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Welcome to Bali

With its lush rice terraces and ancient mysticism, Bali is an Indonesian island that emanates tranquillity. Nature lovers seek out the jagged cliffs and pristine beaches of Uluwatu, while travelers desiring solace flock to the Hindu temples and shamans of Ubud. And in Denpasar, Bali’s underappreciated capital, testaments to ancient culture reign supreme. Undisputed highlights come in the form of Ubud’s Sacred Monkey Forest, Tanah Lot Temple, and the sacred peak of Mt. Batur, all of which rank among Bali's most popular things to do; while local villages, deserted hiking routes, and roadside restaurants reveal a muted yet equally majestic charm.

Top 10 attractions in Bali

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Ubud Monkey Forest (Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary)

Ubud Monkey Forest (Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary)

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A Balinese Hindu site, the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is populated by some 700 long-tailed Balinese macaques that live in and around the forest. The monkeys are believed to protect the area and the three Hindu temples within—Pura Dalem Agung, Pura Beji, and Pura Prajapati—from evil spirits.More
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Tegenungan Waterfall (Air Terjun Tegenungan)

Tegenungan Waterfall (Air Terjun Tegenungan)

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Not far from Ubud, Tegenungan Waterfall foams in a white cascade over black stone cliffs into a quiet pool. At around 66 feet (20 meters) high, it’s an impressive flow, and that’s not all the site has to offer. Besides climbable cliffs, a secret smaller waterfall, and simple food stalls, a charming grotto houses a sacred spring.More
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Tegalalang Rice Terrace (Sawah Terasering Tegalalang)

Tegalalang Rice Terrace (Sawah Terasering Tegalalang)

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The stunning Tegalalang Rice Terrace, part of the Cultural Landscape of Bali Province UNESCO World Heritage Site, comprises cascading emerald-green fields worked by local rice farmers. Just outside Ubud, it has become a destination for travelers making their way between Bali’s sandy beaches, towering mountains, and steaming volcanoes.More
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Tirta Empul Temple (Pura Tirta Empul)

Tirta Empul Temple (Pura Tirta Empul)

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Bali’s most popular sacred spring, Tirta Empul Temple dates back more than 1,000 years. Travelers from around the globe flock to its holy waters to bathe beside Balinese pilgrims; accept blessings from healers, priests, and shamans; or simply soak up the atmosphere. The temple is northeast of Ubud in Tampaksiring, not far from Gunung Kawi.More
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Museum Pasifika

Museum Pasifika

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Nusa Dua’s answer to Ubud’s art museums, Museum Pasifika, which opened in 2006, is dedicated to the art of Asia Pacific. Balinese artists and expatriates working on the island are well-represented, but galleries showcase art and sculptures from Papua, Vanuatu, Polynesia, historical Indo-China, and beyond.More
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Kuta Beach (Pantai Kuta)

Kuta Beach (Pantai Kuta)

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Bali’s first beach hotel opened back in the 1930s on Kuta’s epic sweep of golden sand and metronomic surf. In the ‘60s and ‘70s, Australian surfers popularized the place, and today Kuta Beach is the epicenter of Kuta, Bali’s liveliest and most touristic district. If great waves and beach boys float your boat, Kuta won’t disappoint.More
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Ubud Palace (Puri Saren Agung)

Ubud Palace (Puri Saren Agung)

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Home of Ubud’s royal family since the late-19th century, Ubud Palace (Puri Saren Palace or Puri Saren Agung) sits in the heart of downtown Ubud near the traditional art market. Explore the pavilions and gardens. There are also traditional Balinese dance performances in the courtyard each evening, a must for any visitor to Indonesia.More
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Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah)

Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah)

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With a history dating back more than 1,000 years, one of Bali’s holiest Hindu sites (and most popular attractions) is a grotto covered in carvings of mythological creatures. While Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) has uncertain origins, it's believed that Hindu priests dug it out by hand to use as a hermitage.More
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Campuhan Ridge Walk

Campuhan Ridge Walk

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The classically Balinese combo of rice fields and river gorges is what makes Ubud’s landscapes so beloved, and the Campuhan Ridge Walk, the best-known walk in Ubud, is the perfect way to appreciate them. Starting at Pura Gunung Lebah, choose between a 2-hour circular route around Campuhan and Sanggingan or a longer hike to Keliki and Taro.More
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Mt. Batur (Gunung Batur)

Mt. Batur (Gunung Batur)

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Bali is known for it beautiful beaches, but the interior has its own appeal. Here you’ll find one of the region’s most active volcanoes, Mt. Batur (Gunung Batur), rising 5,633 feet (1,717 meters) above sea level In the highlands of Kintamani.More

