We recently sent our team out to explore the neighborhood and come up with a list of things you must do in Bali. Here are our favorite picks and recommendations for you to explore on the southern part of the island.
Key Temple - Uluwatu
One of the six key temples for the Balinese Hindu, Uluwatu Temple or Pura Luhur Uluwatu is believed to be one of Bali’s spiritual pillars. Perched on top of a steep cliff, approximately 70 meters above sea level, this temple offers a splendid backdrop with the sun going down over the Ocean, as that of Tanah Lot Temple, making it one of the best spots for Sunset in Bali.
Why we love it: The dramatic view of the temple's structure against the vast Indian Ocean is just magical.
Travel tips: Do take care of your belongings as the temple is a natural habitat for macaque monkeys, although generally safe, they can be quite mischievous at times.
The Epic Love Story - Fire Dance
Inspired by the Hindu epic romance of Rama and Sita, the traditional Balinese dance "Kecak" at Uluwatu Temple is something you should not miss. This is the most compelling part of any visit to the temple, with graceful movements of the dancers against the sunset sky, the flames and the chants are just magical.
Why we love it: The epic story. The stunning setting with glistening ocean the background and beautiful sky as the sun disappears into the horizon. The instagram moment.
Did you know? The word “Kecak” is derived from an old Balinese ritual called the "Sanghyang" – a trance dance driven by its participants’ repetitive chanting.
The Flight of Vishnu
Officially opened in August 2018, the Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park is home to the 120-meter high sculpture of the Hindu god Vishnu and his mount, Garuda. Designed by Nyoman Nuarta, this brass and copper work of art took more than 10 years to complete. It is now standing tall in the hills of Ungasan - nearly 30 meters higher than the Statue of Liberty in the United States.
Why we love it: The park has several scheduled dance performances including one portraying the story of Garuda. Explore the park and discover various Instagram spots!
Did you know? The completed monument is as tall as a 21-story building and the statue weighs 4,000 tonnes - making it the heaviest statue in the country.
The Surf Haven - Labuan Sait Beach
One of Bali's best surf spots, Labuan Sait Beach - also known as Padang Padang - offers white sand sanctuary and turquoise waters surrounded by natural cliffs. The beach became famous after it was featured in Julia Robert's "Eat, Pray, Love" as well as featuring in Denmark band, “Michael Learns to Rock”, music clip.
Why we love it: Clear sky, turquoise waters, white sand - that's a promise of a good photo.
Travel tips: An entrance fee of IDR 10,000 (approximately $ 0.70) is applied before you can go down the stairs leading to the beach. This fee is used by the local community to clean up the beach and maintain the facilities there.
A Place of Cleansing - Melasti Beach
Balinese Hindu usually perform cleansing ceremonies at Melasti Beach before it became a famous tourist attraction. Many come here to get their dream tan and get amazing photos at the beach. One can easily spend an entire day here and just watch the world go by.
Why we love it: The mile-long beach is perfect for an afternoon stroll as the tide lowers.
Travel tips: Entrance fees applied. Don't forget your beach towels and sunscreen!
Should you wish to explore one of these amazing spots, make sure to consult our Concierge for the best way to get there. They would be more than happy to assist you with your transportation needs or even share more tips on what you can do while you're here.