Bali, the famed Island of the Gods, with its varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides all providing a picturesque backdrop to its colourful, deeply spiritual and unique culture, stakes a serious claim to be paradise on earth. With world-class surfing and diving, a large number of cultural, historical and archaeological attractions, and an enormous range of accommodations, this is one of the world’s most popular island destinations and one which consistently wins travel awards. Bali has something to offer a very broad market of visitors from young back-packers right through to the super-rich.
With more than 17,000 islands in Indonesia, Bali is the undisputed number 1 travel destination for both locals and foreigners, where millions of people head to every year.
Despite being the most popular travel destination, public transport in Bali is still a problem faced by many travelers where high prices of airport taxis, taxi scams and even private hire apps such as Grab & GoJek facing an unwelcome approach by local drivers.
Bali itself is actually a pretty big island divided into a few popular cities that tourists typically head to. Which is why, engaging a personal driver or renting a self driving car can prove to be a better cost effective option than hailing a local taxi.
Here are 10 of the most popular destinations in Bali that may be hard to access without your own driver –
1 – Uluwatu
Located at the southern tip of Bali is Uluwatu, home to the famous Uluwatu Temples that attracts most of tourists to Bali. The cliff-fringed coastline is also home to hidden beaches and world-class surf breaks, a mecca for wave riders from the world over.
2 – Omnia Bali Dayclub
One of the latest and most popular spot to chill or have some food under the sun. Boasting majestic and uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean and located on the south-western tip of the Bukit Peninsula of Bali, Indonesia, OMNIA provides an all-day dayclub destination where the experiences are uniquely found and many in number. Perched atop a 100-meter plateau overlooking the beauty of the limestone ocean floors below, OMNIA Dayclub is just 30 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport and 15 minutes from Jimbaran Bay near the renowned Uluwatu Temple.
3 – Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua is Bali’s leading enclave of luxury beach resort. It is home to an incredible range of top international-chain hotels with their own private beach. Definitely the place to go to, if you want a less crowded and much more comfortable time during your stay in Bali.
4 – Jimbaran
Located just south of Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. Jimbaran was formerly a real backwater of south Bali, just a tiny fishing village with a daily market. That all started to change in the 1980s and Jimbaran is now home to several world class 5 star beach resorts, plus a few more moderate mid-market hotels. Eating seafood on the beach in Jimbaran is a quintessential part of many a visitor’s itinerary when coming to Bali.
5 – Kuta
Kuta is the best known tourist area on the island of Bali in Indonesia and offers a decent surfing beach, despite being chronically overdeveloped. Due to the ever increasing popularity of Bali, Kuta is continually developing, and is not short of unsightly, poorly planned buildings. It can come across at times to be chaotic, overcrowded and congested. However, amongst all the mayhem this place somehow works, and hundreds of thousands of visitors enjoy their time in Kuta every year.
6 – Seminyak
Boasting an atmosphere is much more laid-back than Kuta with a beach that is much quieter during the day. Seminyak is also the spa and boutique shopping capital of Bali. Where up market restaurants, bars and hipster cafes are mostly located at in Bali. Popular hangouts such as Motel Mexicola, Sisterfields to the internationally acclaimed Ku De Ta and Potato Head are all located in this area.
7 – Canggu
About 20 minutes north of Seminyak, half way to Tanah Lot is the increasing popular spot known as Canggu. The area of Canggu has the last year(s) seen an explosion in restaurants, bars and places to chill at, and is one of the places where it’s way too easy to miss out on those secret spots. One of the most popular spots for avid surfers headed to Bali.
8 – Ubud
No lists of Bali will ever be complete without the mention of Ubud. The town of Ubud, in the uplands of Bali, Indonesia, is known as a center for traditional crafts and dance. The surrounding Ubud District’s rainforest and terraced rice paddies, dotted with Hindu temples and shrines, are among Bali’s most famous landscapes. Popular spots include the intricately carved Goa Gajah (“Elephant Cave”) and Monkey Forest. With new organic cafes and restaurants opening seemingly every everyday, it is definitely the place for your detox regime.
9 – Kintamani (Mount Batur)
The area of north-eastern Bali known widely as just Kintamani is home to the still active volcano Mount Batur. Tourist typical brave the early morning drive to the foot of the mountain and start on a 2 hour trek to the summit of the mountains for a breath taking view of the sun rise over Bali. Definitely a must do for all those physically fit enough for the challenging but satisfying trek.
10 – Nusa Penida
Located outside Bali’s main island lies the famous Nusa Penida where the cliffs is the most Instagram worthy picture of the scenery you can take. Despite tourist infrastructure still being very limited, it is increasingly becoming a very popular destination for adventurous travelers. Do not miss the chance to experience the untouched natural environment before it is too late!
Bali is indeed the destination that provides the most wide range of activities that one can find in any city, from sandy beaches to calming rice paddies and even towering mountains. Navigating the city is no easy feat, especially for foreign tourists with language barriers. Make your trip a smooth and easy journey by engaging a driver from Automo and explore all the 10 places easily for your trip to Bali.