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Horse Riding in Bali: Saddle Up for an Unforgettable Adventure!

Bali, known for its stunning beaches and vibrant culture, offers a unique opportunity for horse enthusiasts to explore the island in a completely different way. Horse riding in Bali allows visitors to connect with nature, experience breathtaking scenery, and immerse themselves in the local culture. Here are some of the top places to enjoy horse riding experiences on the island:

Mesari Stable, Seminyak

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Bali Equestrian Centre, Canggu

Located in the serene area of Canggu, Bali Equestrian Centre provides a range of riding experiences for riders of all levels. From beach rides at sunset to lessons for beginners, this center offers a diverse array of equestrian activities. Nestled in the peaceful village of Pererenan, you’ll have the chance to bond with these magnificent creatures while enjoying the serene Balinese countryside.

Website: www.baliequestriancentre.com

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Uma Stables, Ubud

Nestled in the lush greenery of Ubud, Uma Stables offers an enchanting horse riding experience through rice fields and villages. Riders can enjoy the tranquility of Bali’s countryside while connecting with their well-trained horses.

Website: https://ubudhorsestable.com/

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Kuda P Stables, Saba Beach – Sebatu Village, Tegalalang

Situated on the black sands of Saba Beach, Kuda P Stables provides a unique riding experience with a backdrop of the Indian Ocean. Riders can explore the beach and nearby villages, creating lasting memories.

Website: www.kudapstables.com

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Royal Sporthorse Bali, Nusa Dua

There are two places, one in Canggu and the other one is in Nusa Dua.

Experience a place of relaxation and recreation, where you can connect with fellow animal and horse enthusiasts. Royal Sporthorse Bali provides an inviting atmosphere that feels like home, welcoming you to their stables. Enjoy a delightful meal with a view overlooking the expansive riding arena, where you can witness the action while savoring a refreshing drink and a bite to eat.

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Children can play safely in the area. The stables and the friendly animals are always open for visitors, eager for some extra attention and a moment in the spotlight. Offering a range of experiences, from leisurely trail rides to specialized training programs, Royal Sporthorse Bali is equipped with a team of skilled trainers and well-trained horses, catering to riders of all levels, including those seeking dressage and jumping lessons.

Website: www.royalsporthorsebali.com

Canggu: +62 877 6147 2220
Nusa Dua: +62 813 5390 2220

Before embarking on any horse riding adventure, it’s important to ensure that the operator adheres to high safety standards and that the horses are well-cared for.

Experience the magic of Bali from a unique perspective with these exceptional horse riding opportunities. Whether you’re a seasoned equestrian or a first-time rider, these experiences promise memories that will last a lifetime.

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Ultimate Uluwatu Travel Guide: Discover Must-Visit Places in South Bali

Welcome to the ultimate Uluwatu travel guide, your gateway to exploring the must-visit places nestled between the captivating temples and stunning beaches of South Bali.

Direction the South of the island of Bali, YES! We go to the Bukit peninsula to visit Uluwatu. This area of Bali became popular by first attracting surfers who found high waves there. But Uluwatu is now a destination that appeals more and more to the general public. We go there to visit its superb temple or to bask on its beautiful beaches. Here is our list for what to do in Uluwatu and must do and see places.

How to get there ? Where to stay ? How to visit the famous Pura Luhur temple and its Kecak Dance show, as well as its best beaches, we will explain all that to you!

1. Uluwatu Temple, a 10th-century sea temple perched on a steep cliff

Navigate through our comprehensive Uluwatu Travel Guide, where we unveil the captivating allure of Uluwatu Temple, a 10th-century sea temple majestically perched on a steep cliff.

Entrance fee: IDR 30,000 (~ €2)
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Uluwatu temple, by its full name Pura Luhur Uluwatu, is the place to see in priority in Uluwatu. It is located on the cliffs on the South West coast of Bukit and it is truly fabulous. In this area, the cliffs are over 70m (229.6 ft) high so the views are absolutely stunning.

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Crab-eating macaca [Macaca fascicularis] at Uluwatu Temple at sunset, Bali, Indonesia. LBM1948CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

According to the analysis of the stones of the temple, its construction would have taken place around the 10th century. It is a Hindu temple which is part of the Sad Kahyangan, the group of the 6 most sacred sanctuaries of Bali which notably includes the temple of Besakih.

Uluwatu Temple is dedicated to the goddess Acintya who is considered the supreme god in Balinese Hinduism. It is somewhat the equivalent of Brahma in Hinduism.

In addition to the historical and cultural importance of the site, the Uluwatu temple is aesthetically superb and will delight all photography enthusiasts. It may remind you of the Tanah Lot temple which is also located by the sea.

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Sunset at the temple of Pura Luhur Uluwatu above the cliffs. Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas (CC BY-SA 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons

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The serpentine pathway to the Pura Luhur (Uluwatu temple) is fortified by concrete walls on the cliff side. The views from the bottom of the water surging up against rocks and the ocean horizon are remarkable. Paskuu, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

2. The Kecak Fire Dance, in Uluwatu Temple

The other activity not to be missed is the Kecak fire dance which takes place at the Uluwatu temple. It is a traditional Balinese dance that takes place almost every day from 6 p.m. and ends with sunset.

Dancers dressed in traditional costumes will dance in front of you and they will notably stage episodes from the Ramayana (Hindu sacred book).

Burning fire in Ramayana Kecak Dance
Flaming Fire in one of scenes of Ramayana Kecak Dance performed in Amphiteater Pura Uluwatu, Bali. Johannnindito Adisuryo (Yohanes Nindito Adisuryo), CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

There is a charge for the show and it will cost you IDR 100,000 per person, i.e. around € 7. As the show is quite popular and good seats are quite limited, I advise you to sit in your seat from 5 p.m. to be close to the dancers.

Going to the cliffside Uluwatu Temple and watching its Balinese Kecak Dance show is probably one of the best things to do at night in Uluwatu.

It is perfectly possible to visit the Uluwatu temple on your own by renting a scooter or booking a Grab. Read also: How to Take a Taxi in Bali Without Getting Scammed or Cheated?

However, there are several organized guided tours that will take care of routes, reservations, etc.

Kecak fire dance at sunset
Kecak fire dance at sunset, Uluwatu, Bali. Kecak dance is a kind of traditional dance drama art that is typical of Bali. The dance depicts the wayang story, especially the Ramayana story which is performed with the art of movement and dance. This Kecak dance is one of the most well-known traditional arts in Bali. Aside from being a cultural heritage, the Kecak Dance is also one of the attractions of tourists who come there. Krisdenna, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

3. Beaches in Uluwatu

Embark on a coastal adventure with our Uluwatu Travel Guide, as we explore the breathtaking charm and sandy splendor of the beaches in Uluwatu.

Padang Padang Beach

After these cultural activities, it is time to relax by visiting the most beautiful beaches of Uluwatu. One of the most popular is Padang Padang Beach. If you’ve ever seen the famous movie Eat, Pray, Love, you’ll see this beach in the romantic scene at the end of the movie.

This beach is one of the favorite spots for surfers in Uluwatu but it is also a good place for a swim and a tanning session.

Remember to put a few tickets aside because the entrance to the beach is paid and costs 10,000 rupees or 70 cents.

Nyang Nyang Beach

There are also beautiful beaches south of Uluwatu and they are generally much less crowded than Bingin or Padang Padang for example. One of the most beautiful and wildest is Nyang Nyang Beach.

You will have to do a nice hike and cross a forest before arriving at the beach. Don’t miss the piece of boat that washed up on the coast, it’s a nice photo spot. Read also: The Best Beaches in Bali | Most famous beach during your holiday

Nyang Nyang Beach
Nyang-Nyang Beach. Schweigeblick, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Bingin Beach

Bingin Beach is also a beach that attracts many surfers. If you want to try to tame the waves of Bingin, you can rent boards of all types right on the beach. The price is around 50,000 rupees (~ 3 euros) for 2 hours.

But Bingin beach will also appeal to swimmers more because the waves are quite far from the coast and the water is therefore calm near the beach. There are also some great photos to take with the beautiful massive boulders that are laying on the sand.

To eat, there are two places to choose: Kelly’s Warung and Lucky Fish.

Balangan Beach

One of the favorite spots for surfers that you will inevitably come across on your way there.

A much more classic beach than the two previous ones, the plus is much more surrounded by greenery and trees, and extends over about fifty meters.

And the surfers make the show.

Unfortunately no photos, I was miles away from starting a blog one day when I was in Indonesia, but a little Google tour will fill this gap.

Suluban Beach

Suluban beach is cool, because different from the traditional beaches of Bali, between cliffs and rocks. Also famous for surfing (for the experienced, the waves eventually crash into the cliffs, so good).

If you go to the left, between the rocks, you arrive at a fairly discreet and therefore less popular beach, Suluban beach.

It is quite small, but its atypical side makes it really pleasant.

The other good point of the cliffs is that it is possible to have a place in the shade, the Balinese sun is nice, but sometimes a little shade is not so bad!

4. Karang Boma cliff

We are now heading further south to reach Karang Boma. It is a place of observation where you can see magnificent cliffs that will really make you dizzy.

Karang Boma has become popular thanks to Instagram especially because you can take a nice picture there with the beautiful cliff you see above.

The view is breathtaking: the sun dipping in the waves rushing against the cliff – this scene is literally spellbinding. Keep in mind that you will have to pay IDR 5000 (€0.31) as a parking fee (despite no signs about it) if you decide to arrive here by car.

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Karang Boma Cliff Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia. Pradnyanandana, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

5. Restaurant, Beach Clubs and Partying in Uluwatu

In this Uluwatu Travel Guide, we delve into the vibrant scene of restaurant dining, beach clubs, and nightlife, giving you an insider’s view of enjoying culinary delights and entertainment in Uluwatu

Single Fin Uluwatu restaurant

If there is a restaurant not to be missed in Uluwatu, it is surely the Single Fin. In addition to the good food they offer (mainly Western cuisine), people go there above all for the magnificent sea view!

They have a huge terrace where you can enjoy a good cold Bintang (local beer) while enjoying the panoramic view. The best time to go there is probably at the end of the day to see the sunset. They also organize evening events quite regularly.

You can walk from Uluwatu temple to Single Fin restaurant, and it takes 40 minutes. Or by car takes 8 minutes).

Savaya beach club and a clifftop club (Ex-Omnia) best for nightlife

After seeing the beaches, climbing cliffs and surfing the waves of Uluwatu, and still don’t know what to do in Uluwatu? It’s time to party a little don’t you think? For this, go to the magnificent Savaya resort which is about 8km east of Uluwatu.

The Savaya is arguably one of the best beach clubs in Bali with stunning infinity pools overlooking the ocean and it attracts internationally renowned DJs. The most photogenic place in the club is probably its bar with the huge shiny cube above.

Karma Beach Club

Not very far from Savaya, you will also find Karma Beach which is a private beach where we find the beach club of the same name. The rather unusual feature of this place is that you descend to the beach via a cable car from the Karma Kandara resort.

On site, you will find many services including restaurants, bars, beach volleyball, stand-up paddle rental, spa…

In terms of prices, you will have to pay IDR 650,000 per person (~ €43) but you will get back IDR 450,000 (~ €30) to use in the restaurant and bar. Note that access is free if you stay at the Karma Kandara resort.

Discover in Uluwatu Travel Guide: Enchanting Cultural Experiences – Uluwatu Kecak Dance Tickets and More in Bali

Experience the captivating world of Balinese culture and artistry with our Uluwatu Travel Guide, offering a range of immersive experiences centered around the mesmerizing Uluwatu Kecak Dance and beyond.

Bali’s Cultural Splendors: Uluwatu Kecak and Fire Dance Show

Immerse yourself in Bali’s rich cultural tapestry with an entry ticket to the mesmerizing Uluwatu Kecak and Fire Dance Show. This captivating performance, set against the backdrop of the iconic Uluwatu Temple, brings to life ancient tales through the enchanting art of dance and music. Experience the allure of Balinese culture as you witness this unforgettable performance.

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Indulge in Bali’s cultural treasures and vibrant performances that weave together the island’s history, spirituality, and artistic heritage. Choose from an array of experiences that promise to leave you enchanted by Bali’s captivating allure.

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Unlocking Savings: Choosing the Cheapest Credit Card to Use Abroad

If you’re planning a trip overseas and want to make the most of your spending, finding the cheapest credit card to use abroad and ensuring it’s the most affordable option for international transactions is essential. Let’s explore some standout examples of credit cards that offer cost-effective solutions for using your funds abroad.

When considering the cheapest credit card to use abroad for travelers from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the USA and Latin America it’s important to look for cards that offer favorable foreign transaction fees, competitive exchange rates, and additional travel-related benefits.

Keep in mind that the best card for you will depend on your individual spending habits, travel plans, and preferences. Thoroughly review the terms, fees, and benefits of each card before making a decision.

Read also: Best Travel Insurance for Bali: A Comprehensive Guide for Visitors from Around the World

Cheapest credit card to use abroad by origin of your country

Discover how to make the most of your international spending with the cheapest credit card to use abroad. Explore cost-effective solutions for your funds while traveling. Here are well-regarded credit card options for each of the mentioned regions. If you’re on the lookout for the cheapest credit card to use abroad, here are some options to consider:

Australia and New Zealand

  1. Wise (formerly known as TransferWise): Wise allows Australian travelers to hold and spend multiple currencies at the real exchange rate, saving on foreign transaction fees and unfavorable exchange rates.
  2. CommBank Travel Money Card: Offers competitive exchange rates and multi-currency support for hassle-free travel spending.
  3. ANZ Travel Card: Provides no reload fees and the ability to lock in exchange rates, making it suitable for budget-conscious travelers.
  4. Qantas Premier Platinum Card: Ideal for frequent flyers, it offers Qantas Points on eligible purchases and a range of travel benefits.
  5. Virgin Money Velocity Flyer Card: Comes with Velocity Points earning potential and features designed for travel enthusiasts.


  1. Wise: Wise’s multi-currency account and card are beneficial for Asian travelers exploring neighboring countries or venturing further abroad, thanks to low fees and competitive rates.
  2. Revolut: Known for its low fees, real-time exchange rates, and multi-currency capabilities, making it a popular choice.
  3. DBS Multi-Currency Account: Offers competitive exchange rates and the convenience of managing multiple currency wallets.
  4. HSBC Visa Platinum Card (Asia): Provides travel perks and benefits, including airport lounge access and travel insurance.
  5. Citi PremierMiles Card (Asia): Offers miles earning potential on travel spending, along with travel insurance coverage.


  1. Wise: Wise is popular among European travelers for its real-time exchange rates, low fees, and multi-currency support, making it convenient for those hopping between European countries.
  2. N26: is a European online bank that offers a Mastercard debit card with no foreign transaction fees and real-time exchange rates. It’s especially popular among European travelers.
  3. Monzo: A UK-based digital bank offering competitive exchange rates and fee-free ATM withdrawals abroad.
  4. Revolut: Widely used in Europe for its low fees, multi-currency support, and user-friendly app.
  5. Santander 1l2l3 Credit Card (Europe): Known for its benefits including cashback, no foreign transaction fees, and rewards.

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  1. Wise: Wise offers Americans a way to save on foreign transaction fees and access competitive exchange rates, making it a practical option for international travelers.
  2. Chase Sapphire Preferred Card: Offers travel rewards, no foreign transaction fees, and a valuable sign-up bonus.
  3. Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card: Provides travel rewards, no foreign transaction fees, and flexible redemption options.
  4. Bank of America Travel Rewards Credit Card: Offers travel rewards, no foreign transaction fees, and simple redemption process.
  5. American Express Platinum Card: Offers premium travel benefits, including airport lounge access and rewards for travel spending.

Latin America

  1. Wise (especially in Brazil): Wise’s multi-currency capabilities can be advantageous for Latin American travelers, allowing them to spend in different currencies without excessive fees.
  2. Banco Santander 1l2l3 Credit Card: Offers no foreign transaction fees, cashback benefits, and travel insurance.
  3. Banco Itaú Internacional (Latin America): Known for its no foreign transaction fees and various rewards.
  4. BBVA Frances Visa Classic (Latin America): Offers travel benefits, competitive foreign transaction fees, and rewards.
  5. Bancomer Azul Credit Card (Latin America): Offers travel benefits and a competitive foreign transaction fee structure.


