Indonesia is made up of thousands of islands, among which little Bali is a real gem.
Bali is rightly known as the island of the Gods. Here you will find majestic and impressive nature, beautiful Hindu temples and miles of paradise beaches, making the island a perfect beach holiday destination.
Our tour of Bali
Below you can read more about Bali’s highlights and most fascinating attractions.
Located in the highlands of Bali, Munduk is one of the best kept secrets on the island.
The nature surrounding the small and peaceful town is incredibly beautiful and invites you to enjoy leisurely hikes in the lush jungle, pulsating waterfalls and vantage points with breathtaking views of the highlands.
In addition to its natural beauty, Munduk is known for its lush farmland, which grows coffee, vanilla, cocoa, fruits and vegetables. Local restaurants get their ingredients directly from nearby farmers, so the food they offer is guaranteed to be fresh and delicious.
Ubud, a mystical city of artists
Amidst green-skinned mountains, deep canyons and emerald-colored rice terraces, the city of Ubud is a must-see for all Bali visitors.
The city is considered the cultural center and spiritual capital of Bali, where arts and crafts are valued.
There are many beautiful temples in the city, and here you can also get to follow the colorful ceremonial processions, where local participants dress in traditional costumes. In addition
Ubud has plenty of small shops and shops selling traditional handicrafts. Ubud and the surrounding area are also great for exploring by bike. On a bike ride you can visit small rural villages, ride through lush rice plantations and enjoy views of Batur Volcano and Crater Lake.
Things to do in Ubud
- One of Ubud’s most popular attractions is the Monkey Forest, where you can see long-tailed macaque monkeys in their natural habitat.
- There are many charming artisan villages just outside Ubud. Each of them specializes in their own field of art. For example, in the village of Masi a lot of wood carvers live and work, in Batubulan stone carvers and in Tohpat batik makers.
- If you’re looking for excitement on your trip, you can try rafting on the Ayung River, which flows through the jungle near Ubud. You can follow the life of the riverside villages and admire the beautiful nature with its waterfalls as you float along the river with the stream. Please note that rafting in Ubud is an additional excursion.
There are thousands of temples in Bali. These legendary buildings come to mind for many in Bali, and have given it the name “Island of Thousands of Temples”. Hinduism is an important part of the island’s identity and at the same time a unique part of Balinese culture.
On our travels you will get to visit the largest and most beautiful Hindu temples in Bali.
Besakih Temple is located on the east side of Bali in a scenic location on the slopes of Mount Agung at an altitude of almost 1000 meters. The temple is also known as the Mother Temple and is the most important and sacred temple in Bali.
Tanah Lot Temple is the pride of southwestern Bali. Tanah Lot is located in the ocean on top of a rock formation and is one of Bali’s most important monuments.
Located northeast of Ubud in Tampaksiring, you can visit the Hindu Temple of Tirta Empul. There are 12 sacred springs in the temple area, and Balinese bring daily gifts to their gods on the altar of the temple and are cleansed by bathing in holy water.
On the western shore of Lake Bratan is the Ulun Danu water temple, which dates back to the 17th century. The nature surrounding the photographic temple is particularly beautiful, making Ulun Danu a popular subject and a symbol of Bali.
Located in Lovina on the north coast of Bali, you will find dark volcanic sandy beaches, clear and calm waters and a peaceful atmosphere.
Here you can relax on the long beaches and just enjoy the beautiful surroundings or take part in an interesting range of excursions in the area.
Dolphin safari in Lovina
In Lovina you can see wild dolphins in their natural habitat. There are three types of dolphins and they live in flocks ranging in size from 10-12 individuals to hundreds of dolphins.
Flocks of dolphins are searched by fishing boats, and you have to go on an excursion early in the morning before sunrise. Dolphins are at their most active and playful in the morning hours in search of food.
Snorkeling on Menjangan
Menjangan Island is part of Bali National Park and is located about 10 km from the northwest coast of Bali. Menjangan is surrounded by a magnificent coral reef and diverse underwater nature, making the island a very popular destination for both divers and snorkelers.
Here you can go on a snorkelling trip if you also want to explore the secrets of the sea around Bali. The excursion starts with a speedboat that takes you to the coral reef. With you in the water is a snorkeling guide that shows you where to find the best dive sites, the most colorful fish and the finest corals.
Bali has countless beautiful waterfalls. One of the most popular is the Gitgit Waterfall, which you can visit on an optional extra trip.
The route to the waterfall runs through a dense and green jungle. After about a 15-minute walk, one of the most beautiful waterfalls you have ever seen rises in front of you. The water falls about 40 meters down the rock wall, and the waterfall can be visited all year round.
Here you can take a well-deserved break and enjoy the cool water and great scenery.
Other Bali highlights
In Bali you will also find the following attractions:
- Bali’s world-famous rice terraces, for example in Tegalalang or Jatiluwih, whose rice fields and irrigation system are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
- The once-floating pavilion of Gosa is a former courthouse and part of the Klungkung Palace Complex in Semapura. The roof of the open building is beautifully decorated with pictures that tell about, among other things, life after death and the penalties for breaking the law during its terrestrial life.
- Inhabited by the Baliaga people in Tenganang village. Balinese people are considered the original inhabitants of Bali who lived on the island before the Hindu-Javanese peoples moved to the country. The villagers are also known for their special weaving techniques, and you can buy beautiful and unique hand-woven products if you wish.
