These grand mosques in Bali are some of the island’s great Islamic landmarks, which you can visit for prayers, as well as sightseeing and getting to know Islamic culture in Bali. Despite the well-known moniker ‘The island of a thousand temples’, Bali is also renowned for its religious tolerance, and you can encounter abundant houses of worship of other religions, too.
You can encounter grand mosques in most of Bali’s resort areas. Perhaps the most unique place that signifies religious tolerance is the Puja Mandala complex up in the hills west of Nusa Dua. The complex is home to 5 places of worships for each major religion: Christian, Catholic, Hindu, Buddhist, and Islam with the magnificent Ibnu Batutah grand mosque. Here, we present a compilation of Bali’s most revered mosques.
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The Ibnu Batutah grand mosque is the first among the rows of different places of worship at the Puja Mandala worship complex, a site that is perhaps the only of its kind in the world, which honours religious tolerance. The mosque is right next to a Hindu temple and a Christian church. It features dominant gold-yellow linings in its exterior and a prism-shaped roof. On its first level, you’ll encounter an activities area including a Quran recital and educational space. The main prayer rooms are up on the second floor, with ornate grey ceramic laden walls and mihrabs. Among the mosque’s antique treasures is an old prayer drum and a handwritten Quran.
- Location: Puja Mandala, Jalan Kuruksetra, Nusa Dua
- Tel: +62 (0)361 771 010
This grand mosque is part of Bali’s Kodam Udayana military complex, right in Denpasar’s city center. The mosque is known for having the largest area size compared to other mosques on the island. It also features a unique design, as the whole structure is virtually wall-less. This allows for natural ventilation and an airier feel during prayers, especially during tarawih and highlight events that draw devotees to its two levels. This is the mosque in Denpasar that’s most conveniently reachable if you’re visiting the provincial capital.
- Location: Jalan Slamet Riyadi, Dauh Puri, Denpasar
- Tel: +62 (0)361 264 595
This mosque in Kuta is right across the road from Kuta’s Central Park, where tourist buses often stand by. Masjid (Mosque) Ar-Rahmat is popular among travelling Muslims, so it’s normal to see a mix of nationalities and backgrounds from all over the world during Friday prayers. The mosque features two levels, with wudhu places outside for men, and inside for women. The mosque is also conveniently adjoined by rows of halal food stalls along the roadside, where you can fill up after prayers.
- Location: Jalan Raya Kuta No.75, Kuta
- Tel: +62 (0)361 224 435
This mosque is one of Bali’s oldest. It’s right in the heart of one of Bali’s largest Muslim communities, in Kampung Muslim Gelgel, Klungkung regency, which is around a 90 minutes’ drive east from Kuta. A towering 17-meter high minaret stands in front of this 13th century mosque. It serves as a historical witness to the peaceful spread of Islam in Bali, dating back to when the Hindu king of Gelgel returned from his royal meetings with the rulers of the Majapahit kingdom, escorted by 40 soldiers who converted to Islam and eventually built the Muslim community of Kampung Muslim Gelgel peaceably.
- Location: Jalan Waturenggong, Kampung Gelgel, Klungkung
Not to be confused with the similarly named mosque above, Masjid Nurul Huda in Tuban is less than a half-hour drive from the Ngurah Rai International Airport. Chances are you’ll easily spot this large building on your transfers along Jalan Ngurah Rai, right after landing in Bali and getting out of the airport. Many devotees who pray here daily are Ngurah Rai airport staff. However, many others, including foreign visitors, come for prayers every Friday.
- Location: Jalan Ngurah Rai, Tuban
This mosque on the main road of Tabanan is an eye-catcher, which you’ll easily notice on the left side of the road leading to West Bali, and is an easy stopover when the time comes for prayers. The Al Huda mosque can hold up to 2,000 attendees at once. The mosque has two main divisions. The first serves as the main praying room, and the smaller second area is for students and youth learning to read the Quran, as well as events such as religious lectures and social and community events.
- Location: Jalan Ahmad Yani, Kediri, Abian Tuwung, Tabanan
- Tel: +62 (0)857 3700 2959
Masjid At-Taqwa is right next to the Bali Police Headquarters on Jalan WR Supratman in Denpasar. The impressive structure stands tall with its twin minarets and emblem of the Bali Police on top of its front arches. The mosque is mainly attended by the police force; however, it’s also open to the public, including visiting travellers.
- Location: Komplek Polda Bali, Jalan WR Supratman, Denpasar
The Ukhuwwah Mosque overlooks the intersection of three of Denpasar’s central streets, namely Jalan Raya Hasanuddin, Jalan Sulawesi and Jalan Kalimantan. It’s close to the Kumbasari Night Market and the commercial street of Jalan Gajah Mada, serving mainly Muslim merchants and shop owners of this central business district. A unique feature about this mosque is the presence of several shops under the imam’s preaching area. The mosque rents these retail spaces out, with all monies going towards the upkeep of the mosque. If you’re touring the city, you can drop by for prayers or simply to relax.
- Location: Jalan Kalimantan No.19, Dauh Puri Kangin, Denpasar
- Tel: +62 (0)361 248 868
This mosque is a little hidden from Bali’s main streets, and tucked away within the community of Monang Maning in west Denpasar. However, its size is quite impressive and is well-kept. Baitul Makmur receives well over 700 people daily who come to pray, and is usually busy during the praying hours. Every Sunday, the mosque’s organizers hold Quranic lectures and often invite imams from outside Bali.
- Location: Jalan Gunung Merbuk No.4, Tegal Kertha, West Denpasar, Denpasar
Around five minutes’ drive east from the Gianyar Night Market, the Al-A’la mosque is Gianyar’s main place of worship for the city’s Muslim community. It’s also referred to by locals simply as ‘Masjid Gianyar’ or the mosque of Gianyar.
- Location: Jalan Kesatrian No.16, Gianyar