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15 Best Places to Visit in Bali in 2021 for an Amazing Holiday

Bali remains the most reminiscent tourist islands in the Indonesian archipelago. A trip to the Bali island does much more than just spark your senses. The undeniable scent of the oil hangs in the air, the monkey nuts by the roadside and the traditional music playing is what makes Bali your quintessential tropical paradise.

Also known as the ‘Island of the Gods,’ the island appeals to every kind of traveller. The island’s natural beauty cannot be undermined with surfers making their way to legendary swells, cyclists enjoying plush landscapes and trekkers giving themselves a go at volcanic peaks leading to breath-taking waterfalls. Bali is also known for its rice terraces and traditional villages, giving travellers a rendezvous they won’t forget. Tourists can easily find some of the best places to visit in Bali, as they journey through the land.

 

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The island’s vibrant art scene cannot also be undermined, making it much more than just a tropical beach destination. The natural talent depicted in the varied paintings, sculptures and music is only a testament to the legacy of the famous Majapahit heritage. The display of such exquisite artistry cannot be questioned and is sure to remain with you long after you’ve left the island.

In addition to the above, the exceptional Balinese spa treatments are said to be a holistic therapy that ultimately rejuvenates and energises your body so as to guarantee an overall sense of wellbeing and deep relaxation. Be fortunate to experience a massage therapy that has been perfected over centuries.

The island also has a deep-rooted and rich spiritual heritage which remains yet another facet to the allure that the island has to offer. The tranquillity of the mornings let the spirituality of the Balinese culture soak in. The sight of the stunning temples and sacred ceremonies remain both pulsing and magnetic in nature.

Find some of the finest places and discover the island’s hidden gems with our list of the top best places to visit in Bali below.

15 Best Places to Visit in Bali

  • Uluwatu Temple
  • Tanah Lot Temple
  • Pura Taman Ayun Temple
  • Gitgit Waterfall
  • Kuta Beach
  • Tanjung Benoa
  • Jimbaran Bay
  • Seminyak Shopping
  • Nusa Dua Beach
  • The Nusa Islands
  • Mount Batur
  • Tegallalang and Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
  • Ubud Royal Palace
  • Bali Swing
  • Ubud Monkey Forest

1. Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple

The Uluwatu Temple is one of the most famous temples on the island, with its magnificent clifftop setting overlooking plunging sea cliffs. The temple is known to have the best sunset spots in Bali and also one of the best places to visit in Bali. The temple is believed to be a protector from evil sea spirits, while the monkeys that continue to reside in the forest nearby are said to guard the temple against bad influences.

The temple is filled with breath-taking viewpoints and is famous for the Kecak dance performances that take place on an everyday basis. It is recommended to book early tickets to save yourself a place at the amphitheatre where the Kecak fire dance will take place with a stunning sunset and the ocean as the backdrop.

2. Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot Temple

The Tanah Lot Temple is an important landmark and must-see icon in Bali. It is an ancient Hindu shrine that is rested in the midst of crashing waves. The temple is composed of a number of smaller shrines together along with restaurants, shops and cultural performances on a regular basis. This has got to be one of the best places to visit in Bali.

Although the main temple remains closed to visitors, the view and offerings that surround it remain highlights to enjoy. Welt kept gardens and resting spots with art shops selling souvenirs line the pathway to the temple. Located approximately 20kms north-west of Kuta, the temple visit is part of a majority of Bali’s cultural tours to this region.

3. Pura Taman Ayun Temple

Pura Taman Ayun Temple

The Taman Ayun Temple also known as the ‘Pura Taman Ayun,’ is a family temple belonging to the Mengwi empire. It has consistently remained one of the most visited temples in Bali. It is located about 18kms north of Denpasar town. The temple is considered to be one of the six royal temples in Bali and is aptly called the ‘Garden Temple in the Water.’

