Bali Attractions A to Z
All Bali Attractions by Alphabetical Order
Bali is at once mysterious, exotic, enticing and culturally rich. While Bali's beaches remain the island's biggest draw, the temples, museums art galleries and monuments scattered throughout the interior are fascinating reminders of a rich and colourful past. Also popular are the island's animal parks and zoo as well as interior waterfalls.
Gunung Agung, Bali's highest peak, is approachable and it is possible to trek to the summit. Last, but not least, Bali's markets and lively and rewarding places to visit, not only to pick up bargains but also to observe local life firsthand. Here are Bali's many attractions - divided up into catagories put in alphabetical order.Read More
- Quad or Buggy Driving Adventure & Tubing Excursion
- Royal Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Excursion
- Bali Hai Sunset Dinner Cruise
- Devdan Show: Treasure of the Archipelago at Bali Nusa Dua Theatre
- Lembongan Island Leisure Day Trip
- Elephant Safari Park & Elephant Ride with Spa
- Highlights Of Bali Full-Day Tour
- Sunset Kecak Dance at Uluwatu & Barbecue Seafood Dinner
- Seawalker, Fly Fish Adventure & Underwater Tandem Scooter Ride
- 2-Day Lombok Island Tour
The Agung Rai Museum of Art (or ARMA as it’s commonly known) was officially opened in June 1996. The ARMA building is a compound including a resort, restaurants, painting classes, a museum and also an open stage for performing arts. The museum showcases a permanent painting exhibition by Balinese, Indonesian and foreign artists. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Pengosekan, Ubud
- Tel: +62 0361 975742
Alas Kedaton monkey forests and sanctuary is located in the village of Kutuh in the district of Marga, Tabanan, approximately 25km northeast of Denpasar, the island’s provincial capital city, and 4.5km from Tabanan. The small forest of 12ha is inhabited by hundreds of grey long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis). Read More...
- Location: Kutuh Village, Marga District, Tabanan
- Address: Jalan Raya Alas Kedaton, Marga, Tabanan
If you’re a keen diver, you’d almost certainly have this destination among your Bali holiday plans. The island’s eastern shoreline boasts an underwater playground, and Amed is among the favourite between two main sites (the other being Tulamben, 25km to the north). Amed was once best known for its traditional salt farming. Soon after its beautiful underwater trove was unveiled, with an historical shipwreck adding to its natural features, Amed became a favourite among divers, particularly Jemeluk Bay. Read More...
- Location: Karangasem, East Bali.
Balangan Beach, locally referred to as Pantai Balangan, is one of Bali’s most popular and most scenic, featuring a gorgeous half-kilometre stretch of golden sand bordered between vegetated limestone cliffs and a reef with one of the longest left-hander breaks on the island. This surfing paradise attracts wave riders from around the world, who enjoy most of the south-western Bukit coastline together with Balangan’s sister breaks of Dreamland, Impossibles, Padang Padang, Suluban and Uluwatu further south. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Pantai Balangan, Pecatu, Jimbaran
Bali Agung at the Bali Theatre located within the Bali Safari & Marine Park in Gianyar, is a theatrical art performance combining a Balinese legend, with lively dance choreography, vibrant costumes, dramatic music compositions, state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, luxurious seating, roomy lounges and modern facilities. The theatre brings a whole new dimension to theatrical art performances by presenting a combination of traditional and contemporary dance, modern puppetry, and features the animals of the Bali Safari Marine Park as stars of the show. Read More...
- Location: Bali Safari & Marine Park, Jalan Bypass Ida Bagus Mantra, Gianyar
- Tel: +62 (0)361 950-000
Bali Bird & Reptile Park could be the perfect choice if you are headed to Ubud to spend time with your family. Located in Batubulan it sits on two hectares of landscaped botanical gardens. Stroll within the boundaries of the park to experience the replicated natural eco-systems of Balinese Jungle and Papuan Rainforest and admire the fine collection of almost 1,000 exotic birds from 250 different species from Indonesia, Africa and South America. Read More...
- Location: Batubulan village, near Ubud
Bali Bird Walk offers fun birdwatching tours around the lush countryside of Ubud. It is easily one of the most well-established operators on the island offering tours of its kind. Set up by ornithologist Victor Mason in 1990, who is well-known for his books on exotic birds and butterflies in Bali, the walk takes you on a day out through some of the highland area’s most beautiful nature trails. The insightful walks are great for adults and kids alike, and carry a mission of ‘conservation through education’. Read More...
- Location: Penestanan Kelod, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 975 009
Bali Bombing Memorial (Ground Zero Monument)
This is a permanent memorial on the site of the destroyed Paddy's Pub on Legian Street. (A new bar, named ‘Paddy's: Reloaded’, was reopened further along Legian Street). The memorial is made of intricately carved stone, set with a large marble plaque which bears the names and nationalities of the victims, flanked by their national flags.
- Location: On Legian Street in Kuta Beach
It is truly a treat to be able to wander freely around the Bali Botanical Gardens in Bedugul deep in the heart of northern Bali, locally known as Kebun Raya Eka Karya. Established in 1959 it's a rambling 120 hectares located high on the slopes of Tree Mountain with a massive collection of trees, a rich fluttering bird life and five hundred species of exotic orchids! Read More...
- Location: Bedugul, central highlands of Bali
A fun day out awaits you at Bali Safari & Marine Park, one of the island’s largest and most visited animal theme parks which opened its gates in 2007. The Bali Safari and Marine Park was established by Taman Safari Indonesia, the facility is spread over 40 hectares. The park shelters more than 60 wildlife species, all of which roam free as if living in their natural habitats. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 to 17:00. The Bali Agung show times are Thursday to Sunday, from 14.30 to 15.30
- Location: Jalan Bypass Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra, Gianyar
- Tel: +62 (0)361 950 000
Bali Zoo protects some of Indonesia’s finest species, as well as other countries’ exotic animals including Siamangs, a gigantic crocodile, Komodo dragon (the largest lizard in the world, growing to an average length of two-three metres), deer, kangaroos, reptiles, tigers, primates and various kinds of birds such as Bali starlings, peacocks, cassowaries and cockatoos. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Raya Singapadu Sukawati, Ubud
- Tel: (0)36 129 4357
The Brahmavihara Arama in Banjar is Bali's only Buddhist monastery. The monastery is around four km up an obvious turn-off from the main road. Continue on along the road past the monastery, and winding further up into the hills, you'll be rewarded with the steaming Air Panans Banjar, or the Hot Springs of Banjar, not far from the monastery. These hot springs are beautifully landscaped with lush tropical plants. Read More...
- Location: Banjar, north of Bali
Bajra Sandhi Monument is a major landmark in Denpasar, set right in the centre of the Renon Square (otherwise locally referred to simply as, ‘Puputan Renon’). The site is adjacent the Bali Governor’s office, and is hard to miss with its grand structure that resembles a Balinese Hindu priest’s praying bell, or ‘bajra’. Inside the base is a museum that displays various historical dioramas of the people’s past struggle for Independence. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Puputan, Niti Mandala Renon, East Denpasar, Denpasar
- Tel: +62 (0)361 264 517
The Barong and Kris dance is one of the island’s most iconic dance-dramas, on par with the Legong and Kecak. Those with a keen interest in arts and culture will appreciate the performances the most, with daily shows scheduled at various stages throughout the island’s main tourism areas – the most popular being at Batubulan in Gianyar, and the Denpasar suburbs. Shows are locally managed locally; dances performed by villagers, and live gamelan orchestra accompanies the full length of the show. Read More...
