8 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Denpasar

Jul 22, 2021

The volcanic island of Bali, Indonesia is world famous for beaches, surf, surfers, yoga, and its beloved Balinese Hindu culture. Bali's official language is Indonesian, although most people speak it alongside the native Bahasa language. You'll hear the two together in all sorts of Balinese, but be aware of the different accents and idioms.

Despite the influx of tourists, Bali is still an enchanting island, brimming with hidden corners and unique experiences for travelers. And its Hindu traditions, art and architecture, and holy sights will keep you captivated, too.

Bali's cultural sights include beautiful ancient Hindu temples and beautiful wooden carvings. Outside the urban areas, you can explore jungle-clad mountains, gorgeous rice fields, and volcanoes, which are perfect for treks. Discover the best places to visit in Bali with this handy travel guide.

Gili Islands

Bali's newest and most spectacular attraction is the archipelago of small islands known as the Gili Islands. The archipelago consists of three small islands, two larger islands, and plenty of smaller islets, and has been popular with divers for years. The main site is Gili Trawangan, which has a string of bars, shops, restaurants and hotels right on the beach and is considered by many to be the most attractive and'real' of the Gili Islands. With most of its ferry connections, main roads, and infrastructure, Gili Trawangan is likely to remain Bali's most popular resort. Gili Trawangan is close to Candidasa and the town of Nusa Lembongan. It's just across the bay from Nusa Penida.

Legian Beach

Legian Beach in Bali is a strip of glitzy golden sand in a tourist area of low-key hotels, shops and restaurants, and sits overlooking a calm turquoise sea. Surrounded by secluded and peaceful lagoons and channels, it attracts visitors of all stripes. Visitors arriving by cruise ship will be taken to nearby Nusa Dua, the island's boutique hotel hub, while tourists using local buses will make their way to Bemo Corner, a short walk from the beach. The beach has a changing room and restaurant which provide refreshments and snacks, and a small pool to the right of the beach. Many of the hotels in the area sell cheap daily rooms and dormitory-style rooms for those on a tight budget.

Ubud Palace

The legendary elegance of Ubud Palace (Taman Wedia, Jl Raya Ubud) extends over a fine Balinese classical mansion with a 200-year history. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, the house is built over a series of courtyards and offers rooms with ancient tiled roofs, elegant interiors, and panoramic views. It has a superb collection of traditional Balinese furniture and art, while the park contains more than a hundred different species of orchid.

Bali Museum

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Indonesia's most important archaeological museum, which is housed in the Art Museum, Bali Museum (Museum Wisata Balai) traces the history of the island through its archaeological, natural and historical relics. The museum is located at the top of a hill above the central Ubud area. Visitors are transported there by mini-vans. The hill itself is mostly covered with tropical forest, so that you may get the feeling of being in the nature when entering the museum. Apart from the museum, there are lots of boutiques in the center of Ubud offering interesting souvenirs.

Pura Tanah Lot

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The Pura Tanah Lot Temple, considered Bali's most important Hindu site, was built on a small limestone island in 1720 by the nobleman Gusti Nyoman Lempad, a temple administrator. The temple is surrounded by a moat, and a bamboo fence protects it from mosquitoes. The temple consists of a series of temples with more than 300 statues, including statues of demons, deities, and a large idol of Shiva, surrounded by a moat. Also visible is a holy stairway, plastered with Hindu gods. The spectacular sunset colors of the surrounding fields are the result of volcanic ash, ground up during the eruptions that created the temple, which occurred some 2,500 years ago.

Sanur Beach

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Sanur Beach is in Bali and has many attractions. This is the most picturesque beach on the island and has restaurants that are both idyllic and serve delicious dishes and craft beers. It also has beautiful cliffs and restaurants, which is what makes it even more special. This beach is popular among Bali visitors for their desire for a different type of luxury than they can find on the touristy Ubud. It's a perfect example of the fusion of local culture with tourism and is truly a special place that's worth visiting.

Pura Luhur Ulu Watu

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Pura Luhur Ulu Watu is an idyllic Balinese temple complex in Bali's southwest corner. Located at the southernmost tip of Nusa Penida, the temple has been around since the late 12th century and was built to rival nearby Pura Luhur Ulu Watu. Wat Ulu Watu is a mecca for surfers and there are several decent surf breaks close by. If you don't know how to surf, there are plenty of cheaper tours on offer. For beginners, Surfcademy in Sanur has well-qualified instructors. Lunch at the small restaurants along the beach, then take a long ride up the hill for a sea breeze and a panorama view. Walk the headland along Pura Tanah Lot past the white temple built on the cliff-top.

Legian

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Located in the south of Bali, Legian is the third most popular tourist resort in Bali. The beach is clean, the shopping is good and the restaurants and bars offer a wide choice of food and drink. Besides the sea there is also a little lake, Lake Matagarama. The beach and lake were built by the military as defense against the Japanese invaders during the war. In the area surrounding the lake are shops, restaurants, and cafés. On the edge of the lake, the king and his mother stayed in an artificial island during their royal visit to the Balinese capital in 1946. Traveling from Bali, there are no direct flights from some countries. One way to reach Bali is through Singapore or Thailand.