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.
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1. Ubud – The cultural Indonesia
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 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!
11. Mount Agung
Mount Agung is the not just Bali’s spiritual center but it is also the highest peak there. A very revered mountain of Bali, Mount Agung’s peaks are shrouded in mist and clouds. The mountain looks scenic and a beauty to behold during dawn. Its picturesque beauty is perfect for getting some photography done. Trekking and rock climbing is a favored activity over in Mount Agung and it starts early. Each and every house in the region face the
Things to do: Take beautiful pictures of the mountain, go trekking, engage in Rock Climbing.
Can’t-miss: The Mountain’s beauty at dawn.
12. Go Scuba Diving
Bali’s beaches are a beauty on the surface but there’s more than meets the eye with them. You can go underwater as well to see a world beyond anything ever seen before. To start off this thrilling adventure you can begin from Tulamben and its shipwreck remains, and end at Pemuteran, which has the largest bio rock reef of all. Bali has something for everyone and it is suitable for all levels and kinds of divers. It’s advisable to go diving during the dry months. One place which just can’t be missed is the Nusa Penida Island with all its beauty.
Things to do: Enjoy Surfing, Visit the bio rocks, see shipwreck remains, take photographs and more.
13. Nungnung Waterfall
Air Terjun Nungnung, lies between Bedugul and Ubud. It is a beautiful waterfall which is just the perfect place to refresh yourself and recharge your senses. Situated around 900 meters above the sea level, the waterfall is surrounded by beautiful lush greenery and is a welcoming sight for nature lovers as well. Bring your camera with you to take some amazing photographs. It should be noted that this water isn’t ideal for swimming and moreover, the 500 step pathway which leads to it can prove to be taxing for many.
Things to do: Take amazing photographs of the place, relax while there.
Can’t-Miss: Even if you don’t climb up the 500 steps, do take a look at it, you will surely be in awe.
14. Bali Bird and Reptile Park
As one can expect from the title, the Bali Bird and Reptile Park is a fun place for kids, adults, and families who love those animals. The park houses around 1000 birds along with a whopping 250 species of reptiles. It’s the perfect place to head to for nature lovers and for those who want to do something different and enjoy being in a surrounding with animals. Don’t forget to pack your camera for this trip as the brightly colored toucans are perfect to fill up your memory space with. If you get tired during the tour then no need to fret. There is s dining facility in there along with a shopping place from where you can get your souvenirs.
Things to do: Walk around, take in the fresh surroundings, photograph the animals.
Can’t-miss: The Toucans are entertaining, don’t miss them.
15. Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Situated in the Tembuku region of Bangli regency; this waterfall is definitely a must visit for the amazing views it brings about. You have to undertake a 15-minute trek which would need you to wade through gravel and waist-deep water to reach the waterfall site. The whole effort is worth it, but make you are prepared for it. Once there, the sight of the beautiful waterfalls which crash as sunlight hits it through the canopy overhead to give it an otherworldly ethereal vibe.
Things to do: Go trekking, take photographs of the beautiful waterfalls
Can’t-miss: The canopy of trees above which are a vision of its own.
16. Go Ayung River Rafting
Rafting is actually a very popular sport in Bali but white water rafting increases the difficulty level and along with it, the thrill of it all. If you want to be part of the adventure the Ayung river is the spot to head to. It is the largest river over in Bali and it is located in Ubud. A raft boat will take you over 10 km of thrill and adventure. It is suitable for all kinds of the rafter, from beginners and full families as well as there will be a professional trainer who will guide tourists and help them navigate the distance full of 2 to 3 meter long rapids successfully. Numerous safety standards are put in place to ensure that the experience in Ayung river is memorable.
17. Jimbaran Beach
Jimbaran Beach has everything which a beach lover could ever want. There are amazing coral reefs, luxury hotels, and sun loungers as well to complete the full experience. The beach is a strip of shimmering land connecting the mainland of Bali with the Bukit Peninsula. It is a very mellow place which is perfect for relaxing and it offers tranquility as well as peace to its visitors. Enjoy the sound of the ocean in your ears as you sit underneath the vibrant green coconut tree groves. Absolutely picture perfect, this place truly offers all you could possibly want, there are diverse dining options as well so you can enjoy a scrumptious meal while watching the beautiful sunset.
Things to do: Go coral reef watching, have a delicious meal, enjoy the sunset, engage in photography.
