Where to Stay in Bali: Best Areas for first-time tourists

Do you know where to stay in Bali for first-time visitors? Well, here’s a list of the 14 best areas to stay in Bali for tourists. By the end of this article, you will have a much better idea of the best places for nightlife, shopping, surfing, couples, honeymoon, families, singles, budget.

We understand that everyone has different needs, so we’ll tell you all about each area and suggest what budgets, preferences, and type of traveler it suits best. That way deciding on your base from which to explore this fantastic destination couldn’t be easier.

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Bali is a large and incredibly varied island. Broadly speaking, your choice of places to stay here is between beach resorts like Kuta and Sanur and the pretty towns of the mountainous interior like Ubud. 

There are beaches like Legian for budget visitors and those like Seminyak that cater to five-star travelers. You can dive from Amed or surf from one of the best places to stay in Bali for surfing, Legian. If you are a family, you can enjoy the great facilities and comfortable atmosphere of Sanur. If you’re with friends and want a no-holds-barred party experience, then look no further than Kuta. 

For a brief stay, somewhere like Legian with good facilities and proximity to the airport is a perfect choice. And if you’re a hip,  long-stay digital nomad, then Canggu has a coworking space with your name on it. Legian is also the best area where to stay in Bali first time.

If you are traveling as a couple and looking for a romantic holiday, Seminyak is the best area to stay in Bali for couples. Seminyak is on the busy Southwest Coast of Bali, and it is close in distance to the much busier resorts of Kuta and Legian.

If you wondering where to stay in Bali Kuta or Seminyak, I would recommend staying in Kuta if you want to join the party crowd and you are happy with a resort highly developed for mass tourism. Seminyak is a much more prestigious and well-heeled destination, a quieter and more sophisticated holiday destination.

How about where to stay in Bali Ubud or Seminyak? The simple answer to this question is, why not stay in both Ubud and Seminyak? Ubud is a lovely mountain town, and it is a great idea to combine Ubud with a stay at the classy beach resort of Seminyak.

A great tip, if you have the time, is to combine a shorter three or four-day stay in a mountain town like Ubud with a longer chill-out stay at the beach. This approach gives you the perfect opportunity to experience the many different sides of Bali during your visit.

💖 Best Area:Ubud
💎 Best luxury hotel:Ubud Nyuh Bali Resort & Spa
🏨 Best mid-range hotel:Bliss Ubud Spa Resort
💰 Best budget hotel:Meruhdani Boutique Hotel Ubud

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📌14 Best Areas to Stay in Bali

Below I pick the 14 best areas to stay in Bali and tell you a little more about them so that you can choose the one (or more) that appeals to you most.

This fantastic island has beaches and surfing, lush mountains and volcano lakes, diving and yoga, temples, and deep cultural heritage. You can be sure there’s a place you will love in Bali, read on, and discover more.

1. Ubud, where to stay in Bali for cultural and spiritual experience

Ubud, where to stay in Bali for cultural and spiritual experience
Ubud

If you want to experience Balinese culture and local spirituality, Ubud is your best bet. Bali’s art and culture capital is known for yoga, healthy foods, boutique shops, rice terraces, waterfalls, forests, spas, tattoos, and art galleries.

Busy Ubud is the starting point for most visitors’ exploration of Bali’s phenomenal central mountain region. It’s a destination for all types of holidays from romantic, weddings, honeymoons to friends, family, couples, luxury holidays.

Ubud manages to pull off the tricky feat of being highly developed for tourism while retaining the local atmosphere and charm. So while it is developed, and you’ll find all the facilities you’ll need, you won’t feel that it is overdeveloped.

Ubud is extremely popular among artists, you will find many interesting museums and art galleries here, such as the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), which displays countless paintings by Balinese painters. Also, they provide many workshops for wood carving and Balinese painting.

Ubud is close to the famous Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, a natural forest reserve popular with both tourists and locals. Be sure to check the carved Dragon Bridge under a huge Banyon Tree and leads to The Holy Bathing Temple.

There are also plenty of museums, palaces, temples, art and craft markets, and a trip through the countryside to explore the famous tiered rice terraces and rustic villages is a must. 

Tegallalang Rice Terrace is a popular spot for tourists to stop and take photos. Along with the ones in Campuhan and Pejeng villages, Tegallalang Rice Fields are the most charming terraced landscapes in the Ubud region.

Within walking distance or a short motorbike ride, you can visit Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave), Puri Saren Agung (Ubud Royal Palace), Campuhan Ridge Walk, Ubud Art Market, Tegenungan and Kanto Lampo waterfalls, Tirta Empul temple, and Kecak Fire & Trance Dance Performance.

