In the past, Bali was known for its reputation as a surfer’s paradise. Now, this Southeast Asian island has become a famous tourist destination. It is a combination of the old and the new. Depending on what you seek, Bali offers many different ways to explore and experience it. So, which regions of Bali should you choose to visit?
Depending on the kind of journey you are looking for, you will be captivated by Bali. Southern, Central, Eastern, and Western Bali all have their own unique characteristics and attractions.
The south of Bali is a well-known tourist hotspot, boasting an array of exciting hotels, nightlife, and lively bars. Cities throughout the region offer great experiences for tourists looking to experience the culture.
Canggu- This region has a much more relaxed atmosphere than others. It is similar to the kind found in places such as Venice Beach, California, and Bondi Beach in Sydney. It’s a great choice for digital nomads and entrepreneurs who want to indulge in artisan beers and organic restaurants.
Seminyak- This town in southern Bali is the perfect destination for a contemporary holiday in Southeast Asia. It offers a wide range of luxury resorts and villas, as well as trendy beach bars.
Jimbaran- This town is perfect for a romantic honeymoon with its white sand beaches and luxurious 5-star resorts.
Uluwatu/Padang Padang- This coastal area in the south of Bali is an ideal spot for surfers. The Bukit Peninsula houses these beaches, and only those skilled and experienced in the sport should ride the waves here.
Nusa Dua – The beaches are known to be the best in all of Bali. The two areas are the resort area and Tanjung Benoa, which is the town with its own local eateries and shops.
This Indonesian island is home to a number of attractions. The core of the island is the focal point for tourists. From the temples to the volcanic mountains, Central Bali offers a unique experience to those who visit.
Bali’s central region is not only its geographic midpoint, but also a major source of its culture, history, and spirituality. Its stunning vistas and enduring customs are what make this area so distinctive.
Ubud- Previously known as a sleepy artist village, this town has been transformed into its own bustling metropolis. Framed by the surrounding mountains and rice terraces, this town offers a perfect setting. Explore its temples, museums, and the true spirit of Bali.
The ambiance in eastern Bali is more relaxed and casual compared to the south.
Tulamben- Scuba diving is the main attraction here. Other than that, there isn’t much to do. Close to the shore lies the wreckage of the USS Liberty. A great starting spot for a journey to the Gili Islands.
Sanur- A tranquil locale encircled by a delightful coral reef that maintains the sea’s peacefulness and shallow depth.
Balian Beach- A lesser-known spot in Eastern Bali, Balian Beach offers fantastic surfing and breathtaking coves to explore. A beach composed of black sand and fewer tourist visits compared to other places.
The Western Areas of Bali
Renowned for its natural beauty, with its lush green hills, terraced rice paddies, and stunning beaches. Villages are scattered throughout the region, each with its own traditional culture and customs. There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in the area, such as swimming, trekking, and diving. Many visitors flock to the area to experience the beauty of the landscape and the vibrant culture of the locals.
Described as “the real” Bali. The western part of the island is composed of mountains, volcanoes, and terraced rice fields. It is largely untouched by tourists.
Nyanyi- You should not miss the opportunity to visit the Jati Luwih rice terraces, a UNESCO Heritage Site. Explore the Tanah Lot Temple and Mount Batukaru. This is a great way to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and history of the area.
No matter the type of excursion you are planning and who is accompanying you, Bali has something for everyone. Which regions of Bali would be best for you? Reach out to me to discuss what kind of experience you are looking for.