Bali

Everything You Need to Know About Bali

Bali is the most popular island holiday destination in the Indonesian archipelago. The island’s home to an ancient culture that's known for its warm hospitality. Exotic temples and palaces set against stunning natural backdrops are some of its top attractions. Dining in Bali presents endless choices of local or far-flung cuisine. After sunset, famous nightspots come to life offering exciting clubbing and packed dance floors. Inland, towering volcanoes and pristine jungles greet you with plenty to see and do. Most can't stay away from the beach for long, though. Enjoy amazing beach resorts and luxury resorts in any of Bali’s famous areas. These include Kuta, Seminyak and Jimbaran where most of the great hotels and villas are right on the beach. They’re also home to most of Bali’s exciting surf spots. For tranquil seascapes and sunrises, the eastern beach resorts are your best bets. These include Sanur, Nusa Dua and the remote coast of Candidasa are your best bets.

In Bali’s farther and lesser travelled East Bali and northern region, you’ll find some world-class diving spots with calm bays. They're home to pristine coral gardens teeming with colourful marine biodiversity. The island’s centre also offers plenty of reasons that it can be better than the beach. Explore the scenic central highlands of Ubud with its flowing rice fields, valleys and forested rivers. Yet Ubud's not only a place for cultural day-trippers. It also offers plenty for adventure-seekers and shopaholics. Picturesque mountain jogging tracks are within a short walk from designer boutique and chic cafe-lined streets. Sightseeing opportunities in Ubud are virtually endless. The town itself is densely dotted with a multitude of ancient temples, palaces and historical sites. There are many more off-the-beaten-track spots around this magical island worth discovering. Not convinced yet? See our 10 Must See and Do list!

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  • Mount Agung’s volcanic alert level is at Level 3. Minor eruptions with ash plumes occured on June 28, since the first signs of its increase in volcanic activity on November 25, 2017.
  • The hazard zone is within a 4-kilometre radius of Mount Agung's crater.
  • Most activities in Bali are unaffected, but disruptions to some flight schedules are expected.
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  • Top 10 Things to Do in Bali

    Top 10 Things to Do in Bali

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    Top 10 Restaurants in Bali

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  • Top 10 Nightlife Experiences

    Top 10 Nightlife Experiences

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    Top 10 Bali Shopping

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Where to Stay in Bali

Choosing the right hotel in the right location in Bali is crucial. This can be one of the most important decisions you make for your upcoming holiday. Kuta, Legian and Seminyak have the largest choice of hotels for those who want to be near the action. Nusa Dua is home to many luxury resorts, while Sanur hotels are more classic in style. Ubud is famous for its scenic highland retreats right in the heart of the island.

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    Top 10 Best Hotels in Bali

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  • Top 10 Best Beach Resorts

    Top 10 Best Beach Resorts

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    All Seminyak Hotels

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    All Kuta Beach Hotels

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  • Legian Beach Hotels

    All Legian Beach Hotels

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What to See and Do

The list of Bali attractions goes far beyond just beautiful beaches – although beaches are endearingly popular. Unique sights in Bali include ancient temples built in remarkable settings. Expanses of man-made rice terraces are set against natural vistas. Sites off the beaten path await to be discovered. Galleries and museums also welcome you to vibrant worlds of art and history.

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    Top 10 Things to Do in Bali

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  • Top 5 Must-See Temples

    Top 10 Must-See Temples

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  • Top 10 Attractions in Ubud

    Top 10 Attractions in Ubud

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Where to Go in Bali

Bali island has a great collection of beaches and inland destinations. Everyone knows the legendary areas of Kuta, Legian and Ubud. You may also know the popular beaches of Jimbaran and Nusa Dua. But venture out further to Bali's southern peninsula, and you'll discover more scenic and hidden beaches.