If you stay in central Ubud, the best way to get around Ubud is by walking. Other ways to get around are renting a motorbike/scooter or hiring a car with a private driver is also a good option.

The area around Ubud is perfect for outdoor activities like hiking and mountain biking, and whitewater rafting on mountain rivers.

Foodies will love Ubud, most of the restaurants have vegetarian, vegan and organic options. Be sure to check out typical Balinese cuisines such as Bebek Goreng – Crispy Duck, Mixed Grilled Balinese Satay (Beef, Chicken, Prawn), Bebek Betutu, and Bubur Injin.

Ubud has some lovely boutique resorts and hostels that make great use of the stylish Balinese design. There are good options for all budgets, and adventure-minded travelers will love it here.

Stay in Ubud if you love arts, crafts, and Balinese design; you want to explore Bali’s beautiful mountain region and a central highland location; you want to visit museums and study Balinese culture; you want somewhere chic and cool; you want good small resorts for all budgets; you plan to stay in Bali for a week.

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2. Kuta, where to stay in Bali for nightlife and surfers

Kuta, where to stay in Bali for nightlife and surfers
Kuta

These days you can barely discern the old sleepy fishing village that surfers began to visit that gradually developed into modern Kuta’s tourist sprawl. If you want parties, action, and rowdy nightlife, then Kuta is for you. If not, maybe pick another destination.

It is a good choice for groups of younger backpackers and budget travelers, especially Australians on Spring Break. If you are traveling solo, as a couple, or with family and children, then Bali has better options to offer you.

Kuta is about 15 minutes from the Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS), depending on traffic. You can pre-book a transfer with your hotel or get a taxi from the official airport at airport when you arrive.

Kuta has countless bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. Beaches around Kuta have gentle waves with soft sand that make this a popular spot to learn surfing.

There are plenty of schools that will be happy to show you how to surf. The best beaches are Kuta Beach, Tuban Beach, Jerman Beach, Legian Beach, and Kelan Beach.

The beaches will be full of rented chairs and loungers. You will see vendors everywhere, trying to sell you anything from handmade crafts to even a massage.

For shopping, there are many shopping malls like Lippo Mall Kuta, the Beachwalk shopping mall, Discovery Shopping Mall, Kuta Art Market, Bali Mall Galleria, and Park 23 Mall Kuta. You can also enjoy the many shops along the streets of Kuta, remember to bargain!

Other points of interest include Waterbom Park Kuta, Kuta Center, Kuta Square, the Ground Zero Monument Bali, Hard Rock Cafe, Vihara Dharmayana Buddhist Temple, Geger Temple, Dewa Ruci Roundabout, Benoa Harbour, Ku De Ta, Petitenget Temple, Potato Head Beach Club, Samasta Lifestyle Village, Serangan Turtle Island, the Poppies alley, and Jalan Legian Kuta.

Kuta has a wide range of accommodations from guesthouses, backpacker hostels, to affordable beachfront resorts in Kuta.

Stay in Kuta if you want a great nightlife scene; you want a highly developed tourist spot; you want a good budget and mid-range accommodation; you like shopping, you want to learn to surf.

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3. Seminyak, my favorite area to stay in Bali

Seminyak, one of the most exclusive areas to stay in Bali
Seminyak

Seminyak is one of my favorite areas to stay in Bali. It is a couple of beaches North and a couple of gears less full-on than Kuta. It is a village-y resort that has developed quickly but, thankfully, with good taste.

The majority of the resorts aim at mid to upmarket beach resorts, and there are some beautiful beach spots. 

The laid-back feel of the place is well suited to couples and solo travelers who want a bit of peace beside a pretty beach. Some shops in Seminyak sell classy designer goods, and if you have the budget, you can dine at independent fine-dining restaurants and Bali’s best restaurants in Eat Street and Jalan Raya.

You’ll find an array of shops lining Jalan Kayu Aya (Eat Street), Jalan Raya Seminyak, and Jalan Petitenget, with a wide range of designer boutiques, branded shops, to surf shops and from swimwear brands to jewelry stores. This is a great place to practice your bargain skills at the local stalls to negotiate the prices.

You can also shop in the shopping mall like the Seminyak Village, The Seminyak Square Shopping Mall; and visit some of the interesting art galleries include Nyaman Gallery, the Theatre Art Gallery.

