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Ujung Water Palace

Taman Ujung or “water palace” is located near the village of Seraya in the Karangasem region, east of Bali. It is the sister site of Tirta Gangga, also built by the late King of Karangasem. The Ujung water palace consists of several large pools and historic structures set against the backdrop of Mount Agung to the north and the coastline to the south. The site was devastated by fiery clouds following the eruption of Mount Agung in 1963 as well as an earthquake in 1979. Restoration efforts over the past 10 years have given way to its present splendor for the greatest pleasure of visitors.

A real architectural gem as you only see in Bali! In the background, the sea, the mountains and the rice fields provide an extraordinary setting for this refined park. A decor that looks like paradise.

Water Palace Ujung Soekasada Bali decorated with large water pool, garden with beautiful mountain & sea view. Construction started in 1909 and finished in 1921.

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Away from the main road in East Bali is the magnificent Soekasada Ujung Water Palace (or Taman Soekasada Ujung in Indonesian; or Soekasada Ujung Water Palace in English). Built in 1919, this palace is much less known to tourists than that of Tirtagangga. His visit, very pleasant, is free. Its geographical location adds a plus to the beauty of the site: on one side you can see the blue of the ocean, and on the other the Gunung Agung volcano. Paid access IDR 50 000 (around 3 EUR + parking 0.50 EUR).

History and architecture of the Ujung Water Palace

Bali’s Ujung resort has the official name “Taman Sukasada Ujung”. It is the private property of the royal family of the late King of Karangasem.

This water palace was built in 1909 by a Dutch and Chinese architect, for the raja of Karangasem. The complex therefore combines Balinese and European architecture through its three ponds connected by bridges, steps and paths. It was founded in the same period as its neighbor the Tirta Gangga Water Palace.

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In 1963, the eruption of Mount Agung then in 1975 the earthquake severely damaged the palace which was renovated to perfection. In 1921, the Taman Ujung Royal Estate became officially open to the public and became known as a Royal Water Garden Complex.

The Ujung Water Palace has undergone many changes over time, various expansions and additions around Kolam Dirah Basin, the only pool existing at the time. This basin was a place of punishment for partisans accused of witchcraft. The Dirah pool takes its name from the legendary witch of Calonarang.

Location

Situated in Karangasem, east of Bali.

Visit the Ujung Water Palace

The Ujung Water Palace is one of the most beautiful sites in Bali with its green garden and its large lawns, its large pools, its many statues and open-air sculptures, its parasols and the palace’s play of light and shadow.

Taman Ujung Soekasada’s main pool has a sculpted bridge that provides access to the “Gili Bale”, the main building set over the water.

Step inside the palace to marvel at the vistas from the windows, doorways and many walkways.

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Ujung’s Taman Sukasada Palace is set against the backdrop of the majestic Mount Agung volcano to the north, the sea to the southwest, and an expanse of verdant rice fields to the east.

Many Balinese newlyweds go here for their photographs and many lovers come to hug as the breathtaking decor inspires romance. The park has very beautiful panoramas that can be reached by climbing up the steps.

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You can easly spend 2 hours there or you can relax a whole afternoon there, there are even pedal boats and boats to relax on the pools.

The entrance to access the Ujung Water Palace is IDR 50,000, approximately € 3.5. It is open from approximately 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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The Rich Bali Heritage and Culture

Bali may well receive more than 3 million tourists each year, but it has not been distorted. Everywhere on the island – except perhaps around Kuta – you can attend processions, ceremonies or traditional shows. Bali heritage and culture remains extremely lively, coexisting and/or adapting to the new tourist situation, and that’s good!

Dances and music

Balinese dances are the finest and best-known expression of this cultural vitality. There are some 2,000 troupes on the island, which perform in temples, because dance in Bali is linked to the divine and the sacred: many shows are inspired, for example, by the Hindu epic Ramayana .

Under no circumstances miss a performance of legong or kecak (very spectacular): bewitchment guaranteed to the haunting sound of the gamelans (traditional instrument). Another show to discover: the wayang kulit puppets.

Temples and ceremonies

Temples are the other major expression of Balinese cultural vitality. Throughout the year, even every day, ceremonies take place there. Tourists can attend with respect and discretion.

Cremations (in public) are among the most amazing ceremonies in the eyes of Westerners. Generally taking place 6 weeks after the death, they take on a certain splendor, as they constitute a crucial rite of passage for the deceased towards the afterlife.

Another surprising ceremony: the filing of teeth, which marks the adolescent’s entry into the adult world. Finally, there are lots of religious festivals throughout the year, bringing villages and temples to life, but also games, such as cockfighting, bird singing or kite flying competitions…

Pictorial and culinary arts

Bali is also renowned for its painting, and in particular its naive paintings in an easily recognizable style, combining vegetation, animals and humans.

Finally, last but not least, Balinese cuisine will delight gourmets: try the traditional babi guling (stuffed suckling pig cooked on a spit), urab and bebek betut (duck). From warung to trendy designer restaurant, the island offers a very wide range, within reach of all budgets!

The peaceful and relaxed life in Bali

Nicknamed the Island of the Gods, this Indonesian island is perfectly suited to foreigners eager for cultural heritage, respect for traditions, water sports enthusiasts, scuba diving enthusiasts, adventurers of all kinds as well as retirees in search of calm and tranquility, Bali is intended as much for shopaholics as it is for lovers of relaxation.

Temples in Bali, an ancestral cultural heritage.

More than 10,000 Balinese temples, including the very famous Pura Batukaru Temple, located on the southern slope of the mount of the same name, surrounded by lush vegetation, bordering a lake, according to the inhabitants, it is a Paradise, nothing is more wonderful than getting up early for a visit to the temple in order to start a magnificent day, the Balinese tradition imposes appropriate clothing for visiting the temples, the body must be covered with a sarong, this makes it possible to keep the body intact. sacred side of the place.

Crafts, arts and shopping in Bali

The center of Ubud is the ideal place to discover Balinese art and the wealth of local crafts.
Bamboo work, household furniture, traditional clothing, Sarongs, toys, artistic paintings, everything that Indonesian craftsmanship can produce can be found in the Ubud market.
Visitors take the opportunity to admire the royal palace located a few steps from the center, where the royal family usually resides.
The most interesting works of art are in the Puri Lukisan Museum, which has a remarkable park.

The ancestral culture of rice

In the most mountainous regions of the island, the cultivation of rice is a curiosity, terraces are laid out on the sides of the hills allowing the main agricultural activity of rice. Tourist attraction that fascinates apprentice photographers who park their vehicle as close as possible to the summit and thus enjoy the idyllic setting of the rice fields with the valley in the background. Bar, cafe and restaurants offer exotic dishes made from rice which among the Balinese is the equal of a goddess very appreciated by the population of Bali.

Bali and its beaches

The most famous beach in Bali is of course Kuta Beach, which is often overcrowded, it is nice to know that a few steps from Kuta Beach is Seminyak Beach, which is less popular and therefore less crowded with tourists.
If you have a vehicle or scooter, Sanur beach, known for offering magnificent sunsets, is half an hour away, for peace and quiet, Nusa Dua beach, for privacy, the beaches near Kuta less accessible but delicious, Seminyak beach is glamorous, water sports enthusiasts will find themselves on the beach of Tanjung Benoa where water activities are numerous.

Traditional Balinese dishes

Balinese gastronomy is particularly rich and varied. The national dish is nasi goreng, made from fried rice with pieces of meat, vegetables and eggs. In bakmi goreng, rice is replaced with fried noodles. Sates are small skewers of meat, grilled over a wood fire.

They are usually drizzled with a sauce made from peanuts. We also eat fresh tuna, crab, lobsters, avocado salads, as well as babi guglin [roast suckling pig], bebek betutuh [honey duck] which are the specialties of the island. The fruits are plentiful and tasty: mangoes, pineapples, papayas (which make excellent juices!), guavas and lychees can be found along the busy streets or in the markets.

Read also: Traveling to Bali: the guide to read before your departure

Traditional Balinese clothing

Bali an island full of colors. You will never cease to be in awe of the Balinese wearing their most beautiful traditional outfits to go to religious ceremonies or attend a wedding, for example, etc.

For women, or little girls, the hair is important. The favorite hairstyle is the chignon which is reminiscent of that of the pretty princess Drupadi, the wife of one of the Pandawa brothers, in the Mahabharata. Women who have short hair often add false locks in order to be able to wear it. But it is important that those with sufficient length of hair tie it up and be neatly combed so that the strands of hair do not fall into the temple area and the sanctity of the temple is maintained. And for special events, such as their wedding, their teeth filing, or when they dance, a multitude of gold metal flowers are stuck in the girls’ hair, it’s very pretty, but it’s very heavy!

A long time ago, to dress themselves, women wrapped a long piece of cloth called sabuk all around their bust. It was narrower than the saput, but much longer, measuring more than three meters. Dancers and brides today still wear it, but other women wear kebaya. They are very beautiful long-sleeved shirts, mostly in colored and transparent lace and under corsets. Nowadays the fashion is to have our shirts at elbow length or even shorter). They then wrap around their waist a sarong, it is a piece of cloth about two meters long, usually in printed batik that extends to the ankles. And finally, above, they tie a belt: selendang. The set is very colorful, but still well matched. Children dress like adults, but there are ready-made outfits for them bought in the markets, where the sarong is replaced by a long skirt, which is much more practical!

Until the 1930s Balinese women went to ceremonies topless but this changed because of the Dutch who managed to convince them to cover up.

Normally women should be dressed simply and correctly to go to the temple, but in recent years there has been a change in fashion in the traditional outfits of women who wear kebaya with mid-length or very short sleeves. This is starting to bother some who take a dim view of this change considering that it almost becomes a beauty contest to go to the temple and it’s too sexy. For example, at the Shiva temple in my village, it has been forbidden for a few months for women to wear kebaya with sleeves shorter than the elbow.

As for the colors of the kebaya originally, we expect them to be the color of purity and glory: white which symbolizes purity and yellow which represents triumph and prosperity.

During cremation the Balinese will wear black or dark colored kebaya, the highest castes can sometimes wear white if they wish.

Unfortunately in Bali times are changing and from now on the Balinese do not pay too much attention to the meaning and philosophy of all this. Today it’s more about fashion trends, luxury etc. and sometimes there are differences in social status.

Balinese rites of passage

From its conception until its death, many ceremonies punctuate the life of a Balinese. Existence is a succession of lives and deaths. The newborn (reincarnation of an ancestor) must not touch impure soil before its 42nd day. On his first birthday (oton – 210 days), a ceremony marks his entry into the community. The filing of the teeth then marks the entry into adult life. This ritual is generally performed at puberty, when the front teeth are filed to counter the animal side in humans.

Marriage represents a sacrifice to lower spirits in order to purify the sexual act. Cremation, on the other hand, allows the soul to reincarnate. It is a question of freeing the soul by destroying the carnal envelope which imprisons it. It is the most important ceremony in the cycle of life which gives rise to great celebrations.

Important days and events in Bali

The Balinese use two traditional calendars. The main one is the Pewukon which regulates a large part of Balinese life. It superimposes various cycles over a period of 210 days. The saka calendar, on the other hand, is inherited from the Indian system. Each month begins after the new moon, which gives rise to great ceremonies.

