Bali Travel Guide

Our Bali travel guide outlines your favourite places in Bali and the ones off the beaten track that might pleasantly surprise you. Use this Bali travel guide to look up places of interest or unknown places to get some background knoweledge of what the area is like and what it has to offer.

Popular Bali Destinations

There are a few places that most people gravitate towards when they are planning a trip to Bali. And they are the most popular places for their own individual reasons. A holiday to Bali (particularly if it’s your first trip) wouldn’t be the same without seeing at least a couple of the Bali destinations mentioned below.

Kuta

Kuta is probably one of Bali’s most well known destinations and attracts many tourists each year.

Click here for Kuta Travel Guide.

Legian

Legian is right next door to Kuta, and they share many similarities. On the beach, busy and not short of a tourist.

Click here for Legian Travel Guide.

Seminyak

Seminyak is north of Kuta and Legian. It’s by the beach and offers a bit more sophistication then it’s neighbouring counterparts.

Click here for Seminyak Travel Guide.

Tuban 

Tuban is basically south Kuta. Stay here if you want to stay in Kuta but have a little peace too.

Click here for Tuban Travel Guide.

Jimbaran

Jimbaran is south of Kuta, by a beautiful beach. You will find luxury resorts nestled within a local community.

Click here for Jimbaran Travel Guide.

Ubud

Ubud is in central Bali, with a thriving local villiage and surrounding rice fields. Beauty. Bliss.

Click here for Ubud Travel Guide.

Sanur

Sanur is on the east coast of Bali, with lots of water sports available.

Click here for Sanur Travel Guide.

Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua is located on the south eastern side of Bali. Essentially, it’s 5 star resorts in a bubble.

Click here for Nusa Dua Travel Guide.

Tanjung Benoa

Tanjung Benoa is near Nusa Dua, and popular for water activities.

Click here for Tanjung Benoa Travel Guide.

Denpasar

Denpasar is Bali’s Capital, although it is not a main attraction.

Click here for Denpasar Travel Guide.

Uluwatu

Uluwatu is in Bali’s South and is renowned for surfing, beautiful beaches and cliff top hotels.

Click here for Uluwatu Travel Guide.

Off The Beaten Track

Every corner of Bali has something to see.These destinations are great to add to your bali holiday plan if your hoping to see something a little quieter with less tourists.

Candidasa

Candidasa is located on the east coast of Bali, and is a laid back beach town. Come here if you want to escape the crowds.

Padang Bai

Padang Bai is near Candidasa, and serves as a port for boat travel to Lombok and the Gili Islands. Beautiful beaches great for diving and snorkelling.

Amed

Amed is in north eastern Bali. It is a quiet, peaceful fishing village, where people go to relax, swim and dive.

Singaraja

Singaraja is on the north coast of Bali, and Bali’s second largest city. Come here to see the old town and surrounding sights.

Lovina

Lovina is in Bali’s north coast, just west of Singaraja. Known for it’s black sand beaches and dolphin watching.

Nusa Lembongan

A small island south west of Bali. Come here to relax in the slow pace, with the main activities surfing, diving and snorkelling.

Bali’s Neighbour: Lombok and the Gili Islands

Lombok is becoming more popular over the recent years. Lombok is another Indonesian island east of Bali, that you can reach by boat or plane. It is far less touristy then Bali but has some beautiful landscapes and beaches.

Senggigi

Senggigi is the main tourist area of Lombok, with a small town and hotels lining the beach.

Click here for Senggigi Travel Guide.

Gili Islands

Gili Islands are made up of 3 Islands with stunning beaches, with Gili Trawangan being the most touristy and populated.

Click here for Gili Trawangan Travel Guide.

Need More Information?

Use our Bali travel guide to find out that little bit more about places in Bali, to help plan your Bali Holiday. Our Bali travel guide should be used to get a little ‘taste’ of the locations. See the following for more information:

Things to do In Bali

Bali Itineraries

25 Comments

  • Jeet Haria says:

    Hey, we are planning to go to Bali for our honeymoon in the month of February. We both are nature and adventure lovers. We are planning a 8-10 days trip ( Ubud- Lombok- Sanur) We are looking for some cycling tours, treks, waterfall etc. Please help us plan.

