The undisputed favorite of Indonesia’s more than 17,000 islands, Bali lives up to its reputation as the quintessential tropical paradise. While some areas in Bali have suffered from over-commercialism in recent years, there are still places to visit in Bali that appear untouched by time. Known as the Island of the Gods, Bali’s culture is dominated by a unique form of Hinduism that’s evident in every aspect of Balinese life, from the temples that ornament every corner of the island to the daily offerings found in every home. Whether exploring the distinctive culture of the Balinese people, scuba diving in coral reefs, climbing an ancient volcano or sunbathing on a broad stretch of beach, Bali has a bit of paradise to offer every visitor.
Ubud is a complete package of the best among the tourist places in Bali. From nature to culture, this place is a condensed Indonesia showcasing its culture through paddy fields, temples, street dance performances and museums. So, when you are visiting Bali, make sure you add Ubud to your itinerary!
- Things to do: Explore the scenic vistas on a bike; stroll through Tegallalangs terraced rice fields; visit the bamboo mansions; encounter flocking herons at Petulu; monkey around at the macaque-inhabited Monkey Park.
- Cant miss: Safari on Elephants; and firefly tour provided by various hotels
Situated on a large rock, Tanah Lot is one of the most famous Hindu temples in Bali. It has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries. The temple is one of 7 sea temples, each within eyesight of the next, to form a chain along the south-western coast of Bali. Tanah Lot is one of the most popular places to visit in Bali and the whole area can be very busy, especially in the late afternoons and before sunset. The area between the car park and the beach adjacent to the temple is a maze of souvenir shops selling just about every Balinese trinket imaginable. Once visitors have fought their way through the souvenir vendors to the beach, they will see the magnificent temple perched on a rock just a few meters offshore.
- Things to do: Stroll along the beach; sunbathe; watch the sunset; dine and experiment with the local cuisine
- Cant miss: Surfing and swimming
Located on the southwestern coast of Bali, Seminyak is a small town that has been encompassed by the city of Kuta’s expansive growth. Despite its proximity to Kuta, Seminyak is one of the island’s most exclusive vacation destinations. From its high-end boutiques and five-star restaurants to its luxury hotels and spas, the city attract attracts well-heeled travelers from around the world. Although the surf is too treacherous for most swimmers, Seminyak Beach offers visitors panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and of the professional surfers who flock to this area to ride the big waves too.
- Things to do: Indulge in cheap daily massage; watch the gorgeous sunset; shop; chill out at the pool parties; pose at Bali Trick Art Gallery; surf the seas; feel blessed at the Pura Petitenget temple.
- Cant miss: Cocktails at a cliff at The Rock Bar; a splash in Waterbom water park.
Also known as the ‘mother temple’ of Bali, Besakih Temple can be found an impressive 1000 metres high, along the side of Mount Agung, Bali’s highest volcano mountain. The temple complex is actually made up of 23 temples waiting to be explored – though the most iconic is certainly Pura Penataran Agung with its six-terraced levels.
- Opening times: 8 am — 5 pm
- Best time to visit: The Besakih Temple complex’s main temple holds a festival once every 210 days. This wonderful spectacle shouldn’t be missed, and will next take place on 20 March, 2019.
- Tip: Make sure to dress modestly as revealing attire is prohibited inside Indonesian temples.
One of the most popular theme parks in Bali, it is home to more than 100 species of animals which hail from countries like India, Indonesia and more. Situated in Gianyar, it has endangered species like white tigers, Komodo dragons and orangutans. You will get the opportunity of getting close to their amazing animals through the jeep safaris and the animals rides offered over there. This is a great place to visit with friends and family alike.
- Opening times: Open daily, 9 am — 9 pm
- Best time to visit: Year round, but visit in the spring for some baby animals!
- Tips: The park has numerous shows and parades, so make sure to check up on the park’s schedule for the day.
Located at the southern tip of Bukit in Bali, Uluwatu attracts lots of surfers of varying experience levels from all over the world. The word Uluwatu is formed of two words- ‘Ulu’ which means ‘land’s end’ and ‘watu’ that means rock. This is because its waves are made up of five world-class surf breaks. If you love surfing then bring your board and test your skills but if you would much rather relax then there are plenty of hotels and restaurants there which give a beautiful view of the ocean in all its glory. When here, make sure to check out the Pura Luru Uluwatu temple of this region. The clear blue waters of the place are perfect for a getaway.
- Things to do: Go surfing, Enjoy the water sports, enjoy the delicious cuisine.
- Can’t-miss: The beautiful waves breaking over the shoreline.
Goa Gajah, or ‘Elephant Cave’, is a former sanctuary that dates all the way back to the 9th century. To visit the cave, you must enter through the mouth of a demon that has been carved into the facade. Inside, you’ll find fragments of Hindu statues, including Ganesha, a god with an elephant head that gives the cave its name. Outside, you’ll also be able to see some ancient bathing pools.
- Opening times: Open daily, 8am — 4pm
- Best time to visit: Visit early in the morning, before 10am, to avoid the buses full of tourists
- Tip: Similar to the Besakih temple, make sure to dress modestly. The temple also provides sarongs for hire.
It is called Asia’s best waterpark and located in the South Kuta, this place offers a thrilling day to its visitors. Bring your family and friends to this island which has numerous rides which will suit everyone. There’s the Lazy River Ride for those wanting to take the day slow and relax a little, there’s also the Boomerang ride which is just full of adrenaline pumping 20-metre tall fall of thrill. The rides range from mild to extreme and this actually aids in making the park more versatile. The park is clean and green, apart from decorated in a specific way which just gives enough shade to protect visitors from the burning sun above. There lost of dining options here as well and apart from this, there are some really affordable Javanese massages along with a fish foot spa inside the park which would delight anyone.
- Things to do: Go on the rides, enjoy the food, have a message.
- Can’t-miss: The rides.
A melting sun over the white sandy beach in the evening flavored with sizzling seafood at the beachside cafes thats what an everyday afternoon looks like at Kuta Beach. Once a sleepy fishing village, it has remained Balis premier vacation destination ever since its renovation in late 1970s.
- Things to do: Visit Ground Zero Memorial; experience 3D trick art at Dream Museum Zone; cruise in style on the roads with vintage rides; get wet at Circus Waterpark; pay a visit to Kuta Sea Turtle Conservation site; watch Kuta Theater
- Cant miss: Ride the beach on a horse; trip to the north end and count the passing planes while the sun lowers down; drive through picturesque toll bridge
Did they ask you to take permission from an elder to enter the city if you are in a car- Welcome to Nusa Lembongan! No hawkers, no traffic, turquoise water and a mushroom-shaped coral offshore thats how they introduce this small island located off the southeastern shores of Bali.
- Things to do: Surf at Mushroom Bay; go for diving, snorkeling, and/or cruise ride; visit seaweed farms; discover the hidden dream beach
- Cant miss: Boat to Mangrove Park and explore the quietude