  • Kuta Beach

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  • All About Seminyak Beach

    Seminyak Beach

    Sophisticated restaurants, fine dining, local designer shops and a cosmopolitan atmosphere - Seminyak is casual and cool Read More»

  • Legian Beach

    Legian Beach

    Legian is just north of Kuta Beach, and is probably the second most popular beach area with visitors after Kuta, because Read More»

  • Nusa Dua

    Nusa Dua, from the start, was designed to be an ‘all-inclusive’ type of tourist destination. Proof lies in the pristine Read More»

  • Ubud

    Ubud

    Ubud is Bali's cultural heart. Located in the cool mountains, just an hour's drive north of the airport, this Read More»

  • All About Uluwatu and Bukit

    Uluwatu and Bukit

    Uluwatu and the Bukit area offers a stay in one of Bali's most exotic areas, away from the crowds common to Bali’s south Read More»

  • Candidasa

    Candidasa

    Candidasa is a relaxing beach area close to Bali's eastern cultural treasures like Pura Besakih, Bali's 'Mother Temple'. Read More»

  • Jimbaran Beach

    Jimbaran

    Quiet and tranquil, Jimbaran is home to the latest luxury five-star resorts like  the Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay, Read More»

  • Sanur Beach

    Sanur Beach

    Sanur was Bali's first beach resort but still retains its Balinese character and old style village ambiance. It's also Read More»

Tours & Activities

Choose from short tours to full-day, and even multiple-day excursions. These Bali tours let you discover majestic Hindu temples and highland nature vistas. There's even splashing fun you can enjoy down at the coastline. Check out these great tour packages available. They come in a wide range of preferences so you can tailor your Bali holiday to your needs.

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    Top 10 Best Tours in Bali

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  • Sightseeing & Attractions Tours

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What Type of Traveller Are You?

Bali for Families

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The Explorer Guide to Bali

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The Luxury Guide to Bali

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Bali for Muslim Travellers

Bali for Muslim Travellers

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Bali Surfing

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Bali for Spiritual Travellers

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Bali for Visitors from Jakarta

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Where to Go at Night

Bali still has much to offer after the sun goes down. Here, we’ve compiled the best of the island’s nightspots into smaller groups. There are swanky beach clubs, great rooftop bars, and hotspots where you can find Bali's most creative cocktails. Make the most of your nights wherever you are on the island with these top choices.

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    Top 10 Best Clubs in Bali

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  • 10 Best Beach Clubs

    21 Best Beach Clubs

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  • 10 Great Rooftop Bars and Restaurants in Bali

    10 Best Rooftop Bars in Bali

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Where to Shop in Bali

Even if shopping wasn't on top of your to-do lists, you can still come across irresistible buys. Try a shopping walk down the streets of Kuta, Seminyak, and many other areas. Dive into our shopping picks below. It might ease your bargain hunts and discoveries of Bali's troves. Your treasure's hiding among the great array of fine arts, jewellery, homewares and rare textiles.

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    Top 10 Bali Shopping

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  • Best Night Markets in Bali

    5 Great Night Markets

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  • 5 Best Art Markets in Bali

    5 Best Art Markets in Bali

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Where and What to Eat in Bali

Start your foodie adventures with these narrowed-down selections of great places to dine on the island. We’ve compiled all the best the island offers, from the typical ‘warung’ serving local fare, to fine dining establishments presenting fusion and international menus. Looking to learn more about local cuisine? We’ve got a page for that!

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    Top 10 Restaurants in Bali

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  • Top 10 Bali Food

    10 Best Bali Food

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Bali Off the Beaten Tracks

Start your unusual, obscure and far-flung adventures in Bali here. We’ve gathered everything from remote and lesser-travelled regions in Bali to strange and weird places to visit. Catch a soothing break from the crowds of the southern coast. Or, go on unique journeys for unforgettable days out.

  • 10 Unusual and Odd Sites

    11 Unusual and Odd Sites

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  • 10 Places in Bali to Escape the Crowds

    10 Places in Bali to Escape the Crowds

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  • Bali's 10 Hidden Beaches

    Bali's 10 Hidden Beaches

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What to Do in Bali

Find all the fun and action you can enjoy in Bali right here. Ride world-class waves. Rev through jungle terrain in quads or off-road buggies. Conquer white water rapids. Or, go beneath the waves to see the island’s magnificent reefs from up close. It's a great way to witness tropical marine bio-diversity, from up close.

  • Top 10 Bali Activities

    Top 10 Bali Activities

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  • Surfing in Bali

    Surfing in Bali

    Bali's waves satisfy serious surfers and smaller ones are ideal for budding surfers. Boards can be rented by the hour Read More»

  • Scuba Diving and Dive Sites

    Scuba Diving and Dive Sites

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  • Bali Weather

    Bali Weather

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  • Bali Calendars

    Bali Event Calendars

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  • Bali Maps

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  • Bali Airport Transfer Services

    Bali Airport Transfers

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  • Getting Around Bali

    Getting Around Bali

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  • Bali Car Rental Guide

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