It is not easy to know where to go in Bali when planning a first trip to this destination. Indeed, this Indonesian island is large and there are many places to see. Families, surfers, hikers, diving enthusiasts, partygoers or those looking to immerse themselves in Balinese culture will find what they are looking for here.

On the other hand,  the landscapes of Bali are incredibly diverse . You will find heavenly beaches, mountains, volcanoes, rice fields, islands and peninsulas… Ready for a trip to Indonesia? So, discover right away the best destinations to go to in Bali so as not to miss any of the essentials of this island.

Cities to go to in Bali

Bali is known for its grandiose and diverse landscapes. It is full of atypical places to discover. To start our ranking, we have listed the most beautiful cities to explore in Bali with their temples, rice fields and cultural heritage.

1.Ubud

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Located on the high plateaus, in the heart of the tropical forest, Ubud is the cultural capital of the island. It is indeed one of the essential places to go to in Bali.  On the spot, you will find magnificent rice fields as well as many Hindu temples. To make the most of your stay in Ubud, you will stroll through the local markets to immerse yourself in Balinese culture and its atypical atmosphere.

The Sacred Monkey Forest is located about 10 minutes from central Ubud in the Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal sanctuary . This place is the ideal place to go in Bali with the family to observe macaques in almost freedom.

20 minutes from the center, you will find Tegallalang whose rice terraces are the most popular in the region. If you prefer less touristy places, you will also appreciate the rice fields of Jatiluwih, 1h15 from Ubud. Finally, if you want to discover the most beautiful Hindu temples in the Ubud region, you will discover the Gunung Kawi Temple or the Taman Ayun Temple.

2.Denpasar

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Among the cities to travel to in Bali , Denpasar is a must. The Balinese capital, located in the south of the island, is nestled between beaches and mountains . The city center is magnificent with buildings whose architecture is of Dutch and Chinese influence.

On site, you will find many artisanal shops of jewellery, batik or pottery. The most beautiful Hindu temples in Denpasar are Jagatnatha Temple and Maospahit Temple. To familiarize yourself with the culture of Bali, you will also visit the Negeri Propinsi Museum.

3. Munduk

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 Among the best places in Bali is the village of Munduk, a village perched in the mountains, in the north of Bali. Around this place, you can admire many waterfalls, in particular that of Melanting (20 m high), the Red Coral or the Golden Valley Waterfall…

In addition, you will also discover Lake Beratan where you can take beautiful walks by the water while admiring the Pura Ulun Danu Beratan temple. The latter, which is dedicated to the goddess of water, is often submerged by the lake. This gives this place a photogenic appeal worthy of a postcard.

4.Jimbaran

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Still not very touristy, the small seaside resort of Jimbaran is one of the best destinations to go to in Bali . A former fishing village located on the Bukit peninsula, Jimbaran is renowned for its fish and seafood market.

It is possible to ask the sellers to prepare the fish immediately to be able to taste it on the spot. You can take advantage of your visit to Jimbaran and its bay to visit the Garuda Wisnu Kencana park known for its monumental Hindu sculptures.

The beaches to go to in Bali

5. Padang Padang Beach

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Padang Padang Beach is located in the Bukit Peninsula , one of the best areas to go to the beach in Bali . Padang Padang is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island , with its golden sands and crystal clear waters . It is reached by passing in front of a temple, which adds charm to this beach.

Be careful however, Padang Padang being one of the most famous beaches in Bali (it is in particular the film Eat, pray, love with Julia Roberts which made it known), it remains rather touristy. To avoid the crowds, be sure to go early in the morning . Access to the beach is chargeable (around €1).

6. Uluwatu Beach

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Also located on the Bukit Peninsula, Uluwatu Beach is one of the best beaches to go to in Bali for surfing. Overlooked by a cliff where the oldest Hindu temple on the island stands , dating from the 11th century, this beach can only be accessed at low tide, through a cave.

From the temple, you will have a magnificent view of the beach and the surrounding area. Do not forget to stay in the evening to admire a beautiful sunset over the sea.

7. Seminyak Beach

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Seminyak Beach is one of the best beaches to go to in Bali with the family . Indeed, this place has many facilities. You can also rent a deckchair for a lazy day.

On the other hand, if you want to learn about water sports, you can go kayaking or even surfing. Finally, this beach is an ideal place to observe one of the most beautiful sunsets in Bali . You can even sit in one of the many bars sipping a cocktail in front of this majestic spectacle.

The best places in Bali

The island of Bali is home to multiple dream destinations to discover. On the program: Hindu temples perched or isolated on an island in the open sea, volcanoes to climb , coral beds to explore, paradise islands and secret beaches… Discover our top of the best places in Bali.

8. Tanah Lot Temple

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Tanah Lot Temple (or Pura Tanah Lot) is one of the must- see places to go in Bali. It was built by a Hindu sage in the 16th century and was once connected to the land by a wooden bridge. Today this temple is located on a small rock in the ocean 100 meters from the coast.

To access this place, you will have to wait for low tide. However, be sure to head to the coast when the tide is high. Indeed, this will allow you to photograph this place swept by the waves ! This temple is one of the most visited by tourists, but it is also an important place of pilgrimage for Hindu culture. Take advantage of your visit to the temple to spend some time in Canggu, the most hipster town in Bali.

9. Mount Batur

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Mount Batur (Gunung Batur) is also an unmissable place to travel in Bali . It is a volcano that rises to 1717 meters above sea level. It is considered sacred by Hindus and is still home to many religious ceremonies today. The ascent of Mount Batur is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful hikes on the island.

It is certainly a bit physical with about 5 hours of walking, but the effort is worth it! A tip: leave around 3:30 in the morning and climb at night to watch the sunrise.

10. Amed

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Diving enthusiasts will not fail to go to Amed, in the northwest of the island. Indeed, this place is one of the best destinations to go to in Bali for diving. On site, you can, for example, explore the wreck of the USAT Liberty in Tulamben. On the other hand, you will also bring your mask and snorkel to snorkel to discover the many coral reefs.

In addition, you can take advantage of being in Amed to tour the small fishing villages in the area where a change of scenery will be guaranteed!

11. Nusa Penida

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Among the best places in Bali is Nusa Penida located in the southeast . It is a true paradise island, with its tropical forests, its magnificent beaches and its breathtaking seabed.

Not to be missed in Nusa Penida: the village of Tanglad where women still practice traditional weaving, the sublime beach of Crystal Bay with its magnificent coral reefs, the secret coves of Atuh Beach and Diamond Beach, or the Goa Temple Giri Putri built inside a cave.

If you are a diving enthusiast, you will also appreciate the Manta Point spot. At this place, you can dive with manta rays or even unicorn fish.

12. Bali Pulina Coffee Plantation 

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Are you a coffee lover and looking for where to go in Bali   during your vacation? So, we give you an appointment at the Bali Pulina plantation . During the visit of this place, you will learn how the Balinese produce and process coffee. You will discover how harvesting and roasting takes place.

Finally, you can taste the locally produced coffee, including the famous, but very expensive, Kopi Luwak . An instructive visit that will allow you to learn more about Balinese culture!

You now know our top 12 best places to go in Bali while traveling. The destinations we have selected are located at the four corners of the island. To reach them, we advise you to take taxis which are often inexpensive . You can also rent a car when you arrive at Denpasar airport, the prices of which vary around 25€ per day.

In addition, we do not recommend renting a scooter when you are not used to driving one. Indeed, the roads here are dangerous, winding and often overloaded.

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