"An Ideal Retreat For Beaches, Temples And Rice Terraces"
Bali, Indonesia’s most famous island, is located to the west of Java in the Lesser Sunda Islands. It is world-renowned for its scenic rice terraces, fragrant cuisine, stunning beaches and a galore of culture and tradition. With its elaborate temples, endless coastline, some of the world's best coral reefs, waterfalls and retreats, Bali combines leisure and adventure impeccably. A dizzying combination of spiritual awakening and hard-partying all into one, Bali is where people from all over the world come to lose themselves in.
The island boasts some of the best sunsets and sunrises, enough to captivate and entice you into never leaving this place. Home to the coral reefs of Tulamben, the mountain peaks of Kintamani, the beaches and scenic routes of Seminyak and Kuta, with ancient temples and traditional village life of Ubud, Bali's charm is boundless, as are its opportunities for fun.
Don’t forget to stop by one of the many terraced rice fields, a feature that only adds to the diversity of Bali’s beautiful landscape. Tourists may enjoy an idyllic day at the beach, surf, dive, take a casual boat ride to gaze at the dolphins, explore the many beautiful temples, the local markets and the waterfalls, or go to the silent yoga retreats - there is something for everybody here. Bali has been the subject of so many travel journals and has been famously alluded to in many works of literature, as a place of true beauty, and yet words always fail to capture the captivating magic of 'The Island of the Gods'.
Things To Do In Bali
1. Sunset at Tanah Lot
Located on a beautiful offshore rock in Tabanan regency, Bali, Tanah Lot or 'Land on the Sea' is a Hindu shrine believed to be about 500 years old. An amalgamation of Balinese and Hindu mythology, the base of the temple is carved with sea snakes and offers a natural source of holy water, providing visitors with an aesthetic and spiritual experience unlike any other.
2. Kuta Beach
Kuta beach heralded the era of tourism in Bali. A few minutes away from the Bali airport, Kuta attracts hundreds of visitors to its golden sands and surf waves making it one of the busiest and liveliest beaches the country has to offer. A plethora of cheap options for accommodation, food and beach clubs make this ideal for young travellers seeking a fun beach holiday.
3. Ulu Watu
Situated at the south-western tip of Bukit in Bali, Uluwatu attracts surfers of all levels from around the world to its exciting shoreline. The waves are composed of five world-class surf breaks, and the hotels and restaurants overlooking the Indian ocean provide a magnificent view. The Pura Luru Uluwatu temple is another important attraction in this area.
4. Bali Swing
The Bali Swing is a location where there is a collection of 12 swings that make you swing over exotic locations, making you feel like you are flying over the clouds. Some swings are over valleys, some over waterfalls, and some over canyons. all the swings are a must-try.
5. Tegenungan Waterfall
Situated in Tegenungan village, halfway between Ubud and Bali’s capital Denpasar, Tegenungan Waterfall is one of the most popular picnic spots in the region. It is set amidst dense foliage in a shallow bathing area and lined with cafes and eateries. Present in an isolated location on the outskirts of Bali, the place is ideal for nature photographers.
6. Trip To Nusa Penida Island
The hidden treasure of Indonesia, Nusa Penida is the most exotic of the three Nusa Islands and is relatively less travelled. Located in the Klungkung district, it is a little off the shores of Bali. During this season, the island is relatively dry and is fairly suited for activities like snorkelling, scuba diving and surfing. Despite these qualities, Nusa Penida is largely left unexplored and is awaiting tourists to explore this exotic destination. Pristine white sand beaches like Atuh and Nusa Penida beach draw tourists from around the world.
7. Tegallalang Rice Fields
The Tegallalang Rice Fields in Ubud, Bali is a break away from the typical commercialized structures, offering a calm, beautiful scene of rice terraces that gently melt into paddy fields across the valley. Capture some exquisite photographs of the landscape, have coffee at one of the quaint little cafes or take a little detour through the Pakudui village nearby for some intricate wooden crafts.
8. Trek to Mount Batur
Called "Gunung Batur" in the local language, Mount Batur is an active volcano in Indonesia. At 1717 metres (around 5,600 feet) above sea level, it offers a spectacular view of its surroundings - the majestic Lake Batur, nestled amongst black lava from the last explosion in 2000, and adjacent to this all, beautiful mountains.
9. Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
A natural habitat for over 600 Balinese long-tailed monkeys, the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud, Bali serves as a tourist hotspot owing to both its religious and wildlife value. With roughly 115 species of trees combined with the numerous monkeys looking for handouts from tourists, make this quite delightful for the nature-lovers.
10. Sekumpul Waterfalls
Nothing spells natural paradise like a gorgeous waterfall, and Sekumpul waterfalls in Northern Bali have at least 7 of them! Sekumpul, meaning 'a group of', is a collection of seven waterfalls located in north Bali. Fed by upland streams, they are considered the most beautiful waterfalls on the island. The seven waterfalls are separate and scattered, varying in height and shape. The overall ambience is cool and calming, marked by high cliffs and lush greenery.
11. Ku De Ta Beach Club
Located in the resort area of Seminyak in Bali, Ku De Ta is one of the most popular Beach Clubs in Bali. For more than two decades now, this beach club has remained a favourite for locals and tourists alike. The mesmerizing oceanic views, award-winning food, refreshing drinks and euphoric music from the live band are a few reasons why you should visit Ku De Ta. If you love partying by the beach or if your interest lies in a world-class gastronomic experience then too, Ku De Ta is the place to head towards. It’s simple and elegant ambience shall give you the best experience ever with the sparkling waters of the infinity pool sprinkling magic dust on you.
12. Kecak Dance, Bali
Also known as the Ramayana monkey chant, is based on the story of Ramayana and is performed in the temples in Bali. The performance includes 150 performers dancing in a circle chanting chak, moving their hands, wearing checked clothes around their waists.
13. Lovina Beach
Bali might be known as Indonesia’s party island, but not all of its beaches have that notorious wild vibe. At Lovina Beach in north-western Bali, you’ll find a much more laidback atmosphere where people can lay back and enjoy the feeling of sand in their toes and sun on their skin instead. It’s quieter than most tourist hotspots, but that is exactly Lovina Beach’s charm. The exquisite beach consists of seven small villages like Pemaron, Anturan, Kalibukbuk (the liveliest village of the lot), Temukus, and Kaliasem along its 10 kilometre stretch. Instead of Bali’s usual white sand beaches, you’re treated here to narrow, black sand beaches which have calm waters ideal for swimming and relaxing in the waves.
14. Nusa Dua Beach
Often described as an 'All Inclusive' beach, Nusa Dua has everything one could ask for - shopping complexes, high-end hotels, museums, even an 18-hole golf course! The pristine white sand and blue waters provide for an awe-inspiring scene to rejuvenate your senses, and the additional facilities of spas and watersports make this an ideal location for both the honeymooning couples and travelling families.
15. Ubud Palace
An itinerary to Bali is incomplete without a stopover at Ubud Palace, located right on the main Jalan Raya Ubud road. Built in the 19th century by the ruler Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel, the palace's front section with its gardens and carvings is a visual delight, while international events on art, music and literature are held inside, making this place a cultural repository of Ubud.
16. Explore Canggu
Offering a laid-back vibe in southern Bali, Canggu is a coastal village home to some of the quirkiest organic vegetarian and vegan restaurants and cafes. A hipster’s paradise, the large number of affordable and trendy hostels and homestays found here are almost always full of tourists, mainly backpackers and young groups of friends. Canggu isn’t as touristy as the rest of Bali in the traditional sense. It is ideal mainly for those who wish to enjoy the quiet comforts of a plush homestay, sip wine or cocktails by a private pool or enjoy some music and barbecue with some friends.
17. Goa Gajah
A few kilometres from Ubud, Indonesia, Goa Gajah or the "elephant cave" is a spiritual and cultural attraction filled with Buddhist and Shaivite relics and carvings. A wide-eyed demon-like structure welcomes you at the cave entrance, which further leads to a serene pool inside. The intricate stonework makes this a must-visit for anyone looking for a glimpse into Indonesian architecture and heritage.
18. Ubud Art Market
Located right opposite the Puri Saren Royal Palace, Ubud Art Market is the ideal place to buy something authentic to Bali From ikat woven skirts and woodcarvings to oil lamps and brass statuettes, this market has all kinds of handicrafts. With relatively higher quality and greater varierty of products, this market is popular with both locals and foreigners. As always, bargaining is a must.
19. Waterbom Bali
Named Asia's Number One waterpark, Waterbom in south Kuta, Bali offers an adventurous water-filled day for families and friends visiting the island. It has a plethora of rides for everyone- from the "Lazy River" for the relaxing couple to the adrenaline-pumping 20m tall "Boomerang". The various dining and bar options make this exciting venue fun for the whole family.
20. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
Situated west of Lake Bratan in Bedugul, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu trinity of Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva. Surrounded by the lake which gives it a 'floating' appearance, the temple is constructed in traditional Balinese style with tiered shrines to honour the Hindu gods. The backdrop of the Bedugul mountains makes this a picturesque site of religious worship.
21. Campuhan Ridge Walk
Campuhan Ridge Walk, Bali is the right bet for all nature lovers or those who love taking a walk in the woods. Known for stunning views, adventurous hiking trails and paved walkway, it makes for a great place for those wish to cycle long distances enjoying nature at its best. There are many breathtaking views that make this Camphuan Ridge Walk a must for trekking enthusiasts. The rice terraces of Jatiluwih or Tegalalang which are located near Ubud centre are a must see. Rated as one of most beautiful places in Bali, Tegalalang rice field is more picturesque than you can imagine.
22. Bali Bird and Reptile Park
The beautiful Bali Bird and Reptile Park is spread over 2 hectares and houses the most extensive collection of birds and reptiles. The exhibits are all divided based on their region of origin. One of Bali Bird and Reptile Park’s mission is to breed endangered species of birds in captivity, in order to preserve the species. The Bali Bird Park also implements a practical biosecurity system that looks after the safety of the bird collection, staff as well as visitors.
23. Dolphin Watching
Apart from its beaches and waterfalls, Bali is also rich in its marine biodiversity. With marine wildlife thriving in its seas, Bali’s coastline is popular for dolphin sightings. Dolphins are sighted with ease across various locations in Bali. The most well-known is Lovina Beach in Northern Bali. Other dolphin sighting locations include Amed in eastern Bali, Tanjung Benoa and Sanur. Close to Sanur is the Dolphin Lodge which has access to the open sea and organizes interactive sessions with the dolphins.
24. Bali Zoo
Celebrated for its enchanting beauty of indigenous flora and fauna, Bali Zoo embraces the plethora of its homeland’s wildlife amidst its surrounding village of Singapadu. One of its own kind, this zoological park is an exemplary site to experience the activities of about 450 rare and exotic creatures in its lush green, stifling environment. Located in the Gianyar regency of Bali, the wildlife conservatory is also locally referred to as ‘Kebun Binatang Bali’. Spread across eight hectares of tropical greenery, Bali Zoo is a perfect location for family outing specially for children.
25. Seminyak Beach
Also called the 'Spa and boutique shopping capital of Bali', Seminyak beach offers a more upscale experience than its immediate neighbours Kuta and Legian. With a quiet and laid-back atmosphere, this beach has some of the best fine-dining restaurants in Bali in addition to the luxury resorts and villas, making your stay here absolutely pleasurable.
26. Batu Bolong Beach
Batu Bolong beach in Canggu, Bali is a visual delight with the black-grey sand it is composed of. A favourite of surfers with its slow and easy waves, the beach has instructors and organisers to welcome all levels of surfers onto its shores. The numerous ice cream vendors and cafes on the beach will satiate your sweet cravings, leaving you refreshed and relaxed.
27. Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park
The Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park is one of Bali’s landmark tourist attractions. Also, known as the GWK the park covers a sprawling area of 60 hectares with numerous facilities, venues and cultural programs. The cultural park is primarily devoted to Lord Vishnu and Garuda, his mount and is a symbolic representation of Bali’s Hindu religious beliefs.
28. Pura Taman Saraswati
Located in central Ubud, Pura Taman Saraswati is a sandstone carved temple dedicated to Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge and arts. Notable for the beautiful lotus pond and water garden that surround the main temple area, it also features a cafe for some snacks and a traditional dance performance to complete your visit to this spiritual temple.
29. Double Six Beach
Double six beach in Seminyak offers a chilled-out ambience with golden-white sands and blue waters. Daytime sees tourists relaxing in sun loungers under parasols, and the waters are fairly good for surfing. The clubs and restaurants across the beach makeit lively at night, and the beach is a popular spot for gay men and women.
30. Amed Beach
Amed Beach is located in Karangasem, East Bali. Spread over seven villages, it is the perfect location to relax, rejuvenate and engage in adventurous activities like diving or snorkelling. The magnificent black sand beach boasts of a fantastic shoreline view, underwater playground, coral gardens and also has remnants of a shipwreck.
