Bali, known as the island of Gods or Mama Bali, has a special place in many people’s hearts. Some go there for merely a holiday, some for a spiritual journey and some for it’s surrounding islands. Whatever the reason, if you look deep enough – Bali has a never-ending list of areas to explore, no matter what journey you are on.
Here are 5 Must-Visit Areas in Bali – based on a general visit aka something for everyone.
Known as the landscape of green rainforest and volcanic lakes, Kintamani Region is a great escape into the more wild side of the island. This is where you can set your eyes on the mind-blowing Mount Batur or do a sunrise trek (100% recommended) to the very top of it, with the sight of clouds and the beautiful Lake Batur right beneath.
The area is surrounded by many small villages, great for experiencing the local life and culture, there are also many opportunities to buy locally, handmade souvenirs. Pura Puncak Penulisan, which is Bali’s oldest Hindu temple, is also located in the area and is worth a visit.
If somehow the above doesn’t sound enough, you can find yourself soaking in the volcanic hot springs, enjoying the mouth-dropping scenery too.
Ubud is a special place for many, including myself. Depending on what intentions you are visiting the island with, will influence your reaction to this place hugely.
Firstly, keep in mind that there are many places to stay right outside of Ubud that will make you question, whether you’re in heaven or still in real life. Find yourself surrounded by coconut and papaya trees, endless views of rice paddies and some of the most beautiful accommodation. You don’t need to stay right in the center, and I actually recommend not to do so. What I do recommend however is getting a scooter, as it will add so much freedom to your visit and allow you to explore endlessly!
Food is also a massive part of Ubud, wherever you go – you will find a great place to eat. From Warungs – traditional Balinese restaurants to extraordinarily healthy and conscious food options. One thing is for sure, Ubud will not keep you hungry, and at the same time, you’ll feel the healthiest you have in a while!
There are also many temples around (as in the whole of the island) that can be visited and definitely remembered, each for a different reason. Last but definitely not least – Ubud is home to the famous Tegalalang Rice Terraces, which are featured in pretty much every guide!
If you have looked into Bali at all, Uluwatu has most definitely made it’s way to your bucket list for it’s famous Uluwatu Temple. Set on the edge of the cliffs, right above the stunning turquoise waters crashing against the rocks below. And when visiting around sunset will make the experience even more unforgettable, especially when experiencing the traditional Kecak fire dance.
Uluwatu, however, has many other reasons why this area is a must visit – it’s beaches for one, known as the most beautiful beaches in Bali! Some of the famous surfing spots are Bingin Beach, Padang Padang and Thomas Beach. You can also catch the stunning sunset at a famous place called Single Fin, which sits right above the Saluban Beach.
Uluwatu is also well known for its brilliant cafes with healthy and beautifully looking foods such as the well-known smoothie balls and so much more.
South Bali Beaches
First, stop for many when visiting Bali is Kuta. It’s right next to the airport, shopping malls, a variety of restaurants and a beach with huge waves. It’s very famous among surfers and especially people that want to develop their skills.
However, it’s also a place that many dislike due to many reasons, saying that there are other beaches in the south to be known just as good or better and much less likely to be as crazy Kuta itself. Including Tuban, Legian, and Seminyak.
Known as the ‘Mother temple’ Basakih is the largest temple complex in Bali, located in the eastern part of Bali. Also known as Pura Agung Besakih, this is the most important and the holiest temple of all, on the island. It comprises of around 85 temples including what’s known as the Great Temple of State.
Besakih temple sits 1,000 metres up on Mount Agung’s slopes and shockingly survived the catastrophic volcanic eruption in 1963. The scenery surrounding the temple is breathtaking, from rice paddies, streams, hills and mountains.