Can’t-miss: The sunset while here.
18. Green Bowl Beach
Bali has a whole range of beautiful beaches and so the list grows along with them. The green bowl beach is one of the most secluded in Bali. It is situated in Ungasan, which is around 15 mins away from any town nearby. The beach attracts fewer visitors because to get here one has to descend hundreds of steps first and this deters many. So there are a few surfers and water adventure sports enthusiasts here. But it also makes it be a perfect spot for relaxing and just enjoy the solitariness of it all.
Things to do: Visit the limestone caves present on the beach, bring your surfboards, engage in a variety of adventure sports.
Can’t-miss: Definitely the limestone caves.
19. Tirta Empul
Constructed in the year 962 AD, during the Warmadewa dynasty’s Reign; the Tirta Empul (also known as the Holy water Temple) is a legacy of a tale of the victory of good over evil. It houses a mountain spring considered holy and this spring feeds into the Pakerisan river. This holy place is revered for its ability of ritual purification by the devotees. Visitors can look at the temple carvings but they can’t take part in the ritual bath. Over there look out for a 10th-century beautiful structure which was dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is divided into three sections called the Nista Mandala or the outer section, the Madya mandala or the middle section and the Utama Mandala. The rich carvings and lore of this place name it a place not to be missed.
Things to do: Visit the Sacred pool, admire the carvings and the deities, look at the statues.
Can’t-miss: The beauty of the carvings.
20. Gitgit Waterfall
Situated about 10 km from Singaraja. The Gitgit waterfalls are also known as Air Tejung Gitgit and they offer a refreshing experience for the visitors. To reach the 40-metre waterfall, visitors will have to traverse along a wooden walkway which leads into a rocky pool. Take a dip in that cool pond before heading over to the nearby Mekalongan waterfall as well. This is a great place to relax and be closer to nature. The water over at the waterfall actually splits into two different streams which also gives the waterfall its another name- Air Terjun Kembar Gitgit or Twin Falls. It’s a great place for people wanting some peace and solitude. The cold falling water, coupled with the lush scenery makes for a perfect spot.
Things to do: Take a dip in the cold pond, see the other nearby waterfall called Mekalongan waterfall, go trekking, have a picnic.
Can’t-miss: The scenery.
21. Bali Safari & Marine Park
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.
Things to do: Enjoy the safaris, take pictures, go on animal rides.
Can’t-miss: The safaris.
22. Tegalalang Rice Terraces
These rice fields situated around 20 minutes to the north of Ubud are a break away from the usual types of commercialized structures that are seen. These beautiful luscious rice terraces transition softly into paddy fields across the valley. These rice terraces are famous because they use an efficient 8th-century style of rice farming called Subak. It is a great place for some stunning photographs, you can later head off to have some coffee over at one of the quaint little cafes. Later on, take a detour to the Pakudui village to look at some amazing intricate wooden crafts. The rich culture of this place is increased by the feeling that you have stepped far back in time.
Things to do: Enjoy the Coffee over there, visit Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple, admire the scenery from the swings, take a look at the Made Ada Museum, go on a cycling tour, look at the carvings.
Can’t-miss: Take in the surroundings from the swing.
23. Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
It is a natural habitat of more than 600 Balinese long-tailed monkeys. The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is located in Ubud and it serves as a tourist attraction hotspot due to its wildlife as well as religious value. There are around 115 species of various kinds of trees there and combined with monkeys who are always on the lookout for getting some treats from the tourists, this is a delightful place for nature lovers. Spread of 12.5 hectares of land, this place is owned by the Pandangetal community. Apart from the monkeys, there are also Timor Rusa Deer who are kept because of their beauty. The temples in here dare back to the 14th century and are constructed with amazing sculptures and carvings of dragons and monkeys. This is a great place to head to for some fun time with playful monkeys.
Things to do: Play with the monkeys, visit the deer, look at the carvings.
Can’t-miss: Play with the monkeys, don’t forget to take treats.
24. Ulu Watu
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.
25. Dream Beach
This is definitely the most famous out of the three Nusa Islands. In the southwestern coast of Nusa Lembongan lies the Dream Beach, which is a remote 115 meter of a pristine stretch of white sand. But there’s more to enjoy apart from the sand and surf. While here, make sure to check out the low lying cliffs and the rock formations as well. From the beach, you can get beautiful panoramic views of the ocean and it is known for its peacefulness as well since the usual hustle and bustle of tourists isn’t here.