Batuan Temple, referred to locally as ‘Pura Puseh lan Pura Desa Adat Batuan’, is a focal landmark in the namesake village of Batuan, well-known for its traditional Balinese arts and paintings. Within only a 10km transfer south from Ubud central, the site features a grand complex of shrines laid out within its 0.65Ha complex. Well preserved sandstone bas motifs and well-preserved traditional Balinese temple architecture are its main draws.
This 11th century temple faces a separate large communal hall from where most visitors start their visit. When there’s no major temple ceremony on, which otherwise occupies this space with towering fruit and flower offerings, it is filled with local artists Read More...
- Location: Jalan Raya Batuan, Batuan Village, Sukawati, Gianyar
Batukaru Temple, referred to by locals as Pura Luhur Batukaru, is one of Bali’s key temples, located at the foot of namesake Mount Batukaru. At an altitude of 2,270m above sea level on the second highest peak in Bali after Mount Agung, the temple is surrounded by cool natural forests, providing a pleasant sightseeing stopover for nature lovers. The impressive rice paddies or Jatiluwih are within a two-kilometre drive from the temple, making popular stopovers on excursions to Bali’s central highlands. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Pura Batukaru, Penebel Village, Tabanan
Lots of Balinese say that if you want to see what Bali looked like in the old days, visit Batuan Village. The village comprises traditional Balinese compounds and natural surroundings, and you’ll be fascinated by the residents who enthusiastically embrace the traditions and rituals observed in every facet of their life: most of them work as traditional craftsmen or artists.
- Location: About 10 kilometres south of Ubud and about 15 kilometres northeast of Denpasar
Berawa Beach is one of Canggu’s beaches closest to Seminyak, within only a half-hour drive north from Seminyak’s main dining and shopping hubs, and just a minute hop north of Batubelig. This dark grey and black sand beach features the largest lagoon along the Canggu coastline. To reach the beach, take the namesake Jalan Pantai Berawa, ending right at the Legong Keraton Beach Hotel. It is also one of the last stops in Canggu for avid surfers who prefer to escape the more crowded coasts of the south. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu
Over a thousand years old, Besakih Temple is known as the "Mother Temple of Bali". Perched on the slopes of Mount Agung, at a lofty 1,000 metres (3,000 feet) Besakih is the biggest and holiest of all the Balinese temples. Named after the Dragon God believed to inhabit the mountain, it's said to be the only temple where a Hindu of any caste can worship. Read More...
- Location: Mount Agung
Biasa ArtSpace is the sister enterprise of the renowned Bali-based Biasa fashion brand. It is located only steps away from the Biasa Seminyak flagship store on the main road, and houses a fine collection of contemporary art that will appeal to art and fashion lovers in mind. Regular exhibitions are held featuring great and upcoming contemporary Indonesian artists are masters at various forms from paintings, figurines, to enigmatic sculpture and other awe-inspiring works. Upstairs is a mini library where shelves filled with art books and magazines flank cosy sofas. At the other far end is a dedicated art restoration studio. You find anything the same on your second visit, as Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 11:00 – 19:00, Sat 13:00 – 18:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Seminyak 34, Seminyak
- Tel: +62 (0)361 847 5766
With a spectacular drop over 100m, this waterfall near Pupuan is simply amazing, especially during the rainy season. Do be prepared for a bit of a trek up a steep track which is also rough at times.
- Location: Pupuan
Philippine-born artist Antonio Blanco married a beautiful Balinese woman and successfully created a legend of his own, fuelled by his admirable talents, eccentric flair and long-term dedication. To complete his dream, he then built a museum in his former house on the hilltops of Campuhan. The 20,000 sqm property overlooks the river and was officially opened to the public in 1998. Read More...
- Location: Campuhan, Ubud
- Tel: +62 0361 975502
Campuhan Ridge Walk is a free and easy nature trek, popular among repeat visitors to the central highland town of Ubud. The area provides a great retreat from the more hectic southern parts of the island, but this trail presents an even more pristine outback to escape from the contemporary boutique, guesthouse and restaurant-lined Jalan Raya Ubud. While the hike lets you enjoy cool fresh air and probably the most gorgeous hillside vista in the region, it also allows you to shed off some calories too with its nine-kilometre hill track. Read More...
- Location: Campuhan, Ubud, Gianyar
Circus Waterpark is a leisure park located on Jalan Kediri in Tuban, approximately 10 minutes away from Ngurah Rai International Airport. This park serves as a smaller and inexpensive option to the existing water park in the area Waterbom Bali, which is 1.5km to the north of this park.
Circus Waterpark appeals to both adults and children – featuring various slides and a lazy river, as well as a dedicated kids’ area that offers a variety of fun activities such as fountains, water cannons, and mini train rides. Thrill seekers can opt for more exciting slides such as the ‘speed slider’ and ‘wave slides’ among others. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: Jl. Kediri, Kuta - Bali
- Tel: +62 (0)361 764 003
Dolphin watching tours at Lovina Beach remain one of the main nature attractions of this quiet and laidback coastal town in North Bali. What this black sand beach lacks in features when compared to the beaches around the island’s south, it makes up for with its frequent sightings of dolphin pods that favour these calm waters. Fishermen regularly take visitors for a dolphin watching ride to see their aquatic friends from up closer. Read More...
- Location: Lovina Beach, Kalibukbuk, Buleleng, North Bali
Double Six Beach, also referred to as ‘Blue Ocean Beach’, is a half-kilometre stretch of golden-white sand that is part of the whole length of Seminyak Beach. The beach connects the northernmost strip of Legian, also referred to as ‘Blue Ocean Beach’ and Seminyak’s southernmost beachfront of The Oberoi Bali resort, which is often referred to simply as ‘Oberoi Beach’. Part of Jalan Double Six (also known as ‘Jalan Arjuna’), one of Legian’s main beach side streets, runs parallel the beach, lined with hip bars and restaurants. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Double Six (Jalan Arjuna), Seminyak
Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave (allegedly derived from the name Lwa Gajah – originally meaning elephant waters) is one of the most historical sites in Bali and was developed in the 11th century, on the western edge of Bedulu Village only six kilometres out of central Ubud. Goa Gajah is a place to meditate and worship the spiritual essence of the site, Lord Ganesha. Read More...
- Location: On the western edge of Bedulu Village only six kilometres out of central Ubud
Acclaimed as the world’s best elephant park since its opening in 1996, Taro Elephant Safari Park is set in 3.5 hectares of pristine tropical parklands and unspoiled national forest, and houses 27 indigenous Sumatran elephants. You can exclusively interact with these beautiful mammals: feeding, riding, learning and observing the daily elephant talent shows. You can also stay in their unique lodge for an overnight experience. Read More...
- Location: Taro, north east of Ubud
This dance is an exorcism form against spirit possession, where barefooted girls in a trance dance among glowing coals.
