9 Romantic things to do in Bali

9 Romantic things to do in Bali

Bali has plenty to offer as a honeymoon destination - there's more to do than lie on the beach sipping cocktails! Penny Walker explores the Indonesian island

1. Hitch a ride

Camel

You don't have to be in Egypt to ride a camel! The two of you can hitch a ride along the beautiful Nusa Dua beach on one of these endearing creatures. Pack your wedding dress and tux to take full advantage of the unique photo opportunity and adorn your mantle piece with some unusual wedding photographs. (And when you get home, immortalise your memories in a photobook...)

 

2. Get romantic

Kecack

Watch the sunset at Uluwatu, one of Bali's most famous sea temples. As the sun goes down you can enjoy a Kecak (fire) dance. Performed by locals, the dance is accompanied by chanting and is loosely based on the Hindu Ramayana. The temple is only a short drive from Jimbaran Bay, where you can enjoy a romantic candlelight seafood dinner on the beach.

 

3. Scale the heights

Agung

For adventurous honeymooners, a climb up Bali's highest mountain is well worth it for the breathtaking views. Mount Agung is sacred to the Balinese and they believe that it is a replica of Mount Meru, the central axis of the universe, balancing everything on the island. Some great symbolism for the start of your marriage! Start your hike around 2am to ensure you're there in time to see the sunrise.

 

4. Make a splash

Rafting

Thrill-seeking couples will love white water rafting in Bali. The water won't make you freeze, and the countryside is stunning. Surrounded by forest, you will pass rice paddies and locals taking a refreshing dip as you tumble downriver. Telaga Waja River is one of the most popular routes. Enjoy the look of horror on your partner's face as the raft sails over a dam to plunge you to the finish line. 

 

5. Glide into serenity

Ula

Visit one of Bali's most famous and breath-taking temples on the shore of lake Bratan in the mountains near Bedugul. Pura Ulun Danu temple was built in 1926 and is dedicated to Dewi Batari Ulun Danu, goddess of lakes and rivers. Juknungs (traditional canoes) and pedalos can be hired from the site and you can glide out across the lake to make the most of the beautiful yet mysterious surroundings.

 

6. Take a hike

MundukJust a short drive from the Jatiluwah rice paddies in central Bali is the Munduk waterfall and coffee plantation. The short but steep climb to the bottom is definitely worth a visit. One of Bali's better kept secrets in a country thronged with tourists, this spot is peaceful and serene. You can indulge in a taste of the local coffee, the infamous Kopi Luwak, as you sit and enjoy some time together next to the tumbling falls.

 

7. Treat yourselves

CocktailBali has some superb restaurants where you can enjoy a range of cuisine. Potato Head Beach Bar in Seminyak is popular as a beach-side restaurant where you can enjoy pool-side service on unusual beds that become great dinner spots with the help of a simple portable table. To get to the highly acclaimed Rock Bar in Jimbaran, hop into a lift to take you across and enjoy one of their signature cocktails in a superb setting.

 

8. Soak up the atmosphere

TaganaggaLounge in the warm waters of the hot springs, or visit the stunning Tirtagangga water palace for a swim. When you've dried off, head up to the restaurant for a romantic meal overlooking the spectacular grounds. Not far from Tirtagangga is the main port of Pandagbai, where you can escape to the beautiful Gili Islands.

 

9. Escape to solitude

GiliIf you want some time alone, hop on the ferry to the stunningly idyllic Gili Islands. With white sand beaches and clear blue seas, you may not want to leave. You can rent a horse and cart for the day, grab some gear and swim with the fishes near the coral reef, or cycle around Gili Trewangan, the most popular of the islands.

 

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