Seminyak has the highest concentration of beach clubs on the island, including Potato Head Beach Club, Ku De Ta Beach Club, Canggu Club, Cocoon, La Lucciola, Sarong, Métis, and Sardine. If you’re looking for gay-friendly bars, check out Jalan Dhyana Pura or Camplung Tanduk streets.

The best way to get around Seminyak is walking, if you feel confident driving, rent a scooter, if not BlueBird taxi is a good taxi option for a fair price.

You can dive from Seminyak, go horse riding, and visit two nice Balinese temples nearby. Pura Petitenget, a sea temple, is one of six important sea temples in Bali, and Pura Masceti, an agricultural temple

The beaches nearby are beautiful with sandy beaches, and great for surfing, including Petitenget Beach, Batu Belig Beach, Seminyak Beach, Berawa Beach, Mano Beach House, and Double Six Beach.

Stay in Seminyak if you’re looking for not so crowded beach and a good but not busy nightlife scene; you’re traveling as a couple; you like shopping for more expensive and designer items, you’re looking for good Spas and Wellness Centers, you’re looking for quality international restaurants.

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4. Legian, one of the most popular areas to stay in Bali

Legian, one of the most popular areas to stay in Bali
Legian

Legian is one of the most popular areas to stay in the South of Bali, located between busy Kuta beach and more laid back and exclusive Seminyak. Legian’s ambiance kind of splits the difference between these two resorts as well. It is less crazy than Kuta and a bit easier on the wallet than Seminyak.

Legian has a long, wide beach, and many of the resorts here are at the beachside. Since the beach is West-facing, you can watch the sunset from one of many chilled-out beach bars. For the more active visitor, there is good surfing here, particularly at the north end of the beach. 

There are some great hostels and guesthouses in Legian that cater to budget travelers and backpackers. If you have a little more to spend, pick one of the mid-range hotels beside the beach.

You can explore other attractions surrounding Legian such as Legian Art Market, Beachwalk Shopping Mall, Legian Beach.

Stay in Legian if you want lots of bars and restaurants, you want to learn to surf, you’re on a budget, you want a great beach, you’re the first time visiting Bali.

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5. Amed and Tulamben, where to stay in Bali for diving and snorkeling

Amed and Tulamben, where to stay in Bali for diving and snorkeling
Amed

The small traditional fishing village of Amed is over on the Eastern Coast of Bali and is the main destination for visitors to this side of Bali. It is a little more off the beaten path than the busier package holiday resorts of South Bali, and it is a perfect choice for the adventurous traveler or backpacker.

The main attraction of Amed, apart from the beautiful scenery and rustic charm, is diving and snorkeling. Amed is one of Bali’s go-to destinations for divers since the best diving on the island is on nearby offshore reefs.

There are lots of dive companies that will be happy to take experienced and novice divers to experience the undersea delights of Indonesia.

Go Scuba Diving at a Shipwreck, the USS Liberty wreck at Tulamben – one of the most popular dive sites in Bali, choose a dive school in Amed such as Adventure Divers Bali. Snorkel at Lipah Beach, the Japanese wreck at Banyuning, and Jemeluk Bay/rocky beach with lots of corals and fish;

There are Lempuyang Temple, Tirta Gangga Water Palace, Selang Beach, Ibus Beach, Amed Beach, Jemeluk Beach, Lipah Beach for you to explore in Amed.

Other things to do in Amed include seeing the sunrise over sunset viewpoint – Mount Agung, Bukit Cinta/ Love Hill, sunset view at Jemeluk Viewpoint.

Amed offers accommodation to suit all budgets. You can find numerous homestays, guesthouses, and bungalows right in Amed village, and along the beach in the village of Jemeluk.

Stay in Amed if you want a backpacker-friendly place, you want to explore a sleepy corner of the real Bali, you want to get away from it all, you want the best diving & snorkeling, you don’t need beach sunsets.

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6. Sanur, where to stay in Bali for families

Sanur, where to stay in Bali for families
Sanur

Sanur is a well-developed resort beach on the Eastern sunrise coast of Bali. It is conveniently located for onward travel, being close to Bali’s airport, and it is also near to the capital Denpasar. 

Sanur is popular with family groups and an older holiday crowd, who enjoy its abundance of resorts, restaurants, and tourist facilities and appreciate its relaxed atmosphere.

There is a long Sanur Beach here, and if you’re a cyclist, you can take advantage of an excellent 5km cycle path that runs beside the beachfront, offering great views from the saddle. You are also close to the white sand beaches of Semawang Beach, Mertasari Beach, Pengembak Beach, and Karang Beach.

