Bali attractions

Besides world-class surfing, great weather and Ubud’s lively nightlife, which of the many Bali attractions is the most, well, attractive? The list to choose from is quite long. From (Philippines):

Bali prides itself for its postcard-pretty scenery—long, sandy beaches, rugged coastlines, scenic hills and mountains. Its unique beauty and charm also comes from the rich and colorful Balinese culture, as well as artistic and spiritual background. The people are especially warm and friendly.

And let’s not forget the food. Though not the most famous of Bali attractions, some would argue that Balinese cuisine alone is well worth the trip. Sometimes described as a mixture of Indonesian, Indian and Chinese influences, Balinese fare is atypical of other predominantly Hindu places in that it contains lots of meat. Vegetarians should not fear, however, as they are also well catered to. Check out this site for a brief explanation and overview of Balinese cuisine. This next text on Bali attractions is ganked from a Flight Center paid advert on

Exploring the island’s numerous Hindu temples is one of the most popular things to do in Bali. Many are complex architectural structures and the 9 ‘directional temples’ are the island’s most prominent. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan at the edge of pretty Lake Bratan in Bedugal is one of the most picturesque, although Pura Luhur Uluwatu on the Bukit Peninsula is perhaps the most accessible. Traditional arts and crafts are abundant in Ubud – regarded as the cultural centre of the island. One of Ubud’s best-known attractions is Goa Gajah, the so-called ‘Elephant Cave’ which in 1995 was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The similarly spectacular Gunung Kawi or ‘Poet Mountain’ is an 11th Century burial complex believed to be the final resting place of King Anak Wungsu and his wives.

And that’s not all… From the Jakarta Post:

In sports tourism, Bali also hosts a large number of sports events, such as the Bali 10K, tennis and golf tournaments, Bali Triathlon, surfing and diving competitions. For creative tourism, the island is home to thousands of talented artistic and creative industries. Handicrafts, paintings, furniture, fashion, jewelry, footwear and leather products are among the island’s best products.

So if you’re interested in traditional architecture, culture, food, sports, crafts or natural beauty, there are plenty reasons to visit Bali. What’s the best of Bali attractions? We’d still have to say the waves.

Bali attractions

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. Pic: Alpha (Flickr CC)

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