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Bali Travel Guide

  • Colorful boats in Bali Photo credit: Agness & Cez
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  • Famous landmark in Bali
  • The gorgeous Bali countryside
  • Bali at sun set
  • Colorful boats in Bali Photo credit: Agness & Cez
  • Peace and happiness for the whole family Photo credit: Agness & Cez
  • Traditional food in Bali Photo credit: Agness & Cez

Bali Experts

Area Tips

Paula McInerney

Head down to Seminyak Beach, pick a colorful bean bag at one of the many beachside bars and settle in for some fun. It doesn't matter which bar you choose as they all follow a similar system. Order a Bintang Beer, the local brew, and settle in to watch the sunset. There will be music playing as you watch the sun slowly set. Hawkers will come and beg you to have your feet or shoulders massaged. Others will offer to sell you anything and everything. On your first day, you should get this massag...

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Food

Paula McInerney

Bali is home to poo coffee of Kopi Luwak. This is made from the excrement of the civet animal and is considered to be the world's most expensive coffee. It originated in Sumatra, Indonesia where the civet roams and eats cherries. As the civet cannot digest the seed, this is excreted and becomes the coffee bean....

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Area Tips

Mumun and Vira

Being a local, there are few tips that we can recommend to those that plan to visit. Avoid the Kuta beach area if you’re not into the crowded scene, especially during the weekends. It’s still a great place for a lively nightlife and meeting fellow travelers. However, we’re just saying it’s overcrowded and there heaps more places you could visit. People from New York might not want to fly all the way to Bali just to meet the circumstances with additional sand and coconu...

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Area Tips - Ubud

Agata Filiana

After being popularized by the movie Eat, Pray, Love, Ubud became a busy place. Nevertheless, it is still one of my favorite places to find peace and quiet in the island of Bali. Serenity could easily be found in its lush green rice paddies, locals are easy to chat to and whether you prefer walking through the paddies or biking, it is the perfect way to see the calm way of life in Ubud. Take one of the small aisles in Ubud and in no time you will find many paths to trek betwee...

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Area Tips

Pris and Eve

"Thinking about traveling to Bali? We believe that adventure lies in the pursuit of living your life to the fullest. So, stop thinking; Just go! Here’s some of our latest insider must-do’s to enjoy the good island life.
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Food

Andy Kazeniac

"Nasi goreng is a fried rice dish, often served with an egg and a wafer-like cracker that can be found almost everywhere, and is so good it should be eaten every time you see it. Nasi campur is another common dish that features white rice and small portions of a few other sides, including vegetables, meats, fish, and eggs."

Adventure

Andy Kazeniac

"Kuta beach is the perfect place to learn to surf. There is a regular beach break the creates adequate, but not overwhelming waves only a short ways out into the ocean. The break is over soft sand, so even with all the falling you're bound to do, it's usually an easy landing. There are plenty of surf shops in the area and cheap lessons are available throughout the day. Many people are out there learning, so you won't be the only one flailing, and despite the popularity of the ...

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Neighborhoods

Andy Kazeniac

"The atmosphere is very laid back and not just for the tourists; even the locals have a just-go-with-it vibe. There are nuances for the varying locations around Bali though.

Kuta is the main tourist location and it shows, with souvenir shops and more commercialized areas that give it an almost Caribbean vibe. It's always lively there and the world class beach makes it worth dealing with the crowds, even if you're looking for a more relaxed experience.
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Food

Dany K.

"One of the most amazing restaurants I have ever been to - hard to get a table though it could be booked out - it's worth trying though!! http://mamasanbali.com."

Neighborhoods

Dany K

Seminyak is amazing for shopping, food and culture. You will be immersed in a luxury lifestyle with the cost effective price tag.

Nightlife

Dany K

"Awesome place/bar/restaurant with a pool to swim in overlooking the water really worth going: "http://www.ptthead.com."
You should also go to: "http://www.kudeta.net/."

Adventure

Dany K

"Travel to Ubud to ride on an elephant! Or go white water rafting!"

