Listing all the reasons why so many people have fallen in love with Bali would take all day, but the exotic weather, down-to-earth lifestyle, laidback atmosphere; spicy food and rich heritage all feature highly. You’ll enjoy the ample sunlight and the wonderful open blue skies, even at its most densely populated urban areas due to the low-rising buildings and absence of skyscrapers.
But there are some things that give Bali its overall magical appeal, attracting even the most frequent-flying traveller who has probably ‘seen them all’. Here are our 5 main reasons that Bali remains a popular island destination for all types of visitors. Be ready to find your own.
Bali has a rich collection of gorgeous beaches, each with its own set of characteristics and appeal. These range from white sandy coastlines of the south, which include the limestone cliff-fringed secret beaches of the Bukit peninsula, as well as the remote beaches with calm waves of Bali’s northern coast.
The Mystical Temples
Bali is home to countless temple complexes, spread throughout the island from the highland peaks, down to the limestone cliffs and low-lying seashores. These ancient structures are not merely archaeological sites and silent witnesses of an intriguing past, but are still functional with colourful celebrations and regular festive anniversaries.
The People – Balinese Hospitality
While other destinations like Singapore pride in modernity and things high-tech, usually missing is the ‘human touch’. Bali prides itself on its hospitality, displayed by a people who celebrate every aspects of life with ritual and festivity. In and outside your hotel, getting acquainted and making new friends is easier than you’ve probably expected
The many temples around celebrate their anniversaries once in every six Gregorian months according to the 210-day Balinese calendar, so you will most likely stumble across one during your visit. Towering colourful fruit offerings, decorated shrines and lively processions are all ready for your camera. Rites of passage, even death, is a festive sight as ‘ngaben’ cremations or ‘pelebon’ for royalties, is a sight to behold with towering effigies are carried to the pyre
The Natural Beauty
Bali is abundant in colours of natural beauty; 180-degree highland panoramas, a collection of scenic waterfalls and lakes, flowing expanses of emerald paddies, and golden sunsets and sunrises down at the coastline. In between, ancient temples and majestic palaces are backdrops to exotic ceremonies and festivities, more than enough attractions to keep your shutter always snapping and endless choices for pre-wedding ideas.