There’s a reason Bali is known as the Island of the Gods -- its natural beauty is unparalleled and every corner of the island feels like a sacred place. Whether you’re planning a destination wedding or organizing a romantic honeymoon getaway, Bali is an amazinggg option to consider!
Here at T&H we’ve got some exclusive insider tips to help you to plan the trip you want and get the most out of your precious vacation time!
If diving and snorkeling are your jam, head from the airport in Denpasar straight for Bali’s East Coast. Diving haven Amed is a beautiful coastal town with hundreds of dive schools and equipment shops. Whether it’s your first dive or you’re a SCUBA expert, the clear reefs along the east side of the island filled with tropical sea life are sure to keep you occupied under water. Tip: Nearby town Candidasa is also a snorkeling haven and has a gorgeous lotus garden!
Into surfing? Then you definitely know about the gorgeousness of Uluwatu. Situated on the Bukit Peninsula in the south of Bali, Uluwatu boasts world-class waves and insane views to boot. Spend a lazy day at one of the many cliffside restaurants at Uluwatu watching surfers or make the trek down the cliff to get in the water and see some of the local monkeys. (Just be careful because they will steal your food!)
If you love sightseeing and exploration then Bali's southernmost temple is an absolute must! Inside info: beaches north of Uluwatu, like Bingin and Balangan, are often less crowded than Uluwatu and are perfectttt for spending a day on the sand.
What if shopping and cafe culture is my thing, you ask? Look no further than Seminyak. This trendy town is on the west side of Bali and is about an hour’s drive from the airport. This is the go-to spot for trendy Westerners on holiday (read: Australians) because it’s got amazing bars, restaurants, resorts, shopping, and beaches but still has the feel of a bustling Balinese city. Hint: head just a few minutes north to a beach called Petitenget for a gorgeous sunset!
Last but not least we have the cultural hub of Bali: Ubud. Situated away from the ocean in the lush rainforest, Ubud is home to artisans who practice Balinese woodworking who sell their wares and offer classes. You can also learn about Balinese traditions and help women make the daily offerings that are placed in temples and on doorsteps each day. If you’re a yogi, Ubud is home to several studios for you to practice in, both big and small.
And of course, the nature in Ubud is beyond incredible. Check out the nearby rice terraces or go on the Tjampuhan’s Sacred Hill walk. Several important Balinese Hindu temples are nearby as well that offer guided tours to learn more about Bali’s beautiful religious traditions.
Bonus destinations!! To the East of Bali’s coast lie three smaller islands: Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Cenigan, and Nusa Penida. Take a boat from the harbor at Amed directly to Nusa Lembongan or Penida and explore these lesser-known but equally as beautiful islands. Nusa Lembongan is the most popular spot for surfing, snorkeling and diving. Head on over to the iconic tiny yellow bridge over to Nusa Cenigan for even more snorkel spots in pristine tropical water. The largest of the three, Nusa Penida is the least developed but is home to fantastic sights, snorkel spots, and natural beauty. If you have some days to spare and want to see more than just Bali, these three islands are a close jog over and are waiting to be discovered!
Feel your travel planning juices flowing? Well then what are you waiting for?! Go use those airline points and start packing, the Island of the Gods awaits!
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