- Location: Bona Kangin, Gianyar, Friday. Monday and Wednesday from 18:30
Bonasari, Gianyar, Friday, Monday and Wednesday from 19:00
Batubulan, daily from 18:30
Located in Griya Santrian compound, Gallery Santrian is the most reputable gallery in Sanur and is definitely worth a visit. This open-air gallery showcases painting and sculpture artworks from famous Indonesian and foreign artists who focus on classic style including Syahrizal Koto, Ni Nyoman Sani, I Ketut Muja, Le Mayeur de Mempres, Auw Kok Heng and Sujana. Today, the gallery has become the main venue for art exhibition during the Sanur Village Festival, held every August since 2005.
- Location: In Griya Santrian Hotel, Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur
Prior to its recent incarnation, the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (commonly known as GWK) monument was an abandoned limestone excavation which was no longer used by locals. Today the GWK can be compared to Thailand's Sleeping Buddha or the Giant Buddha in Hong Kong. Read More...
- Location: Bukit Peninsula, at the southern end of Bali. Between Uluwatu and Nusa Dua
Gedong Arca Archaeological Museum
Located about seven kilometres out of Ubud’s centre, towards Gianyar, the museum houses numerous items ranging from simple Paleolithic artifacts, stone tools and blades from the pre-Hindu Bronze Age to the golden era of Balinese Hindu-Buddhism and beyond, gained from Indian and Chinese traders who pre-dated the Dutch by centuries.
- Location: In Tampak Siring main street, between Pejeng and Bedulu village
Located 10km to the south of Singaraja, the Gitgit Waterfalls are not far from the main road. A spectacular 40 metres of crystal-clear water rushing headlong into a seemingly bottomless pool that tempts visitors with a tantalisingly refreshing swim. But should you decide to succumb to the charms of the falls, beware; but not of any physical danger - local legend has it that couples who bathe together at the lovely pools will eventually separate. Read More...
- Location: About 10 Km from Singaraja Town or about 70 Km from Denpasar in the north of Bali
The Bat Cave Temple of Goa Lawah is one of the most important in Bali. It is located approximately nine kilometres from Klungkung on the east coast of the island and was built in the 11th century. As its name suggests, the cave is the home of thousands of fruit bats that hang on the rock of the cave walls. Read More...
- Location: Nine kilometres from Klungkung on Bali east coast
Gunung Agung is Bali's biggest trekking challenge. The tip is to start well before dawn, armed with a strong flashlight, water, food, and warm and waterproof clothing. The best time for a climb is during the dry season of April through October. But climbing is not permitted when major religious events are held at Pura Besakih, which is most of April. Read More...
- Location: East of Bali
Gunung Kawi (meaning ‘carving in the mount’) is a 10th century Hindu temple complex located in the Gianyar regency. These days, Gunung Kawi sanctuary is still used for ritual ceremonies and locals gather periodically to offer the usual gifts and to pay homage to God, the ancient king, and his family. Read More...
- Location: Tampaksiring north east of Ubud
Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple, locally referred to as Pura Tirta Dawa Gunung Kawi Sebatu, is a special find for visitors to East Bali. It is one of the least visited temple complexes on the island Bali, yet is one of the most beautiful and tranquil. It features verdant gardens around ponds filled with carp and blooming lotuses, and ancient shrines surrounded by crystal clear pools fed by natural springs. The temple complex is located within the highland village of Sebatu in Tegallalang, Gianyar, approximately 12km northeast from the main Ubud hub. Tickets are IDR 15,000 for adults and half for children. Read More...
- Location: Sebatu Village, Tegallalang, Gianyar (12.8km north of Ubud)
Gunung Payung Beach, otherwise referred to locally as Pantai Gunung Payung, is one of the ‘hidden beaches’ on Bali’s southern coast, where you can find a remote and quiet setting over great seascapes. The location takes its name from a Balinese Hindu temple site of the same name (Pura Dhang Kahyangan Gunung Payung) that is located high up on the cliff above the beach and overlooking the ocean.
Getting to Gunung Payung Beach requires an approximate half-hour drive to Kutuh village from the Nusa Dua hub. Along the main Jalan Gunung Payung road, you’ll also encounter the landscaped greens of the 18-hole Bukit Pandawa Golf Club and rugged limestone terrain. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Gunung Payung, Kutuh Village, Ungasan
Located just a few hundred metres south of Bali International Airport, this traditional fish market is undoubtedly the biggest saltwater fish market in Bali. You can find almost any saltwater fish from the popular red snapper to the rare mahi-mahi. If you’re staying in a villa and are dying to have your own seafood bash, this excellent spread of fresh fish is something you shouldn’t miss. Read More...
- Location: Just south of the airport and Kuta
Jatiluwih rice terraces pretty much cover the region of the namesake upland village in West Bali, most famous for its landscapes that are both dramatic and truly exotic. The site is one of the island’s must-see natural panoramas on par with Mount Batur and the caldera of Kintamani. The cool highlands and the breathtaking scenery of this village at the foot of Mount Batukaru makes for wonderful photo opportunities, and serves as a soothing retreat away from the island’s crowded south. Read More...
- Location: Jatiluwih, Penebel, Tabanan
The kecak is a ritual dance which was created in the early 1930s for the movie 'Island of the Demons' by the German painter and intellectual Walter Spies. The dance combines the chorus of the Sanghyang trance dance with a dance story from the epic Ramayana.
It is extremely impressive with its circular chorus of sometimes over 100 bare-chested male singers. Read More...
- Location: Arts Center, Denpasar, daily from 18:30
Banjar Buni, Kuta, Sunday from 20:00
Banjar Tegal, Ubud, Sunday from 18:00
Kehen Temple is an ancient Hindu temple complex boasting unique architectural features. The temple courtyard is reachable from ground level up a flight of 38 stairs, with carved sandstone mythical animal and Balinese folklore figure statues around the staircases and the central vestibule. The temple’s walls are also ornate with Chinese porcelain plates, which are a tribute to the historical relations between the local Bali kingdom and China.
You can reach Kehen Temple within a 45 minute transfer from Ubud. The temple is located in the village of Cempaga, a cool upland region in the Bangli regency that is also famous for its local fruit plantations, palm sugar cottage industries Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
- Location: Jalan Sriwijaya, Cempaga Village, Bangli Regency, East Bali
Kemenuh Butterfly Park is Bali’s latest attraction that lets you freely roam through flowering garden enclosures to admire nature’s artistry. The park opened at the turn of 2016, becoming Bali’s second butterfly park after the Bali Butterfly Park in Tabanan. The park is a great stopover on tour itineraries to the Sukawati area, with its art market, the Tegenungan Waterfall, and the Celuk and Mas silver and goldsmith villagesall within a near kilometre’s radius. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:30 – 18:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Kemenuh, Sukawati, Gianyar
- Tel: +62 (0)851 0002 1935
- Website: http://www.facebook.com/Kemenuh-Butterfly-Park-443035885896798
Kerta Gosa or ‘Taman Gili Kerta Gosa’ as it’s officially called is an historical landmark in the town of Klungkung. Kerta Gosa forms part of the Puri Semarapura royal palace and features two main structures – a grand hall or the namesake Bale Kerta Gosa with ceilings filled with Kamasan or wayang-style paintings, and the Bale Kambang ‘floating hall’.