31. Kanto Lampo Waterfall
Kanto Lampo Waterfall is a hidden gem located in the Gianyar district. A relatively less-travelled path through the beautiful rainforest leads to the rapidly falling waterfall. One can wade around in the pool below the waterfall and climb the boulders in the area for some stunning photographs. It is ideally visited during the dry season, when the water is clearer and lighter, making it the best time to enjoy the water and have a swim!
32. Sayan Terrace
Sayan Terrace resort in Ubud offers a splendid stay for anyone seeking comfort, charm and a picturesque view at their accommodation. The resort features a public pool, free Wi-FI and extremely helpful staff to sort out any troubles. Perched on the Sayan Ridge, the resort overlooks the tropical forest over Ayung river.
33. Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Located in Tembuku in Bangli regency, Tukad Cepung waterfalls is a must-visit for the breathtaking view it offers. After a steep 15-minute trek, one needs to wade through waist-deep water and gravel to reach the site. The effort is worth it however; the majestic waterfalls crashing while sunlight streams in through the canopy overhead gives it a magical vibe.
34. Bali Safari & Marine Park
The Safari and Marine Park in Gianyar is one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in Bali. Home to more than 100 animal species the Safari and Marine Park is a complete outdoor package. Wildlife from Indian, African and Indonesian national parks find their place here and can be viewed from the comfort of the safari rides.
35. Jatiluwih Rice Fields
Sprawled across the district of Penebel of Tabanan in West Bali, the picturesque Jatiluwih rice fields are widely renowned for their exotic landscapes. The name ‘Jatiluwih’ comes from two distinct words – ‘Jati’, which translates to ‘real’ or ‘original’, and ‘luwih’, which means ‘beautiful’. Over six hundred hectares of undulating rice terraces make up the breathtaking scenery of the cool highlands and offer a tranquil retreat from the bustling southern portion of the island.
36. Taman Tirta Gangga
Tirta Gangga, literally "Water from the Ganges" is a grand water palace located about 5 km Karangasem, Bali built by the namesake king in 1948. The complex is well-known for its 10 m high eleven-tiered Meru fountain inside, surrounded by numerous koi and lotus ponds and ornate guardian statutes.
Located just north of central Bali, Munduk is a famous village in Bali ideal for trekking tours. It was once the holiday destination for Indonesia’s Dutch population because of its cool mountain weather all year round. As it is located at an altitude, it’s actually one of the best locations in Sidemen is a valley in east Bali known for its rich cottage industries and lush rice fields. Pronounced ‘see-da-men’, it is a fairly traditional village in the Karangasem region. It isn’t known for its wild parties or thrilling activities, instead, it boasts of an insight into local Balinese life like producing traditional books, manufacturing the local palm drink called ‘arak’, clothes weaving, and exploring agricultural life.ll of Bali to catch sunrises and sunsets. Hidden between lush green mountains, lakes, and plenty of flora, it’s no wonder that Munduk Village is much loved by trekking enthusiasts and nature lovers.
38. Pura Ulun Danu Batur
Located in Kintamani, Central Bali, Pura Ulun Danu Batur is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Lake Goddess Dewi Danu. Comprising of nine temples, the majestic compound features 285 shrines and is one of the most important temples in Bali. The temple was damaged by volcanic eruptions before being rebuilt in 1926, and with its traditional Balinese architecture continues to be visually delightful.
39. Besakih Temple
Known as Bali's 'Mother Temple', Pura Besakih is a majestic Hindu temple complex perched on the slopes of Mount Agung in Bali. The complex houses 23 separate temples and is believed to be at least 2000 years old. Sat in the lap of nature, nestled in between rice paddies, hillsides, and streams Besakih Temple adds to the feeling of serenity the temple is known for. The primary deities of this beautiful temple are Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. This huge temple complex comprises of around 86 temple shrines. Out of this, there are three main temples which are dedicated to the trinity in Hindu mythology, that is- Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.
40. Mount Agung
Mount Agung stands majestically tall in Bali with a height of almost 3031 meters above sea level, making it the highest peak in Bali. It is a revered and religious mountain of the island and is considered holy by the locals. Shrouded with clouds and mist the hill and the breathtaking views make the whole scene look like a picture from a storybook. Mount Agung forms the centre of the area and is also responsible for bringing rainfall to the western side island along with influencing the climatic conditions.
