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A Guide to Where to Go in Bali

If you are wondering where in Bali you should visit then look no further, I have compiled a complete guide of my favourite places in Bali, what you can do there and what makes them so special.

We spent 3 weeks exploring Bali and the surrounding area and during that time we visited quite a few different places. Let me tell you, all of Bali is NOT the same, you can have a completely different experience in one area compared to another.

CANGGU

This is the first area we went to and its a good place to kick off your trip for a couple of reasons. 1. Its not far from the airport only about half an hour on the busy roads and 2.It is a good base for visiting other areas.

A suburb 10 km north of busy Kuta, Canggu is Bali’s most up and coming area. I loved Canggu because of its amazing food scene, there are so many great brunch spots and fabulous bars and restaurants (see my guide to the cafes in Canggu here).

Canggu is becoming very popular amongst Australians for holidays and as a place for expats and “digital nomads” to settle down. There is a lot of development happening here because of this and in 1 or 2 years I can imagine this being just as busy and crowded as Seminyak and Kuta.

Must Do’s:

  • Get a Surfing lesson
  • Grab a drink and watch the sunset at Old Man’s Bar
  • Rent a scooter and explore the area
  • Grab Brunch at Crate Cafe

 

UBUD

Ahh Ubud is my favourite place in Bali because there is so much to do here! Ubud is the cultural hub of Bali and is the place that I would recommend you go if you want to experience real Balinese culture.

Situated right in the centre of Bali surrounded by dense jungle, there are no beaches here, just beautiful nature and wildlife. Ubud can be slightly less expensive than the touristy areas along the coast because this area is inhabited mostly by locals.

You can read in detail all about the best things to do in Ubud here.

Must Do’s

  • Climb Mount Batur for sunrise
  • Take a yoga class
  • Watch a traditional Balinese dance
  • Visit Tegenungan waterfall
  • Chill out at Jungle Fish
  • Visit Monkey Forest
  • Go and see the Tegallalang rice terraces
  • Taste Luwak coffee

 

GILI ISLANDS

Although not part of Bali, the Gili Islands are a trio of tiny Islands off the coast of Lombok which make up the vast archipelago of islands that is Indonesia. The Gili Islands are a true travellers paradise, with crystal clear waters, white sand and endless sunny weather. The Islands are so chilled out and there are no motorised vehicles on them so you can escape the crazy Balinese roads and really relax (or go crazy and party).

It will take you an hour and a half to get to the Gili’s from Bali and you can get a boat from either Padang Bay (near Ubud) or Sanur (South of Bali).

Gili T is the largest island and is known for partying, Gili Meno is the smallest and quietest and Gili Air is the happy medium. If you want more info on the Gili’s see my guide to them here.

Must Do’s:

  • Go on a Snorkelling trip (you will see turtles!)
  • Cycle round the islands
  • Get your PADI dive certificate
  • CHILL OUT

 

NUSA LEMBONGAN

Another Favourite of mine, Nusa Lembongan is only about a half hour boat ride from Bali. It is a beautiful island, which is lesser known than the Gili’s and just as lovely.

Nusa Lembongan is the best place to see manta rays, you can take a snorkelling g trip and they will take you to a spot where you are guaranteed to see lots of mantas and let me tell you it is absolutely incredible to see these gentle giants up close and in real life, this is one of my favourite memories from the trip and I can’t recommend it enough.

Must Do’s:

  • Snorkel with the Manta’s
  • Get your PADI
  • Scooter over to Nusa Ceningan and cliff jump at Mahana Point

 

ULUWATU

We ended our trip in Uluwatu, which is a popular tourist area in the Southern part of Bali in the Bukit peninsula. Uluwatu has plenty of luxury resorts and is geared towards honeymooners and people travelling with families as there are a lot of “resort” type places.

For me Uluwatu wasn’t the type of vibe that I was seeking within Bali but that doesn’t mean I would rule it out as there are some beautiful beaches here.

Must Do’s:

  • Spend a day at Sundays Beach Club
  • Dine at Jimbaran Bay Seafood restaurants
  • Visit Uluwatu temple for sunset
  • Spend a night in the bubble hotel

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I hope this has helped you plan out where you want to visit while in Bali, if you have any questions please comment on the YouTube video below and I will do my best to answer them.

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