The majority of the accommodation in Sanur is pitched in the middle range of cost and facilities, so you can expect good value resorts that offer pretty good facilities without breaking the bank.

Sanur also offers a good shopping experience with the central shopping zone at Jalan Tamblingan, Jalan Mertasari, and the Ngurah Rai bypass road.

Other things to do in Sanur include getting up early to catch the gorgeous Island Sunrise; shopping and eating at Sanur’s annual Sunday Market; visiting the turtle conservation in Sanur (Serangan island); visiting Le Majeur Museum; eating at the Pasar Sindhu Night Market.

Stay in Sanur if you’re traveling as a family; you want plenty of activities; you’re a sunrise person, not a sunset person; you want good dive shops and don’t mind longer trips to sites; you want great restaurants and low-key nightlife.

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7. Kintamani, where to stay in Bali for nature lovers

Kintamani, where to stay in Bali for nature lovers
Kintamani

Kintamani is a small town in the Northeast of Bali. The main reason to visit this part of the island is to see Lake Batur, a stunning caldera, or volcanic crater lake.

A trip to this stunning location is very rewarding, and it’s simple to arrange tours or guides to take you there. The best time to visit Lake Batur is early in the morning since it often clouds over later in the day.

The area is one of the few parts of the island where you can see traditional Bali village life that hasn’t changed much over the years. Prepare for much cooler temperatures here than on Bali’s coast since Kintamani is over 1,500 meters above sea level. Pack warm clothes.

Be sure to check out villages Trunyan Village, Pinggan Village, Abun Village; temples like Ulun Danu Batur Temple, Penulisan Temple, Kehen Temple, Besakih Temple, Tampak Siring/Holy Spring Water Temple; Hot spring likes Toya Bungkah Hot Spring/Toya Devasya Hot Spring Waterpark for some relaxation with three swimming pools overlooking Lake Batur

There are just a few places to stay in Kintamani, mostly simple and economical guesthouses. You will find several restaurants as well, but no bars at all.

There are lots of activities to do nearby such as mountain cycling, kayaking, ATV trips, or helicopter rides; hike up to Mount Batur or Mount Abang to see breathtaking sunset.

Stay in Kintamani if you’re a keen explorer, you want to see traditional Balinese culture, you don’t mind cooler temperatures, you’re happy with simple budget guesthouses.

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8. Denpasar, capital, where to stay in Bali for local urban lifestyle

Denpasar, capital, where to stay in Bali for local urban lifestyle
Denpasar

Denpasar is the capital city of Bali. It is a bustling place, and not many guides suggest it as a tourist destination, but it can be a very rewarding place to stay for independent-minded travelers.

In Denpasar, you can throw yourself into the whirl of Indonesian City life and sample all kinds of local foods, visit markets, and discover a lot about Balinese history.

There are scores of ancient Temples here, including the imposing Palace of Satria and Royal Temples. Denpasar’s Bali Museum is another fascinating place to learn more about the culture and history of the island.

There are some good hostels here catering to backpackers. If you are looking for more expensive accommodation, there are good mid-range and more expensive hotels that cater largely to business travelers.

You can also see Tanah Lot Temple, Batu Bolong Beach, Nelayan Beach, Berawa Beach. And head to Canggu Beach for watching the sunset or surfing. Other things to do: Visit the Turtle Conservation and Education Center and see Pura Jagatnatha-a Hindi Temple.

Stay in Denpasar if you love busy cities, you want to sample the local urban lifestyle, you want to see somewhere most tourists don’t go, you want to learn about Balinese culture and history, you’re an independent traveler.

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9. Jimbaran, where to stay in Bali for sunset and seafood

Jimbaran, where to stay in Bali for sunset and seafood
Jimbaran

Jimbaran is a quieter resort with a sheltered beach that’s a little less wavy and safer for swimmers than many of Bali’s beaches. It is located to the South of busy Ubud, so it is conveniently close to the busier beaches but a world away from the chaos of Kuta.

The beach is a wonderful sunset spot, and, if you can afford it, a sunset cocktail at one of the sophisticated five-star resort bars is a great way to end the day.

Jimbaran has developed as an upscale resort village, and you will find some high-class hillside villas to rent and some very smart beachfront resorts.  The resort is popular with couples, families, and many travelers looking for a sophisticated and relaxed base for their Balinese experience. 