41. Legian Beach
The undisputed nightlife hub in Bali, Legian beach promises to have you grooving the night away at its numerous bars and nightclubs scattered across the sandy shores. Midway between Kuta and Seminyak, Legian offers you the best of both worlds in a surf paradise which is not crowded and still provides a premium leisure experience.
42. Nungnung Waterfall
Between Bedugul and Ubud lies Air Terjun Nungnung, a beautiful waterfall to refresh your senses. Located about 900m above sea level,the waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery and is a great spot for nature-lovers. However, the water is a little rough for swimming, and the 500-step pathway to access it can prove to be quite the exercise.
43. Pandawa Beach
Nestled in the southern corner of Bali, Pandawa beach, also called 'the secret beach', is a 1 km stretch of stunning shoreline flanked by precipitous hills on either side. Inaccessible until recently, the newly carved entrance invites you into a spot of untouched beauty, allowing you to sunbathe and witness a beautiful sunrise here.
44. Tirta Empul
Built in 962 AD during the reign of Warmadewa dynasty, Pura Tirta Empul or Holy Water Temple is the legacy of a traditional good versus evil tale. It is home to a holy mountain spring that feeds the Pakerisan river, and is revered for its ritual purification by devotees. Visitors can admire the temple carvings but are forbidden from having the ritual bath.
45. Jimbaran Beach
Coral reefs, sun-loungers and luxury hotels - Jimbaran beach has everything to offer for a beach-lover. A strip of land connecting mainland Bali with the Bukit peninsula, the beach is a mellow resting place offering tranquillity and peace, with a variety of dining options to have a scrumptious meal while the watching the glorious sunset here.
46. Munduk Waterfall
Located in the central highlands of Bali, Munduk waterfalls greets visitors with a refreshing spray of water amid lush greenery. A steep descent of 300m leads to the site, where one can splash about in one of the rocky pools.The scenic beauty is complemented by the clove and coffee plantations nearby, making this an all-round pleasant experience.
47. Agung Rai Museum of Art
The Agung Rai Museum of Art in Ubud offers a whole gamut of Balinese creativity and art. Not only does it showcase a range of paintings such as the classic Kamasan style paintings and those by Walter Spies and Adrien Le-Mayeur, but also offers art workshops and traditional dance performances for visitors. This is one museum where you don't just see the history, but experience it too!
48. Green Bowl Beach
One of the most secluded beaches in Bali, Green Bowl beach is located in Ungasan, about 15 minutes from any town. The steep descent of hundreds of steps make this beach less populated, with only a few surfers and adventurous folks willing to make the effort. Limestone caves on the beach are perfect for taking a break.
49. Dream Museum Zone
A must visit for families on vacation, Dream Museum Zone in Legian is a fun and interactive 3D art gallery. Using colours and light to create illusions, the gallery lets you take quirky photographs to take back the memories. Paintings that give an unusual twist to classics such as Van Gogh and Mona Lisa add to the fun.
50. Dream Beach
The most popular of the three Nusa islands in Bali, Nusa Lembongan hides on its southwestern coast the Dream Beach, a remote 115m stretch of pristine white sand. With low-lying cliffs and rock formations, the beach provides a panoramic view of the ocean and is known for the breather it offers from the hassle of typical tourist spots in Bali.
51. Padang Padang Beach
One of the many surfing spots Bali has to offer, Padang Padang beach on the Bukit peninsula features a long stretch of white sand ideal for building sand castles and sunbathing, while the blue waters draw pro surfers. Lined with cafes and shops, the beach gained fame for being the backdrop to Julia Robert's Eat, Pray, Love.
64. Blanco Renaissance Museum
The Blanco Renaissance Museum is the palatial home-cum-studio of the famous artist Don Antonio Blanco. Located on a hilltop in Ubud that overlooks the Campuhan River, the museum displays various artworks of Blanco and his son Mario.
52. Mushroom Beach
Mushroom Beach, or Mushroom Bay Beach, is replete with quaint fishing boats that gives it a very authentic fisherman bay vibe. The beach is also populated with beautiful beach huts and villas that overlook the Nusa Lembongan cliff, which is another very popular site for cliff-diving. A short walk away from Tamarind Beach, Mushroom Bay is known for its clear blue waters, and easy accessibility and tourism-friendly amenities.