  • Diana says:

    Dear Mandy and Chris,
    Thank you so much for your help!!
    As much as I hear, read and look for more pictures, I get more and more interested but also confused!
    We really want to avoid places like Kuta, as we feel it’s too touristic and also too busy.
    We live in Portugal, which also has nice beaches, however, we don’t have hot water and mostly we don’t have cristal clear waters which is what we are looking for. Also we are traveling a bit on a budget, so I think Karma Kendara sounds great but it’s too expensive for us.
    As I told before, we think maybe three stops in 12 days should be OK for us, so now our plan should be something like :
    1 – Ubud
    2 – Ubud (day trip to Pura Ulun Danu)
    3 – Ubud
    4 – Ubud (day trip to Tanah Lot – What do you think about this with a baby?)
    5 – Ubud – travel to ??
    6 – ?
    7 – ?
    8 – ?
    9 – ? – Sanur
    10 – Sanur
    11 – Sanur
    12 – Sanur
    13 – Sanur – Flight to Singapore

    The question is… where should we go between Ubud and Sanur to have a different experience from all the other options??…
    And what do you think about Sanur? Are we doing the best option? Is Sanur beach a really stunning one?
    Nusa Dua sounds great but I heard it can be a place where you can’t feel the real Bali… what do you think about this?
    Sorry for asking your help again… and thank you so much for your precious advices!

  • Diana says:

    Hi!
    Very nice blog with lots of great information!
    Its hard to plan an itinerary to Bali because everything sounds just great! Me and my husband, we are used to travel quite a bit and we are always interested to see and to experience as much as we can. However, at this time, we will have our one year old baby with us, and we want something a bit more relaxed. By the way, what do you think about traveling to Bali with a one year old baby??
    About itinerary, we have 12 days (end of August) and I absolutely have no ideia where to go. The only thing it’s mandatory is Ubud (maybe 4 nights and we would like to do a one day travel to Pura Ulun Danu Temple, does it worth it?). We are not too much into snorkeling or surfing. We would love to have stunning beaches, but not too overcrowded. As much calm and relaxed as possible. And because of the baby, we think total 3 stops it’s ok. We would love to go to Gili, but because we are flying from Kuala Lumpur and at the end we will finish our trip in Singapura, I think going to Gili will add a lot of travels and I wonder if it’s worth it…?
    Can we ask for your help with the itinerary? Thank you so much! Diana.

    • Hi Diana,
      Thanks :)
      I Know! It is so hard to plan where to stay, there is too many beautiful places, and different places too. Traveling with a baby should be fine. I will say however that a pram may prove challenging in a lot of areas. If you need to heat up baby food etc, cafes and accommodation staff, and Balinese people in general are extremely friendly and helpful so you should be able to find a solution to any problem. English is very widely understood and spoken. Ubud is great and glad to hear you will spend 4 nights here. With Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, it is from memory around 1.5 hours from Ubud, so not super close but not too far either. It would be a good temple choice with your baby, flat, no stairs from memory and nice but not massive grounds. We enjoyed our visit, we had a rainy foggy day, but was still worth it. In terms of stunning beaches, a few of the quieter ones would require more physical effort to reach with stairs etc.for example Bingin, and Padang Padang which can also get busy easily as it is quite small. A good option for your family may be a beach club option like Sundays or Karma Kendara, to get some stunning beach time with all the amenities (not a free beach, private beach). Not sure where you had in mind other than Ubud, but Nusa Dua is quite a nice beach area that tends to not be as busy in parts. This is a very ‘hotel lined beach’ but there is pretty public beach areas too. Jimbaran is also a quieter beach, not always great for swimming though but great walking beach. Gili’s are great, but the boats to/from are extremely weather/ocean dependent, which may go against the ‘as calm and relaxed as possible’ if you arrive seasick. It would add more travels which is ok but if your questioning it now, I would probably not include the Gili’s. But yes they are beautiful.

      As for the Itinerary:
      Pherhaps think about
      Nusa Dua, relaxed and pretty, lots of nice hotel options. (Also close to Pandawa beach, which is pretty :)) Although lacking a little cutlure, it meets your other needs.
      Jimbaran, nice walking beach with a little bit more of a local area (when you take out the hotels ;) as well as seafood on the beach.
      Seminyak, whilst not ‘real Bali’ is filled with so many great food options, nice beach (also not always swimmable) access to anything you would need.
      Sanur, a quieter area with a nice swimmable beach, which has culture, a small night market and restaurants.

      Hiring a private driver a couple of times may help make traveling with a baby as easy as possible, so they can drop you off anywhere and wait, rather than trying to find taxis if you plan to see a few places in the same day.

