The beautiful Indonesian island of Bali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. With Bali flights more affordable than ever from most major Australian cities, the island offers an eclectic mix of beautiful traditions and fast-paced modern living. We have picked five of the ultimate Bali highlights so you can see for yourself why we can’t get enough of this mind-blowing island!
Go Diving off Bali Islands
Just a short boat ride away from the south-eastern coast of Bali are not only some of the most secluded, peaceful and untouched areas of Bali but the best place for diving, snorkeling and surfing.
The islands of Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan are approximately 15km away from Bali and are surrounded by crystal clear waters and pristine white sandy beaches. Nusa Penida is the most rugged and undeveloped of the islands but is considered to be one of the world’s leading diving destinations.
There are regular boats to all three islands from a range of starting points including Padang Bai on the east coast and Sanur Beach on the south coast. You can also charter speedboats to the islands.
Enjoy the Nightlife of Kuta
The city of Kuta is by far the most popular destination included in Bali holiday packages. Not somewhere you want to go if you’re after peace and quiet, Kuta is buzzing with entertainment options throughout the day and night. Most of the island’s best night clubs and bars are situated in and around Kuta and they are renowned for their bright lights, cheap booze and latest music.
There are a huge range of bars and clubs in Kuta offering varying atmospheres including live cabaret shows, beach theme bars, traditional pubs and world-class multi-level nightclubs.
Climb an Active Volcano in East Bali
The beautiful region of East Bali is a world apart from the neighbouring city of Kuta. With quiet coastal towns and fishing villages, striking beaches and ancient temples, East Bali gives you a wonderful alternative to the fast-paced lifestyle of the island’s more popular tourist areas.
East Bali is also home to one of the only active volcanoes left in the region – Mount Batur. Located within the highland area of Kintamani, Mount Batur dominates the rugged skyline and offers spectacular views from the crater. The climate there is usually around 15 degrees cooler than the rest of the island so it is the ideal environment for a pleasant walk or hike.
Experience Traditional Bali Culture in Ubud
The town of Ubud is situated in the region of Central Bali – the cultural heart of the island. Despite growing tourism numbers, Ubud has retained much of its traditional charm and it is the perfect place to escape from the chaotic streets of Kuta.
Ubud is best known for its arts and crafts scene that includes talented street artists, galleries and more. Immerse yourself in the beautiful Balinese culture by visiting some of the historic temples and sites or hiking through rice paddies and lush forest. You can end your day relaxing in the hot springs at Tirta Empul in the village of Tampaksiring that date back to 960.
Get Pampered in Seminyak
For those that simply want to spoil themselves while on holiday, Seminyak is the place for you. Seminyak is the most up-market and fashionable area of Bali and despite being noticeably more expensive than other popular resort areas in Bali, it is the perfect place to relax and unwind.
Considered to be the spa capital of Bali, Seminyak has a huge range of exclusive world-class day and overnight spas and resorts. Almost all resorts in Seminyak offer an adjoined spa and even the villas offer in-villa spa services. Try a traditional Balinese massage or spend the morning practicing yoga on Seminyak Beach. Your travel agent can include trips to Seminyak in Bali holiday packages and the town is just a short drive away from Kuta.