Your travel guide to Bali, the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia. Also known as the Island of Gods, Bali is rich in culture and history that is still very prominent now, with old temples still in use, festivals, and practices. It is also full of natural wonders too, like the white sandy beaches, surfers’ waves, divers paradise spots, mountains to hike, and rolling fields of rice paddies and rice terraces.

Bali lies east of Java and slightly below the equator line. It has a population of 4.2 million people, and unlike the rest of Indonesia, which is predominantly Muslim, it is home to most of the Hindu minority. The primary religion here is Balinese Hinduism. The largest city here is Denpasar, with its airport and the cultural center in Ubud.

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Bali Travel Guide. Photo by felfin_photo05 evin on Unsplash

Bali Travel Map

Bali and Lombok Travel Map (click for larger map)

Popular Route

Kuta / Ubud -> Lovina -> Uluwatu Temple -> Tanah Lot Temple -> Mount Batur -> Seminyak -> Lombok and Gili Islands

Places to Visit

South Bali

The epicenter of Bali, where all the action is, most of the tourists that come here end up spending most of their time in this area. The Denpasar International Airport is located here, and the most popular destination Kuta is located here. Although this region expanded with resorts and malls, village life and homestays are still alive and abound.

One of the old favorites is Nusa Dua, reputed for having the most lavish beach resort in Bali, people come here for private relaxation along vast stretches of white sandy beaches and indulge in spas and massages. While Kuta is famous for its entertaining nightlife, restaurants, bars, and shopping centers. If you are looking for action, here is the place. It is also popular among surfers.

Canggu is the new up-and-coming hip alternative to Kuta, famous for its good surf breaks, hipster cafes, and beautiful beach. Another new popular place is Nusa Penida, a boat ride from Sanur, Bali. It is a rugged island with secret nooks and picturesque spots. While Nusa Lembongan has amazing surf, and stunning views, or just perfect for some downtime. Nearby Nusa Ceningan is definitely worth a visit, too.

Top things to do in South Bali

North and Central Bali

The island’s heart and soul are home to the well-known city of Ubud, which is the darling of all creative and art lovers. If Bali is a canvas, then this is the part where there are big green brush strokes of highlands and rice paddy fields dotted with volcanoes.

Ubud

Ubud is the favorite town of many. It is located metaphorically and physically in the center of Bali. It is well known for its arts, culture, people, and food, with beautiful architecture and many things to do. Some of the temples in Ubud are not to be missed when in Bali.

More Central Bali Destinations

West and East Bali

Amed, Bali

Laidback and sleepy town, Amed offers a great respite from the usual hustle and bustle…

Bali Accommodations

W Hotel in Seminyak

Best Accommodations in Bali

Booking.com is my favorite site for booking a place in Bali when planning my trip. The main reason is that most of the bookings can be canceled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend for a stay in Bali:

Luxury (from 150 USD)

Oberoi Villa, Seminyak
For those looking for privacy and to splurge for a honeymoon or special occasion. With quick access to Seminyak beach, this Balinese-inspired accommodation is built on 15 acres of tropical gardens. The Frangipani Cafe inside here is famed for its cuisine. Notables are their open-air massage pavilions and outdoor pool overlooking the ocean.
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Tandjung Sari Hotel, Sanur
For those who appreciate traditional architecture and design. This hotel, built in 1962, encapsulates the Balinese style and spirit. The spacious gardens are thatched roofed bungalows, pavilions, sculptures, and fish ponds. It also has direct access to Sanur beach.
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Mid-range (50 – 150 USD)

Sri Ratih Cottage, Ubud
For those who are looking for unpretentious comfort with Balinese charm. Located in Ubud, our favorite place to stay in Bali, the Balinese-style cottages with carved wood furnishings are set in beautiful gardens with a pool.
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Resort Courtyard by Marriott Bali, Seminyak
Marriott is a trusted brand for many, and this one in Bali lives up to its name. This secured luxury is located just 5 minute walk to Seminyak beach. A noted feature is its private terraces for relaxation, making it a favorite of couples.
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Budget (below 50 USD)

Nick’s Pension, Ubud
For those seeking a mixture of peace and action in the heart of Bali – Ubud. The rooms come with traditional Indonesian architecture and air-conditioning. There is also a swimming pool, restaurant, Wifi and parking provided.
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Linda Villa, Sanur
For the budget conscious, this guesthouse in Sanur is a steal, featuring swimming pools, clean, air-conditioned rooms, and a simple breakfast. It is located at a quiet place with only 15 minutes easy walk to the beach. Prices start from only 24 USD!
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More Bali Accommodations

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Bali’s Tourist Attractions

Bali’s Activities

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