Bali is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It has a mystique that is unparalleled for those who love the South Pacific culture. It is a place of lush scenery and colorful culture, and anyone who is looking for an unforgettable getaway will not be disappointed in Bali travel.
Rather then simply wandering about alone, it is a good idea to get a guided tour of the island. The local people will obviously have a much better idea of where the good sites to see are, as well as hopefully knowing how to avoid the rush of other tourists. Here are a few of the major scenes you may want to look at, so be sure to tell your guide you want to visit them.
Ubud Monkey Park
If wildlife, an in particular monkeys, interest you then you may well want to check out the monkey park in Ubud. You can feed the monkeys small pieces of fruit, purchased at the entrance, and or simply wander around the park. Bear in mind, though, that although they may sometimes act very human they are still animals and you need to be careful. Still, the habitat is extremely well done and the scenery is beautiful.
The Uluwatu Temple
Officially called the Pura Luhur Uluwatu, this is quite possibly the most spectacular temple in Bali. Originally, it was built to defend the city form evil spirits coming from the south west, and is highly important in local rituals as well as being revered throughout the island. Built in the 1100s, it is situated on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Bukit peninsula, and is flanked by some beautiful seventeenth century temples.
The Batur Volcano Complex
This amazing volcano is a must-see in Bali. Still active, this volcano is one of the most popular attractions in Bali. The caldera alone is over 10 kilometers wide and approximately 450 meters deep. Much legend and lore surrounds the volcano, and it is said to be Goddess Danu’s throne.
Balinese Barong Dance
The phrase “Barong Dance” is often used just to refer to a dance where the dancers where animal masks, however the original meaning of the word is quite different. Barong was a character in Balinese mythology, the king of good spirits. Although each region represents Barong by a different animal, and he is most commonly shown as a lion, it is unclear what exactly the original, mythical Barong actually was.
Finally, remember that in any tourist destination there are people ready to take advantage of anyone who doesn’t know the local customs. So be careful, make sure you know what you’re doing, and turn down anything free- there really is no such thing as a free lunch, or anything else. That said, Bali is a beautiful place, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy your visit.