      Let us know if you have any more questions
      Happy travels :)
      Chris and Mandy

  • Michelle says:

    Hi! We are going to bali for 14 nights in June and are keen to go to ubub, seminyak and lembongan. Could you please suggest how many nights in each place?? And would you suggest any alternatives to seminyak and lembogan or stick with those? Love your page super helpful :)

    • Hi Michelle!
      So excited for your trip, sounds great you have chosen well I think. In terms of things to do and see, Ubud and Seminyak will keep you busier than Lembongan so I would say more time in those two. Unless of course you plan to spend a lot of time diving for example, in which case spend longer on Lembongan.
      I would say Seminyak(5-7nights) Ubud (5-7nights) Lembongan (2-3nights). When you do Lembongan, look into exploring Nusa Penida and Ceningan. Thanks for your kind words about the page :) Have the best trip! If you have any other questions let us know…
      Happy Travels
      Chris and Mandy

  • Rabia says:

    Hi! you have a great blog; most helpful. Im planning a trip in late December and new years. Only 7 days though. What can you suggest? Also what is the travelling time from Jakarata to Ubud?

    Thanks

    • Hi Rabia, thanks so much :) With 7 days I would base myself in 1 or 2 places to make the most of it, unless you’re not interested in relaxing then you could stay in 3 different areas. I would probably say 2 areas is nice. Ubud is a great place to see, with lots of surrounding natural beauty, Balinese culture and plenty of things to do and see. We loved Tegenungan waterfall (about 20 minutes from Ubud Village) and the surrounding rice fields around Ubud. If you are staying in Ubud village, then the Campuhan Ridge walk is beautiful (https://almostlanding-bali.com/how-to-get-to-the-campuhan-ridge-walk-ubud/). The other spot really depends on what you like and want to see/do. Have a look at Seminyak, Canggu, Jimbaran and Uluwatu.
      Are you flying from Jakarata to Denpasar? If so, it takes about 2 hours from the airport to get to Ubud.
      Let us know if you have any other questions and have a great time in Bali :)

  • Bal says:

    Hi!
    Love your blog! I am planning my trip I have 17 days in Feb for Bali! This the itinerary I have come up with ( dates may change);

    Feb 14-18 (4nights) Ubud (thought wonderful place to spend Valentines and soak in Bali)
    Feb18-20 Legion (2 night) (Get a little party and up beat feel) Open to other recommendations
    Feb 20-24 (4 night) Nusa Dua (Beach, relax, eat good food) 4 nights too much?
    Feb 24-28 Seminyak (4 nights)
    Feb 28-2 (2 nights) Jimbaran ( I heard you see the most amazing sunsets, awesome seafood) ) close to airport

    I am open to any insight in tweaking my trip or any areas that suggest adding or “Must do” in these areas.

    Look forward from hearing from you!

    • Hi Bali, thanks so much :)

      4 nights in Ubud sounds great. Try the Campuhan Ridge walk (https://almostlanding-bali.com/how-to-get-to-the-campuhan-ridge-walk-ubud/), Tegenungan waterfall, a rice terrace walk and Locavore for lunch or dinner (bookings required).

      As for Legian/Seminyak, they are pretty close to each other, so you could pick just one of them and visit the other during the day to save moving accommodation. You had 2 + 4 nights so perhaps spend 5 nights in one of them?

      4 nights in Nusa Dua would be great, defintiely relaxing, but as for food options, there are definitely some great ones, but there are much more food options in Seminyak. I would defintiely recommend trying traditional Balinese food at Bumbu Bali and an amazing weekend brunch at Sofitel (magnifique brunch). Also going to Pandawa beach from here.

      Jimbaran for 2 nights – I would put the extra night from combining Legian/Seminyak here and perhaps even one of the nights from Nusa Dua, making it 4 nights total. I say this as the seafood dinners are delicious and laid back, sunsets are great, and it’s a great base to explore Uluwatu and the beaches of Bukit peninsula.

      Have a great time in Bali, let us know if you have any other questions :)

  • Anu says:

    Hi – where would you recommend going to find good snorkeling in Bali/Lombok/Gili? We will be going in late September for 10 days and plan to visit ubud and one beach town, but not sure which beach town is best for snorkeling (we won’t be going to kuta though!) thanks!!

