SURF’S UP IN BALI

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The open­ing cred­its of Hawaii Five-O may be syn­ony­mous with the is­land state’s world-renowned surf­ing scene (bot­tom) but Bali is the place to catch some waves this sum­mer. Begin­ner-friendly Kuta Beach is great for novices with boards for hire, lessons and life­guards on duty, while Canggu at­tracts surfers of all lev­els and of­fers a qui­eter all-round beach ex­pe­ri­ence than touristy Kuta. Sea­soned and ex­pert sur­fies reg­u­larly head to Kera­mas. Dry off and dis­cover Bali’s other at­trac­tions from Mount Batur’s Kin­ta­mani vol­cano in the cen­tral high­lands to hid­den canyons, dra­matic wa­ter­falls, ver­dant rice ter­races and his­toric tem­ples. Fuel up and eat at the Dirty Duck Diner close to Ubud Mon­key For­est, which spe­cialises in tra­di­tional be­bek tutu (mar­i­nated and smoked duck); or feast on lo­cal seafood at one of Jim­baran Bay’s food stalls. Stay in a fu­tur­is­tic stu­dio at the ’60s space age-in­spired Luna2 Stu­dio­tel (from Dh1,000) in trendy Seminyak, with its un­der­ground Pop! Lounge and spa­cious fuss-free rooms, or trade up to the lux­u­ri­ous jun­gle sanc­tu­ary that is the Como Shamb­hala Es­tate (from Dh2,200) in Ubud with its des­ti­na­tion spa and sched­ule of cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties. Get­ting there: Emi­rates flie daily direct.

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