Visitors enjoy walking along the temple grounds and sightseeing many historical and cultural highlights of the Balinese heritage. In 2012, UNESCO awarded the temple as part of the ‘World Cultural Tourism Site’ and hence it is one of the best places to visit in Bali.

4. Gitgit Waterfall

Gitgit Waterfall

The Gitgit Waterfall is one of Bali’s most visited waterfalls and most often serves as the highlight of varied trekking adventures and sightseeing stopovers on the island. It provides a comparatively easy trek with pathways above small gorges and multiple streams and has accounted for being the best places to visit in Bali.

It is located about 80kms from Kuta and 10kms from North Bali’s main town of Singaraja. Once you reach the viewpoint of the waterfall, you will witness a 40-meter-high cascade that pours into a pool below.

If you’re daring, you can also enjoy a dip into the pool or you could just simply take in the beauty of the place. The Gitgit waterfall flows all year and the water remains clear throughout seasons.

 

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5. Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach is one of Bali’s world-famous beaches, known to be one of the liveliest spots on the island. The beach offers in-numerable activities that range from adventure sports to shopping and is rightly called a food lover’s paradise. Considered to be the most best places to visit in Bali, you are sure to have a fulfilled day, especially if you love surfing and you want to soak up the scene.

The beach has countless cafes and restaurants and amazing juices that are served directly to your sun loungers, thus being blessings on sultry days. The beach is located in the Southwest part of the island and offers astonishing white sand beaches with beautiful sunset sceneries you won’t want to miss.

6. Tanjung Benoa

Tanjung Benoa

Tanjung Benoa is regarded as Bali’s water sports haven and is one of the best places to visit in Bali. During the day, the water buzzes with the roaring sounds of motorised water sports and during the night, the area is packed with luxurious resorts for those visitors who would like to stay.

You can enjoy jet-skiing, banana boat rides, parasailing, kitesurfing with equipment provided by operators along the coast or you could just enjoy leisure activities like swimming / sunbathing and soak in the vibe of the place.

Either way, despite the action of watercraft that surround this area, the Tanjung beach also has a serene seascape with a beauty that cannot be defined.

7. Jimbaran Bay

Jimbaran Bay

The Jimbaran Bay serves Bali’s most authentic seafood dishes and is famous for its candlelit outdoor restaurants, wherein tourists enjoy dinner while soaking in the sands on their feet. It’s a great place to visit the local markets and just experience a relaxed day by the beach. There are local stores and large fresh seafood markets on the beach wherein you can get fresh produce as well.

Though the probability of finding restaurants may not be as easy, the place offers some delicious local and international cuisine. The beauty of the place remains the food, the people and the local community making it one of the best places to visit in Bali.

8. Seminyak Shopping

Seminyak Shopping

Bali has been recognised for its flamboyant designers and Seminyak shopping is just the right place to start. You will find the finest clothes and Balinese designer wear along the streets of Seminyak.

Be it surf and swimwear, designer wear, furniture, cutlery, jewellery; the streets have them all. Seminyak shopping can also be done at two main shopping malls – ‘Seminyak Square’ and ‘Seminyak Village,’ but our suggestion would be to embrace the smaller shops along with the local markets.

If you’re someone who can bargain, head towards the ‘Seminyak Flea Market’ where you’ll find some of the best deals. Additionally, Seminyak is also home to some of Bali’s best restaurants and art galleries.

9. Nusa Dua Beach

Nusa Dua Beach

If you’re tired of the island’s urban buses and are yearning for a change, the Nusa Beach is your answer. This beach is a gated resort area on its own private peninsula and is a great place to relax on a sun lounger with a cool drink in hand, soak your feet in white sands and just simply watch the gentle waves and the plush shores.

Nusa Dua offers you pristine sands and the serenity you may seek. The Nusa Dua beach is also home to some of Bali’s best luxury beach resorts. Visitors enjoy strolling for long distances along the beautiful shoreline, swimming, sunbathing, parasailing and much more making it one of the best places to visit in Bali.