Odalan

Every 210 days (one year according to the Pawukon calendar), the whole village comes together to commemorate the founding of the temple (the odalan). It is then the occasion to pay homage to the divinities by offerings and prayers. With more than 20,000 temples in Bali, the opportunities to attend a ceremony are very numerous!

Galungan and Kuningan

Every 210 days, Galungan celebrates the creation of the universe. The Balinese believe that the gods and the souls of the ancestors descend to the temples. Bali then comes alive to give rise to countless ceremonies and the festivities culminate ten days later for Kuningan.

Saraswati

Festival dedicated to the goddess of knowledge. The Balinese pay homage to books by sprinkling sacred water.

Tumpek

Every 35 days, the Balinese make offerings to precious goods such as iron objects (Tumpek Landep), animals (Tumpek Kandang), shadows (Tupek Wayang), trees (Tumpek Uduh) or musical instruments , masks and other objects used during ceremonies (Tumpek Krulut).

Pagerwesi

This day is dedicated to spiritual strengthening, called Iron Gate, prayers and offerings are directed to save mankind.

Nyepi

A few days before Nyepi, Melasti is celebrated all over the island. This is the great purification. The Balinese then converge on the sea to purify themselves there. On the eve of Nyepi (New Year of the Saka calendar), all major crossroads receive large offerings that are believed to exorcise evil spirits. In the evening, large processions wander through the streets displaying the ogoh-ogoh. Nyepi is the day of silence, no one has the right to go out in the street or turn on a light.

August 17

Bali gathers to celebrate Independence Day. This national holiday is important and allows everyone to remember the hardships they have gone through.

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Bali Local Ecosystems

Popular with surfers, divers and yoga enthusiasts, known for its magnificent rice terraces, its ubiquitous Hindu culture, its white and black sand beaches, the island of Bali is one the most touristic islands in Indonesia. But Bali local ecosystems are now a victim of its own success.

Since the 1970s, tourism activity has grown faster than the Indonesian government expected, especially in the south of the island. With the added bonus of global warming, Bali is suffering from this situation.

Waste treatment is a first pet peeve (problem). Previously the Balinese used palm leaf packaging that they could throw anywhere because it was biodegradable. Today, with nearly 10 million plastic bags distributed in Bali every day, it is no longer possible to maintain these habits. The boom in the tourism industry adds to this problem. Today, more than half of the 10,000 cubic meters of waste produced in Bali is simply dumped along roads and rivers, at the bottom of a ravine or in an illegal dump. The lack of infrastructure dedicated to waste management leads to soil, water and air pollution dangerous to health.

Water resources and the marine ecosystem are also in danger. Global warming has shortened the rainy season, intensified rainfall, prolonged droughts, and also warmed the oceans slowly killing marine reefs. The sharp increase in demand for water to water the 4 million Balinese, and almost as many tourists, is drying up the clean resources of the North and Center of the island. Tensions between hotel owners and peasants begin to emerge.

Long-term work must be carried out to make the Balinese, but also tourists, aware of respect for the environment of Bali. Fortunately, a strong community of locals and expatriates are implementing solutions to deal with the urgency of the situation. The Green School Village goes in this direction with its construction of a place quite out of the ordinary, ecological, close to nature and made 100% in bamboo!

FAUNA AND FLORA OF BALI | Bali Local Ecosystems

One of the particular characteristics of the Balinese fauna and flora lies in their diversities. Climate, geography of Bali, characteristic of the landscapes, always it is that one can admire in Bali marvelous animal and vegetable species. With its beautiful natural parks, Bali is a paradise where many animals such as monkeys can move freely!

THE FLORA OF BALI

The flora of Bali is characterized by its great diversity with in particular very many species of tropical plants. It is in the natural park of Bali Barat that one will be able to observe the greatest quantity of different species.

Trees

Among the varieties of trees, the most representative of Bali are the mangroves of the South, but also the coconut palms made up of a dozen different species or the spectacular bamboos. Considered a sacred tree, the Banyan is one of the most imposing trees in Bali. It is adorned by the Balinese with a checkered fabric as a sign of veneration and religious contemplation.

Many species of trees have a utility, sometimes even an economic purpose. Bamboo, for example, with its robustness and its imposing diameter, is used in decoration, furniture or for the production of musical instruments. Lontars (borasse palms) are transformed into paper.

Plants and flowers

In Bali, the floral scents are very subtle and mix according to the plants and flowers that can be seen. Magnolias, hibiscus, jasmine, bougainvillea, so many varieties of delicately scented flowers that perfume the nostrils. One also finds in many gardens, such as those of the temples, sumptuous flowers such as orchids, lotuses or even frangipani.

Flowers are very present in the decoration especially in that of temples, in that of statues or in that of all other monuments. They are also used as offerings during religious ceremonies.

WILDLIFE IN BALI

Wildlife in Bali can be both terrestrial and aquatic. At the bends of the hiking trails you can discover macaques, buffaloes or even black pigs. The marine species, for their part, are most spectacular!

Macaques

Important animal and very present in the Hindu religion, monkeys and more particularly long-tailed macaques are very numerous in Bali. Moreover, it is in the monkey forest of Ubud that their concentration is the most important. They evolve freely in the middle of trees and temples. They also populate the temple of Pura Pulaki in large numbers.

Other animals

The natural parks of Bali, such as that of Bali Barat is a place of reception for species of animals said to be more “domestic”. Thus, you will be able to see buffaloes, reptiles, black pigs and roosters. The island of Bali also has about 300 different species of birds.

Marine species

Bali’s seabed is of great purity, which, in addition to coral, constitutes a rich ecosystem for many marine species. The island of Menjagan is the refuge of turtles which have now become a protected species. Manta rays for their part, evolve in the waters of Nusa Penida. The waters are also populated by Mola Mola, moon fish or by fish with spectacular looks such as toad fish, leaf fish or even mandarin fish (dragonets).

Read also: Bali Weather | When to go to Bali? Monthly Bali Tropical Climate

If Bali is a heavenly destination for travelers who come to discover it, it is also so for its extremely rich fauna and flora. Evolving in a privileged setting and environment, its species live freely and are even for the most part protected species. Diving enthusiasts will be able to discover beautiful fish with very special looks!

Sources: CleverlySmart, PinterPandai, Green School Bali

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Ubud Complete Travel Guide

You have decided to go on vacation and you do not know where to go in Bali? Here is our Ubud complete travel guide and we have concocted a complete program for you to visit Ubud Bali and discover its must-see places. It’s up to you to stroll in a heavenly setting, visit temples and museums or even walks through the rice fields. In short, a unique program for an unforgettable vacation. Follow us, this is where it’s happening:

Visit cultural Ubud Bali, our Ubud complete travel guide for a successful holiday:

  • Saraswati Temple Ubud
  • Neka Art Museum: art and history museum
  • Campuhan Ridge Walk, green path
  • Visit Gunung Lebah Temple
  • Pura Dalem Agung Padang Tegal
  • Visit Ubud Market, the traditional market
  • Goa Gajah, the elephant cave
  • Tegallalang Rice Terrace, the rice fields of Ubud
  • Visit the Museum Rudana
  • Mount Agung Sunrise Trekking
  • Ubud Center, the arts capital of Bali
  • Komaneka Art Gallery: contemporary art gallery
  • Monkey Forest, the sacred monkey forest
  • ARMA Museum, Agung Rai Museum of Art
  • Museum Puri Lukisan, the painting museum
  • Ubud Palace or Puri Saren Agung
  • Ubud Water Palace, the water palace
  • The Blanco Renaissance Museum

Visit Ubud Bali, Our Ubud Complete Travel Guide

Wandering the streets of Ubud Bali is not just about walking, but also about discovering absolutely incredible places belonging to a culture at the antipodes of ours. The people you will meet there are warm and welcoming. In short, do not hesitate to visit this unique place. Here is a short guide to the essentials to visit:

SARASWATI TEMPLE UBUD IN BALI

While in Ubud Bali, you cannot miss visiting Saraswati Temple Ubud. This 19th century temple is entirely dedicated to the mythical goddess: Saraswati. The lotus flower is one of the symbols of this idol and you will find it everywhere in the gardens surrounding the temple. In the Hindu religion, it represents learning, knowledge, art, wisdom and music. Located very close to the royal palace, this temple is easily accessible on foot. Attention, it is only reserved for practitioners.

As tourists, you will only have access to the outside gardens, but the scenery is so incredible that it is worth it. Ideally, hire the services of a guide, he will allow you to learn more about the history of this place and the statues that surround it. You can visit this temple every day from 08:00 to 17:00.

If you wish, two evenings a week you can attend Balinese dance performances. Indeed, every Tuesday and Thursday, from 7:30 p.m., a troupe practices the Kecak dance. It is a dance without music, which is performed only with the singing of the other participants. Entrance to the palace gardens is free. Only the dance show is chargeable. Count IDR 80,000 per person, or about 5 €. These traditional dances are a sight to see at least once during your vacation.

NEKA ART MUSEUM: BALINESE HISTORY ART MUSEUM

Better known as the Neka Museum, the Neka Art Museum is renowned for its large collection of Balinese and foreign works of art. It was built in 1982 by Wayan Suteja Neka, a Balinese teacher, who collected works of art and with the support of two famous painters: Rudolf Bonnet and Arie Smit. The museum is open daily. From Monday to Saturday, it is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sundays, it is only open in the afternoon from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. On site, it is composed as follows:

  • Arie Smit Pavilion. This pavilion is dedicated to the painter of the same name: Arie Smit. Some of his works are exhibited there.
  • Balinese Painting Hall. This pavilion is separated into four rooms. The works exhibited there alone sum up Balinese art.
  • Lempad Pavilion. The collection of I Gusti Nyoman Lempad is exhibited in this pavilion. It is the Balinese sculptor and architect who is behind the creation of the Sarawasti temple.
  • Indonesian Contemporary Art Hall. This space is reserved for Indonesian artists working in Bali.
  • Photography Center. This pavilion is reserved for photographs. These are black and white photos by American artist Robert A. Koke. These photos were all taken between 1937 and 1941.
  • East-West Art Annex. This pavilion houses various works by foreign artists such as Johan Rudolf Bonnet, Antonio Blanco, Theo Meier and Louise Garrett Koke.

CAMPUHAN RIDGE WALK, A GREENERY PATH IN THE CENTER OF UBUD BALI

Nothing like a walk on Campuhan Ridge Walk to enjoy breathtaking scenery. Located just outside the center of Ubud Bali, this slab trail of about four kilometers round trip will offer you a real moment of calm. Walk through the rice fields and discover an absolutely exceptional landscape. This easy walk takes an average of two hours. Do not hesitate to discuss with the locals who work in the rice fields! At the end of the path, you will reach a typical village where many artists live. You will discover among others painters or sculptors.

Aerial picture of Campuhan Ridge Walk , Scenic Green Valley in Ubud Bali. Drone photo.

It is advisable to do this walk early in the morning since there are few trees on the way to land in the shade. From 7 a.m., you can benefit from the freshness, while enjoying the solitude of the place. Indeed, tourists invade this place in the afternoon and it becomes less pleasant. Finally, know that this path is free to access and that it is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So don’t hesitate any longer!

