Bali is one of the most popular destinations in Indonesia and for good reason. Those who visit this island will experience a combination of fascinating structures and culture, salty air, great beaches, religious beliefs, and friendly people.
If you are visiting the island soon, here are our top lists of what you can do in Bali aside from swimming on the beach:
Visit the Uluwatu Temple. Built around the 17th century, the temple is made of three parts: the outer, middle and inner sections. Tourists can take photos around the temple, even when a worshiper is preparing their offerings as this is a way to introduce the Hindu Balinese culture to them. However, taking photos at the inner part of the temple is prohibited since this part is only accessible for worshippers and the part is considered holy.
Watch the Kecak Dance in Uluwatu. The Kecak Dance performance can be watched at the small open theatre in Uluwatu and is mostly done during big temple celebrations. The performance is a dance and musical love story of Rama and Shinta. It is also a holy dance and is performed mostly by men sitting in a circle singing “Cak! Cak! Cak!” for mostly an hour.
Tour the Ubud Monkey Forest. Located in the town of Ubud, this monkey forest is home to a number of long-tail macaques. A stay at the hotel may even lead you to experience breakfast with them. A word of caution though, monkeys are territorial, so be careful where you sit on or step into.