Located between the Indian and Pacific oceans, Bali is one of the most exotic and unique holiday destinations that often flies under the radar, but is nonetheless a spectacular location for your next trip. This island has it all - family-family attractions, fantastic Far East cuisine, beautiful coral reefs, royal palaces to explore, ancient structures to learn about and of course, stunning oceanside locales.
It's no secret that kids love animals, and your children can get their fill of one-of-a-kind creatures on this tropical island. The Bali Safari and Marine Park in Gianyar boasts hundreds of amazing animals - including some that are rare or endangered. There are even safari tours here where kids can get an up-close-and-personal encounter with Indonesian critters of all shapes and sizes.
The Waterbom Bali park in Kuta is another great option if you're travelling with the kids. It's inexpensive, has plenty of poolside relaxation for parents, but still has all the sliding and splashing that kids love. Be sure to get here early - this place is quite popular and the queues are known to be long.
Cuisine in Bali
Whether you want to splurge on a bottle of expensive bubbly at a trendy Asian restaurant or are looking for a cheap - but delicious - meal on-to-go, Bali has you covered. Delectable street food with spices like turmeric, lemongrass, tamarind, chili and lime can be found on barbecued chicken and fish in just about every major city here. However, if you have the cash you can definitely have the meal of a lifetime in places like Kafe Warisan in Kerobokan or Sip in Kuta.
Regardless of whether you are dining on a dime or are ready to shell out some dough on your next meal, many of the dishes here - including nasi campur, padang-style spreads and satay - are all centered around rice. Kopi (coffee), coconut milk and fresh exotic juices are all great local specialities to wash everything down. If you cater toward adult beverages, rose wine and dark and light beer (Bintang is a local favorite) are all popular options.
Historic Sites in Bali
If you want to get a glimpse into the ancient Far East, this is the place to be. The Water Palace of Tirtagangga in Karangasem is an excellent place to start, as it is a former royal palace that honors Hinduism's holiest river, the Ganges. There are towering fountains, mythical stone structures and numerous gardens that are a feast for the eyes.
The Tirta Empul Temple is another top-rated attraction that is still active to this day, but is open to visitors. Here you can see devout Hindu followers purify themselves with ritual bathing. If you really want to see a treat, visit on a full moon day - which holds special significance for followers.
Beaches in Bali
Swimming, surfing or just lounging in the sand is highly recommended here, and who could blame travellers for doing so? If you can, try to plan your holiday during the dry season, which is from April to October. If you want to show off your new bathing suit or see some spectacular views of the ocean, Geger Beach is an excellent place to go. Mengiat Beach is great for travellers who really want to get away from it all, as it is less crowded. As a good rule of thumb, though, you can't go wrong with the western coastal areas of Kuta, Seminyak, Legian, Cangu and Jimbaran.