  1. Absa Platinum Credit Card: Available in select African countries, offers no foreign transaction fees, travel insurance and airport lounge access.
  2. Nedbank Greenbacks American Express Card: Provides travel rewards and competitive foreign transaction fees.
  3. Standard Bank Gold Credit Card: Offers travel benefits and competitive foreign transaction fees.
  4. FNB Premier Credit Card: Provides travel insurance, airport lounge access, and competitive foreign transaction fees.

Remember that the best card for you will depend on your individual spending habits, travel plans, and preferences. Be sure to thoroughly review the terms, fees, and benefits of each card before making a decision.

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What to look for Cost-Effective cards to use abroad especially to Bali?

Traveling to Bali comes with the excitement of exploring a vibrant culture and stunning landscapes. When it comes to managing your finances during your trip, using a Wise card can offer you a range of advantages that make your journey more cost-effective and convenient. Here’s why opting for a Wise card can be a smart choice when traveling to Bali:

1. Favorable exchange rates

Prioritize credit cards with minimal foreign transaction fees. These fees can add up quickly, so choosing a card with lower or no fees can lead to significant savings.

Wise offers real exchange rates, also known as mid-market rates, which are often far more competitive than the rates you might get from traditional banks or currency exchange services. This means you’ll get more Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) for your money when you convert your currency, allowing you to make the most of your budget during your stay in Bali.

2. Low transaction fees

Traditional banks and currency exchange services often impose high transaction fees for international transactions. Wise, on the other hand, employs a transparent fee structure with lower fees, ensuring that your funds go toward your travel experiences rather than unnecessary charges.

3. No hidden costs and multi-currency support

Hidden fees can be a frustrating surprise while traveling. Wise is committed to transparency, meaning you won’t encounter hidden fees that diminish your travel budget. What you see is what you get, allowing you to accurately track your expenses.

Bali is a tourist hotspot with a diverse range of experiences to offer. With a Wise card, you can preload your card with multiple currencies, including Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), ensuring you’re prepared to pay seamlessly wherever you go without worrying about currency conversion.

Consider cards like Wise that allow you to hold and spend in multiple currencies. This feature helps you avoid currency conversion fees and provides flexibility in various countries.

4. Secure and convenient

Most cards are backed by robust security measures, giving you peace of mind when making payments or withdrawing cash. Prioritize cards with advanced security measures, such as EMV (Europay, Mastercard, and Visa) chips and fraud protection, to keep your transactions secure. Additionally, the Wise app allows you to manage your card, track your spending, and instantly lock or unlock your card if needed.

5. ATM withdrawals, easy accessibility and user-friendly app

If you plan to use ATMs, choose a card that offers fee-free or reduced-cost ATM withdrawals. ATMs are widely available in Bali, making it convenient to withdraw cash whenever you need it. With a Wise card, you can enjoy fee-free ATM withdrawals up to a certain limit, ensuring you have access to cash without incurring unnecessary charges.

Opt for a credit card with a user-friendly mobile app or online platform. This makes it easier to monitor your spending, manage your account, and make payments while on the go.

6. Online payments and booking

Whether you’re booking accommodations, tours, or activities online, a Wise card can be used for hassle-free payments. You’ll also have the flexibility to pay in local currency, eliminating potential conversion fees.

By using a cheapest credit card to use abroad card when traveling to Bali, you’re optimizing your financial choices and ensuring that your hard-earned money is spent on the experiences that matter most to you. With competitive rates, low fees, and seamless transactions, a Wise card offers a smart and budget-friendly solution for managing your finances while exploring the wonders of Bali.

Note: Remember that the availability of these cards may vary depending on your country of residence and financial eligibility. Additionally, while these cards may offer advantageous terms for international use, it’s recommended to review the specific terms and conditions, including any potential annual fees and interest rates, before applying. Choose the card that aligns with your travel habits and financial preferences to ensure a cost-effective and convenient experience while traveling abroad.

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Best Restaurants In Seminyak, Bali

Seminyak, on the west coast of Bali, is the upscale cousin of the town of Kuta, further south. The area is home to most of the island’s expats, many of whom have set up shops, galleries and restaurants in the town. We list few of the best restaurants in Seminyak and explore the top culinary and savor the exquisite flavors that this beautiful destination has to offer.

Good to know for restaurants in Seminyak, and mostly in Bali, for foods are not too expensive, but when you take your meal with wines, they are more expensive.

Balinese specialties

– Urab: delicious mixture of coconut, beans or other finely chopped vegetables flavored with spices and peppers. Mainly Balinese dish.

– Ayam betutu: grilled stuffed chicken, served with vegetables, tapioca and coconut. Bali specialty.

– Bebek betutu: a tasty Balinese duck speciality. Stuffed and stewed for a long time in a banana leaf, it is always ordered the day before.

– Babi guling: roasted suckling pig. Excellent when it is not too greasy. It is mostly found in Bali.

Best Restaurants In Seminyak you should try (Seminyak Center)

In Indonesia, and particularly in Bali, we eat well. Rice is the staple, of course, and the national dish goes by the name of nasi goreng: fried rice with eggs, small pieces of meat and vegetables, or shrimp.
But Indonesian food is a reflection of the ethnic mosaic that the country represents: rich, surprising, varied and colorful.

Batik Restaurant and Bar, Southeast Asian, $$$

Certainly one of the most beautiful decorations in Bali, Batik is a restaurant that is worth the detour as much for the content as for the form. This venue is an ideal spot for an elevated coffee experience, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the intriguing contrasts of expat life in Southeast Asia.

Batik restaurant is an Indonesian and South East Asian cuisines. Just like how various cultures inspired the line and shape of batik’s patterns, our food also influences not only by Indonesian but also South East Asian cuisine. Following the transformation of batik throughout history, we also evolved our dishes according to the trend but not to forget the authenticity of tastes and secret ingredients.

Zomato: Batik Restaurant

Website: https://batik-bali.com/

Reservation: https://batik-bali.com/reservation/

Ginger Moon Canteen, Asian Fusion, $$

Ginger Moon is a fabulous Asian fusion restaurant on Oberoi Street (Eat Street / Kayu aya Street). Really cool and stylish interiors, professional staff and delicious food, this is a must visit. The cocktails are also very good and the general atmosphere is great.

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Ginger Moon Restaurant in Seminyak. Uploaded by Pinterpandai, Ginger Moon Restaurant Seminyak, Bali, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

A contemporary dining venue influenced by the culture of Bali and Indonesia, highlighting the diverse range of tropical ingredients that define the region’s cuisine.

Want to try a bit of everything? Ginger Moon has delicious sharing options. In fact, the menu, created by Executive Chef Dean Kedell, was created with sharing in mind.

Website: https://gingermoonbali.com/

Reservation: NowBookIt

Zomato: Ginger Moon

Chandi, Pan-Asian $$$

For years, Chandi has been a standout establishment in the heart of Seminyak. With its consistently friendly staff, delectable cuisine, and reasonable prices, it’s a go-to destination you can trust without hesitation.

Their dedication to organic cultivation ensures that all greens thrive, while the rich variety of fruits and roots is carefully sourced from local Bedugul farmers. They greatly appreciate and value their contribution to their ingredients, allowing them to maintain their uncompromising standards. It’s with this same commitment that they select only the most exquisite cuts of meat to feature on their menu.

Opening Hours: 10am – 12am​
Lunch : 10am – 4pm
Happy Hour : 12pm-6pm
Dinner : 6pm – midnight

Website: https://www.chandirestaurant.com/
Reservation: Google reservation

Sisterfields Cafe, International $$$

Situated opposite the Seminyak Village Shopping Center, this café is a well-frequented spot, particularly by young adults. The establishment offers two inviting dining spaces and a friendly staff ready to welcome you. The service is swift, with dishes served promptly, even during peak lunch hours.

Website: https://www.sisterfieldsbali.com/

The Corner House, International $$

At the end of Jalan Kayu Aya to go to The Corner House. And the least we can say is that it was worth it. The location is fantastic and the coffee good.

Enjoy a satisfying breakfast, lunch, or dinner at excellent value for money.

Zomato: Corner House

Website: https://cornerhousebali.com/

Reservation: WhatsApp

Esquina, Asian Mediterranean $$

Asian Mediterranean foods with good flavors. Waiters and waitresses at the top. The service nothing to say. Always smile and come to you regularly to find out if everything is going well. That’s what we like in Bali. A bit pricey but justified given the quality of the dishes and the service, no waiting. Flawless!

Address: Jl Braban 82, Seminyak – Bali 80361

Website: Instagram

Reservation: https://www.chope.co/bali-restaurants/restaurant/esquina-bali-seminyak

Café Bali, $$

Very well located, this restaurant offers all types of food at reasonable prices. Nice decor. “Easy” cooking. A bit noisy in the evening. Cool service. Café Bali offers a very simple but varied menu. The service, very young, is really friendly and responsive! ULTRA ULTRA ULTRA fast service, very efficient staff 🙂

CAFE BALI, Seminyak – Jl. Laksmana – Restaurant Avis, Numéro de Téléphone & Photos – Tripadvisor

Cafe Bali, Seminyak : consultez 3 117 avis sur Cafe Bali, noté 4 sur 5 sur Tripadvisor et classé #143 sur 611 restaurants à Seminyak.

Sambal Shrimp, Seafood, $$$

Immerse yourself in the charm of a typical Balinese setting as you dine on the inviting terrace of Sambal Shrimp. In a typical Balinese setting and a really nice place on the terrace. The products are of high quality and the service is very professional and friendly.

Zamato: Sambal Shrimp

Website: https://www.sambalshrimp.com/

Reservation: Google reservation

Jackson Lily’s, Asian fusion, $$

The restaurant’s modern yet elegant decor adds a touch of sophistication to the overall atmosphere, making guests feel welcomed and well taken care of throughout their dining experience.

With its captivating ambiance, superb dishes, and delightful discoveries, this restaurant offers an experience you won’t want to miss. Treat yourself to this culinary gem!

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Jackson Lily’s Restaurant offers an exquisite dining experience in Seminyak, Bali. Uploaded by Pinterpandai. Jackson Lily’s Restaurant Seminyak, Bali, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Indulge in their tempting wok dishes and don’t miss the mouthwatering 1-meter long Pizzas. For a lighter option in the tropical setting, they offer an array of refreshing salads and vegetable dishes.

And for those with a sweet tooth, their display of house-baked cakes and desserts will surely catch your eye.

A pleasant surprise awaits those with a penchant for unique beverages. Jackson Lily’s takes pride in offering locally produced cider, adding to the flavors of Bali.

So, treat yourself to an extraordinary culinary adventure at this exceptional restaurant.

Get a free  alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage, one drink per person here!

Website: https://jacksonlilys.com/

WhatsApp reservation: +6282134709170

Address: Jl. Raya Seminyak No.2, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Reservations: nowbookit.com

Restaurant Bambu, Indonesian, $$$

If you’re looking for the perfect setting for a quiet evening, this is the place to dine. Crossing stones through a swimming pool to get to the dining room, a beautiful setting with a warm ambience. The food itself is a mix of international and Balinese cuisine, with local ingredients dominating the menu. Try the succulent duck betutu or the tangy tuna ceviche.

Zomato: Bambu

More Info Mon – Sun: 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM 198 Jalan Petitenget, Kabupaten Badung, Indonesia +623618469797

Website: https://bambubali.com/

Reservation: https://bambubali.com/booking/

Inquiry: via their WhatsApp

Cosy, Exterior Restaurant La Lucciola, Indonesian, $$$

La Lucciola is something of a legend in Seminyak, with waterfront views and a location next to the Petitenget Temple. The restaurant is always busy, and is usually packed until late at night. During the day, the beach gives access to the restaurant, while in the evening, it is accessed from the parking lot of the temple, via a wooden bridge lit by lit torches.

The menu changes constantly with every innovation the chefs undertake, but with an emphasis on traditional Balinese flavors.

More Info Mon – Sun: 9am – 11pm Pantai Petitenget Jalan Kayu Aya, Kerobokan, Kabupaten Badung, Indonesia +62361730838

Zomato: La Lucciola

Cozy, Modern Bistro Mejekawi, Restaurant, Indonesian, $$$

Mejekawi is Ku De Ta’s haute cuisine restaurant, Seminyak’s nightlife beacon and the gathering point for Bali’s ‘happening’ crowd. Its beautiful beachside setting combined with its bistro-style decor make it an attractive environment in which to sample Mejekawi’s local and international cuisine. The restaurant serves two options; a set of seven or 11 dishes, each of which is prepared using precision cooking methods which can be seen through the open kitchen.

You can walk from our Villa Carissa to Kudeta, only 10 mn!

Zomato: Mejakawi / Kudeta

More Info Mon – Sun: 5:00 PM – 12:00 PM No. 9 Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak, 80361, Indonesia +62361736969 View Website

Casual Motel Mexicola Restaurant, Mexican, $$$

If you’re looking for a taste of Tijuana in Bali, this is the place to get it. “More Mexican than Mexicans” is a good way to describe this place, with its shrine at the entrance to Mother Mary and multicolored tiles covering the walls. Food is a close match as well; Try fish tacos with chili mayo, donuts, burritos and, of course, tequila cocktails.

You can walk from our Villa Carissa to Mexicola, only 10 mn!

Indeed, stepping into this place, you’d swear you’ve been transported to a Mexican hacienda. The DJ caters to a diverse range of musical preferences. The entrance fee, a mere 10 euros per person, grants us admission along with a complimentary drink. The ambiance is nothing short of electric and guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

More Info Mon-Sun: 11am – 1am Seminyak, 80361, Indonesia +62361736688 Visit Website

Reservation: https://motelmexicola.info/seminyak/bookings

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Mama San $$$

Located at the corner of Sunset Road and Raya Kerobokan, Mama San is one of the benchmarks par excellence in terms of gastronomy in Bali. The menu offers a large choice of diverse and varied dishes, ranging from spicy beef salad to steamed fish cooked in banana leaves. Asian-inspired, the cuisine offered is full of flavors and spices that are as surprising as they are pleasant. This restaurant is very popular in Seminyak, so it is advisable to book to be sure to have a table.

Address: Jalan Raya Kerobokan No. 135, Bali
Hours: Open for lunch and dinner (reservation recommended)
Contact: +62 (0) 361-730436 and reservations@mamasanbali.com or via WhatsApp +62 818 06126700

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Ultrachic Bali restaurant captivates with contemporary interpretations of authentic Asian street foods July 22nd, 2014 One of Bali’s most popular dining attractions since its opening in 2010, Mama San has garnered international recognition for the consummate renditions of authentic Asian street foods by acclaimed chef and founder Will Meyrick.

Vin + Seminyak Bali $$$

An excellent choice for a chic dinner, Vin + Seminyak is also a lounge bar. You can order a typical Italian dish and accompany it with the wine of your choice. This brand also has an adjacent boutique with a selection of over 18,000 wines.

Friendly atmosphere, very good selection of wine and top-notch meats.

Price: IDR 150,000 – 300,000 (14 – 27€)
Address: Jalan Kayu Jati No. 1, Seminyak, Bali
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Contact: +62 361 4732377

Warung Eny, Bistro, Indonesian, $

One of the more low-key places you can go for authentic Balinese cuisine is Warung Eny. Its rustic and unremarkable appearance keeps the crowds away. If only they knew! The food is incredibly authentic, from grilled whole fish over coconuts to nasi goreng and even gato gato. Satay also tastes great, and if you have time, ask Eny for a cooking class.
More info Mon – Sun: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Seminyak, 11111, Indonesia +623614736892

warung eny

Warung Eny, home of the Love Cooking School on the Petitenget Road, Seminyak. Ibu Eny and Wayan serve authentic fresh and organic foods to all comers. The kitchen is rustic, but it is a spotlessly clean family kitchen, it is a joy to sit and watch them prepare your meal, their respect for the food they prepare is second to none.

Made’s Warung Seminyak $$

Indeed, Warung Made is an emblematic culinary establishment of Indonesian cuisine. The dishes are delicious and you can expect to find a rather extensive menu ranging from Gado-Gado to grilled fish, not to mention the babi guling (suckling pig) and other spicy rice.

The particularity of this warung and what makes, in part, its reputation, are the representations of the typical Balinese dances which one can attend while having dinner.

