Bali is a land that seems to have a magnet at its very heart. It is a feeling that’s difficult to understand unless experienced, but once visited you will surely be compelled to come back and you may even want to stay forever, such is its pull. Maybe it’s Bali’s beauty, maybe the friendly locals, or maybe even the influence from spirits that certainly abide on this “Island of the Gods”. We’ve spent a lot of time here both on our own trips and on previous Programs. We couldn’t think of many better places to stay than Canggu, the haven of hipsters, wave hunters, and health nuts.
Take the long drive through the night to get your breath taken away in more ways than one! Climb for 2 hours to the top of Mount Batur in the dead of night to witness this stunning sunrise, while enjoying a breakfast cooked in the heat of Batur’s crater!
There’s more to life in Bali than beaches! Take a ride up into the centre of Bali through lush rice terraces (which is an experience in itself!) and you’ll find all sorts of activities to explore and sights to see.
Wander the streets of magical Ubud, through the Monkey Forest and onto Campuhan Ridgewalk. Pay your respects and understand the unique Balinese culture in its temples. Go chasin’ waterfalls all around the island, collecting those perfect #wanderlust insta posts.
Learn to surf or hone your skills, Bali has a surf spot for every level, and plenty of beach boys happy to give you your first lesson.
We live minutes from the beach, so by the time your time in Bali is up you’ll be hanging ten and riding the tube with the best of them!
Seen everything there is to see on Bali? I doubt it. But if you're feeling adventurous there are several neighbouring islands worth checking out that are just a couple hours away across the sea. Lombok is the Bali of 30 years ago, still relatively undeveloped. The three Nusa islands (Penida, Ceningan, Lembongan) are both a scuba diving and instagram mecca. The Gili islands offer a bit of both on a miniature scale, depending on which one you choose to visit.
Bali has a a rich and complex culture that would take a lifetime to truly understand for an outsider. The island is a Hindu sanctuary in a Muslim majority country, and the religion permeates all aspects of life. Every morning offerings are laid out in front of and around each and every building, and ceremonies take place almost daily.
There are hundreds of other aspects of life that are influenced by the religion and heritage of the islands. They seem to have a profoundly positive affect on the Balinese, who are some of the most welcoming and happy people we've ever met.
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