Bali

Indonesia
Nusa Dua Beach featuring a beach and tropical scenes

Rejuvenate on idyllic beaches, explore mystical temples, browse galleries or cycle through the lush countryside of this famous island in the Indonesian archipelago.

Bali’s attractions draw a range of people, from backpackers and expats, to families and honeymooners. This once sleepy tropical island has become world famous for its gorgeous beaches, rolling mountains and unique cultural, spiritual and artistic flair.

Bali can be very cheap or moderately expensive, depending on your needs. Stay in a resort or hotel and book a tour, hire a private guide, jump in a taxi or bus, or rent a bicycle, motorbike or car to get around.

The island’s most famous beaches are in North Kuta, just a short drive north from the international airport at Denpasar, Bali’s capital city. Kuta Beach and Legian Beach are a surfer’s paradise. In the villages of Kuta and Legian, markets, bars, water parks and food outlets keep the crowds entertained. Head to Sanur Beach, on the east coast, to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere that makes this part of the island popular with families.

Spend a few days inland, among the rice paddies and forests of Tegallalang Village or Ubud to see a more cultural side of Bali. Ubud is Bali’s artistic capital, so take your pick from the Puri Lukisan Museum, Neka Art Museum, Antonio Blanco Museum and the Arma Museum. Take a yoga class, bike along rice paddies or see the macaques on the temples’ roofs in Ubud Monkey Forest. Don’t miss the mysterious Elephant Cave, and take a dip in the ninth-century Tirta Empul baths.

South of Ubud, meet the animals at the Bali Zoo and Bali Bird Park. North of Ubud, in central Bali, is the Gunung Kawi Temple, carved into the mountain.

In South Kuta is idyllic Jimbaran Beach. Head here to enjoy a seafood banquet with your toes in the sand. On the east coast of South Kuta is Nusa Dua with Mengiat Beach and the Pasifika Museum. On the southwest coast, the Uluwatu Temple sits atop rugged cliffs, one of the best places on the island to watch the famous Bali sunset.

Popular cities in Bali

Nusa Dua Beach featuring a beach and tropical scenes
Denpasar
Known for Beach view, Family-friendly and Romantic
Experience romantic Denpasar: its beaches, temples, festivals and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Sanur Beach
  • Bajra Sandhi Monument
  • Pantai Karang Beach
Puri Lukisan Museum featuring a temple or place of worship
Ubud
Known for Forests, Spas and Yoga
Visit Hindu temples in lush forests, treat yourself to rejuvenating body treatments and discover the thriving arts scene of Bali's cultural capital.


Reasons to visit

  • Ubud Monkey Forest
  • Ubud Royal Palace
  • Ubud Traditional Art Market
Jimbaran Beach which includes a sunset and food
Kuta
Known for Beach view, Shopping and Spas
Kuta is made for holidays. It was originally a tiny fishing village until its miles of flawless sand and non-stop gorgeous weather first caught the eye of discerning surfers. Families, romantics, night owls and sunset lovers quickly followed and now the dynamic city is one of the most popular resorts on Bali.

Reasons to visit

  • Kuta Beach
  • Bali Bombing Memorial
  • Kuta Square
Penida Island
Penida Island
Known for Islands, Nature and Snorkelling
Get away to quaint Penida Island! Enjoy the island views, temples and jungle.

Reasons to visit

  • Kelingking Beach
Nusa Dua Beach featuring a beach and tropical scenes
Nusa Dua
Known for Beach view, Relaxing and Family-friendly
Nusa Dua is a purpose built as a tourist complex in southeast Bali. Don’t let that put you off. This gated community offers luxury seaside resorts, beautiful beaches and water activities, and is known for its amazing surf.

Reasons to visit

  • Moon Cot Sari Turtle Farm
Karangasem
Karangasem
Known for Snorkelling, Relaxing and Diving
Get away to relaxing Karangasem! Enjoy the diving, castle and temples.