Zomato: Made’s Warung

Price: IDR 90,000 – 200,000 (€8 – 18)
Address: Jalan Raya Seminyak, Seminyak, Bali
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m

Website: https://madeswarung.com/restaurant/seminyak/

Menu: https://madeswarung.com/restaurant/seminyak/menu-mades-seminyak/

Resevation: via WhatsApp

Best Bars in Bali to Spend an Unforgettable Evening

Have a drink while watching the sunset

Kudeta $$$

Incredible spot! Tailor-made service, excellent food quality, music at the top! Admittedly a little expensive but it is well worth the price given the quality!

This stylish beach bar is a lovely place. It has a classy and elegant atmosphere with a menu that is reasonably priced, similar to street-side options. The view of the Indian Ocean is stunning, and the atmosphere is truly wonderful.

Website: https://www.kudeta.com/

Reservation: via Google

La Plancha $$

A colorful bar with big beanbags to sit and sip a fresh juice (the banana juice is delicious) or a beer facing a breathtaking sunset. It was enough to seduce me! It must be said that the sunset over the sea is really breathtaking! Judge by yourself !

To watch the sunset, come relatively early to hope to have a table, because the place is very busy. But at worst, you can always fall back on another bar on the beach, the sunset will be the same!

Read also: Seminyak Beach | The ideal beach to see a wonderful sunset in Bali

Website: https://laplancha-bali.com/

Reservation: via Chope

Where to go out at night in Seminyak?

Red Carpet Champagne Bar $$

The red carpet is the theme of this champagne bar located on the busiest street in Seminyak with all the best restaurants, bars and shops in the area. Rather chic atmosphere and proper dress required. The prices are correct, the service efficient and you are right on rue de Oberoi so you can watch the excitement unfold before your eyes.

For a beer about IDR 50,000 (US$2.5) . For a glass of white wine around IDR 100,000 and cocktail around IDR 100,000 (US$ 6.50).

Zomato: Red Carpet

Address and Contact
Red Carpet Champagne Bar
Jl. Kayu Aya, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Website: https://www.redcarpetchampagnebar.com/
Tel: +62 361 737889
Reservation: via WhatsApp

Partying in Seminyak

Where to go out in Seminyak Bali: party at Mexicola in Seminyak

La Favela $$$

Behind a sall, narrow entrance that does not look like much hides THE nightclub not to be missed in Seminyak. Anyway, it’s simple: everyone is there! Several rooms and dance floors await you. The decoration is surprising and eclectic as we like them! In the middle of the bar, the trees have made their way. We are far from classic nightclubs. You need to dressup to come here, no flip flops, no short pants for man.

Good to know: at dinner time (Western, Asian), the supercharged Favela turns into a restaurant where you can also have a drink.

Website: https://lafavelabali.com/

Reservation: via Chope

Menu: https://lafavelabali.com/menus/

Zomato: La Favela

Mexicola $$$

This restaurant turns into a dance bar as soon as the service ends. Once the plates are cleared, people dance on the tables and the atmosphere is completely charged until 1am. The “dance floor” is located under a large glass roof. Watch out, it’s going to be hot! Literally as figuratively ! An original place!

Zomato: Mexicola

Address: JL Kayujati 9X – Seminyak, Bali 80361

Website: https://motelmexicola.info/

Reservation: https://motelmexicola.info/seminyak/bookings

Mirror $$$

It feels like a gothic cathedral with stunning stained glass windows and futuristic lasers piercing the dance floor. Welcome to the Mirror! In such an atmosphere, clubbers are completely immersed and often international sizes are programmed on the turntables. The music is very good and the place is not crowded (all things considered, we are still talking about a nightclub). Very friendly staff, which contributes to the good atmosphere of the establishment. Place not too crowded with locals and tourists.

Address: Jalan Petitenget No.106 Seminyak, Bali 80361

Website: https://allin.co.id/mirrorbali/

More info: via their WhatsApp

Zomato: Mirror

Jenja $$$ Permanently CLOSED 🙁

Jenja is the trendy club for going out in Bali. It is a bar-club located in Seminyak on the street that goes towards the Double Six beach. The atmosphere and the music are there and we often invite well-known DJs who know how to set the mood in the evenings. Address: Seminyak Town Square Suites Jl. Nakula Seminyak, Bali. You need to dressup to come here, no flip flops, no short pants for man.
Hours: 8:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m.
Contact: +62 361 8469077

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

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Restaurants in Seminyak (But not in the center)

Bambu $$$

This upscale restaurant offers fine Indonesian cuisine. The dishes here are cooked by professionals in the trade and it is a real success! The setting of the restaurant is an integral part of its charm since you will have the opportunity to eat on a small platform surrounded by water. The restaurant also belongs to the owner of La Lucciola, who, once again, succeeds in sublimating the typical dishes of Indonesian cuisine.

Address: Jalan Petitenget no.198, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Opening hours: Only for dinner (reservation recommended)
Contact: +62 (0) 361-8469797 and enquiries@bambubali.com

Website: https://bambubali.com/

Reservation: https://bambubali.com/booking/

Inquiry: via their WhatsApp

Bambu Restaurant Bali

Founded by the owner who created La Lucciola, the Bambu restaurant Bali in Seminyak focus on traditional Indonesian cuisine. Classic Indonesian With a strong expertise in classic Indonesian cuisine, Bambu is the right place to eat chicken sate, spicy sambal or jackfruit curry.

Merah Putih $$$

The Merah Putih is a must-see place in Bali. The cuisine is family-run and the portions are quite generous, all cooked with Indonesian sauce. Reservations are not (yet) necessary, and we urge you to come and discover this place that has received so many rave reviews.

Address: Jl. Petitenget No.100x, Kerobokan, Seminyak, Bali
Opening hours: Every day, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Contact: +62 (0) 361 8465950 and info@merahputihbali.com

Website: https://merahputihbali.com/

Reservation: https://merahputihbali.com/booking/

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Warisan $$$ (located inside Warisan LIVING – Furniture Showroom)

The Warisan is located a bit apart from other restaurants in Seminyak, but once inside, you’ll understand why the drive was worth it. There is a sweet culinary mix between French, Mediterranean and Indonesian cuisine. An interior courtyard has been set up with elegant tables laid out and laid out with care.

The place is perfect for a candlelit dinner with its romantic atmosphere, live music and refined dishes. For the starter we recommend the ravioli with lobster bisque or the confit salmon, a delight!

Address: Jl. Raya Kerobokan No. 38, Br. Taman, Kuta, Bali
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. | Sunday: 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Contact: +62 (0) 361 731175

Website: https://www.warisan.com/

Warisan Restaurant and Bar Bali

Warisan Restaurant located in Kerobokan Area upper class restaurant with western type menus. The restaurant is founded in 1991. Warisan Restaurant is everything you want for the ultimate dining experience on Bali; seamless dining under the shade of fragrant Frangipani trees or lazily on oversized plump sofas next to an excitable, well stocked bar – all paddy field breeze kissed.

Fine Dining / Gourmet restaurant in Seminyak

In this article we will tell you about the crème de la crème of restaurants in Seminyak, those that are known, recognized and appreciated throughout the region. In general, the prices are a little higher than average, but they are still quite reasonable if you have fun comparing them to those of restaurants of an equivalent standard in Europe. All you have to do is make your choice.

Read also: Bali Fine Dining Restaurants | Unveiling Bali’s Exclusive Gastronomy: Indulge in the Finest Dining Experiences

Léon Brasserie $$$$$

This French restaurant offers excellent dishes in a magnificent setting. It serves refined cuisine, French wines and cheeses in an authentic Balinese environment. The advantage of this magnificent place is that it is as pleasant to eat there with friends, as a couple or on a business trip, as it is to drink a few cocktails in the lounge area directly overlooking the rice fields.

An exquisite journey of purity, refinement, and heritage, guided by the timeless flavors of French cuisine.

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The Léon effortlessly accommodates special events and large group gatherings, preserving the intimate atmosphere both in the garden and indoors. Additionally, on every weekday lunch (excluding weekends), a special menu is available, featuring a delightful selection of starters, main courses, and desserts.

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Address: Jl Raya Bumbak 115 , Umalas, Kerobokan, Bali, Indonesia
Hours: Restaurant: 17:30 – 23:00. Bar 17:00 – Onwards

Website: https://www.leonbali.com/

Reservation: https://www.leonbali.com/reservations/

Inquiry: via their WhatsApp

Sardine $$$$

This popular restaurant is run by a French couple. Sardine is known for its innovative cuisine essentially based on seafood. Its menu changes daily and promises fresh and tasty products. The architecture made of bamboo is completely open to the outside and offers an absolutely incredible view of the rice fields and banana trees. A very pleasant setting and a refined decor! It is an environment that you will appreciate as much for dinner and lunch as for having an aperitif with friends. Do not hesitate to ask the chef for his suggestion of the day, he will be more than happy to advise you.

The establishment offers a bar/lounge area with a generous drinks menu.
The architecture and decoration of the restaurant reflect the local spirit with its bamboo furniture and the unobstructed view of the rice fields brings a special atmosphere to the place.

Address: Jalan Petitenget No. 21, Kerobokan, Bali
Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. (last order at 11:00 p.m.)
Contact: +62 811-3978-111 and sardine@sardinebali.com

Sources: TripAdvisor

Photo credit (main picture): mtommartin via Pixabay

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Top Attractions in Bali, Visits and Places of Interest

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 top attractions in Bali and must-see places.

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 or 3 weeks. We have also supplemented this list with must-see places recommended by our travel community. There are many things to do in Bali, our travel guide here to give you some ideas, to better plan your visit in Bali.


Between its beautiful sandy beaches, its turquoise waters, its spectacular seabed suitable for scuba diving, its renowned surf spots like those of Uluwatu, Kuta Beach or Padang Padang, its festive evenings like those of Seminyak or the Gili Islands, its preserved nature, its rice fields and its volcano which you can try to climb to watch the sunrise, its charming hotels with all comfort and affordable.

Bali, this paradise island in the Indian Ocean and Indonesia, has something to please travelers from all directions who want to get off the beaten track.

A jewel set to perfection, the island of Bali is also very interesting culturally. It is not nicknamed “the island of the Gods” by chance…

Due to Hinduism and its ancestral beliefs, it has a very rich cultural heritage including the many temples, traditional villages such as Ubud at the renowned craftsmanship and the large number of festivities are direct testimonies. It is therefore difficult not to find what you are looking for by exploring this Indonesian island on a trek, by renting a scooter or with a driver, whatever your travel desires, and by being equipped with the Bali tourist guide to find your itinerary… the Balinese magic is almost guaranteed!

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

These top attractions in Bali “list” is of course not exhaustive, and remains very subjective, but we 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 Places to Visit in Ubud

Beautiful rice terraces in Tagallalang
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From Seminyak to Ubud

From Seminyak to Ubudu takes 1 hour 30 minutes by car.

If you are in Seminyak and want to go to Ubud, you will see that there may be several means of transport to get there. This may be the easiest and most efficient way to get from Seminyak to Ubud. In fact, taking a taxi or a private driver is the easiest way to get to Ubud.

Ubud Complete Travel Guide and Must Visit Places

It is also the most expensive means of transport if you are alone. However, if you are 3 or 4 people traveling, the price is divided and is therefore quite advantageous. Therefore, in the event that you choose this option, just walk a little bit in the streets of Seminyak and you will quickly find a taxi there. Read also: How to Take a Taxi in Bali Without Getting Scammed or Cheated?

2. Denpasar, the largest city in Bali

Denpasar is the capital of Bali, located in the south of the island. This is the major city 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:

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From top, left to right: Bajra Sandhi Monument (to the struggles of the Balinese people throughout history), Bali Temple, Mayor’s office building, Fast food outlets with traditional Balinese architecture, and Cellular superstore in the city center. File:Aerial view of Bajra Sandhi Monument Denpasar Bali Indonesia.jpg: trezy humanoiz from Denpasar, IndonesiaFile:Bali Denpasar Museum.jpg: VasenkaPhotographyFile:Official Building Denpasar.jpg: Everyone Sinks StarcoFile:McDonald’s (26768022835).jpg: BxHxTxCx (using album)File:KFC (26742837076).jpg: BxHxTxCx (using album)File:Cellular City Denpasar (26723228291).jpg: BxHxTxCx (using album)derivative work: Badpuccini, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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

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

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:

Kudeta Seminyak beachfront destination
Photo credit: Cleverly Smart and PinterPandai

Located on the west coast of Bali, Seminyak is a popular resort town known for its vibrant atmosphere, upscale hotels, and trendy beach clubs. It offers a mix of luxurious accommodations, fine dining restaurants, high-end boutiques, and a bustling nightlife scene. Seminyak Beach is a highlight, where visitors can relax on the golden sands, enjoy stunning sunsets, and indulge in beachside activities.

What to do and see in Seminyak Bali?


Situated south of Seminyak, Kuta is another prominent tourist destination in Bali. It is famous for its lively ambiance, vibrant nightlife, and bustling streets. Kuta Beach is a major draw for sunbathing, swimming, and surfing enthusiasts. The area is also known for its shopping centers, street markets, and a wide range of dining options. Kuta offers a more budget-friendly experience compared to Seminyak, attracting travelers seeking a vibrant and affordable beach holiday.

Both Seminyak and Kuta showcase Bali’s renowned hospitality, stunning beaches, and a wide array of recreational activities. Visitors can explore the unique blend of modern amenities, cultural charm, and natural beauty that Bali has to offer.

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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.

Built on the cliffs at 70 meters (229.6 ft) high, it has become popular with tourists, especially for its magnificent view of the Indian Ocean and its sunset. Walk around the temple and especially go to the edge of the cliff to enjoy the different views and take memorable photos.

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.

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Crab-eating macaca [Macaca fascicularis] at Uluwatu Temple at sunset, Bali, Indonesia. LBM1948, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

What to do in Uluwatu | Must Visit Places Between Temples and Beaches in South Bali

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!

Amed is one of the Best Dive Spots in Bali.

Here are some places to visit near Amed in Bali:

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

Amed Traditional Salt Maker
Traditional Salt Maker in Amed. Many coastal communities in the south and east of Bali fulfill their economic needs through the informal sector, namely the business of making traditional salt. Surya Edy GautamaCC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Amed Bali | A Little Paradise To Discover Absolutely On The Island of the Gods

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
  • Tegal Wangi Beach

Fishing boat on Jimbaran
Traditional fishing boat on Jimbaran, Bali. PHGCOM, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

7. Hiking 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.

To get straight to the heart of the matter, YES there is a kind of “guide mafia” that prevents you from accessing Mount Batur without being accompanied. The ascent could very well be done without a guide but it is simply IMPOSSIBLE!

Hiking Mount Batur in Bali | Hike to witness the sunrise from the top of the volcano!

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!

In short, we pass on this point since the ascent is still really nice but you will absolutely have to climb Mount Batur with a guide by buying the ticket directly in Bali for about € 40 (around AU$ 70) or even simpler by booking your ticket online (at least you have your tickets on the phone and you don’t have to run down the street to find the right provider…).

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Sun is already un and shining on Batur volcano, Bali, Indonesia. Syselpunk, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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 (Pantai Batu Mejan)

Canggu beaches
The long black sand beaches of Canggu. User: (WT-shared) Burmesedays at wts wikivoyage, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

9. Benoa, a seaside resort in Bali and fun watersports places

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.

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Beach and seascape Benoa Beach, Bali Indonesia. Bahtboy, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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

Fun Water Sports Activities in Bali | Jet Ski, Flying fish, Parasailing, Banana boat and Flyboard…

10. Discover the iconic Tanah Lot Temple perched on a sea rock

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.

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!

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Tanah Lot Temple at high tide, Bali, Indonesia. Jakub Hałun, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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!

Tanah Lot Bali | Temples Bordering the Indian Ocean

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The Odalan ritual on Tanah Lot temple. OkkisafireCC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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

Broken Beach
Natural bridge and archway on Nusa Penida Island. Aaron RentfrewCC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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.

Kelingking beach, Nusa Penida. Sasuke ShinozawaCC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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.

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Jatiluwih rice fields, Tabanan Regency, Bali, Indonesia. rheins, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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

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Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, Bedugul. Johannnindito Adisuryo (Yohanes Nindito Adisuryo), CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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15. CandiDasa, a haven of peace in Bali

Discover a very beautiful city located on the east coast of Bali: CandiDasa. You can discover the Goa Lawah temple carved in a cellar and which houses hundreds of bats.

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.

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Goa Lawah Bali. Arabsalam, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Here are some places to visit around Candidasa in Bali:

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!

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Padangbai, Bali, Indonesia. Alexey Komarov, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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!

