In spite of some negative press in years past, Bali remains one of the most popular tourist destinations for many people, not just Australians looking for a great holiday either backpacking or relaxation in a beautiful Bali villa. However, the cheap air fares and accommodation guarantee that it will remain a popular holiday spot for many Aussie tourists. Once you decide to check out Bali you will find so many things to do and see there that you may have to extend your holiday.
The island of Bali itself has many attractions and the culture is a unique one that gives rise to sites of interest such as the many temples. When these are explored you will find them unlike most other temples due to the distinct ecosystem, with monkeys from the nearby jungle in residence at some.
However, the wildlife parks must have a large spot on your holiday agenda because they, too are distinctive. Even though there are many such places in other countries, they are not quite like the Balinese parks. For instance, you can ride on the elephants or camels at the Bali Safari and Marine Park, one of the islands largest parks. There is also an elephant talent show with these elephants being retired working elephants that are extremely tame.
There are 80 species of animals with white tigers, cuddly baby orang-utans, Himalayan bears and blue wildebeest to name just a few. All animals are kept in large enclosures that mimic their natural habitat and you get to see them up close by going on the safari bus or enclosed tram through the park.
With 40 hectares to cover, you’ll need the whole day to see everything in this park, but don’t be in a hurry to leave the area because right next door is a water park that every child will want to have fun at. With a climate that is tropical, there will always be time for water play here or at one of the many beaches.
Another park that you won’t want to miss is the Bird and Reptile Park where you can interact with some tame species while viewing other, rarer birds in their enclosures. The free flight bird show demonstrates the skills of birds of prey and of their keepers in training them. Adjacent to the bird displays is the reptile area where you can see giant komodo dragons, crocodiles, lizards, frogs and many other kinds of reptiles.
Of course there are many other things to do as well in beautiful Bali, but going to all the different wildlife parks will keep you busy. For a change of pace you can take in the Monkey Temple or visit the forest where many monkeys abound. Or if you are in Bali between July and November you may be lucky enough to see one of the heats leading up to the finals of the Makepung Buffalo Races.