What are the best destinations to visit in Bali?
There is no simple answer to this. Bali is a very diverse island, with each destination offering something quite different. If you are visiting Bali for the first time, this should be the page you spend the most time exploring before booking a hotel. Each area has its own unique vibe, culture, activities, travelers, and positives and negatives. We suggest you browse through this page and read the short descriptions fr each location to get a feel for what might suit you best, and also have a look at the maps to understand a bit more about where each area is located.
Main Destinations in the South and Center of Bali
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Most of the top destinations are near the coastline of Bali. For a RELAXING beach vacation we suggest mainly Sanur and Nusa Dua (more luxurious in general) and of course the amazing 3 neighbouring islands Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida. If you have the time you could visit the famous Gili Islands (part of Lombok)
Bali is well known for its vibrant Nightlife, here are the main areas to consider
Kuta – Party destination for the young and wild
Seminyak – more upbeat and classy than Kuta, lots of cubs and party places
Canggu – famous for an upcoming vibrant nightlife scene with amazing beach clubs on the rise
Uluwatu – became a party destination due to the venues Savaya and Ulu Cliffhouse that feature regular parties with DJs from all over the world
First time in Bali?
Moving “around” and spending some time in different parts of Bali is easy and rewarding.
Not many travelers stay in one hotel for their whole vacation anymore. It has become very common to travel to different places and see what each area has to offer. Bali isn’t very big, so it’s easy to get from one place to another when you want to change where you’re staying.
Travel itinerary suggestions for first-time visitors to Bali (stay between 10 days and 3 weeks)
First, take your time exploring the South and arrive early to get used to the time zone and weather: A few days in Sanur, or Jimbaran or Nusa Dua (easy arrival and chill). (2-4 nights)
Then go sightseeing and explore the Center. Relocate to Ubud to learn about the culture and natural sites of central and north Bali (Daytrips & Tours, Chilling, Health, Yoga, Nature). (3–5 nights)
If you have the time, go to the islands of Lembongan and Ceningan Islands for a tropical and more simple way of life like Bali had 30 years ago (and great diving). Or, you can hop over to the Gilis, which takes a bit longer. (2–4 nights)
Finish up your trip in the south by going out, partying, shopping, or just relaxing at sunset in Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, or the new and exciting Canggu. (3–5 nights)
With such choices, you may do a lot in a short amount of time (say, two to three weeks).
When you go back to Bali, there is more to discover and explore. For decades, Bali has been a popular travel destination, and it has remained so due of the island’s abundance of wonder and wisdom.
HOT TIP – Save some time
When moving to another location, we recommend that you use the check-out day to do some sightseeing and rent a car with a driver. (save 10% on Tours & Car Rentals with our BaliCard).
Your driver will pick you up after breakfast and take you on a half- or full-day tour. He keeps your luggage safe in the car while you visit temples and other interesting sites and locations before driving you to your next location.
This is an excellent way to avoid wasting time traveling between your chosen accommodations and destinations while also saving money.
Traveling with Children
Most suitable for a holiday with kids are Sanur and Nusa Dua.
Ubud would be thirst on our list, while Canggu can be interesting however the lack of sidewalks and because its so widespread we suggest Canggu for families whose kids are not toddlers anymore.
if we would assume that romance comes with some sort of luxury, quietness, and privacy then we would pick the following areas for romantic couples. In these destinations you can also find plenty of high end villas and hotels.
- Nusa Dua
To some extend you can find an oasis in Seminyak. While the surrounding might be a bit more hectic.
There are several more remote destinations in Bali, that could be interesting or you, if you love nature
Kintamani: Nestled amidst the highlands, Kintamani captivates with its enchanting volcanic landscape, including the revered Mount Batur and picturesque Lake Batur.
Bedugul, Puncak & Baturiti: A serene oasis in the highlands, Bedugul beckons travelers with its lush botanical gardens, serene lakes, and sacred temples, offering a tranquil retreat amidst Bali’s cool mountain air.
Sidemen: Tucked away in Bali’s enchanting highlands, Sidemen charms visitors with its idyllic rice terraces, traditional villages, and serene river valleys, offering a serene escape into the heart of Balinese countryside beauty.
Batukaru: Visiting Batukaru and its highlands is a chance to experience Bali’s essence at its purest form – a harmonious blend of spirituality, nature, culture, and sustainable living. Whether seeking a spiritual retreat, an offbeat adventure, or a serene connection with nature, Batukaru’s allure is sure to captivate and rejuvenate any traveler’s spirit.
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