The complex dates back to 1686 when it was commissioned by Dewa Agung Jambe, then ruler of the Klungkung kingdom. Kerta Gosa has undergone a series of restorations in the past and is one of Bali’s most important historical sites. The site is open for the public to visit. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Puputan Klungkung, Semarapura, Klungkung
Gunung Batur is a volcanic area which is famous for the Danau lake (Danau Batur), the biggest in Bali. Towering at 1717m, Gunung Batur is one of Bali's natural wonders, and just perfect for trekking, although the beauty of the place can still be enjoyed without exertion. Don't forget to drop by the much-revered Pura Ulun Danu temple, Pura Puncak Penulisan in Penulisan; and the hot springs at Toya Bungkah. Read More...
- Location: Kintamani, Bali
Stretching an approximate five kilometres on the south-western coast north from the island’s international airport in Tuban, Kuta Beach is one of the best coasts from where to enjoy Bali’s golden sunsets all year round. A beach footpath lets you enjoy leisurely strolls passing the Discovery Shopping Mall, the colourful Kuta Art Market, hotel beachfronts the likes of the Grand Inna Kuta Bali, and down to the Balawista Kuta lifeguard tower. Sunbathing, surfing, swimming and beach soccer are favourite pastimes, while masseuses, hair braiders and peddlers roam the coast. The main beach roads of Jalan Kartika Plaza and Jalan Pantai Kuta are dotted with modern establishments, from numerous hotels, entertainment Read More...
Kuta Sea Turtle Conservation Site
A special highlight on the shores of Kuta Beach, and practically beside the prominent Balawista Lifeguard tower and headquarters, is a sea turtle hatchery and educational facility known as Kuta Beach Sea Turtle Conservation. Set out with the main purpose to protect sea turtles and boost their numbers, the site has released over tens of thousands of hatchlings over the years. The conservation centre usually gears up for breeding season mid-year around the months of June and July, when thousands of turtle eggs hatch on temporary sites around the sands of Kuta. A joint effort with the Sea Turtle Society, they also set out to involve local communities and visitors to participate in their efforts and exciting releases. Established in 2002, the conservation site features a large eye-catching sea turtle statue that is great for unusual photo mementos. Drop in with the kids and check out their approximate release schedules to partake in the next ‘baby turtle race’.
- Location: Behind Inna Grand Kuta hotel and next to Balawista Lifeguard headquarters, Jalan Pantai Kuta, Kuta
- Tel: +62 (0)361 804 008 8
Kuta Theater started out as a unique addition to the entertainment scene in Kuta, presenting a stage of magical tricks performed by Bali’s handful of stage magicians, and then developed to include theatrical aspects to its show. Now it is a must-see on Kuta’s Jalan Kartika Plaza and serves as a great night out for the family. For only USD 10, you can enjoy this fun show that blends stage magic with a theatrical and cultural drama, known as Lights of Faith. It tells a story of traditional friendship faced with the challenges of modernism. There’s fun and hilarious moments mixed in between tense and thrilling illusion scenes. Daily shows Read More...
- Location: Kuta Centre, Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta
- Tel: +62 (0)361 762 750
The Legong Dance (or just ‘Legong’ for short) is one of Bali’s most visually alluring royal court performances. The dance is considered one of the island’s most revered classical pieces, known for its physically demanding postures and fast-paced movements which require a significant level of flexibility among its generally young female performers. Choreographed to a set pattern with the finest detail, the dance has been well-preserved through generations.
Where to Watch the Legong Dance in Bali
- Puri Saren Royal Palace
- Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), Ubud
- Puri Agung Peliatan Royal Palace, Ubud
- Pura Saraswati Temple, Ubud Read More...
Lempuyang Temple, locally referred to as Pura Lempuyang Luhur, is one of Bali’s oldest and most highly regarded temples, on par with Besakih (aka the ‘mother temple’ of Bali). It is also believed to predate the majority of Hindu temples on the island. Definitely a highlight on any travel itinerary for the fit and adventurous, the main temple lies at 1,175m above sea level, up on the peak of the namesake Mount Lempuyang in East Bali.
The heights are reachable via a steep staircase of over 1,700 steps, with attractions along the way including several other temples and hordes of grey long-tailed macaques that inhabit the surrounding cool mountain forests. Read More...
An eccentric and extraordinary painter, Adrien Jean Le Mayeur de Merpres was a Brussels-born artist who was impressed by the mystical paradise of Sanur and dedicated his entire life there to the two things he loved the most: the arts and women. The museum exemplifies the priceless heritage of an artist and a nation. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Hang Tuah, Sanur
Ling Gwan Kiong is an old Chinese temple that forms part of the now defunct seaport complex in Singaraja, North Bali. The temple is within only short walk away from the seaside Pura Segara temple, another landmark in the area, and a 15-minute drive east from Lovina Beach. Locals refer to the temple by the name ‘klenteng’, a narrow term for Chinese Buddhist temples. Dating back to 1873 with connections to the Ching Dynasty, the temple bears silent witness to the town’s colourful past. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Erlangga No.65, Kampung Bugis, Buleleng
- Tel: +62 (0)368 263 32
Lovina can be regarded as the most famous beach resort in North Bali. The beach resort spans several local villages between two districts, namely Pemaron, Tukadmungga, Anturan and Kalibukbuk in the Buleleng district to its eastern side, and the villages of Kaliasem and Temukus in the Banjar district or its western side. The capital city of the Buleleng regency is an approximate 5km away to east of Lovina Beach. The coast can be reached on long trips from Denpasar, Bali’s provincial capital city, an approximate two-hour overland journey traversing the central mountainous region of the island. Read More...
- Location: North Bali, west of Buleleng regency’s capital city of Singaraja.
Makepung is the name of a major grand prix in Jembrana, West Bali, which features racing buffalo races. Hundreds of pairs of buffaloes are teamed up together with their jockeys riding the traditional wooden ploughs that are slightly modified for the competition.
The racer buffaloes, called kerbau pepadu, compete in various open race circuits in assorted heats around the district of Melaya, leading up to the finals, or what has come to be known as the Jembrana Regent’s Cup, and the Governor’s Cup, held annually. Read More...
Meduwe Karang Temple is a beautiful landmark in the district of Kubutambahan, North Bali, with some remarkable features to behold. The temple is a great layover along your tour itineraries further east, around 15km of Lovina Beach and within a half hour drive from the capital of Singaraja. Among the centuries old temple’s highlights are classical Balinese stone temple architecture and a peculiar wall relief of a highly stylised man riding a bicycle with floral wheels. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Air Sanih, Kubutambahan, East Buleleng, North Bali
This wonderful museum in Singaraja is a display of thousands of ancient Balinese letters in chronological order; the kakawin, or old Balinese poetry; and the geguritan which written on the palm leaf. All these and more are stored in the original building that was built in 1928, still standing tall today. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday 07:00-14:30, Friday 07:00-12:00 and Saturday 07:00-13:00
- Location: 20 Jalan Veteran, Singaraja
Museum Manusa Yadnya
Just as its name implies, the Museum Manusa Yadnya details items regarding the process of a human's life from the womb to the tomb.
