From the majestic temples and historical monuments to thrillophillic adventure spots, the tourist attractions in Bali are spread across eight regencies. This compilation of Bali tourist attractions will help you discover the mustn’t miss’ experience treasures of this country like a native Balinese.
1. Ubud – The cultural Indonesia
Ubud is a complete package of the best among the Bali tourist attractions. From nature to culture, this place is a condensed Indonesia showcasing its culture through paddy fields, temples, street dance performances and museums.
Things to do: Explore the scenic vistas on a bike; stroll through Tegallalang’s terraced rice fields; visit the bamboo mansions; encounter flocking herons at Petulu; monkey around at the macaque-inhabited Monkey Park.
Can’t miss: Safari on Elephants; and firefly tour provided by various hotels
2. Lovina – Sail with the dolphins
With black sand spread over an area of 5 miles, Lovina is the largest resort area on the north coast of Bali. Encompassing several small villages, it is a welcome break from the hustle of the Southern tourist attractions in Bali.
Things to do: Go snorkeling and scuba diving in the calm sea; watch the dolphins; take a spa; visit hot water spring at Banjar
Can’t miss: Spear fishing at Kubu Lalang Hotel
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3. Mount and Lake Batur – How about boiling some eggs on a live volcano?
Also known as Kintamani volcano, Mount Batur is one of the most dramatic landscape for sightseeing in Bali. With the magnificent view of its a 13 sq km caldera and a beautiful lake which fills the large part of the caldera, it offers a fantastic spectacle to a visitor.
Things to do: Visit Pura Ulun Danu Batur; linger around the craters on the mountain; swim in the hot springs; ride a bike through the ancient villages
Can’t miss: Trek to the peak before sunrise, soak yourself in the beautiful sunrise and have a breakfast of the eggs boiled in the volcano
4. Nusa Lembongan – Going back in time
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 – that’s 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
Can’t miss: Boat to Mangrove Park and explore the quietude
5. Sanur Beach – Snore here – Beach
A tree lined street and shady beachfront – located in the village of Denpasar in southeast Bali, Sanur Beach has for long kept itself away from the changes of morbid world. It houses some important must see places in Bali which have preserved the histories in its temples and museums.
Things to do: Go for kite flying; kayaking; wind and kite surfing; parasailing; fishing; and a glass bottom boat ride
Can’t miss: Get up early and watch the sunrise by the beach; track starfishes while the tides are low (do keep them back where you found them)
6. Kuta Beach- Land of white sand
A melting sun over the white sandy beach in the evening flavored with sizzling seafood at the beachside cafes – that’s what an everyday afternoon looks like at Kuta Beach. Once a sleepy fishing village, it has remained Bali’s 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
Can’t 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
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7. Pura Luhur Uluwatu- The cliff temple
Statues of Ganesha flanking the entrance, monkeys begging for treats from visitors, evening dance shows – this is just another day at Pura Luhur Uluwatu. Built on a steep limestone cliff jutting over the sea, it feels to be perched on a throne.
Things to do: Explore the sunset delight from the cliff; daily Kecak dance performances; explore the traditionally-designed gateways; historic sculptures and Balinese architecture
Can’t miss: Seafood dinner at Jimbaran Beach while the sun melts down at a distance, the anniversary celebration that takes place every six months according to the Balinese 210-day Pawukon cycle
8. Tanah Lot- The temple to surf by and among most popular Bali tourist attractions
Among the 7 sea temples – each within eyesight of the next, is Tanah Lot Temple. Situated on a large rock, it is one of the most iconic Bali tourist attractions for photography and exoticism.
Things to do: Stroll along the beach; sunbathe; watch the sunset; dine and experiment with the local cuisine
Can’t miss: Surfing and swimming
9. Seminyak- The dream land
A small town in the southwestern coast of Bali, Seminyak is famous for its high-end boutiques, and five-star restaurants among Bali tourist attractions. With a treacherous surf, it offers a perfect adventure with a panoramic background.
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.
Can’t miss: Cocktails at a cliff at The Rock Bar; a splash in Waterbom water park.
10. Pura Besakih – The Mother Temple
The slopes of Gunung Agung house Bali’s highest mountain, Pura Besakih. Legends say that this nine directional temple was built to protect the island from evil. With 28 structures on terraces, it is surrounded by scenic rice paddies, lush forests and vegetation.
Quick tip: Hire a registered guide to understand the signs and symbols through terraces. Dress appropriately!
We brought to you the most narrowed down list for adventure and sightseeing among Bali tourist attractions. But wait! Did we tell you where to stay?
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Stay at: The Lovina, Bali
With everything that is a must do in Lovina, this hotel’s restaurant is a culinary delight. They also offer beach dining.
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