No matter what time of year you visit, Bali has something to offer every type of traveller. From wild adrenaline adventures to untouched beaches were you’ll feel entirely cut off from the rest of the world, Bali could entice even the most jaded of explorer!
Due to its diversity, knowing how to spend your time on this spectacular island can be tricky. While the south offers party towns and lazy beach vibes, the centre is awash with waterfalls and temples. Adventure fans can take to the north where wild sports and wonders of nature can be enjoyed.
Read on to discover our top tips for seeing the most Instagram-worthy regions and neighbourhoods on this indescribable island, with our ultimate Instagrammers guide! You can also check out where to stay in Bali, to find the perfect spot for your next adventure.
Kick back in Uluwatu
Positioned on the southern tip of Bali, Uluwatu is famed for its crystalline beaches, incredible surfing spots and breath-taking sunsets. Close to the party capital of Kuta, Uluwatu is ideal for easy weekends and quiet explorations. Be sure to visit Balangan Beach for a spot of sunbathing, take in the beauty of Uluwatu Temple, nestled on the cliff side, and the soak up the historic architecture of Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park.
Eat, Pray, Love in Ubud
Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali. Nuzzled among mountains, this ultra-chilled spot is the perfect place for spiritual discovery. Made famous by the movie Eat, Pray, Love, Ubud is home to numerous impressive temples, including Ubud Palace, Campuhan Ridge walk of artists, and the spectacular offerings found inside the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary!
Step off the beaten track in Gianyar
Gianyar finds itself stretching from the south coast to the midst of Bali and makes up a part of Ubud region. Here, a plethora of incredible temples and landmarks can be explored, away from the crowds associated with the south. Discover the temples of Pura Gunung Kawi and Pura Tirta Empul, or enjoy a romantic stroll through the gorgeous Tegalalang Rice Terrace.
Discover your inner explorer in the Bangli Regency
When in Bali, a hike up Mount Batur is a totally unmissable experience. We can’t think of anything more exciting than waking before dawn to venture through the winding trails of this scenic mountain range. When you reach the top, enjoy incredible panoramic vistas as the sunsets and have a breakfast with a view (make sure to bring something to share with local monkeys). While here you can also explore the tranquil waters of Lake Batur – home to the party submerges Pura Ulun Danu Batur temple.
Find pure tranquillity in the Wanagiri Hidden Hills
Wanagiri Hidden Hills is an amazing spot for boosting your Instagram page! This quiet hillside town offers amazing lake and mountain views – and the chance to ride on the world famous Bali Swing, which literally swings out high above the lake below for awe inspiring photo opportunities! While you’re here, head out to Pura Ulun Danu Buyan temple before stopping at Banyumala Waterfall, offering an incredible lush jungle as you weave your way to this secluded spot.
Get adventurous in Gitgit
Head to the North of Bali to find your sense of adventure! Gitgit offers an abundance of waterfalls and rocky ravines for keen outdoorsy types to explore! Kalimudah is the best destination for canyoning, while nearby Aling-Aling, Silangjana and Kadek waterfalls offer the perfect backdrop for abseiling. We can’t think of a better way to light up your Instagram account!
Seek solace on the Gili Islands
Although technically belonging to Lombok, the Gili Islands are a cluster of three small isles to the west of Bali. Truly idyllic, the Gilis offer blissful sandy beaches and crystalline waters. Partygoers can head to Trawangan, while loved up couples can enjoy unrivalled sunsets on Meno. If you’re in need of some down time, lounge on the secluded coves found on Air. Finally, make sure to take a few pictures on the famous ocean swings of Gili!
Stop and do nothing in Nusa Dua
The renowned beach resort of Nusa Dua is peaceful and secluded, making it the ideal choice for families, solo travellers and couples. The area is characterised by beautiful white sand beaches and luxury villas, as well as the intricate stone temple of Pura Geger. Head here to kick back and take some time out after your adventure of a lifetime!
Looking for more information about Bali? Check the ultimate 2019 interactive guide to Bali with over 60 articles on everything you need to know about the Island of Gods. No matter where you decide to venture, Bali has something special for you!
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