Arts & Music

Dany K

"If you are looking for a club scene then Kuta is the place, however for more relaxed you should visit potato head or KuDeTa."

Shopping

Dany K

"You can find many great shops in Semeniyak and it's great cost with some really chic and cutting edge fashions."

Area Tips

Agness & Cez

"One of the most exciting and memorable moments from Bali is Bali’s Temple Hopping experience. Bali consists of more than 20,000 different and yet unique puras (Indonesian word for a “temple”). The Temple Hopping can be one of the best Bali experiences during your travels.
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Food

Agness & Cez

"Balinese street food is very affordable as long as you stay away from Western restaurants and food stalls located in a busy city center. In order to eat on the cheap, you have to eat what locals eat and visit small, rather bad-looking “kitchen-outside” local restaurants where all the cheapest and most delicious dishes are served. For example, an Indonesian noodle soup with chunks of pork and chopped veggies will cost you around IDR7.000 ($0.62), a cup of black tea is IDR2...

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Food

Josef

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"There are so many world class restaurants in Bali offering delicious foods from all over the world in some of the most romantic settings, but you cannot go pass the local Warungs (Indonesian restaurants) where you can eat spicy local dishes for a very small amount of money. My favourite being the Balinese vegetarian food."

Neighborhoods

Josef

"Bali is so diverse regionally with the main tourist area in the South with the highest concentration of people. Villages are identified by what they produce, such as gold smiths of Mas and the silver jewelery makers of Celak to the wood carvers of the north in Telleganngang or the artist's of the Ubud region. Traditions have been handed down from generation to generation, and all done with so much harmony with their gods."

Family

Josef

"If you have young children the waterbom park is a must, or the safari park. Learn to surf, ride a bike, or take on the rapids in the rivers. It’s all a lot of laughter and fun."

Adventure

Josef

"From doing nothing to doing everything, Bali has created a holiday mecca that caters to all tastes. There’s shopping, eating, and spas. Or, take on an adventure activity: trek through the rice paddies, ride a bike down the mountain, or explore an active volcano."

Arts & Music

Josef

"Some of the world’s best DJs play in Bali. Entertainment is nonstop and there is always a party happening in some of the most amazing places. Try the Rock Bar or just chill with a Jazz night in a romantic restaurant. Gallery openings and major exhibitions are also shown at many of the larger hotels."

Food

Annie

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Neighborhoods

Annie

"The now designated tourist village of Tarukan Mas Ubud was first made famous by the artist Walter Spiers and has been the artistic and cultural hub of the area. With the famous temple of Pura Taman Pule, it is the heart of world acclaimed wood carvers, Gamelan and dance groups, and mask and puppet performers."

Nightlife

Annie

"Tarukan Mas has night activities at the local village level or you can try a cocktail at D'Star. Stay like a local and rise early and go to bed early for a restful and relaxing holiday."

Family

Annie

"Take walking trips in the rice field (Sawa), swim under a local waterfall, shop at Sukawati market for clothes and holiday souvenirs, or relax around the pool and bale at Angel Villa Mas. Visit the Bali zoo for a family filled adventure day with elephant rides!"

Adventure

Annie

"There’s white water rafting, elephant rides at the Bali zoo, surfing at the local break at Keremas which is equipped with lights for night surfing. Or, plan your own adventure of fishing, diving or trekking with the help of a trusted guide from Angel Villa."

Arts & Music

Annie

"Regular gamelan and dance performances as well as mask and puppet shows abound in the tourist village of Tarukan Mas Ubud. There seems to always be a Balinese festival and ceremony happening in Mas which will show you the real Balinese culture in action, not staged for the tourist."

Family

Margaret Styles

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Nightlife

Agung Rai

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"Ubud is not renowned for its nightlife, but there are a few nightclubs and live music venues like the CP Lounge, Laughing Buddha, and Jazz Cafe. For a cultural event definitely try the Kecak event in Jalan Sriwedari."

