Discover the places you absolutely must visit during your trip to Bali.
Located in the heart of the Indian Ocean, the island of Bali is a tourist destination that many travelers from all over the world dream of. It dazzles its visitors with its heavenly beaches, coral reefs, rice paddies, volcanic mountains… Full of natural gems make this country a dream destination.
It is also a great cultural discovery thanks to the secrets of its villages and temples that it reveals to curious visitors. Other beautiful surprises are also to be discovered in the seabed of the island by lovers of nautical and seaside activities. Preparing an itinerary for your stay in Bali is difficult because there are so many things to see.
In the following, find a guide to the must-see sites in this wonderful country.
What to see in Bali
Ubud: a creative fervor
This city is the spiritual and cultural center of bali. Its streets are teeming with history, culture and full of secrets. Also called “the center of artists”, it is full of very popular art galleries and museums. In this context, we can evoke Puri Lukisan. This is the oldest art museum in the country. By visiting it, you will discover lots of traditional Balinese paintings.
In Ubud, architectural pearls are also abundant. By the way, the Royal Palace is one of these masterpieces. The rich surrounding nature is one of the strengths of this city. Many travelers come here to visit the Monkey Forest. In addition, the famous rice terraces offer an authentic and atypical landscape.
If you are lucky, your stay in Ubud may coincide with an artistic event such as a festival. Thus, you can attend a dance performance or a parade of costumes.
Nusa Penida: a paradise island
Located a few kilometers southeast of Bali, this beautiful island is well worth a visit. It offers a nice escape on sandy beaches without volcanic mountains on its edge. You will certainly fall under the spell of its marvelous tropical forests. Diving enthusiasts will discover its seabed which is full of coral reefs.
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Its turquoise water is ideal for indulging in a wide range of water activities such as surfing, snorkeling or even boat trips. This place is also ideal for admiring the sunrise and seeing the sky light up little by little with the gleams of light.
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The Bukit Peninsula: another hidden side of Bali
It is none other than a series of islands located in the far south of Bali. This place is a bit different from the rest of the country. Indeed, the land is much drier, arid and rocky. Bukit is also among the regions most frequented by tourists as it is bordered by beautiful cliffs and pleasant beaches. Its surf spots continue to attract the attention of both beginners and experienced enthusiasts. Its turquoise waters are also its charm.
This Balinese region also guarantees you unequaled cultural discoveries. Uluwatu Temple is proof of that. Indeed, it thrones on an 80 m high cliff and it is among the 7 other directional temples of the Indonesian island. The latter are supposed to protect the area from evil spirits. Uluwatu Temple is dedicated to the gods of the sea.
Mount Batur Volcano: A Natural Wonder
Located in the Kintamani region in the north of Bali, Mount Batur is a very well-known mountain and considered sacred in Balinese culture. At the top of the 1,700 m of this active volcano, you can live a unique experience.
Travelers eager for new sensations can watch the sunrise or sunset from this place. You will witness a spectacle of colors as the sky turns from black to blue, then from pink to orange. Moreover, to experience this magical moment, you can opt for hiking. of Mount Batur. This is one of the best things to do in Bali. It is important to specify that the Batur volcano is part of the global network of UNESCO geoparks.
Candi Dasa: a haven of peace on the coast of Bali
This beautiful city, located on the east coast of Bali, is one of the must-sees to visit once you are in this country. This Balinese gem rests on the edge of a freshwater lagoon. Formerly, this place was a small fishing village in which life is simple and peaceful. Candi Dasa has grown since 1970 to become one of the best resorts in Bali. Moreover, more and more hotels have lined up on its black sand beaches.
Although it is a quiet destination, this city offers plenty of possibilities to liven up your stay. Moreover, you can breathe the fresh air of the ocean while contemplating magnificent landscapes. Facing the big blue, you can taste lots of local seafood dishes such as nasi goreng. It is an experience that delights all of your senses.
Amed: a fishing village but not only…
Located on the northeast coast of the island, Amed is a small corner that hides a lot of surprises. The sea is pleasant there. If you are peckish, you can enjoy the fresh fish grilled on site at the beach. Discover the colorful marine life by opting for a boat trip or snorkeling. The Gunung Agung volcano is one of the must-sees in this small village.