VISIT GUNUNG LEBAH TEMPLE, HINDU TEMPLE IN UBUD BALI

A visit to the region would not be complete without making a detour to Gunung Lebah Temple. Ideally located on the Campuhan hill, this temple is one of the must-see places on the island. It dates from the 8th century and was built by Sri Markendya, a Hindu priest from Java. To get there, nothing could be simpler, just take the main road from Jalan Raya. Below the Blanco museum, just after the Campuhan bridge, you will discover the temple.

He has an absolutely incredible story since he is at the origin of the creation of Ubud Bali. Indeed, when the priest decided to build the temple, there was no dwelling around. Subsequently, many people came to visit it and decided to settle in the area.

Little by little, a village was born: Ubud was born! This place is very nice for walking. Indeed, here everything is well maintained, clean, calm and silent. The disconnect with the rest of the city of Ubud is staggering. This temple is divided into several pavilions. Each of them is decorated with traditional gold and red statues representing mythical gods. In short, it is a walk that is really worth the detour!

PURA DALEM AGUNG PADANGTEGAL, BALINESE TEMPLE OF DEATH

Here is another temple to visit: Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal. Located west of the Sacred Monkey Forest and in the heart of Ubud Bali, this temple is dedicated to Durga. In the Hindu religion, it is the representation of death. This place is also nicknamed the temple of death, because it is said to be haunted by evil spirits. Once there, not one, but three temples await you.

The other two temples are:

1. Beji Temple. In Balinese mythology, it is here that the god Hyang Widhi personified by the goddess Gangga is worshipped.
2. Prajapati Temple. Here, the legend evokes the God Hyang Widhi personified by Prajapati. Very close to this temple is a cemetery where mass cremations take place every five years.

These three temples date from the 14th century. The Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal temple is the source of many legends. The Balinese say that this place has magical powers and is inhabited by evil spirits. All around this temple, you can observe many statues representing witches or monsters with bulging eyes or sharp teeth and often armed with clubs or maces. The times to visit it depend on the opening hours of the monkey forest.

The forest is accessible to tourists from 08:30 to 18:00. However, access to the temple closes at 5:30 p.m. Entering the forest, you will have to pay an entrance fee of 80,000 rupees, or about 5 € and which includes the visit of the outside of the temple. Indeed, as in the rest of the island, the temples are only accessible to practitioners.

VISIT UBUD MARKET, BALI’S TRADITIONAL ART MARKET

During your next visit to Ubud Bali, stop by Ubud Market. It is a traditional market very touristy and famous for its handicrafts. You will find food there, but also holiday souvenirs to bring back. In short, it is a place not to be missed before returning home. This market is considered the most popular place on the island.

Be careful, if you decide to visit this place and especially if you want to buy holiday souvenirs there, you will have to call on your negotiating skills. Indeed, negotiating is a tradition in commerce and you must accept it as a game between the seller and the buyer.

Ubud

If we had only one piece of advice to give you, it would be to keep smiling and above all not to get upset. Set yourself a price above which you do not want to pay for the item and get started. The first purchases may seem laborious, but you get used to it quickly!

The market is located just opposite the royal palace Puri Saren Ubud and is open every day of the week. If you can go there early in the morning to avoid the tourist influx and enjoy this enchanting and colorful place.

GOA GAJAH OR THE ELEPHANT CAVE

Goa Gajah Temple is also nicknamed the Elephant Cave or Elephant Cave. It is a Hindu place of worship which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. It is located in Bedulu, just a few kilometers from Ubud Bali.

No one knows the exact origin of its name. You will not be able to miss its imposing entrance which is nothing other than a huge demon’s mouth wide open. Once you have entered inside, a long corridor is essential at the end of which you will discover statues to which the Balinese make offerings:

  • A statue of Ganesh, who is the mythical Hindu god of wisdom, intelligence, education and prudence. This statue is represented with an elephant’s head and is dressed in a sarong.
  • Three smaller statues represent Shiva lingams. Lingams are classical representations of Shiva. These are standing stones of phallic appearance.

Each statue represents an idol: Brahma the creator, Vishnu the maintainer, Shiva the regenerator. These three statues are also dressed in colored fabrics.

The visit of the temple is free and free. However, remember to dress in a sarong if your legs are bare or your shoulders are bare. The ideal is to get one from the start of your vacation and always keep it in your bag at hand.

TEGALLALANG RICE TERRACE, THE RICE TERRACES OF TEGALALANG

Here is another splendid place where you can admire magnificent landscapes of rice fields. Tegallalang Rice Terrace, is a typical place of the Balinese region where you will enjoy interacting with the locals. This place is listed as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.

Beautiful rice terraces in Tagallalang
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To irrigate these lands, farmers use the subak; it is a typical Bali eco-friendly watering system. To get there, nothing could be simpler: opt for the scooter or the car since the rice fields are located about ten kilometers north of Ubud.

Read also: Tips for Scooter Travelers in Bali | Safety, Price, Road conditions, Driving license and Insurance

Once there, you can walk freely in the central aisles. Note that the rice fields are private domains and you are not allowed to trample them. However, if you chat nicely with the locals, some will be happy to let you in, while others will ask you for financial compensation.

It’s up to you to use your persuasive skills while keeping a smile, of course. Before leaving this place, do not forget to take a photo on the Love Bali swing to immortalize this visit.

VISIT THE RUDANA MUSEUM OR RUDANA MUSEUM OF UBUD IN BALI

Are you a lover of painting, sculpture or art of all kinds? Do not hesitate to visit the Museum Rudana. Housed over three floors, this incredible museum dates back to 1995.

It is owned by Nyoman Rudana, a local politician with a passion for art and who is also the founder of several organizations supporting artists in the Ubud Bali area.

Inside the Rudana museum, you can discover more than 400 works of art and sculptures. Access to the first two levels is free, only the third floor is chargeable.

Here’s what you’ll find on each floor, in Rudana museum:
  • The 1st floor. This is where you can admire works by Indonesian artists.
  • The 2nd floor. It also houses works of art by artists from the region, such as Nyoman Gunarsa, Basuki Abdullah, etc.
  • The 3rd floor. It is reserved for classical Balinese paintings by local artists or foreign artists who have lived in Indonesia. You may have the chance to observe artists working live there. You will even be able to buy their paintings from them.

MOUNT AGUNG SUNRISE TREKKING: TREKKING ON MOUNT AGUNG IN BALI

Attention athletes! Here is a hike made for you: Mount Agung Sunrise Trekking. This difficult level hike will allow you to admire the sunrise at an altitude of more than 3,000 m. A dream for nature and sports enthusiasts. Here are some valuable tips to best prepare for your trek:

For who?

This trek requires you to be in good physical shape. Indeed, this is a hike reserved for the most athletic among you. In addition, the ascent is prohibited for menstruating women. The Balinese are very superstitious and consider this an omen of bad luck.

When to go there?

It is advisable to climb Mount Agung during the dry season. During the wet season, the paths can be dangerous, as they are too slippery. Attention, the ascent is prohibited during April, during ceremonies at the Besakih temple or at the Pasar Agung temple.

How much does it cost?

Depending on your negotiating skills, booking a guide to accompany you will cost you IDR 900,000 to IDR 1,800,000, or around €50 to €100 per person.

Find the right guide. Be careful to choose your guide carefully. Some tourists come back very disappointed from their trek because of an incompetent guide. We advise you to book through a serious agency or through your hotel.

Preparation

At the start of the hike, you risk getting hot quickly so a T-shirt should suffice. As you go up, the temperatures will drop. So remember to bring a warmer garment. Otherwise, remember to put on real hiking shoes.

Finally, take what you need to refuel and the necessary pharmacy in case of injury.
The path. Two paths are available to ascend. The first, longer climbs to the summit, while the second, shorter stops at an altitude of 2,000 m (6561 ft). It’s up to you to choose according to your skills and your desires.

UBUD CENTER, THE ARTS CAPITAL OF BALI

Ubud center is the center of the island of Bali. This is where you will find everything you may need for the duration of your stay. Temples, museums and especially the main market can be found in central Ubud and its surroundings. It is a must on the island of Bali.

The big main artery of the hypercentre of Ubud is the “Jalan Raya Ubud” and the two main streets are the “Jalan Monkey Forest” (which leads to the monkey forest) and the parallel “Jalan Hanoman”. Between these streets, you will find small alleys, all well endowed with cafes, restaurants and shops.

For your travels, we strongly recommend the scooter which will allow you to move everywhere easily. Otherwise, you have the option of taking a taxi or renting your own car, with or without a driver. Be careful, the roads are not all in very good condition and driving can be dangerous.

If your budget is limited, do not hesitate to take the bemo. It is a ten-seater minibus. An hour’s journey by bemo will cost you around 50 euro cents. Suffice to say that it is a good plan and a guaranteed immersion in Balinese life.

KOMANEKA ART GALLERY: CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY IN UBUD BALI

Komaneka Art Gallery is a contemporary art gallery that should please you! Located in Ubud Bali, this gallery exhibits avant-garde artists, mostly Indonesian.

This art gallery was created in 1997 by Nyoman Wahyu Suteja Neka, it contrasts completely with traditional Balinese art which tends to overload the decor.

Indeed, here you only have open, bright and clear spaces. In short, a real place of peace, ideal for discovering exceptional works.

The gallery is open every day from Monday to Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Do not hesitate any longer and discover the works of I Wayan Sujana Suklu, Hanafi or Nengah Sujena.

UBUD BALI MONKEY FOREST

Who has never heard of Ubud Monkey Forest? Here is an exceptional place that is very pleasant to visit, both for its greenery and for its mischievous monkeys! It is important to know that the Monkey Forest is a nature reserve that is home to more than 600 crab-eating macaques, a monkey native to Southeast Asia, as well as more than 180 different tree species.

This forest is divided into five distinct territories where each of these animals lives peacefully.

The majority of monkeys are female. They live in complete freedom. You will therefore have to follow the recommendations indicated at the entrance to the forest if you want everything to take place in the best conditions. Indeed, monkeys can have surprising reactions towards tourists. Do not forget that they are greedy and above all, that they are on their territory.

It’s up to you to adapt! The forest is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry costs IDR 80,000 for an adult, or just €5, and IDR 60,000 for a child, or around €3.50.

ARMA MUSEUM: AGUNG RAI MUSEUM OF ART IN UBUD BALI

The ARMA Museum was founded in 1196 by Agung Rai, a Balinese who devoted his entire life to the preservation and development of Balinese art and culture.

This museum is rather a cultural center since it allows not only to admire works of art, but also to participate in many activities such as:

  • Take art classes.
  • Walk the aisles of the library.
  • Sip a coffee in the gardens of the center.
  • Admire a performance of traditional dance and music.
  • Take legong dance lessons.

This complex is simply huge since its two buildings together measure more than 4,500 m² (14763 ft²). Suffice to say that there is enough space to visit this museum in peace. The museum is open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and its price is IDR 80,000 for an adult, or barely 5 €.

MUSEUM PURI LUKISAN: THE UBUD BALI PAINTING MUSEUM

We stay in the museum category with the Museum Puri Lukisan, also called the museum of painting. Located in the center of Ubud, you can admire absolutely exceptional paintings by Balinese artists. It is the oldest art museum in Bali.

It was founded by Cokorda Raka Sukawati, Prince of Ubud from 1910 to 1978 and the painter Rudolf Bonnet.

Their goal was to preserve Balinese art and prevent it from dispersing around the world without keeping track of it on this island. The challenge is met since today, it brings together many paintings visible in three different pavilions.

