I imagined Bali to be a party destination. While I like to have a good time (I have been known to dance on a bar or two), I prefer destinations that offer more than just a party scene. We thought that Lombok would be more our style. Short on time, though, we decided to spend five days in Bali and in that short amount of time, I fell in love with Bali.
My image of Bali started to change once I started to research the island. In fact, I became sad because we would miss out on a lot of wonderful activities. I am happy with what we did in only five days–you can read about our itinerary here, but I’d like to return.
We opted to stay in Legian, which has nice beaches with the right amount of nightlife. On our first night, we watched a Balinese dance at our hotel. The intricate dancing to the haunting, soothing sounds of the gamelan tugged at my heart.
The Balinese people helped me truly fall in love with the island. We had the most authentic and warm hospitality everywhere we went. I enjoyed learning about their lives and talking about mine.
It seemed to me that the Balinese hold their traditions very close to their hearts and guard them against the invasion of the four million plus visitors a year. It drew me closer to the island. To this day, it still intrigues me. I’m sad that I wasn’t able to spend more time learning about it–the museums, the temples, the performances. It’s an island known for its beautiful art. And it speaks to the soul.
The island also appealed to my adventurous nature. We hiked up Mt. Batur to watch the sun rise and did a day of scuba diving. I hadn’t hiked up a volcano before nor had I seen manta rays–two wonderful firsts in Bali. I’ll never forget watching the sun slowly, and then quickly, rise over the mountains. The serenity of seeing the graceful manta rays soar by stays firm in my heart.
Yes, Bali does have its tourist cliches, but you can easily avoid them. I encourage you to see what the island has to offer you. How do you feel about Bali? Share below!