It's that special time of year when you dream about escaping cold, dreary weather for warmer climates. Make your dream a reality by booking the next flight to Bali! Here are 10 things you must do when you hop off the plane. Originally posted on Travelettes / Follow Travelettes
1. Check Out The View
"No island trip would be complete without a stunning sunset to get you into the holiday mood. While Kuta is anything but quiet and idyllic anymore, it still serves up a really good beach sunset. Join the crowds, sit Bintang in hand and watch the world go by while the sun disappears."
2. Go Surfing
"Once you have enjoyed the ocean from afar, it is time to head into the water. Bali is home to some of the best surf beaches offering waves for all skill levels. If you are a complete surfing newbie, head to Kuta Beach."
"Little goes better with surfing than yoga, the perfect complementary sport to get shoulders and legs in shape to brave the waves. So it comes as no surprise that many yoga & surf guesthouses and retreats have popped up where you can combine the two."
4. See Some Monkeys
"From one monkey pose to the next, no visit in Bali wold be complete without some monkey business. Most famous is probably the Monkey Forest in Ubud, but you will find them all over the island at roadsides and temples."
5. Go to a Temple
"Balinese temples are not only worth a visit to see monkeys, though. Head here to get a glimpse into Hinduism and see how people worship along with some amazing architecture. One of the most famous is Tanah Lot, close to Canggu or Uluwatu for incredible cliff views."
6. Check Out a Rice Paddy
"I firmly believe that Eat, Pray, Love wouldn’t have been as successful if it wasn’t for the stunning rice paddy views – and neither would Bali. What means business for many locals is a romantic backdrop for visitors here."
7. Eat Local Cuisine
"The food is definitely something to write home about and offers something for everybody. Start your day with a healthy nalu bowl and some excellent Balinese coffee. From here move on to some Indonesian classics – Nasi Campur, Mie Goreng, Chicken Sate and my personal favorite Gado Gado. All of these dishes are available at local Warungs (family run cafes) or from little street carts."
8. Take In Local Culture
"While food is one way to observe and take in a country’s culture, another integral part is music and arts. Kecak, a type of drama musical, might be a show put on for tourists but honestly it was an incredible experience and only made better by the sun setting over Uluwatu. So while you can see Kecak performances throughout Bali, I definitely recommend you come to this one at Uluwatu temple."
9. Head To A Spa
"After eating everything, working out and taking in all the culture, it is time to relax. And again, you have come to the right place. Bali is known for its massages and spa culture. From simple little massage parlors to fancy spas that will lather you in oils and bathe you in rose petals, the options are endless."
10. Island Hop
"Once you have worked your way through tips 1 – 9, don’t forget that Indonesia stretches far beyond Bali. After all, there are over 17.000 Indonesian islands on offer! Start with a diving or snorkeling trip to the neighboring Gili Islands or head over to unspoiled Lombok, the Bali of the past. Want more adventure? Head over to Komodo to play with dragons, find wild orangutans in Borneo or make friends with the Bajo people in Wakatobi."