  • The upper pavilion. Here are exhibited paintings in the kamasan style, a traditional style, ink drawings by Nyoman Lempad or even paintings by Pita Maha (a group of painters from the 1930s and 1940s).
  • The second pavilion. He is entirely dedicated to young artists who have been trained by Aries Smith.
  • The third pavilion. This is where temporary exhibitions take place that will allow you to discover new Balinese artists.
  • Note that the museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is IDR 50,000 for an adult, barely 3 €. Each child under 15 accompanied by an adult can enter for free.

UBUD PALACE OR PURI SAREN AGUNG, THE UBUD PALACE IN BALI

Here is a place that you should not miss during your visit to Ubud Bali; it is the royal palace: Ubud palace. The rear part of this huge complex is occupied by the royal family, while the vast majority of the buildings contain the main cultural, artistic and architectural centers of Bali.

Tourists have the opportunity to enter the gardens, the outer courtyards, as well as the buildings located in front of the royal palace. Each of them is decorated in a pure traditional Balinese style.

This means that you can admire various statues and sculptures everywhere, including in the gardens. The palace is easily accessible. It is located at the intersection of Jalan Raya Ubud road, just opposite the Ubud market.

You can’t miss it! The gardens and courtyards accessible to the public are open free of charge every day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Finally, every evening, from 7:30 p.m., you can admire a traditional Balinese dance show. The entrance fee for the show is IDR 100,000, or around €6.

UBUD WATER PALACE, THE WATER PALACE OF UBUD ON THE ISLAND OF BALI

Here is a palace surrounded by water where you will enjoy strolling: the famous Ubud Water Palace. This palace which belonged to the royal family of Karangasem is famous for its night dance show which takes place every evening from 7:30 p.m. This palace, which is one of the most important on the island, is divided into three parts:

  • Nista Mandala. This is the part that goes from the outside of the palace to its entrance. This includes the water garden and the pond with its lotuses.
  • Madya Mandala. This part leads inside the temple via three doors: a central door, one on the left and one on the right. The central door is the most important; it is red and gold in color.
  • Utama Mandala. This part is the most sacred of the three. It is here that the statue of the mythical goddess Sarawasti is located, as well as the Padmasana shrine.
  • Access to the palace gardens is free. Only the show is chargeable. Count IDR 200,000 per person, or around €12.

THE BLANCO RENAISSANCE MUSEUM

The Blanco Renaissance Museum is an original museum created by a man who is just as original. This entire museum is the work of Spanish artist Don Antonio Blanco. It contains no less than 300 works of art by the artist, as well as paintings by his son Marco who took over and manages the museum since the death of his father.

The museum is located in the place where “the fabulous Blanco” lived. Suffice to say that the setting is exceptional: at the top of a mountain, in a magnificent green setting. Don Antonio Blanco was fascinated by the female body and depicted it from every angle.

Suffice to say that this museum is not quite a place suitable for children. Moreover, part of the museum is prohibited for children under the age of seventeen. Where some see art, others may see provocation and pornography.

Finally, this museum is reserved for true lovers of paintings who appreciate the work of the artist. If you want to visit it, know that it is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Count IDR 80,000 for the entrance, barely 5 € for adults.

Visit Ubud Bali: our advice

If you decide to visit Ubud Bali, do not hesitate to write down all the places you want to discover so that you do not forget anything. Ideally, prepare a small schedule without putting pressure on yourself. Your holidays should remain a pleasure.

Buy a sarong from the start of your stay, as you will need it during your various visits. This will save you from renting one for each excursion.

Many tours are free, but a donation is always appreciated. Don’t be too stingy with your donations. Do not forget that the Balinese live in poverty for the majority.

Remember that negotiations are useful in trading, but they should remain good-natured. We too often observe tourists getting excited over simple purchases. Take it as a game!
And you? Have you ever been to Ubud Bali? Did you enjoy your stay? Do not hesitate to ask us your questions in the comments.

How to get to Ubud?

With a pre-booked taxi

From Ngurah Rai airport in Denpasar, you can negotiate a taxi on the spot to get to Ubud but be prepared to negotiate the price well so as not to be ripped off. Alternatively, you can pre-book a driver who will meet you at the airport to drop you off directly in Ubud.

If you choose this second option, it will cost you IDR 350,000 if your hotel is in downtown Ubud, otherwise IDR 400,000 if it is outside the center. The journey takes between 1h and 1h30 depending on traffic and peak hours. If you are really in a hurry, you can ask the driver to take the toll road (10,000 rupees) to save 15 minutes on the journey.

If you are staying in Bukit or on the West coast of Bali (Seminyak/Kuta/Canggu), you can book a driver for a transfer to Ubud. The price is the same as from the airport, and the journey time also varies between 1h and 1h30 depending on the traffic on the road.

Please note that any transport request (from the airport or any other city) must be made at least 2 days in advance 🙂
To make a transport request, it’s very simple: just fill out the form in the article on the blog, and payment is made directly on site, with the driver.

With a taxi via Gojek or Grab

If you haven’t precisely established your itinerary in Bali and you want to visit Ubud without knowing the exact date in advance, you can also go there “unannounced” using the Gojek or Grab application . These are the local ubers, at totally affordable prices. Payment is made in cash, once the race is over. You can order a Gojek/Grab car if you are in a group, or a scooter if you are alone.

For example, the price of a Gojek car for 4 people from Seminyak to Ubud is around IDR 130,000.

On the other hand, you should know that normally, Grab and Gojek are not allowed to go to Ubud (so as not to compete with local taxis…). It is therefore not uncommon for your Grab/Gojek driver to try to increase the price by message, before confirming the race and picking you up.

By scooter or car on your own

Last and probably the most practical solution to travel freely: get to Ubud on your own, with a scooter or a rented car. To rent a vehicle in Bali, nothing could be simpler: just contact our partner Made from Yoga Motor, as explained in this article and he will take care of delivering the vehicle to your hotel for free! You can request a scooter or a 4 or 8-seater car, at advantageous rates.

The advantage of renting a car is above all to be able to freely visit Ubud and its surroundings, but also to move from one city to another without depending on a driver, which means being able to stop whenever you want, and visit the places that interest you without time constraints.

How to get around in Ubud?

As in most cities to visit in Bali, the best way to get around Ubud is undeniably the scooter. You can rent a scooter for around IDR 600,000 per month or IDR 60,000 per day. The helmet is supplied with the scooter. Filling up with petrol is also very easy and not expensive at all: look for small shops that sell petrol in glass bottles, or shops that have some kind of petrol pump (PERTAMINA).

In general, a bottle of gasoline costs IDR 10,000, and you need 4 bottles to fill up. If you stop at street stalls that have a gas pump, you can choose how much oil you want. There are also petrol stations all over Bali, again you decide how much petrol you want to fill up and the shopkeeper will fill your tank.

If you feel more comfortable driving a car, you can rent one, but you’ll probably spend a lot more time in traffic, as a scooter can easily weave between cars and avoid traffic jams. Cars are also harder to park, especially in Ubud, while scooters can be parked anywhere.

Last advice for the road: keep a plastic poncho or raincoat in the trunk under the seat in case of sudden torrential rain!

What to do in Ubud?

Get started with yoga

Ubud is the spiritual center of Bali, so you will find plenty of activities related to meditation, relaxation and yoga. If you are looking for a good yoga class, I recommend Yoga Barn. The lesson hour is at 130,000 IDR or you can take out a weekly/monthly subscription to benefit from advantageous rates.

The Yoga Barn

Price: 130,000 IDR per lesson hour
Website: http://www.theyogabarn.com
Address: Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Hours: daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Telephone: +62 (0361) 971236

Play with the monkeys while visiting the Monkey Forest

The Monkey Forest is a must visit in Ubud, despite the very high tourist attendance which has resulted in some aggressive behavior from the monkeys. It is a nice walk to do in the forest, and you will meet many monkeys with whom you can take a selfie with if you are “lucky” that they climb on your shoulders. If you are not comfortable with monkeys and crowds of tourists, you can visit other forests a little further from the center of Ubud, such as Alas Kedaton Forest or Sangeh Monkey Forest.

Monkey forest

Admission: IDR 50,000
Address: Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Hours: daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Alas Kedaton

Admission: IDR 30,000
Address: Jl. Raya Alas Kedaton, Kukuh, Kec. Tabanan, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82121
Hours: daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sangeh Monkey Forest

Admission: IDR 15,000
Address: Jl. Brahmana, Sangeh, Abiansemal, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80353
Hours: daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Try the traditional Balinese massage

Another essential activity to try if you come to Ubud: the Balinese massage! You will find many inexpensive spas and massage parlors in the city center. On average, an hour of traditional massage costs IDR 80,000, but if you want to go to a high-end and quite luxurious spa, it will cost you at least IDR 150,000. There are different types of massages offered in salons and spas: massage for the whole body, for the legs, feet, head, etc. You can also get a facial or ask for a manicure.

Karsa Spa

Website: http://www.karsaspa.com
Price: 180,000 IDR for one hour of traditional Balinese massage
Address: Jl. Markandia, Banyar Bangkiang Sidem, Keliki, Tegallalang, Kelusa, Payangan, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Hours: daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Phone: +6281353392013

Jaens Spa Ubud

Website: http://www.jaensspaubud.com
Price: 165,000 IDR for one hour of traditional Balinese massage
Address: Jalan Raya Pengosekan Ubud, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571
Hours: daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Telephone: +62 82 144 439 147

See a movie at Cinema Paradiso

This small cinema in the heart of Ubud is located in a vegetarian and organic coffee shop called Earth Cafe. Tickets cost IDR 50,000 which is then credited as consumption in the cafe. You can therefore order a meal, a drink, a cake or a snack in the café-shop attached to the cinema. The room is comfortable with quality air conditioning.

They don’t show the latest Hollywood blockbusters, but they do play family-friendly cartoons and movies around 5 p.m. As for the food at Earth Cafe, it is healthy, varied and delicious. All the dishes are exquisite and cooked in an original way with organic and vegan ingredients. I recommend the Falafel Sandwich, with its absolutely exquisite homemade fries!

Cinema Paradiso (Earth Cafe)

Website: http://www.paradisoubud.com
Admission: IDR 50,000 which is credited on your consumption (food and drink)
Address: Jl. Goutama Sel., Ubud, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Hours: daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Where to eat in Ubud?

House of Schnitzel

House of Schnitzel is a restaurant run by a German who has been living in Bali for several years. The atmosphere is pleasant and the staff very friendly. Many a la carte dishes have a gluten-free alternative. The vegetarian lasagna is excellent, as is the tuna curry or the quiche. While we’re at it, don’t hesitate to try the schnitzel (180 gr) which are served in pairs, with mashed potatoes and a delicious homemade sauce.

Website: https://www.houseofschnitzel.com.au
Address: Jl. Sri Wedari No.2, Ubud, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Hours: daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Warung Citta Ovest Pizza & Pasta

This Italian restaurant undoubtedly serves the best pizzas in Ubud, or even in Bali! The homemade and thin, crispy and delicious dough. The filling is varied, provided and excellent. If you overdosed on nasi goreng or mie goreng during your stay, do not hesitate to go to this restaurant, the menu offers a wide choice of pastas and pizzas, and all the dishes are truly exquisite.

