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Bali is the island paradise of most people's dreams. Nestled in the heart of the Philippines, Bali is a great place for water sports and has a vast array of cultural wonders to explore.

Top 5 Things to see and do in Bali

1. Uluwatu Temple

This cliff-side temple is a must-see for its fantastic views and its nights of traditional dancing.

2. Mount Batur

Mount Batur makes for a challenging and thrilling climb to see the mountain-side villages and the picturesque lake beneath its summit.

3. Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

If you are an animal-lover, this is a brilliant place to spend the day. This sanctuary and temple is the natural habitat of over 700 Balinese long-tailed monkeys and is set within verdant jungle surroundings.

4. Ulu Danu Bratan Temple

As well as being a cultural masterpiece, the temple provides ample opportunity for a relaxing afternoon, with gardens, a boating lake and a host of wildlife.

5. Goa Gajah

This cave is a spectacularly designed tribute to the Hindu Gods, with figures of the gods carved out of its stone.

Where to go at night in Bali

Every evening in Bali should start with oceanfront cocktails, in restaurants that provide you with the perfect view of the ocean and surrounding beaches. Many services in Bali are open at night, so whether you want a rejuvenating evening at the spa or a trip to an art museum at the Dream Zone Museum, there is always something to explore.

What to eat in Bali

Mie Goreng and Nasi Goreng are traditional dishes that are made from a choice of noodles and rice, mixed with meat such as chicken or lamb. To round off the evening, fried bananas (Pisang Goreng) are one of the staple desserts in Bali. This sweet delicacy can usually be found served in street markets.

Best places to stay in Bali

Seminyak and Sanur are some of the best places to stay if you want to island hop or explore the coast. Sanur is also home to family markets every week which provide fair-like activities for all the family. Similarly, Seminyak is a wonderful place to balance water sports such as surfing with adventures like mountain climbing. However, you should ensure that you have proper travel insurance for Bali before taking part in extreme activities and that these will cover extra medical costs you may incur.

With its warm weather and tropical climate, Bali is an island miracle far stretched from the often drear UK summers. Bali is a dream location for the family, with a host of both cultural and beach-side activities to keep you occupied for a week or more.

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