- Location: Taman Ayun
Museum Manusia Purba
The Museum Manusia Purba, at the western end of Bali, was established in 1990s. It all began with an archaeological expedition of Dukuh Cekik in 1962, by R.P. Soejoeno from the Bali Archaeological Service. The expedition estimated that approximately 2,000 years ago, stone age man dwelled on the site of the museum.
- Location: Gilimanuk
The Bali Provincial Public Museum, or simply referred to as the Bali Museum, is the oldest on the island with up to 10,506 exhibits. Three main pavilions are named after Bali's eight regencies, each housing a collection of art and ethnography, ancient inscriptions, ceramics, porcelain statues, household items, agricultural tools, weapons, ritual tools, paintings, wayang kulit(shadow puppets) and many more. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 08:00 – 15:00, Fri 08:00 – 12:30
- Location: Jalan Mayor Wisnu, to the east from Puputan Square, Denpasar
- Tel: +62 (0)361 222 680
Museum Puri Lukisan (or Palace of Paintings) houses paintings and woodcarvings. The Museum is located within easy walking distance of the main road of Raya Ubud and was opened to the public in January 1956 by the first Indonesian Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs, Mrs. Mohammad Yamin. Here, you will discover a series of Rudolf Bonnet’s artwork, the son of an Amsterdam baker who fought hard to become an artist, then travelled to Bali and called it home. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud
To see a fine art collection, make a visit to Museum Rudana. The museum was established in 1995 to provide an outstanding collection of paintings for the public to study and enjoy. The collection was begun with the purchases of Nyoman Rudana, the owner, and his wife Ni Wayan Olastini. The building houses fine Balinese works of art in the Classical Ubud and Batuan styles. Read More...
- Location: 44 Jl. Cok Rai Pudak, Peliatan, Ubud
- Tel: +62 361 975779
Museum Seni Lukis Klasik (Nyoman Gunarsa Museum)
This three-storey museum in Mas village follows the conception of Tri Angga, that is, the three parts of human body; head, body, and legs. The museum's art collection is a mix of works of painters from the olden days of the ancient Klungkung Kingdom to this very day.
- Location: Takmung village (5 km west of Klungkung town centre on the main road to Gianyar)
Tabanan is a region popularly known as Bali's 'rice warehouse'. Hence, it is no surprise to learn that Tabanan is home to the Subak Museum, which houses a vast collection of, what else, but agricultural items. An interesting display to take note of is Bali's typical watering system, called Subak, the museum's namesake. Read More...
- Location: Tabanan
Nelayan Beach in Bali is a 350m-long stretch of black sand between Canggu’s two other popular beaches, namely Batu Bolong and Berawa. The beach is mainly a local fisherman’s landing coast, where you can catch a view of them hauling in their wooden outriggers while unloading their early morning catches. Nelayan Beach offers a bit of seclusion, and is a great spot for quiet sunsets. Two small river mouths border both ends of the beach. There are several luxury villas in the area offering cosy retreats just beyond the coconut groves, the likes of Tirtarum Villas and the Nelayan Villas. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Nelayan, Canggu
The Neka Art Museum, previously known as the Neka Museum, opened in 1982 and was named after the Balinese teacher and owner Suteja Neka, who collected paintings for years. Today, the museum has been recognised as an institute of international standing and is home to some wonderful art pieces by many famous Balinese, Indonesian and foreign artists who have lived in Bali and influenced the local arts scene. Read More...
- Location: Raya Camphuan St. Kedewatan Village, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 975 074
New Kuta Green Park is a water park within the Pecatu Indah Resort, located 200m from the New Kuta Condotel and near to Dreamland Beach on the western part of the Bukit Peninsula. New Kuta Green Park provides visitors with a unique family recreation spot in a hilly limestone area by combining a water park with a range of outdoor activities.
The water park covers 5Ha of the Pecatu Indah Resort enclave. Twelve main water activities range from exhilarating rides to leisure attractions, while children’s playgrounds and an aviary provide additional entertainment. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: Pecatu Indah Resort, Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Pecatu, Kuta Selatan
- Tel: +62 (0)361 8484 777
The 200sqm Nusa Penida offers the real ‘unbeaten path’ experience, as it features very limited tourism infrastructure but promises an exotic scene of natural beauty and cultural allure through its barren landscapes and mystical temples. One of the temples is Goa Giri Putri, also known as the Karangsari cave temple, filled with limestone stalactites and stalagmites and meditational spaces. Nusa Penida is also the bird sanctuary for the endangered and endemic Bali Starling, initiated and overseen by the Friends of the National Park Foundation (FNPF). Successfully bred, the birds now have become part of the lives of the local Penida villagers.
- How to get there: most ferries and charters to Nusa Penida depart from Padang Bai Harbour in East Bali.
This is one of Bali’s less-explored places in the eastern coast, mainly due to the fact that Padangbai is transit point for travellers who go on ferry crossings to the neighbouring island of Lombok. Some who spare time to explore the region are in for good treats, as the fishing village has some stretches of sand that are quite idyllic. The waters around Padangbai are good for snorkelling and diving, and several hotels and lodgings, including the Bloo Lagoon Village, serve as great bases from where to explore East Bali.
- How to get there: Padangbai is within only a 12km transfer from the main Candidasa hub. We have a diving tour option available that takes you to explore the beauty of this area.
Padang Padang Beach, locally referred to as Pantai Labuan Sait, is one of Bali’s most famous surf spots, located on the north-western coast of the island’s Bukit Peninsula, and just a kilometre southwest of the Anantara Bali Uluwatu. This beach features an exotic setting; a simply stunning one hundred meter-long stretch of sand that is accessible down a flight of stairs through a unique hollow rock entrance. The surf features a steady set of barrels during good weather, attracting wave riders from around the world. Read More...
- Location: Labuan Sait, Pecatu village, Jimbaran
Pandawa Beach, locally referred to as ‘Pantai Pandawa’, is a great addition to Bali’s collection of gorgeous beaches, located on Bali’s southern Bukit Peninsula. The fine, one-kilometre coastal stretch is located in the village of Kutuh, only five kilometres west from the Samabe Bali Suites & Villas and eight kilometres south from the main hub of the BTDC complex in Nusa Dua. ‘Hidden’ behind large carved limestone cliffs that reveal wide views to the Indian Ocean, Pandawa Beach was once also dubbed as ‘Secret Beach’ and it was officially opened in 2012, fast-gaining popularity among local weekenders and international visitors. Read More...
- Location: Kutuh Village, Jimbaran
Bali is blessed with a variety of coastlines and many of its ‘hidden’ beaches have only in recent years been revealed. One such ‘hidden’ beach that had gained much popularity recently is Perasi Beach, often referred to by various nicknames given by visitors, such as Pasir Putih or ‘White Sand Beach’, ‘Virgin Beach’ and simply ‘Hidden Beach’. This secluded coast stretches between two hills and lies between the villages of Bugbug and Perasi, Karangasem regency - approximately 4.5km east of Candidasa. Read More...
Pelaga Agro Tourism is Bali’s major agro tourism region, located around the hillsides of the Petang Village in the district of Pelaga, Badung regency, at 730 metres above sea level. The agro tourism site is easily reached with a two-hour drive, approximately 45km north of Denpasar, the provincial capital.