Menu: http://warungcitta.com
Address: Jl. Dewisita, Padang tegal, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 50871
Hours: daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Alchemy

This salad bar offers a wide choice of healthy salads, with many vegetables and other toppings. Salad bowls are made with healthy, raw, organic, vegan and delicious foods. And to top it off, at an unbeatable price.

Menu: https://www.zomato.com/bali/alchemy-ubud/menu
Address: Jalan Penestanan Kelod No.75, Sayan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Hours: daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Coffee Pomegranate

Cafe Pomegrenate is a restaurant with a tranquil setting and atmosphere, located right in the middle of the rice fields in Ubud. Its access is quite difficult (the road is very narrow, impossible to get there by car) and a bit far from the center of Ubud, but the setting is well worth the detour. The food there is very good, I recommend the mushroom soup and the juices are also very good! If you are looking for a quiet restaurant, away from the noise of the incessant traffic in the streets of Ubud, do not hesitate and go to Café Pomegrenate 🙂

Menu: http://cafepomegranate.org/menu/
Address: Jl. Subak Sok Wayah, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Hours: daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Clear Cafe

Clear Café is one of my favorite restaurants in Ubud. The setting is perfectly Instagrammable, the menu is varied and healthy, in short the place is perfect for a brunch or a simple coffee break. The atmosphere is very relaxed and many digital nomads often come to work upstairs, comfortably seated on the large poufs.

The prices are reasonable for the quality of the food: for example, for a large salad bowl and an iced coffee you will get by for IDR 114,000.

Menu: http://clearcafebali.com/menu/
Address:Jl. Hanoman No.8, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Hours: daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Warung Falafel

Warung Falafel is a healthy fast-food located across the street from the famous Ubud Market. They serve falafel cooked from organic, vegan and fresh food. You will be seduced by the quality of the products, and especially by the exquisite taste of the falafels which will make your taste buds travel. They also offer a wide choice of organic and healthy juices, which you can compose yourself with original fruits and vegetables: carrot, beetroot, orange, cucumber…

Website: http://www.warungfalafelbali.com
Address: Jl. Karna No.15, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Hours: daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where to stay in Ubud?

Ubud is a city with accommodations that can suit any type of traveler. If you are a backpacker, you will have a wide choice of hostels or homestays at very low prices (2€ per night for a bed in a dormitory, with breakfast included). If you are traveling with your family or with a group of friends, there are also a large number of guesthouses and villas. And of course, for couples you always have the possibility to book a hotel, at prices corresponding to any type of budget. You can visit: Booking.com, AirB&B, etc…

Sources: PinterPandai, CleverlySmart

Photo credit: Ery_digital / Pixabay

Things To Do in Bali

Are you going to visit Bali soon or do you dream of going there? The number one tourist destination in Indonesia, Bali is a beautiful island full of must-see places to do and see! Here are things to do in Bali, to help you do this and so that you know what to do and what to see in Bali, here is a complete guide to 30 must-see places to visit in Bali.
Bali is known for its volcanic mountains, its paradisiacal beaches, its coral reefs, its rice fields, its tropical forests and its typical villages with incredible charm.

It is not easy to prepare an itinerary in Bali as there are so many things to discover.

This list of things to do and see in Bali best for 2 weeks. We have also supplemented this list with must-see places recommended by our travel community.

So, what to do and where to go in Bali? Here are Things To Do in Bali

This “list” is of course not exhaustive, and remains very subjective, but I hope it will be useful to you! Do not hesitate to complete it in the comments…!

1. Ubud, the cultural and spiritual center of Bali

Ubud is a city located towards the center of Bali where about 35,000 people live. It is considered to be the cultural and spiritual center of the island.

As you walk around Ubud, you will appreciate the many handicrafts and you may have the chance to experience ceremonies with traditional dances.

Located on high plateaus, Ubud has a very rich surrounding nature. You can easily escape to the tropical forest, discover the famous rice fields on the plateau or the beautiful Ayung River!

Many majestic temples stand in the surrounding area and you can’t wait to discover them on foot or by bike.

Visiting Ubud in Bali is the feeling of being in osmosis with Balinese nature, culture and traditions. An authentic Bali tour for sure!

Here are some places to discover near Ubud:
  • The Monkey Forest of Ubud, another must-see in Bali
  • The Ubud Art market
  • Ubud Palace
  • Monkey Forest Road

Ubud Complete Guide: Top 10 Places to Visit in Ubud

2. Denpasar, the largest city in Bali

Denpasar is the capital of Bali, located in the south of the island. Denpasar is the major center and offers many activities to tourists who go there.

In Denpasar, it is possible to find wonderful beaches on the east coast towards Sanur. You can also immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere of Kuta further south.

There are many traditional and beautiful sites. We advise you to visit the temples of Pura Blanjong and Tanah Lot or the Bali Museum to immerse yourself in Balinese traditions.

Denpasar is definitely one of Bali’s must-sees, although it is a more touristy region where it is difficult to rest.

Here are some ideas of places of interest to visit around Denpasar:

Tanah Lot Temple
Seminyak Beach
Sanur Beach
The Bajra Sandhi Monument

3. Kuta and Seminyak, one of Bali’s main resorts

Kuta is considered Bali’s main resort. It is located south of Denpasar, in the south of Bali.

Who says seaside resort, says paradise beach, tourists, nautical and sports activities, festive atmosphere etc. We are far from authentic Bali but Kuta remains a magnificent region of Bali.

Its beaches have become surfing spots and many amateurs go there to learn about the sport. Moreover, you can find many surfboard rentals in Kuta.

Here are some places to visit in the Kuta area of Bali:

Seminyak Beach
The city of Denpasar
Kuta Beach
The Legian district

4. Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple

Here is a wonderful temple to discover in Bali. The Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple is located on the cliff of Uluwatu in the far south of Bali. You just have to follow the end of the cliff to see it.

If you are lucky enough to go there at the end of the day to enjoy the sunset, then it will be a feast for your eyes and your camera!

It is a temple dedicated to the God of the sea, hence its geographical location at the end of a cliff and surrounded by the sea.

5. Amed and the fishing villages

A much more authentic destination in Bali, Amed is located in the northwest of Bali.

Here, you can conquer the seabed thanks to the many diving and snorkeling spots. Amed is full of secrets buried at the bottom of the sea. One of the secrets to be discovered is the wreck of the USAT Liberty in Tulamben. You can scuba dive there… Thrills guaranteed!

If you dream of charm and authenticity, calm and serenity, then Amed is the must-see destination in Bali that you must add to your list!

Here are some places to visit near Amed in Bali:

The wreck of the USAT Liberty at Tulamben
The small fishing villages
coral reefs

6. Jimbaran, another seaside resort in Bali

Jimbaran is another resort located in the south of Bali, below Kuta and Denpasar.

It is a city and a fishing village which have made tourism profitable thanks in particular to the many paradisiacal beaches of the region.

It is an ideal destination to taste fish in the many restaurants.

The sea of ​​Jimbaran Bay is particularly calm and will make you want to rest in an idyllic setting.

At night, the festive atmosphere takes precedence over the sound of the waves because yes, Jimbaran is also lively at night!

Here are places to visit around Jimbaran in Bali:

Jimbaran Beach
Uluwatu street
Uluwatu Temple
Garuda Wisnu Kencana Park
Jalan Tegal Wangi Beach

7. Mount Batur Volcano

Mount Batur is the best known volcano located in the north of Bali in the Kintamani area. Considered a sacred mountain in Indonesia, Mount Batur is perched over 1717 meters above sea level.

The volcano is still active but it is possible to climb Mount Batur.

If you are lucky enough to experience a sunrise or a sunset, then the experience is unique and you will be amazed! The Mount Batur hike is extraordinary and we highly recommend you do it!

8. Canggu, a charming village in Bali

Canggu is a small village bordered by a magnificent beach. Located in the southwest of Bali and west of Denpasar, tourists like to relax in peaceful nature.

Canggu is indeed quieter and less busy than Kuta which is a few kilometers to the south.

Canggu is a fashionable destination for tourists seeking authenticity in Bali. There is a surf spot, a heavenly beach, temples and rice fields.

Here are some places to visit around Canggu in Bali:

Canggu Beach
Batu Bolong Beach
Tanah Lot Temple
Mejan Stone Beach

9. Benoa, a seaside resort in Bali

Benoa is another seaside resort which was built on an old fishing village towards Kuta Selatan. It is located in the southeast of Bali and offers many activities for tourists.

In particular, there are many luxury hotels that are located on the edge of the beach. The beach is also magnificent with transparent and calm water.

This seaside resort differs above all from the others for its calm and relaxing side. Here, no party until no time and the music at full blast.

Everything is done so that tourists can enjoy the surrounding calm and tranquility.

Here are some ideas of places of interest to do around Benoa in Bali:

  • Pasifika Museum
  • Waterblow Beach
  • Jimbaran Beach
  • Penangkaran Penyu Bali Tanjung Benoa Turtle Reserve

10. Tanah Lot Temple

The temple of Tanah Lot is very well known thanks to its geographical layout. It stands in the middle of an islet called Pura Tanah Lot.

This Hindu temple is located on the west coast of Bali near the small village of Canggu.

It is a high place of pilgrimage for believers and a place of photographs for tourists and photographers.

If you can have the chance to visit the temple during a sunset, then you can make great photos!

11. Nusa Penida, a paradise island near Bali

Nusa Penida is an island that belongs to the province of Bali. It is located southeast of Bali, a few kilometers.

It is a fashionable destination to immerse yourself in a small paradise island, without volcanic mountains on its edge.

When you visit Nusa Penida, you fall under the spell of its paradisiacal beaches, its tropical forests and the seabed with incredible coral reefs. Difficult to find such turquoise water on Bali.

Nusa Penida is definitely an island you must visit if you go to Bali!

Here are places to see around Nusa Penida towards Bali:

  • Nusa Lembongan Island
  • Kelingking Beach
  • Crystal bay
  • Nusa Ceningan Island

12. Nusa Lembongan, neighbor of Nusa Penida

Once on Nusa Penida, it would be a shame not to take advantage of the very small neighboring island that is Nusa Lembongan. Located north of Nusa Penida, it is a magnificent destination.

A real natural reserve of fish and underwater species, bring your mask and snorkels to discover the beauty of the seabed!

You can also do the third island which is called Nusa Ceningan.

13. Jatiluwih rice fields

If you want to immerse yourself in the heart of the most beautiful rice fields in Bali, then you have to go to Jatiluwih!

The Jatiluwih rice fields are located in the heart of Bali.

There are hectares and hectares of rice plantations arranged in plateaus in the heart of lush and incredible nature. The scenery in the rainforest and the steep ravines are just beautiful to see.

Moreover, to prove to you the beauty of the place, it is enough to translate “Jatiluwih”. You have it ? Well, that simply means “wonderful” like the place you are about to set foot in.

14. Bedugul, the mountain resort in Bali

Bedugul is an atypical seaside resort since, unlike the others, there are no heavenly beaches or diving spots. It’s a mountain seaside resort!

It is located in the north-central region of Bali towards the beautiful Lake Bratan. There are many villages in the region and many hiking departures for sports and nature lovers.

It is also the place where we find an incredible temple under the name of Ulun Danu.

Here are some ideas of places to see around Bedugul in Bali:

  • Lake Bratan
  • Ulun Danu Temple
  • Candi Kuning market
  • Jatiluwih rice fields
  • Banyumala Waterfall

15. CandiDasa, a haven of peace in Bali

Discover a very beautiful city located on the east coast of Bali: CandiDasa.