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View from the lower part to the upper part of Tirta Gangga water palace. Manuae, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

19. Lempuyang Temple

Pura Penataran Agung is located on the slope of Mount Lempuyang 600 metres (2,000 ft) high above sea level.

At the exit of Abang, on the main road 5 km (3.1 miles) north of Tirtagangga, a road goes to the right towards Pura Lempuyang (the road is signposted), an important temple in the region and on the island. The road then splits in two, you have to turn right. It becomes very winding and climbs steeply for about 2 km (you will not be able to shift into 2nd gear – be careful if you are prone to motion sickness or if you are traveling with children…) It then leads to the car park of the lower temple from Lempuyang. We cannot continue further by car, we will have to finish by foot!

"Heaven Gate" Pura Lempuyang
“Heaven Gate” Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang. Chainwit., CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Lower temple

The lower temple is impressive; stairs lead first of all to a gigantic symbolic door (candi bentar) in white stone, as if suspended in the air between the plunging view of the Agung volcano on one side and on the other, a large courtyard from which depart three colossal staircases. They represent nagas, these massive mythical serpents, bases of creation.

Their body undulates along the steps and ends in an impressive dragon’s head. Three doors (closed to the public) open onto the upper altar. The view from this temple is well worth the detour. A word of advice: to take advantage of the most beautiful light and take in as much of it as possible, come especially early in the morning. And in addition, there will be a lot less people.

2nd temple

The second temple in the complex, Pura Luhur Lempuyang (luhur means “high”), the more sacred of the two, as the highest, is a good hour and a half walk away (at a good pace, but with breaks).

It is a bit demanding to access between the road and the many stairs, be careful if you are with young children or if you have difficulty walking. You have to take the small paved and very steep road that runs along the lower temple on its right for a good kilometers / miles.

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This photo was taken using a mirror to give an impression of water surface and sky reflection in that surface. In real, there is no water in Pura Penataran Lempuyang “Heaven Gate”, Bali. Jenniferbustamin, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The concrete stairs then begin to wind through a cloud forest with dense vegetation (between tree ferns, yuccas, dragon trees, etc.); there are 1,700 steps to get to the very top. The upper temple itself is much less impressive than the lower one, but it is often deserted during the day and there is a funny atmosphere. It is the territory of the monkeys who rummage through the remains of the offerings piled up behind the temple. Every morning and every evening, some devotees from the surrounding area climb these steps to make offerings at one of the island’s directional temples, dedicated to the protection of East Bali.

20. 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.

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Kintamani. akain1000, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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

21. 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 (official name: Pura Gunung Kawi Sebatu) and its archaeological site.

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

Gunung Kawi Temple

This area is located about 18 kilometers (11.80 miles) north of Ubud. The two main places to visit here are the Tirta Empul springs and the Gunung Kawi temple. The entrance does not give immediate access to the temple! You will walk along rice fields to reach the Pura Gunung Kawi. The rice terraces lead you down countless steps to a flat path. At Gunung Kawi, you enter an ancient Balinese royal site from the 11th century.

The sanctuary is made up of 10 niches, each housing a “candi”, an 8-meter (26.25 ft) high sanctuary. The mausoleums on the east bank would be dedicated to King Udayana and his family while those on the west bank would be dedicated to the mistresses of King Anak Wungsu.

Local legend has it that the candi were dug in one night by the giant Kebo Iwa, protector of the kingdom of Tampaksiring. It is a famous pilgrimage site for Indonesians. Considered a true jewel of the Island of the Gods, Tampaksiring is definitely worth a visit.

Here you are in authentic Bali!

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

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Gunung Kawi Temple Complex, Tampaksiring village, Bali. rheins, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Exploring the Mystical Beauty of Gunung Kawi Temple in Bali

22. 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…

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Bratan, Bali, Indonesia: Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, a balinese hindu temple. LukeTriton, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

23. 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.

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Beach shoreline at Lovina, Bali, Indonesia. Ken Eckert, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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!

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Lake Batur, Bangli Regency, Bali, Indonesia. LBM1948, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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. This a beach is 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, Bali
  • Satria Gatotkaca Park
  • Pantai Kelan Beach

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Atmosphere on Tuban Beach, Bali, Indonesia. ronnie.muhadi, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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 mount Agung.

Sidemen rice terrace. Adimelali Bali, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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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 (located in east 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.

An essential stopover on the road to the east coast of the island, Klungkung offers several thrilling visits, inviting you to take a walk through the ancient monuments bearing witness to the reign of the Gegel dynasty.

Among these, the main ones: the courthouse at Klungkung Palace (official name: Puri Agung Semarapura), covered with magnificent frescoes, the floating pavilion, a piece of Zen happiness in the middle of lotuses and water lilies, and finally the Klungkung Museum.

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

  • Courthouse
  • The floating pavilion
  • The Klungkung Museum

Taman Gili at Klungkung Palace, Semarapura, Bali
Kertha Gosa Pavilion of Klungkung Palace (Taman Gili at Klungkung Palace), Semarapura, Bali. Satdeep Gill, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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?

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Bali Aga architecture in the village of Tenganan, Karangasem, Bali. DayakSibiriak, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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

30. Trunyan Village

This village located on the slopes of Gunung Abang is only accessible by boat. Trunyan has always benefited from a certain curiosity since it is considered one of the last Bali-Aga villages. “Bali-Aga” refers to the native Balinese, who settled in Bali before the Javanese and Sumatran conquests since the first Buddhist influences are traced back to Bali around the 7th century.

Some agree that it was the Srivijaya empire, with a community of more than 1,000 teachers and disciples, which would have already spread and spread the Buddhist doctrines and established monasteries almost everywhere in the most nearby, including Bali.

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Bali Aga village, inhabited by descendants of the original Balinese, who do not cremate or bury their dead, but just lay them out to decompose, bones can be found on the ground. ParacetamolCC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons


Local chiefs or rulers would have submitted to the new ritual practices of deifying chiefs or kings (assigning them divine kinship) and purifying their souls after death. These new rites would not have reached the entire area of Bali and some would have retained their animist practices and their own ancestor worship. We can also realize the veracity of these animist practices attested by the presence of megalithic stones in the Pura Gedé Pancing Jagat, and the existence of a statue (Betara Da Tonta) more than 4 m high in an altar from the same temple.

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Every three years, a ceremony is held in the Gedé Pancering Jagat temple which involves covering the statue of Betara Da Tonta with honey, lime and gold jewellery. No foreigners are allowed to attend.

In the village proper, there are 2 Bali-aga houses and an old waringin, or Banyan, tree said to be over 1000 years old. A little further, the Kuban cemetery is only accessible by the lake. The deceased bodies are neither buried nor burned, they are left to decompose in the open air in bamboo cages sheltered from scavengers. On several terraces are exposed skulls and bones.

Top Attractions in Bali for Water Sports – Engage in Water Activities

Traveling to Bali is a must-visit destination for travelers from all over the world. This island located near the Indonesian coast offers spectacular landscapes and is home to the most famous attractions not to be missed. If you’re thinking of traveling to Bali, here’s a guide to the best attractions and activities for water sports.

A trip to Bali opens the doors to a unique experience. Although the island is not very large, the diversity of landscapes and water sports is waiting for you.

Bali offers a plethora of water activities for thrill-seekers. Go snorkeling or diving to explore the vibrant coral reefs surrounding the island. Try your hand at surfing on the renowned waves of Echo Beach or Balangan Beach. For a unique experience, take a traditional wooden boat to Nusa Lembongan and enjoy activities like paddleboarding, kayaking, and jet-skiing.

Whether you love water sports, shopping or hiking, Bali is the perfect island for an exhilarating vacation. So, don’t wait and start planning your trip to Bali and experience the best attractions and activities.

Water Sports Place in Bali | Best Spots for Aquatic Activities


For almost 50 years, Bali has been an essential pilgrimage for surfers from all over the world in search of perfect waves, warm water and a relaxed lifestyle. The Uluwatu, Balangan beach, Dreamland beach, large bay of Kuta, the volcanic sand beaches of Canggu and the small white sand coves of the Bukit peninsula, there are waves for all tastes and all levels in Bali.

Best Spots to Surf in Bali | Ultimate Guide to Surfing in Bali | Surfers Paradise

Scuba diving

Bali is renowned for its clear water and colorful reefs dotted with tropical fish. Scuba diving enthusiasts will find a large choice of dive sites and centers. It is the ideal place to observe the best underwater attractions in Indonesia.

Best Dive Spots in Bali: A Guide to the Best Underwater Wonders

Best beaches in Bali for jogging or relaxing or both

If you are looking for an unforgettable trip, Bali is the ideal place. Between its white sand beaches, turquoise waters and mountainous landscapes, Bali is the perfect place for a memorable vacation. In addition to the unmissable white sand beaches, there are many attractions to discover in Bali. You can find black sandy beaches in Amed (East of Bali).

The Best Beaches in Bali | Most famous beach during your holiday


With its warm waters, vast reefs and abundant marine life, Bali lends itself perfectly to diving. Throughout the island, schools and reliable diving centers welcome beginners and organize interesting trips for the more experienced.

Best Snorkelling Spots in Bali You Can Go


Rafting is a superb activity that is both sporty, entertaining and allows you to discover magnificent landscapes. To organize a rafting excursion in Bali you have the choice between the Ayung river in Ubud and the Telaga Waja river in Sidemen.

Best Rafting Spots in Bali | Places and Guide to do Raftings

Fun Water Sports Activities in Bali: Jet Ski, Flying fish, Parasailing, Banana boat and Flyboard…

Sandy beaches, turquoise sea… it’s hard not to be tempted by some fun water activities, especially when the sun is out. In order to fully enjoy your vacation by the sea, consider practicing one of these fun and exciting activities that will leave you speechless. Example of fun water sports activities: jet ski, fly fish, fly board, parasailing, banana boat, paragliding, paddle board, kitesurfing, sea walking and many more…

Fun Water Sports Activities in Bali | Jet Ski, Flying fish, Parasailing, Banana boat and Flyboard…

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Activities in Bali with children | What to do in Bali with kids?

Bali is a very easy destination to go with young children. And to prove to you that your children will not be bored, We offer you activities in Bali with children; a selection of visits, activities that will undoubtedly delight our little globetrotters.

Do not hesitate to tell us about your experience if you already know these attractions to give us your impressions!

Examples activities

For younger children

Bali is an ideal destination for parents traveling with young children. For younger children, there are plenty of playgrounds, water parks, and petting zoos where they can run, play, and interact with animals. All of which are guaranteed to create fun-filled memories for the whole family.

Older children

Older children may enjoy more active pursuits such as hiking, surfing, or zip-lining. Bali also has many cultural and educational activities that children can participate in, such as visiting traditional markets, taking Balinese dance or cooking classes, or exploring museums and galleries. Additionally, Bali has a vibrant arts and crafts scene, with many local artisans offering workshops where children can learn how to make pottery, batik, or jewelry.

With so many options available, there’s no shortage of children’s recreational activities in Bali to keep kids of all ages entertained and engaged.

Family-friendly recreational activities in Bali

Bali is a fantastic destination for families, with plenty of activities that are both fun and educational, ranging from outdoor adventures such as surfing and hiking to cultural experiences such as visiting temples and traditional villages, making it easy to find something that appeals to all members of the family and create unforgettable memories together.

Whether you’re traveling with young children, teenagers, or the whole family, Bali offers a wide range of family-friendly recreational activities that are sure to keep everyone entertained. Here are some ideas:

1. Beach day and water sports with children

Enjoy a relaxing day at Bali’s beautiful beaches and partake in water sports like snorkeling, paddleboarding, and building sandcastles. Costs vary based on activities. Popular beaches include Kuta, Seminyak, and Nusa Dua.

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2. Waterbom: The Best Water Park in Asia in Kuta Bali (30 minutes from Seminyak)

Waterbom is simply the best water park in Asia and the number 3 in the world. So if you are looking to spend a day with family, couple or friends having fun, look no further. This water park is at the best international standards, the slides, the infrastructures are at the top of what is done. Whether for young or old there is something to entertain everyone. This is one of the most favorite activities in Bali with children

The park is located in the center of Kuta, only 10 minutes from the Bali airport and very close to many shops and shopping centers. The park of almost 4 hectares brings together 22 slides of all types for young and old. In addition to the slides you will find a trampoline, restaurants, SPA, swimming pools.

In the park all transactions are done via a bracelet that you can top up with money to pay for your purchases.

Waterbom Bali. I, Scoreed, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

It is possible to enter and leave the park they will give you a bracelet. This is interesting if you want to go out for lunch because catering is rather expensive in the park. For example, you can have lunch opposite the “Discovery Mall” shopping center (Google Map).

If you’re wearing swim shorts and not a bathing suit, make sure your shorts don’t have rivets, or you’ll be denied some slides.

There’s plenty to keep you entertained for a whole day, so plan to spend a full day there.

Practical information & Booking

Address: Jalan Kartika Plaza, Tuban, Kuta
Website: https://www.waterbom-bali.com

Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Dry season from April to November and wet season from December to March. No matter the season you will have a good day

3. Bounce Bali Trampoline Center Kuta – A Fun-Filled Experience for All Ages

Bounce Bali Trampoline Center – Located in Kuta-Kerobokan, Bounce Bali is a fun and energetic trampoline center that offers a variety of activities, including free jumping, dodgeball, and slam dunk.

This center is a popular indoor attraction in Bali that offers an energetic and fun-filled experience for visitors of all ages. This trampoline center is perfect for families, friends, and individuals who are looking for an exciting and active way to spend their day.

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Bounce Bali Trampoline Center is located on Jalan Sunset Road in Kuta, and is open every day from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The entrance fee is IDR 125,000 (approximately $9 USD) per person for one hour of jumping, and IDR 200,000 (approximately $14 USD) per person for two hours of jumping. Special packages are also available for groups and parties.

Website: https://bouncebali.com
Address: Jl. Sunset Road No.89, Kerobokan Kelod, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia. Opening hours: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM daily. Price: Starts from IDR 135,000 (approximately $9 USD) per person.

4. Upside Down World Bali – Denpasar

Upside Down World Bali – Located in Denpasar, this attraction offers a unique and fun experience with upside down rooms and illusions perfect for taking photos.

This unique and quirky attraction offers a fun and entertaining experience for visitors of all ages.

At Upside Down World Bali, visitors can enter rooms that are designed to look like they are upside down. The rooms are decorated with furniture and props that are also placed in an inverted position, creating a mind-boggling visual illusion. The attraction is perfect for taking photos and making memorable moments with your family and friends.

Located on Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai in Pemogan, Denpasar, Upside Down World Bali is easily accessible by car or motorbike. The attraction is open every day from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and the entrance fee is IDR 100,000 (approximately $7 USD) per person. For an additional fee, visitors can also rent costumes to take fun and quirky photos.

Whether you’re looking for a fun activity to do with your family, or simply want to experience a unique attraction in Bali, Upside Down World Bali is definitely worth a visit. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the fun and excitement of this one-of-a-kind attraction.

Address: Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No.762, Pemogan, Denpasar Selatan.

5. Visit Bali Zoo

The Bali Zoo is the perfect place to spend some family time and see wildlife up close. You can meet many animals there: African lions, Bengal tigers, orangutans and many other species.

It is really very pleasant to walk in the park which has tropical vegetation and green gardens. Young and old will be delighted to be able to feed the elephants, pet the deer, meet the orangutans…

Orangutan Bali Zoo
Orangutan, Bali Zoo, Indonesia. Ossi Petruska from Espoo, Finland, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

There are several entrance packages available allowing you to spend a morning, half day or a whole day at the zoo, depending on the activities you wish to do.

Practical information & Booking

Address: Jl. Raya Singapadu, Sukawati 80582, Indonesia
Hours: The zoo is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Website: https://www.bali-zoo.com

Bali Zoo
Bali Zoo, Singapadu, Sukawati, Bali. Ossi Petruska from Espoo, Finland, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Access: the zoo is located 15 minutes south of Ubud. From Ubud, head south along the main Batubulan road. Once you get to the Singapadu Community Meeting Hall, turn right and you will come to the zoo. You can also access it from Kuta, with the 3 pack, a shuttle will pick you up and drop you off at the Beachwalk mall.

6. Go to the cinema in Bali

You have several cinemas in Bali in Denpasar and Kuta but the best is the one in Kuta at the Beachwalk shopping center. It is the most recent and therefore the one offering the best facilities. You will have a cinema similar to what we find in France with seats, screen and sound of very good quality as well as the most recent films.

