There are so many places to visit in Bali. We spent several beautiful months on the island, and yet we saw only a fraction of what Bali has to offer. Below you can find our favourite places to visit in Bali. We will give you many tips that will save you not only money, but also time that is much more valuable on your holiday.
What to see in Ubud
You shouldn’t miss Ubud on your Bali vacation. It is one of the most beautiful places and you will find a lot of things to do here. You can visit the Sacred Monkey Forest, for example, or take a beautiful walk on Campuhan Ridge Walk. Ubud is also famous for its large number of art shops, such as wood and sculpture, as well as traditional Indonesian furniture and home decor accessories. In Ubud, lovers of yoga and other activities will also find places to go. You can read about exercising in Bali in our article Things to do in Bali.
The most beautiful Tegalalang Rice Terraces
One of the most beautiful places in Bali is definitely these Tegalalang Rice Terraces. It’s a little more than half an hour on a scooter from Ubud. The admission is free (yet some will try to collect admissions or donations). The terraces are really huge and you can easily spend half a day there. There are many paths through the cascades and we believe that you’ll eventually go through most of them. In many places there are various photo spots or popular Bali swings. The courageous ones can even ride on a rope suspended several tens of meters above the ground from one side of the terraces to the other. Beware of snakes. We don’t want to scare you, just to warn you not to go off trails unnecessarily.
Kanto Lampo Waterfall
There is this beautiful waterfall not far from Ubud, where you can take a shower on a 15 m high rock. Read our 5 Best Waterfalls in Bali article on this and other waterfalls.
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
The Monkey Park is one of the places which is definitely worth a visit. It is right in Ubud and monkeys run around the park freely. There are almost one thousand of them. The park is really beautiful and besides monkeys you can see various statues, temples, local flora and several ponds with ornamental carp. Give yourself at least two hours for the tour, but one would stay at least half a day. For more information, see our Sacred Monkey Forest article.
TIP: Keep all valuables in your closed backpack. Some monkeys will gladly take everything they see.
Campuhan Ridge Walk
The nicest hike you can take in Ubud is in the Campuhan Ridge Walk. The place is really beautiful, especially when the surroundings are green. The road is initially up a gentle hill, then it is more straight on the ridge. Take plenty of water because restaurants are just at the end of the journey. If you walk slowly, the journey back and forth will take up to two hours.
TIP: If you get up early, this is a great place to jog and clean your head from the busy streets of Ubud.
Just a short distance from Ubud, this beautiful, greenery-surrounded waterfall is ideal for cooling off on a hot day. You can read more about this and other waterfalls in the 5 Best Waterfalls in Bali article.
Where to stay in Ubud
There are many wonderful accommodation options in Ubud. We stayed in a beautiful apartment Bhuana Alit 2 Ubud. The place was very quiet and there was a swimming pool, which you will appreciate on hot days.
What to see in Canggu?
Canggu is a popular place for those who prefer a holiday on the beach and enjoy nightlife. It’s a very busy place and everyone will find something they’ll enjoy. There are also plenty of opportunities for various physical activities. Especially for surfers and people practicing yoga, CrossFit, etc. Be sure to check out our Things to do in Bali article for a lot of useful tips.
Tanah Lot Temple
Visiting a temple built on the cliffs is truly magical experience. Waves whipping up the cliff are spraying several meters into the air. On the way to the temple there are many restaurants and smaller prayer places. The entrance to the cliffs is lined by a beautiful double gate. Rocks are more or less flooded by the sea depending on the time of day and the tide, so take that into account before the trip. From Tanah Lot you can go along the coast to the left and take many nice photos on the rocky beach. However, if you head to the right after passing through the gate, you can go up the cliff, where you can see many other smaller temples and an unbelievable view of the coast below. You can read more about Tanah Lot and other temples in Bali in our 5 most beautiful temples in Bali article.
Relax on the beach or by the pool
There are many beautiful beaches in Canggu. The most beautiful are Batu Bolong, Canggu, Echo, Berawa and Pererenan. There are also many beach bars where you can have a drink with your friends or swim in the pool overlooking the sea. The best known is the Finns Beach Club on Berawa Beach. The club has four swimming pools, nine bars and five restaurants. Finns Beach Club is reportedly the best beach club in the world.
