Denpasar, Bali’s biggest city and home of the major airport, tends to see visitors depart for other locations on the island almost as soon as they arrive. It may not appear to have much to offer a tourist to the island, but take a closer look, and you’ll find a multicultural city brimming with excellent restaurants, shopping, temples and friendly residents.

Nearly 800,000 locals call Denpasar home, and while sprawling city doesn’t look it, it’s quite pedestrian friendly in the most interesting central area. The city’s temples and museums offer an off-the-tourist-path way to get to know the Balinese culture a little better. 

The Bali Museum, located just off Puputan Square, contains four pavilions, each dedicated to a different aspect of Balinese history and culture. Nearby Jagatnata Temple is one of the few without any entrance restrictions for non-Hindus, so you’re free to enter and see the white coral shrine within. When you’re ready to shop, you’ll find the Kumbasari handicraft market, Badung wet market and the bird and animal markets all within easy walking distance of each other.

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Bali Pura Luhur Batukaru Temple and Cultural Small Group Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 25 Reviews

This minibus tour will take you on a scenic drive 'off-the-beaten-track' with time to stop and appreciate the tranquil beauty of Bali, enjoying a personalized ...  Read more

Location: Bali, Indonesia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00

2-Day Komodo National Park and Rinca Island Wildlife Adventure from Bali

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

See the world’s largest lizards – Komodo dragons – under protection in their natural habitat at Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This 2-day ...  Read more

Location: Bali, Indonesia
Duration: 2 days, 1 night

From USD $340.00

2-Day Private Bali Tour: Kawah Ijen Adventure from Denpasar

See the world's largest acidic lake atop Ijen Crater (Kawah Ijen), one of the great natural wonders of Indonesia. On this private 2-day trip from Denpasar, ...  Read more

Location: Bali, Indonesia
Duration: 2 days, 1 night

From USD $432.50

3-Day Komodo National Park Tour: Komodo Island and Rinca Island Trek

Embark on a private tour of Komodo National Park, where the world’s largest lizards reside! Observe Komodo dragons in their natural habitat during your 3-day ...  Read more

Location: Bali, Indonesia
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $512.99

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