Nearly 85% of Bali's visitors stay in southern Bali, home of its
fabled beaches. We certainly recommend the relaxing release of
Bali's sand and surf, but Ubud is its cultural and artistic
Situated in one of the most beautiful natural settings in
Indonesia, its rice terraces, flowing water and the soothing sound
of bamboo music create an ambiance that is distinctively
From Ubud visit the surrounding mask-making
village of Mas, the artists in Pengosekan, and view fabulous
traditional dance performances. Hike through rice fields on paths
radiating out of Ubud and raft the holy Ayung River. Many of Bali's
other attractions are a day-trip from Ubud.
It's beach Babylon on legendary Kuta Beach, but it
also has a good shopping district with art and artifacts, and
exciting nightlife. Cliff-top Ulu Watu temple and fabled Tanah Lot
are not to be missed. Easily accessible Denpasar Museum can be
visited for its fine collection of art and artifacts.
Discover pre-Hindu villages, the Tirta Gangga baths
built in the 1940s by a raja, and double ikat (an
intricate local weaving style) textiles. Enjoy hiking and
North Coast & Western Bali
This seldom-visited area of Bali hosts black-sand
beaches, national parks and snorkeling amongst reefs, walls and
soft coral-encrusted boulders.
Enjoy a cool mountain climate, dramatic volcanoes
and rural life. Lake Batur is a crater lake and a great stop, and
Besakih-the most holy temple complex on the island-is a must.