Bali is like a paradise for most travelers and adventurer where they can indulge themselves with the beauty of the island. This famous Island of Gods offers is a mix of culture, landscapes, people, and of course, food that produce a unique destination. There many cities to visit in Bali with each different uniqueness that a week won’t be enough to explore them all.
Whether you want to spurs your adrenaline or break free from the busy life of the city or enjoy the sunset, Bali will never fail to leave you with a memorable trip. For those who want to explore Bali, here is the list of cities to visit in Bali worth your time and money.
Cities to Visit in Bali:
|Top Cities in Bali|
|1. Denpasar||7. Nusa Islands||13. Amed|
|2. Ubud||8. Nusa Dua||14. Kintamani|
|3. Munduk||9. Tabanan||15. Gianyar|
|4. Kuta||10. Legian||16. Tulamben|
|5. Seminyak||11. Jimbaran||17. Kerobokan|
|6. Canggu||12. Uluwatu|
Denpasar is the capital city of the island of Bali known as the best tourist destination and popular in Indonesia and the world. As the capital of Bali, the city consists of urban areas that are densely populated, busy and very crowded. Behind all the hustle and bustle of the capital city, Denpasar offers a variety of tourist attractions, such as shopping areas, culinary tourism, and festivals.
Compared to the tourist attractions in the south of Bali, Denpasar does not offer many tourist attractions. However, there are several icons of tourist attractions that Denpasar has, such as the Bali Museum, Bajra Sandhi monument, Jagatnatha Temple and the most famous one is Sanur Beach.
Nowadays, this capital city of Bali has a tourist attraction located in the area of Serangan Island. Interesting tourist attractions in Serangan island are green turtles captivity and Sakenan Temple. The breeding of green turtles in Serangan is similar to those on the Turtle Island of Tanjung Benoa. In addition, water sports activities are now available on the island of Serangan like the Tanjung Benoa watersport activities
Ubud Bali is a tourist area in Bali that should not be missed. It consists of hills, rice fields, and pristine forests. The other most famous thing in Ubud is the art. Tourists can visit art galleries in Ubud, enjoy beautiful paintings or even buy them. At night, performing arts, such as Balinese music and dance are available in every corner of the village. Ubud also has many Hindu temples with unique architecture. There are also historical heritage areas like Goa Gajah and Gunung Kawi.
The main natural attraction in Ubud is the tropical rain forests inhabited by long-tailed macaques and terraced rice fields. Adventure is another activity that is offered by Ubud. Visitors can do at Ayung River or riding ATVs in rural areas.
Munduk is a village in North Bali which is part of the Banjar District, Buleleng Regency. It is famous for its natural beauty where there are several tourist attractions such as Tamblingan lake, Melanting waterfall, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple.
This tourist area is more famous among foreign visitors, such as from France, Italy or Germany. Even the famous musician David Bowie and his wife also came to Munduk. Munduk does have an appeal to artists to retreat and create work. Among those artists are the famous Indonesian painter Eddie Hara, Teguh Ostentrik and Dutch painter Mella Jarsma.
This village is suitable for those of you who want to avoid the hustle and bustle and noise of the city and wish to breathe the clean air also enjoy various tourist attractions. Aside from its natural tourist attractions, Munduk offers other activities, such as trekking to clove and coffee, cooking class, and also visiting traditional markets in the village of Munduk, which sells fresh produce.
Kuta that is situated in the south of Bali and only takes 15 minutes drive from the airport is the entertainment epicenter in Bali. It was the first area of the island that was opened to tourists and continues to grow today. Kuta is the home to cheap cafes, shopping, busy streets, and surf shops and is popular for its party environment. Kuta is only for certain people, but travelers often make their first stop here to enjoy the long, easy waves or enjoy the limitless entertainment.
Kuta is not the most captivating place in Bali, but it is almost a must if you visit the island as it is quite near to the airport and has much to offer.
The city is full of good hotels for all variety of budgets; an incredible range of spas, from the most expensive to the affordable one, fine restaurants, lively nightlife, and incredible shopping.
Indeed that the beach here is not the best as it is full of people and a bit dirty, but the waves are great, making it a perfect place for those who enjoy surfing. Just like Seminyak, Kuta is a good place for surfing, partying dan some non-Balinese activities. The best thing to see in Kuta is the Kuta Beach, Waterboom Bali, Dream Museum Zone, Kuta Theater and Armada Flow House where you can practice.
