Bali is the epitome of paradise which is why it sits at the top of many bucket lists and is popular with travelers, holidaymakers and honeymooners alike.
This Indonesian island attracted more than 6 million tourists in 2018, with Australians making up more than a quarter of them. Holidaymakers head here to visit the breathtaking beaches and experience the lively nightlife as well as to unwind on the wellness side of the island, which offers yoga and meditation retreats.
Whether you are looking for holiday packages or would like to create your own itinerary, here are the top 5 places to visit in Bali.
This town in the Gianyar regency is known as Bali’s cultural hub, between ancient temples and royal palaces, its streets are lined with museums and galleries. Although, what many holidaymakers head here for is the Ubud Monkey Forest also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal. This is a natural sanctuary home to more than 700 long-tailed macaques. While you are here you can also visit Tegallalang rice terrace which is one of Bali’s most iconic views.
If you are looking for a touch of luxury and something a little more modern, then head to the upmarket beach resort of Seminyak. This luxurious part of the coastline is home to some of the best beaches on the island alongside high-end restaurants and shops. If it’s nightlife you are after, you’ll definitely find it here at the lively beach clubs. As well as relaxing – or partying – on the soft sand, you can also learn to surf in the waters off the shoreline. If you need to unwind or fancy experiencing a Baliense massage, there are plenty of spas to choose from here.
With a laid back hippy feel to it, this is one of Bali’s coolest destinations and it is fast becoming one of the most popular too. Colourful street art decorates the walls, hipster cafes and beach bars fill the resort while surfing and yoga and among the most popular activities. Bali is known for its sunsets and Canggu Beach is one of the most magical places to watch it. It is also home to one of the most famous temples on the island, Pura Tanah Lot, which is best visited early in the morning or at sunset. You can also explore this area, from the beach to the rice fields, on horseback – for a truly unique experience.
Kuta is the most famous beach resort and one of the busiest destinations in Bali. It is lively and fun, particularly popular with Australian tourists and ideal for younger holidaymakers as well as those on a budget. There are plenty of bars and nightclubs here, offering the opportunity to party from dusk until dawn. It’s a great place to pick up a souvenir or two, with both markets and malls to browse. Plus, it’s also home to the famous Kuta beach and provides the perfect conditions for surfing. While thrillseekers can head to Waterbom, the largest waterpark in Bali and animal lovers can come face to face with turtles at Bali Sea Turtle Society, where they release them into the wild.
The Gili Islands
Technically not part of Bali, but this group of three islands is situated just off the northwest coast of its neighbour Lombok. These islands have become synonymous with Bali and is why so many people travelling to this Indonesian archipelago tie in a visit here. The islands all have something different to offer, Gili Trawangan is the party island, Gili Meno is the romantic island and Gili Air has a chilled, laid back vibe. What they all have in common is a breathtaking natural beauty.
Now you know the top places to visit in Bali, you can start planning your trip knowing you won’t miss out on experiencing the very best parts of the island.
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