A world of its own – and a paradise like no other – Bali is a stunning island from its countryside to its beaches, with endless discoveries and true luxury retreats. Here’s where to go and what to see on this amazing island.
One of the world’s most storied vacation destinations – known as “The Island of the Gods” – Bali stakes a serious claim to representing paradise on Earth. From the countryside to the beaches, here’s a closer look at Bali’s stunning, sunny regions.
Bali’s premiere beach resort area, Nusa Dua spotlights long stretches of soft white sand, calm seas, and cool breezes – ideal for beach and water sport activities like sunbathing, swimming, surfing, and scuba diving.
The cultural heart of Bali, Ubud is famous as an arts and crafts hub as well as the center of a beautiful countryside full of terraced rice paddies, waterfalls, and lush, dramatic valleys. Take your pick of museums, galleries, temples, cooking classes, and cultural performances.
Originally “discovered” by surfers, lively little Kuta is all beach recreation, breathtaking sunsets, and after-dark partying, while nearby Seminyak is a more upscale oceanside resort area with hip fashion boutiques, designer stores, and art studios. Kuta Beach is considered one of the more popular tourist beaches, known for its unrivaled sands and reef breaks.
Reachable only by boat, the laid-back Gili Islands are ideal for snorkelers and scuba divers. There are also countless little beachside cafés, restaurants, and bars – but no vehicular traffic. Located just east of Bali, quiet Lombok features beautiful beaches, enchanting waterfalls, and the looming volcano of Mount Rinjani – the tropical paradise that many regard as the “real” Bali.
Balinese Monkeys: Get up-close and personal with Balinese monkeys (a/k/a long-tailed macaques) during a tour of the sacred Ubud Monkey Forest.
Mother Temple: Visit the stunning Besakih Temple, Bali’s 1,000-year-old “Mother Temple,” a sprawling complex perched some 3,000 feet high on the slopes of Mount Agung.
Learn to Cook: Learn all about the fresh herbs, spices, and other ingredients that make Balinese food delightfully tasty, with a visit to a local market and hands-on instruction from a master chef.
Scooter Tour: Rent a motor scooter and cruise the streets of Denpasar as well as the less-traveled roads of the gorgeous countryside.
Denpasar Shopping: Drop in to the Kumbasari Market in Denpasar and find unique clothing and kitchenware items at great prices.
Local Delicacies: Try out some of Bali’s local delicacies, including nasi goreng (fried rice with a fried egg on top) and gado gado (salad served with spicy peanut sauce and prawn crackers).
Ayung River Rafting: Carve through astounding landscapes as you raft down the Ayung River (Class I and II rapids) and wind through deep valleys with cascading waterfalls and towering cliffs.
Jimbaran Bay Cruise: Romantic and unforgettable, there’s nothing like enjoying a luscious lobster dinner while cruising around Jimbaran Bay after the sun sets.
Rice Paddies Bike Tour: Explore one of Bali’s most unusual and beautiful landscapes as you bicycle around the sculpted rice paddies of Jatiluwih, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Seminyak Beach Sunset: Catch one of the planet’s most awesome sunsets while dancing, dining, sipping exotic cocktails, and chilling out at Ku De Ta on the Seminyak beachfront.
Endless sunshine, legendary beaches, awesome vistas – there’s a reason this island is often compared to paradise. Ready to start planning your next vacation to Bali? Contact your travel advisor today.