Despite being a part of the Indonesian archipelago, Bali is distinguished for its entirely unique identity, from the landscape of lush rice fields, dramatic volcanoes and the coastline it’s fringed with, to the rich cultural identity that can be seen so clearly through the island’s ancient temples, theatrical arts and fragrant cuisine. We take a look at the best things to do in Bali to experience what sets this island apart.
The traditions that are so deeply integrated into Balinese life can be seen in every corner of the island, from the flower offerings that are placed on the ground and at shrines, to the Hindu temples dotted across the island. Considered the cultural capital of Bali, Ubud abounds with opportunities to gain insight into the traditions, temples and arts here. One of the most striking arts is Balinese dance, which can be seen in the Devdan Show at the Bali Nusa Dua Theater. Among the island’s most impressive temples, meanwhile, is the temple complex Pura Besakih, which sits on the slopes of Mount Agung in eastern Bali and is considered the most important Hindu site in Bali. Tanah Lot also attracts particular attention; this offshore rock formation is home to the temple Pura Tanah Lot, which is a pilgrimage site and cultural icon, as well as one of the island’s most revered sunset spots.