Lush jungles, tropical beaches, and volcanic mountains are just a few of the many adventures that await those visiting the island of Bali. Known for its stunning views, coral reefs, rice patties, and ancient temples, this Indonesian province has much to offer.  Here are some of the most memorable destinations that you’ll want to experience while visiting Bali.

Campuhan Ridge
At the top of hilltops sits Campuhan Ridge.  Here you’ll find spectacular views of the dense jungle and notably one of the most beautiful ways to experience the undisturbed elegance of Bali’s outback.  Arriving in the early morning near sunrise, often will display magical mists from the valley below.  If you’re up for a day of hiking, you won’t want to miss this nature trek.

Pura Gunung Lebah Temple Complex
Considered one of the landmark temples in Bali, this 8th century complex is situated in the heart of luxurious bamboo forests and the Campuhan River flowing nearby.  Within the complex resides three courtyards: shrine, pavilion and bell tower.  In the Bale Gong pavilion, an orchestra or dancers often prepare for ceremonies.  The Bale Kulkul tower houses the temple’s wooden bell.

Ubud Monkey Forest

Surprisingly located close to the Ubud town center, the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padagtegal looks like it was pulled right out of scene from The Jungle Book. Many go to watch the grey long-tailed macaques, but it is also a great spot to simply enjoy the shade and take a walk. Be aware, however, that curious monkeys are known to grab personal items, so it can be helpful to work with an experienced jungle guide.

Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot Temple sits atop a group of wave-worn rocks, like one would expect of a lighthouse. The temple is an ancient Hindu shrine that was built by a high priest to honor the sea god. It seems to have been built to be the center of color-changing sunsets.

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Another perfect photo moment happens at the top of the Tegallalang Rice Terraces. Lush greens give way to milky white as the rice patties pool into each carefully crafted terrace. While walking along the top, you will find local artists re-creating the landscape and cafes where you can sit and enjoy the cool breeze. The village surrounding the rice patties is also home to many craftsman, making the journey to the terraces a great place to stop for souvenirs or to practice your bargaining skills.

Kuta Beach

One could try but it would be awfully hard to go to an island and not end up on a beach. Kuta Beach is sandwiched right in-between the mainland and a sandbar, making the surf ideal for beginners or those who want to take it easy. From sunrises to sunsets, a day at Kuta is bound to give you endless good vibes. For those that want to get in on the surfing fun, lessons and rentals are available along the beach.

The Nusa Islands
Just 30 minutes (by ferry) from Bali resides the three islands of Nusa:  Nusa Lembogan, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida.  These tranquil islands provide teal blue waters and white sandy beaches that make the perfect backdrop for lush seaside cliffs seen often only in travel brochures and movies.  The Nusa Islands are an absolute must-see for those wishing to escape the hustle of the city and truly enjoy the serenity of the tropics.

Mount Batur

Hot springs, crystal-clear lakes, temples and of course, a volcano. Each of these things can be checked off a bucket list in one trip down a winding road to Mount Batur. The volcano offers a sight-seeing buffet to those willing to make the popular trek. The bright blue lake is known for good fishing and making the climb to the peak of the mount to witness the sunrise reach up over the clouds is worth the early morning wake-up call.

Sukumpul Waterfalls

Volcanos, forests, beaches and yes, waterfalls. The island of Bali has it all. Waterfalls may seem a bit common but what makes the Sukumpul falls special is that they truly are a hidden gem. Most of the island has made its way onto Instagram as mentioned above but it seems that most social media gurus are not as willing to make the three-hour hike to these beauties. Depending on the day 7 or 8 streams rain down into cool pools, which can serve as a sweet reward after making the trek to witness the 262 feet of pure waterfall.

Bali Tree Top Adventure Park

Tied around the forest’s trees are rope-based obstacle courses and zip-lines which are just a blast of fun waiting to happen. Ideal for families or groups, the Adventure Park is made for team building. Ranging in age requirements, difficulty levels and time lengths, there is a course for everyone and any event.

The beautiful island of Bali is truly an adventure waiting to happen and is consistently the perfect backdrop to any photo opportunity. With plenty to do and see, and a variety of options – from ancient temples to nature treks to tropical beaches and sea activities – Bali is a destination an ideal destination for groups.

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Michael Richardson

Michael Richardson is one of the two partners of Gavel International. Michael's introduction to the travel business was as owner of an international tour operation in 1978. He also managed the transportation system of a large motorcoach company in Europe. Michael joined Gavel as an Account Manager in 1985, and has been in both operations and sales of the meeting planning, incentive and events industry. In 1998, he became Executive Vice President. Michael resides in Chicago, IL with his wife, Susan, where they welcome the company of their two grown children.
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