Address and Contact
Within the Beachwalk shopping center (Google Map) in Kuta on the 2nd floor. Very easy to reach by car or scooter.

The cinema only opens at noon, no need to go there in the morning to buy your tickets.

Website: https://beachwalkbali.com
Telephone: +62 361 8465621

7. Dinner at Jimbaran beach

Great walk on the beach at sunset very pleasant. We can go jogging. And there are many restaurants, cafes all along.

Please note, if you take Grab or GoCar (like Uber), they can drop you off at the Jimbaran beach. But you can’t call Grab or GoCar. Tips: walk around 3 minutes outside of the complex of Jimbaran beach restaurants and call Grab or GoCar. Read also: Bali Airport PickUp, Drop-Off Service, Excursion, Travel and Transportation Services at Villa Carissa

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View of restaurants in Jimbaran beach, Bali. Taken at sunset. Sunbeams are visible. Akmaie Ajam, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

8. Kuta Beach Walk Shopping Center

A multitude of international brands in this Kuta shopping center to find souvenirs, clothes, accessories… Built in 2012, the structure is semi-open and the architecture inspired by terraced rice fields with superimposed platforms, slightly offset and plants.

The roof is reminiscent of the hats of the peasants who work there. A Balinese atmosphere revisited by its modernism. You will find restaurants, shops and a cinema.

Restaurants are also on site on level 2. On level 3 you will have access to a terrace with a lovely view of the sea.

Beachwalk Shopping Center - Bali
BeachWalk shopping mall in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. HutheMeow, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

9. Temple Hopping Bali – A Journey Through the Island’s Sacred Sites

Temple hopping is one of the most popular and fascinating activities to do in Bali, where visitors can explore the island’s rich culture and spiritual heritage by visiting its countless temples and shrines. With over 20,000 temples scattered throughout the island, Bali is often referred to as the “Island of the Gods,” and temple hopping is a must-do activity for anyone visiting Bali.

The temples in Bali range from small roadside shrines to large, majestic complexes, with each one having its unique architectural style and history. Some of the most popular temples in Bali include Tanah Lot, Besakih Temple, Uluwatu Temple, and Tirta Empul Temple. These temples offer visitors a glimpse into Bali’s rich culture and religious traditions, with many of them located in stunning settings with breathtaking views.


Temple hopping in Bali is a great way to learn about the island’s history and culture, as well as to experience the local way of life. Visitors should dress appropriately when visiting temples, covering their shoulders and legs, and be respectful of local customs and traditions. Many temples offer guided tours, and visitors can also hire a local guide to learn more about the history and significance of each temple.

Overall, temple hopping in Bali is an incredible journey that takes visitors through the island’s sacred sites, providing a unique insight into the culture and traditions of the Balinese people. So, put on your comfortable shoes, grab your camera, and explore the wonders of Bali’s temples.

10. Swings Hopping Bali – Fun-Filled Adventure for the Whole Family

Swings hopping is an exciting activity that the whole family can enjoy during their Bali vacation. Riding a swing and admiring the stunning scenery of Bali is a thrilling experience that children will love. Here are some swings hopping locations that are perfect for families with children:

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The prices for swings hopping in Bali vary depending on the location and the type of swing. Most locations offer discounted prices for children, and some also offer packages that include other activities and services.

With so many exciting swings hopping destinations to choose from, families can explore the breathtaking landscapes of Bali while having a fun-filled time together.

11. Snorkelling with children in bali

Bali is an excellent destination for families with children who enjoy snorkeling. With its crystal clear waters, colorful coral reefs, and diverse marine life, Bali offers an unforgettable snorkeling experience for all ages. Here are some tips to keep in mind when snorkeling with children in Bali:

When snorkeling with children, it’s essential to choose a safe and suitable location. Some of the best snorkeling spots in Bali for families with children include Amed, Padangbai, Menjangan Island, and Blue Lagoon. These areas have calm waters, shallow reefs, and a wide variety of fish and other marine life.

Best Snorkelling Spots in Bali You Can Go

Make sure

Before snorkeling, make sure your children understand the safety guidelines, such as not touching or stepping on the coral, staying close to the shore or boat, and not straying too far from the group. Always keep a close eye on your children, and make sure they are comfortable and confident in the water.

If you’re new to snorkeling or want to explore new areas, consider booking a guided snorkeling tour. Many companies offer family-friendly snorkeling trips with experienced guides who can show you the best spots and provide safety tips and information about the marine life you’ll encounter.

Overall, snorkeling with children in Bali can be a fun and rewarding experience for the whole family. With proper planning, equipment, and safety precautions, you can enjoy Bali’s stunning underwater world and create lasting memories with your children.

12. Water sports children recreational activities in Bali

Water sports are a great recreational activity for children visiting Bali, with a wide range of activities available that are suitable for all ages and skill levels. Whether it’s swimming, snorkeling, or bodyboarding, Bali’s clear waters provide the perfect backdrop for fun water-based activities.

For younger children, calmer waters such as those found in shallow lagoons or on the beach may be more appropriate, while older children may enjoy more adventurous activities such as surfing, wakeboarding, or jet skiing.

Fun Water Sports Activities in Bali | Jet Ski, Flying fish, Parasailing, Banana boat and Flyboard…

Many water sports operators in Bali offer specialized programs or instruction for children, and safety equipment is always provided to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Water sports are a great way for children to stay active, have fun, and make lasting memories during their time in Bali.

13. Visit museums in Bali

Visiting museums can be a great recreational activity for families with children in Bali, as it allows them to learn about Balinese culture and history in a fun and interactive way. Some of the top museums in Bali that are child-friendly include the Bali Museum, which features a large collection of Balinese artifacts, and the 3D Dream Museum Zone, which offers unique and interactive 3D art exhibits that are sure to captivate children’s imaginations.

3D Dream Museum Zone

The 3D Dream Museum Zone (DMZ) in Bali is a unique museum that features interactive 3D art exhibits, making it a fun and exciting recreational activity for families with children. The exhibits allow visitors to interact with the art and take photos that create the illusion of being part of the artwork.

Some of the exhibits include scenes from famous movies, such as Jurassic Park and Harry Potter, as well as interactive exhibits like a giant slide and a ball pit. With its innovative exhibits and fun atmosphere, the DMZ is a great destination for families looking for a unique and memorable experience in Bali.

Website: http://dmzbali.com
Address: Jl. Nakula No.33X, Legian, Kec. Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 8496220
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 9 am – 10 pm.

Museums in Bali | Explore the Island’s Rich Cultural and Artistic Heritage

Other museums, such as the Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets and the Agung Rai Museum of Art, also offer workshops and educational programs specifically designed for children, making them great options for families looking to combine learning with fun recreational activities.

14. Elephant rides in Bali

Elephant rides in Bali can be one of the activities in Bali with children.

1. Bali Zoo

We have already presented the Bali Zoo in a previous article. You can actually take an elephant ride there for 15 minutes with pack 5 or for 30 minutes with pack 6. In each of the packs are included the lunch buffet at the Elephant View restaurant, the visit to the zoological park as well as the return shuttle that drops you off at your hotel.

Address: Jalan Raya Singapadu, Sukawati 80582, Indonesia
Duration: 15 minutes (pack 5) or 30 minutes (pack 6)

Address: Jl. Raya Singapadu, Sukawati 80582, Indonesia
Hours: The zoo is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Website: https://www.bali-zoo.com

2. Bali Safari & Marine Park

The Bali Safari & Marine Park also offers several entry packs, with different possible activities. If you choose the LEOPARD or RHINO packs, you can take a 10-minute or 30-minute elephant ride.

The LEOPARD package includes:

  • A welcome drink
  • Safari drive
  • Aquarium visit
  • Lunch at Uma Restaurant
  • Animal shows: tigers and elephants
  • Elephant ride for 10 minutes
  • Bali Agung Show
  • Unlimited access to the Fun Zone and the water games area
  • Photo souvenir

The RHINO pack includes all the activities of the LEOPARD pack, plus:

  • Elephant ride for 30 minutes
  • Dinner with the lions
  • Round-trip private transportation

The safari allows you to get close to wild animals and gives you the opportunity to take beautiful photos, and the elephant ride is an unforgettable experience to try at least once in your life.

Website: https://www.balisafarimarinepark.com
Address: Jalan Raya Singapadu, Sukawati 80582, Indonesia
Duration: 10 minutes (Leopard pack) or 30 minutes (Rhino pack)

Normal Price Pack
Adult Leopard Pack: €112.18
Children’s Leopard Pack (3 to 12 years old): €84.14
Adult Rhino Pack: €163.60
Children’s Rhino Pack (3 to 12 years old): €130.88

3. Taro Elephant Park

The Taro Elephant Park is, as its name suggests, a park specializing in the preservation of elephants. All the elephants in this park were saved from the deforestation of the island of Sumatra. Plus, the elephants at Taro Elephant Park are free-roaming and well cared for, and you’ll even get to feed them.

You must choose the Elephant Night Safari + Dinner pack to be able to take the elephant ride. This pack includes:

  • Round trip
  • Visit of the park and opportunity to feed the elephants
  • Elephant ride for 30 minutes
  • Elephant show
  • Having dinner
  • Insurance
  • Taro Elephant Park

Address: Jalan Elephant Park, Taro, Tegalalang 80561, Indonesia
Duration: 10 minutes (Leopard pack) or 30 minutes (Rhino pack)

Normal Price Pack
Adult pack: €129.64
Children’s package: €89.75

15. Visit the Monkey Forest in Ubud

Right in the center of Ubud is a forest inhabited by monkeys. It is indeed their forests, they are numerous and rule the roost 🙂 In our opinion, this is the best activity visit in Ubud not to be missed!

There is an entrance, but that won’t stop the free-roaming monkeys from coming out of the forest and coming to you if they suspect you have food in your bag.

Admission is IDR 30,000 rupees (€2) for adults and IDR 20,000 for children. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Walk in the forest

The forest is rather large, enough to walk for 1 hour or more in the middle of the monkeys which are absolutely everywhere you cannot miss them. The latter are very intelligent and watch everything that moves to find food. They are not so interested in your glasses or caps but really in the food. If a monkey sees you putting your hands in your pockets or your bag then they will think you have something to eat and will immediately come to you and often help themselves and try to look in your bag.

What to feed them?

It is forbidden to give them peanuts, biscuits … the only food allowed are bananas which you can bring from outside but which the park encourages you to buy on site to help finance the park.

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Monkey Forest Ubud, Indonesia. Michelle Maria, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Are monkeys aggressive?

Yes and no. Some are rather calm and others are on the lookout for anything that moves to feed. So if you have to eat they will not hesitate to jump on you. Which is rather amusing but can scare some people off. And indeed to play they can sometimes try to bite you, not very hard but here it is a risk. I’ve been there many times and never had a problem.

16. Visit of the Indonesian Cultural and Heritage Park in Bali: Taman Nusa

Here is a visit that few know and yet is really worth the detour. This cultural park is not even listed in some of the guides at the moment and that’s a shame! So keep reading to learn more about this cultural tour which in my opinion is the best to do in Bali with the Bali Museum in Denpasar!

Visit Indonesia in an afternoon!

This is the slogan of this park which allows you to discover the culture of the different regions of Indonesia in a fun way through reconstructions of monuments, houses…
You will also have a panorama of Indonesia through time, from the prehistoric era until today.

Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Address and contact:
Taman Nusa, Jl. Taman Bali, Br. Blahpane Kelod, Gianyar
Telephone: +62 361 952952
Website: http://www.taman-nusa.com

17. Bali Bird Park

The Bali Bird Park brings together over 2 hectares: 1000 birds of 250 different species from Indonesia, Africa, Latin America and Australia. It is the largest bird park in Indonesia. During a walk you will cross different areas that recreate the natural habitats of different birds. Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to attend several shows and interactive sessions with the birds to leave with beautiful memories.

Bali Bird Park is where you will find the finest collection of Indonesian birds and species in Africa and North America. An absolute paradise for birdwatchers, the Bali Bird Park is where you can teach your children about species conservation and compassion for birds and animals. Besides the bird park, there is also a reptile park on site. You’ll have to pay a separate fee for the reptile park, but it’s worth it.

Useful information

Address: Jl. Serma Cok Ngurah Gambir, Singapore, Batubulan, Sukawati
Telephone: +62 361 299352
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily
Website: https://www.balibirdpark.com

The park is located in Sukawati between Sanur and Ubud, it’s really not far, so this outing can be done perfectly from Ubud or the south of Bali: Sanur, Seminyak, Legian, Kuta, Jimbaran. You can easily get there by car, scooter and taxi, there is parking on site.

You can go directly to the ticket office, pay for your tickets and receive a brochure with the map of the park as well as the program of the various shows throughout the day.

Photo credit (main picture): AgungAtmaja via Pixabay

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Exploring the Best Bali Art Galleries and Their Diverse Offerings

Bali is a treasure trove of art, and exploring its vibrant art galleries is a delight for art enthusiasts. From traditional Balinese art to contemporary masterpieces, the galleries in Bali offer a wide range of artistic expressions. Here are some of the best Bali art galleries, along with the types of art they showcase and an overview of price ranges:

Kendra Gallery (Address: Jl. Drupadi No. 88B, Seminyak)

    • Type: International and Southeast Asian Art
    • Description: Kendra Gallery showcases international and Southeast Asian artworks. Prices for artwork in this gallery can vary significantly, with smaller pieces starting from approximately $100 and larger or more renowned artworks reaching prices of $50,000 or more.

Situated in the hotel Uma Sapna also hosts a progressive contemporary art gallery. Kendra Art Space is the latest edition to the contemporary art scene in Indonesia and holds art exhibitions regularly, showcasing the works of young emerging artists and well-established artists in Indonesia and abroad.

Address: Jl. Drupadi Jl. Raya Basangkasa No.88B, Seminyak, Bali 80361

Website: https://www.kendra-artspace.com

Nyaman Gallery (Address: Jl. Basangkasa No. 88, Seminyak)

  • Type: Contemporary and Urban Art
  • Description: Nyaman Gallery showcases contemporary and urban artworks by both established and emerging artists. The gallery features a diverse range of mediums, including paintings, photography, street art, and mixed media works. Prices for artwork at Nyaman Gallery typically start from a few hundred dollars and can go up to several thousand, depending on the artist, size, and artistic value.

For art lovers, but not only, the Nyaman gallery is a must visit. Obviously, it is difficult not to fall in love for one of the many works on display, but just for the pleasure of the eyes, it is a must to go there when you visit Seminyak.

There is also a fine selection of very accessible traditional Indonesian artwork. Besides, the place is really beautiful. Do not hesitate to go to the back of the gallery which is worth the detour!

Famous Balinese Paintings: Exploring Bali’s Artistic Heritage

Biasa ArtSpace (Address: Jl. Raya Seminyak, Kuta)

  • Type: Modern and Avant-Garde Art
  • Description: Biasa ArtSpace offers a platform for modern and avant-garde art forms. The gallery displays artworks that challenge traditional boundaries and explore innovative artistic expressions. Prices for artwork at Biasa ArtSpace can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand, depending on the artist’s recognition, medium, and artistic significance.

Founded by the visionary Italian-born Susanna Perini in 1994, BIASA Art Gallery emerged as a pioneering force in the Balinese art scene. Its inaugural collection was unveiled in a charming, rustic yet contemporary stand-alone boutique nestled in the heart of Seminyak, Bali.

Discover the creative treasures of BIASA Art Gallery in Seminyak-Kuta, Bali, and witness firsthand the transformative power of art in a space that seamlessly blends rustic charm with cutting-edge contemporary aesthetics.

Museum Puri Lukisan (Address: Jl. Raya Ubud, Ubud):

    • Type: Traditional Balinese Art
    • Description: Museum Puri Lukisan is a prestigious art museum showcasing traditional Balinese paintings. The prices of artwork here range from $500 to $10,000, depending on factors such as size, artist reputation, and age of the artwork.

As a center for the preservation of art and culture, the Puri Lukisan Museum provides opportunities for artists and art groups to hold exhibitions in this very historic place…

A great way to discover Balinese art by taking the time to stroll through a beautiful garden with refreshing pools. The museum is well divided into different sections and one can sometimes feel overwhelmed by a complex art because unknown. It is very useful to be accompanied by a guide. There is also a section reserved for contemporary artists whose works you can acquire. The prices are very varied and are expressed in USD and IDR. To do and highly recommended to know the Balinese soul.