TIP: Entry to Finns Beach Club is free after 19:00.
Visit the local market in Canggu
There are many different markets in Canggu. One of the most popular is Anchor Market. It’s open every day (from 8:00 to 12:00) and on Saturdays and Sundays there is a special weekend bazaar (from 9:00 to 17:00). You’ll find many clothes, jewelry and a variety of souvenirs there. If you’re fance to try some local farm products, visit the Samadi Sunday Farmers and Artisans Market. It’s only open on Sundays from 9:00 to 14:00.
Try surfing or visit yoga lesson
Canggu is really a paradise for surfers. There are beautiful beaches and many surf schools. Yoga is also very popular there. You can practise yoga in beautiful places set overlooking the sea. More about surfing, yoga and other physical activities can be found in our Things to do in Bali article.
Where to stay in Canggu
Our stay at Kak Poleng Guesthouse was the best of all the 15 we had in Bali. There are 10 double rooms, a swimming pool with sun beds, a pleasant garden and a terrace overlooking rice fields with beautiful sunsets. There is an equipped kitchenette and a comfortable computer desk if you need to work.
What to visit in southern Bali?
The south of the island is not so busy as Ubud or Canggu. There are, however, many beautiful places definitely worth seeing. There are amazing cliffs and many beautiful beaches, only the waves are for more advanced surfers. Among the places worth mentioning are the Uluwatu Temple, Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park and the Mangrove Forest. On the contrary, we didn’t find Melasti Beach and Pandawa Beach so interesting.
One of the places in Bali that is really worth visiting. It is a large temple complex located on a cliff several tens of meters above sea level. The view of the rocks is breathtaking. The amazing traditional fire dance called Kecak Fire Dance takes place every day from 18:00 to 19:00. Unfortunately, tickets cannot be bought online, but only on the spot. If you don’t want to miss the Kecak Dance, arrive at the box office (close to the cliff) ideally an hour in advance. Buy tickets and then take a stroll through the cliffs before the show starts. Read more about Uluwatu Temple and other temples in Bali in the 5 of the most beautiful temples in Bali article.
Jedno z míst na Bali, které opravdu stojí za to navštívit. Jedná se o velký chrámový komplex umístěný na útesu několik desítek metrů nad mořem. Výhled se skal je opravdu dechberoucí. Každý den od 18:00 do 19:00 probíhá úžasný Kecak Fire Dance. Tedy tradiční ohnivý tanec. Vstupenky bohužel nejdou koupit online, ale pouze na místě. Pokud nechcete o Kecak Dance přijít, dostavte se k pokladně (kousek od útesu) ideálně hodinu předem. Kupte si lístky a pak si před začátkem v klidu projděte útesy. Přečtěte si o Uluwatu chrámu i dalších chrámech na Bali více v článku 5 nejkrásnějších chrámů na Bali.
Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park
Garuda Wisnu Kencana is a huge 122 m statue – it is therefore 30 m higher than the Statue of Liberty. It is located in a cultural park in the south of the island and is definitely worth a visit. The park itself offers a lot of entertainment and every day there are performances such as Balinese dance (from 10:00 and 15:00) and traditional Rindik (from 10:00 and 12:00), but the best is definitely the Kecak Garuda Wisnu show (18:30). You can find out more about the performances directly on the park’s website.
Where to stay in southern Bali
If you have never seen a mangrove forest, be sure to visit this one in Bali. Mangrove Forest is near Denpasar. It is a relatively large area and give yourself at least 2 hours for the visit. There is a wooden trail in the mangrove forest on which you walk through the entire area. There is also a lookout tower overlooking the treetops. The path leads to the coast from which you can see the pillar highway above the water. Located just a short distance from Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport, the forest offers beautiful views of landing or taking off aircraft. Admission for tourists is quite high – 200,000 IDR (about $14). When we wanted to leave, the cashier offered us to go on in with one ticket used for both of us. We have agreed and have not regretted it.
Where to stay in southern Bali
We lived in Naturela and it was really nice place to stay. These are smaller apartments at a reasonable price. The property has a swimming pool and a restaurant serving great cocktails. In addition, they clean your room and change towels every day.
What to see in the northeast of Bali?