53. Museum Puri Lukisan
A walk through Ubud is incomplete without spending a while at Puri Lukisan Museum, home to several masterpieces of traditional modern Balinese art. The museum collection includes paintings from Sanur, Batuan, Keliki, and Young Artist schools of art, and is the perfect spot for art-lovers seeking a glimpse of Indonesian art history with a cup of coffee.
54. Neka Art Museum
Established by Balinese art-lover Sujata Neka, the Neka art museum displays a wide array of wayang and Ubud-style paintings, sculptures, Keris daggers and photographs from the 1930s to contemporary times. The museum features the work of both indigenous and local artists, incorporating a variety of influences on Balinese art and showcasing the evolution of painting styles in the country through the decades.
55. Kelingking Beach (Nusa Penida)
Located on the southwestern coast of Nusa Penida Island in Bali, Kelingking beach is a secluded stretch of white sand bordered by T-rex shaped steep cliffs. The scenic beauty is offset by the 400m steep climb and strong undercurrents, making this a sparsely populated beach. The only security from fatal falls are bamboo fences, so physical fitness is a must while coming here.
56. Balangan Beach
Located about 20 kms south of Kuta, Balangan Beach is a scenic beach in Bali famous for its golden sands and surfable blue waves. Attracting surfers worldwide, the hill from where the beach descends offers a panoramic view, and the beach itself is dotted with warungs serving refreshments. Ideal for surfers seeking to challenge themselves the beach is devoid of lifeguards, making it unsafe.
57. Pura Taman Ayun
Built in 1634 by the Raja of Mengwi dynasty to honour his noble ancestors, Pura Taman Ayun or the beautiful garden is an ancient temple in Mengwi, Bali. The ornamented gateway of the temple leads to a fountain spouting water through nine jets to represent the nine gods of Hinduism. The old-world charm and architectural marvel of this temple draw visitors here throughout the year.
58. Gitgit Waterfall
About 10 kms from Singaraja, Air Tejung Gitgit or Gitgit waterfalls offers a refreshing experience for visitors to the Bali highlands. A wooden walkway leads to the 40m tall gushing waterfall, which falls into a rocky pool. One can take a dip in the picturesque pool in lush greenery, before heading on to the nearby Mekalongan waterfall.
59. Berawa Beach
One of many surfing spots in Canggu, Berawa beach is closest to Seminyak and is a relatively quieter and has the largest lagoon along the Canggu coastline. The black sand beach offers sunbeds and parasols to spend the afternoon sunbathing, although it‰Ûªs waves are too strong to go swimming. The various bars and vendors make this a great spot to unwind from the hustle in Bali.
60. Tegal Wangi Beach
The Tegal Wangi Beach is a beautiful white sand beach located on the southern Bukit Peninsula in Bali. Its gorgeous vistas, raw natural beauty and breathtaking sunsets against the oceanic background make it a wonderful tourist location for all. The stunning beach had been kept a secret among wedding photographers for long. Presently, its striking environs is able to draw in crowds from all walks of life.
61. Suluban Beach
Situated in Labuan Sait close to Uluwatu and Padang Padang, Suluban Beach is a scenic beauty obscured by limestone formations and full of rocky openings and mini pools. Accessible only through a narrow and steep pathway, the beach offers waves from 3-12 feet, making it a delight for surfers of all levels.
62. Ujung Water Palace
Taman Ujung Water Palace is a former palace, located in the Seraya Karangasam village of Bali, replete with amazingly huge pools and exotic historical structures juxtaposed against the mighty Mount Agung. Situated across a massive 10 hectares, the mind-stirring view of the palace is no less than a visual feast for the eyes.
63. Pasir Putih
About 4.5kms east of Candidasa in Karangasem regency lies Pasir Putih beach, also called the 'virgin beach', 'white sand beach' and 'hidden beach'. The pristine beach offers a beautiful view of Gili Biaha islet over the horizon, and several local warungs and restaurants are lined against the rock backdrop. Come here for a day full of swimming, snorkelling sunbathing in a serene setting.
64. Gunung Kawi
Northeast of Ubud, Bali lies the Pura Gunung Kawi temple, a site of Buddhist and Hindu religious rituals. Known for the 10 seven-metre-high shrines carved into stone, Gunung Kawi is believed to belong to 11th-century Udayana dynasty. The temple overlooks the Pakerisan river and is a unique cultural and historical attraction in the city.