Website: https://www.purilukisanmuseum.com

Tony Raka Gallery (Address: Jl. Raya Mas No. 86, Mas, Ubud)

    • Type: Contemporary Art
    • Description: Tony Raka Gallery features contemporary artworks by established and emerging local artists. Prices for artworks at this gallery start from around $300 and can go up to $20,000, depending on factors such as artist recognition, medium, and size.

Address: Jl. Raya Mas No.86, MAS, Ubud, Bali 80571

Website: https://tonyrakaartgallery.com

Sudakara Art Space (Address: Jl. Sudamala No. 20, Sanur)

    • Type: Modern and Experimental Art
    • Description: Sudakara Art Space showcases modern and experimental artworks. The prices for artwork in this gallery vary widely, ranging from approximately $200 to $30,000 or more, depending on the artist’s reputation, medium, and complexity of the artwork.

Griya Santrian Gallery (Address: Jl. Danau Tamblingan No. 47, Sanur)

    • Type: Traditional and Contemporary Balinese Art
    • Description: Griya Santrian Gallery presents a mix of traditional and contemporary Balinese artworks. Prices for artwork at this gallery typically start from $200 and can range up to $8,000, depending on factors such as artist recognition, size, and medium.

Pasifika Museum (Address: Complex Bali Tourism Development Corporation, BTDC Area, Nusa Dua)

  • Type: Pacific and Balinese Art
  • Description: Pasifika Museum is a unique museum dedicated to Pacific and Balinese art. The museum features a vast collection of artworks from various Pacific countries as well as Balinese art. Prices for artwork at Pasifika Museum can vary depending on the artist, age, and significance of the artwork.

The museum has a gift shop where visitors can find a selection of artworks, prints, and other items related to the museum’s collection. The availability of specific artworks for purchase may vary, and the prices will depend on the artist, medium, size, and other factors. It is recommended to inquire directly at the museum’s gift shop for more information on purchasing art.

It is important to note that the prices mentioned here are approximate and can vary based on factors such as the artist’s reputation, artwork size, medium, and gallery policies. It is advisable to visit the galleries or contact them directly for more precise pricing information.

These Bali art galleries offer a wide range of artistic styles, mediums, and price points, making it possible for art enthusiasts of various budgets to explore and acquire captivating artworks.

Photo credit (main picture): virginie-l via Pixabay

Famous Balinese Paintings: Exploring Bali’s Artistic Heritage

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Ultimate Bali Packing List: What to Pack for Bali and Check List

Planning a trip to Bali? We know exactly the ultimate Bali packing list and what to pack to meet most needs. Take advantage of our experience and our advice to prepare your luggage with complete peace of mind! It’s time to start thinking about what to pack for Bali, for this tropical paradise! You will find here Bali packing list for 1, 2, 3 weeks!

Whether you’re a male, female, or traveling with children, it’s important to carefully consider what essentials and items will make your stay in Bali comfortable and memorable.

Packing efficiently and smartly can make your Bali vacation more enjoyable and stress-free. In this ultimate packing guide, we’ll provide you with all the essential items you need to bring in your luggage to make the most of your time in Bali.

Suitcase or backpack, which one to choose?

The choice between a suitcase or a backpack should depend on the style of your vacation.

If you have planned a traveling tour, a hiking backpack is preferable because the sidewalks in Bali – when there are any – are not always in good condition. In this case, choose a backpack that is mostly padlockable and cover it with a cover.

If you spend your entire stay in one place or transfers are limited or organized, you can opt for a wheeled suitcase.

If you plan to put luggage in the hold, it is essential to plan a small piece of cabin luggage with your most precious belongings and at least a change of clothes.

Before choosing your luggage, check on your plane tickets and on the internet what weight of luggage is authorized for you (in the hold and/or in the cabin).

Bali Packing List, Essential Items to Include in Your Luggage

What items to include in your luggage when traveling to Bali?

When preparing for your trip to Bali, choosing the right suitcase is important to ensure you have a smooth and hassle-free travel experience. Here are some considerations when selecting a suitcase for your Bali adventure:

Lightweight Clothing

Bali’s tropical climate calls for light and breathable clothing. Pack lightweight tops, shorts, skirts, and dresses to keep cool and comfortable during your stay.

Prefer loose cotton clothes, which do not stick to the skin unlike those made of synthetic materials.

Bring easy-to-match clothes that don’t wrinkle (avoid linen, for example) if you’re staying in small guesthouses. Prefer light-colored clothing (mosquitoes like dark).

Don’t forget a light jacket or sweater for cooler evenings or visits to higher-altitude areas.

Here is the essential to put in your suitcases:
  • Bottoms: skirt, pants, shorts… Take at least one pair of pants to protect yourself from mosquitoes in the evening. Reserve the shorts at the beach resorts. It remains frowned upon by Indonesians, who hide their bodies and associate scantily clad people with poverty or lack of respect.
  • Tops: Pack mostly opaque, low-cut tops that cover the shoulders (ideal for sightseeing). Also consider a long-sleeved shirt to protect you from mosquitoes in the evening.
  • Optional: Stylish clothes for going out.
  • Ultra light backpack for visits or activities.
  • A sarong if you already have one. Otherwise, this purchase on site will make a very nice souvenir to bring back. Good to know: if you travel with one of our private drivers, he will lend you one.
  • Nightwear, underwear and socks.
  • Swimsuits and microfiber towel for the beach and troubleshooting.
  • Comfortable shoes for visits and flip flops or sandals for lazing around.
  • Scarf (essential because multi-use).
  • Airplane sweater.

Casual and Evening Attire

While Bali has a relaxed atmosphere, you might want to have a few dressier options for evenings out or special occasions. Pack a couple of lightweight, semi-formal outfits or resort wear that you feel comfortable in.


Don’t forget to pack your favorite swimwear as Bali boasts stunning beaches and vibrant pool scenes. Whether you plan to relax on the beach or take a dip in the resort pool, having swimwear on hand is a must.

Sun Protection

Bali’s sunny weather requires adequate sun protection. Pack sunscreen with a high SPF, sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and a lightweight cover-up to shield yourself from the sun’s rays.

Pack a high SPF sunscreen to apply and re-apply generously, sunglasses to shield your eyes, a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and neck, and a lightweight cover-up for extra sun protection.

  • Sunscreen with a high SPF
  • Wide-brimmed hat or cap
  • Sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun

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Insect Repellent

Bali is known for its lush greenery, but that also means mosquitoes. Protect yourself by packing insect repellent to ward off any unwanted bites.

Ensure you pack a reliable insect repellent to ward off bugs and prevent any discomfort from bites. Look for products that contain DEET or natural ingredients like citronella or eucalyptus oil.

Comfortable Footwear

Bali is a destination where you’ll likely be doing a lot of walking and exploring. Bring comfortable footwear such as sandals or lightweight sneakers to keep your feet happy throughout your adventures.

Consider packing a pair of water shoes for activities like snorkeling or visiting waterfalls. Flip-flops or sandals are handy for the beach or when walking around your accommodation.

Electronics and Adapters

Bali uses the standard two-pin plug, so make sure to pack a travel adapter to keep your devices charged and ready to go.

To ensure a smooth electrical connection, it is advisable to carry a universal travel adapter that can accommodate various plug types. This way, you can easily charge your devices or use them without any compatibility issues during your stay in Bali.

Avoid overloading sockets with multiple devices and be cautious of potential voltage fluctuations. It is recommended to use surge protectors or voltage regulators to safeguard your electronic devices against power surges.

Don’t forget to pack your camera, smartphone, chargers, and any other electronic devices you may need. Consider bringing a universal power adapter to charge your devices as the electrical outlets in Bali use the European two-pin plug.

Schuko plug and socket
Bali (Indonesia) plug and socket outlet. This type of plug is commonly found in many European countries. Chameleon, bran & plugwash, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Important electronic materials to bring when traveling:
  • Camera with its battery charger.
  • One or two spare batteries.
  • Several memory cards. Avoid taking only one large capacity memory card. If a problem occurs, you could lose all your photos.
  • For DSLRs: UV filter, lens hood and cleaning kit. Before leaving, remember to clean or have your device cleaned.
  • Optional: tripod and remote control.
  • Mobile phone and charger. Consider turning off data usage and downloading the Bali map to an app like Google Maps or Maps.me and an exchange rate app like XE before you go. If you plan to make a lot of calls and you can, bring an unlocked phone; so you can buy a prepaid local SIM card.
  • Optional: computer, charger and portable external hard drive to back up photos as you go.
  • Optional: travel power strip if you have many devices to connect (great space saving compared to conventional power strips).

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Medications and First Aid Kit

It’s always wise to pack any necessary medications you may require during your trip. Additionally, include a basic first aid kit containing items like adhesive bandages, antiseptic ointment, pain relievers, and any personal medications or treatments you may require (bring your prescriptions).

Here is what the ideal health suitcase should contain:
  • First aid kit: essential
  • Your usual medicines + those inherent to the trip to Bali (anti-diarrheal, intestinal anti-bacterial…). Remember to bring the prescription.
  • First aid kit (including compresses, dressings, antiseptic, etc.) to be adapted according to your personal needs.
  • Electronic thermometer. Essential to monitor a possible fever.
  • Antibacterial hand gel.
  • Hat/cap and sunglasses (with hard case). If you have to change, consider polarized lenses that stop reflected rays and glare sensations for optimal comfort.
  • Very high protection sunscreen that respects the ocean: it is best to buy it before leaving, the quality of the products sold in Bali is very variable. For after-sun, you can buy Aloe Vera, a particularly effective plant, on site.
  • Sun protection lipstick.
  • Mosquito repellent special tropical areas.
  • Surgical mask, to comply with any health measures and in case an Indonesian volcano wakes up.
  • Optional: memory foam blindfold for light-sensitive travelers in the morning.
  • Optional: earplugs so as not to be woken up by animals early in the morning.
  • Optional: special aircraft earplugs for travelers inconvenienced by air travel.
  • Optional: venom pump for those who have planned many hikes.

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Travel Accessories

Lightweight Backpack or Day Bag

Consider bringing a lightweight backpack or day bag for day trips and excursions, a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated, a travel umbrella or rain poncho for unexpected showers, and a portable charger for your electronic devices.

A lightweight backpack or day bag is essential for carrying your essentials during day trips and outings. It should be large enough to hold your belongings but comfortable enough to carry around for extended periods.

Money belt or neck pouch for keeping valuables secure

A money belt or neck pouch is a practical and secure way to keep your valuables safe while traveling in Bali. These small pouches are worn discreetly under your clothing and provide a hidden storage option for your important documents, cash, and credit cards. Wear it under your clothing, preferably against your skin or underneath a layer of clothing, to minimize the risk of theft.

While a money belt or neck pouch provides an extra layer of security, it’s important to remain aware of your surroundings and take other precautions. Keep an eye on your belongings, avoid displaying valuable items, and be cautious in crowded areas.

Toiletries and Personal Care Items:
  • Travel-sized shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Toothbrush and dental floss.
  • Insect repellent and sun screen.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Personal hygiene products (tampons, pads, etc.).
  • Any specific skincare or haircare products you prefer, or else you can buy them in Bali.
Reusable water bottle:

Staying hydrated is crucial in Bali’s warm climate. Bring a reusable water bottle to refill throughout the day and reduce your plastic waste.

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Travel Documents

Ensure you have all the necessary travel documents, including your passport (valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay), visa (if required), travel insurance, flight tickets, accommodation reservations, and copies of important documents.

It’s a good idea to keep copies of these documents in case of emergencies + send those copies to your email.

Important documents:
  • Don’t forget your passport! (valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay)
  • Passport of all travelers (and visa if required).
  • Plane, train, bus tickets, hotel reservations, tours or activities (in the requested format: electronic or paper).
  • If you rent a car or a scooter: driver’s license, international license and a road map of the island + make sure your insurance will cover this. Read also: Tips for Scooter Travelers in Bali | Safety, Price, Road conditions, Driving license and Insurance
  • Choose a recent version in paper format (some electronic versions are not interactive).
    Assistance/travel insurance certificate + membership card (to keep with you at all times) + the form to be completed in the event of a claim.
  • Copy of these documents + backup on USB key or online (eg Dropbox, Google Drive).
  • List of emergency numbers in Bali (embassy, clinics, insurance, loss/theft of credit card, etc.).
  • Bank cards. Ideally two to mitigate the risk of loss/theft/hacking. Remember to inform your bank of your stay before leaving so that it removes the filters that prevent its use abroad.
  • US dollars if you are not eligible for the visa waiver.

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By including these essential items in your luggage, you’ll be well-prepared to enjoy your time in Bali while staying comfortable and protected throughout your journey.

Reading and useful objects

  • Follow our advice to choose a paperless guide for Bali that suits your tastes and needs.
  • Optional: Indonesian conversation guide. Read also: Learn Indonesian Language (Bahasa Indonesia) | The vocabulary to know for a trip to Indonesia
  • Paper books or Kindle e-reader with e-books.
  • Optional: small sewing kit (watch out for scissors for carry-on luggage), a bit of detergent for troubleshooting (otherwise you will find some on site).
  • Waterproof zipped bags or freezer bags to protect valuable belongings (travel documents, photo equipment, etc.) and transport beauty items to avoid damage from a leak throughout the suitcase.
  • Optional: Notebook with pen to note the places visited, your impressions, your expenses…
  • Optional: Baggage scale to control the weight of baggage in the cabin or in the hold.

Sporting activities

If you have planned days at sea, in waterfalls, consider bringing shoes that can go in the water. Avoid flip flops that don’t fit. Crocs have the advantage of being comfortable and being able to be worn every day (now, there are even pretty ones… if so!).

If you have planned hikes:
  • Ideally adjustable hiking pants (shorts or cropped function).
  • Sweater or fleece and waterproof windproof jacket if you go up in altitude (eg climbing Mount Batur).
  • Headlamp (climbing Mount Batur). Also useful for reading a book in the dark.
  • Hiking socks and Hiking shoes. Take the time to do your shoes before leaving.
If you plan to go snorkeling:
  • Fins, mask and snorkel. It is possible to rent them on site but the quality is very variable. If you plan to do a lot, it is better to bring your own equipment. Snorkeling enthusiasts will opt for a full-face mask (180° panoramic vision, anti-fog system, integrated snorkel) and fins for an optimal experience.
  • Optional: Anti-UV T-shirt.
  • Optional: Waterproof pocket for mobile phone, waterproof camera or Go-Pro.

What to choose?

A simple waterproof cell phone pouch is cheap and lightweight. But it can damage your phone if there is a waterproof problem, and in our experience, it can be very difficult to take photos or movies because the wall presses on the screen, which closes the application or activates the zoom… On the other hand, the pocket is useful at the beach to avoid damage caused by the sand.
By opting for a waterproof camera or a waterproof camera, you will get good quality photos and films and will not put your phone at risk. On the other hand, it will take a little more space in your suitcase and it will naturally be more expensive.

