- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Get addicted to Ku De Ta
There’s nothing quite like Ku De Ta anywhere else in the world. Perched on the edge of the sea along the beach from the Oberoi Hotel, this beach club is a magnet for the rich, the famous and the wannabes. There are beach beds overlooking the rolling surf, tables to dine at and a bar to flit around. The time to arrive is just before sunset.
Experience a day when nothing moves.
If have ever wondered what it would be like if we all just stopped rushing around for one day, then give Bali’s Nyepi Day a try. This is the Balinese New Year’s Day. For 24 hours, the islanders' believe you should do absolutely nothing to attract the attention of the spirits. This means that they stay as silent as possible. It also means that you should not talk out loud, play music, drive a motorbike or car or use any electrical appliances. There are no taxis, the international airport closes down and tourists are advised to relax at their hotels and not to offend the local people by making any noise. The next Nyepi Day takes place on 16 March 2010.
Fly from tree to tree in the jungle
Yes, in Bali you can fly. Experience the amazing Flying Fox, where you are propelled through the jungle for up to 160 metres at a time. You are attached to a wire strung between high points in the forest and gravity provides the propulsion, but the experience is of being like a bird. There are five different routes at the Bali Treetop in the Bedugul Botanical Gardens. You'll never want to come back to earth!
Have a cup of the world's rarest coffee
Head on down to the Garden Cafe in Sanur for a cup of the world's rarest coffee. Enjoy your drink of "Kopi Luwak" before you decide to find out how this delicacy is created. The truth, believe it or not, is that the coffee beans all pass through the digestive system of the Asian Palm Civet, a tree climbing cat. This creature seeks out only the finest beans in the coffee plantations at night and they pass through its system undigested. Workers collect the beans in the droppings and the rest is just packaging. So sought-after is this drink that prices can reach 1,000 dollars per kilogram in the States. Here you'll pay $55 for a small pack, well worth it for the shock value alone.
Learn to ride the waves
Bali has been a mecca for surfers ever since the pioneering students discovered its perfect swells in the 60s. If you've ever wanted to surf, book a course at one of the surfing schools on the island. Within a few days you could be riding the waves like a pro. You can buy a five-day package for around 120 US dollars. You can hire a board there, so all you need to bring is your sexiest swimsuit.