Breathtaking temples, stunning beaches, significant monuments, and countless activities are among the things Bali has to offer visitors.
With around 20,000 temples on the island, Bali has many beautiful places of worship that are well worth a visit. Many of these are Hindu temples, with even tiny villages boasting a number of them. The nine directional temples are the island’s largest and most well-known, and the one known as Uluwatu is particularly popular with visitors.
In honour of those who died in the 2002 bombings, a memorial has been built beside the Sari Club, which was destroyed during the attacks. It’s one of the most important monuments on the island. Another famous monument is the Garunda Wisnu Kencana, which is located to the south of Denpasar. This impressive statue depicts the god Vishnu and the Giaruda bird.
Aquatic activities are hugely popular in Bali, with many people coming to the island just for the surfing or the diving. For surfers, the southern coastal area of Kuta is the place to be. Surf instructors prowl the beaches here; however, if you’re just a beginner, it’s probably better to stick to the island’s surf schools. When it comes to scuba diving, various companies offer sea safari trips around the island. One of the most visited dive sites here is the USAT Liberty Glo wreck.
After all that activity, Bali also offers a host of treatments to pamper your body. This includes everything from places like the Banjar Hot Springs to things like Balinese massage. As well as these, there’s the popular ‘lulur’ body scrub, which is made from a traditional mix of herbs and spices.
30 km south of Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Located on top of a cliff in the most southern part of Bali, this Hindu temple is a very important place of worship. It's also one of the most popular attractions on the island. Each evening traditional dances are held in the temple's amphitheatre. Make sure to keep an eye on your belongings as some of the hordes of monkeys living around the temple may take a liking to them.
Mengwi, Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Built in 1634, this royal shrine and temple is surrounded by water lilies, making it a beautiful place to visit. It's located across from the 'Museum Manusa Yadnya' or Museum of Human Ceremony, which is also worth a look.
Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
You'll find these popular springs in the hills above Lovina beach. They are separated into three different areas; the top area is the hottest, each one getting cooler as you move down. In the bottom area, there's also a 20-foot waterfall and an area for swimming.
10 km west of Singaraja, Bali, Indonesia
Whether you want to just relax on the black sand or check out the coral and tropical fish in the water, Lovina is a wonderful beach to visit. Dolphins tend to frequent the waters around the beach too and various tours are available from here.