Things to do: Go surfing, take photographs, visit the Rick formations
Can’t-miss: The rock formations.
26. Pura Taman Ayun
Constructed in 1634 by the kind of Mengwi dynasty so as to honor his ancestors, the Pura Taman Ayun, translated to Beautiful Garden is an ancient temple located in Mengwi, Bali. The gateway of the Temple is beautifully ornamented and leads to a beautiful fountain that sprouts water through its nine jets. These nine jets represent the nine gods in the Hindu Pantheon. There is an old world charm to this place like it belongs to a time of past and perhaps that is the reason why visitors flock here throughout the whole year.
Things to do: Look at the carvings and sculptures, take pictures.
Can’t-miss: The Fountain.
27. Waterbom Bali
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.
28. Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali
This is the best museum if you want to explore Balinese Culture in its entirety. This central museum is situated in the provincial capital of Denpasar and houses more than 10,000 artworks. There are a lot of pieces on display in here which include everything from prehistoric sarcophagi to dance costumes as well as masks. The Museum Negeri Propinsi is also known as the Provincial Public State Museum. Make sure to see the various pavilions which examine the different facets of the history and culture of the place. The whole ambiance of the place is more enhanced by the traditional music that plays on bamboo instruments. The best time to visit this place is in the afternoon as it is less quiet then.
Things to do: Observe the artifacts, pictures, sculptures and such; listen to music.
29. Balangan Beach
Situated around 20 km to the south of Kuta, the Balangan Beach is a picturesque Beach which is well known for its beautiful golden sands as well as it’s surfable waves. The place attracts surfers from all over the world, especially to the hill from where the beach descends, as it offers some amazing panoramic views. The beautiful beach in itself is dotted with warungs who serve refreshments. This is ideal for surfers who are looking to test themselves. Keep note that the beach is devoid of lifeguards and that makes it unsafe. Its shimmering white sandy landscape contrasts well with the glistening blue water of the ocean. Make sure to come here during sunset to see something magical.
Things to do: Surfing, photography, sunbathing
30. Double Six Beach
Located in Seminyak, the Double Six Beach offers a very relaxed ambiance with its blue waters and golden sands. Tourists can relax in the sun during the day when the sun is high and hot. It is also a great place to engage in surfing. If you feel hungry while here then there are lots of restaurants which are located across the beach and they make it a very lively place to be in.
Things to do: Go surfing, open your parasols and engage in sunbathing, do some photography
31. Goa Gajah
Located just six kilometers from Ubud, the name of this place means the ‘elephant cave’. It is a popular cultural and spiritual attraction site which is filled up with Shaivite relics as well as Buddhist carvings. When you enter the place, a very big demon like structure waits for you at the entrance. Then you are led to a tranquil pool inside the place. The intricate carvings and stonework of this place make it a must visit for people who want to look at Indonesian architecture and heritage in a more detailed manner. This place depicts the architecture as well as the history of Bali.
Things to see: The elephant structures spread all over the cave complex; see the pool, fountain, and jungle temple; admire the carvings and stonework.
32. Campuhan Ridge Walk
On this trek, you will get to walk through a variety of landscapes which are the highlight of the central highland part of Ubud. It provided a pleasant escape from the congested streets of the towns and into the splendid greenery. You will get to trod on hidden trails and click amazing pictures of the scenery which encompasses the place, it’s truly like surrendering oneself to nature. You don’t have to worry about entry fees because it is free of cost and this open for all days of the week.
Things to do: Go trekking, explore the trails, engage in photography.
33. SkyDome Super Club
This singular building is the main spot for spending a wild night in Legian. The SkyDome Super Club is one building which comes with a total of seven venues that has five different floors. Come here for the never-ending buffets and the beer pints. Then go off to the dance floor situated right on the rooftop where the DJ plays trending times. Dance your heart out with the crows and enjoy to your heart’s content. This is definitely a night owl’s favorite hanging out spot. It is open from about 9 am till 4pm on all days of the week.
Things to do: Hang out with friends, have drinks, have fun.
