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Bali is a dreamland for travellers to explore and holiday-makers to indulge in. It’s a mix of landscapes, people, culture and food that creates a unique energy and a destination that has visitors wanting more. From the iconic rice terraces in the centre of the island to the white sand beaches in the south, Bali is truly a paradise that is developed in some areas but still completely untouched in others.
Whether you want to take time out of your busy schedule to relax or to explore the shores and mountains on this incredible island, we’re sharing the best places to visit in Bali to help you have an unforgettable trip.
Ubud is the heart of Bali, built in the centre of the island and home to a vibrant arts scene. It’s in Ubud that you’ll find the most culture, Balinese dancing and temples. The busy streets in the centre of town are filled with delicious restaurants and bustling shops with tranquil yoga retreats set back from the streets. Just outside of town are the temples and rice terraces that are a Bali icon.
Seminyak is the most luxurious area of Bali. It’s where beach resorts and world-class hotels line the perfectly white sand beach and is where expats have set up home and opened many restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs, boutiques and home stores for you to eat and shop at. Seminyak is easily where you could spend your entire holiday, shopping, enjoying the many spas, beach sunsets, partying and surfing.
Kuta is the epicentre of entertainment on Bali. It was the island’s first area to be developed for tourists and it still continues to grow today. Kuta has busy streets, cheap cafes, shopping and surf shops and is known for its party atmosphere. Kuta is not for everyone, but it’s often where travellers make their first stop to hit the long easy waves or enjoy the unlimited entertainment on offer.
Canggu is an up-and-coming resort area that has yet to develop the expensive tastes of Seminyak. For now, it’s filled with villas, beach clubs and three main strips lined with casual Australian-style cafes. Canggu is where travellers go to chill out, hit the waves, practise yoga and where many expats choose to call home.
Nusa Dua is the most manicured area of Bali and is a place where you can escape the chaos. Here, there are two headlands with a temple on each and resorts between. Nusa Dua is for anyone who wants to explore the many water activities available, the beautiful waters and the white sand beaches. It’s famed for its 18-hole golf course and all-inclusive resorts.
The Nusa Penida District is a group of three islands off Bali’s south-east coast famous for their stunningly blue waters, rugged cliffs and marine life. Nusa Penida is the largest island and was the last to attract visitors, but it has dramatic landscapes and small villages that are still yours to explore. Nusa Lembongan is best known for its surfing, snorkelling and diving opportunities. While Nusa Ceningan sits in the middle of the two larger islands, it’s easily explored from Nusa Lembongan and has unbelievably beautiful waters.
Uluwatu is just one part of the Bukit Peninsula that makes up the most southern part of Bali. The area showcases a heavy contrast from the rest of the island with plunging stone cliffs, large waves and a rolling terrain. Uluwatu is home to some of the most famous surf breaks on the island, one of the best spots for watching the sunset and unbeatable beaches in easy and harder to get to areas that make for an adventure.
Amed is a string of fishing villages that make up the far north-eastern coast of Bali, dotted along the clear waters of the ocean. The area is still developing for tourists but is holding true to its traditions. What Amed is most known for are its excellent diving and snorkelling spots, while in town, yoga is making its way into the scene. The grey-stoned beaches and excellent lookouts make Amed a beautiful stop on any Bali trip.
Munduk is an area in Bali where people go to escape the hustle and bustle and to experience nature. The rolling hills sit pleasantly as the mist moves in the afternoons while travellers take to the hills in the early morning to hike the numerous trails available. Waterfalls pour down the sides of lush jungle cliffs and the lakes that lie just outside of Munduk are picturesque.
This group of three tiny islands are not a part of Bali, but many visitors choose to zip out to the Gili Islands to experience paradise. The islands are tiny with no motorised vehicles, making it a quiet oasis that is lined with white sand beaches and palm-fringed shores. The marine life just off the shores is well known for turtle spotting. These islands are booming and have people flocking to them for the laid-back culture and vibes. Gili Trawangan, the largest, is most known as the party island, while the smallest, Gili Meno, is the most quiet and known as the honeymoon island. Gili Air is a mix of the two.
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