An Indonesian island known for its beaches, volcanic mountains and lush terraced rice paddies and magnificent temples. The island is just 8 degrees south of the equator, giving it a fairly consistent year-round climate with daytime temperatures between 68-93⁰ F in the lowlands and somewhat cooler in the mountains. Bali offers diverse tourist attractions and adventures, scrumptious food, and engaging, friendly local people.
Visit a rice field.Grab your camera because the first sight of the rice paddies is breathtaking and the workers in their conical straw hats working in the fields makes for a great capture. The terraces zig zag up the hills, looking more like art than food planting. The fields are in the rural areas of central Bali, a short drive from Ubud, but away the tourist crowds. Just the drive to get there is an awe inspiring experience.
See a cultural dance performance.Drama and dance are an important part of Bali's religious and festival celebrations. While wandering the streets you may stumble upon an impromptu village performance – or else make sure you get to one of staged performances. The Barong & Kris dance is a vibrant and elaborate ritual dance representing the eternal struggle between good and evil. Barong is fearsome lion-like animal representing the good spirit and Rangda is a mythological monster representing evil. Be prepared for some edgy, almost obscene, stage antics in some of the small village performances. The Kecak dance tells the story of Ramayana. Prince Rama's wife, Sita, is abducted by the ogre Rahwana after ignoring Rama's safety precautions. The most dramatic settin to watch Kecek is in the open near Pura Tanah Lot temple with the sunset as a backdrop.
Get a reading from a local (or famous!) shaman. Irrespective of what your beliefs, this is such fun! When in Bali….right? Whatever is on your mind, seek out one of Bali's healers for a private consultation and just determine to have fun with it. In Ibud, you may even get to meet Ketut Liyer, the medicine man made famous as the healer in Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love. At his advanced age, though, the stooped and wizened 9th generation healer seldom gives advice but sits nearby and observes as his son does the actual readings.
Safe, happy travels!