When the beach tires you and you’re looking for a change, don’t forget to try out a pampering massage at a posh resort spa or you could also stop by ‘Bali Collection,’ an open-air shopping mall on the island.

10. The Nusa Islands

The Nusa Islands

If you’re looking for a few days to lay back and enjoy Bali at a much slower pace, the Nusa Island is just the right place for you. Among the best places to visit in Bali, the Nusa Islands consists of three islands – Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida.

The most popular of the three islands in the Nusa Lembongan island. Be it surfing, snorkelling, diving, kayaking; you name it and you’ve got it. Nusa Ceningan is the neighbouring island and lies over a bridge, just above Nusa Lembongan and is famous for its ‘Blue Lagoon’.

Nusa Penida remains the largest of the trio and is one of the most popular diving spots on the island with a chance to see manta rays, turtles and much more.

11. Mount Batur

Mount Batur

Every day during the predawn hours of the morning, hundreds of visitors begin the trek up the 1700 Mount Batur summit to watch the stunning sunrise over the mountains and enjoy the caldera view found below. Mount Batur peak is also home to the sacred active volcano called the ‘Kintamani Volcano’ and visitors trek to view the volcano that has long graced the list of the top attractions on the island.

The upward hike is comparatively easy and takes about two to three hours. Some of the guide treks also include picnics along the way with eggs cooked with the steam of the active volcano. The views are exceptional and stretch all through the Mount Batur Caldera – offering tourists undoubtedly their best places to visit in Bali.

12. Tegallalang and Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

Bali has countless beautiful rice terraces amongst which are the Tegallalang or Jatiluwih rice terraces, the best places to visit in Bali.

The Tegallalang Rice Terraces are about a 30-minute drive north of Ubud and are known for their picture-perfect landscapes and their timeless beauty. A relaxing way to enjoy the rice terraces includes dining at one of the cafés or restaurants along the way overlooking the lush landscapes.

The Jatiluwih rice terraces are about a 90-minute drive from Ubud and are relatively less crowded than the Tegallalang terraces. You will find only a few visitors here thus making it easier to explore the place at your own pace.

13. Ubud Royal Palace

Ubud Royal Palace

The Ubud Royal Palace, also known as, the ‘Puri Saren Agung’ is one of the most prominent landmarks in Ubud and also one of the best places to visit in Bali. The palace continues to stage meetings, host international events and also serves multiple sources of art, dance and literature. It is best known among tourists who love Balinese arts and enjoy traditional dance performances.

The palace also has charming garden settings and the front section of the palace remains open to the general public. The palace continues to host the famous gamelan percussive orchestras and tickets to these performances need to be availed prior to the event.

14. Bali Swing

Bali Swing

The Bali Swing is the latest tourism activity that has been widely promoted in Bali and has easily become one of the best places to visit in Bali. Tourists can swing away and soar high above the splendid scenic beauty that lies below. This is a swing experience unlike any other and is a once in a lifetime activity totally worth trying.

The Bali swing is located about 20 minutes from Ubud and 1.5 hours away from Kuta. The swing has varied ranges from 10m, 15m, 20m and 78m above the ground.

The Bali swing activity has several packages for visitors to choose from and all of them include an adrenaline rush like never before.

15. Ubud Monkey Forest

Ubud Monkey Forest

The Ubud Monkey forest is also called the ‘Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary,’ and is regarded as one of the best places to visit in Ubud. If you’re an animal lover then this is a must-visit place in Bali. The Ubud Monkey Forest is located about 10 minutes south of the Ubud town center.

A large part of the attraction includes the jungle setting wherein monkeys roam freely within the setting. The forest also consists of rare plants, pathways with giant thick trees and a number of ancient temples, almost giving you a mystical feel.

The southwest side of the forest has the ‘Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal,’ where hundreds of monkeys swing through the trees. The northwest part of the forest includes the ‘Pura Beji,’ which serves as a beautiful backdrop to watch the monkeys in their natural environment.

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