As one of the most popular tourist destinations for Australians, Bali is a magical place with a lot to offer and things to see and do. As a first time visitor it can sometimes be hard to figure out exactly what you want to do with your time, and holidays are always too short. So we’ve put together this list of things to see and do, to help out those first time visitors get the most out of their trip.
Visit the Ubud Monkey Forest
This one is a hugely popular attraction for tourists of all ages and interests. The Ubud Monkey Forest is one of a few macaque inhabited forests in Bali, and the most often visited. It is considered a sacred place which holds deep spiritual ties for the local inhabitants, but also serves as a place of zoological research on the species of monkey living there.
Try an Ayurvedic Treatment
Hinduism is the predominant religion in Bali, with over 80% of the population identifying as practicing. So it is no wonder that Bali is one of the best places in the world to experience Ayurvedic medicine, a traditional Hindu practice. So take some time and find a great place to get some Ayurvedic treatments at one of the local health retreats, and you’ll feel much better for it.
This is one of those beaches everyone who has visited Bali will tell their friends about when they get back. It is a beautiful coral beach with clear water and white sand, which has great surfing as well. It used to be completely non built up, but even with the more touristy buildings starting to pop up, the beauty of the beach is still there for anyone to see. And now you can get a cocktail while you’re there.
Elephant Safari Park Desa Taro
Elephants play a large part in Hindu spirituality, and it is no surprise then that you can get an elephant back jungle tour in the village of Taro, just north of Ubud. It is a very calming experience, riding on the backs of these huge but gentle animals as you explore genuine jungles.
It wouldn’t be a visit to Bali if you didn’t visit at least one of their majestic Hindu temples, and the most majestic of them all is the Besakih Temple on the slopes of Mount Agung. The temple is 1000m above sea level, and a truly humbling experience to visit.
So if you’re a first time visitor to Bali, we hope these few tips will help you get out past the restaurants and bars, and see some of the beauty Bali has to offer.