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20 Must-Visit Attractions in Bali

Must-visit attractions in Bali | © Martin Garrido / Flickr
Must-visit attractions in Bali | © Martin Garrido / Flickr
As a popular island destination rich in natural beauty, culture, and history, there is something for everyone in Bali. Regardless, the island’s essence and best of everything are captured in these must-visit attractions anyone can enjoy.

Uluwatu Temple

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Uluwatu
Uluwatu | © dom christie / Flickr
Nestled at the edge of a magnificent cliff, this awe-inspiring temple has more cultural value than what meets the eye. Tourists can learn many things about the local customs in one visit, concluded by a traditional dance and drama performances during the majestic sunset hours.
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Seminyak

One of the most integral neighborhoods on the island, tourists can find virtually everything from humble traditional shops to high-end designer boutiques. This neighborhood also has its share of stunning beaches, lined up with vibrant bars and restaurants that stay alive until late at night.

Seminyak, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Tanah Lot Temple

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This iconic sea temple is a religious and cultural landmark, also cherished for its natural beauty. Perched on an offshore rock at the ocean, this temple has a gorgeous backdrop of the vast blue, and is itself a spectacular backdrop for a magnificent selfie, especially during sunset.
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Ubud Art Market

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Ubud art market
Ubud art market | © Walter Lim/ Flickr
Being the cultural hub of Bali, Ubud is home to many traditional artists and creatives producing unique and authentic products that represent the island. Tourists can find anything here, from art pieces to humble souvenirs to take home.
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Besakih Temple

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Besakih temple panorama
Besakih temple panorama | © Deni Saputra/Flickr
Besakih Temple is Bali’s largest temple, located on the slopes of Bali’s highest mountain, the Mount Agung. The complex comprises of at least 86 temples that date back to more than 1,000 years ago. Each year, the temple hosts more than 70 religious ceremonies or celebrations attended by Hindu devotees from all over the island.
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Padang Padang Beach

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The view at Padang Padang Beach
The view at Padang Padang Beach | © cat_collector / Flickr
Probably best known for its association with the movie Eat, Pray, Love, this previously hidden gem lives up to its hype and reputation. A perfect nook to chill by the sand, swim near magnificent rocky structures, or surf the waves, surrounded by magnificent cliffs.
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Mount Batur

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Mount Batur, Mount Gunung Abang, Bali in Indonesia.
Mount Batur, Mount Gunung Abang, Bali in Indonesia. | © Joana Kruse / Alamy Stock Photo
A two-hour hike up the mountain will bring tourists to one of the island’s best spots to bask in the sunshine’s first rays. Tourists can watch the magnificent sunrise with the backdrop of the nearby Mount Abang and the Batur Lake in one pretty picture.
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Outdoors, Cold, Scenic, Photo Opportunity, Instagrammable

Ubud Royal Palace

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The beautiful cultural neighborhood of Ubud used to be a royal town, so it’s not surprising that the area is packed with gorgeous palaces that still stand as cultural and historical landmarks. The Ubud Royal Palace or Puri Saren Ubud is among the biggest located at the heart of the neighborhood.
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Pandawa Beach

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Tourists at Pandawa Beach
Tourists at Pandawa Beach | © .angels. / Flickr
Beyond its sparkling blue gradient of the ocean and white smooth sand, Pandawa Beach is also a cultural landmark, a place that hosts splendid figures of the five heroic Pandawa characters from the Mahabharata epic, and as a venue for cultural performances including the iconic Kecak or fire dance. Tourists can also enjoy a fun day canoeing on its clear blue waters.
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Elephant Cave

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Entrance to Elephant Temple
Entrance to Elephant Temple | © Aleksandr Zykov/ Flickr
The magnificent cave also serves as a Buddhist temple, carved in stories and sacred figures. The temple features a large bathing pool believed to be built to cleanse the soul and ward off evil spirits.
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Amed

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Amed Beach
Amed Beach | © Dionisius Purba/ Flickr
Snorkeling and diving in Amed will reward tourists with a magnificent sight of colorful corals, various tropical species, and even Japanese shipwrecks. The Amed beach is known for its expansive, black volcanic sand.
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Lovina

Tourists are drawn to Lovina for many reasons, one of which is the opportunity of dolphin watching on its calm seas. The area is also a popular beginners-friendly snorkeling and diving destination.

Lovina Beach, Anturan, Buleleng Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Tanjung Benoa

Tanjung Benoa is the foremost most popular spot for water sports in Bali, where tourists can find virtually every beach and ocean activity, from banana boat to sea walking, flyboarding to scuba diving. The area is also packed with luxurious resorts for those who’d like to stay the night.

Tanjung Benoa, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Jimbaran Bay

The seaside restaurants lining up at Jimbaran Bay serves the island’s best and most fresh seafood dishes. Most restaurants have candle-lit outdoor seating areas, where tourists can dine and chill while soaking their feet in the sands.

Jimbaran Bay, Jalan Bukit Permai, Jimbaran, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Munduk Village

As a mountain village, this neighborhood boasts a clean, green environment, fresh cool air, and charming natural attractions. From waterfalls to hills, the village is a popular trekking destination in Bali. During the colonial era, it was the Dutch’s favorite mountain retreat, a historic episode that graces the location with European architecture historical buildings and flourishing commodities.

Munduk, Buleleng Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Kuta Beach

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Horse-riding at Kuta Beach
Horse-riding at Kuta Beach | © Jimmy McIntyre / Flickr
This beach may not be the island’s best in terms of natural beauty (although it’s still pretty amazing), but Kuta Beach is world-famous for some valid reasons. Kuta Beach is among the liveliest spot on the island, offering countless fun activities to do from surfing to eating and shopping, from dawn to late at night.
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Tirta Empul Temple

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Bathing at Tirta Empul Temple
Bathing at Tirta Empul Temple | © Antonia / Flickr
Locals believe that the sacred water flowing at the Tirta Empul Temple has power to heal and cleanse their body and soul. Tourists may or may not believe the same notion, but soaking in the spring water in a serene, beautiful temple is an experience not to be missed.
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Touristy, Photo Opportunity, Historical Landmark, Peaceful

Garuda Wisnu Kencana

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Garuda Wisnu Kencana
Garuda Wisnu Kencana | © Rollan Budi / Flickr
As a substantial cultural park in Bali, Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) has many different attractions to enjoy — exhibition halls, gigantic folklore-inspired statues, street theater, festival park, and more. Revolving around the Garuda character the Mahabharata epic, tourists can also learn the legend that shapes many aspects of the Balinese culture in a fun and entertaining way.
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