Nearly 85% of Bali's visitors stay in southern Bali, home of its fabled beaches. We certainly recommend the relaxing release of Bali's sand and surf, but Ubud is its cultural and artistic center.
Situated in one of the most beautiful natural settings in Indonesia, its rice terraces, flowing water and the soothing sound of bamboo music create an ambiance that is distinctively Balinese.
From Ubud visit the surrounding mask-making village of Mas, the artists in Pengosekan, and view fabulous traditional dance performances. Hike through rice fields on paths radiating out of Ubud and raft the holy Ayung River. Many of Bali's other attractions are a day-trip from Ubud.
It's beach Babylon on legendary Kuta Beach, but it also has a good shopping district with art and artifacts, and exciting nightlife. Cliff-top Ulu Watu temple and fabled Tanah Lot are not to be missed. Easily accessible Denpasar Museum can be visited for its fine collection of art and artifacts.
Discover pre-Hindu villages, the Tirta Gangga baths built in the 1940s by a raja, and double ikat (an intricate local weaving style) textiles. Enjoy hiking and snorkeling.
NORTH COAST & WESTERN BALI
This seldom-visited area of Bali hosts black-sand beaches, national parks and snorkeling amongst reefs, walls and soft coral-encrusted boulders.
Enjoy a cool mountain climate, dramatic volcanoes and rural life. Lake Batur is a crater lake and a great stop, and Besakih-the most holy temple complex on the island-is a must.