This region offers vast plantations, highlighting the agricultural processes of seeding, planting and harvesting of various varieties of flowers, fruits, and vegetables. With scenic hillsides, the region also offers a cooler highland climate that makes for a refreshing retreat from the sultry southern coasts. Read More...
This mountain village in the Bangli regency is one of Bali’s most iconic, featuring a neatly and uniformly laid-out row of traditional Balinese houses. The village is surrounded by dense bamboo forests and coffee plantations. It is one of the Bali Aga villages where the people uphold ancient traditional values and sets of strict moral codes. A visit here offers a glimpse into the well preserved traditional way of Balinese life. Each family compound features a traditional split gateway, all of uniform design. Old bricks still stand in their place, traditional kitchens are covered in soot from the billowing wood fire hearths, and the compounds are uniquely laid out, each Read More...
- How to get there: For convenience, Penglipuran is included on common itineraries to Besakih Temple, such as our Ubud Discovery and Active Volcano Tour or our Lovina to Ubud sightseeing transfer.
Pererenan and Seseh are two closely adjoining beaches in Canggu, which are only separated by rivulets flowing from the rice fields’ irrigation systems of the villages upstream. The beaches are within a 45-minute transfer northwest from the main hub of Seminyak, and only 10 minutes from Canggu’s Batu Bolong and Berawa. They are both favourite locations for horse riding tours, often as part of sunset beach rides.
Pererenan and Seseh are also among Bali’s favourite surf spots along the western coastline, hence the number of surf camps and resorts available, such as Andy’s Surf Villa & Bungalows and Tamu Seseh to name a few. The beaches offer similar seascapes, with Read More...
- Location: Jalan Raya Seseh, Munggu
The Pura Beji temple is a large and beautiful temple complex in the village of Sangsit in North Bali, dating back to the 15th century, during the spread of the Majapahit kingdom from Java. The temple is revered by village farmers and is unique in Bali, in that it also serves as a ‘pura puseh’ or the village’s central temple. The temple adds to the checklist of historical landmarks that you can tick off on your sightseeing tours to Bali’s northern area. The temple is within a seven-kilometre transfer east from the Buleleng regency’s capital of Singaraja, and eight kilometres’ drive from Lovina Beach.
The timeworn structures and walls within Read More...
- Location: Jalan Raya Sangsit, Sawan, Buleleng, North Bali
Pura Blanjong was built as a cenotaph of Sri Kesari Warmadewa and commemorates his journey to the east. Sri Kesari himself was a Syailendra descendant (a Buddhist-ruled dynasty which ruled Java) and the founder of an architectural wonder, Borobudur Temple. Apart from being one of the most sacred temples, Pura Blanjong shows you things of architectural and archeological interest.
- Location: Sanur Beach
Pura Samuan Tiga
Samuan Tiga Temple is strategically located set back a little from the main road between Ubud and Tampaksiring, and used to be one of the most popular tourist destinations. This sacred temple was the royal temple of the Udayana Warmadewa dynasty (a Balinese King who ruled in the 10th century). Samuan Tiga means three (tiga) meetings (samuan) and the temple is assumed to be the venue for the great meeting between Gods, deities and saints.
- Location: Between Ubud and Tampaksiring
Pura Penataran Sasih
Pura Penataran Sasih is situated six kilometres northwest of Gianyar and two kilometres north of Pejeng. It is also known as ‘The Moon Temple’ and derived its name from an ancient bronze kettle drum (or nekara) called ‘Moon of Pejeng’ which is now kept in its inner chamber. It is the largest bronze kettle in Southeast Asia at about two metres in length and allegedly dates from 300 BC. The design is associated with the Dong Son culture of Southern China and Northern Vietnam of around 1500 BC. This highly valued and ornate gong is in the shape of an hourglass and is beautifully engraved: it is regarded as Indonesia’s most important Bronze-Age antique.
- Location: East of Ubud in Gianyar Regency
The Pura Taman Saraswati is a beautiful water temple in central Ubud, accessible from the Jalan Kajeng side street off the main road of Jalan Raya Ubud, just behind Café Lotus. The temple is a great stopover along your leisure walks through Ubud town, offering sightseeing and photo opportunities with its classical Balinese temple architecture and a beautiful foyer featuring ponds filled with blooming pink lotuses.
Entry into Pura Taman Saraswati is free but, as with any temple visit in Bali, a sash and sarong around the waist is compulsory. You can also drop into Café Lotus for a minimum dinner cover charge of IDR 200,000 or USD 15, which Read More...
- Location: Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud
Although Pura Petitenget (found at the T-junction on Jalan Petitenget) is not as big and as popular as Bali’s other major temples of Pura Besakih, Pura Uluwatu and Pura Ulun Danu, it is famous for its legend. This temple is believed by Hindus to be one of nine pillars known as 'Kayangan Jagat', temples of nine wind eyes built in the 11th Century by Empu Kuturan (a Javanese Sage) who came to Bali bringing religious law and the formation of traditional villages.
- Location: Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak
This highly entertaining dance form plays out the epic legends of the Ramayana. There are occasional performances in Banjar Buni, Kuta.
- Location: Banjar Buni, Kuta
Blessed by cooler air and its geographic location, Ubud has become famous for its beautiful scenes of rice paddies involving ‘subak’ (the traditional Balinese irrigation system), which according to history was taught by a revered holy man from India named Rsi Markaneya in the eighth century. To explore some of the most splendid terraced landscapes in Ubud, peddle or trek to some of the villages around Ubud such as Pejeng, Tegallalang and Campuhan, where you will enjoy the perfect frame of amazing rice paddies overlooking the hills and river. Read More...
- Location: Tegallalang, North of Ubud
Sakenan Temple or ‘Pura Sakenan’ as referred to by locals, is an important temple in the southern region of Bali, perched on the north-western shore of Serangan Island, a small island located 10km south of Denpasar.
Once strong for its unique feature of pilgrimages during the 210-day piodalan temple anniversary celebrations with processions leading to the Serangan Island on foot or by traditional wooden boats, reclamations in the 90s have changed the ways, as well as the natural landscape of the island. Read More...
- Location: south Denpasar, into the road opposite LotteMart on Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai from Sanur
The Sangeh Monkey Forest near the village of Sangeh, in south western Bali, has six hectares of forest land with giant nutmeg trees. Home to hundreds of sacred monkeys in the forest, the monkeys here inhabit both the trees and the Pura Bukit Sari, a temple deep within the fragrant greenery. Read More...
- Location: Sangeh village, about 20 km north of Denpasar
Sari Wisata Budaya Barong Dance
For cultural attractions, Bali’s performing arts and vibrant dance shows are not to be missed. Sari Wisata Budaya, located in the village of Suwung Kauh that borders Kuta, features an amphitheatre with a semi-open stage where the Barong and kris dagger dancers perform. Pamphlets are handed out before the show, which explains the episodes of the performances inspired by the legendary Calonarang tale of the struggle between the powers of good and evil, represented by the two main characters known as the Barong and Rangda. The Barong is a mythical lion that has close resemblance to those of the Chinese dragon dance troupes, but with more elaborate features. A lively gamelan orchestra accompanies the dances, and photo sessions with the performers clad in their dazzling traditional costumes onstage follow after the show. Shows are held in the morning, starting at 09:30 for approximately an hour.
