The global sports calendar is packed full of amazing sports events, and among them are the World Beach Games, a competition that was started not that long ago but has already gained in popularity. It is held every two years. This year, the World Beach Games will be held in Bali, Indonesia, between August 5 and August 12, and it offers a fantastic opportunity to enjoy an entertaining sporting competition and to explore one of the world’s most fascinating islands.
The World Beach Games
The World Beach Games are an international multi-sport event that features various beach-based competitions. It was first held in 2019 and is organized by the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC). The games take place every two years and bring together athletes from around the world to compete in a variety of beach sports, including beach volleyball, beach soccer, beach handball, beach rugby, and many others.
Explore Bali Culture
In addition to the athletic competition, the games will feature cultural and entertainment programmes, which should inspire sports tourists to take a look at the variety of cultural and historical locations in this beautiful part of the world.
One of the most enduringly popular cultural attractions in Bali is the city of Ubud with its Palace, which was once the home of the Ubud royal family. The original constructions on the site date back to the 17th century, though the magnificent buildings seen there today date back to the 19th century. The palace is a symbol of Bali’s rich cultural heritage and a gateway to its history. Visitors can tour the palace grounds, admire its intricate carvings, and learn about the story of the island’s royalty.
Ubud has many nice places to visit, and one of them is Sacred Monkey Forest which is the sanctuary of the Balinese long-tailed macaque. But be careful when you are there since monkeys walk freely there and can steal some small things like glasses, caps, bags and purses.
Agung Rai Museum of Art
The Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) is a world-renowned museum located in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. It was founded in 1996 by the Indonesian art collector and philanthropist, Drs. I Gusti Nyoman Rai, and is dedicated to showcasing the best of Indonesian art and culture.
ARMA is home to an extensive collection of Indonesian art, including paintings, sculptures, and traditional textiles. The museum also showcases works by contemporary Indonesian artists, as well as international artists who have been influenced by Indonesian culture.
Tirta Empul Temple
Another must-visit cultural attraction is the Hindu Balinese Tirta Empul Temple not far from the town of Tampaksiring. This ancient temple, which dates back over a thousand years, is considered one of the most sacred places on the island. It’s renowned for its holy spring, which is believed to have healing powers, and is a popular spot for locals to come and bathe in its waters.
For those interested in experiencing Bali’s vibrant nightlife, a visit to Seminyak is a must. This popular tourist destination is home to some of the island’s most vibrant nightlife venues, including beach clubs, bars, and nightclubs that are perfect for those who want to dance the night away.
No trip to Bali would be complete without a visit to one of its many stunning rice paddies. These lush, green fields are a symbol of Bali’s rural heritage and offer visitors a glimpse into the traditional way of life on the island. Whether you’re interested in taking a guided tour or simply admiring the scenery, a visit to Bali’s rice paddies is an unforgettable experience. One of the most famous places is Tegallalang Rice Terrace.
This ancient Hindu temple is on the cliffs near the ocean and is famous all over the world for its views. Besides, it is right above one of Bali’s best surf spots. It is best to visit the temple on the sunset, when the sea and the sky glow in the late afternoon light.
Garuda Wishnu Kencana Cultural Park
This park complex is devoted to the Hindu god Vishnu, and his mount, Garuda. Garuda is a mythical bird-companion of Vishnu. The statue of Vishnu riding Garuda is 120.9 m high and it was completed in August 2018.
Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach, explore its lush forests, or discover its vibrant culture, Bali has something for everyone. Its diverse landscapes and serene environment make it a true paradise on earth, attracting millions of visitors each year from all over the world, and this summer’s World Beach Games in Bali is the perfect opportunity to combine sporting excitement with cultural enrichment.