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Bali has successfully
merged centuries of neighbouring and colonial influences with old traditions
and customs, creating a unique, colourful sense of itself. This blend can be
seen in the culture, delicious cuisine and even the vibrant religion of
The underlying rich texture of Balinese culture permeates through to the cities and resorts, where holidaymakers can experience the lively variety of dances that have been celebrated by UNESCO as intangible cultural heritage. Head to the thriving town of Ubud, famous for its art and local artisan craftwork. It was featured in the film Eat, Pray, Love and you can trace Julia Roberts’ steps at your own leisure on a wander through the beautiful streets. Visit the Agung Rai Museum of Art to see amazing local and Indonesian art, take a tour of the amazing temples, and don’t forget to watch the spectacular Monsters Parade, where locals march through the streets carrying giant figures known as ogoh-ogoh.
For those seeking more serene experiences off the beaten track, the island is teeming with places to explore. Head to absolutely incredible natural wonders like the Aling Aling- and Sekumpul waterfalls, the spiritual Tamblingan Lake and the Sacred and Secret Canyon of Sukawati.
If frolicking by the beach is more your idea of a relaxing holiday, then you’ll find yourself surrounded by amazing coastlines in the form of the luxurious resorts at Nusa Dua and Kuta, and the more hidden paradises of Melasti Beach and Pasir Putih. Bali even has a beach with black sands, coloured by the nearby volcanic rocks. There are also so many opportunities to explore the sea life and the coral reefs that populate the waters around the island. Go snorkelling, sea-walking, SCUBA-diving or join a boat tour to see dolphins. For the more adventurous holidaymaker, numerous water sports like jet-ski, windsurfing and even flyboarding are available throughout the island.
After a long day of soaking up the sun and exploring the surrounding sights and buildings, it’s time to delve into Balinese cuisine. Spicy and flavourful, food such as bebek betutu (slow-cooked stuffed duck), ikan bakar (grilled fish) and the Indonesian classic Nasi Goreng can be found in most restaurants and quaint warungs (small eateries).
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