Northeast Bali is really packed with beautiful places to visit when you’re on the island. Ancient temples, the best diving spots and lots of fun and beautiful attractions. All you have to do is choose or go through all of them.
Lempuyang Temple high in the mountains is a popular photo spot because of the popular Gate of Heaven. In addition to taking a beautiful photo from here, you will surely enjoy the magnificent view and tour of one of Bali’s oldest temples. You can read more about Lempuyang Temple in our 5 most beautiful temples in Bali article.
Rumah Pohon Temega Tree House
If you like tree climbing trees, then visit Rumah Pohon Temega. It is a huge tree complex, which is all built of bamboo. You can spend a few hours here. Admission was about 100 thousand IDR (about 170 CZK) and it definitely paid off. I think a short video will say more than a thousand words.
Pokud máte rádi stromové prolézačky, tak určitě navštivte Rumah Pohon Temega. Je to obrovský stromový komplex, který je celý postaven z bambusu. Můžete zde klidně strávit i několik hodin. Vstupné bylo asi 100 tis. IDR (cca 170 Kč) a rozhodně se vyplatilo. Myslím, že krátké video předá více, než tisíce slov.
Taman Tirtagangga Water Palace
The Taman Tirtagangga Water Palace is a great place to visit on the way to Lempuyang Temple. It is a short ride from the mentioned Rumah Pohon Temega tree house. The complex is really large and there are many beautiful statues and ponds. The ponds are literally full of ornamental carp. We’ve never seen so many of them. It’s a really great place to relax.
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
One of the most famous temples in Bali – Ulun Danu Beratan – lies quite north on Lake Beratan. A short distance away is the popular photogenic Handara Gate. Read more about the temple in our 5 most beautiful temples in Bali article.
Pura Besakih is the largest temple complex in Bali. It consists of 22 temples and is also called the Mother Temple. Besakih Temple lies at the foot of the Agung volcano. You can read more about this and other temples in our 5 of the most beautiful temples in Bali article.
Pura Besakih je největší chrámový komplex na Bali. Tvoří ho dohromady 22 chrámů a říká se mu také Mother Temple. Besakih Temple leží na úpatí sopky Agung. Více o tomto i dalších chrámech se můžete dočíst v našem článku 5 nejkrásnějších chrámů na Bali.
Volcano Batur Sunrise Hike
One of the most popular hikes in Bali is the climb to Batur volcano. The top of the volcano is 1717 m above sea level. The volcano is still active, the last eruption was in 2000. The climb is not difficult and can be done by almost anyone who has at least a little determination. There are a lot of organized hikes and you can book them on site or online in advance.
- Price: $59 per person
- Time required: 10 hours (hike – about 2 hours)
- The price includes: pick up at the hotel (around 1:30 in the morning), transport to the volcano, smaller breakfast (bread, eggs, biscuits, fruit and baked banana), bottle of water, flashlight, English speaking guide and insurance.
- Recommended equipment: sunglasses, stronger shoes (ordinary sneakers are enough), sunscreen and a weaker jacket (you will use it especially at the top of the volcano).
- Schedule: pick up at the hotel, transfer to the volcano (about an hour), climb to the summit (about two hours), watching the sunrise from the top of the volcano, descent, visit to a coffee plantation, transfer to the hotel (about an hour and a half).
In Bali you will find an even higher volcano Agung (3031 m above sea level), which is also the highest point of the whole island. The volcano is still active and due to the latest recent eruption in June 2019 the trek to the top of the volcano is now closed.
Waterfall Trinity - Sekumpul, Fiji a Hidden
If you want to see the trinity of beautiful waterfalls, head right here. Sekumpul, Fiji and Hidden waterfalls can be hiked in one easy trek.
TIP: Read more in our 5 Best Waterfalls in Bali article.
Diving in Amed
Amed on the north coast of Bali is one of the most beautiful snorkeling sites! If you want to see an incredibly colorful underwater life, be sure to head right here. Not far from Amed is the wreck of a Japanese ship, which is only a few meters from the shore. You can read more about diving in Bali and Amed in our Diving in Bali – TOP 6 places article.
Where to stay in Amed
We can definitely recommend beautiful and budget accommodation in Amed – Warung Ary & Home Stay. The bungalows are on a hillside, just off Pantai Jemeluk Beach, one of the best diving spots.
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