Bali is a small Indonesian island located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. Bali is the home of the country’s largest Hindu population and the largest tourist destination in the world, with a yearly average of 4.3 million visitors. Sharing with you the top things to do in Bali this New Year holiday!
Bali is a big city and can be the centre point of your entire vacation without ever having to leave. There is literally SOMETHING for everyone and every type of traveler – this could range from looking for a calm, tranquil environment or an adventure or just indulging in something exotic. Bali can be divided from a tourist perspective in three regions that should serve as your base to stay, we call them the Bali triangle, namely, Nasa Dua, Ubud & Seminyak. This will make it easy to explore instead of traveling long distances for local sightseeing.
First Bali Destination – Nasa Dua
Check into your beautiful luxury resort – Bali is home to some of the finest beach resorts and luxury villas offering elegant tropical ambiance with dramatic clifftop setting.
This is a day to relax on the beach and indulge in local delicacies at the resort.
See the sunrise view from the beach shoreline. The best way to get around the Nusa Dua Bali area is by riding a bicycle.
Next head for a Snorkeling Day Trip to Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida Island
Your days are to relax and roam local markets and spend time at the beach. In the evening, or you could do a dinner cruise around Nasa Dua. Discover the Balinese culture with traditional folklore aboard.
Next Bali Destination – Ubud
Home to some of the most gorgeous luxury resorts, Ubud is known as Bali’s art and culture capital. Ubud is the ultimate place to enjoy various traditional performances, from the notorious Kecak fire dance to local youths practicing their gamelan in the town hall. You can catch one of these performances anywhere from the Royal Palace to restaurants and public places.
100 candles dinner
In Ubud, one of the most special things to do is a gorgeous romantic ‘100 candles dinner’ for two.
Aptly named, it’s the background for a gorgeous softly lit celebration with scrumptious food that will have your mouth watering. Dinner is held at a restaurant called Swept Away. The restaurant itself is based at Samaya Resort in Sayan, Ubud and we’d be hard-pressed to find something more romantic in Ubud.
Ulun Dan Bratan Temple
Ulun Dan Bratan Temple locally known as Pura Ulun Danu Beratan and it’s also called Floating Temple. It is 90 minutes from Ubud and the most mesmerizing temple complex on the shores of Lake Beratan, set within the highlands of the mountainous Bedugul region in Bali, Indonesia.
Gate of Heaven: East Bali Private Tour
Book yourself an East Bali tour, home to some of the island’s most stunning sights—you will need to leave Ubud early to capture photos of Lempuyang Temple’s Gate of Heaven before the mist closes in. Relax in your own private vehicle on this to-the-point tour that includes not only the Gate of Heaven but Tirta Gangga Water Palace, a Mt. Agung viewpoint, and a gourmet lunch with an infinity pool and river views.
Ubud Monkey Forest
This is a great place to take your kids and explore monkeys in their natural habitat. This is a sanctuary and natural habitat of the Balinese long-tailed macaque. It is located at Padangtegal Ubud, Bali. About 1260 monkeys live in this sanctuary.
Final Bali Destination – Seminyak
In Seminyak, the waters are blue with plenty on offer for water-sports. This should be your last destination to explore the bluest beaches of Bali and relaxation after all the travel before heading back home. Compared to Kuta Beach, Seminyak Beach is much cleaner and less crowded. It is home to three stunning beaches, Seminyak Beach, Echo Beach (known for surfing) and Berawa Beach, location about 5 km from the hub of Seminyak. Berawa beach is windy and fairly clean and also home to the largest lagoon along the Canggu coastline.
One thing we highly recommend is sailing to Nusa Lembongan on an Aristocrat Luxury Catamaran.
Apart from spectacular beaches, Seminyak also has the stunning Petitenget Temple that symbolises the cultural roots of the region.
The name Petitenget Temple is derived from the story. It is translated roughly into a “haunted coffin”. There’s popular folklore that this temple was out of bounds due to a story that dates back to the 15th century. At that time, the area known today as Petitenget Beach was a lush jungle, it was so thick that people believed there are spirits living within. This was strangely supported by a piece of evidence, that most people who visited the temple came out sick.
It is now a safe place to visit for everyone and does not resemble the jungle it was once.
For more information on things to do in Bali, places to stay, you can scout the Indonesia Tourism Website.