Seminyak, which is located in the south part of Bali and takes only 30 minutes to drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport, is known as Bali’s most high-end area. Top-notch hotels and luxurious Beach resorts line up on the white-sand beach. Along with the hotels and resorts, there are many cafes, restaurants, bars, shops, home stores, and boutiques owned by expats who built their homes in the area. In Seminyak is the place for you to spend most of your holiday shopping, enjoying the numerous spas, sunsets on the beach, surfing and partying as it is ideal for shopping, nightlife, dining, surfing, and enjoying beaches. The most recommended tour in Seminyak is enjoying a package of a traditional Balinese Spa.
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Canggu, which is located on the south coast of Bali and takes 45-minutes driving from the airport, is a promising tourist area that still hasn’t completely turned into the expensive areas of Seminyak. Villas and Beach clubs have filled the area currently and the three main streets are packed with cafés in Australian-style. For many foreigners, Canggu is the place they call home. Here visitors can enjoy surfing, relaxing, and practicing yoga as the place is perfect for such activities.
Things that you can do in Canggu are watching the sunset, taking surfing lessons, eating in the cafes, visiting the Love Anchor Market and the Tanah Lot Temple. To explore Canggu, you can ride along the beach and also rice fields to witness some of the beauty of the scenery around Canggu.
7. Nusa Islands
Nusa Islands consists of three small islands to the southeast of the island of Bali which is part of the Klungkung district. The islands include Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan which is separate from the main island of Bali by the Badung Strait.
Nusa Lembongan is a small island located southeast of the island of Bali and adjacent to Nusa Ceningan. Nusa Lembongan is surrounded by coral reefs and white sand beaches and limestone cliffs and towering corals. It is separated from Nusa Ceningan by the shallow Muara canal which is difficult to pass by the boat when the sea recedes. The yellow bridge is the only thing that connects Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan which is the only traffic lanes for pedestrians and motorbikes.
The hills and limestone are the conditions of the land in Nusa Penida. One of the highest hill mountains here is Puncak Mundia. Central tourist destinations on Nusa Penida are located in the western part of Nusa Penida, such as the famous Klingking Beach and Broken Beach.
Nusa Ceningan Island is the smallest island among the Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida because it covers only about 300 hectares, with a maximum length of 3.7 kilometers and 1.5 meters wide. The famous tourist spot in Ceningan is the Blue Lagoon Cliff, which is only about 20 minutes from the yellow bridge crossing bridge. This place presents stunning natural scenery.
Secret Beach is in a small bay with a stunning array of rocks around the beach. On the left side of this beach, you can see very exotic colors of seawater gradation. If you visit Ceningan, it is highly recommended to visit this place.
8. Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua is the best-kept area of Bali and a place to break free from chaos. You can find two headlands here and each is decorated with a temple and resort in between. For those who want to explore the various water sports available Nusa Dua is a perfect choice. It is also the right place for those who wish to find beautiful waters along with the white sandy beaches.
Located on the southern tip of Bali, Nusa Dua is about 30 minutes by taxi from Seminyak. This is the place for this honeymoon, where all the luxury hotels of the island are located. Geger Beach is located in Nusa Dua which is also popular for its long sandy and the huge 18-hole golf course. Especially Geger is a famous place to rest, as the sea is calm, the farmers grow seaweed in Nusa Dua.
If you are fans of surfing and diving, Nusa Dua is the place you should visit since it also is a well-known surfing and diving spot. You can also try to do trekking from here like going trekking to the Besakih Temple. Another famous place in Nusa Dua is Tanjung Benoa which is located in the north enclosed by Hindu and Chinese temples, a mosque, and all are very close to each other.
Located around 35 km west of Denpasar City, Tabanan is one of the districts in the province of Bali that has amazing tourist attractions.
Natural tourist attractions in Tabanan mostly beaches and waterfalls. However, this district also is the home to other popular tourist attractions, such as Bali Treetop Adventure Park, Dharma Giri Temple, Penatahan Hot Springs, the famous Tanah Lot, and Pura Ulun Danu Beratan.
Bali Treetop Adventure Park is a fun outdoor playground. This object has several games, around 72 types of games. You can feel a thrilling as well as fun sensation when playing here. This activity is suitable for nature adventurer or families.