You have golden sand beaches Jimbaran Beach, Kelan Beach for swimming, surfing lessons, sunbathing and long walks. Pondok Pemuda Beach, Kedonganan Beach, Tegal Wangi Beach, Balangan Beach can also easily find in this area.

Be sure to visit Uluwatu Temple, a Balinese Hindu sea temple set at the edge of a cliff and overlooking the waves of the Indian Ocean for sunset, a monkey forest, sunset Kecak Dance, and Bukit Peninsula beaches.

Jimbaran is well known for romantic beachfront seafood restaurants, don’t miss out on Maya Beach, the main strip, with many seafood cafe restaurants with beautiful sunset views.

Stay in Jimbaran if you love seafood, you want a pretty, sheltered beach, you want a 5-Star beach resort, you want exclusive shopping.

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10. Canggu, where to stay in Bali for surfers, expats, digital nomads

Canggu, where to stay in Bali for surfers, expats, digital nomads
Canggu

Canggu is one of the hippest and most up-and-coming places to stay in Bali. It is situated on Bali’s southwest coast, the most developed part of the island. Canggu came late to the tourist party, though, and it is a world away in the atmosphere from the thronged resorts of Kuta and Legian. It’s more laidback with the rice fields, beaches, and many restaurants.

Here you will find yourself surrounded by hardcore surfers, long-term stayers, and digital nomads. You can shop for unique craft items in boutique shops and art galleries. There are some great whole-food restaurants in Canggu and several places to practice or learn Yoga. 

To get around Caggu, the best way is to walk along the beach, otherwise, you can hire a scooter, or hire a private car with a driver. Alternatively, use Go-Jek App for ‘Go-Ride’, or Grab Taxi. Uber is limited in many parts of Bali including Canggu.

For dining and shopping, check out Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong, ending at the popular Old Man’s Bar and sunset area across Batu Bolong Beach. This area is filled with restaurants, bars, cafés, and shopping stores.

On the main street, Jalan Padan Linjong leading to Echo Beach, you can also find a lot of accommodation options in Jalan Batu Mejan. Another shopping spot is Jl. Pantai Berawa. It’s divided into 2 areas Jl. Canggu Permai II with local market and Jl. Pantai Berawa with additional cafes and restaurants.

There are lots of hostels and traveler-friendly facilities, and the inclusive ambiance of Canggu means that it is a great choice of destination for solo travelers.

Things to do in Canggu:

  • Go surfing at Pantai Berawa Beach, Batu Bolong Beach, and Echo Beach
  • Visit Tanah Lot Temple, see the sunset
  • Check out reataurant like The Mocca Canggu, Ruko Cafe, Hungry Bird Coffee Roasters, and Gowes Coffee
  • Go shopping at Love Anchor Canggu Market, The Samadi Bali Market, Old Men’s Market, Batu Balong street.
  • Rent a scooter to explore Canggu
  • Enjoy Canggu street art

Stay in Canggu if you’re looking for world-class surfing, you’re a young or solo, single traveler, you plan to stay long-term a month or more, or you’re a digital nomad, you want to stay in the hippest place in Bali.

Best places to stay in Canggu: • THE HAVEN SUITES Bali BerawaCOMO Uma Canggu  • Shore Amora Canggu

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11. Nusa Dua, the most beautiful and luxurious holiday in Indonesia

Nusa Dua, the most beautiful and luxurious holiday in Indonesia

A Nusa Dua is a seaside resort located in Bali. Nusa Dua offers one of the most beautiful and luxurious holiday destinations in Indonesia, with its white sand beaches lined by palm trees.

Nusa Dua has something for everyone, with a variety of luxury hotels and resorts to choose from as well as an array of restaurants that will suit any palate.

Nusa Dua’s white sand beaches are a beautiful backdrop for swimming and sunbathing. Nusa Dua is also dotted with coral reefs that make excellent snorkeling spots in the sea. For a truly unforgettable experience, try diving to explore these underwater treasures!

Some of the must-visit places in Nusa Dua: Water Blow Bali, Pasifika Museum, Puja Mandala – Hill of Worship, Bali Collection Shopping Centre, Bebek Bengil Nusa Dua .

There are golden sandy beaches for swimming, surfing, water sports such as Samuh Beach, Nusa Dua Beach, Club Med Bali Beach, Geger Beach, and Sofitel Bali Beach.

The best hotels and resorts to stay in are The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Awarta Nusa Dua Resort & Villas, Hilton Bali Resort.