This region has magnificent beaches bordering a freshwater lagoon. It is one of the must-see places to visit in Bali.

We discover landscapes isolated from all tourist constructions in Bali. It is a real haven of peace with an authentic side of Bali.

However, there are many things to do and see, such as exploring the superb seabed, discovering unknown beaches, visiting the Goa Lawah temple, or even meditating at the Lotus Lagoon.

Here are some places to visit around Candidasa in Bali:

  • Goa Lawah Temple
  • The Lotus Lagoon
  • Go rafting on the Telaga Weja River
  • The village of Tenganan
  • Mount Agung

16. Padangbai, a small village in Bali

Padangbai is a small fishing village located in the south of Bali. It is a village known mainly for its gateway to another tourist island: Lombok. Many ferries run back and forth between Bali and Lombok.

By going to Padangbai, you can go diving and snorkeling on a superb paradise beach with turquoise water. This beach is called Blue Lagoon.

Another even more discreet beach, Bias Tugel Beach is less easy to access but is definitely worth the detour. Finally a beach on which you can rest quietly away from the tourist influx!

Here are the places to see around Padangbai in Bali:

  • Blue Lagoon
  • Bias Tugel Beach
  • Padang Bai Beach
  • Silayukti Temple

18. Tirtagangga Palace

Located in East Bali, Tirtagangga Palace stands in a stunning area surrounded by lush nature. Tirtagangga means “water of the Ganges”, thus taking up the sacred Tirtagangga springs that can be found there.

A 35-minute drive from Candi Dasa (18 km), this palace is a delight. The Tirta Gangga Water Palace in Bali, set on the sacred waters, is a veritable Garden of Eden where all is beauty. The nature that surrounds the statues, baths and fountains is wonderful. We didn’t swim but you can take your bathing suits to dive into a swimming pool at the palace if you’re not chilly.

Here, there are baths, gardens, water sources, rice fields and a palace. It is an old Water Palace surrounded by parks and gardens with many water sources.

Do not hesitate to walk there because here, the environment is very soothing. So walk through the park, passing many Balinese statues and flowers, each more beautiful than the other.

You can even swim in a sacred spring in the park!

19. The mountainous region of Kintamani

Kintamani is the mountainous region of Bali located in the north of the island. There are therefore mountains and volcanoes that surround small Balinese villages.

There is notably the famous Mount Batur and its Lake Batur. We strongly advise you to go for a walk there because the trails are magnificent!

You can go to the village of Penelokan to enjoy a superb view of the region. This is one of the most beautiful panoramas to do on Bali, landscape guaranteed!

In this region of Kintamani, there are also some temples including the Pura Ulun Danu Batur temple which was destroyed by an eruption. This temple is considered sacred by the Balinese community.

Here are some places to do and see in the Kintamani area of ​​Bali:

  • Mount Batur
  • Lake Batur
  • Kintamani Village
  • Village of Penelokan
  • Pura Ulun Danu Batur Temple

20. Tampaksiring Town and Gunung Kawi Temple

The town of Tampaksiring is located in the center of Bali, in the Gianyar region. There is notably the famous temple of Gunung Kawi and its archaeological site.

This area is located about 18 kilometers north of Ubud. The two main places to visit here are the Tirta Empul springs and the Gunung Kawi temple.

It is a famous pilgrimage site for Indonesians. Considered a true jewel of the Island of the Gods, Tampaksiring is definitely worth a visit.

The Tirta Empul springs have made their reputation thanks to their therapeutic virtues. Pilgrims come to bathe there to purify themselves.

Here you are in authentic Bali!

Here are the things to do in Bali, main places to visit around Tampaksiring in Bali: 

  • Gunung Kawi Temple
  • Titra Empul Springs
  • Mengening Temple

21. Lake Bratan and its Ulun Danu Bratan Temple

This is now one of our favorite places in Bali. Lake Bratan is the second largest lake in Bali, located in the Bedugul area in the north.

The Ulun Danu Bratan temple was built on this lake in the 17th century so that the faithful could place offerings there intended for the goddess of the waters: Dewi Tanu.

Lake Bratan is Bali’s main source of irrigation and water. Being located in north central Bali, it can irrigate many lands around.

If you see Indonesians taking pictures in front of the temple with 50,000 rp bills, don’t be surprised. The Ulun Danu temple is represented on the ticket, which is to say the enthusiasm that the Indonesians have…

22. Lovina Beach

Lovina beach is another resort in Bali located on the north coast. Its black sand beaches have made its reputation.

You can witness the most beautiful sunset in Bali, while eating local fruits while sitting on the beach. Lovina is small but you can spend a week relaxing there.

In addition to the black sand, it is also the place where you can observe dolphins and corals while diving.

If you like hiking, you can take a trail that starts from Temoekoes village and takes you to Singsing waterfall. There is also a superb Dutch monument.

You can also bathe in the thermal springs of Banjar. In this park, there are hot water pools and tropical forests.

It is a very beautiful region of Bali that must be visited. Even though it is a very popular tourist destination, there are many activities and many must-see places for Bali to visit.

Here are some places of interest to go to in the Lovina Beach area of ​​Bali:

  • The Dolphin Statue
  • Lovina Beach
  • Pantai Lovina Beach
  • Pantai Lingga
  • Banjar thermal springs
  • Singsing Waterfall
  • Brahmavihara-Arama Buddhist Monastery

24. Lake Batur

As mentioned earlier in this article, Lake Batur is an essential place to visit in Bali. It is located at the foot of Mount Batur in the Kintamani region of northern Bali.

Backed by the volcanic slabs of Mount Batur and Mount Abang, Lake Batur (Danau Batur) is a striking crater lake considered sacred by the Balinese. Besides sunrise trekking, Mount Batur offers hot springs, canoe trips, and visits to Trunyan village, where Bali Aga residents expose their dead to rot in the open air.

It is a crater lake between Mounts Batur and Abang. It is the largest lake on the Island of the Gods with an area of ​​10 kilometers in diameter (6.2 miles in diameter). The color of the water varies according to the color of the sky.

You can reach the lake by a small road that leads to the Batur volcano. This road starts from the village of Penelokan.

You can then start your ascent to Mount Batur!

25. Tuban in South Bali

Tuban is a village located in the south of Bali, between the city of Denpasar and the peninsula of Bukit. It is particularly known for being not far from Ngurah Rai International Airport.

This may be the opportunity, if you are waiting for a plane, to enjoy Tuban Beach. It is a beach located not far from the famous beaches of Kuta and yet it has nothing to see.

It is mainly used by the local population for fishing, swimming or spending time with family. It is also a surf spot for the most seasoned.

The beach hotel is luxurious and the rates are quite expensive! We advise you not to stop there to eat.

Here are some places to visit around Tuban in Bali:

  • Circus Waterpark Kuta
  • Tuban Beach
  • Satria Gatotkaca Park
  • Pantai Kelan Beach

26. Sidemen Rice Fields

Sidemen is a village located in the eastern region of Bali. This small village enjoys an incredible environment since it is surrounded by mountains and rice fields.

Considered a cultural and artistic center, Sidemen enjoys serenity and absolute calm. You can discover magnificent rice fields surrounded by lush nature.

What we really appreciated while being in Sidemen, is that it is possible to walk many trails that leave in the middle of nature. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking!

You can also visit the Besakih temple about a good hour’s drive from Sidemen. Besakih is a set of twenty temples built at the foot of the Agung mountain.

27. The Temples and Springs of Banjar

Banjar is a province located in the north of Bali in the Buleleng region. This area is known for its temples and hot springs.

There are beautiful waterfalls like the Singsing waterfall. Series of magnificent waterfalls in which one can bathe.

In the pools of Banjar, several dragon statues spit hot water. In a green setting surrounded by nature, these pools will do you a lot of good!

28. Klungkung, former royal capital of Bali

Klungkung is also called Semarapura and is located in eastern Bali a few kilometers from Denpasar.

This is the former royal capital and it is an essential stopover to go to the east coast of Bali. There are many monuments in memory of the Gegel dynasty which reigned at the time.

Here are the places that we advise you to visit near Klungkung in Bali:

  • Courthouse
  • The floating pavilion
  • The Klungkung Museum

29. Tenganan Village

The village of Tenganan is one of the oldest in Bali. Located in the east of the island, it is known for its art of weaving and its traditional ceremonies.

If you want to find authenticity in Bali, you will be served at Tenganan!

You can attend dance performances, traditions, customs of the time. It is a village still spared by mass tourism.

To disconnect for a few hours or a few days, why not visit the village of Tenganan in Bali?

Here are some ideas of places of interest to discover around Tenganan in Bali:

  • The ancient village of Tenganan Pegringsingan
  • Virgin Beach
  • Bale Agung Tenganan Dauh Tukad Museum
  • The nature reserve of Pulau Paus

Sources: PinterPandai, CleverlySmart

Photo credit (main photo): Thutruongvn / Pixabay

Seminyak Beach

Whether you come to Bali for a few days or a few weeks, Seminyak beach remains an obligatory crossing point for all tourists. Chic, glamorous and flashy, the city attracts for its bars, beach clubs, villas and hotels but also its long beaches which give everyone the opportunity to try their hand at surfing, try out some Beach Clubs and enjoy the magnificent sunsets. Seminyak beach is golden sand stretching 3 km (1.8 miles), as far as the eye can see on this west coast of the island is a pure wonder for any lover of sunbathing, swimming or surfing.

In the evening, from 5.30 p.m., the beach becomes St Tropez, with thousands of people settling into the colorful poufs to watch the sumptuous sunset over the Indian Ocean.

The beaches are indeed very wide, very extensive, and the atmosphere is festive day and night. So inevitably, street vendors take advantage of this to offer you watches, tattoos, clothes, jewelry, massages all the time (for this last point, don’t hesitate to let yourself be tempted). These untimely requests are often painful to manage but they perfectly reflect the agitation which reigns in Kuta.

If you’re not into wave sliding, maybe you’ll be tempted by a game of football with the young people of the area. And if all that has given you the cravings, there too you will easily find something to satisfy for only a few rupees. Another little happiness, the sunset, which between five and seven, illuminates the waters and the sand with a warm light in orange tones.

To do: Taste the benefits of a massage under the expert hands of Balinese women for an unbeatable price.

To see: The superb sunset which offers an unforgettable spectacle every evening between 5 and 7 am.

Double Six Beach: perfect for swimming and learning to surf

Double Six Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Seminyak, named after a nightclub. During the day, this beach is perfect for swimming and learning to surf. The beach is wide with soft golden sand and there are cafes as well as local beach stalls to get food and drink.

Around 4 p.m., Double Six Beach transforms into the perfect Bali postcard. This is the time when the beach bars pull out their beanbags and umbrellas in all the colors of the rainbow. It’s the classic image of Seminyak that you’ll see on the covers of travel magazines. Sit back with a coconut or tropical cocktail and wait for the sunset to hit. It is magic !

La Plancha has cool DJs and sometimes even theme nights that last until midnight. Other bars have live acoustic music to set the perfect ambience for the twilight hours. Children play in the sand and run on the shore. Lovers watch the sunset.

Everyone is trying to take that perfect shot of the sunset in Bali. It’s lively, colorful and wonderful. You just have to experience it for yourself.