34. Mirror Bali Lounge and Club
This is a major party venue which is Gothic themed and is a destination which is hugely favored by the party goers. You will find that as you enter the venue, the place is reminiscent of a Gothic cathedral with its high ceilings and stained Windows. Internationally famous DJ’s, as well as local artists, set the house on fire. This place is perfect for those who want to have fun, get wildly drinks and party like a rock star. It is open from about 11 pm to 4pm.
35. Sundays Beach Club
This is a popular beach club which has an in-house party spot as part of the Ungasan Clifftop Resort. The Sundays Beach Club is a small hut like a cabin with detailed thatched roof and a beach setting. In here people can spend the whole night either by going to the beach at night to experience the serenity of the lonesome waves or watch early morning sunrise from there to enjoy the peacefulness of it all. As for drinks, the round bar is stocked full with it and the club also has a kitchen which operates on a first come first served policy. It’s really like a small paradise sitting right on the edge of the Ungasan Village.
36. Rock Bar Bali
To kick back and watch the sunset by the sea while holding a cool glass of wine or one of the signature cocktails herein is a great expense to have. The seating is on a connected limestone cliff which is also the money maker for this venue. A lineup of world famous DJs play some amazing music to set the mood. Get ready to be high from the music, setting and the view of it all. The club opens its doors from around 4 pm to 12 am.
37. DAVA Steak & Seafood
This is a modern take on a seafood grill and steakhouse. The place is top class in its hospitality as well as servings. The background of the ocean along with the mountains just serves to make the dining even more memorable and photo worthy. The many here is innovative and the staff is cordial and hospitable. The seating is sleek and the atmosphere here is really chic. The place also serves gluten-free foods for those who want it. The place is open on all days of the week.
38. Yellow Flower Cafe
Located right in the Penestanan hills, there is a cave which shaped like a cafe. This Yellow Flower Cafe is run by an oval family and the surroundings there are enveloped in luscious greenery. Having breakfast here is just glorious. Take a seat here to taste some authentic Asian and Balinese food. The owners have grown their own vegetable to support local farming communities so everything that their taste is fresh and healthy. The setup is eco-friendly with a simple decor so that the visitors get to experiment with the authenticity of it all. This is a must visit place for trying out the Balinese Buffet every Sunday for dinner.
39. Seasalt Seminyak
The amazing seafood over here which is served with just a pinch of Japanese style combined with the wafting smell of the blue oceans is enough to make anyone’s heart sing. Sea salt is actually the very first stylish and modern residence in Seminyak which experiments with seafood. Ge devour here is classy, the servings are well proportioned and the staff is also hospitable. There is also a live kitchen which makes people fall for sea salt. As you sit there to eat, enjoy the light and shadow play which goes on the outer deck as the waves crash around. It’s an enchanting place to be in. This place is open on all days of the week.
40. Ubud Art Market
I love art and would like to have some very unique pieces in your abode then the place to look for it is the Ubud Art Market. The handmade crafts here are just exceptional. Stroll around through this market as you look for some amazing scarves, handmade woven baskets and bags, statues, kites, and other handcrafted goods.
41. Sukawati Art Market
You can find everything from contemporary art to sculptured wooden showpieces in here. Homemade Balinese products are a mainstay in this market. The Sukawati Art Market is locally popular as Pasar Seni Sukawati. This is a two story building which was established sometime in the 80s. A regular shopping spot for the vacationers, you can find everything from clothes to handbags, traditional kites and more. But art is the mainstay of this market.
42. Sanur Night Market
This night market is just the perfect place to be if you are hungry and are in search of some delicious food here. Apart from food, you can also carry out your shopping here. The market has a very diverse range of good like the Balinese meals, dried fish, soups and more. The best part about being here is that everything is cooked right in front of your eyes, so you know that it is fresh and piping hot.
43. Poppies Lane
It is a very popular shortcut road in Bali as it cuts down much of the distance for taxis, cars, surfboard scooters and more. There is the Poppies Lane 1 and also poppies lane 2, both of which come with amazing boutique resorts, hotels, restaurants and surf shops. In Lane 2, there’s popular restaurants and art shops. The poppies Lane is one of the few happening places in Bali which will give visitors the choice of the best hospitality chains.
Bali is an amazing destination to head to because of the sheer variety of place to visit it offers its viewers. From beaches and temples to mountains and museums, there is everything here for the traveler. Moreover, all of it combined with the delicious and unique cuisine of the place makes it just the more attractive.
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