Other Best places to stay in Nusa Dua:Merusaka Nusa Dua Amnaya Resort BenoaMelia Bali

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12. Nusa Lembongan, an island in Nusa Penida

Nusa Lembongan, an island in Nusa Penida

Located within a short boat ride from Sanur, Nusa Lembongan is an island in Nusa Penida, Bali. Nusa Penida has a different vibe from the rest of the traditional Nusa Islands because it’s more rugged and untouched with many rocky cliffs and caves to explore on foot or by snorkeling just off-shore. 

But there are plenty of other things you can do during your visit here such as exploring the jungle trails, snorkeling, diving, or just relaxing on the beach. Nusa Lembongan also has a lot of hotels and resorts to choose from when planning your stay.

Top attractions include Yellow Bridge, Lebaoh Beach, Blue Corner, Mangrove Point, Panorama Point.

Best things to do in Nusa Lembongan:

  • Explore beaches are Song Tepo Beach, Blue Lagoon Beach, Secret Beach, Sandy Bay Beach, Dream Beach, Broken Beach, Mushroom Bay, Coconuts Beach, and Jungutbatu Beach.
  • Devil’s Tear, Devil’s Tears Cliff Jump
  • Angel’s Billabong rock pools, Kelingking rock formation, and multiple snorkelling spots.
  • Snorkel with Giant Manta Rays
  • Lembongan Mangrove Boat Tour through Mangrove Forest
  • Panorama Point, a view point
  • Yellow Bridge

Best places to stay in Nusa Lembongan:Aurora Beach ViewLinda Beach ResortTS Hut Lembongan

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13. Lovina & Singaraja, with beautiful waterfalls

Lovina & Singaraja, with beautiful waterfalls

There are plenty of tourist attractions near Loviná and a lot of activities like cycling, fishing and hiking.

In Lovina, you can find many waterfalls Gitgit Waterfall, Sekumpul Waterfall, Banyumala Waterfall, Aling Aling Waterfall, Ulun Danu Temple.

The best beaches are Lovina Beach with black sand, Ganesha Beach, Agung Beach, Happy Beach Tukad Mungga.

Other things to do in Lovina:

  • Dolphin Watching
  • Visit the Vihara Buddhist Temple
  • Bathe in the natural Banjar Hot Springs
  • Visit the Secret Garden of Sambangan
  • Go snorkelling or diving in Menjangan island.
  • Trip to the Git Git Waterfall
  • Aling Aling trek to Aling Aling waterfall

Where to stay in Lovina Bali:

Padmasari Resort Lovina This beachfront accommodation is located on Lovina Beach. it offers modern, Balinese-style décor rooms with air-conditioning, free wifi, a TV, and private bathrooms. The hotel can help arrange various trips, including dolphin tours. Close to Banjar Hot Springs and Gitgit Waterfall.

Hotel Shri Ganesh This guest house offers cozy and homey accommodation featuring an outdoor swimming pool, free WiFi. It takes only a 5-minute walk from the nearest beach and getting to Bali Denpasar International Airport will take around 3 hours by car.

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14. Gili Islands, for snorkeling, diving, surfing and hiking

Gili Islands, for snorkeling, diving, surfing and hiking

The Gili Islands are three small islands off the coast of Lombok in Indonesia. The Gili Islands offer a lot to do and see, from snorkeling and diving to surfing and hiking. 

There are plenty of attractions in Gili islands for you to explore more. Gili Trawangan is the biggest and most popular island of Gili Islands with plenty to do for everyone, from snorkeling at Meno Reef & Gili Nanggu Beach to exploring Gili’s traditional villages. 

Gili Air used to be a fishing village before tourism arrived on the scene but now it offers some great beach fun as well as peaceful hikes up Mount Penanjakan or visits to Bukit Sari waterfall. And if you are looking for more solitude than can be found in Gili Trawangan then head over to Gili Meno which still has many untouched beaches perfect for relaxing and taking in scenery that will make your soul smile!

Gili Meno Sunset Point is one of the most iconic places on Gili Trawangan and it’s easy to see why. With a perfect view over Bali, this vantage point has been immortalized in many photos by tourists from all around the world.

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Regardless of why you are visiting Bali or what you are looking for, rest assured Bali will leave you with lasting memories. It is a gorgeous area full of adventures waiting to happen. Whether you prefer outdoor activities such as hiking and surfing, or meandering through markets and hunting for hidden restaurant treasures, Bali should be your next vacation destination!

So, that’s my guide to the where to stay in Bali. As you will know by now, this incredibly varied island has something to offer to visitors of all budgets and needs. Why not pick a location, choose your dates, and start making plans for your visit?

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