Hindu Temples – There are over 20,000 temples to explore in Bali, with Pura Besakih being the holiest of all. Some parts of it date back to as early as the 10th century. Other noteworthy temples include Pura Gunung Kawi, Titra Empul, and Pura Luhur Lempuyang. In these sacred sites, it is important to dress modestly. Men and women must have their shoulders covered as well as their upper arms. A sarong and temple scarf that’s worn around your waist and legs are also required, but can normally be rented out at the temple if you don’t have your own. Sandals are acceptable to wear.
Beaches, Surfing & Scuba Diving – When you think of Bali, paradise may come to mind, along with the fantastic beaches and coral reefs. If you are looking to do a little surfing and sunbathing check out Balangan, Bingin or Balian beach. If snorkeling or scuba diving is your thing, try Amed beach or Padang Bay. Board shorts and bikinis are the norms. Don’t forget to pack a cover-up and bring lots of sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. If you are surfing, you should wear a shirt or rash guard to protect yourself from a rash burn. We also recommended that snorkelers and scuba divers to bring their own snorkels and masks. Lastly, it is handy to have a pair of water shoes if you plan on getting away from tourist-packed areas for swimming. They will protect your feet from unseen sea urchins and sharp coral.
Yoga & Meditation – In Bali, you’ll find plenty of places to practice yoga and meditation, go on retreats, or attend workshops and training especially in the town of Ubud. Wear a pair of comfortable sandals that are easy to take off. Make sure to pack moisture-wicking clothing like yoga capris or shorts along with tank tops or tees. Mats are provided but it’s a good idea to bring a water bottle and towel.
Spas – You will be amazed at how many spas are in Bali and how cheap it is to get a massage! Some places to try while you are in Bali include Madara Spa, Prana Spa, Body Temple at the Canggu Club and Bodyworks Centre. Don’t forget to try some of the traditional Balinese treatments like the Balinese massage, shirodara, and hair cream baths. Choose loose, comfortable clothing to wear to the spa such as shorts and tees or maxi dresses. Just beware: if you are going for a massage, you will most likely be asked to strip down to your undies, as is the case with most professional massages in the US.