65. Air Terjun Singsing
Situated about 5kms from Lovina, a mossy pathway leads to the beautiful Singsing waterfall. The cool water tumbles down into a rocky pool where one can take a dip. Surrounded by grassy cover, the waterfall offers a stunning view and refreshing experience. However, be mindful of the locals trying to guide you.
66. Nusa Ceningan
Famous as one of the most popular holiday destinations of Bali, the Nusa Ceningan Island also forms part of the Nusa Islands trio. Standing amidst the sea waters, the Island is blessed with hoards of attractive places comprising of beaches, resorts, cliffs and the famous ‘Blue Lagoon’.
67. Devil's Tears
Devil's tears is a rocky outcrop located on the southeastern coast of Nusa Lembongan island. The place is famous for its scenic beauty, where the waves splash right up to the cove and create a rainbow during sunset. It features a blowhole which causes the waves to blow up into the sky, creating a misty halo making it an ideal attraction for photographers and nature-lovers.
68. Lempuyang Temple
Pura Lempuyang Luhur is a Balinese Hindu temple located on the slopes of Mount Lempuyang in Karangsem. Lying 1175m above sea level, reaching the temple requires a steep climb of over 1700 steps. However, one can stop along the way to take some beautiful pictures of the panoramic Mount Agung and the candi bentar gate.
69. Bingin Beach
Located just 10 minutes from Uluwatu temple, Bingin beach in Pecatu is the ideal spot for experienced surfers looking for challenging waves. Hidden by limestone cliffs and uneven rocks, getting here is quite the struggle; however, the view at Bingin beach makes the effort worth it. For non-surfers, the beachscape during low-tide is a spectacular sight.
70. Melasti Beach
A recently discovered gem of Bali, Melasti beach is a picturesque attraction located in Ungasan. Flanked by limestone cliffs, the white sands and clear blue waters are ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Best when visited during low tide, when small pools are formed between rocks and little fish can be seen swimming around.
71. Echo Beach
About 14 kms from Denpasar and Past Canggu's greenery, Echo beach welcomes you with its stunning black sand and sunset, great reef breaks and seafood cafes. A hotspot for surfers during the day, the beach acquires a laid-back vibe in the evenings with its beanbags and parasols. Well-maintained by the locals and tourists, Echo beach is ideal for both the thrill-seeking surfer as well as the lazy sunbather.
72. Bali Botanic Garden
The largest botanic garden in Indonesia, Bali botanic garden in Bedugul boasts of 2,400 species of flora in its compound. Used as a recreational spot by families to unwind, the garden also serves as a site for botanical research and conservation. Nature lovers can even stay inside at the guesthouse, though it gets chilly at times.
73. Pasih Uug Beach
Popularly known as "Broken Beach", Pasih Uug is a scenic coastal attraction located on the southwestern tip of Nusa Penida island. It features an arch-like rocky formation over the waters, and provides a stunning view for nature-lovers and photographers. An unpaved and bumpy road leads to the area, and there are a a couple of vendors selling beer and other refreshments.
74. Air Terjun Yeh Mampeh
Located in Tejakula district in Buleleng, Yeh Mapeh waterfalls provide a rejuvenating experience to visitors. The 40-metre high gushing waterfall falls into a pool where one can take a plunge, while the surrounding lush greenery adds to the scenic beauty. Little warungs or cafes are lined outside for some snacks as well.
75. Banyumala Waterfalls
Located in the Munduk Village, around 45 minute drive from Bali, Banyumala Twin Waterfalls are one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali. These are a collection of waterfalls with a large pool underneath, making it an exciting destination to swim and relax for the day. The Banyumala Waterfalls isn't much known or explored, which adds to the charm of visiting the place.
76. Peguyangan Waterfall
Rightly called the ‘Blue Stairway to Heaven’, the Peguyangan Waterfall on Nusa Island in Bali is Nusa Penida’s best waterfall and is also one of the most beautiful places to visit here. Also known as the Guyangan Falls, these waterfalls are not as famous as the other places on the island; but once you visit this attraction, you are sure to be awestruck by the exquisite beauty and magnificence which is on display here.
77. Snorkelling in Nusa Dua
Nusa dua is a beautiful island located in Kuta district Bali, Indonesia. Nusa dua means “two islands”. Peninsula Island in the south and in northern side lies the Nusa Dharma island. It is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the beautiful greeneries, beaches and ocean. Not only scenic beauty, but this island holds one of the best spots for diving and snorkelling experience and its getting worldwide attention.