Dharma Giri Temple is a Buddhist holy place designed in such a way as to follow the local atmosphere. The existence of a sleeping Buddha statue in white color is the main attraction that lures visitors who want to take some pictures.
Penatahan Hot Springs In this natural hot spring, you can soak in warm water while enjoying the beauty of the surroundings dominated by rice fields and trees. The air in the hot spring is quite cool because it is in a mountainous area.
The beauty of Tanah Lot as one of the leading tourist spots has been very popular among foreign visitors. At the edge of Tanah Lot Beach, there is the Luhur Tanah Lot Temple which sits on solid rock. This temple with such amazing sea views is a holy place for the Hindus. This place is also one of the best spots to enjoy the sunset in Bali.
Lake Beratan which has been very famous today is the place where Pura Ulun Danau Beratan is located. The temple which sits in the middle of the lake has a beautiful atmosphere around it creating more enchanting scenery.
Legian, which is very well known to foreign visitors, is one of the famous tourist destinations It is located in the north of Kuta beach. Legian Beach Bali is the name often used by the foreigners to call the beach in Legian Bali.
The area of Legian is rather small and most of the area is located on the seashore. The Legian Bali area stretches from Jalan Melasti to Jalan Arjuna. Most of the famous hotels in Legian Bali are located near the beach.
According to the review from many tour and travel magazines, Legian Beach is one of the beaches that must be visited in Bali nest to Kuta beach. In addition to shopping are, Legian Beach with its white sand also has many restaurants.
The significant difference between Legian Beach from Kuta Beach is the crowd. Legian Beach has more resorts which are more suitable for those who don’t like crowds and wish to relax on the beach. It’s different from Kuta Beach which is always crowded with visitors.
The most famous area in Legian beach is the one located in front of Jalan Padma. The beach is also popular with another name called Padma Beach. This beach is very suitable for surfing and is one of the white sand beaches that are well-kept.
If you visit Bali, be sure to visit Jimbaran. It is located in the immediate vicinity of the popular tourist destination Seminyak. However, due to the constant traffic in the area, it may take up to 30 minutes or more to reach Seminyak.
It is, however, worth a visit! It is definitely a culinary destination in Bali. The seafood market is one of the most famous sites in Jimbaran. Check out the rows of fresh fish and freshly caught seafood. To get the best selection, it would be better to come around sunrise. Here you can order seafood and take it to the grills outside prepared to enjoy delicious seafood with breathtaking views of the beach.
Jimbaran is also famous for its beach seafood barbecues with the freshest catches from the Jimbaran fish market. Be sure to visit one of these restaurants or warungs when you visit Jimbaran.
Located in the village of Pecatu, South Kuta makes Uluwatu part of the most desirable region of South Bali’s coastal area. The appeal of Uluwatu makes it a mandatory destination during the trip to Bali. Apart from the beauty of Uluwatu, the surrounding beaches become the place for surfing that has more extreme challenges because, next to the big waves, there are some hill rocks that require more expertise.
Uluwatu has a famous tourist attraction, the Uluwatu Temple. The temple, which is a sacred place for Hindus, is located at cliff’s edge of a coral hill at an altitude of 97 meters above sea level making it very unique and exotic. The most spectacular attraction of Uluwatu is the beauty of the sunset with the background of the Indian Ocean which creates beautiful and perfect scenery.
Another most-awaited attraction in Uluwatu is the Kecak dance which is performed at every 06:00 p.m. before sunset. This dance is performed every day by around 50-100 dancers.
Amed is one of the tourist destinations in eastern Bali that presents the beauty of the coast and the underwater world with its extraordinary scenery.
For those who are fond of the beauty of the underwater world, they will surely fall in love with the place and would love to stay much longer. Amed has colorful rocks and marine biota that are still very sustainable. For those who have just begun to learn diving, Amed Beach is very suitable because the current tends to be calm, so you don’t have to worry about being swayed by the sea.
Amed Beach is located in Amed Village, Abang, Karangasem Regency. This coastal area is already adequate with enough accommodation facilities, such as hotels and bungalows, cafes and restaurants, as well as transportation facilities, such as cars with tour package services around the eastern Bali area. The most appealing thing in Amed next to the hospitality of its people is its beautiful sunrise.
As one of the popular tourist destinations in Bali, Kintamani offers views of the lake and volcano, and fresh cool air. It is located in the northeastern region of the island of Bali, exactly below the Mount Batur caldera. There are several villages in this region, such as Kedisan, Penelokan, Abung, Toya Bungkah, Songan, Batur, and Kintamani. However, to most tourists, the whole villages are known as Kintamani.
