Bali

Indonesia
Nusa Dua Beach which includes a sandy beach and tropical scenes
Gaze at rice terraces and mountains, explore ancient Hindu temples, meet exotic animals, or simply laze on pristine beaches.

Bali is a country with all-round appeal. Whether you're a young family, lone backpacker, newlyweds, or retired, the sumptuous beauty of this country will lure you in. Prices can suit all pockets too. Famous for its nightlife and beaches, Bali is also a country rich in heritage and diverse wildlife. Explore all assets of this Indonesian island, or focus on one or two on your Bali holiday.

It's fair to say that many of Bali's first tourists flocked here for the beaches. With warm, untainted waters and immaculate sands to match, beach life remains big here. You'll find ample action on the likes of North Kuta Beach, which has been welcoming surfers and sunbathers since the 1970s. For a more peaceful coastal experience, try nearbySanur Beach, which offers a markedly more laid back approach. Expert surfers will want to head straight toUluwatu Beach. This humble sandy cove is home to some of Bali's mightiest waves. Looming above the beach is another example of why Bali is so popular among touristsUluwatu Temple. Revel in the history of this religious building that dates back beyond the 11th century, and watch the sun set over the Java Sea.

Bali's temples are a significant attraction. Bathe in koi carp-infested waters at theGunung Kawi Temple, before retreating to one of its ancient meditation rooms hewn into the rock. TheUlun Danu Templeresides in one of Bali's most spectacular settings. Take a boat out onto Lake Bratan, and witness its misty mountain backdrop.

It's impossible to travel far in Bali without encountering beguiling scenes of nature. Hike around the verdant rice terraces ofTegallalang Village, deemed the prettiest in the country. Cool off in the idyllic waters underneathGitgit Waterfall. Make exotic feathered friends at theBali Bird Park, home to the world's largest collection of Indonesian birds. Feed deer, camels and tigers atBali Zoo. Hitch an elephant-back ride through the jungle at theBali Elephant Safari Park Lodge. Find more unique accommodation atSaranam Eco-Resort, where you can sleep in a traditional Balinese lodge, way up in the mountains.

Getting around Bali is easy enough if you drive. Car and scooter rentals allow you maximum freedom. Taxis are generally affordable, although less so when heading to and from overly touristy destinations. Temperatures remain pleasantly warm throughout the year. To avoid a saturation of rain, visit between April and October.

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Popular cities in Bali

Nusa Dua Beach which includes a sandy beach and tropical scenes
Denpasar
Known for Beach view, Family-friendly and Romantic
After you touch down in Denpasar, stick around a while to see what the capital has to offer.

Reasons to visit

  • Sanur Beach
  • Bajra Sandhi Monument
  • Pantai Karang Beach
Puri Lukisan Museum showing a temple or place of worship
Ubud
Known for Forests, Spas and Yoga
Visit Hindu temples in lush forests, treat yourself to rejuvenating body treatments and discover the thriving arts scene of Bali's cultural capital.

Reasons to visit

  • Ubud Monkey Forest
  • Ubud Palace
  • Ubud Traditional Art Market
Jimbaran Beach showing food and a sunset
Kuta
Known for Beach view, Shopping and Sea
This popular tourist resort is known for its nightlife, beaches and theme parks with plenty of traditional Balinese culture and a relaxed island vibe.

Reasons to visit

  • Kuta Beach
  • Bali Bombing Memorial
  • Kuta Square
Nusa Dua Beach which includes a sandy beach and tropical scenes
Nusa Dua
Known for Beach view, Relaxing and Family-friendly
This tourism estate has luxury seaside resorts, sweeping beaches, great surf and restaurants, shops and museums all within a gated community.

Reasons to visit

  • Moon Cot Sari Turtle Farm