan Waterfall: Ubud Tegenungan Waterfall is one of the best waterfalls in Ubud village, this waterfall offers amazing scenery with clean water and a cool atmosphere. From the stepping zone, there are various steps go down to the stream if you may need to see the waterfall. Tegenungan is one of the few waterfalls in Bali that isn’t situated in the highlands or mountains. Waterfalls are sharp drops along the course of a conduit, truly it’s a particularly lovely spot to stay in light of the way that green and nature home including. You can take a bath in this amazing and beautiful Tegenungan waterfall.
Barong and Keris Dance Performance (Trance Dance): Barong and Keris Dance performance us a Trance Dance by performing with professional Balinese dancer, the dance only perform in the morning and the dance taking story about the fighting good and evil by performing in figure Barong as the good character and Rangda as an evil character. We will watch this dance during full day Ubud Tours with duration 1 hours. Is great dance to watch before continuing the trip to Ubud village, the dancer brings the dance very well and makes you more comfortable to watch with a great story make the Barong and Keris dance more interesting.
Uluwatu Temple: Uluwatu Temple is a Balinese sea temple in Uluwatu. The temple is regarded as one of the sad kahyangan and is dedicated to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in his manifestation as Rudra.
Uluwatu Temple is a Hindu temple set on the cliff bank in the south part of Bali Peninsula. It is one of Sad Kahyangan Temple in Bali (six big groups of Bali Temples), located in Pecatu Village, Sub-district of South Kuta, and Badung Regency or about 25 Km southerly part of Denpasar town. It is situated on the coral reef sordid to sea about 80 meters above the sea level. It is featured by a small dry forest which is mostly called by Alas Kekeran (interdict forest) which belongs to the temple and dwelt by a lot of monkeys and other animals. Name of Uluwatu came from the word Ulu meaning the head and Watu meaning stone. Therefore Uluwatu Temple means the temple built in the tip of a coral reef.
Another famous sea temple postcard picture and exotic surf spot are Uluwatu, located on a southwest cliff top approximately 70 meters above the crashing waves. Pura Luhur Uluwatu, as it is referred to by locals, shares the splendid sunset backdrops of Tanah Lot, but at a higher altitude, providing broader ocean and horizon views. Cultural performances such as the Ramayana ballet or Kecak dance, take place in a specially designated amphitheater at the temple’s south, which takes place during the golden sunset hours, perfect for memorable pictures. Definitely one of the top places on the island to go to for scenic and sunset moments, together with ancient architecture and sculptures, and there’s a dense monkey forest nearby inhabited by grey long-tailed macaques.
Dinner at the Beach Seminyak: It’s a great way of enjoying the Sunset from the beach and having dinner with the cultural show. In the upscale area of Seminyak, you will find an endless range of dining choices, especially by the beach. Variety of cuisine, style, setting, and atmosphere is huge.
Batu Bolong Beach: This is a must see the beautiful white sandy beach. This beach is well known for its great waves ideal for surfing lesson as they are not as high as of the west coast. It’s about 17 km northwest of Kuta beach located in Canggu village of Kerobokan district.
Kura Beach: It is located on the western part of the island and considered Bali’s most famous beach resort destination. Also, it’s only minutes from the Ngurah Rai International Airport. If you are looking for a quiet and calm environment and a clean beach to swim then it’s not the ideal beach for you.
Nusa Dua Beach: From Kuta area, it’s only 20 – 30 minutes drive. Beautiful clean beach, less crowded and good for the family. Great for pictures. Beach hotels with private beach are very expensive. It worth to pay a visit and spend a day on the beach.