A tiny tropical island that packs a punch. With sprawling white beaches, lush jungles, ancient volcanos, and serene Hindu temples, Bali is truly the 'Island of the Gods'.
Indonesia's most touristed island caters to all. Hardcore surfers hit the waves at Uluwatu while luxury seekers escape to Nusa Dua's world-renowned resorts. With hordes of Bintang-singlet-wearing tourists, Seminyak and Legian could easily be mistaken for little-Australia if it wasn't for their swaying beachfront palm trees. Health fanatics feel at home in Canggu's surf clubs, yoga studios, and vegan restaurants, while soul searchers channel their inner Eat Prey Love in Ubud.
A mere 3 hours' drive west will have nature-seekers away from the crowds and emerged deep in West Bali's beachfront jungle. Early birds in the east start the day with an uphill hike to watch the amber sunrise from Mount Batur's peak, while neighboring islands Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida make for a blissful daytrip snorkeling among vibrant sea life.
The gentleness of Bali's rolling waves and serenity of the lush rainforest are echoed in the peaceful nature of the Balinese people. Community-oriented, they treat tourists as part of their family, openly sharing a harmonious culture. Visit rolling rice terraces at Jatiluwih or Tegallalang to see local farmers hard at work and gain an appreciation for the centuries-old traditions practiced today.
Bali's unique balance between nature, people, and spirituality is almost tangible and audible through soft sounds of cicadas chirping and rhythm of wooden instruments. It's the local people, as much as the world class beaches, that make Bali a destination you'll want to visit again and again.
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