Bali welcomes roughly 1 million Australian visitors each year. It’s a destination that Australians travel to repeatedly to return to their favourite resorts and discover new parts of the Balinese culture year after year. For those visitors looking to experience a new side of Bali or for adventurous travellers looking for an experience off well-worn paths of Bali, we recommend these five unusual experiences.
1. Indulge in a hair cream bath in Legian or Seminyak
A Balinese massage is heavenly, but a hair cream bath is divine. Beginning with a disarming head, neck, and shoulder massage, this treatment is both restorative and relaxing. After your massage, a mask is applied to your hair and scalp. As it works its magic, you relax under a steamer and slip deeper into relaxation with continued massage therapy. Legian and Seminyak are known as an upmarket part of Bali. While many upmarket salons offer incredible hair cream baths, most salons in the area provide this treatment.
2. Watch the sunrise near Uluwatu Temple in South Kuta
Uluwatu Temple is an iconic temple sitting proudly on a cliff-top 75 metres above the sea. Not only is it an ancient marvel from the 10th century, but it is protected by the most adorable guards: monkeys. These creatures are believed to guard the Temple from bad influences - and as cute as they are, keep your distance. We recommend having a guide who knows how to best handle these little guards lead you to the Temple. But the trip is worth it to watch the sunset over the ocean, lighting up the Indonesian landscape in a spectacular rainbow as far as the eye can see.
3. Cleanse yourself in the gardens of Bali Water Palace Tirtagangga in Amlapura
The last king of Karangasem, the eastern part of Bali, had this incredible palace constructed in 1948. It is comprised of three complexes, each boasting bodies of water, architecture, sculptures, and more. Religious ceremonies take place here frequently, as it has been esteemed to be a holy site. Luckily for travellers, visitors are permitted to swim in the garden for a small fee. If you opt for a swim in one of the many swimming pools, soak in the sights of Chinese and Indonesian architecture and the surrounding rice fields.
4. Learn to cook at Bali Asli Restaurant near Candidasa
Bali Asli Restaurant is both a restaurant and a cooking school. All food served here has traditional Balinese flavours and is completely sourced locally. No two menus are the same, since the daily menu is written based on what produce is available in the garden and markets. Since the restaurant and cooking school is located a over a half hour from Candidasa, a small fee will give visitors transport services. While travelling to the meal of a lifetime, gaze upon Mount Agung in its natural splendour.
5. Tour the Atlas Pearl Farm in West Bali National Park
Atlas is renowned for its striking silver South Sea pearls, one of the three pearl types found in Indonesia. A visit to Atlas a pearl farm near Pemuteran allows visitors to see what happens between the birth of a pearl to its extraction and, finally, how it is used to make bespoke jewellery.