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Bali is certainly one of the most beautiful places in the world. This tropical island paradise is known for its eclectic mix of magnificent white-sand beaches, profusions of underwater wonders, unparalleled cultural treasures and luxurious delights that cater to both young and old. It’s not surprising why you’re having trouble trying to decide an itinerary for your visit to Bali. There are just so many places to visit and things to do. If you could choose to stay in Bali for good, you would all the time and opportunity to find out all of the island’s little secrets. Suffice it to say, most people only have around a week or two to explore Bali. Where do you go with such little time?
The following are some of the best activities in Bali. Of course, they don’t speak for even a fraction of what you can see in the whole island, but you do have to start somewhere, right?
Casa Home Spa, Canggu
Recreate the experience of being spoiled and pampered in a five-star hotel spa with Casa Home Spa’s home services. If you’re vacationing at one of the exclusive villas in the Canggu and Seminyak area, you can commission one of their topnotch therapists to provide you a long and good rubdown on your garden beside the pool or inside the villa. The therapists are professional and will go out of their way to make sure you only get the best experience. Prices are also cheap, with their higher end massages ranging around $18 to $20 per hour per person. Be sure to leave a good tip, as a few dollars can mean a week’s worth of groceries in Bali. Your therapist will surely deserve it.
Amed Scuba Tauchzentrum, Amed
Excellent for dive beginners with zero experience and advanced scuba divers who prefer to go off on their own, Amed Scuba Tauchzentrum is one of the preferred diving schools for Bali visitors. Their dive-masters are very friendly and knowledgeable and they provide clean and well-maintained equipment for the safety of their divers. Plus, the location is like no other. Underwater in Amed is like a page out of a fairy tale; it’s simply magical to watch schools of tuna and mackerel swirl around you as you swim your way through. At one point, you’ll be amused at all the clownfish poking up from out of the polyps and in the next instant, you’ll find yourself bewilderedly swimming along next to barracudas. You’re safe and secure in good hands, though.
Bali Jet Set Dive and Marine Sports, Tanjung Benoa
For those who have a thirst for thrill, head to Bali Jet Set in the south of Bali to experience a number of heart-pumping water activities. The cheapest packages start with flying fishing, jet skiing and a choice between parasailing or banana boat riding for $70 an hour per person. You can also customize your own package to include other exciting activities, including snorkeling, wakeboarding, dolphin watching and scuba diving. Bali Jet Set also has a package for honeymooners, which is inclusive of your choice from among fishing, snorkeling or diving and a romantic beach dinner set for two at sunset.
Chez Monique Silver Smith Class, Ubud
Are you struggling to find the best souvenir for your Bali trip? In Ubud, there’s a small silver smith workshop situated at the back of a fairly hidden family compound that teaches guests to make their own silver jewelry and lets them keep it. Chez Monique is a bit hard to find, but a taxi driver will know the way. The class starts with you taking a look at several pictures of rings and pendants for inspiration and then drawing your design on paper, which will be transferred to silver by the silver smiths. Next, you are taught how to fill, stamp and engrave your jewelry before it goes to the experts for the finishing touches. For obvious reasons, they don’t let beginners play around with the blowtorches, so please don’t complain if they don’t let you do everything. If you’re lucky, you’ll be the only ones there so you can get all the attention you need from the teachers. You can also call ahead to schedule classes.