Bali, the island of Gods, is much more than a fun-in-the- sun retreat. It’s an island that simply evokes a tropical state of mind and special mood.
The marvelous unit of white sandy beaches, lush rice terraces, forested volcanic hills and mountains, coral reefs, the sea reflecting the incredible green vegetation of the surrounding hills, the unique natural sites perfect for sightseeing and exploring, the numerous luxury hotels, bars and restaurants, the warm and hospitable Balinese and the diverse culture make up the very essence of the island. Bali has something to offer to a very broad market of visitors, from young back-packers to super-rich tourists.
The island is recognized by its authenticity, its special vibe and its essence- all of them difficult to describe in words. You simply have to come here to understand what we are talking about.
No wonder why Bali has been many times awarded the world’s best island by the International Travel Magazines.
Once you are here you will be eager to indulge into the beauty of the pristine beaches where land , sea and sky have combined to produce so many entirely breathtaking strips of sand, stretching along the crystal waters, dotted with palm and coconut trees. Bali’s beaches are best during the dry season from April to October. The western coastal beaches such as Kuta, Seminyak, Legian, Cangu and Jimbaran have minimal erosion and are quite clean and relatively calm during this period of the year, whereas Nusa Dua and Sanur beaches are less affected by seasonality. Whichever beach you choose, be ready spend a wonderful time swimming, snorkeling, diving, surfing or just lounging on the pristine white sand and the beautiful blue water.
Bali is one of the best surf destinations in the world, offering a huge variety of waves, from reef breaks to beach sand breaks all year round. Whether you are an experienced surfer searching for new breaks or an absolute beginner Bali welcomes you to embark on a surf adventure of a lifetime. Padang Padang, Uluwatu,Bingin,Impossibles,Green Bowl,Dreamland,Nusa Dua,Gunung Payung are the world’s famous surf-spots, all within easy reach of the two exclusive surfcamps.
Rapturecamps network boasts with two exclusive surfcamps in Bali providing surf holidays that blend adventure, comfort and style. Both surfcamps in Bali are located along the coast of the legendary Bukit Peninsula, the undisputed capital of surfing. The surfcamp located at Padang Padang and the surfcamp Bali- Cliff located behind the secluded Green Bowl surf- spot, offer unique experiences, surf lessons, surf guiding, as well as guided trips around the fascinating island, modern suites and dorms surrounded by beautiful Balinese gardens complementing the relaxed and friendly atmosphere near the surfing spots.
Nevertheless, Bali also welcomes the ones preferring to stay under the waves rather than on them, providing excellent conditions for diving and snorkeling.
Bali offers an enormous range of accommodation with a price that fits every budget. The island also houses some of the world’s finest hotels and resorts that are lovely outside as they are luxurious inside.
What refers to the food, there are numerous restaurants in Bali serving genuine aromatic dishes that contain a profusion of ingredients making you line up again and again at the counter. Taste local specialties such as babi guling- roast pig marinated for hours in spices or just relax in the excellent Balinese cafes and restaurants.
Bali’s nightclubs, hosting DJs from around the world, will make you go from one nightclub to another all night long, guaranteeing overheating from the mixes, the exertion, the booze, the companionship or all together. Bali’s Kuta beach is the center of the nightlife scene, Seminyak is a little bit more classy and Gili Trawangan is a pioneer.
Bali is a perfect place to lower the stress of your everyday life and a place offering an infinite number of ways to relax your mind, body and spirit. The numerous spas and treatment centers as well as the numerous yoga centers and schools will send you to Nirvana.
Life in Bali is always connected to Tri Hita Karana or a tripartite concept that includes the spiritual relationship among God, humans and the environment. This is how the uniqueness of Bali’s culture is presented.
The enormous number of temples in Bali symbolizes the long tradition of the island’s unique Buddhism. These shrines are all built on a mountains-sea orientation, normally peaceful and uninhabited, turning into scenes of great activity, decorated during festivals and temple anniversaries with traditional dance performances, cockfighting and gambling. Each temple is unique and each temple faces either the mountain or the sunrise or the sea.
It’s really surprising to discover that such a small island has such a large history of kingdoms, all competing to produce the best buildings ,decorated with the finest paintings, textiles, stonework and woodcarving. It’s a real pleasure to take a tour and explore the plethora of the palaces in Bali.
It is obvious that we can go on and on writing about the magic of Bali forever. The island has always been full of surprises and the right place for those who are off to some soul-searching and those affected by wanderlust. Be sure that once you have been here, you will keep on coming back again and again.