Ah Bali! The beautiful island will always have a special meaning to August Society as it was my first manufacturing base. Could you think of a better place to come for a "work trip"? I think not!
As one of Asia's most popular beach vacation spots, I'm sure the first thing you want to do when you arrive is throw on your swimsuit and head straight for the beach (or if you can't wait, jump right into the pool in your villa!) But after a day in the sun, or if you're nursing a sun burn, there are tons of other things to do and see. Check out my top give things to do in Bali off the beach:
1-Tanah Lot Temple
An ancient Hindu shrine perched on top of an outcrop amidst constantly crashing waves, Tanah Lot Temple is one of Bali’s most important landmarks. Meaning "land in the sea", the site has been established for centuries honouring the sea god, Baruna. At high tide, the sea floods the causeways making it impossible to cross, but at low tide, you can walk across for a closer look. Visit at sunset to see the brilliant colours of the sun descending behind the temple.
For spectacular views, have a ride on the giant swings in Ubud! While the main attractions are the swings, which ascend from 10m to 78m above ground, there are also giant “nests” modelled after bird nests that you can sit in and admire the breathtaking view.
3-Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Head inland and visit the amazing Tegallalang Rice Terraces. They’re a fine example of subak, a traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system still in use today. The green hills and lush farm land were a true technological marvel in their day, and they remain a beautiful and flourishing site to visit.
The Ubud Monkey Forest is home to hundreds of grey long-tailed macaque monkeys, as well as scientific research stations studying the region’s flora and fauna and religious sites deep within the forest. When you visit remember that these are wild animals and quite rambunctious - keep your bags closed and any food out of sight or else you will have a furry friend clambering up your body to steal it!
The spectacular sea temple Pura Luhur Uluwatu, one of six key temples believed to be Bali's spiritual pillars, is not to be missed. Perched on a steep cliff about 70m above sea level, the view is simply breathtaking, and you can catch a sunset kecak fire dance in the evening.
Where would you go first? Let us know!