Bali is amazing! It’s full of beautiful beaches and adventurous hikes. It’s also a great place to learn a new culture and learn about animals and marine biology. In addition, it’s a spiritual haven and spending time in Bali can lead you on a path to self-discovery. These are all great reasons to spend your gap year in Bail and there are so many more!
Why Take a Gap Year?
Especially if you’re unsure what you want to do with your life, a gap year can be a much needed rest and respite. Spending some time away, immersed in a different culture can broaden your perspective and help you understand the world better. Plus there are many scholarships for gap year students, making taking one an affordable option.
Bali has so much to offer as a place to spend a gap year. It can help you learn about a small corner of the world and immerse you in a very different culture. Learning about things and people who are very different from you can help you understand the world better and may even help you do better when you’re in school.
Bali as a Spiritual Haven
If you’re looking to learn more about religion and history, Bali has a lot of perspective. Bali is largely a Hindu country, while Indonesia is not largely Hindu. This gives a unique perspective in and of itself.
It also means it’s a great place to go if you’re looking to learn the art of meditation or yoga. Bali has many yoga and meditation retreats to offer. It’s no wonder they’re popular. The beaches and mountainous surroundings make Bali a picturesque place to learn to mediate and just be.
This is in part because of Bali’s rich religious history as well. Bali is full of beautiful temples. Gunung Kawi is one example. The 11th Century Hindu temple is composed of ten shrines cut out of natural rock in the cliff face. It sits on both sides of the Pakerisan River.
Bali to Relax
A religious or spiritual journey doesn't have to encompass your whole trip though. Bali is also a great place to relax and enjoy. There are so many beautiful beaches and great places to eat and drink. Not to mention, the hikes you can take to really learn the island and its beauty. A great beach to start your trip is the beach of Jimbara. This beach is remote and on a less developed part of the island. It’s great for long contemplative walks.
On or off the beach, Bali is a great place to have a delicious meal. Nothing beats drinking from a fresh coconut on the beach, for starters! Banana is a staple in Bali, so it’s a great place to have banana-based sweet treats. Baked goods are especially good when made with banana flour, because it adds a sweetness to the dish.
Once you’re done snacking, Bali is also a great place for an adventurous hike. You can hike a volcano, like Mount Batur. This 5,600 foot volcano is a great and popular hike, especially at sunrise. Plus, getting up early to make it to the top by sunrise, will help you get ready for those early mornings at college!
Biology of the Island
In addition to fun, there’s much to learn about the biology of Bali. This is true both on land and in the sea. From sea turtles to tigers, there’s much to learn.
Komodo dragons, sumatran tigers, crab-eating macaque and javan rusa are just some examples of land animals native to Bali. Komodo dragons are the largest lizards alive and amazing to see. Sumatran tigers are the smallest species of tigers still in existence and are heavily endangered. Crab-eating macaque is a type of monkey native to the area, and javan rusa is a type of deer.
Marine biology is equally fascinating. Snorkeling the nearby reefs will open you up to an undersea world of beauty. You can also visit Turtle Island, a turtle conservation located off of Tanjung Benoa Beach. The turtles feel comfortable being held and you’ll get to learn about the importance of the turtles to Bali’s ecosystem.
There are so many good reasons to take a gap year, and Bali is the place to do it!