Also called “the navel of the world”, this site is adorned with tropical forests on its slopes. In this beautiful place, you can also admire the rice terraces characteristic of this region. Lipah Beach and Jemeluk Bay are among the most suitable points of interest in the village.
Bedugul: a unique natural landscape
It is one of the remarkable villages in Bali. Indeed, it is distinguished by a location that allows it to offer breathtaking views. It is located on the edge of one of the largest and most famous lakes in Bali, namely Lake Bratan. The particularity of this village is that it is located in the caldera of the volcano. The latter culminates at 1,200 m from sea level. The lake is located in the center of the subak. The latter is none other than a complex irrigation system that serves all the rice fields in the region. Quite ingenious, this exceptional work has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Are you curious to discover the fruits and vegetables but also the culinary traditions of this village? You just have to visit its market. You will be amazed by the authentic flavors and tastes. You will also discover plenty of delicious specialties.
Temples: a beautiful marriage between spirituality and history
It is not by chance that Bali has been called the “Island of the Gods” or the “Island of 10,000 Temples”. These nicknames reflect a particular mystical aura that the traveler feels in these places steeped in history and spirituality. In the following, discover a list of must-see temples to visit during your stay in Bali.
● The temple of Tirta Empul
Dedicated to Vishnu, this Hindu temple is very important for the Balinese from a religious point of view. This must see was built in the 10th century. It is composed of three main parts. Jaba Pura is the main entrance courtyard to this place. Jaba Tengah is the central part which includes the pools and fountains. Jeroan is the prayer room. For more than 1,000 years, the Balinese have come to this temple to wash and purify themselves in the waters of the sacred springs.
● Tanah Lot Temple
It is one of the seven temples that border Bali to protect it from the evil spirits of the open sea. It should be noted that this building was built in the 16th century. Visits are possible twice a day, at low tide. Built on a rock eroded by the surf, this temple has a Hindu influence which gives it a unique and authentic charm. Under this sea temple, there is a cave with a source of fresh water which is not usual since it is in the salty waters of the ocean.
● The temples of Basakih
Considered the religious epicenter of Bali, this place has the highest concentration of temples (86 of which 18 are very important). Besakih is the nerve center of Hinduism. Moreover, it hosts several festivities and religious celebrations throughout the year.
The rice fields of Jatiluwih: a postcard setting
In the language of Bali “Jatiluwih” is a word which means “really beautiful”. This name is not free. Indeed, these rice terraces are listed as UNESCO World Heritage. When ready for harvest, the rice turns from green to dark yellow with some shades of red.
This beautiful spectacle of natural hues is well worth the detour. Visiting this site allows you to get involved in the daily lives of farmers and discover the secrets of local life. An unforgettable panorama will certainly mark your visit.
Lovina Beach: a show surrounded by nature
Located on the north coast of Bali, this seaside resort is distinguished by its gray and black volcanic sand beaches but not only… Indeed, it is one of the best destinations for watching dolphins. In fact, the boats are numerous from dawn to allow you to enjoy a beautiful show.
These gentle creatures begin to jump out of the water in front of you: a unique and unique experience. They tend to put on their show at the first light of day by getting closer to the boats.
Klungkung: a former royal capital of Bali
Also called Semarapura, this town is located a few kilometers from Densapar, the major center of Bali. Klungkung was previously the most important center of the kingdom. Moreover, it houses, until today, the Puri Agung Semarapura, the historic royal palace.
This relic has been restored several times to withstand the consequences of the onslaught of the Dutch. Moreover, on some panels, it is possible to find illustrations of battle scenes against demons.
The Bali Arts Festival in Denpasar: A Condensation of Indonesian Culture
Do you want to discover one of the most vibrant cultures in the world? Go to Bali and more precisely to Denpasar, between mid-June and mid-July to attend the arts festival and immerse yourself in an unequaled cultural richness. Authenticity is guaranteed.
On the program, there are theater performances, musical entertainment, dance performances from all the islands of the country… It is also an opportunity to discover the traditional costumes exhibited in a parade. The festival also promotes the culinary arts and local gastronomy. Thus, you can discover the specialties of the region.
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