Bali is an island of culture and sun, sea and sand. The sights and attractions across the island are imense, starting with the miles of sandy beaches across the island, where many surfers and surf schools can be found. The well known beach being in Kuta, long sandy beach and fantastic waves that are not on a reef break so safe for surfing.
Depending on when you are in Bali there are festivals on which are very vibrant with colours and traditional cultures.
As you travel through Bali there are all the rice terraces to see and if you head to Lake Batur you will be able to see the active volcano.
in Kuta there is the Bali Waterpark, which is a fantastic place to escape to with children, several water slides and sun bathing areas.
Ulu Watu is great in the evening, the most amazing sun set that you will ever see, so definatly worth a visit, bus tours go to there and you can also look around the temple and gardens whilst there.
Other places worth a visit include Ubud and the sacred monkey forest, there are also loads of temples to be there.
Sanur is just up the way from Kuta but a lot quieter and relaxing and there is an amazing restaurant there called the Bonsia cafe which can be found on the beach, you walk through some gardens which are all bonsai trees and the food is fantastic.
Bali has many wonderful places to see and if you are looking for a culutral holiday in the sun i truly recomend this island of paradise.
If i only had one place to recommend in Bali (and i can assure that there is more than one), then that place would be Ubud. Situated about an an hour and a half north of Denpasar (the capital), Ubud is justly known as the cultural capital of Bali. Famous for its dancing and dance schools; many are performed as tourist shows in the evenings - Kecak, Legong and Ramayana Ballet, being amongst the better known. It also has its fair share of talented artists. Much of it due to the development through an influx of western artists and intellectuals in the 30's, 40's and 50's; many of whom stayed and made their homes here - some of which are open to the public. But it isn't only a base for culture cultivation. Besides the museums, art shops and dance performances, Ubud is a normal working town; with a marvellous central market place, selling fruit and vegetables, and all manner of rattan-weave basketry and boxes, hand-made soaps and notebooks, mahogany chess and backgammon sets, bone and coconut cutlery, pottery and of course, an abundance of 'copy' footwear and bags. More recently Ubud has become a centre for activity style holidays; with organised tours for cyclists, hikers and white water rafters. It also has an expanding number of health and beauty salons, for relaxing after those hectic, active days. There's also the Monkey Forest Sanctuary, which is a very pleasant way to spend a few hours (unless, of course, you get cornered by the monkeys). There's no shortage of any type of accomodation; from budget to expensive( I stayed in a beautiful, cottage-style accomodation, last year, for only £10.00 per night ,including breakfast, pool, hot & cold running water and unlimited flasks of tea). And an extensive range of great places to eat, suiting any pocket. And should you be walking along the Monkey Forest Road, try to stop in at Cafe Wayan; they serve the best banana cake in S.E. Asia - truly
where i fell in love. It's a place that i would always return, though obviously there are changes year by year. But besides being somewhere to visit, it's also an ideal base for seeing the rest of the island, being so centrally positioned. It hasn't got the rave culture of Kuta or the club scene of Seminyak. But if you can do without those, its got a lot of everything else, and more.