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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 15 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ubud Palace (Puri Saren Agung)

Ubud Palace (Puri Saren Agung)

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Home of Ubud’s royal family since the late-19th century, Ubud Palace (Puri Saren Palace or Puri Saren Agung) sits in the heart of downtown Ubud near the traditional art market. Explore the pavilions and gardens. There are also traditional Balinese dance performances in the courtyard each evening, a must for any visitor to Indonesia.More
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Campuhan Ridge Walk

Campuhan Ridge Walk

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The classically Balinese combo of rice fields and river gorges is what makes Ubud’s landscapes so beloved, and the Campuhan Ridge Walk, the best-known walk in Ubud, is the perfect way to appreciate them. Starting at Pura Gunung Lebah, choose between a 2-hour circular route around Campuhan and Sanggingan or a longer hike to Keliki and Taro.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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Tanah Lot Temple (Pura Tanah Lot)

Tanah Lot Temple (Pura Tanah Lot)

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Tanah Lot Temple is one of Indonesia’s most popular religious attractions. Commonly referred to as the “temple of the rock,” this temple off the coast of Bali is set upon a black-stone peninsula that juts into rippling waters. Incredible ocean views, clear mountain air, and a deep spiritual connection draw visitors to this unique sight.More
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Theta Spa by the Sea

Theta Spa by the Sea

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Set on the grounds of the Ramada Bintang Bali Resort in Kuta, Theta Spa by the Sea is a contemporary spa with Indian Ocean views. Tropical rituals, massages, and remedies use techniques from China, India, Indonesia, and beyond. Natural ingredients such as fresh herbs, and organic essential oils are used in treatments set in a luxury-minded spa.More
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Celuk Village (Desa Celuk)

Celuk Village (Desa Celuk)

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One of a cluster of craft villages in Bali’s Gianyar regency, Celuk is known as the “silver village” for its jewelry production. Artisans here create silver and gold jewelry and handicrafts in their homes and workshops as they have for centuries. A visit to Celuk gives travelers a chance to see the artisans in action and buy direct.More
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Batuan Temple (Pura Batuan)

Batuan Temple (Pura Batuan)

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Known for its distinctive painting style, the village of Batuan, outside Ubud, remains an artists’ community. Unsurprisingly, Batuan Temple is a classic piece of Balinese architecture, with split gates, stone guardians, thatched shrines, and detailed carvings. It’s one of three village temples dedicated to the gods of the Hindu trinity.More
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Uluwatu Temple (Pura Luhur Uluwatu)

Uluwatu Temple (Pura Luhur Uluwatu)

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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.More

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Best day in Bali
Alex_A, Aug. 2022
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Wonderful service, great English-speaking driver who took us from Ubud to Karangsem.
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Amazing!
Olivia_B, Aug. 2022
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I couldn't recommend this tour more, it was everything I wanted to see in Ubud and more!
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Worthwhile experience
Elise_M, Jul. 2022
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The studio is on farm land and within a little village which was great to see a different part of Bali
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Stella_L, Jul. 2022
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Incredible experience, even for a first-timer
Tyler_N, Jul. 2022
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The second dive was to see the shipwreck and it was the highlight of my Bali trip.
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Interesting but focused on taking pictures
YunTing_O, Jul. 2022
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Johnetta_B, Jul. 2022
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Dagmar_S, Jul. 2022
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Susan_D, Jul. 2022
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Private e-Bike Tour - tons of culture and fun!
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We learned a ton about the culture and got to see several temples, tons of rice fields, and even got to help harvest some rice with a few locals.
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Very educating experience!
Jennifer_L, Jul. 2022
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Kenza_S, Jul. 2022
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Robin_W, Jul. 2022
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miresarang, Jul. 2022
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Elayne_G, Jun. 2022
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Ati_H, Jun. 2022
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His English was great and he took us everywhere on this tour and then some in one day !!
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All about Bali

Currency
Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
Time Zone
WITA (UTC +8)
Country Code
+62
Language(s)
Indonesian

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What should you not miss in Bali?

Bali’s natural wonders include volcanoes, waterfalls, gorgeous beaches, and world-class surfing and diving. But it’s culture that makes the island unique. In between sexy beach clubs and decadent restaurants, hit temples like Tanah Lot, Uluwatu, and Monkey Forest, eat babi guling (suckling pig), and explore Ubud’s galleries and museums.

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What is the best month to go to Bali?

May is the best month to go to Bali. The rainy season has finished but the crowds escaping the Australian winter and European summer have not arrived. That means lower humidity, fewer crowds, and generally clear skies—not to mention great surf on the west and south coasts.

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How many days do you need in Bali?

Flying to Bali causes real damage to the environment. You can reduce your carbon footprint and see more of this fascinating island by staying for at least 10 days. That lets you experience bars, clubs, beaches, culture, nature, diving, surfing, temples, restaurants, museums, waterfalls, and offshore islands like Penida Island.

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Which part of Bali should I visit?

Bali has something for every traveler. Ubud is the island’s art and culture capital; Canggu and Seminyak offer shops, bars, spas, clubs, cafés, and restaurants; Uluwatu boasts world-class waves and cliff-top clubs. Try Amed, Padangbai, or Pemuteran for diving and snorkeling, Sidemen for a slice of rural life, or Sanur for kid-friendly beach.

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What should I see in Bali?

There’s so much to see in Bali. Instagrammers love Bali’s swings, cafés, beach clubs, and waterfalls. Active travelers can snorkel with mantas, learn to surf, or scale Mt. Batur volcano. Culture vultures can enjoy temples like Tanah Lot, Uluwatu, and Monkey Forest, galleries like ARMA, or the magical Tirta Gangga Water Garden.

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Is Bali expensive to visit?

No. Bali need not be expensive to visit. You can splurge thousands on vintage champagne, fine dining, and an ultra-luxury villa, or stay in a simple guesthouse for under US$20 and eat street food for under US$5. Transport costs can be significant unless you are licensed (and insured!) to drive.

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