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9 Dec, 2019
4 min read
Location | Season Bali 19/20
Well if you’re in the Northern hemisphere at the moment and you’re bearing the brunt of the winter weather. Then we probably only need to list one reason why you should travel to Bali: the tropical climate. If that does not convince you, we have put together our Top 10 reasons why you should visit Bali at least once in your life:
Some of the best in the world, might we add. Maybe the most obvious reason to visit this Indonesian archipelago, the region of Nusa Dua (the race venue) is famous for its impeccable white sandy beach and crystal clear waters. Need we say more!?
Apparently there’s a globally-renowned race taking place here next April, called the BCA Super League Triathlon, in case we hadn’t mentioned!? Aside from that fun challenge, there’s a whole host of stuff for the adrenaline seeker. One of the world’s most popular surfing spots, there’s also diving, hiking, and cliff-jumping on offer.
Everything from lush tropical forests, iconic rice fields, majestic waterfalls, looming volcanoes, and hidden canyons, Bali has it all! A rich area of biodiversity, there are endless natural wonders to explore and to be etched in your memory (or your iPhone) forever.
Tanah Lot © Indonesia Travel
As a Hindu country, Bali is abundant with beautiful Hindu temples – and is nicknamed as the island of a thousand temples. Each showcasing their uniqueness and history, many of the unusual temples are located in stunning locations, such as Tanah Lot Temple, which perches on a rock in the shallows of the ocean, or Uluwatu, which sits at the edge of a steep cliff 70 metres above the sea.
© Ayodya Resort Bali
If there’s a hotspot for foodies it’s Bali. Known for being appealing for vegans, it’s a blend of fragrant spices, colourful vegetables, meat and fresh locally-caught fish. The island also has vibrant markets where you can buy fresh produce, and cookery schools where tourists can learn the art of Balinese cooking.
Ngebejiang Ceremony at Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary – Padangtegal – Ubud – Bali © Monkey Forest
Balinese wildlife is a spectacle everywhere you go, with a great variety of fauna including endemic species such as the Bali Mynah and other tropical birds. The monkey forest in Ubud provides a great opportunity to see monkeys in their natural habitat, and for the ocean-goers, you can even spot dolphins, manta rays and a host of exotic fish.
Maybe not an obvious one, but Bali’s shopping scene provides an amazing opportunity to pick up some traditional fare: from rattan or leather goods handmade by locals, to a very unique piece of artwork from the famous Ubud market. Bali is also known for silver and gold, so if jewellery is your thing, you’re in the right place.
For the flexible among us, Bali is yoga heaven. With a vast array of yoga studios and retreats peppered across the island, it’s the ultimate place to stretch, relax, breathe, and simply take in the beautiful surroundings. Restore your mind and your body in at of the island’s yoga classes or dedicated retreats, and you’re sure to come back a different person.
© Finns Beach Club
If you like a drink or two, you can’t go to Bali and not visit one of its famous beach clubs. There is something for everyone on offer, from the tourist hot spots to smaller and intimate finds. Finns in Canggu has a stunning 30-metre infinity edge pool with swim up pool bar, while in Seminyak, Potato Head is popular due to apparently being home to one of the best sunset views in Bali.
© Munduk Moding Plantation
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay and minimise your carbon footprint at the same time, Bali has it in the form of some pretty cool hotels. Many of the island’s hotels are built into the natural habitat in the jungle environment, with many of the products sourced or made locally to maximise sustainability. One of the most famous eco-friendly hotels is Munduk Moding Plantation; a mountain retreat with amazing views over the green hillsides and coffee plantations.
There you have it.
While we’re all off to buy our plane tickets to Bali, check out this cool race we are organising there from 3rd – 5th April, where world class professional athletes meet age groupers from all over the globe in an action-packed weekend of triathlon in paradise.
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