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5 Best Places to Visit in Bali

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Aerial view of Topan Beach in Bali.

Bali, Indonesia.

The five must-see places to visit in Bali demonstrate the impressive island by boasting volcanic mountains, iconic beaches, breathtaking forests, and stunning rice paddies you can explore when visiting the following best destinations in Bali.

From the deciduous emerald Monkey Forest in the heart of Ubud to the blinding white beaches of Nusa Penida, the ancient temple of Bukit Peninsula, and the surreal snorkeling spots in Lovina, each Bali destination shares unique experiences on land and in the sea to embrace the tropical charms that travelers adore about the Indonesian island.

We share the top Bali places to visit during your vacation and several highlights in each magnificent place to inspire your travel plans.

  1. 1. Discover the Cultural Heart of Ubud
  2. 2. Embrace the Colorful Coastal Getaway of Lovina
  3. 3. Relish Bali’s Bubbly Resort Town of Seminyak
  4. 4. Indulge in Cocktails by the Sea at the Bukit Peninsula
  5. 5. Appreciate an Immaculate Island Day Trip to Nusa Penida
  6. Book for the Best Places in Bali

1. Discover the Cultural Heart of Ubud

Dragon sculptures on bridge in Ubud Monkey Forest, Bali.

Bali, Indonesia.

The cultural heart of Bali, Ubud, sits amongst the rice paddies that cascade the foothills of the central mountains.

In Ubud, travelers can visit fascinating museums to learn about the local history, spiritual complexes to delve into the island’s unique culture and customs, food markets to explore the regional cuisine, and craft shops to purchase souvenirs to commemorate a Bali vacation.

You can also wander the emerald rice terraces or peruse the Monkey Forest to witness the endemic wildlife that thrives amongst the flourishing forest flora.

Highlights of Ubud: Ubud Monkey Forest | Tegalalang Rice Terraces | Goa Gajah | Ubud Royal Palace | Campuhan Ridge Walk

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 days

2. Embrace the Colorful Coastal Getaway of Lovina

Spa therapy in Lovina, Bali.

Bali, Indonesia.

Lovina is a corner of Bali that boasts a collection of beautiful beaches and local villages where time slows down and travelers can soak up the sunshine in style overlooking the sparkling sea.

Some beaches feature black-sand shores and others offer calmer swells than those in Bali’s surf spots. Boats sit on the sand encouraging travelers to call to captains and set sail across the silky blue waters to quiet coves and castaway isles.

In the evening you can visit gourmet seafood restaurants to tuck into the freshly caught fare Bali has to offer.

Highlights of Lovina: Bike tours | Dolphin watching | Snorkeling | Spa therapies | Sunset watching

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 days

3. Relish Bali’s Bubbly Resort Town of Seminyak

Beautiful sunset at a beach in Seminyak, Bali.

Bali, Indonesia.

The Seminyak beach resort boasts a strip of sand featuring classy dining establishments, sensational surfing, and scuba diving just beyond the shore.

Sunset cocktails are a staple treat for evenings in Seminyak, boutique stores are great places to find curiosities commemorating your stay, and temple tours can let you uncover the spirit of Bali.

When visiting Seminyak you can spend most of your time lounging on the beach and swimming in the sea between meals, shopping trips, and cruises around the island.

Highlights of Seminyak: Potato Head Beach Club | Scuba diving | Nyaman Gallery | Horseback riding | Surfing

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 days

4. Indulge in Cocktails by the Sea at the Bukit Peninsula

Uluwatu Temple in Bali.

Bali, Indonesia.

The Bukit Peninsula represents the southern end of Bali and it is a great place to find some sensational island experiences.

Pura Luhur Uluwatu is an iconic temple stationed on the edge of the Uluwatu cliffs, fire dance shows are cultural traditions that take place around the corner from the famous spiritual site, and Padang Padang beach is one of the world’s best surf spots.

You can experience these highlights and more during a day trip to the Bukit peninsula, complete with cocktails at a bar terrace nestled on the peninsula’s towering cliffs and overlooking the sea.

Highlights of Bukit Peninsula: Fire dance shows | Padang Padang | Pura Luhur Uluwatu | Paragliding | Museum Pasifika

Recommended Length of Stay: 1-2 days

5. Appreciate an Immaculate Island Day Trip to Nusa Penida

Scuba diver in Nusa Penida Island in Bali.

Bali, Indonesia.

Nusa Penida is one of three exotic islands off Bali’s coast that you will be thrilled to visit during your stay on the island.

Crystal Bay is an immaculate scuba diving destination on the island that shows off the region’s colorful coral reefs, hidden beaches, and majestic marine life. During a visit you can also climb a winding staircase within a cave to visit the impressive Balinese Hindu temple, Goa Giri Putri.

Be sure to stop at the humble coastal village of Ped for scrumptious Balinese seafood and Angel’s Billabong lagoon for surreal scenic photography of Nusa Penida.

Highlights of Nusa Penida: Crystal Bay | Goa Giri Putri | Ped | Atuh Beach | Banah Cliff Point

Recommended Length of Stay: 1 day

Book for the Best Places in Bali

Luxury resort in the verdant forests of Bali.

Bali, Indonesia.

Explore the tropical shores of Bali, escape to the verdant forests that veil the island, immerse yourself in the local traditions and spiritual culture, and wallow in the warm waters as you snorkel or scuba dive to spot the underwater wonders on sample itineraries from our Bali Vacations & Tours.

If you want to find out more about Bali and the beautiful Indonesian islands, chat with a Bali travel specialist by completing a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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