Arts & Music

Agung Rai

"In Ubud the choices are huge. I suggest ARMA, Antonio Blanco and Saraswati for art museums. There are many dance and music events with the most popular being the Kecak and Fire Dance events. Many of these are located in the centre of Ubud."

Neighborhoods

Kevin

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Adventure

Kevin

"The park called "Trees" operates in a forest park about an hour drive north of Ubud. This is a series of cables strung high in the trees, taking the visitor through a series of obstacles and challenges. The courses are divided by difficulty, ranging from "Green" for small children and a few feet off the ground with simple challenges, all the way up to "Black" set some 70 feet off the ground and offering some daunting and courage-testing obstacles. The equipment is good, and t...

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Food

Bruce McGregor

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Nightlife

Bruce McGregor

"Nightlife in Bali covers a very wide range. For first-time visitors, the exhibitions of Balinese dance and drama are a must, and they are offered almost nightly at various temples and exhibition centers. For the younger, energetic crowd, salsa dancing has become very popular and both lessons and hard-to-sit-still-to music can be found in the more populated areas. For the less-known activities, such as live music venues, "quiz nights", poetic readings, etc. check the interne...

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Adventure

Bruce McGregor

"Rafting trips down the Agung River in Sayan is a very popular and exciting addition to any visit to Bali. Also, less well known, one can join a group with whom you are ferried up to one of the volcanoes, assigned a bicycle, and then ride the gentle slopes downward to Ubud stopping to enjoy local cuisine and witness local village life along the way."

Adventure

Imelda Marannu

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"Echo beach, Brawa beach, and Batu bolong beach are well known as places with challenging surfboarding."

Family

Barry Walker

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"You can take day trips to Lembongan and the Waterbomb park at Kuta. Both the Bird Park and Safari Park are also worth a visit."

Food

Eric Leonardi

Everybody loves Seminyak right -- from the hip and chic shopping jaunt and fancy restaurants down to the beautiful spa places and contemporary painting galleries that adorn some of the popular streets in the area like Petitenget and Raya Seminyak. Life can be pretty for those who have saved much for their holiday. But what if we only have a few days left on the island and still want to dine like the locals in Seminyak?...

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Bali Virtual Tour

About Bali

The island of Bali is a small but magical place, and is considered one of the most visitor-friendly islands in all of Indonesia. Come here to experience Balinese cultural treasures in the form of dances and temple rituals. Hike through the misty volcanic mountains, relax on a winding strip of white sand beach, or explore the villages of Amed, Pemuteran, and Lovina. Travel through the rice paddies to see farmers engaged in traditional work. Be sure to explore the natural wonders of this extraordinary place including the flowering frangipani tree, the Balinese tiger, and more species of exotic birds and sea creatures than you can imagine. For a relaxed or family friendly vacation, visit the water parks, go surfing in the crystal blue ocean, and make the most of Bali's exciting nightlife. Some of the restaurants here may even inspire you to take an Indonesian cooking class so you can take some of the unforgettable flavors of the island home with you.

Here are a few additional suggestions of things to do in Bali:

  • Take a bicycle tour: Take an ecological adventure or cultural tour by bicycle. This is a great way to see Bali off the beaten path.
  • Take a charter tour: Visit historic sites and important cultural icons around the island with an experienced guide.
  • Go scuba diving: Take a diving adventure off the east coast of Bali and witness a huge variety of brilliant undersea life.
  • Go horseback riding: Explore the beaches, the village, and the rice paddy fields by horseback.
  • Visit the Bali Safari and Marine Park: Located just south of Gianyar, the Bali Safari, and Marine Park actively assists research and conservation efforts to protect the endangered and threatened animals of Indonesia. Come here to see more than 80 species of protected wildlife, including tigers, orangutans, cockatoos, and elephants.
  • Waterbom: Visit this spectacular waterpark. It's a great way to spend the day if you're traveling with children.

Find a vacation rental or affordable apartment for your stay in any of the laid back beach towns close to the eastern shoreline. You can also book a condo rental close to the creative heart of Ubud, or an elegant villa along a romantic, secluded part of the coast.