Every year Bali seems to grow in popularity as a tourist destination. Some travelers who visit Bali think it’s too touristy, yet many other travelers consider it one of the best traveling experiences they have ever had. If you’re unsure whether you should add Bali to your travel list, take a look at four of the island’s top attractions.
Uluwatu Temple – Pura Luhur
Uluwatu Temple, or Pura Luhur, sits on the edge of a limestone cliff on an island called Bukit Peninsula. The island is home to some of Bali’s best beaches and surfing spots. It’s believed that the temple was built in the 11th century. Today it is home to numerous monkeys. If you’re not careful the monkeys will steal your belongings, so keep an eye on your sunglasses.
Pura Tanah Lot
Pura Tanah Lot is a temple located on a rock formation called Tanah Lot which sits on the edge of the ocean. Tanah Lot is believed to have been built in honor of the seas gods by Dang Hyang Nirartha, a famous Balinese religious figure. It’s actually one of seven sea temples that exist in Bali. To view the temple, though, you must pay a fee. Make sure to visit Pura Tanah Lot during low tide so you can walk around the rocks that surround the temple.
If you want to see dolphins, Lovina is the best place to do so. Every dawn boats leave in search of schools of dolphins. Dolphin sightseeing is one of the most popular tourist activities, so don’t be surprised if there is a crowd during peak season. Lovina has more to offer than just dolphins, though. In the area, you’ll find spas, diving locations, restaurants, and cafes.
Ubud has something for every traveler. One of the most popular places to visit is the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. If you didn’t get enough of the monkeys at Uluwatu Temple, you’ll be sure to get your fix here. The Ubud Palace is home to the royal family of Ubud. Every evening you can witness traditional Balinese performances outside of the palace.
North of the palace you will find Tegallalang Rice Terrace, one of the most photographed destinations in Bali. Art lovers will appreciate Ubud’s art markets, and yoga enthusiasts should definitely check out one of the town’s yoga centers. If yoga or art doesn’t interest you, visit a relaxing spa or eat at one of the popular restaurants in the area like Bridges Bali.