    • Hi Anu, Gili Trawangan has some great snorkelling and snorkelling trips. As for snorkelling in Bali, Blue Lagoon near Padang Bai is good, Amed area, Menjangan Island and Nusa Lembongan/Penida are also good. If you don’t want to base yourself in these places you can always do an organised snorkelling trip too.
      Have a great trip :)

  • shirish sathe says:

    Hi Chris & Mandy,

    your blogs and website is amazing to understand Bali completely. thank you so much.

    I have planned my Bali Honeymoon trip for a week from 30th November 2016 till 06 December 2016.

    we start our tour from Seminyak for 2 nights and then move to Nusa Lembongan for 2 nights and end our tour at Ubud with 2 nights.

    Do you think this is a good itenary?

    I have added Scuba in my Intenary. Do you suggest i should book it when I reach there?

    Please help me in the Intenary as I am not sure if the above made plan is good or not

    • Hi Shirish, thanks so much :) In terms of places in Bali you have chosen three great places and they are all completely different which is great. My only concern is 2 days in each place with transport in between is pretty quick, and you may not be able to fully enjoy each place and Bali as a whole if you go too quick. Scuba diving is great in Nusa Lembongan, so you could do that in that part of your itinerary. I haven’t personally done scuba diving so can’t recommend a company but if you have a look at tripadvisor for some suggestions it might be worth booking in advance especially since you only have a short time in Nusa Lembongan. If you have another 2 days to spare 3 days in Seminyak, 2 days in Nusa Lembongan and 3 days in Ubud would probably allow you to relax and explore more. Otherwise, I think you can make it work, even if it’s a bit rushed you will see some beautiful parts of Bali and you can always come back ;)
      Let us know if you have any other questions and have a great trip :)

  • Heather says:

    Ps we are open to doing anything and everything!

  • Heather says:

    Hey guys! Thanks for this blog. It has been so insightful already! I’m heading to Bali with 2 friends next month and am looking into booking accommodations now. We definitely want to go to Ubud and Kuta/Seminyak. Is there a third place we should definitely spend a night or two?! We will be there for 8 nights. Thanks?

    • Hi Heather,
      Thanks so much :) Considering you only have 8 nights I think 2 places is plenty unless you had your heart set on somewhere. Ubud and Seminyak will give you a nice mix. You could always do a day trip to Uluwatu for some other beaches.
      Have a great time in Bali :)

  • Jell Dawson says:

    Hello,

    Could you please suggest 2 weeks itinerary that includes Gili Trawangan and Semiyank? Unsure how to get to Gili T.

    Thanks,
    Jell

    • Hi Jell, it’s hard to say without knowing what your interests are, but a simple and varied itinerary could be Seminyak (4 days), Ubud (4 days) & Gili Trawangan (4 days). You could also include some of mainland Lombok too (2 days). Obviously the length of time in each place can vary depending what your priorities are.
      You can get to Gili T two main ways, by speed boat from Serangan harbour or Padang Bai or by flying to Lombok, then getting a taxi to the harbour and a 10-minute speed boat to Gili T. Either way, it will take you about half a day to get there and half a day to get back.
      Let us know if you have any other questions and have a great time :)

  • Abhijit says:

    Hi Mandy and Chris

    Where would you recommend staying? Kuta or Nusa Dua? My travel agent suggests either of the two

    • Hi Abhijit,
      It really depends what you want out of your holiday. Kuta is very touristy but right in the middle of everything. There is a beach, markets, lots of restaurants and bars/clubs. Seminyak, near Kuta, would probably be my pick for this area as it has some amazing restaurants and I find it’s a little nicer.
      Nusa Dua is a nice area with a beach, nice hotels, it’s much quieter than Kuta, but doesn’t have as much within walking distance.
      There are lots of other areas to consider as well, including Jimbaran and Ubud to name a few. If you let me know some more information I’d be happy to help :)
      Have a great time in Bali!

  • Jacinta says:

    Is it safe to travel to bali (weatherwise) mid october.if there’s a shower or two that lasts for a few minutes here and there that’s okay. Just wondering what what the weather is usually like then. Planning a trip mid october first time to bali .

    • Hi Jacinta! October is technically the start of the wet season, but due to it’s tropical weather, when it rains its usually over fairly quickly. You should still get beautiful warm days, with occasional rain. We just got back from Bali (In the dry season), and it surprisingly rained every day for a week (we were there for 4 weeks). So you have to expect some rain, but it’s also a great time to get a massage :) We have been in November and February in the wet season, and loved it both times.
      Let us know if you have any more questions…

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