- Location: Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, Banjar Kajeng, Suwung Kauh, Pemogan
Sekumpul Waterfall is one of Bali’s most scenic natural attractions. The waterfall is actually a cluster of six to seven narrow cascades that form the centrepiece of a lush green bamboo forested valley. You can reach the falls on a nature trek through the namesake village of Sekumpul, which is located in upland region of the Buleleng regency in North Bali. The village is within an hour’s drive southeast from Lovina Beach.
The falls are fed by two upland streams, and is the most accessible of the collection of falls in the area. Even so, getting down here requires a good deal of effort, with paths comprising dirt tracks, a Read More...
- Location: Jalan Raya Desa Sekumpul, Sawan, Lemukih, Buleleng
Seminyak Beach is a world apart from its neighbouring beach resort areas – the likes of Kuta and Legian to its south – chiefly in the type of crowd it attracts. Bali first emerged as a tourist destination for vagabond surfers, attracted to these south-western shores by its dramatic waves, with Seminyak Beach itself offering its splendid coast of gold to dark sand and gorgeous sunsets. However, the coast has over the recent years become popular with resident expats and now has a refined feel to it. Here you’ll find a fashionable almost chic scene, with rows of designer boutiques along its main roads and side streets; a handful of Read More...
Seniwati Art Gallery
This gallery was established in 1991 by Mary Northmore, the very personable wife of famous painter Abdul Azis; with the aim of helping Balinese women to be accepted as artists; and also to expose the long hidden and unrecognised brilliance of women artists in Bali. The gallery also serves to motivate, train and encourage young talented Balinese girls achieve their full potential in the world of arts.
- Location: Jalan Sriwedari 2B, Banjar Taman, Ubud
- Tel: +62 361 975485
Serangan is a small island located 10km south of Denpasar and is the nearest island to Bali. Often referred to by the moniker ‘turtle island’, Serangan was a frequent nesting ground for green sea turtles. This has drastically changed over the years, and consumption of turtle meat as well as the use of sea turtles in ceremonies is now a tale of the past.
Serangan Island is the site of Sakenan Temple, located on the westernmost edge of the island. Reclamations in the 90s have led to a drastic change of pilgrims’ and locals’ ways, as well as the natural landscape of the island. Once a separate land mass only Read More...
- Location: South Denpasar, into the road from opposite LotteMart on Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai from Sanur
The Setia Darma Masks & Puppets House is a unique museum with a mission to preserve some of Indonesia’s most colourful heritage items. It serves as a great cultural and educational part of tours to central Bali, ideal for families and culture lovers, with its broad collection of items from around the globe. The house currently houses over a 1,000 masks and over 4,000 puppets from all over the Indonesian archipelago, Africa, China, Latin America and Europe. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 08:00–16:00
- Location: Jalan Tegal Bingin, Banjar Tengkulak Tengah, Kemenuh, Sukawati
- Tel: +62 (0)361 898 749 3
The area immediately west of Lovina has a number of compelling attractions, one of which is the Daybreak Waterfall, or Air Terjun Singsing, 50km west of the middle of the Lovina beach strip. Although not huge, the waterfalls feature a pool underneath, which is great for swimming. During the wet season, the falls are spectacular, but may erratically be reduced to trickles in the dry season. Read More...
- Location: Lovina
EditMove Content Listing Item Delete Splash Waterpark The latest addition to Bali’s collection of fun water parks is Splash, which is located adjacent to the main facilities of the Canggu Club. Comprising pools and slides over an approximate 2,400sqm, Splash Water Park may not be as big as the island’s premier Waterbom Bali, but it does feature world-class slides and supporting facilities that promise a fun day out for the whole family. Rides include Giant Racer, a high 90m-long slide that welcomes up to four participants for a single ‘race’. For younger kids, there’s Speed Racer, which is slightly smaller. Other thrills include Super Bowl and Big Red while the Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 18:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Pantai Berawa, Banjar Tegal Gundul, Canggu
- Tel: +62 (0)361 848 3939
- Website: http://www.facebook.com/splashbali
Very distinctive pagodas symbolising the sacred mountain Mahameru, residence of the Supreme God surrounded by a moat in this lovely temple in Mengwi. Originally dating from 1634, Taman Ayun was restored and enlarged in 1937. On its festival day (odalan) hundreds of women come into the temple bringing colourful offerings, which they place together in front of the merus. Read More...
- Location: Mengwi, north west of Denpasar
Taman Kupu-Kupu Bali or Bali Butterfly Park is a butterfly and insect conservation facility which exhibits a wide range of specimens through its park grounds of approximately 3,000sqm located in the village of Wanasari, 6.5km north of the Tabanan regency’s capital and 30km northwest of Denpasar. The park claims to be the largest of its kind in Asia. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 17:00
- Location: Jalan Batukaru, Sandan Lebah, Wanasari, Tabanan
- Tel: +62 (0)361 894 0595
Taman Nusa Cultural Park is one of Bali’s most unique cultural attractions, offering an inspiring and educational day out for the whole family throughout its 15-hectare site in Gianyar filled with Indonesia heritage. The park’s vast grounds are filled with enclosed and open-air displays, comprising a collection of 60 authentic traditional houses in their recreated compound settings, together with a variety of exhibits from islands across the Indonesian archipelago. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
- Location: Jalan Taman Bali, Banjar Blahpane Kelod, Sidan Village, Gianyar
- Tel: +62 (0)361 952 952
Taman Ujung ‘water palace’, with its complete and official designation of Taman Sukasada Ujung, is located in the village of Seraya in Karangasem regency. It is the sister site of Tirta Gangga, also built by the late raja of Karangasem. The complex consists of various large pools and historic structures set against a backdrop of Mount Agung and the eastern shoreline.
The site suffered near devastation by showers of hot ash following the eruption of nearby Mount Agung in 1963, and also weathered an earthquake in 1979. Restoration efforts throughout the decades made way to its current splendour, and it continues to appeal to both locals and visitors. Read More...
- Location: Tumbu Village, Karangasem
Tampaksiring Presidential Palace
Istana Tampaksiring or Tampaksiring Palace is located on the hill top of 700 metres above the sea level in Tampaksiring Village, just next to the Tirta Empul complex. Construction of the palace took place from 1957 to 1963 and was initiated by Dr. Ir Sokarno – the first Indonesian president. The gorgeous architecture comprises five main buildings, two of them separated by a fissure in the hill but connected by a bridge and one 'pendopo' (conference space). This palace used to be the first Indonesian presidential retreat and nowadays it's part of governmental and state events.
- Location: Tampaksiring Village near Ubud
Tanah Lot is one of Bali’s most important temples, famed for its unique offshore setting and sunset backdrops. An ancient Hindu shrine perched on top of an outcrop amidst constantly crashing waves; Tanah Lot is simply among Bali’s not-to-be-missed icons.
The onshore site is dotted with smaller shrines alongside visitors’ leisure facilities that comprise restaurants, shops and a cultural park presenting regular dance performances. The temple is located in the Beraban village of the Tabanan regency, an approximate 20km northwest of Kuta, and is included on most tours to Bali’s western and central regions. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 07:00 – 19:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Tanah Lot, Beraban Village, Kediri, Tabanan
- How to get there: Pass the Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort until reaching the end of the street.