Because it is situated on a highland, you can see a beautiful view of the lake and Mount Batur, which is the main attraction of Kintamani, from the three villages.
In addition to the lake and volcano, Kintamani also has another tourist attraction located in the village of Toya Bungkah and on the edge of the lake. There are Toya Devasya hot spring and Batur Hot Spring. In addition, there is one of the nine main temples in Bali in the village of Batur, called Batur Temple.
Gianyar is the name of a regency in the province of Bali, Indonesia. Gianyar is the center of carving arts in Bali. It is bordered by Denpasar City in the southwest, Badung Regency in the west, Bangli Regency in the east and Klungkung Regency in the southeast.
This regency has several famous tourist attractions, such as Sukawati Market. It is a very well-known Art market. Sukawati art market is located in Sukawati Village, Gianyar Regency. This art market is very famous for selling traditional Balinese clothing and crafts at very cheap prices.
Celuk is a village famous for its silver art production. It is included in the Sukawati Subdistrict area, Gianyar Regency, its location is between Batubulan Village and Sukawati market. Although it is identified as a famous silver producer in Bali, it is also famous for producing gold craft that even it is known overseas. Celuk is open every day from morning to evening.
Travelers who come can take a close look at the artists working on this traditional craft, creating gold, silver jewelry with high-quality production. You can buy the jewelry on the storefront that is displayed directly in the workshops of the artists. The products produced are of good quality and high quality.
Another tourist attraction in Gianyar is Gianyar Tegenungan Waterfall tourist attraction which is also known as Kemenuh Waterfall. The water in Kemenuh waterfall is very clear and suitable for those of you who just want to play water or take a bath. There are also temples at the site of this waterfall.
There is also hidden canyon attraction in Gianyar Regency. This challenging tourist spot is called Hidden Gorge Tukad Beji Guwang and foreign tourists call this location by the name Hidden Canyon Tukad Beji Guwang.
Yeh Pulu is another tourist attraction in Gianyar. It is located in Bedulu Village. Because it is located in the village of Bedahulu, Yeh Pulu Temple is also often referred to by the name Yeh Pulu Bedulu.
The name of Masceti Beach is taken from the name Pura which is located in the location of Pura Masceti. Masceti Beach is located in Medahan Village, Gianyar Regency. This beach is still in one coastline with beaches along the road By Pass Ida Bagus Mantra, for example, Keramas Beach and Saba Beach.
Tulamben is a seafront village that became popular due to the existence of the very popular USAT Liberty debris. Most of the scuba divers consider this spot as one of the diving sites. Diving sites in Tulamben is not limited to just the USAT Liberty debris, there are many other sites, such as Coral Garden, Drop off, and Seraya. All of which are quite different from one another and each has the advantages of having a diverse natural sea environment.
The main reason for divers to go to Tulamben is the USAT Liberty debris stranded only 40 meters from the beach and certainly the most easily accessible debris from WWII.
The debris was stranded in shallow places as the result of the combination of the torpedo disasters and volcanic eruptions. The edge of the torpedo is only 5 meters below the water and the rest sinks at a depth of about 30 meters, which means divers of all levels can explore this debris. The debris is decorated with healthy coral, sea fans or Alcyonacea and large sea sponges.
The Tulamben ship debris is the perfect place for beginners and experienced divers as the beach has easy access, calm and good visibility.
Kerobokan is a tourist destination in Bali located in the southwestern part of the island. The area is in the east of the Canggu and is in the north of Seminyak. Although it is close to the Seminyak, Kerobokan offers a different atmosphere from Seminyak. In this area, you will see a mix of city atmosphere and resorts.
The main tourist attractions of Kerobokan are culinary tours, shopping tours, and private villas at affordable prices. In this area, you will find many fine dining restaurants and warungs that serve local food. On the edge of the highway, you will find many boutiques and luxury furniture stores.
Kerobokan also has a beach called Berawa beach. Berawa Beach with its black sand is popular among foreign tourists who love to surf. With the rapid development in this area in Kerobokan, the number of paddy fields that remain now will soon disappear in the future due to the rapid building of villas and housing.
Bali is still a paradise for tourists. The beauty and exoticism of this island still always attract visitors to keep coming. Come and indulge yourself in the beauty of Bali.