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  • Sunset at the Kuta beach

  • Waterfall in a cave in the Bangli Regency

  • Rice fields in the Bali Jatiluwih Rice Field Terrace

  • Stone Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue in Bali

  • Balinese cuisine on a white plate in Ubud

  • aquamarine Suluban beach in Bali

  • Pink and purple sunrise at the Sanur beach

  • Bali Locals do a Kecak Dance at the Uluwatu Temple

  • Old historic temple in Bedugul Lake

Bali is an island and province of Indonesia, it is famous among the thousands of islands in the archipelago for being a top favorite tourist destination. While this tropical paradise is all about sea, sun, sand, and surf, this island offers more than meets the eye.

Here is a glimpse of Bali treasures you may want to include on your bucket list to create an island getaway like no other.

Cultural Landmarks
Bali is home to countless temples and iconic landmarks. Arguably the most photographed temple on the island, Tanah Lot Temple in Tabanan Regency is built on top of a rock island off the shore. Uluwatu Temple is famous for its sunsets, Kecak dance show, and monkey forest while Ulun Danu Temple is uniquely built and situated in the Lake Bedugul. The biggest and holiest temple, known as the mother temple is Besakih Temple located in Karangasem Regency. The next location is widely recognized from its Instagram-worthy architecture, Pura Penataran Lempuyang features the “Gate of Heaven.” This beauty is located in east Bali and be sure to bring your walking shoes to climb over a thousand steps to get to the incredible view.

The latest addition to the island’s iconic landmarks is the statue of Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) released in August 2018. Standing tall in the hill of Ungasan, the statue is devoted to the Hindu god Vishnu and his mount Garuda, the mythical bird who became his companion. This giant statue was built 25 years ago designed by Balinese artist Nyoman Nuarta. It is now acknowledged as the world’s second tallest statue with its total height reaching 121 meters.

Natural Wonders
Despite its rapid development, the island is still packed with great natural attractions spanning from scenic beaches, coral gardens, highlands with rice fields, flowing waterfalls, peaceful lakes, and forested mountains. Escape from the bustling city to scenic waterfalls like Tukad Cepung in Bangli, Tegenungan in Gianyar.

Fancy a more thrilling way to experience nature? Check out one of the island’s latest insta-famous spots, Ubud’s Bali Swing. This heart-pumping joyride sits 78 meters above the ground and overlooks the river, tropical greenery and waterfall. Take in the beautiful surroundings and be sure to snap your picture as you swing high.

From Dusk til Dawn
Dubbed as the “morning of the world,” Sanur has long been known for its beautiful sunrise and white sandy coastline that spans over 8km from north to south. The beach-side ambiance is generally calm and quiet, with a pleasant paved path where you can enjoy morning jogs or cycle against the rising sun. Mount Batur located in Bangly Regency is a very popular site for sunrise as well. Even if you aren’t really a morning person, the mystical sunrise view from the peak of Mount Batur is worth waking up early.

Tour the southwestern coastline including Uluwatu, Jimbaran, Kuta, Seminyak, and Canggu, where you can enjoy the dramatic sundown scenes during the ‘blue hour’. Depending on the weather, sunrise and sunset are unique experiences every day. Once you’ve found your favorite spot, just sit back, relax and be sure to Instagram these awe-inspiring moments!

Dine Like Locals
Enjoying local food is surely one of the best ways to experience Bali to the fullest. Balinese cuisine is generally rich in spices and herbs. Warung Babi Guling Pak Dobiel located in Nusa Dua is the most notable restaurant that serves the best Babi Guling, suckling pork. Nasi Campur, which means mixed rice, is delicious and includes vegetables, chicken, eggs, and sambal. Another delicacy you must try is the Balinese-spiced, deep-fried, crispy duck, at Bebek Tepi Sawah and Bebek Bengil Restaurant in Ubud.

Dancing the Night Away
Bali has evolved in the past few years, offering more sophisticated and classy party venues from day to night, ranging from the beach, cliff and pool clubs, to ultra-chic nightclubs, bars, and lounges.

Omnia Day Club in Uluwatu is the island’s newest all-day party destination that offers a nice breezy cliff-top pool and international DJs and artists. The vibe gradually emerges as the sun makes its way towards the horizon. Seminyak is home to some of the hottest beach clubs on the island that hosts vibrant sundown sessions accompanied by chill out tunes including KuDeTa, Potato Head Beach Club, Finns Beach Club, and La Brisa. Dance the night away at Seminyak’s hip lounge and clubs such as La Favela, Red Ruby, and Mirror Lounge.

Bali is a tropical island paradise with genuine warmth and hospitality that makes tourists feel as if they are home. Once you arrive and depending on the season, you will discover hidden gems and excitement all around Bali. Now, what are you waiting for? Plan your Bali vacation today!

This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Maria S. Are you interested in traveling to Bali? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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