Visitors to the island of Bali have a fantastic range of things to see and do. Even though this exotic holiday destination is renowned for its nightlife and beaches, there is much more beyond the clubs and sand for tourists to explore. Even though Bali is not an overly large island, getting from one side to the other can be time consuming because of the lack of modern infrastructure. Nevertheless, the beauty experienced on a cross-island trip makes the journey worthwhile.
The most popular part of the island is undoubtedly South Bali. With settlements like Denpasar, Kuta, Legian and Seminyak found fringing the southern coastline, it is little wonder why so many tourists scramble to this enchanting beach district each year. Kuta is the most electrifying area, with plenty of clubs and pubs located along its main strip. The sandy beaches of Seminyak and Legian make for perfect sunbathing spots, while the beautiful Tanah Lot and Uluwatu temples reside within South Bali, too.
Central Bali should also be visited when holidaying on the island. From the volcanic landscape of Mount Agung, to the traditional dances of Ubud, the central highlands entices and inspires with its unsurpassed splendor. The lake temple of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is one of the most famous attractions in the center of the island. One of the nine directional temples of the island, Pura Luhur Batukaru, is found here too, and hosts a pilgrimage every year. Ubud is the artistic hearth of Bali, boasting many cultural attractions like the rock carvings of Yeh Pulu and Puri Saren Agung (Water Palace).
If the bustling streets of Kuta or the cultural dance and art of Ubud has been seen and done, head to the southeastern islands off the coast. These islands are ideal for surfing trips, diving holidays, snorkeling adventures or just plain relaxation and rejuvenation. The main islands in the region are Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan, which sit between 15 kms and 20 kms from South Bali. Ferry services and boat transfers make it possible to reach the islands with ease.
Western Bali is also worth visiting, especially for travelers that demand an outdoor-type holiday experience. Hiking, bird-watching and fantastic diving opportunities are offered on the western peninsula. West Bali National Park is the main attraction in this region, offering visitors some wonderful experiences with Bali’s untouched natural environment.