24 Hours in Bali
Close your eyes and imagine a tropical paradise; pearly white sands, warm climate, vast stretches of blue sea and clear skies. The atmosphere around you is alive with traditional dancers and friendly chatter of many tourists that have flown from lands afar to experience the beauty of this island. You’re in Bali.A province of Indonesia, Bali is situated at the furthest western point of the Lesser Sunda Islands and boasts the 3 essential ingredients to any perfect holiday; sun, sea and surf – as well as stunning landscapes.
1. Ubud Monkey Forest
Known in full as the Padangtegal Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Ubud Monkey Forest is home to hundreds of macaque monkeys that roam freely amongst the trees and statues, as well two temples. With over 10,000 visitors a month, the monkeys are incredibly friendly to humans and will approach anyone who wanders past. The forest itself is wonderful, evoking a sense of peace on those who walk the grounds underneath the whispers of the trees and calls of the monkeys.
2. Bali Safari and Marine Park
Indulge in the ultimate safari experience – at Bali Safari and Marine Park, you will be seeing around 60 different species of animal in their natural habitat! Be up close and personal with the animals, take a guided tour and round the day off with luxury safari dining at the restaurant, of which is right next to the elephants! It is the ultimate must-do for animal and safari lovers.
3. Mount Batur
Part of the UNESCO Global Geopark Network, Mount Batur is an active stratovolcano that rises 700m over the Batur Lake. It will entice the senses of those who wish to gaze upon the stunning natural formations and provide you with some of the best sights in Bali.
4. Goa Gajah
Built in the 9 century as a sanctuary, Goa Gajah is translated to ‘Elephant Cave’. The outside of the sanctuary is adorned in scary looking demons and beings that create the most intriguing atmosphere, whilst the inside has the most stunning baths that are surrounded by charmingly crafted statues. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Goa Gajah is mentioned in a poem that dates back to 1365 called ‘Desawarnana’.
5. Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park
Conveniently situated just 15 minutes from the Ngurah Rai International airport, Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park is a private park that spreads over 240 hectares! Be encompassed in culture as you walk amongst the amazing monuments, learn the story of Garuda, dine upon the finest Balinese food or watch some elegant traditional dancing.
6. Tanah Lot Temple
Visit this breathtaking rock formation that is a haven for those who seek culture and keen photographers; situated just off the coast of Bali, Tanah Lot was believed to be the brainchild of a man from the 16 century known as Dang Hyang Nirartha, who believed the island to be the perfect place to build a temple to worship the Balinese sea gods.