Also known as the Island of the Gods, Bali is one of 17,500 islands in Indonesia — and one of the region’s most popular tourist destinations.
Travelers on a trip to Bali must make visiting the island’s ancient temples a priority during their trip. There are said to be more than 20,000 Hindu temples on the island, and while it’s impossible to see them all, there are a few standouts.
One of the most sacred temples is Tirta Empul, in the town of Tampaksiring. Holy spring water runs through the temple complex, and visitors can participate in a purification ritual known as Melukat.
Because Bali is a predominantly Hindu island, yoga is an important part of the culture. To experience a traditional class, head to the Yoga Barn, in Ubud. The beautiful open-air, teak and bamboo wood studios look out over terraced rice paddy fields.
It should come as no surprise that the seafood is excellent on this island. Just north of the island’s Bukit peninsula, on Jimbaran Beach, travelers can have fresh-caught seafood grilled to order.
What to do if you are in the mood for fine dining? Experience traditional (but elevated) Indonesian fare at Merah Putih, grab brunch at Milk & Madu, or reserve a table at Sarong, in Seminyak.
Work off your feast by surfing at laid-back Canggu. This beach area in southern Bali is a surfer’s paradise, and is now just as popular for paddleboarding, water yoga, and Muay Thai. One of the most fun things to do in Bali comes after a serious surf session, when riders grab a Bintang beer and watch the sunset.
Before you leave, mingle with expats at the strip of beach clubs on Seminyak. It’s a destination popular with the island’s international community (but classier than Kuta Beach). One of the best clubs is Potato Head Bali, which boasts two restaurants, three bars, and an infinity pool.