To be added if you are traveling with a baby or child

Here is the essential not to forget in a toddler’s suitcase (list to be adapted according to your personal needs and the equipment of your accommodation in Bali):

To have available during the flight (what to pack for Bali):
  • Diapers and wipes for the duration of the door-to-door trip (add 2-3 diapers for possible delays).
  • You will find some on site for the stay itself if you use disposable ones.
  • A change of clothes for the door-to-door trip and a sweater for the plane.
  • Baby bottles, small bottle of water, powdered milk pods if necessary, meals (compotes, small jars) and an easy-to-clean silicone bib. Many airlines offer baby jars to be reserved in advance, but you can also take your own (it is authorized in the cabin within the limit of what is reasonable for the flight).
  • Physiological serum, current medical treatment (with prescription) if necessary.
  • Comforter and everything needed to entertain the baby/child during the flight.
  • Ergonomic baby carrier suitable for tropical countries (ideally). A stroller is not very suitable for the sidewalks of Bali (but you will surely miss it at the airport). Remember to use the baby carrier before leaving so that your baby is used to it.
  • Optional: travel bottle warmer. Useful to save time and prevent the crew from heating the bottle in a bain-marie for a good half hour.
In the luggage:
  • Clothing: bodysuits, pajamas, shorts, pants, sets, dresses, t-shirts, vests, socks, shoes.
    Blanket, sleeping bag and some toys.
  • Hat and sunglasses.
  • Easy-to-clean silicone baby bottles, sterilization tablets and bibs.
  • Meal kit (training plate, spoon and fork) and special baby dishwashing liquid.
    If the baby is not breastfed: powdered milk and if necessary cereals. However, it is possible to find powdered milk on site, but it is quite expensive and will the quality/safety be there?
  • A few small pots and compotes. It is possible to find baby dishes on site (especially at Carrefour in the South of Bali) but it is quite expensive. On the other hand, many restaurants agree to crush vegetables and fruits to make them suitable for toddlers. In case of food allergy of the baby, it is wiser to bring your own products.
  • Optional depending on accommodation: pop-up travel cot for babies or children, baby monitor, inflatable bath.
  • Travel changing mat, antibacterial gel and toilet wipes.
  • Hygiene products for babies/children (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.). Moisturizing cream, treatment cream against diaper rashes and against fungal infections.
  • Anti-UV suit and bath nappies.
  • Sun protection, fogger, adapted mosquito repellent, cream to avoid itching in the event of bites.
  • Medications for use (doliprane, soothing gel for teething, etc.) and special medications for travel suitable for babies (anti-diarrheal, oral rehydration solution, treatment against constipation, etc.), adapted thermometer and up-to-date health record for vaccines.
  • Antiseptic and arnica for small sores.
  • Optional: Adapted car seat. Cars with or without driver are very rarely equipped. However, it is possible to rent them in advance on the internet for the entire stay.

Leave some extra space

Make sure to leave some extra space in your luggage for the wonderful souvenirs you’ll find in Bali! As you explore the vibrant markets and unique shops, you’re bound to come across beautiful handmade crafts, traditional artwork, and intricate textiles that you’ll want to bring back home.

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By keeping some room in your suitcase, you can indulge in the joy of collecting mementos that capture the spirit of Bali and serve as reminders of your unforgettable journey. So, as you plan and pack for your trip, remember to leave space for the treasures you’ll discover along the way.

Now you know what to pack for Bali, happy packing and enjoy your trip to Bali!

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What to put in your suitcase? For one, two or three weeks

What to put in your suitcase when you are about to leave for one, two or three weeks of vacation? If you don’t travel often, this is a difficult task, because you will have to fit everything in your luggage, without leaving with your complete wardrobe!

Whether you are going to the sun, to the sea, to the mountains or to the city, here is the ultimate list so that you don’t forget anything essential in your travel preparations. Because if there is one thing to remember, it is that it is essential to refer to a travel bag checklist before each of your trips.

Packing a suitcase depends more on the destination and travel conditions than on the duration.

What to put in a suitcase for a week?

1 – Your identity papers, passports and important documents

Remember to check that you have all the travel documents at hand or on your smartphone:

  • Passport
  • Visa for foreigners / ETSA for the USA
  • Insurance certificate (travel insurance)
  • Driving license (international version if needed)
2 – Your means of payment

Above all, don’t forget to check that you are not leaving without your money:

  • Credit card(s) (preferably “VISA” for abroad)
  • Cash in euros and foreign currencies
  • Username and password for your online banking account
  • You can bring a secret travel pouch to keep your money and important documents safe
3 – Your toileteries bag

Be careful not to overload it, because it can weigh heavily in the balance. Buy a model with hooks and compartments like this one which is really perfect for traveling. Then, opt for small quantities and refillable travel bottles.

The indispensable :

  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • hair brush
  • face and body moisturizers
  • soap / shampoo / shower gel / styling products
  • sunscreen and after-sun products
  • shaving or hair removal products
  • makeup and makeup remover
  • a microfiber towel to save space
  • periodic protection (women)
4 – Your first aid kit

important orders

  • Vital card / EHIC card for Europe / Blood group card / Vaccination record
  • glasses / contact lenses / braces
  • basic kit (dressings, thermometer, small scissors, tick tweezers…)
  • antibacterials and wound healing
  • dermatology, burns, insect bites
  • pains and fever
  • digestion, ENT, motion sickness
  • contraceptives
5 – Your “high-tech” phone and accessories
6 – Your accessories for sleeping in transport
  • Travel cushion
  • Sleep mask
  • Compression socks
7 – To kill your time
  • Reading (the reading tablet saves space and weight!)
  • A notebook, pencils, a deck of cards, etc.
  • A travel guide of the place visited
8 – Your clothes!

Here is, in my opinion, the quantity to carry for a week of travel. If you have something to do your laundry on site, then you will take less underwear. Of course, if you are a fashion victim and dressing up is equivalent to preparing for a parade, you will leave with a complete dressing room. I am speaking here to “normal” travelers!

For good organization, remember to bring clothes organizers.

  • 8 panties / underpants / briefs + 3 bras for women
  • 8 pairs of socks (less if on holiday in sandals and more if you are going in the rain)
  • 2 nightwear
  • 2 to 5 “stockings” (trousers, skirt, shorts, dresses, overalls…)
  • 7 “tops” (t-shirts, tank tops, tunics, shirts…)
  • 2 to 4 chic outfits with matching shoes (only one pair if possible)
  • 1 to 2 sports outfits
  • 1 scarf / sarong, because it is always useful
  • 1 pair of multi-activity shoes
9 – If you go out in the sun
  • sunglasses
  • hat
  • sarong or swim skirt
  • swimsuit
  • flip flops/sandals
  • solar cream anti UV A and B
  • beach towel (microfiber)
  • beach dresses
10 – If you go to cold areas
  • fleece or thick sweaters
  • jacket
  • windbreaker
  • socks
  • beanies (a small, round close-fitting hat)
  • gloves
  • slippers / evening sweater
11 – If you leave in the rain
  • umbrella
  • waterproof jacket
12 – Without forgetting
  • insulated water bottle
  • cooler bag (a simple model)
  • dirty laundry bag
  • pocket ashtray

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What to put in a suitcase for 2 weeks? or 3 weeks?

If you are going away for two or three weeks, just follow the above list for one week and add more clothes. Obviously, in two weeks, unless you go to the remote areas, you will always have the opportunity to do one or two washes, and so the quantity of clothes should logically not vary too much.

Your clothes!

Here is, in our opinion, the quantity to carry for 2 weeks of travel. If you have something to do your laundry on site, then you will take less underwear. Of course, if you are a fashion victim and dressing up is equivalent to preparing for a parade, you will leave with a complete dressing room. We’re speaking here to “normal” travelers!

Remember to bring clothes organizers for Bali packing list for 2 weeks:
  • 16 panties / underpants / briefs + 6 bras for women
  • 16 pairs of socks (less if on holiday in sandals and more if you are going in the rain)
  • 4 nightwear
  • 4 to 10 “stockings” (trousers, skirt, shorts, dresses, overalls…)
  • 14 “tops” (t-shirts, tank tops, tunics, shirts…)
  • 4 to 8 chic outfits with matching shoes (only one pair if possible)
  • 2 to 4 sports outfits
  • 2 scarf / sarong, because it is always useful
  • 2 pair of multi-activity shoes

For Bali packing list 2 or 3 weeks, mostly we pack the same amount of clothes when we have to travel light! Because you can was them by yourself. Don’t bother to bring a detergent from your home country, you can find them easily in Bali!

How to choose the right suitcase or luggage?

Choosing the right suitcase is important to ensure you have a smooth and hassle-free travel experience. Here are some considerations when selecting a suitcase for your Bali adventure:


Opt for a suitcase that is suitable for your travel needs. Bali is a popular destination with a range of activities, so you’ll want a suitcase that can accommodate your belongings without being too bulky. A medium-sized suitcase or a large carry-on bag is often sufficient for most travelers.


Look for a suitcase that is sturdy and durable to withstand the rigors of travel. Bali has various terrains and transportation options, so a suitcase made from durable materials like polycarbonate or hard-shell ABS can offer better protection for your belongings.


Bali’s streets can be busy and uneven, so consider a suitcase with smooth-rolling wheels and a retractable handle for easy maneuverability. Four-wheel spinner suitcases are popular for their ability to glide effortlessly in any direction.


Keep in mind the weight restrictions imposed by airlines, especially if you plan to take domestic flights within Indonesia. Opt for a lightweight suitcase to maximize your packing capacity while staying within the weight limits.


Bali offers a range of activities, from beach visits to exploring temples and markets. Choose a suitcase with compartments, pockets, or built-in organizers to keep your belongings neatly organized and easily accessible.


Consider a suitcase with built-in locks or TSA-approved locks for added security. This can help protect your belongings during transit and give you peace of mind while exploring Bali.


Bali is known for its shopping opportunities, so having a suitcase with expandable features can come in handy when you need extra space for souvenirs or additional items on your return journey.


Lastly, consider personalizing your suitcase with tags, stickers, or distinctive colors to make it easily identifiable among other luggage at the airport or hotel.

Remember to check the airline’s baggage restrictions and any specific guidelines before choosing your suitcase. Packing efficiently and only bringing essential items will help you make the most of your suitcase space and leave room for any Bali-inspired purchases you might make during your trip. Safe travels!

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Exploring Bali’s Vibrant Traditional Markets: Address, Opening Hours, and How to Get There

As soon as you arrive, you will surely want to discover the local crafts, since they reflect the culture of Bali! There are many best Bali local markets here, and the curious traveler can stroll among the art markets, fresh produce markets, night markets, and many others. Each market has its own characteristics and deserves to be discovered. If you are looking for affordable and original souvenirs at the end of your stay, we advise you to go to a market dedicated to art, a real gold mine! As for the day markets, they open very early and we advise you to go there even before breakfast. Regarding those at night, they generally begin to set up around 5-6 p.m.

Explore traditional markets like Ubud Art Market or Sukawati Art Market to find unique handicrafts, traditional textiles, and souvenirs. Bargaining is common in these markets, so don’t hesitate to negotiate for the best price.

Bali, known for its rich cultural heritage, offers an enchanting array of traditional markets that are a treasure trove for visitors seeking unique experiences and authentic souvenirs. These bustling marketplaces immerse you in the vibrant local culture, vibrant colors, and enticing aromas of spices, handicrafts, textiles, and fresh produce. From the lively atmosphere to the friendly interactions with local vendors, exploring Bali’s traditional markets is an adventure in itself. In this article, we’ll delve into some of the must-visit traditional markets in Bali, providing you with a glimpse into their offerings, ambiance, and tips for a memorable shopping experience.


The Flea Market

The Flea Market in Seminyak is a vibrant and eclectic marketplace that offers a unique shopping experience for visitors. Located at Jl. Kayu Aya No.19X, Seminyak, Bali, the market is a hub for both locals and tourists seeking a wide range of products.

As you explore The Flea Market, you’ll encounter friendly vendors who are eager to showcase their products. Bargaining is a common practice here, so sharpen your negotiation skills and embrace the lively atmosphere. Engage with the vendors, ask questions, and discover unique finds that suit your taste.


At the Seminyak Flea Market, you’ll find a diverse range of products including clothing, accessories, home decor, handicrafts, souvenirs, vintage items, and local artisan products. From unique clothing pieces to Balinese handicrafts and artwork, the market offers something for everyone. Bargaining with the vendors is common, so be prepared to negotiate for the best prices. Explore the market’s vibrant atmosphere and discover hidden treasures during your visit.

Keep in mind that the Seminyak Flea Market is known for its ever-changing inventory, so each visit may offer different surprises and discoveries. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, interact with the friendly vendors, and immerse yourself in the vibrant shopping experience that the flea market has to offer.

Hours: Daily 09:00–19:00.

Products: Clothing, accessories, local artwork, beachwear, home decor, and unique fashion items.

Address: Kayu Aya Square Oberoi, Jl. Kayu Aya No.17, Seminyak Bali

Seminyak Traditional Market (Pasar seminyak)

Once you arrive at Seminyak Traditional Market, you’ll be greeted by a vibrant atmosphere filled with stalls offering a wide range of products, including handicrafts, clothing, accessories, traditional textiles, souvenirs, and local artwork. Take your time to explore the market, engage with the friendly vendors, and immerse yourself in the local culture.

At Seminyak Traditional Market, you’ll find a vibrant and bustling atmosphere filled with a wide array of products. The market is known for its selection of traditional Balinese handicrafts, textiles, clothing, accessories, and souvenirs. It’s a great place to immerse yourself in the local culture, interact with friendly vendors, and discover unique items to bring back as mementos of your Bali trip.

Remember to embrace your bargaining skills as haggling is a common practice in traditional markets. Negotiating the price can be a fun experience and may lead to great deals on your purchases.

Hours: Daiy 09:00–23:00.

Address: Jl. Gn. Tangkuban Perahu No.13, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonésie


Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Bali’s traditional markets, where local craftsmanship, flavors, and cultural experiences await.

Ubud Art Market (Pasar Seni Ubud)

Located in the heart of Ubud, this iconic market is a haven for art enthusiasts. The Ubud Art Market is a traditional Balinese market, bringing together both tourists and locals. The market is held on several floors and each floor offers very specific products.

For those of you who would be curious to see how the vendors stock up, we suggest you go there very early in the morning to observe the scene. In addition to food, you will also find clothes and works of art.

Here, you’ll discover a wide variety of traditional Balinese arts and crafts, including intricate wood carvings, colorful paintings, handwoven textiles, and exquisite silver jewelry.

Bargaining is a common practice, so hone your negotiating skills and embrace the thrill of finding unique treasures.

Bali market, baskets of palmleaves
Bali market, baskets of palmleaves. Schnobby, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Hours: Daily 10:00–17:00

Easily accessible by taxi or scooter from central Ubud.

Address: Jl. Raya Ubud No.35, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Sukawati Art Market (Pasar Seni Sukawati)

Art lovers, the Sukawati art market awaits you! This is probably the best market for finding Balinese-inspired works. For ladies, there are also jewelry, clothes and accessories. Prices are obviously negotiable, as in all local markets.

This market showcases an extensive collection of handmade batik fabrics, traditional masks, wooden sculptures, and traditional Balinese ceremonial items. Take your time to explore the narrow aisles and uncover hidden gems while engaging with friendly local vendors.

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Taking the time to haggle can be worth it: not only will you reduce your price significantly, but it will also be understood that you know how trade works. What to avoid inflated prices for tourists! We advise you to go there early in the morning: following their times of prayer, the sellers will normally refuse nothing to the first customers, so that they bring them luck for the day! So you are guaranteed to get the best prices.

Hours: Daily 06:00–18:00.

Located approximately 20 minutes from Ubud, accessible by taxi or private car.

Products: Traditional Balinese artwork, woodcarvings, paintings, clothing, and souvenirs.

Address: Jl Raya Sukawati, Sukawati, Kec. Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia

The village of Celuk: for jewelry enthusiasts

It is in the district of Sukawati, Gianyar that the village of Celuk is located. It is known around the world for his high-end gold and silver jewelry.

Along the main road of Jalan Raya Celuk, Bali, a captivating sight awaits visitors as galleries and workshops line up, showcasing the rich artistic heritage of this renowned silver village.

The craftsmen who make them are very skilled with their hands and produce quality items that meet everyone’s desires and budget. Whether you want to offer yourself a ring, a bracelet, or even a necklace, they will be able to satisfy all your needs. In addition, they are able to make you a unique and fully personalized jewel if you have specific requests.

You will be amazed by their attention to detail and their professional rigour. And the most? They are also open to price negotiation! What could be better?


Kuta Art Market

The Kuta market is a traditional market, well known to tourists, since it is possible to buy a multitude of souvenirs of all kinds. You can find absolutely everything there: from T-shirts to traditional sarongs, including wood carvings. Anything that would make your friends or family happy can be found in Kuta Market!

Located in the popular tourist destination of Kuta, this market offers a blend of traditional Balinese handicrafts and modern souvenirs. From hand-carved statues and sarongs to colorful beachwear and accessories, you’ll find an assortment of items that capture the essence of Bali’s vibrant culture. Don’t forget to negotiate prices and compare offerings from different stalls.

Hours: Daily 08:00–22:00.

Situated in the heart of Kuta, within walking distance from popular tourist areas.

Products: Batik clothing, sarongs, handicrafts, souvenirs, and local artworks.

Address: Jl. Kuta art market no.18, Kuta, Bali 80361


Badung Market

The Pasar Badung market is located in Denpasar, it is also the largest in the city. We advise you to get there early enough, meaning by that, before 10:00 am. We also advise you not to come with your best outfit since the ground is partially covered with rubbish of all kinds (fruit and vegetable peelings, etc.). Remember to put on the right shoes.

