Must-Visit Attractions in Bali

Bali is full of beautiful beaches to explore – and restaurants with views to die for
Bali is full of beautiful beaches to explore – and restaurants with views to die for | © Ian Trower / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Edira Putri
1 September 2021

Rich in natural beauty, culture and history, this bewitching Indonesian island has something for everyone. From mountain villages and paddy fields to temples and beaches – the essence of Bali is captured in these must-visit attractions.

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ActivitiesUbud Monkey Forest
From $38 per person
10 hours
5 (4)
This place is a temple, a lush forest and the natural habitat of hundreds of monkeys. Tourists are drawn to this spot for the charm, fresh, cool air and the company of playful monkeys throughout the visit.
ToursUluwatu Temple
From $102 per person
8 hours
3 (1)

Sitting at the edge of a magnificent cliff, this awe-inspiring temple has more cultural value than meets the eye. As a tourist, you get to learn about the local customs on your visit, with traditional dance and drama performances taking place at sunset.

ToursTanah Lot Temple
From $33 per person
8 to 10 hours
4.5 (45)

Tanah Lot Temple is a religious and cultural landmark, cherished for its natural beauty. On an offshore rock, it has an idyllic backdrop of the ocean and is itself a spectacular place for a selfie, especially at sunset. On this guided tour, you’ll get to explore the temple and see the best of Ubud through the eyes of a local.

AdmissionTirta Empul Temple
From $34 per person
1 to 3 hours

Locals believe that the sacred water flowing at the Tirta Empul Temple has the power to heal and cleanse their bodies and souls. Soaking in the spring water in this serene and historic temple is an experience not to be missed.

Ubud Art Market

Market
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Ubud is the cultural hub of Bali and home to many traditional artists producing unique and authentic products that represent the island. Tourists can find anything here, from art pieces to humble souvenirs. Keen to visit? You can do so with Culture Trip by joining our specially curated small-group Bali adventure, led by our local insider.

Besakih Temple

Hindu Temple, Natural Feature
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Pura Besakih temple Bali, Indonesia.
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Besakih Temple, the largest in Bali, sits on the slopes of the island’s highest mountain, Mount Agung. The complex comprises 86 temples that are more than 1,000 years old. Each year, the temple hosts more than 70 religious ceremonies or celebrations attended by Hindu devotees from all over the island.

Padang Padang Beach

Natural Feature
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Probably best known for its appearance in the movie Eat, Pray, Love (2010), this once-hidden gem lives up to the hype. A perfect nook where you can chill by the sand, swim past awesome rocky structures or surf the waves off the cliffs.

Pandawa Beach

Natural Feature
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Beyond the sparkling blue 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 a venue for cultural performances, including the famous kecak (fire dance). You can also enjoy a fun day out canoeing on the calm waters.

Munduk Village

Hiking Trail
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This mountain village has a clean, green environment, fresh, cool air and charming natural attractions. The waterfalls and hills make Munduk a popular trekking destination, and during the colonial era, it was the favourite mountain retreat of the Dutch, hence the European architecture, historic buildings and flourishing commodities.

Kuta Beach

Natural Feature
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This may not be the island’s best beach in terms of natural beauty (although it’s still pretty incredible), but Kuta Beach is world-famous and with good reason. Today it’s one of the liveliest spots on the island, offering countless fun activities – from surfing and eating to shopping, from dawn to late at night.

Garuda Wisnu Kencana

Park, Theater
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A substantial cultural park in Bali, Garuda Wisnu Kencana has many different attractions to enjoy – exhibition halls, gigantic folklore-inspired statues, street theatre, festival park and much more. Revolving around the Garuda character of the Mahabharata epic, you can also learn the legend that shapes many aspects of the Balinese culture in a fun and entertaining way.

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These recommendations were updated on September 1, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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