When deciding where to spend their honeymoon, couples are faced with seemingly endless options. Should the two of you opt for wild adventures, mouthwatering local fare, relaxing oceanside views, historical tours? Luckily, there’s a place where you don’t have to compromise on any of the things you both hope to do on your getaway. From dreamy beaches to foodie-friendly cuisine to outdoor activities, there are many reasons why you should bump Bali to the top of that list. Here are five ways that Bali definitely serves as both a romantic and exciting honeymoon destination.

It’s Got Truly Stunning Beaches

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In Bali, you have your choice between white sand beaches with a glamorous vibe, rugged coves, prime surfing spots, and unforgettable black sand beaches on the northern and western shorelines. In short, there are plenty of romantic beach spots for you and your new spouse to soak up the natural beauty of the island. One of Bali’s most popular beaches for honeymooners is Seminyak Beach, adjacent to some of the island’s best resorts, shops and restaurants. This beach is a great place to relax with a book and tropical drink in hand during the day, but you’d better be ready to party once the sun goes down.

You Can Take Authentic Balinese Cooking Classes

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Foodie couples will definitely enjoy Bali’s world-class restaurants. If you’re looking for even more culinary inspiration, sign up for the Anika or the Bumbu Bali cooking classes. An experienced instructor will each you about local cuisine as you stroll through a market packed with the spices, produce, and protein used in traditional Balinese dishes. After you’ve gathered your supplies, you’ll learn to cook a multi-course meal using regional techniques. Of course, you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor with your classmates.

The Two of You Can Climb Mount Batur Volcano Together

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One of Bali’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders is Mount Batur, an active volcano with an impressive 7-mile diameter caldera. The caldera contains fifteen traditional villages. If you’re looking to trek the volcano and explore the caldera villages, it’s best to hire a guide or go with a tour group. If you opt for an early morning tour, you can watch an amazing sunrise from Mount Batur’s summit. We’re not sure it gets more romantic than that!

…Or Test Your Whitewater Rafting Skills

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Thrill-seeking honeymooners will find plenty to keep them occupied while whitewater rafting along the Ayung River. Bali’s longest river boasts over thirty-three grade 2 and grade 3 rapids that a professional guide will help you navigate. Most whitewater rafting tours include a buffet lunch and a chance to purchase photos and video footage to commemorate your first adventure together as a married couple. Check out Bali Adventure Tours for more information on whitewater rafting packages.

Visit an Elephant Sanctuary Together

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Imagine seeing an elephant in its beautiful natural habitat with the love of your life by your side. This dream can become a honeymoon reality in Bali! Take in the local flora and fauna and pose for pictures with your newfound elephant buddies. Some ethical hints to go by when choosing how you’d like to encounter an elephant: choose sanctuaries instead of rides, don’t pay to see a show involving elephants, don’t buy any paintings made by elephants. These are popular ways that people abuse elephants to make money off of well-intentioned, but misguided, tourists.

Have you been to Bali? What are your recommendations for must-see and must-do activities? Let us know in the comments section.

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About The Author

Jen Bouchard

An insatiable foodie, art collector, and international literature aficionado, I have traveled throughout Europe, Asia, the U.S. and Canada. For the past fifteen years, I have written about my adventures for various travel and literary publications. I am the owner of Lucidité Writing (www.luciditewriting.com) and Bouchard Design Co.