There is no better place in this world that we know like Bali – a summer paradise that offers endless choices of anything under the sun that you could possibly imagine or want. Famous for its beaches, world-class waves for surfing, scuba diving, natural sites to visit and explore, a dynamic and fascinating Hindu culture, and magnificent temples, it birthed many gifted artists that produce encaptivating artwork in paint, stone, wood and silver.
Bali is rated as one of the best travel destinations in the world by countless websites, review portals and travel magazines each year and for very good reasons. In this article, we will explain what you can expect from the Island of Gods the next time you visit to guarantee an amazing experience.
Many visitors that frequent Bali are what we call repeaters. Many first timers who visit the island are certain that they will never re-visit the destination twice, until they experience a serendipitous encounter that make them enamoured with the tropical getaway that keeps calling them back. This enchanting and charming island has touched the hearts and inspired many wanderers and travellers with a unique and authentic essence that cannot be found elsewhere. It could be because of the warm and welcoming sentiments of the locals, or the fact that Bali allows you to become whoever you want to be.
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Catch a Wave in Bali
Starting along the island’s southern shores, surfing in Bali has been one of the scenes that greatly catalysed tourism on the island. The rolling waves and beautiful beaches offer varying intensity of waves to cater to experienced riders and beginners who want a piece of the action.
Pro surfers can choose to head to the outer reef breaks of the southern Bukit Peninsular, whereas novices can try their hand at smaller waves in the lagoons. Being a great place to pick up the sport, the island has evolved into the popular wave riders’ playground that we know of today, offering a plethora of board rentals and surf schools for anyone wanting to have fun under the sun.
Dine with Your Feet in the Sand
Here, food and beverage options present an endless choice of local, international and contemporary cuisines tailored to suit every palate. In fact, foodies all over the world would know about the food paradise within one of Bali’s trendiest neighbourhoods, Canggu.
Dining options there have nothing short – it offers breath-taking café layouts by the beach to set the ambience, serving beautifully plated food with carefully curated menus that offer healthy and delicious food, and quality service that make your experience memorable. With a balanced meal that offers tons of fresh fish, fruits and vegetables, you’re sure to indulge in a zero-guilt meal. Alternatively, try a hand at their local warungs to try their local cuisines, such as Nasi Babi Guling or Bebek Bengils that would leave you salivating and wanting more.
It is hard to find such wholesome food anywhere else with such an affordable price tag. On your next visit to Bali, here are some places to check out when visiting Canggu – Milk & Madu, Avocado Café, Nalu Bowl, Billy Ho, Moana, Parachute and The Lawn.
It’s Time to Unwind – Bali’s Iconic Beach Clubs
Many visitors prefer the slow and steady pace of Canggu, but its proximity to Seminyak, Kuta and Uluwatu makes it quite a hotspot for partygoers and night owls. In fact, some of the hottest beach clubs are found right smack in the heart of this up-and-coming neighbourhood that can put you in the right holiday spirit. Unwind with like-minded travellers from all over the world with a delicious drink and enjoy the beautiful sunset at some of these beach clubs in Canggu for a taste of Bali’s intimate and popular nightlife.
Here are some recommended beach clubs you should definitely include to your list; Finns Beach Club, Como Beach Club, Echo Beach Club, La Brisa, The Lawn and Vue Beach Club.
An Unforgettable Wedding Ceremony
Imagine the sound of waves crashing gently on clean, sandy shores as your friends and families sit amongst the crowd. “Moonriver” is gently playing in the background, as you exchange your personally written vows with your partner at sunset. A simple, yet unforgettable experience that holds a special place in your hearts.
Bali has been one of the top destinations for lovebirds from all over the world to tie the knot, featuring some of the most exotic wedding venues that embodies luxury and romance in world-class architecture, facilities and party planning services. Picturesque weddings in Singapore aren’t impossible, but they do come with a premium price-tag.
If you are planning a destination wedding with jaw-dropping venues, amazing culinary experiences and service of the highest quality, Bali is a great location to commemorate your special day. It is also one of the most romantic honeymoon destinations too.
Our Top Recommendation – Canggu, Berawa Beach
Bali has a rich assortment of beaches, each of which is a favorite destination on its own. It cannot be mentioned without pointing out its amazing shores and breath-taking beach experiences. The household names – Seminyak Beach, Kuta Beach, Nusa Dua Beach, Jimbaran Beach, Berawa Beach, Uluwatu Beach – offer everything imaginable for folks who are seeking what we love to call “vitamin sea”. Bali beaches also comprise striking black sands on the north and western shorelines, with sleepy undisturbed coves in-between.
Canggu hasn’t been on the tourist map for long but it’s rapidly becoming a popular spot for travelers as well as digital nomads seeking a place closer to the beach than you would find it between the cool mountains of Ubud.
Recently chosen among CNN’s “World’s 100 Best Beaches” in position no 39, Bali’s hippest new hotspot Canggu is especially popular among expats which is visible by the many modern villas popping up between the lush green rice fields and many new cafés owned by people from overseas.
Canggu offers a wide stretch of black sand beach that is world-famous for its magnificent surf. In 2004 Canggu Beach hosted the Indonesia Surfing Championship (ISC) chosen for its barrelling waves as well as the beauty of its shores. On the other side of the blue surf one can see tiers of lush green rice paddies where flocks of birds come to fly over or roost. This panoramic scene is rarely found along other beaches and therefore offers a unique experience for its beholders.
Sunsets at Canggu can also be quite a surreal experience. Sit by the beach and enjoy barbequed corn with your friends while watching the sun slowly disappear beyond the horizon.
With all the above highlights about this amazing island, it’s no wonder that Bali continues to rank as one of the top destinations to visit, attracting millions of tourists from all over the world. It is with no doubt that Bali is being chosen repeatedly, be it for leisure, a wedding destination, water sports or yoga retreat. Do remember to book your accommodation in advance especially during the peak seasons!
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