Information before you go
Making Sight Seeing on Bali a bit easier....
You will soon realize that there is a lot to see in Bali, particularly temples. Since there are so many, at the end you will likely think that all the temples are starting to look the same. Which they do.
So to make sure you appreciate all the sights you plan to visit in Bali we have listed them according to region.
The best way to go sightseeing in Bali is to go exploring yourself. Rent a motorbike or car, grab a map and see what you will experience along the way. It can be an adventure but at least it will be lots of fun.
You can treat yourself to some comfort by arranging a full day tour with a private tour guide and driver (the driver is usually the guide too). It's the most ideal way if you don't want to tackle traffic yourself or to get lost.
Sights are also a perfect pit-stop while driving from one village to another. For instance if you travel from Ubud to Lovina you can drive via Kintamani and pass Bratan lake giving you the chance to visit the Botanic garden or Ulun Bratan Temple.
If you prefer to spend the day more actively you can combine sight seeing with other activities for instance white water rafting. Already from the starting point and during quiet moments in the raft you will see beautiful things. Or better yet, join an adventurous mountain biking trip. These downhill cycling tours will take you through traditional villages and spectacular rice fields.
If you want to take a dip in refreshing waterfall pools or rather relax in a hot water spring then this is all possible in this part of the island. Other great sights are ancient temples and a visit to the former capital, Singaraja.
Sight seeing in north Bali is ideal when you are staying in Lovina while other sights are perfect to visit if you are driving from Ubud towards Singaraja, such as the Git Git Waterfalls.
When driving through West Bali you will be treated with beautiful green terraced rice fields. Despite the stunning landscape you will find many areas that are pretty much untouched by tourism. It's definitely the less visited part of Bali.
If you are looking for an eco-experience you will find the last remaining types of forest and amazing coral reefs here.
An the road from Balian beach to Pupuan there is a Banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis) you can actually drive through and you'll see other smaller yet important temples.
Here we mainly added all the ancient and cultural places to visit around Ubud. The various temples here have their own character and setting, making it worthwhile to go and see more than just one such as Gunung Kawi and Tirta Empul temple complex.
Other sights further away are Ulun Danu Temple at Lake Bratan, the Sangeh Monkey Forest which is more quiet than the sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud and the beautiful temples of Mengwi and Bangli.
The impressive Mount Agung which is the highest mountain on the island and Mount Batur with its spectacular volcanic lake make this part of the Bali the most popular mountain area. Here you can also find the Mother Temple which is considered the most important by the Hindu Balinese.
Other sights are found in picturesque rice fields such as water palaces with pools where you can actually swim in like the royals used to do, more palaces, monuments and a village where the original Balinese still live according to ancient rules. This area of the island is one of our favorites as you can still experience rural Balinese life.
South Bali is mostly famous for Kuta beach and its nearby beaches which attract numerous tourists throughout the year. Even though it is the most popular part of the island there aren't a lot of things to do and see in this area.
The few attractions that are there are visited by large numbers are world-famous Tanah Lot temple and the scenic Uluwatu Temple where you can experience stunning sunsets.
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Now and then people send us inspiring emails and this generates even more enthusiasm to share all of the things we know about this lovely island in the hope that you can plan your tropical holiday properly and have as such a great time as we always have. Hope to see you there!
When I wrote the mail I never really expected a reply. I might have expected a computer generated but never a personally written one. The information you provided is invaluable, thank you so very much. I have been using your website as a bible through Bali. Through your recommendation, I will be heading to Ubud then follow the sightseeing route to the coast of Candidasa.
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