Bali is one of the most popular destinations for visitors from Australia but it is also known to international travellers as a place of zen relaxation and partying alike. It seems strange that these two completely opposite qualities can both be used accurately to describe a place but that's exactly what Bali is. This intriguing island is a wonderful place to relax but also the perfect place to party but there's plenty in between that you can do too.
Ulun Danu Temple
I'm sure we've all seen the photos of this beautiful temple, so why not live a part of that wanderlust and visit Ulun Danu. The temple itself appears to be floating on the surface of Baratan Lake which only adds to its mysterious charm.
Diving in Padang Bai
This is the most popular spot in Bali for diving due to its high number of amazing creatures that you can spot while diving there. You can get PADI certified here and there is a great chance of seeing an octopus, a shark or a turtle!
This is a given and a definite must do when in Bali. There are many great courses and retreats to be found all over the island and its hard to go wrong. The Yoga Barn is an institution amongst travellers and a great place to start.
Tanah Lot Temple
Another iconic sight that you've probably seen in many places, the Hindu Tanah Lot temple sits atop a rugged rock formation that has been detached from the main land. Wait for low tide and you can walk across the sand to get there!
Take a cooking class
In the same way that there are many great yoga classes available in Bali, there are a ton of great cooking classes available too. Whether you are a vegan, vegetarian or a plain old 'eat everything sight' kind of person you will be able to sample some delicious Balinese cuisine and learn to cook some up for yourself.
Take a bath in the sacred waters of Tirta Empul
Used as a location in the hit movie Eat, Pray, Love; Hindus come from all over Bali to bathe and swim in these supposedly holy waters. Despite being a sacred religious pool for Hindus, anyone is free to enter the temple complex and bathe in the waters.
Sample the Kuta nightlife
We did mention the partying. If you want lively bars, cheap alcohol and rowdy tourists then Kuta is definitely the place you need to visit. It's not for everyone and is the kind of place that you will either love or hate.
Soak up some luxury in Nusa Dua
Known as the most expensive area on the island, Nusa Dua is home to a number of luxury resorts and is a great place to hang out if you don't mind spending a few bucks. With a number of luxury hotels there you can expect some classy cocktail bars and upmarket spas within the resorts themselves.
Find some hidden Waterfalls
There are plenty of great hidden waterfalls on the island to be found that offer scenic beauty and a great place to relax. You can even swim in the basin of some but please pay attention to any warning signs. Two great spots include Sukawati and Munduk.
Visit Ubud Palace
One of the most important historical sights on the island, the Ubud Palace complex dates to the eighteenth century and has a distinct architectural style to the rest of the island. This is a great place to learn more about the history of the island and to get some great photos.
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