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Which Area Of Bali Is Right For You?

What do you know about Bali?

Is it on your bucket list?

Bali is an island in Indonesia located just east of Java. It was initially a surfer's paradise, and now it is a popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia. This ancient island is now a mix of tourist areas and traditional culture.

There are many different ways to experience Bali, and it all depends on what you are looking to get out of your trip.

How to decide which area of Bali you should choose? Depending on the type of trip you’re planning will depend on where you should go.

Southern, Central, Eastern, and Western Bali all have their own personalities but Bali has something to offer for everyone. Whether you’re planning a honeymoon, family trip or wellness trip, Bali has what you want.

Southern Bali

The southern coast of Bali is the tourist mecca of the island. This area of the island is where you will find tourist hotels, lively nightlife, and the best bars. Various cities in southern Bali will lend themselves to having great offerings for those looking to have the tourist experience.

Seminyak This southern Bali town is where you’ll the major resort hotels, high-end villas, and the hippest beach bars. If you are looking for a modern-day vacation in Southeast Asia, this is the area for you.

Canggu As one of the more laid-back towns of this region. It has the type of "surfer" vibe you would find in places like Venice Beach, California, and Bondi Beach in Sydney. This is where digital nomads and entrepreneurs choose to live so that they can enjoy artisan beers and organic restaurants.

Jimbaran This town is dotted with white sand beaches and 5-star resorts. This is a great town for kids & family vacations because many of the other beaches in Bali have rough seas and black volcanic sand.

Uluwatu/Padang Padang A surfer's paradise, in the center of Southern Bali. These beaches are situated on the Bukit Peninsula, and experienced surfers should only ride the waves here.

Nusa Dua This area of Bali is located on the southernmost tip of the island, and the beaches here are considered to be the best in Bali. There are two distinct areas in this part of Bali; the resort area and the town of Tanjung Benoa with its’ local shops and restaurants.

Central Bali

The central region of Bali is far more than just the geographical center of the island. The central region is also the cultural, historical, and spiritual center of Bali. It is shown in the natural beauty of this region and the ancient traditions that are still carried out to this day.

Ubud For decades, this town was a sleepy artist village that was then transformed into its own little metropolis. The rice terraces and mountains of this town form the backdrop and base in which to explore the temples, museums, and heart of Bali.

Eastern Bali

This section of Bali has a very down-to-earth & toned-down atmosphere.

Tulamben If you want to scuba dive, then this is the place for you. In the sea, just off the coast, is the wreckage of the USS Liberty. This town is also the perfect jumping-off point for those who are headed to the Gili Islands.

Sanur This town is the perfect area for family trips. The beach of this mellow town is surrounded by a picturesque coral reef that keeps the waters calmer and shallower. This creates a perfect place for the kids to play. It is also home to Peekaboo - the largest children’s playground and café.

Western Bali

Western Bali is considered to be the most representative of what “real” Bali is. Most of it is mountains, volcanoes, rice paddies, and tourist-free. (but you can still go!)

Balian Beach Balian Beach is considered to be more of a "secret spot" in Eastern Bali because not many tourists venture there. The black volcanic sand of the beach contrasts with the bright blue sea. beach offers great surfing and beautiful coves to explore with the kids.

Nyanyi The rural area of this section of Bali. If you are traveling here, you are going to want to see the UNESCO Heritage Site of Jati Luwih rice terraces, the Tanah Lot Temple, and Mount Batukaru. This is the place to surround yourself with nature and the history of Bali.

The main island of Java is just a short flight away. Try to reserve some time for a tour of the temples and a peak into Indonesian culture & history.

Taking some time to do a little bit of research and figure out what is going to work best for you will make your trip to Bali perfect and unforgettable. If your dates are flexible, you might be able to get there during one of the many festivals.


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