I ’ve always had the passion to travel the world and return back with exciting stories to share. For an inquisitive individual like myself, my first solo trip to Bali, Indonesia, offered me all that I had dreamt of; excitement, thrill and relaxation. It is a common misconception injected in our minds that travelling solo can be difficult but I have learned travelling by yourself builds confidence. You might wonder why I chose Bali for my first ever solo trip? Apart from being economical, Bali is home to a diversity of experiences — from surfing in Kuta to serenity-seeking at the Yoga Barn in Ubud, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Bali is one of the most popular travel destinations in Indonesia and it’s not just because of the magnificent beaches, although many might think that all Bali has to offer is its beaches. I for one, have a profound love for Bali – truly a heaven on earth, rich in culture and heritage. There are many tropical beaches around the world, but only Bali offers ocean serenity along with spiritual and traditional values. Balinese Hinduism is eccentric and is engraved in the island’s own traditional values, cultural norms and infrastructure.
And if you are fond of challenging yourself with thrilling, heart-throbbing extreme adventure sports, then Bali is perfect for you. The island is home to a fantastic array of water sports, muck diving, wreck diving and zip-lining. When in the land of sun, sand and sea, picking up a surf board is a must! There's nothing cooler than knowing how to surf. Bali is home to crystal clear blue waters and incredibly strong waves but nothing too crazy for beginners.
It is no secret that many who come to Bali are adrenaline junkies, and white-water rafting is the best way to explore the rivers. Navigating through boulders and rocks downstream is an exhilarating experience. Not to worry if you are a beginner, the guides are always there to guru you through. Take an exciting trip high in the sky, paragliding over the blue ocean is another way to take your breath away and feel the adrenaline going. You can always do tandem paragliding — fly with a certified pilot behind — so that you can enjoy the beauty of the ocean with a bird’s eye view.
Taking a stroll on the ocean bed is loved by locals and tourists both. Weights are tied to your ankles to give you the ability to literally walk on the ocean bed as you explore the colorful marine biodiversity. Diving is famous all around the island of Bali; wreck diving however, can be attempted in Tulamben. The wreck of the USAT Liberty which sunk in the Second World War is famous among the wreck divers around the world.
The best part of the Bali experience are the people. Literally everyone — locals and tourists — are friends. The locals are super friendly, welcoming and accepting. You don't have to take any initiative, people around Bali are always found complimenting one another, which compels everyone to strike conversation even with strangers! If conversing isn’t your thing you can relax and find enlightenment at the Yoga Barn. One of the most famous yoga retreats on the island located in quiet and contemplative Ubud, Yoga Barn has five different studios and a range of programs you can book to stay here for a retreat lasting for several days and benefit from the cleansing and detox programs which will not only help you to relax but adjust to a slower pace of life.
Kuta art market in Bali is a web of shops and are the heart of Kuta Beach. These small cottage shops are host to a wide range of handmade accessories, clothing articles and souvenirs all available at cheap prices.
Bali is the land of sun, sand, sea, history, culture, beauty and relaxation. Even if you’re not an ocean lover, Bali is a life changing experience that will definitely leave you stoked and craving more fun-packed adventure! There’s so much to be done in Bali, no matter what kind of activities you enjoy, you can always find something to do. The hardest part of the Bali experience is choosing where to go first and what to see. From mountain ranges covered with thick green forests, wet rice fields to the deep blue waters, Bali has it all.
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