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Top activities in Bali

Recent reviews from experiences in Bali

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Great private guide in Ubud.
Sam_A, May 2022
Ubud Tour - Best of Ubud - All Inclusive
Picked us up from our hotel and spent the entire day taking us around Ubud to the best sights and telling us all about the history and culture of Ubud and Bali.
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Wonderful experience
spwells17, May 2022
Ubud Tour - Best of Ubud - All Inclusive
I got to see great variety of places and learned a lot about the culture of Bali.
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Just amazing
Nina_C, May 2022
Bali Instagram Tour: The Most Scenic Spots
We highly recommend it it was the opportunity to see the best spots of Bali with the best driver !
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A great bike ride through the heart of Bali
kim_l, May 2022
Half Day Cycling Tour
It was great to see the heart of Bali with a great guide wayan Jack, and then finished off with amazing food.
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Great Tour
Shadman_C, May 2022
Bali InstaTour
The pictures came out fantastically and there was plenty of activities to do.
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My guide, Ben was the...
Grace_L, May 2022
One Day Nusa Penida Island West & East
He was accommodating, kind, and spoke really good English.
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Bali the beautiful!
Vanessa_M, May 2022
Bali Day Tour - Exploring The Most Scenic Spots
The waterfall was the highlight of our trip.
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Pande was attentive to all our needs, we've visited all we wanted
Christina_W, Apr 2022
Individual Tour in your Chosen Route with a Private Driver and Free WiFi
Pande was attentive to all our needs, esp as we has only one week in Bali and wanted to see as much as possible.
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Beautiful day with Enawan !!
Chloe_D, May 2022
Tanah Lot - Private Full Day Tour - All Inclusive
We will definitely contact you if our family or friends are coming to visit Bali so they could enjoy as us a really nice day here.
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One of our best days in Bali!
nbowes93, May 2022
Bali Quad Bike and White Water Rafting Inclusive Private Transfer
and took us swimming in a waterfall.
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breathless Batur
marvin_g, May 2022
Bali Mount Batur Sunrise Hike and Natural Hot Spring
the driver Kadek took me to the hot springs after and then the Market and Coffee farm.
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Great tour, perfect guide
YALIMCAN_A, May 2022
Bali Instagram Tour: The Most Scenic Spots
This is a great day tour to see most scenic spots in Bali island.
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Ubud Day Trip
Jonathan_M, May 2022
Ubud Tour - Best of Ubud - All Inclusive
Had a really great time taking a day to visit Ubud in Bali during my stay.
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A very pleasant excursion with Ketut
Donna_C, May 2022
Individual Tour in your Chosen Route with a Private Driver and Free WiFi
The highlight of the day was the waterfall, monkey sanctuary, rice paddies and of course Batur volcano (all the sights were beautiful especially mount Batur).
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Great 2 Days in Bali
Jenny_E, May 2022
Full-Day in Bali: Private Design-Your-Own Tour
We provided a huge list of ideas and places that we wanted to visit beforehand and they helped make a cohesive/thoughtful 2-day itinerary out of our thoughts.
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Mount Batur Jeep Tour
Krisela_K, Apr 2022
Mount Batur Jeep Tours
The visit at the volcano is fascinating and the hot springs stop is just what you need after the ride through the volcanic rocks.
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Life Changing, Extraordinary
Ellie_C, Apr 2022
Mount Batur Trekking And Rice Terrace with Hotel Transfer
We were able to see the first glimpse of light all the way through the CRAZIEST sunrise I’ve ever seen.
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Full day tour with Gusti
Jordy_S, Apr 2022
Blue Lagoon Snorkeling and Lunch - Kanto Lampo - Tibumana Waterfall-All Included
After the first waterfall we would change the plan.
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Christiana_Y, Apr 2022
Best of Bali Waterfalls: Tibumana, Tukad Cepung and Tegenungan
A very good itinerary that enables us to explore the waterfalls and its specilities and learn also about Balinese cultural.
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My experience
Lexy_P, Dec 2021
Blue Lagoon Snorkeling and Uluwatu Sunset Tour
The whole day was busy and full of activities that didn’t disappoint.

People Also Ask

What should you not miss in Bali?

Bali’s natural wonders include volcanoes, waterfalls, gorgeous beaches, and world-class surfing and diving. But it’s culture that makes the island unique. In between sexy beach clubs and decadent restaurants, hit temples like Tanah Lot, Uluwatu, and Monkey Forest, eat babi guling (suckling pig), and explore Ubud’s galleries and museums.

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What is the best month to go to Bali?

May is the best month to go to Bali. The rainy season has finished but the crowds escaping the Australian winter and European summer have not arrived. That means lower humidity, fewer crowds, and generally clear skies—not to mention great surf on the west and south coasts.

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How many days do you need in Bali?

Flying to Bali causes real damage to the environment. You can reduce your carbon footprint and see more of this fascinating island by staying for at least 10 days. That lets you experience bars, clubs, beaches, culture, nature, diving, surfing, temples, restaurants, museums, waterfalls, and offshore islands like Penida Island.

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Which part of Bali should I visit?

Bali has something for every traveler. Ubud is the island’s art and culture capital; Canggu and Seminyak offer shops, bars, spas, clubs, cafés, and restaurants; Uluwatu boasts world-class waves and cliff-top clubs. Try Amed, Padangbai, or Pemuteran for diving and snorkeling, Sidemen for a slice of rural life, or Sanur for kid-friendly beach.

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What should I see in Bali?

There’s so much to see in Bali. Instagrammers love Bali’s swings, cafés, beach clubs, and waterfalls. Active travelers can snorkel with mantas, learn to surf, or scale Mt. Batur volcano. Culture vultures can enjoy temples like Tanah Lot, Uluwatu, and Monkey Forest, galleries like ARMA, or the magical Tirta Gangga Water Garden.

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Is Bali expensive to visit?

No. Bali need not be expensive to visit. You can splurge thousands on vintage champagne, fine dining, and an ultra-luxury villa, or stay in a simple guesthouse for under US$20 and eat street food for under US$5. Transport costs can be significant unless you are licensed (and insured!) to drive.

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