- Experience authentic Bali in beautiful Sidemen, located in the highlands east of Ubud. Sidemen is known for its beautiful rice terraces, lush plantations and landscapes that come into their own on a leisurely hike. In addition to the green surroundings, you can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, as there are far fewer tourists here than in the larger destinations.
- The small fishing village of Amed on the east coast of Bali is known for its dark sandy beaches, beautiful coral reef and good snorkelling and diving spots. Large crowds of tourists have not yet found their way to these areas. Here it is nice to spend a day on the beach, go on a snorkelling trip to Jemeluk Bay or even go hiking in the green nature surrounding the village.
Combine a beach vacation
Continue your trip to Bali with a beach holiday in either Bali or one of the smaller islands around it. On the beach you can relax completely and enjoy long days in beautiful surroundings with water games and sun worship.
Beach holiday in Sanuri
Located on the southeast coast of Bali, Sanur is one of Bali’s most popular beach resorts. Sanur is best known for its miles of sandy beach, creating a stunning setting for a perfect beach holiday. Thanks to the coral reef that protects the beach, the surfing is calm, so Sanur is also great for children.
In addition to a beach getaway, you can take a stroll into the charming little town, where you can watch temple ceremonies, sample Javanese coffee and try Balinese specialties in one of the many cozy restaurants.
Beach holiday in Nusa Dua
Located on the southern tip of Bali, Nusa Dua is one of Bali’s most spectacular beach resorts.
Here you can enjoy Bali’s finest sandy beaches and focus on spending a relaxing beach holiday in a luxurious setting. Nusa Dua is the perfect choice when you want a little luxury from your resort and want to dedicate yourself solely to relaxing and soaking up the sun.
Beach holiday in Nusa Lembongan
Nusa Lembongan is a small island located about a 35-minute boat ride from the southeast coast of Bali.
This tropical island of paradise is only 8 km2 in size and offers plenty of opportunities to recharge your batteries, laze on the beach and relax. If you want more activity, you can try snorkeling, surfing or diving.
Located southwest of Nusa Lembongan, Devil’s Tears is an interesting natural site where the water juggles rock formations in an impressive way. The lookout point is also a great destination for an evening outing if you want to admire the incredibly spectacular sunsets
Beach holiday on the Gili Islands
The small and picturesque Gili Islands are located between Bali and Lombok.
Gili consists of three islands, of which we visit the largest, Gili Trawangan.
The islands are surrounded by magnificent coral reefs, making the Gili Islands not only a beach holidaymaker’s paradise but also a great destination for snorkelers and divers.
What is special about the islands is that motor vehicles are completely banned. So Gil moves on foot, by bicycle or on horseback, which creates a completely unique atmosphere.
Combine a tour of Java
Combine a beach holiday in Bali with a tour of Java, where you can see unforgettable landscapes with rice terraces and volcanoes. Java has a lot to offer:
- The soul of Javan is Yogyakarta, where you can dive deep into Javanese history and traditions. See e.g. the Sultan’s Palace in Kraton Yogyakarta, explore traditional batik handicrafts, visit the large Hindu Prambanan Temple Complex and the Loronjonggrang Temple dedicated to Shiva, considered the most beautiful shrine in Java.
- One trip northwest of Yogyakarta is the impressive Borobudur Temple, one of the largest Buddhist monuments in the world. Built in the 7th and 8th centuries, the temple is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- See the Java volcanoes, such as the sunrise on Bromo volcano, and hike to the top of Ijen crater to 2,300 meters, where you can admire the stunningly beautiful turquoise crater lake.
Combine an adventurous adventure in the Komodo Islands and western Flores with a trip
Komodo is a UNESCO World Heritage National Park located east of Bali. On a further trip to the Komodo Islands, visit e.g. Kelor Island, Flores and of course Komodo Island itself.
The attraction of the Komodo Islands is, of course, the big Komodo dragon who lives here in the wild. The Komodonvaran is the largest lizard in the world, and its appearance unhelpfully brings to mind the mythical dragons of the legends. On the Komodo Islands, you can see these fascinating lizards in their natural habitat.
In addition to varans, the area’s fauna includes buffalo, roe deer and parrots. The barren nature of the islands is unique and provides an exciting contrast to the greenery of Bali.
Extend your journey on a city break in Singapore
Combine your trip to Bali with an exciting city break in state-of-the-art Singapore. The island nation of Singapore is the smallest country in Southeast Asia, however, in terms of size, it offers a huge amount of sight. Multicultural Singapore has things to do for all kinds of holidaymakers:
- Singapore is a dream destination for every shopper. The city is full of shopping malls selling everything between earth and heaven. Singapore is a popular shopping destination also because here you can buy products tax free. So all you have to do is make sure you have enough space in your suitcase for your new discoveries.
- For foodies, Singapore offers a wide range of interesting gastronomic experiences. The stalls of the food markets are teeming with fresh delicacies, there are cozy cafes on every street corner and delicious street food is very popular with locals and tourists alike. Even the most dedicated gourmets are guaranteed to find their favorite in the city’s Michelin restaurants.
- Embark on an excursion to the small island of Sentosa, where you will find wonderful sandy beaches and a wide range of activities. Located on the south side of the main island, Sentosa has many other attractions in addition to sandy beaches, such as Universal Studios and a few amusement parks.
- Impressed by Singapore’s unique architecture, the finest representatives are the magnificent SuperTree Trees, Marina Bay Sands Hotel and many skyscrapers. You can also visit the colorful districts of Little India and Kampong Glam and embark on a research trip to China Town, known for its red lanterns.