The ultimate Bali Travel Guide for you to one of Indonesia’s most popular tourist destinations. Also known as the Island of Gods, Bali is rich in culture and history that is still very prominent now, with old temples in use, festivals, and practices. It is also full of natural wonders, 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.

Bali Travel Map

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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 in Bali

South Bali

In the epicenter of Bali, where all the action is, most tourists spend 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 still exist.

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. At the same time, 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 recent popular place is Nusa Penida, a boat ride from Sanur, Bali. It is a rugged island with secret nooks and picturesque spots. Nusa Lembongan has fantastic, stunning surf views, perfect for downtime. Nearby Nusa Ceningan is 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, the darling of all creative and art lovers. If Bali is a canvas, this is the part where big green brush strokes of highlands and rice paddy fields are 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

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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 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)

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Located in the heart of vibrant Seminyak, Bali, this luxury resort blends modern design with Balinese culture. It offers luxurious rooms, suites, and villas with private pools and advanced amenities. Known for its exceptional dining, chic bars, and the iconic WET pool, the resort caters to relaxation and social life. Direct beach access, along with top-notch spa and fitness facilities, ensures a blend of leisure and lifestyle, ideal for guests seeking sophistication and the essence of Bali’s trendy atmosphere.
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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)

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. A swimming pool, restaurant, Wifi, and parking are also 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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