It was 3 a.m. in Australia, I was three weeks into my study abroad in the land down under. Just out of curiosity I hopped on Skyscanner to see if I could find any great international flight deals from Sydney. $500 roundtrip to Bali was one of the first deals that came up. Immediately I called my friend.
“Do you want to go to Bali for a week? There is a special flight deal but it expires in five hours – make a decision!”
Needless to say, we both made split decisions and quickly booked the flight to Bali.
One month later and we were landing in Indonesia for the first time. We couldn’t wait to explore the “Island of the Gods” extensively. However, we knew we only had one week on the island so we had to make the most out of our time. Only have a short amount of time in Bali like we did?
Here are five amazing things to do on the beautiful island.
Experience a Fire and Kecak Dance
Kecak is a Balinese form of dance that combines music and drama. The spectacle is certainly something to see while visiting Bali. The chants of a male chorus forming a ring make a sort of “enclosure” that sets the stage for the show. Inside the circle are dramatic faces, elaborate costumes, and vivid actors and actresses telling the story depicting a battle from the Ramayana.
Get Out For Some Adventure
Bali is home to a number of adventure activities and tour operators. Why not throw a little adrenaline rush into your holiday and go whitewater rafting, canyoning, or paragliding? There is no shortage of things to get your heart pumping, just make sure to go back home in one piece!
Head to the Mountains for a Little Culture
Break away from the beaches for a bit and experience some traditional Balinese culture in Ubud. Ubud is located in central Bali and makes for a great base to go temple hopping, check our some wonderful museums, and experience a thriving art scene. Ubud is also a fantastic place to come to just chill out overlooking the rolling rice fields with a coffee in hand.
Monkey Around at the Sacred Monkey Forest
Located in Ubud is the popular sacred monkey forest and sanctuary. Although, it is popular, it was definitely a highlight of our time in Bali. The forests are populated with young and old monkeys who aren’t shy to get up close and personal with their human counterparts. The Monkey Forest is active in conservation and houses many researchers who are on site noting the monkey’s social interaction and behavior.
Relax and Get a Traditional Massage
A 90-minute massage for $5 isn’t just a good deal, it’s an amazing deal for anyone from the west. The streets in Bali are littered with massage parlors and it will not be hard to spot one. When you find the one you like, just walk in and choose from a plethora of different kinds of massages. We went with a 90 minute hot stone massage here, hence the sweaty faces. There are many awesome hotels in Bali which many have great locations to have a massage, followed by a relaxing night with drinks.
Or try a cooking class!
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