Seminyak Beach, aka Kayu Aya Beach: Sunset in Style

Relax in style: this area is more chic than the nearby Seminyak Beach, aka Kayu Aya Beach. Spend your days sunbathing and swimming and enjoying the sea breeze at the edge of this wide sandy beach. At the end of the day, indulge yourself in one of the chic and refined restaurants on the seafront and watch the sun go down.

The sunsets there are magnificent. If you don’t feel like spending the day in the sand, there are hotels, restaurants and shops nearby.

We have 3 words for this fabulous beach in Seminyak: KU DE TA is the master of beach clubs in Bali – it was the first and it is still world famous. Sitting on the corner of Kayu Aya Street (Eat Street!) where Villa Carissa is located, KU DE TA always comes out on top when it comes to unforgettable events, parties, exquisite food and sophisticated sunset drinks.
KU DE TA has an infinity pool these days and the on-site restaurant Mejakawi is truly outstanding.

Read also: Seminyak Beach Club | Chic, Glamorous and Flashy | Perfect For Both Day and Night

Petitenget beach: Surf, swing & clubbing on the beach

Undoubtedly the best known and most visited beach in Bali, it is also the longest. Starting from Legian Beach to go up to the temple of Petitenget, it offers holidaymakers several experiences thanks to its waves allowing the practice of surfing, especially for beginners.

Petitenget Beach starts at Pura Petitenget, a famous beach temple at the end of Jalan Kayu Aya after KU DE TA Beach Club. You’ll find plenty of other must-visit beach clubs here: Potato Head, Bar Woo at W Bali, and Mano Beach House. You can’t just do beach clubbing but beach club-hopping in Petitenget!

The beach has black sand and slightly choppy waves that surfers will love. You can also pose on the Petitenget Swings for the perfect sunset shot. All the beach clubs have pools, there are frequent parties and events and the food/cocktails are great!

Batu Belig Beach: Surfing

Less crowded, awesome surf waves and cool beach clubs you probably haven’t heard of just yet. Batu Belig Beach is still raw with gray sand, wild ocean waves and a mix of laid-back beach bars and stylish clubs such as Tropicola. Batu Belig is always coming and it is the perfect area for those who like to stay in a quieter location close to Seminyak and Canggu. Batu Belig Street is full of shops, restaurants, spas and cafes. It’s wonderful to walk along this beach road that runs from Petitenget down to the beach. The road is perfectly paved and there are plenty of cool places to sit for a coffee and get away from the heat. places such as Watercress Cafe, Strawberry Fields, Nook, Unicorn Cafe and more.

Berawa Beach

Some say Berawa is part of Canggu but it’s really a short distance between Seminyak and Canggu and it’s a cool place with fabulous villas and lots of must-visit cafes! The beach has black volcanic sands, popular among surfers and it is home to amazing beach clubs such as the impressive Finn’s Beach Club (9 pools!!!), and the amazing Café Del Mar for an Ibiza experience in Bali.

Sources: CleverlySmart, PinterPandai

Photo credit: Ignartonosbg / Pixabay

Amed the Little Paradise in Bali

Amed is a group of peaceful villages bordered by black sand beaches, ideal for lazing around but especially for snorkeling and scuba diving in the east part of Bali. Renowned for its vertiginous drop-offs and coral gardens, this region of northeast Bali is home to some of the best dive sites on the Island of the Gods.

Amed is one of the increasingly popular destinations in Indonesia. Located at the eastern end of Bali, this village is relatively isolated. You will not regret making the trip, especially since the road that will take you there will take you through some beautiful places. Before arriving in this charming fishing village, you will come across beaches, rice fields and sumptuous palaces.

Location of Amed

Amed is located just at the foot of the Agung volcano, one of the volcanoes of Bali. If this place attracts more and more people, it is for several reasons. In the surroundings, you can enjoy superb beaches, such as Lipah Beach, Jemeluk and Virgin Beach.

A fishing village

Amed is a fishing village on the east coast of Bali with beautiful volcanic black sand beaches, where there are several spots for snorkeling and scuba diving to see fish, corals, and blue starfish.

Late afternoon you could take a nice ride in a traditional fisherman’s boat for fishing and watch the sun set behind Mount Agung…

Scuba diving

For those who do scuba diving, it is also possible to see the Liberty wreck in the village of Tulemben which is not far from Amed.

Volcanoes

Speaking of volcanoes, we advise you to climb the Batur volcano rather than Agung if you only have to do one 🙂 It is simpler and the view is magnificent in the early morning!
Jemeluk Beach is a beach of pebbles and black volcanic sand which is probably not the most attractive beach in Bali, but which turns out to be a true paradise for diving enthusiasts. Its clear water and very rich seabed make it one of the best diving spots in Indonesia.

Spending a few days in Amed is the perfect opportunity to discover some of the most beautiful buildings in Bali, such as the Taman Soekasada Ujung water palace, the Tirta Gangga water palace and the Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang temple.

How to get around?

Amed is just under 3 hours drive from Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu or Ubud. To get there, you will have to rent a scooter or opt for a private driver.

What to do in Amed, Bali?

After these few practical information, let’s see together what are the places to visit in Amed. As I said before, the road that leads to Amed is lined with superb places and I therefore really advise you to stop there during your road trip. If you are on a scooter, you will be free to stop wherever you want, but if you book a private driver, remember to tell him to stop here and there according to your preferences.

  • Virgin Beach
  • Taman Soekasada Ujung Water Palace
  • Tirta Gangga Water Palace
  • Ababi rice fields
  • Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang Temple
  • Jemeluk Beach
  • Sunset Point
  • Lipah Beach
  • Tulamben and the wreck of the USS Liberty

A little story: The most famous spot is undoubtedly the wreck of the USS Liberty, a former US army ship torpedoed by the Japanese during World War II in Lombok Bay. Towed onto Tulamben beach, the cargo ship was eventually pushed to the sandy bottom by lava following the 1963 volcanic eruption.

To make the most of Amed, I think you have to stay there at least 2 nights. The first day can for example be devoted to visiting the places of interest on the road to Amed. On your second day, you can visit the places in Amed itself and go diving or snorkeling.

See you soon my traveling friends. JWe wish you a wonderful stay on the island of the gods!

Sources: CleverlySmart, PinterPandai, Museum of Wander

Photo credit: Wawansatriawan Bali via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)

When to go to Bali?

Bali’s climate is tropical. Bali weather in May, June, July, August, September and October during the dry season which extends from April to October.
December, January and February as this is the rainy season, but the Bali weather is still very warm.

Bali weather with two seasons climate

Bali has a tropical type climate with two seasons, the rainy season and the dry season. The ideal time to visit Bali runs from May to October, corresponding to the dry season with an average temperature of around 26 °C (78.8 °F), ideal temperature to enjoy the beaches and discover the temples and archaeological sites.

Located near the Equator, Bali is subject to a hot and humid climate all year round with two distinct seasons.

Rainy and dry season

– The hot season or rainy season which goes from December to March. During this season, the month of January is the rainiest.
– The cool season or dry season goes from May to October with July being the driest and coolest month. Note that during this season it can also rain, but the rains are short-lived and usually occur in the late afternoon.

Average temperatures

In terms of temperatures, even if we talk about hot season and cool season, temperatures are very constant throughout the year. They vary between 23° and 32°C (73.4 °C to 89.6 °F), so ideal for discovering the country and enjoying the sumptuous beaches around Seminyak and Nusa Dua.

Read also: 2 Weeks Itinerary in Bali | What to do and visit in Bali for 14 Days | Best Itinerary

Note that in the central mountains, the temperatures are a little cooler, ranging from 20°C to 25°C (68 °F to 77 °F), great for nature lovers and hikers ready to attack the Gunung Agung volcano. In Bali, a little advice, it is better to get up early to fully enjoy the day, because the sun rises around 6 a.m. and sets abruptly around 6 p.m. and this throughout the year.

Bali weather by month in Celcius and Fahrenheit

Bali weather – Average temperatures
Month Min (°C) Max (°C) Averge (°C)
January 25 31 27,8
February 25 31 27,9
March 25 31 27,9
April 25 31 28
May 24 31 27,6
June 24 30 27
July 24 29 26,5
August 23 29 26,4
September 24 30 26,8
October 24 31 27,7
November 25 32 28,3
December 25 31 28
YEARLY 24,4 30,6 27,45

We therefore recommend the months of May to October for your trip to Bali. If you can, avoid the months of July and August to avoid more tourists and benefit from cheaper hotel rates.

Bali weather in Fahrenheit
Bali weather – Average temperatures
Month Min (°F) Max (°F) Averge (°F)
January 77 87.8  82.4
February 77 87.8  82.4
March 77 87.8  82.4
April 77 87.8  82.4
May 75.2 87.8  81.5
June 75.2 86  80.6
July 75.2 84.2  79.7
August 73.4 84.2  78.8
September 75.2 86  80.6
October 75.2 87.8  81.5
November 77 89.6  83.3
December 77 87.8  82.4
YEARLY 75.95 87.05  81.5
Swimming in Bali, Sea temperature

To swim in Bali, no questions to ask: the water is warm all year round, between 27°C and 29°C (80.6 °F to 84.2 °F).

Bali – The Sea temperature
Month Celsius (°C) Fahrenheit (°F)
January 29 85
February 29 84
March 29.5 85
April 29.5 85
May 29 84
June 28 83
July 27 81
August 27 80
September 27 81
October 28 83
November 29.5 85
December 29.5 85
Year 28.5 83.3

Sources: CleverlySmart PinterPandai, Holiday Weather, Climate Data

Photo credit: Wpkomang / Pixabay

Photo description: Kelingking Beach (Nusa Penida)

Tanah Lot

Do not miss to visit the Temple of Tanah Lot in Bali, Temple of legend, and essential of the island!

Built in the 16th century by order of the priest Nirartha, who came to meditate on an isolated rock in the sea, the temple of Tanah Lot now overlooks this rock.

What is it?

Head for the Indonesian archipelago, where the wonderful island of Bali is located. Between its idyllic beaches, its luxuriant nature, its breathtaking rice fields, its impressive volcanoes, its mystical and authentic culture and the gentleness of its inhabitants, it is truly a dream destination!

But the charm and beauty of Bali also reside in its collection of temples, each more incredible than the next, starting with the Temple of Tanah Lot.

This temple is one of the most famous on the island, because of its location: the Temple of Tanah Lot in Bali is “set” on a small rock in the middle of the ocean, about 100 meters from the coast, accessible at low tide. The spectacle of this temple in the middle of the waves at high tide is just magnificent!

So to help you visit the Tanah Lot Temple in Bali, we have prepared a mini-guide for you with all the important information you need to know.

A legendary Tanah Lot temple

The temple has acquired its notoriety partly thanks to its particular architecture: located on a rocky promontory, it is cut off from the rest of the island twice a day, at each high tide.

The temple has acquired its notoriety partly thanks to its particular architecture: located on a rocky promontory, it is cut off from the rest of the island twice a day, at each high tide.

Legend has it that the sage once went to the rocky promontory that was then Tanah Lot, connected to the moor by a natural stone bridge.

Captivated by the spectacle of the ocean caressing the banks and by the backwash of the waves, the man would have decided to spend the night there… And in the early morning, in total harmony with the sea stretched out in front of him, he decided to build the temple to pay homage to this element of nature. Even today, the caves dug by the waves at the foot of the cliffs that surround it are said to be inhabited by sacred serpents, descendants of the former protectors of the site.

