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Welcome to Bali

With its lush rice terraces and ancient mysticism, Bali is an Indonesian island that emanates tranquillity. Nature lovers seek out the jagged cliffs and pristine beaches of Uluwatu, while travelers desiring solace flock to the Hindu temples and shamans of Ubud. And in Denpasar, Bali’s underappreciated capital, testaments to ancient culture reign supreme. Undisputed highlights come in the form of Ubud’s Sacred Monkey Forest, Tanah Lot Temple, and the sacred peak of Mt. Batur, all of which rank among Bali's most popular things to do; while local villages, deserted hiking routes, and roadside restaurants reveal a muted yet equally majestic charm.

Top 10 attractions in Bali

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Ubud Monkey Forest (Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary)

Ubud Monkey Forest (Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary)

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A Balinese Hindu site, the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is populated by some 700 long-tailed Balinese macaques that live in and around the forest. The monkeys are believed to protect the area and the three Hindu temples within—Pura Dalem Agung, Pura Beji, and Pura Prajapati—from evil spirits.More
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Museum Pasifika

Museum Pasifika

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Nusa Dua’s answer to Ubud’s art museums, Museum Pasifika, which opened in 2006, is dedicated to the art of Asia Pacific. Balinese artists and expatriates working on the island are well-represented, but galleries showcase art and sculptures from Papua, Vanuatu, Polynesia, historical Indo-China, and beyond.More
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Tegenungan Waterfall (Air Terjun Tegenungan)

Tegenungan Waterfall (Air Terjun Tegenungan)

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Not far from Ubud, Tegenungan Waterfall foams in a white cascade over black stone cliffs into a quiet pool. At around 66 feet (20 meters) high, it’s an impressive flow, and that’s not all the site has to offer. Besides climbable cliffs, a secret smaller waterfall, and simple food stalls, a charming grotto houses a sacred spring.More
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Kuta Beach (Pantai Kuta)

Kuta Beach (Pantai Kuta)

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Bali’s first beach hotel opened back in the 1930s on Kuta’s epic sweep of golden sand and metronomic surf. In the ‘60s and ‘70s, Australian surfers popularized the place, and today Kuta Beach is the epicenter of Kuta, Bali’s liveliest and most touristic district. If great waves and beach boys float your boat, Kuta won’t disappoint.More
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Mt. Batur (Gunung Batur)

Mt. Batur (Gunung Batur)

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Bali is known for it beautiful beaches, but the interior has its own appeal. Here you’ll find one of the region’s most active volcanoes, Mt. Batur (Gunung Batur), rising 5,633 feet (1,717 meters) above sea level In the highlands of Kintamani.More
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Penida Island (Nusa Penida)

Penida Island (Nusa Penida)

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Considered to be the Bali that time forgot for its unspoiled landscape, Penida Island (Nusa Penida) sits about 10 miles (15 kilometers) off the Bali coast, alongside the islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. Besides snorkeling and diving—the island is known for mantas and mola-molas (the world’s largest bony fish)—Penida offers unspoilt villages, rugged landscapes, and sacred temples.More
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Tegalalang Rice Terrace (Sawah Terasering Tegalalang)

Tegalalang Rice Terrace (Sawah Terasering Tegalalang)

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The stunning Tegalalang Rice Terrace, part of the Cultural Landscape of Bali Province UNESCO World Heritage Site, comprises cascading emerald-green fields worked by local rice farmers. Just outside Ubud, it has become a destination for travelers making their way between Bali’s sandy beaches, towering mountains, and steaming volcanoes.More
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Tirta Empul Temple (Pura Tirta Empul)

Tirta Empul Temple (Pura Tirta Empul)

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Bali’s most popular sacred spring, Tirta Empul Temple dates back more than 1,000 years. Travelers from around the globe flock to its holy waters to bathe beside Balinese pilgrims; accept blessings from healers, priests, and shamans; or simply soak up the atmosphere. The temple is northeast of Ubud in Tampaksiring, not far from Gunung Kawi.More
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Karangasem

Karangasem

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The regency of Karangasem in east Bali was once a powerful kingdom ruling over much of Lombok. Today, it offers a sleepy, untouched charm beneath the towering presence of volcanic Mount Agung (Gunung Agung). Highlights include historic Amlapura, the district capital; traditional villages; Besakih and Lempuyang temples; Tirta Gangga and Taman Ujung water palaces; and Amed and Tulamben for diving.More
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Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah)

Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah)

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With a history dating back more than 1,000 years, one of Bali’s holiest Hindu sites (and most popular attractions) is a grotto covered in carvings of mythological creatures. While Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) has uncertain origins, it's believed that Hindu priests dug it out by hand to use as a hermitage.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Bali

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amazing sights
Kelly_P, Apr. 2020
Bali Instagram Tour: The Most Scenic Spots
would def go again, good way to see what bali has to offer in one day
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If you are looking for driver service ask for Kadek
fred_g, Mar. 2020
Private Arrival Transfer: Bali Airport to Hotel
Driver was great, timely, informative and speaking english was a big plus for me.
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Best way to see Bali your way
fred_g, Mar. 2020
Private Full-Day Bali Tour
Speaks excellent english and lived in US.
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Amazing, must do
Kelly_L, Mar. 2020
Ubud Tour - Best of Ubud
Vendi our driver gave us the best tour, very informative, drove us to see amazing sites and we learnt so much about the culture and everything about this region of Beautiful Bali.
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Bali done right
fred_g, Mar. 2020
Bali Full-Day Water Temples and UNESCO Rice Terraces Tour
I not only got to see the sights i wanted ( with some adjustment) but learned so much about the Balinese culture and people.
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Tour Bali
Liam_M, Mar. 2020
Bali Full-Day Traditional Village Sightseeing Trip with Lunch
Great tour which covered a lot of activities and area in Bali.
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Great day
Johanna, Mar. 2020
Bali Snorkeling Tour at Blue Lagoon Beach: Private Transfer All-Inclusive
Snorkelling was well organised and we were lucky to See some turtles.
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Wonderful Bali Experience!
Kate, Mar. 2020
Ultimate Bali Countryside Cycling Adventure
Wonderful way to see the real Bali.
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Major Bali Attractions In A Day
Smoke_Leez, Feb. 2020
Bali Instagram Tour: The Most Famous Spots (Private & All-Inclusive)
Visited many of Bali’s Major Sites and Attractions in a day.
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Touring Ubud
M_O, Feb. 2020
Individual Tour in your Chosen Route with a Private Driver and Free WiFi
This tour was a good opportunity to see different parts of Bali.
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Great day!
jkbult1, Feb. 2020
Bali Full-Day Traditional Village Sightseeing Trip with Lunch
Great way to see a lot in your time in Bali.
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Snorkeling was epic.
carlywhitlock1992, Jan. 2020
Bali Gate of Heaven and Blue Lagoon Snorkeling Full-Day with All Inclusive
Lots of fish to see and even touch.
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Friendly Service
tlanguell, Jan. 2020
Private Arrival Transfer: Bali Airport to Hotel
Nyoman is very friendly and spoke excellent English and gave me usefull tips about Bali.
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Wonderful guide!
TimurSa, Dec. 2019
Private Bali Car Hire with Chauffeur
He had so many insights about attractions off the beaten path, and shared a lot about Balinese culture.
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Covering the main attractions in two days
wolfgangn250, Nov. 2019
2 Days Best of Bali Famous Tour Packages
This is a tour for someone who is in Bali for only a few days and wants to see the main attractions.
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Kind and informed guide, provided an excellent half day.
slaterproperties, Oct. 2019
Bali Hindu temple, Rice terrace, Waterfall with lunch
Kind and informed guide, provided an excellent half day with a wide variety of activities.
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Great tour!
kelseyjt9, Oct. 2019
Bali Instagram Tour: The Most Scenic Spots
This tour is a great way to see some highlights of Bali if you aren't staying for too long.
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Great tour!
kelseyjt9, Oct. 2019
Bali Full-Day Water Temples and UNESCO Rice Terraces Tour
this tour was a great way to see some highlights, definitely recommend!
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Great Day
Sunshine746995, Aug. 2019
Bali Swing & White Water Rafting Experience
Dewa our driver was awesome, great English and gave us a good insight into Bali’s past and present.
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EXCELLRNT Day trip to see a lot
Vacationer767864, Aug. 2019
Monkey Forest, Holy Water Temple & Hot Springs
Of time this is a very good day trip great temples to see coffee plantation the hot springs always very good and entertaining.

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