Kuta does not have a popular main temple to visit, but sprinkled along the main road you can find regular temples worth a peek at during your holiday here. Positioned on Jalan Pantai Kuta you’ll find Pura Batu Bolong; on Kuta Sidewalk is Pura Penataran; and on Kuta Beach a few metres east from the main gate is Pura Kalangan Majelangu. Read More...
- Location: Kuta Beach
Tirta Empul is a prominent temple complex and holy mountain spring, located in the village of Manukaya, in the district of Tampaksiring, Gianyar regency, in central Bali. The site serves as a legendary setting for a traditional tale of good versus evil and is a national cultural heritage site. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
- Location: Manukaya village, district of Tampaksiring, Gianyar, central Bali.
The Tirta Gangga royal water garden is a favourite retreat in the regency of Karangasem, east Bali. It was built in 1946 during the reign of the late raja of Karangasem, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem (1887 - 1966). Tirta Gangga saw a series of restorations following the destructive hot showers of volcanic ash from the 1963 Mount Agung eruption.
The lavish water gardens owned by the royal Karangasem family feature 1.2ha of pools, ponds and fountains surrounded by neatly cut lawns adorned with stepping stones, ornate statues and tropical gardens. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 23:00
- Location: Jalan Abang, Karangasem
- Tel: 62 (0)363 225 03
Trick Art 3D Gallery is a fresh and fun interactive attraction where guests can execute fun poses of all sorts against masterfully crafted murals and paintings to create stunning three-dimensional illusions. There are approximately 80 pieces of life-size and hyper-realistic murals to interact with in the gallery’s collection, from parodied takes on famous and classical paintings, blockbuster movie characters, to fairytale and magical themes.
Trick Art 3D Gallery Bali is the first trick-eye museum on the island, located at the Seminyak end of Sunset Road. Opened in April 2014, this two-storey art space is easy to find opposite Swiss-Belinn Seminyak Hotel. Read More...
- Address: Jalan Sunset Road 789, Seminyak
This site must be the island’s most prominent simian sanctuary. It is referred to by various names, such as the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal as it is located and owned by the village of Padangtegal, Ubud, and by its official designation, Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana. The public simply refers to it as, “Ubud’s Monkey Forest”. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Uluwatu, Bukit Peninsula
- Tel: +62 361 971304
- How to get there: Approach the main Uluwatu Temple site via Jalan Uluwatu.
In the late nineteenth century, Ubud became the seat of feudal lords who owed their allegiance to the King of Gianyar, once the most powerful of Bali's southern states. Then the last king of Ubud, Tjokorda Gede Agung Sukawati (1910–1978) decided to build a palace, which is now occupied by his descendants and noted as the first hotel in Ubud, dating back to the 1930s. Nowadays, nightly dance performances are held in the courtyard. Read More...
- Location: Ubud, at the northern end of Monkey Forest road
The Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is both a famous picturesque landmark and a significant temple complex located on the western side of the Beratan Lake in Bedugul, central Bali. The whole Bedugul area is actually a favorite cool upland weekend and holiday retreat for locals and island visitors alike from the southern and urban areas, as it is strategically located, connecting the island’s north and south. Read More...
- Location: Ulun Danu Beratan is located on the western lakeside of the Beratan Lake in the village of Candi Kuning highland region of Bedugul, Tabanan Regency.
Uluwatu Temple in Bali’s south-western Bukit peninsula resembles the picturesque postcard image of Tanah Lot (the island’s most iconic sea temple) with the splendid backdrop of the sea and sunsets – but with the addition of hordes of grey long-tailed macaques. Pilgrims flock to the temple where the furry denizens are ready to greet them, both with amusing and mischievous antics. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Uluwatu, Bukit Peninsula
- How to get there: Approach the main Uluwatu Temple site via Jalan Uluwatu.
Uluwatu is one of nine main temples in Bali, which according to Balinese Hinduism were built to guard the land from southward threats. Its cliff-edge exotic location has made Uluwatu Temple famous and sunset here is truly monumental. Uluwatu Temple is also home to dozens of monkeys - some even consider them sacred. Read More...
- Location: 45 minutes from Nusa Dua
Upside Down World Bali adds to the growing list of fun indoor activities on the island, where you can enter seven specially designed rooms whose décor and furniture are simply, and deliberately, the wrong way up. It is where you can enjoy a fun day out with your partner or friends and strike many whacky poses, only to end up as gravity-defying stunts in photos. Selfie sticks don’t really work here… but don’t worry, friendly staff are on standby to help you with that. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00
- Address: Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai No. 726, Pemogan, Denpasar
- Tel: +62 (0)361 847 3053
- Website: http://www.facebook.com/UpsideDownWorldIndonesia
Vihara Dharmayana, also known by the names Leeng Gwan Kuta Temple and Kongco Bio Kuta Chinese Temple, is one of Bali’s considerable landmarks, but it is slightly hidden and located on a side-street off the main beach roads. The Buddhist temple is one of the oldest in the area, dating back two centuries. However, its main structures are well-maintained, and feature intricate far eastern architecture painted in bright and vivid colours.
The courtyard is calm with constant wafts of incense smoke lit from the altars and large bowls. The red roof tiles are easily visible from the busy road. The temple is located on Jalan Blambangan, with a rear access Read More...
Waterbom Bali, located in south Kuta, is Bali’s premier water park. The water park was built in 1993 and now features over 17 exciting rides, slides and water games to suit all ages. Waterbom Bali’s 3.8Ha grounds are packed with leisure facilities set around its slides and pools, with lush tropical gardens providing ample shade.
The numerous choices of slides, from the easy-going to the adrenaline-pumping rides provide a whole day of fun and entertainment for holidaying families, couples and friends. Services and facility upgrades are routine at Waterbom Bali, thus maintaining the level of excitement while continuously complementing its existing features. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: Jl. Kartika, Tuban
- Tel: +62 (0)361 755 676
Taman Nasional Bali Barat, or Bali Barat Nasional Park makes up almost the whole of the western tip of Bali, covering an area of over 750sqkm. The park has been made into a conservation area. The park's boundaries include open savannah, dense rainforest, tangles of mangrove swamp, colourful coral reefs and Pulau Menjangan, the famous Deer Island, which is really a small island reserve off the north coast of Bali. The park is a haven for over 300 species of animals and birds, most particularly the endangered jalak or Bali starling. Read More...
- Location: On the north western side of Bali
Lying between Petanu and Pakerisan Rivers and just few minutes drive from the Elephant Cave, Yeh Pulu is a 14th century site you shouldn’t miss. It’s an ancient complex of rock carvings of various images of Wayang characters (shadow puppets) and common people, which form a scene of Balinese village life in the early days, and include Lord Ganesha, horsemen, an ascetic, and a seated woman. Read More...
- Location: Near Ubud between Petanu and Pakerisan Rivers, a few minutes drive from the Elephant Cave
Yeh Sanih Freshwater Springs
A spot well known for its waters are the pools of Yeh Sanih. The attractions here are freshwater springs channelled into clean and tempting swimming pools, amid charming garden surroundings.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 18:00
- Location: About 17 kilometres from Singaraja, north of Bali