Myths about Tanah Lot

The myths and legends associated with this sacred place are almost as beautiful as the temple itself. The story goes that the holy priest Danghyang Nirarta spent the night here and the people of Bali decided to build the Tanah Lot temple on his resting place.

It is also said that at the time, there was a bridge between the continent and the temple, but that it was destroyed by the force of the sea. Another interesting detail: there is under Tanah Lot a cave sheltering a source magical. Curiously, the spring water is fresh while the temple is surrounded by the ocean and its salty waters.

Tourist flows

The temple of Tanah Lot has thus become one of the 7 temples of the Sea which border the island of Bali. These seven temples have the function of protecting the island of the Gods from any bad influence coming from the waves, and have the particularity of being always visible from at least one of the other temples of the Sea.

Today, Pura (temple) Tanah Lot is one of the most popular religious buildings on the island, and also the most visited. Right next to the temple, a “tourist village” has been created in order to stem the flow of daily visitors to the sacred site.

Sportswear shops, crafts, various clothes, the main street offers everything you need for an entire afternoon of shopping! The sunset is a particularly appreciated moment on this site, which also offers the possibility of enjoying a dinner in a restaurant in height.

Our little secret…

Shhh, don’t tell anyone! The Pura Batu Bolong, located 10 minutes walk from the Tanah Lot temple, is just as impressive as its neighbor and much less crowded! Of more modest size, it is perched on a ledge plunging into the Indian Ocean.

During the Melasti celebrations, a few days before the Balinese New Year, hundreds of pilgrims come to deposit earthly offerings intended for the marine deities.

Visit the temple of Tanah Lot: Variable hours, expect about 2 hours to spend in this area.
Price: Allow 20,000 Rupiahs to enter the temple, 20,000 more to touch the tail of a small sacred reptile.

Read also: 2 Weeks Itinerary in Bali | What to do and visit in Bali for 14 Days | Best Itinerary

Discover Pura Batu Bolong: Follow the path that runs along the cliff to the west of Pura Tanah Lot: the site is open every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is free.

TANAH LOT: How to get there?

Tanah Lot is easily reachable from any locality in South Bali (Sanur, Kuta, Seminyak, Legian or Canggu), or from Ubud, both by your own means (scooter) and by car (taxi or Go-Jek application).

From the latter you can therefore go there for the day, without sleeping there.

From other tourist locations such as Uluwatu, Munduk or Amed it seems complicated and a shame to go there for the day, since you would spend too much time on the road.

It will therefore be necessary to book a room in the surroundings (see below), for at least one night.

APPROXIMATE ROUTE TIMES:

  • Sanur: 1 hour
  • Kuta: 1 hour
  • Legian: 1 hour
  • Seminyak: 1 hour
  • Canggu: 45 mins
  • Ubud: 1 hour
  • Uluwatu: 1h30
  • Amed: 3h30
  • Munduk: 3 hours

Reading sources: CleverlySmart, PinterPandai

Photo credit: PinterPandai via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)

HIKING MOUNT BATUR IN BALI: HIKE AT SUNRISE!

No need to say much more than what we see in the photos… The landscape offered when hiking mount Batur is a sea of ​​clouds, the Agung volcano, and the sun peeking out from the horizon. It is simply beautiful!

Try the sunrise hike during your stay in Bali, one of the well-known hikes is the ascent of Mount Batur in the early morning. Indeed the principle of the excursion is to witness this sunrise from the top of the volcano!

In this article, we come back to this ascent of Mount Batur, sharing our feedback. And by indicating how to do the same thing, by yourselves, or accompanied by a guide as we were able to do.

Access to the start of the Mount Batur hike

Where is Mount Batur?

Mount Batur is located in the east of the island of Bali, so if you are not staying nearby, access to the start of the hike around 4 a.m. is not really trivial…

We share in this article my experience of hiking in an all-inclusive package (this one, with a driver who brings you to the site from his accommodation, hike accompanied by a guide, and return to his accommodation).

But if you want to do the hike by yourself in the early morning, the ideal is clearly to stay close to the starting point of the hike. This is to minimize travel time as much as possible in the middle of the night, barely awake, and on the small Balinese roads…

For this there are in particular these villas not far from the starting point, or the Batur Green Hill hotel.

In any case, whether you go there via the transport of a driver, or whether you go to Mount Batur by yourself, the start of the hike is located at the parking lot of the Pura (temple) Jati Batur.

With or without a guide?

For the hike consisting of reaching the summit of Mount Batur in the early morning, we had read during our preparations for a trip to Bali, that when you are not accompanied by an official guide, access from hiking can bring tension started when you arrive at the parking lot. Apparently it is not well seen to hike solo, but personally we did not notice it.

This remark is in any case not valid during the day. Indeed, hiking accompanied by a guide during the day is not very interesting: you can see the path perfectly well.

But beyond the professional guide during the climb, the service also includes transport from your accommodation. Which is clearly appreciable in the middle of the night, and this regardless of where we are staying (in my case, he came to pick us up near Seminyak, a few kilometers north of Denpasar).

In summary, we can say that:
  • In the early morning, hiking in the dark and with a night start requires being well prepared. Beyond the fact that it is the most practiced solution, it is also the easy solution to be able to take full advantage of this moment. Without this solution, clearly we would not have done it.
  • During the day, the guide is not necessary. On the other hand, the “show” is not the same as in the early morning…

Go through a local agency

To avoid having to worry, we did the simplest thing and went through a local agency (this one), via an online booking site.

Beyond the driver, we benefited from a guide during the hike, which we really appreciated.

Even lit with a headlamp, the ground being volcanic, the supports are not always easy to find. And the experience of someone who knows the way well is a significant plus. Remember that it is 4am, and that we are not yet fully awake…

For the price we had paid around fifty euros per person (for this service, reserved in advance).

Get up early: the constraint to take into account

I do not hide the fact that for this excursion to Mount Batur the awakening is harsh… It varies according to the season, but the sun generally rises around 6am. Add to that the climb to the summit, which takes 2 hours, and the travel time from your hotel or villa.

Depending on your location, this means getting up between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m. approximately! The drivers can indeed pick you up in the south of the island, on the Kuta coast. But also from closer points such as from Ubud or Amed. As an indication, it is still necessary to count an hour’s drive from Ubud.

Hiking Mount Batur

The route, stage, itinerary, route, trajectory,

We rate hiking mount Batur as medium difficulty. As with any hike that consists of climbing, the difficulty lies above all in finding your rhythm so as not to lose your breath too quickly.

The elevation gain of this hike is 800 meters (2625 feet).

However, Mount Batur is a volcano, and past eruptions have lined some flanks with lava that has hardened and mostly flaked over time.

The hiking path is therefore often filled with black pebbles, more or less large, not very stable, and on which you sometimes have to climb to move forward.

You must therefore be careful where you put your feet and take good support. And let’s not forget that on the way out we walk by the light of the flashlight…

Equipment for hiking Mount Batur

We therefore advise to have a pair of sneakers that catch a minimum. Avoid smooth soles! Note that the guide is still there to help us clear our way, and give us a hand to climb the rocks if necessary.

For the record, on the way down I saw someone doing the descent in sandals! I take my hat off to him, and I think he was lucky not to slip…

For this ascent it takes between 1h30 and 2h depending on your pace. Admittedly, we are in the dark, but the torch allows us to orient ourselves. And above all, we are far from alone… We therefore see a ballet of beams of flashlights in front, and behind. This hike is more or less a victim of its own success and is therefore relatively popular.

For our part the ascent was foggy, and it often is apparently the case. But that is part of the scenery of this hike, because after a while we finish crossing this cloud cover.

We are therefore in the end above the mist, which makes all the beauty of the sunrise!

At the top of Mount Batur

The sunrise

In terms of altitude, Mount Batur is the second volcano in Bali: it culminates at 1717 m (5633 ft). It comes after Mount Agung, which rises to 3142 meters (10308 ft).

An enchanting moment!

In the early morning, and at altitude, the temperatures are rather low. So plan a good sweater for the hike, and especially for the summit where you stop moving.

In addition to the accompaniment, the guides also provide breakfast once you reach the top. Sandwiches, bananas, coffee and boiled eggs that can be cooked in the heat sources of the volcano 😉. There is also a cabin where you can sit and quietly wait for the sunrise.

The crater of the volcano

The ascent of Mount Batur allows you to enjoy the first light of day!
Once the spectacle of the sunrise is over, it is possible to walk around, and in particular to get a little closer to the crater. This shows that this volcano is indeed still active, because we can see several sources of smoke.

The last eruption dates from the year 2000. But the most significant was that of 1917 when several thousand victims were counted. As well as many houses and temples that were wiped off the map.

You then have to return to the car park by doing the reverse. The difficulty is different than during the climb, because it is a question of finding your grips well so as not to slip forward.

Nevertheless, this descent is done well, and it is faster than the ascent, of course. We can then visualize the path traveled on the outward journey and observe the landscape this time.

What equipment for the Mount Batur hike?

If you are like us, and do the hike before sunrise, you must above all take a good sweater. This will be used both for the ascent of Mount Batur and especially for the wait at the summit.

The waiting time can seem long and chilly. For the descent, however, the sun has risen and the weather is better.

We said it above, equip yourself with a pair of shoes that grip the ground. You don’t necessarily need a great hiking shoes, just sneakers without a smooth sole will be ok.

If you decide to do it by yourself (without a guide), absolutely bring flashlights (and if possible headlamps). In the case of services accompanied by a guide that we mentioned above, these are provided.

Batur region

The road rises and the thermometer slowly drops. From Ubud, fruit and vegetable sellers are increasingly present on the side of the roads, in addition to the usual warungs and stalls. The piles of tropical fruits and jeruk (orange), those very fragrant green-skinned oranges typical of the region, pile up as one approaches the village of Kintamani, in the north of Bali. For a few thousand rupees, you can treat yourself to a basket of fruits in the colors of the rainbow and taste the different local varieties: pineapples, mangosteens, watermelons, bananas…

The Kintamani region is known to be the breadbasket of Bali. No or few rice fields compared to the rest of the island, but a cooler and more humid climate all year round which allows the cultivation of citrus fruits, but also tomatoes, eggplants, coffee or shallots.

Depending on the route taken, you will sometimes have to pay of a few tens of thousands of Rupiahs to access the village of Kintamani. Past a few shops and a few restaurants at the entrance to the village, the panorama on the right of the roadway is striking.

A grandiose view of the entire caldera is offered to us, with the volcano in the center, and Lake Batur overlooked by Mount Abang (3rd highest mountain on Bali and is located on the southeast side of Batur Lake and 10.6km or 6.6 miles northwest of Gunung Agung). The latter culminates at 2152 meters (7060 ft) and is the second highest peak in Bali behind the famous Mount Agung. On the flanks of Gunung Batur, large flows of black basaltic lava testify to past eruptions and have permanently settled in the landscape. A still active volcano whose last eruption dates back to 2000, one can occasionally observe white fumaroles escaping from its craters – there are three craters at the top of Mount Batur.

In Kintamani, many restaurants offering an extraordinary view of the entire caldera allow you to take a break to eat and drink, before descending to the lake and exploring its surrounding villages.

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