Say scenic beaches, coral reefs, rock formations, ancient temples, paddy fields punctuated with coconut palms and fruit trees, undulating hills, winding roads with local boutiques and tiny museums of stone carvings! That’s the top layer of what to expect in the breathtakingly beautiful island of Bali in Indonesia. It’s no surprise it attracts over five million tourists annually. It’s also one of the seven countries where Indians can get a free visa on arrival.
Laze around watching surfers ride huge, unpredictable waves. Or move to the calmer side of sand, which has shallow reefs and coral gardens that you can explore on sea walks and other sea-based adventures. This is every bit postcard country. Underwater photography can be rewarding. Bali is home to over 950 species of reef fish like eels, triggerfish and others. And remember, walking on the sea floor is a memorable experience; or, diving to explore a wrecked US Army transport ship that lies at the bottom with sea life flourishing within and around it.