8 Ways Bali Is Basically Paradise IRL
When it comes to dream holiday getaways, it's hard to deny that Bali isn't absolute Instagram goals.
But there's much more to it than the simple picture postcard snaps and glorious sunny weather (they're both ace, too). We hopped around its islands with Topdeck, and are happy to report that it's great not only for your tan. Here are eight must-dos you have to experience in Bali.
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The Beaches, OMG the beaches
From the moment you step off the water taxi and onto Gilli Trawangan's bright golden beaches, your jaw will have hit the floor.
Grab a cocktail, watch the sunset, and embrace THAT swing pic that you know your family and friends will love/hate to see.
You can’t visit Ubud without braving the Monkey Forest. It’s actually a nature reserve and Hindu Temple complex, with park staff feeding the 600 cheeky inhabitants a diet of sweet potato and more bananas that you can shake a fist at.
You can feed them too, but make sure your camera is at the ready. They move FAST!
Between the Trees
If you want to pretend you’re a monkey, you can (kind of).
Bali is host to loads of thrill seeking adventures, but our favourite was the high ropes at Bali Treetop Adventure Park, located in Ubud.
Once suited up, the forest is your playground, with different leveled courses built between the trees for you to climb your way around. If Zip-lines, Spider-nets and Tarzan jumps sound like fun, then you’ll want to give this a try.
Swimming with Turtles
Grab your bucket list biro, and get ticking, because this swimming with turtles is proper once in a lifetime stuff (unless you work in an aquarium, natch).
Fling on your snorkel, paddle out into the clear waters of Gilli Trawangan, and spend the day with a local guide who can show you where to find the most stunning sea creatures.
You might not see them straight away, but when you do, it's a moment you're unlikely to forget anytime soon.
Fancy something a little less blissful and a little more nibble-tastic?
Mere nautical moments away you'll find tropical fish aplenty, who are more than happy to NOM bread that you'll be distributing en masse.
It’s not until submerging your head into the water that you realise you're surrounded by all shapes and sizes of majestic colourful sea life.
Bit incredible. Nemo, eat your bready heart out.
Get your culture on
Bali is known for its beauty, be it manmade or grown from mothernature herself. So it's near mandatory that you explore its stunning surroundings; from seriously impressive temples and local markets to more modern architectural attractions, you're given a distinctly local flavour of day-to-day life - and it's intoxicating.
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Warning: there is lots to eat. Unbuckle your belt now.
With a host of great restaurants everywhere you look, you’ll find a good Nasi Goreng at pretty much every turn. The local markets are your best best for some authentic grub, and the meat skewers are the stars of the show. You can take your pick from lots of different salads to go with them, too.
Market tip: Go where the local guides are going. It’s easy to be drawn in by the sellers.
You can really get your chill on in Bali. It’s been a yoga haven for years and is a perfect location for a morning stretch (ok it’s more like a horrifically sweaty workout).
We tried some classes at The Chillhouse, Canggu, where every surrounding is designed to make you relax deeper into a zen-like state.
The staff are some of the most chilled and friendly people we’ve ever met, and after you’re done cleansing your chakra, you can take a dip in the pool or detox with a super juice. If you find yourself on another island, there are plenty of classes around to suit all abilities.