Top 10 Must Visit Places in Bali

Some people say that Bali is overrated, too touristy and not worth a visit while some say it is one of the best experience in their travels in Indonesia. I guess it all depends on how you want to enjoy Bali. With so many places of interest and beautiful beaches, Bali will definitely still delight you.

Regardless, as time has passed, and places may have grown, Bali is still what it is. If you can look past the many tourists especially during the peak season and enjoy instead the many attractions dotted around specifically catered for tourists, you might just fall in love with Bali.
Bali deserves the attention it is still getting, and our top 10 must-visit places list is enough to show why you should not give Bali a miss!

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Uluwatu Temple – Pura Luhur

Uluwatu Temple, a truly must-visit in Bali, is also known as Pura Luhur. Imagine a large rugged limestone cliff with a temple perched on it; to add to its dramatic grandeur it is like a scene from Cliffhanger. It is situated in Bukit Peninsula, which houses Bali’s few best beaches like Balangan, Padang-Padang and Nyang-Nyang as well as many good surfing spots. The temple itself is a majestic structure; constructed and expanded many times since the 11th century. It is perched on a steep cliff of 70 meters above the Indian Ocean. If you go on even higher grounds, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view on either side and sunset over Uluwatu temple itself.

Uluwatu Temple, Pura Luhur @ Bali

Uluwatu Temple, Pura Luhur at Bali. Photo by melburnian





Pura Tanah Lot

Another majestic rock formation lies as a foundation of a popular pilgrimage temple, known as Pura Tanah Lot. It is most popular for its serenity and cultural significance as it is associated with the Balinese mythology as one of the seven temples that form a ring in the southwest of Bali. A travel tip is to visit the place during the low tide so that you can “walk across the water” to the temple for the full experience.

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Pura Pura Tanah Lot @ Bali

Pura Tanah Lot, Bali. Photo by Kevin Poh

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan (Bali’s temple by the lake)

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is another must visit temple in Bali, , this one is serenely resting at the edge of Lake Bratan unlike the rest that are perching on rocky cliffs. Imagine a beautifully structured temple with its image reflected on the clear lake doubling its beauty.

Temple by the lake @ Bali

Temple by the lake at Bali. Photo by Rud Glazn

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Dolphin sightings at Lovina

Another thing to see in Bali is the dolphins! Lovina is one of the best places in Bali to go on a dolphin sightseeing boat trip. You will leave the beach at dawn. Yes it may be quite crowded with other tourists trying to do the same especially during peak season, it is especially worth it when you find a school of dolphins happily jumping out of the sea. Lovina itself also offers many other attractions, activities and even boasts some backpacker scenes where you can chill out in cafes with live music.

Lady selling flowers at the Market @ Ubud, Bali

Lady selling flowers at the Market at Ubud, Bali. Photo by David Stanley

Ubud

Yes, despite that one might be trying to escape the “eat, pray, love” trail, Ubud is one place you cannot miss in your visit. It is the heart of Bali, where all the action is and where all the people and energy are focused on. Ubud is packed with the best of Bali : nature, culture, people, temples, museums, rolling rice fields/paddy fields, man-made gardens and parks. You may take a bike tour, enroll in a cooking class, do adventure activities like whitewater rafting and abseiling, relax with yoga/meditation, get pampered spa sessions, immerse in the arts and theatres and last but not least, the shopping. Just so you see, Ubud has a little bit of everything for the discerning traveler.

Rice fields terraces, Tegalalang, Ubud, Bali

Rice fields terraces at Tegalalang. Photo by Pandu Adnyana

Party at Kuta Beach

Kuta is the most popular beach in Bali, which means you can be sure to find life and party scene here. Head here if you are looking to socialize, party and have a good time. You can be sure to find a range of places for different atmosphere and budget, ranging from Hard Rock Cafe to your neighborhood cafe and pub.

Party @ Kuta Beach, Bali

Party at Kuta Beach, Bali. Photo by riza

Ayana bar on rocks

We had two temples on the cliff, and now we get to drink off a bar perched on yet another cliff at Ayana bar resort * in Bali. This bar is known as the best bar in Bali, with long lines of people trying to get in on a daily basis to have a drink or some bites while overlooking the sea crashing into the rocks below. The bites at this incredibly popular bar are surprisingly good. Imagine the combination of drinking, chilling and dancing atop a cliff with the roaring sea stretching behind you to infinity while you watch white water crashing onto the side of the wall creates a spectacular natural show. If you decide which is the one bar you must go to in Bali, Ayana bar on the rocks is the place. You may get special access to the bar as a guest of Ayana Resort and Spa or RIMBA Jimbaran by Ayana *.

Bar on rocks @ Ayana, Bali

Bar on rocks at Ayana, Bali. Photo by ValeriosVeo

Private luxury at Nusa Dua beach

If you have a bit more of a budget to spare, splurge at Nusa Dua beach, where it is dotted with high-end hotels and resorts. You will be rewarded with private pristine beaches for you to slowly soak in the sun and the sea. Nusa Dua is also ideal for couples on honeymoon in Bali or people looking for a private and relaxing getaway.

Private Beach @ Nusa Dua, Bali

Private Beach @ Nusa Dua, Bali. Photo by sektordua

Hike/Climb Mount Batur at Kintamani

Up in a highland in East of Bali, there lies Mount Batur caldera in Kintamani. A climb to the summit (1700 meters) of this active volcano is a great experience for any active travelers and surely a place of interest not to be missed. Many would do the sunrise hike for an ultimate experience, starting from as early as 4 am to reach in time for the 6 am sunrise. This hike is relatively easy and the treks are quite well marked. From the peak of the mountain, there are views in all direction to sweep you off your feet, not literally of course.

Hike Mount Batur @ Kintamani, Bali

Hike Mount Batur at Kintamani, Bali. Photo by Jeda Villa Bali

Coffee plantation at Bali Pulina Agro Tourism

An almost zen place for you to sit back and really appreciate your cup of coffee while An almost zen place for you to sit back and really appreciate your cup of coffee while overlooking the coffee plantation as far as the eye can see. Here you are served with various coffee and tea for tasting. You can also see the process of how the famous and expensive Kopi Luwak is made and get up close to the the civet cats themselves. If you are a coffee lover, do check this place out for the ultimate coffee experience.

Coffee roasting @ Agro Plantation, Bali

Coffee roasting at Agro Plantation, Bali. Photo by Jos Dielis

So you have it, ten reasons to visit Bali and these are just the highlights. Now you know the reason behind Bali’s popularity, so maybe people can just be right sometimes. Come over with an open heart and open arms, a huge ounce of patience and tolerance for the crowd, close an eye to all the touristy things glaring at you and just enjoy yourself here. If all else fail, you can always jump on the next available fast boat and escape to Gili Islands or its rival Lombok!


Best Accommodations in Bali

Booking.com is a good place to book your stay in Bali as most of the bookings can be cancelled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility.
Agoda.com is another good choice to find the best deals as they have the most extensive hotel listings in Asia.
Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend to stay in Bali:

    Luxury (from 150 USD)

  • The Oberoi, Seminyak
    For those who are looking for privacy and want to splurge for a honeymoon or special occasions. 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. Notable are their open-air massage pavilions and outdoor pool overlooking the ocean.
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  • Tandjung Resort, Sanur
    For those who appreciate traditional architectures and design. This hotel, built way back in 1962, encapsulates the Balinese style and spirit. Among the spacious gardens are thatched roofed bungalows, pavilions, sculptures and fish ponds. It also has direct access to the Sanur beach.
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