Bali boasts lush garden forests, beautiful beaches and incredible rice paddies spilling down the sides of dramatic mountains – and so much more. It has a strong Hindu spiritual life, with more than 20,000 temples, and a rich culture of dancing, music, art, architecture, and festivals. A trip around the island is highly recommended. Most villages are around half a day away by road, so it is worthwhile hiring a car, jeep or moped, or arranging a rate for a private cab..
Tourist Destinations :
Sanur is where Bali’s first luxury beach hotel was built over 30 years ago, and has since been the spot for luxurious seaside accommodation. Conveniently located near Denpasar, on the main road leading to the east, Sanur is not nearly as frenetic as Kuta, nor as well-mannered as Nusa Dua. Many foreigners have built lavish villas and bungalows here, and this is the preferred place for up-market, long-term stays on the island, especially around the Batu Jimbar and Belanjong areas.
The main attraction is the white sand beach bordering a reef-sheltered lagoon. Due to the protection of this lagoon, this beach is one of the safest on the island, and thus perfect for families. There is no surf unless you travel far out on the reef, and one cannot swim at low tide, but at other times this is the best place in Bali for windsurfing and sailing.
Tourist groups, beach fanatics and international conferences home in on Nusa Dua. Located in a large, landscaped park, the complex also comprises an international convention centre, a championship 18-hole golf course, a luxury shopping centre, a medical clinic, and an amphitheatre for music and dance. Tanjung Benoa is the natural northern continuation of Nusa Dua, with the white sand beach stretching the length of the coast. It is a booming resort, popular with water sports enthusiasts.
Located on the isthmus south of Ngurah Rai airport and a continuation of the white sands of Kuta Beach, Jimbaran Bay is one of Bali’s most recently-developed resort areas. Tranquil compared to Kuta, it retains much of its fishing village charm. With its shallow water and lack of sharp coral, Jimbaran is ideal for families. The area also remains free from the aggressive vendors that are such a bother in Kuta.
Kuta and Legian
The white sands of Kuta are still arguably the best beachfront on Bali. The beach is much cleaner than it was just a few years ago, although the vendors remain annoying. Kuta is not the fishing village it once was: it is now a booming Pacific resort and its streets are clogged with tourists and traffic during peak seasons. Legian is a bit quieter, less crowded, and more suitable for longer stays, although in many ways it has become an extension of Kuta. Further north, Seminyak, Petitenget and Canggu offer more tranquillity.
An interesting mélange of rural Balinese life and modern services co-exist here. Only 60 minutes from Ngurah Rai airport, Ubud is close to many of central Bali’s major sights. Despite the fact that visitors may outnumber residents during peak periods, Ubud retains the atmosphere of a small country community and, in contrast to the hassle of Kuta, the pace of life is very relaxed. It’s a great place to tour on foot or by bicycle and there’s a wide range of facilities for tourists of all budget ranges, as well as being close to beaches 10 km away.
The Taman Burung Bird Park, situated in Batubulan, is home to more than a thousand birds (250 exotic bird species) from Indonesia and from all over the world. It is set in a two-hectare magnificent garden filled with tropical plants, water features and spectacular aviary rain forest, with the famous Komodo dragon. Other places, such as the Tirta empul Temple, Mas village – a village specializing in woodcarvings, and The Museum Lukisan Ratna Warta extend the magnificence of Bali
This Regency sprawls across the full length of Bali’s north coast. It is hot, dry and fringed with black sand beaches and coconut palms. It stretches from Karangasem on the northeast coast to the untouched jungle territory of Bali’s National Park, on the west end of the island. The regency was more exposed to foreign influences in the distant past. Buleleng was a port for trading boats coming east on the route to the Spice Islands, where Chinese, Arabic, European, and Bugis merchants came to exchange opium, arms, and “kepeng ” for Balinese rice, fruits, cattle, and slaves. In 1882, the Dutch made Bali and Lombok into a combined Residency, and Singaraja became its capital city.
The original capital of Bali, Singaraja, is right on the sea, and its harbour has been its key to local development. A bustling centre of local commerce, its people are boisterous, open and friendly, and reflect their local climate.
About 10 kilometres west of Singaraja, the black sand beaches of Lovina and Menjangan Island are safe and wonderful places for swimming and snorkelling. Lovina also offers dolphin viewing. Menjangan Island, part of the West Bali National Park, has the most beautiful coral reefs in Bali. Along with the nearby Labuan Lalang, this is a great place for diving and snorkelling.