Bali is a destination that offers so much to the traveler that a short guide explaining some of the island’s facets will help you sort through the many options and hopefully help you with your vacation choices. Any vacation is about maximizing your time, even if that means just kicking back and doing nothing. You still want to achieve the goals you set for yourself in the best possible way and start with the belief that you maximized your experience. To help you achieve those goals, I have compiled a short guide explaining the myriad of options that the beautiful island of Bali has to offer.


This has to be one of Bali’s best kept secrets. Amed is home to some of the most enchanting beaches on the island in a totally relaxing and tranquil setting. With very little nightlife, this is the perfect destination for families and mature travelers.


Amlapura is the main city of the Karangasem regency and is home to some of the most attractive attractions on the island, such as Tirta Gangga (The Water Palace).


Bali clove plantation located 20 kilometers inland from Negara. The lush and bold green of the plantation is an extraordinary sight.

Barat National Park

The largest national park in Bali located on the western side of the island and occupies about 10% of the islands land mass. The park is considered the last refuge of one of the most endangered birds in the world, the Bali starling.


Bangli offers stunning views of Mount and Lake Batur. Located hundreds of meters above sea level, the breeze in Bangli is cool and refreshing.


Providing a rare opportunity to witness cockfights (for those who like that sort of thing), Banjar also offers the chance to experience the region’s wonderful hot springs.


Batubulan village is an artistic rural place in the western part of Glanyar Regency. It is famous for the Barong’s artistic ‘blessing dance’. The town is based on the artistic crafts of wood carving and stone sculpture.


This is a small town in the mountainous regions between the north and south of Bali.

Besakih Temple

Recognized as the most important and sacred temple in Bali. Known as the mother temple, Basakih offers spectacular views of the tropical surroundings.

Blahmantung Waterfall

This pristine waterfall is located in the Pupuan area of ​​Tabanan. With above average rainfall, the area is extremely fertile. It offers the perfect place to cool off in the crystal clear waters below the falls.

Botanical Gardens

A delight for botanists! The Eka Karya Botanical Garden in Bedugul was founded in 1959 and is the youngest but largest of the four botanical gardens in Indonesia.

candi dasa

Candi Dasa is located in Karangasem Regency, just 10 minutes from the village of Tenganan. Originally a fishing village, it has recently undergone a rapid transformation into a driving tourist precinct.


Located in the Sukawati sub-district, Celuk is considered to be the home of gold and silver crafts in Bali.


Denpasar is the capital city of Bali with an estimated population of half a million. Several of Bali’s best museums are located in the island’s capital.

Garuda Wisnu Kencana

The main cultural park on the island is home to a giant statue of Vishnu mounted on his ride that is half man and half Garuda bird.


The Gianyar Regency is famous for its art and culture. Recognized for its beautiful natural settings from the mountains to the coast.


This is the main port for traffic between Bali and the island of Java. The port is located to the west of Negara.

goa gajah

Goa Gajah or ‘The Elephant Cave’ is named after the shape of its entrance. A skillfully carved representation of hanging leaves, rocks, animals, ocean waves, and demonic human characters coming out of the mouth.

Goa Leyah

Name given to a cave inhabited by thousands of bats that spend most of their time hanging from the ceiling. It is also home to one of the holiest temples in Bali, Pura Goa Lawah.


Jimbaran is a fishing village that is also home to some of the best hotels in the world. Jimbaran’s beaches are lined with hundreds of seafood restaurants.


Mountain village with stunning panoramic views from the plateau at the top of Mount Batur.


This is a destination that holds a special place in Balinese history and culture. It was once home to the Klungkung kings and their nobles, who developed the music, art, and culture that thrive there today.


Perhaps the most recognizable place in Bali. This beachside precinct is known as the center of Bali’s nightlife. It is also a driving shopping area with lines of shops, boutiques and galleries.

lake batur

This is the widest lake in Bali and is surrounded by magnificent panoramic views. Considered a sacred place by the Balinese, visitors can enjoy the nearby hot springs.

lake bratan

Located in Bendugul, Lake Bratan is the second largest lake in Bali. Stunning views are seen from the Pura Ulun Danu Temple lake on its shore.


Lovina Beach is a 12-kilometre stretch of coastline northwest of Singaraja in North Bali. Lovina is considered by many to be the best place for family vacations on the island of Bali.

Mount Agung

Agung is the highest mountain peak in Bali. It is believed to be the home of the gods in Balinese culture. Bali’s holiest temple, the Mother Temple of Besakih, stands on its slopes.

will deny

Negara is best known for the famous bull racing. This area is remote and rarely visited by tourists and offers a glimpse of the real Bali.

Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua is home to the largest five-star international resorts in Bali. A calm and relaxed atmosphere with quiet beaches, this place is suitable for the most demanding traveler.

Nusa Cenangan

This area is home to the largest seaweed farms in Bali.

Nusa Lembongan

A small island located 20 kilometers off the east coast of Bali. The island is known as a ‘virgin island’ with crystal clear waters and local seaweed farming. It is also world renowned for its quality waves.

Nusa Menjangan

This is a small dive island off the northwest coast of Bali and is exclusive to a set number of divers per day.

Nusa Penida

Another of Bali’s smaller islands that is famous for the chances of seeing sharks, turtles and its reef system with crystal clear visibility.

Nusa Serangan

Better known as Isla Tortuga, this small island is used as a turtle sanctuary. The locals house the turtle eggs in purpose-built huts until they hatch and are released.

padang bai

This is a small fishing village in East Bali. It is known for its beautiful white sand beaches.

Sengeh Monkey Forest

Located in southwestern Bali, this small section of forest is famous for its population of primates that inhabit both the trees and the local temple.


Sanur is one of the largest traditional villages in Bali and a well-established tourist area. Recognized as one of the best snorkeling and diving spots in Bali.


Seminyak is widely regarded as Bali’s premier tourist destination with its laid-back natural appeal, world-class accommodations, and fabulous fine-dining restaurants.


Once the capital city of Bali, Singaraja was the main port during the Dutch occupation of the island and retains a strong colonial feel.


Tabanan Regency is home to the spectacular Tanah Lot Temple, best known as the most photographed temple in Bali.

tanah lot

This is one of the most popular attractions in Bali. Tanah Lot is home to the most impressive waterfront Hindu temple in Bali.

tanjung benoa

A beautiful area of ​​Bali best recognized for its abundance of coconut palms. It is one of the most perfect water sports spots in Bali.


Tegallalang is an important arts and crafts venue with stunning views of the layered rice fields.


This is a small town on the northeast coast of Bali. It is world-renowned for its famous dive site that contains an astonishingly diverse underwater ecosystem, especially around the wreck of the Liberty Glo, a US Army transport ship torpedoed by Japanese submarines in 1943.


Ubud is best known as the center of Bali’s arts, crafts, dance and music. The spectacular views of the terraced rice fields make it one of the most visited destinations in Bali.


This site is famous for its magnificent views from the top of the cliffs and its waves. With its spectacular temple overlooking the clear blue water of the ocean below. A large number of monkeys inhabit the area.

Hopefully, this concise look at the island of Bali will help you plan your next visit. With so much to do and so little time, it is highly recommended to come up with a plan and list some of the key elements that he would like to incorporate into his Bali vacation. Whatever his choices, I have no doubt that the time spent in this magical piece of paradise will be treasured forever.

Bali In Brief: The Ultimate Concise Travel Guide

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