78. Diving in Nusa Lembongan
Nusa lembongan is an island situated approximately 10 miles east of Bali, Indonesia in relation to two other of its sisters Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan. It is a place which is gaining huge popularity among tourists due to its beauty and other water sports activities. The traditional way of life, the food, friendly locals and staff make it a perfect holiday destination.There are many local agencies who provide diving service in an affordable price and can be enjoyed either in single or in group.
Nightlife in Bali
Kuta and Seminyak are the best places to find popular clubs. Fridays and Saturdays are particularly good days of the week for a night out.
Shopping in Bali
Bali has a distinctive shopping culture, with many different kinds of night markets, art markets, thrift stores, antique stores and of course, Balinese souvenir stores.
There are many silver workshops at Celuk and Ubud, and the Ubud Art Market is the most famous art market in Bali.
The urban areas are also home to many malls- like the Kuta Beachwalk and Discovery Mall.
Kuta and Ubud have many night markets and thrift stores as well, which have cheap and beautiful products.
To save one from being scammed, use ‘Bluebird taxi' which is also known as ‘Bali taxi' as they will never cheat you of the fare.
Take a survey and avoid beaches with a low tide.
Drink plenty of water and apply adequate sunscreen to save one from the scorching heat and to remain hydrated.
Currency in Bali
Rupiah is the official currency of Indonesia and is used in Bali, but American dollars are also accepted nearly everywhere.
Credit cards can be used at modern establishments, but for most flea markets and hawker centres in Bali cash is advisable.
ATMs around Bali also accept foreign credit cards.
Do's and Don'ts in Bali
When visiting any of the temples in Bali, remember that you are properly covered, especially your shoulders and legs.
A sarong around the legs and a temple scarf around the waist are also mandatory. Public displays of affection are not appropriate near temples or holy places, and modest dressing is encouraged.
Smoking is prohibited in many public areas which include temples, and some restaurants, hotels or tourist attractions.
Also, it would be advisable to never use the left hand to offer anything to the people or the deities or use the index finger to beckon someone.
It is considered equally rude to touch somebody on the head or step on canang sari (holy offerings) on the street, so tourists must be watchful.
Religious processions also take place frequently in Bali, and interrupting these is not appropriate.
Flash photography is also discouraged in quieter places.
Tipping is a practice in Bali.
Religion of Bali
Bali is a city where religious beliefs influence almost every aspect of life. It is home to one of the unique forms of Hinduism, even though Indonesia's population is predominantly Muslim. Balinese Hinduism and Buddhism are the most practised religions in Bali, with various temples dedicated to both faiths. Balinese Hindu festivals are different from Indian Hindu festivals, and their customs and traditions are also vastly different.
Language of Bali
The languages commonly spoken are Balinese and Bahasa Indonesian, but almost all the people on the island have at least a rudimentary knowledge of English, so it is relatively easy for tourists to find their way around Bali. Also, the signs in Bali are multilingual, with Chinese and Korean counterparts of English signs.
Visiting Bali is easy as there are many Travel options
Ngurah Rai International Airport or Denpasar International Airport is located in South Kuta district and is just 13 kilometres from Denpasar, the capital of Bali. Flights from major international cities regularly fly in and out of the Denpasar Airport. It is also well connected to most of Indonesia and has regular domestic flights connecting it to major cities within the country. From the airport, you can easily hire a taxi to your destination. Please note that buses might not always be available from the airport.
You can take a bus from Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia) to Bali, but only if you can brave the 23-hour bus journey.
Bali is quite a popular port for most cruise liners traversing through South East Asia. To get into Bali through the sea route, take a flight to Singapore, Sumatra or Java and take a ship for your onward journey to Bali. The information desks at the airport will guide you thoroughly.
Best Time To Visit
Bali is climatically comfortable throughout the year, and is a year-round destination, the best time to visit Bali is from April to October, the summer months in Bali.
April - October: During the dry season, April to October, the western side of the peninsula creates some of the world's best waves, making this a delightful time to visit, weather-wise. Even within these months, the peak tourist season lasts from July to August, but April, May, June and September, just before and after the busiest time in Bali are truly the best months to visit.
October - March: Bali sees rainfall during these months, so you may want to avoid this half of the year if you’re planning your vacation. Although you will bag better deals during these months, your movement may be restricted because of rainfall.