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Pasar Badung Baru in Denpasar. Christophe95, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A walk in this market is a real experience, a unique opportunity to discover another side of Bali!

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Pasar Badung. Christophe95, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

For an authentic local experience, head to Badung Market in Denpasar. This bustling market is a hub for fresh produce, spices, and local snacks. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere as you navigate through the vibrant stalls filled with tropical fruits, aromatic spices, and traditional Balinese delicacies. Engage in friendly conversations with the vendors and savor the flavors of Bali.

Hours: Daily 5:00–17:00.

Found in Denpasar, the capital city of Bali, reachable by taxi or private car.

Address: Jl. Sulawesi, Dauh Puri Kangin, pasar badung, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80221

Kumbasari Art Market

Located in the heart of Denpasar, Bali, Kumbasari Art Market is a bustling destination that showcases the island’s vibrant arts and handicrafts. As one of the city’s central landmarks, it offers an array of locally crafted products, including traditional paintings, woodcarvings, sculptures, textiles, and jewelry. The market also features everyday items and fresh produce, providing a rich and diverse shopping experience.

Kumbasari Market. Hariadhi, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Whether you’re seeking unique souvenirs or a glimpse into Bali’s artistic heritage, Kumbasari Art Market is a must-visit destination in Denpasar.

Kreneng Night Market – Kreneng Kuliner Malam (Pasar Asoka)

This market located in Denpasar is mainly frequented by locals who go there mainly to buy everything necessary for the religious offerings they make several times a day. As a tourist, you can take the opportunity to taste one of Bali’s specialties, namely Babi Guling (pork meat simmered over a low heat), a delight!

As you enter the Kreneng Night Market, you’ll be greeted by a lively and colorful scene. The market is popular among locals and tourists alike, offering a wide range of street food stalls and vendors selling various goods.

To make the most of your visit, we recommend arriving with an empty stomach and a sense of culinary curiosity. Take your time to explore the different food stalls, try new dishes, and savor the unique flavors that Bali has to offer. Don’t hesitate to strike up conversations with the vendors, who are often happy to share their stories and recommendations.

Hours: Daily 19:15–02:30.

Adresse :Jl. Rampai No.1, Dangin Puri Kangin, Kec. Denpasar, Bali 80236.

Bird Market Sanglah (Pasar Burung Sanglah)

This market is particularly intriguing for tourists. It is a bird market initially, but there are also hundreds of other small animals for sale. This can range from rabbits, to turtles, to guinea pigs and sometimes there are even monkeys. Nevertheless, the market remains specialized in tropical birds and you will be able to buy a pretty colorful cage on the spot. Be careful though, as we mentioned in our Discovery Week n°5 report, acquiring a tropical bird at the market encourages poaching.

Exploring this market is an immersive experience that allows you to observe and learn about Bali’s wildlife trade. As you stroll through the bustling aisles, take in the sights, sounds, and even the occasional touch of nature. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and gain insights into the intricate relationship between culture, commerce, and conservation.

Canggu Sunday Market

Address: Jalan Batu Bolong, Canggu, Bali
Opening Hours: Every Sunday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Products: Organic produce, local snacks, handmade crafts, jewelry, and sustainable fashion.

Sanur Night Market

The Sanur night market is perhaps the best on the list from a taste point of view, since the warungs are numerous there, leaving behind the stalls of fruits, vegetables and fish. The market is also frequented by many locals.

It can be fun to go there by challenging yourself to identify what are the typical and traditional dishes of Bali. When choosing your own meal, we advise you to opt for something hot and freshly cooked before your eyes, to avoid the bad experience of food exposed for hours on the stalls.

This way, you can witness the preparation process and savor the flavors at their peak. It’s advisable to avoid food that has been exposed on the stalls for extended periods, as it may not guarantee the same level of freshness.

Engage in conversations with the friendly vendors, who are often eager to share their culinary secrets and recommendations.

Hours: Daily 16:00–22:00.

Conveniently located in Sanur, accessible by taxi or rental scooter.

Products: Street food, fresh produce, spices, snacks, textiles, and handmade crafts.


Pasar Sindhu Night Market

As the sun sets, Pasar Sindhu Night Market comes alive with an array of mouthwatering street food stalls. Located in Sanur, this market is a haven for food lovers seeking authentic Balinese cuisine. Indulge in sate lilit (grilled minced seafood or meat on skewers), nasi campur (mixed rice dish), and babi guling (roast suckling pig) while enjoying the vibrant ambiance of the night market.

Exploring Bali’s traditional markets is not just about shopping; it’s an immersive cultural experience that allows you to connect with the local traditions, flavors, and craftsmanship. Remember to embrace the spirit of haggling, respect the local customs, and savor every moment of your market adventures in Bali.

Please note that the opening hours may vary, so it’s recommended to double-check before your visit.


Amlapura market

The Almapura market is located in a less touristy part of the island: enough to get closer to the daily life of the Balinese and is located about thirty minutes from the city center.

The Amlapura market is located in Candidasa and has the particularity of offering a wide choice of fruits and vegetables, as well as clothing. The market is mainly frequented by locals, which explains why there are few souvenir products. There is also a small hardware store and everything you need to prepare offerings.

Better to go there in the morning, when the animation is at its strongest; the road to Amlapura can give the opportunity for many stops in the charming villages – do not hesitate to take your time to get there. This market is frequented by locals and offers a wide selection of fruits and vegetables. Clothes are also on sale. It obviously deserves the trip: it is one of the most important in the region.

Address: Jalan Diponegoro (in the eastern part of the avenue)
Hours: open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The night market starts from 5:00 p.m.

Tips to make the most of your market experience

Here are a few insider tips to make the most of your market experience

  • Arrive early to avoid crowds and have more bargaining power.
  • Bring small notes and change for convenience during transactions.
  • Explore the entire market before making a purchase to compare prices and quality.
  • Engage with the local vendors, learn about their products, and embrace the cultural exchange.

Bali markets are not just places to shop; they are vibrant cultural hubs where you can immerse yourself in the local way of life. So, grab your tote bag, put on your bargaining hat, and get ready to explore the bustling markets of Bali!

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Discover the Enigmatic Beauty of Gunung Kawi Temple: A Spiritual Journey in Bali

Gunung Kawi Temple, nestled in the lush greenery of Bali, is a captivating ancient temple complex that attracts visitors from around the world. This hidden gem offers a glimpse into Bali’s rich cultural and spiritual heritage. In this article, we will delve into the enchanting history, significance, and awe-inspiring features of Gunung Kawi Temple.

Exploring Gunung Kawi Temple is a captivating journey through ancient history, where visitors traverse rice fields to encounter hidden hermitage niches and partially completed temples. The site’s mystical ambiance, breathtaking carvings, and riverfront setting create an unforgettable experience, transporting visitors to a bygone era of Balinese culture and spirituality.

Sacred Serenity, Gunung Kawi Temple in Bali
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Unveiling the History

Gunung Kawi Temple, also known as the Mountain of Poetry, dates back to the 11th century during the reign of King Anak Wungsu.

The construction of the temple is said to have started around the year 1080 by King Anak Wungsu, who then wished to honor his father Udayana and his wives. The temple complex showcases intricate rock-cut shrines and monuments, reflecting the architectural style of the era.

This temple is an enchanting 11th-century temple and funerary complex nestled in the village of Tampaksiring, Bali. This protected archaeological site spans both banks of the Pakerisan River, captivating visitors with its unique location carved into the rock cliffside.Legend has it that Gunung Kawi Temple got its name from the combination of “Gunung” meaning “mountain” and “Kawi” referring to “sculpture,” signifying a temple carved on a mountain. Built during the reign of King Udayana and continued until the rule of Anak Wungsu, it holds great historical significance within Bali’s Warmadewa dynasty.

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Tranquil Retreat, Gunung Kawi Temple Experience. User: Pinterpandai.com, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Sacred Surroundings, In the middle of lush nature

The sanctuaries, divided into three distinct sections on the site, seem lost in the middle of an impressive tropical nature.

In addition to the green vegetation, and as often in Balinese temples, water plays a key role here. The temple is indeed built around the Pakerisan River, and an ingenious system of pipes seems to have been built to irrigate the candis.

By crossing them, according to local beliefs, the water would then become imbued with the powers of the gods who have established their residence here. The Pakerisan River is thus given an eminently sacred character, to which it is difficult to remain insensitive during the discovery of the place.

Nestled amidst the picturesque Tampaksiring region, Gunung Kawi Temple is enveloped by lush rice terraces and verdant river valleys. The serene ambiance and natural beauty of the surroundings create a mystical and peaceful atmosphere, perfect for spiritual contemplation and tranquility.

Sacred River

The temple complex is located near the sacred Pakerisan River, which is believed to hold spiritual significance in Balinese Hinduism. The sound of flowing water and the presence of the river contribute to the overall spiritual ambiance of the temple.

History and Nature, Gunung Kawi Temple in Bali
History and Nature, Gunung Kawi Temple in Bali. Pinterpandai.com, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Sacred Springs

Within the temple complex, there are several sacred springs known as “Tirta,” which are believed to possess holy water with purifying properties. Visitors can witness the ritual bathing and cleansing ceremonies conducted by devotees at these springs.

Ritual Offerings

The temple is adorned with colorful offerings that are placed by Balinese Hindus as part of their daily rituals. These offerings, consisting of flowers, fruits, and incense, are considered offerings to the deities and ancestors, creating a sacred and reverential atmosphere.

Meditation and Contemplation

The peaceful surroundings of Gunung Kawi Temple make it an ideal place for meditation and contemplation. Visitors can find quiet spots within the temple complex to sit, reflect, and connect with their inner selves.

Spiritual Practices

Gunung Kawi Temple is frequented by Balinese Hindus for various spiritual practices, including prayer, meditation, and rituals. Witnessing these practices provides a deeper understanding of the spiritual traditions and customs of the Balinese people.

Journey to the Past, Gunung Kawi Temple, Bali
Journey to the Past, Gunung Kawi Temple, Bali. www.Pinterpandai.comUser: Pinterpandai.com, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Architectural Marvels

The temple complex comprises ten rock-cut shrines, known as candi, carved into the cliff face. These massive structures, measuring up to 7 meters (around 23 ft) in height, are dedicated to the King and his family members. The intricate carvings and detailed ornamentation showcase the artistic prowess of ancient Balinese craftsmen.

The temple features a remarkable 315 rock steps that descend alongside stone walls, leading visitors to its impressive reliefs adorning the cliff face. Upon arrival, two distinct temple groups await. The first group, situated west of the river, comprises four sanctuaries, a fountain, and a bathing pond, believed to be the resting place of minor queens or concubines. Adjacent to it is a vihara, likely housing caretakers of the tombs.

The Beauty of Gunung Kawi Temple in Bali
The Beauty of Gunung Kawi Temple in Bali. www.Pinterpandai.comUser: Pinterpandai.com, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

On the eastern side, the second group mesmerizes with its five meticulously carved sanctuaries arranged in curved spaces. These temples, strategically positioned within a basin, safeguard them from erosion. Speculations suggest they are dedicated to King Udayana, Queen Mahendradatta, and their sons Airlangga, Anak Wungsu, and Marakata. Notably, the leftmost temple is believed to honor Anak Wungsu.

While no human remains have been discovered within the candi, inscriptions on the false doors provide tantalizing hints of names or titles associated with the tombs. Additionally, the complex boasts the Geria Pedanda, a hermitage known as the “tenth tomb,” likely the burial site of a high-ranking official.

Ancient Beauty, Gunung Kawi Temple in Bali
Ancient Beauty, Gunung Kawi Temple in Bali. www.Pinterpandai.comPinterpandai.com, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Spiritual Significance

Gunung Kawi Temple holds great spiritual importance for the Balinese people. It is believed that the shrines house the divine energy and essence of the deified souls they represent. Visitors can witness locals engaging in prayer, rituals, and offerings, immersing themselves in the spiritual energy of the temple.

Gunung Kawi Temple holds immense spiritual significance for the Balinese people. This ancient temple complex is revered as a sacred site where devotees can connect with the divine and seek blessings. The spiritual aura of Gunung Kawi Temple is palpable, drawing visitors into a realm of tranquility and reverence.

Gunung Kawi Temple, a Spiritual Haven in Bali
Gunung Kawi Temple, a Spiritual Haven in Bali. Pinterpandai.com, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The temple enshrines the divine essence of the deified souls it represents. The cliff face features ten rock-cut shrines, known as candi, which are considered sacred abodes of ancient kings, queens, and their consorts.

Balinese Hindus visit the temple to pay homage to these deities and seek their blessings for various aspects of life, including health, prosperity, and spiritual guidance.

Visiting Gunung Kawi Temple offers a unique opportunity to witness devotees engaging in age-old rituals and ceremonies. Balinese Hindus come here to make offerings of colorful flowers, fruits, and incense, expressing their devotion and gratitude. The rhythmic chants and prayers that fill the air create an atmosphere of spiritual energy and devotion.

Exploring Gunung Kawi Temple, Bali’s Rich Heritage
Exploring Gunung Kawi Temple, Bali’s Rich Heritage. Pinterpandai.com, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Temple complex

The temple complex itself is designed to facilitate spiritual connection. The serene surroundings, lush greenery, and the sound of flowing water from the nearby river contribute to the peaceful ambiance. Many visitors find solace in meditating or reflecting in the presence of these ancient stone structures, allowing themselves to be immersed in the spiritual energy that permeates the site.

For those seeking a deeper spiritual experience, it is recommended to engage with knowledgeable local guides who can provide insights into the temple’s history, mythology, and rituals. They can help visitors understand the significance of the temple’s architecture, carvings, and symbolism, enhancing the spiritual journey.

Exploring the Temple Complex, how to get there?

The temple is located in a small valley below the road by which it is accessed, lost in the middle of lush vegetation, and you must first descend a long staircase of irregular stone steps to reach the site.

Along the way, you can soak in the breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscapes. The journey to the temple is an adventure in itself, adding to the allure of the experience.


While exact travel times may vary depending on traffic conditions and the chosen mode of transportation, here are approximate route times (in minutes) from Gunung Kawi Temple in Bali to the following destinations:

  • Sanur: Approximately 1 hour
  • Kuta: Approximately 1.5 hours
  • Legian: Approximately 1.5 hours
  • Seminyak: Approximately 1.5 hours
  • Canggu: Approximately 2 hours
  • Ubud: Approximately 1 hour
  • Uluwatu: Approximately 2 hours
  • Amed: Approximately 2.5 hours
  • Munduk: Approximately 2.5 hours

Please note that these times are estimates and can be subject to change. It’s advisable to consider traffic conditions and plan your journey accordingly.

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Cultural Insights

Visiting Gunung Kawi Temple offers a wonderful opportunity to learn about Balinese culture and traditions. Engage with local guides who can share fascinating stories, legends, and rituals associated with the temple. Take part in a cleansing ritual at the holy spring nearby or witness a traditional Balinese dance performance in the temple’s vicinity.

The temple showcases Balinese architectural style and serves as a venue for important religious ceremonies and festivals. Gunung Kawi Temple is a symbol of Bali’s cultural heritage and a must-visit for those seeking cultural insights.

Tranquil Retreat, Gunung Kawi Temple Experience
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Useful information

Opening Hours: The temple is open daily from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Address: Banjar Penaka, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia
Admission: IDR 15,000 / person
Access: The road is in good condition, so you can easily reach the temple by car or scooter.
Dress Code: As with any temple in Bali, it is respectful to dress modestly. Ensure your shoulders and knees are covered when visiting Gunung Kawi Temple. Read also: Useful Tips for Visiting Temples in Bali

Remember to carry drinking water, wear comfortable shoes, and be prepared for some stair climbing as you explore the temple complex. Also, be mindful of the rules and regulations in the temple premises to maintain the sanctity of the site.

Exploring Gunung Kawi, Bali’s Timeless Temple
Exploring Gunung Kawi, Bali’s Timeless Temple. www.Pinterpandai.comUser: Pinterpandai.com, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons


Gunung Kawi Temple in Bali is a mesmerizing destination that combines history, spirituality, and natural beauty. It is a must-visit for those seeking an authentic cultural experience and a deeper understanding of Bali’s ancient traditions. Immerse yourself in the mystical ambiance, marvel at the architectural marvels, and let the spiritual energy of the temple guide you on a profound journey of exploration and discovery.

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