The exotic Indonesian island of Bali is alluring to a wide range of travelers. They don’t call it the “Island of the Gods” for nothing. It’s part honeymoon hotspot, spiritual retreat, surfing mecca and shoppers paradise. It’s got plenty for active adventurers, beach lovers, nightlife seekers and yoga fans alike. Its cultural heritage is rich, and its natural beauty is legendary. Best part, it’s relatively small and compact, so you can explore all its various facets quite conveniently. With so much to choose from, here are 8 experiences you can’t miss in Bali.
1. Enjoy a Sunset at Uluwatu
Uluwatu is a legendary surfing beach on the southeast tip of the Bukit peninsula. Even if you don’t ride the waves, it’s a spectacular spot to chill for the day and gawk at the sunset. Hang out in the beachfront cave or grab a bite at one of the warung restaurants that line the cliff. Check out the 11th century clifftop temple, meant to protect Bali from evil spirits. Located about an hour or two’s drive from Kuta (depending on traffic), Uluwatu offers one of the best unobstructed views of the Balinese sunset. Don’t miss the evening kecak ritual, a traditional Balinese fire and trance dance developed in the 1930s.