Bali Destinations: Exotic temples set against stunning natural backdrops and white beaches are some of the top destinations in Bali
The island of Bali in Indonesia is one of the world’s most picture-perfect destinations. Featuring some of the best beaches with crystal clear waters, mixed in among historic temples and even a monkey sanctuary, there are plenty of things to do in Bali. It may be paradise, but with so much to offer it is easy to not be sure what to do in beautiful Bali.
While Bali may seem like a small island, there is a lot to see and a lot of ground to cover on the most popular island holiday destination in the Indonesian archipelago.
The Best Beaches in Bali
The Balinese coastline never fails, but it is in the southern tip of the island that the coasts most effectively deploy their charms - Kuta Beach, Sanur, Bukit Peninsula - with postcard decorations that explain their strong tourist exploitation. Other areas of the island, however, offer interesting seaside alternatives, such as the Candidasa resort in the east or the Lovina area on the north coast.
If you are a foodie, than dining in Bali presents endless choices of local or far-flung cuisine and Bali is a particularly good destination for shopping.
Art and crafts have always been particularly alive and the development of tourism in Bali has only encouraged the many shops with Wood carvings, paintings, delicate pottery, musical instruments silver jewelery, basketry, theater puppets, innumerable ornamented textiles, including the famous batik,
1. Lovina Beach on the North Coast of Bali
If you are looking for a completely different holiday, different from South Bali’s Kuta-Seminyak vibrant atmosphere, then you should head north to Bali’s Lovina Beach and watch the playfull bottlenose dolphins. Unlike other white-sand beaches on Bali, Lovina beach is of grey and black volcanic sand. Just as the nearby Pemuteran Beach, Lovina also features incredible underwater life to plunge in for those who enjoy diving and snorkeling.
2. Kuta Beach on the West Coast of Bali
Kuta Beach is not only one of the best best beaches in Bali, but it is also one of the most famous Indonesia beaches. If for whatever reason you can only visit one beach on your visit to Bali, make sure it's this one! This beach is often crowded with locals and tourists alike, but that only contributes to its incredibly fun atmosphere. The strong currents off Kuta Beach mean it's not a great location for inexperienced swimmers, but it's the perfect spot for lounging out on the white sand and watching the surfers catch a wave. Stay until early evening to watch one of Kuta's famous red sunsets, then start hopping between the beach's many bars and clubs for some delicious cocktails and great music.
3. Sanur Beach on the East Coast of Bali
The Sanur Beach Promenade is lined with brightly painted outrigger boats along the water's edge, and good restaurants and cafes opposite. Treat yourself to a massage offered by one of the many masseuses with divans on the sand. If you're there in July, catch the Bali Kite Festival, a colorful international competition.
4. Nusa Dua Beach and the Bukit Peninsula
Nusa Dua is Bali’s ‘all-inclusive’ type of beach resort. It has an incredible collection of world-class, international-chain hotels facing a pristine beachfront.
Although Nusa Dua is Bali’s most developed resort area, you can still find cultural attractions here. These range from temples, a museum housing arts and artefacts from Indonesia and the Pacific, and unique natural landmarks around its scenic peninsula. Dreamy beachfront settings overlooking clean white sand beaches make Nusa Dua an idyllic place for honeymooners
5. Padang Beach on the East Coast of Bali
The island of Bali is home to some of the best beaches in the world and Padang Padang Beach is one of our favourites. Located next to well-known surf break 'Impossibles', Padang Beach like most beaches in Uluwatu, is famous for its super consistent surf. Padang Padang attracts a year-round crowd, butt despite being one of the busiest beaches on the Bukit Peninsula, its golden sand and clear aqua waters are well worth a visit.
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- Legian Beach
- Canggu Beach
- Seminyak Beach
- Kuta Beach
- South Kuta Beach
- Echo Beach
- Batu Belig Beach
- Berawa Beach
Temples in Bali
There is more to Bali than what meets the eye. Popularly known as the ‘Island of the Gods’, Bali, in fact, has a very strong spiritual pull which has kept people the world over coming back for years. Also known as the ‘Island of a Thousand Temples’, Bali’s temples should certainly be high up on your list of Bali attractions.
Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot is still home to spectacular sunsets and many cultural festivities throughout the year. A cultural event not to be missed is the heirloom pilgrimage parade that takes place five days prior to the temple’s anniversary, Kuningan. This is certainly a Bali attraction worth witnessing.
If it’s a spiritual journey you are after, then there is no better place to start than the Besakih Temple. Often referred to as Bali’s ‘mother temple’, Besakih is the biggest and the holiest temple complex on the island.
An entire day would be needed to visit all 86 temples which make up this sacred complex but, once you climb the many stairs you will be left speechless with the breathtaking mountain views, rolling rice paddies, streams and so much more.
Ulun Danu Batur Temple
Pura Ulun Danu Batur ("Pura Ulun Danu", "Pura Batur" or "Pura Bat") was built in 1926. It is dedicated to the goddess of lakes and rivers, Dewi Danu. Water is extremely important to the Balinese so the goddess and the temples built to worship her are very sacred to the Balinese Hindus.
Situated just outside Kuta on Bali’s southwestern tip sits an ancient temple perched atop towering seaside cliffs. At Uluwatu Temple, one of Bali’s most important directional temples, Ganesha statues welcome visitors who’ve come to enjoy spectacular views, observe wild monkeys, or watch a traditional Balinese dance at sunset.