Bali is an island and one of the province in Indonesia.The capital city of Bali is Denpasar and since the late 20th century, Bali has had a rise in tourism. It is one of the famous and favorite tourist destination.
As tourist destination, Bali is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, hand craft, music and etc. Besides that, Bali also offer many attraction and activities for tourist ranging from their beautiful view, nature, beach, adventure, history and culture,underwater activities, education, mountain activities and place to shop all you can found in Bali. Each corner in Bali from east to south, north to west all offer tourist attraction. I guess Bali is one the place that tourist need to visit after all although i believe not all people will agree with that. Same people say that Bali is overrated, too touristy,expensive and not worth to visit.I think it really all depends how you would see and enjoy Bali. Nevertheless, here’s my Top 10 list tourist attraction in Bali you could visit.
Located 1,5 km ( 30 minutes) from Ngurah Rai International Airport Denpasar, Kuta is one of the well known tourist destination in Bali. Most notable is Kuta beach (Indonesian: Pantai Kuta). Kuta beach is one of the beaches which most visited and popular by the tourist as it is located not far from airport and the capital city, Denpasar. It is also famous for their beautiful view, low cost and the waves which suitable for beginner surfer. Although, from my last visit the beach now is too crowded and dirty. Nevertheless, the beach offer beautiful sunset for tourist to see.
Besides the nature, Kuta also famous for shopping place and their night life. Head here if you are looking out to socialize, party and have a good time. There’s a lot restaurant, cafe, pub in here include Hard Rock cafe. And if you like the art show, you can visit Kuta Theater and for those who holiday with children can visit Waterbom Bali.
Same like Kuta and Legian, Sanur is also famous for their beach. Located in east of Denpasar, Sanur beach is interesting place for surfing as it have big waves and challenging. It is also a location for snorkeling and spot for diving. Sanur is suitable for those tourist who like place more quite and not crowded. It is one of my favorite spot in Bali as I like more quite place. Moreover, the beach offer white sand, natural underwater view, calm sea water and beautiful view especially on Sunrise. The place is also popular tourist attraction for activate like Seawalker Sanur.
Price Seawalker Sanur : Rp 500.000 – 600.000 per person (minimum 2 person) / Indonesian citizen and US$ 75 – 85 per person /International tourist
3. Ungasan & Pecatu ; Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK ) & Dream Land Beach
Entrance ticket GWK Rp. 50.000/person
4. Tari Kecak & Tari Bali
Bali is famous for their culture and dance either it is traditional or modern dance. There is many type of Bali dances such as tari kecak, tari pendet, legong, baris, gambuh, barong and etc. I believe all is worthy to see but if you only have little time than Tari Kecak is compulsory for you. Tari Kecak is well known as one of typical dance from Bali. The dance is very popular and interesting to see. In Bali, there is few place where you see this dance such as Tari Kecak Uluwatu, Tari Kecak Ubud, Tari Kecak di GWK bali, Tari Kecak in Pura Tanah Lot and many more. Tari kecak Uluwatu is one of the famous compare to the others as it is show with the background of sunset in pura Hindu Uluwatu (Hindu Tample).
Price to see Tari Kecak is around Rp 100.000/ person
5. Pura Tanah Lot
Pura Tanah Lot is Hindu Temple place to worship God of the sea in Tanah Lot, Bali. It is a well known tourist attraction in Bali, as it offer beautiful view especially on sunset. The uniqueness of this temple (Indonesia called: Pura) is because located in the top of big coral in seafront. As the result, if the seawater is high, you can’t visit the Pura Tanah Lot because the coral stone which buffer around Pura Tanah Lot is flooded by sea water. When it is low tide you can see few benign sea snake which according to the local story the snake is the guard of temple. You can hold the snake as it is not dangerous. In this place you also can see Tari Kecak.
Price : Entrance ticket Tanah Lot Rp. 10.000/person
Ubud is located in regency of Gianyar, 40 km from Denpasar. It is well known as a place for the art of painting and engraving typical Bali. Other tourist attraction which located in Ubud is Sangeh. Sangeh is a forest which inhabited by many of wild apes. The wild apes is regraded as sacred animal by the local. It’s the place you cannot miss to visit in Bali as it offer many attraction for tourist ranging from nature, culture, temples, museums, theaters, rolling rice/paddy fields, gardens, park, art and activities like cooking , bicycling, spa and massage ,yoga, rafting and even shopping to buy souvenir and gifts. Ubud is also famous for their Tari Kecak Ubud.
Jimbaran beach is one of the well known tourist attraction in Bali. It is the place for those who like to enjoy white sand beach as well as enjoying a culinary typical Bali. When you came to Jimbaran beach the first things you see is the row of tables and chairs in the top beautiful white sand. Don’t worry with the waves as the waves of Jimbaran coast is very calm, so it is will not harm you who were eating on the coastline. Jimbaran is also popular for their food called grilled fish typical Jimbaran ( Indonesia: ikan bakar khas Jimbaran). As now we in the culinary topic, if you came to Bali don’t forget to try the local food such as Ayam/Bebek bakar betutu ( grilled chicken / duck), Mengguh porridge, Nasi Jinggo, Lawar, Tum Ayam, Sate plecing , Sate lilit and etc. Besides beach and culinary there is other tourist attraction called New Kuta Green Park Pecatu.
8. Nusa Dua
9. Tanjung Benoa
10. Pasar Seni Sukawati
- Pantai Padang Padang is beach with white sand, natural and beautiful view. It is shooting place for hollywood movie eat, pray, love.
- Bedugul is famous for their Pura Ulun Danu water temple and the Eka Karya Botanic Garden.
- Pantai Lovina is the place where you can see dolphin attraction.
- Uluwatu is famous for their Pura Besakih and kecak dance (Tari Kecak)
- Tampak siring temple or Holy water temple is famous for the holy water which believe can melt all the bad influences in the body and purifies the soul and mind. It is also home of the Gunung Kawi Temple.
- Kintamani offer tourist attraction such as Danau Batur kintamani.
- Arung Jeram Sungai Telaga Waja is a place to play rafting. It is known for the clear and clean water as well as the challenging rafting. Tourist also can trekking hiking after the rafting.
- Arung Jeram Sungai Ayung is a place to play rafting with calm water compare to Telaga Waja river.
- Bali Bird Park is Bird park in Bali and home for variety type collection of bird from local or other countries. In here you can also see Jalak Bali bird which is rarely found the existency.
- Bali Safari Marine Park is zoo, wildlife conservation.
- And many more.
Note: To visit all the place, I recommend you to rent a car with/without local driver or motorcycle.
Price : Rent car in Bali is around Rp 300.000 – 600.000 /day ( price depends on conditions).
As for Motorcycle is around Rp. 50.000 – 70.000/day.
Please free to leave your comments and tell me which one is your favorite place in Bali?