This small but magical island which is one of the 33 provinces of Indonesia is the country’s largest tourist destination. It is famous for its highly developed arts but is just as famous for its mountains and coastlines. While you can drive through its coastline in a day, the places of interest in this small island are varied and diverse. The activities that the traveler can do on this island are just as varied. Indeed, a visit in Bali cannot be packed into just one day in order to take in all that the island has to offer.
Balinese culture is best experience in Ubud in all its forms. The locals perform in the famous dance-and-music shows to enthrall travelers and give them a chance to experience the musicality and grace of Bali’s music and dance. Ubud’s temples and ancient sites are also a must-see when traveling to this area. Rice paddies and lush coconut trees are views that cannot be missed. Some of the best food in the island can be found in this foodie destination of Ubud. From world-class resorts to small inns, Ubud’s accommodations will definitely be comfortable and will be able to serve you with only the best dishes that represent the island.
Nusa Lembongan is the most developed area for tourists among the attractions in Bali. It is delightfully laid-back and the area is free of cars. The local population is concentrated on two villages: Jungutbatu and Lembongan. It is the best place to go for diving in Bali. Snorkelling is best done off the north coast of the island. Surfing is best done during the dry season (April to September) and its waves are definitely not for beginners. Swimming and sunbathing in Jungutbatu Beach with its lovely white arc of sand and clear blue waters is an experience worth the effort, just make sure to get swimming lessons for children before if you are going with kids. Frequent ceremonies can be witnessed at Pura Segara under its famous banyan tree.
Kuta is Bali’s rather infamous holiday enclave destination where a network of bars lines its narrow lanes. Bacchanalian nights and noisy hawkers selling their wares is what Kuta is all about. But you can escape to its coast after the frenzy of its tourist enclave and enjoy the classier bars at Legian or Seminyak. Here you find the more exclusive areas of the place.
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is the very famous Hindu-Buddhist temple dedicated to the goddess of water, Dewi Danu. This 17th century temple is unique in that it is completely surrounded by the lake. One of the most common photographic images of Bali is this beautiful temple with its thatched roof reflected in the water silhouetted against a mountain backdrop. A large banyan tree guards the entrance to the temple and leads to the perfectly manicured gardens, past the Buddhist stupa and out to the lakeside at the back of the temple. A quiet paddle across the lake will provide the traveler a most amazing view of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan at sunrise.
Museum Le Mayeur is actually the home of the Belgian artist Jean Le Mayeur de Merpes (1880-1958) who made Bali his home in 1932. The house is a perfect example of Balinese architecture. It is filled with almost 90 paintings by the artist in the impressionist style. Photographs of his Balinese wife, Ni Polok are also exhibited within the museum.
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