20 Favourite Places in Bali

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Bali is known the world over for its’ iconic rice paddies, meditation retreats and fantastic organic cuisine. So if you’re coming to Bali to immerse yourself in the local culture – yoga, great organic cafes, unique boutiques, and scenic temples – then you’re gonna want to know about these 20 favourite places in Bali!

Betelnut Cafe Bali

20. Batu Balong Beach

This beach and surrounding area (Canggu) offer some of the best surf in Bali, along with a great range of organic and vegan cafes, small boutiques, and much less commercialisation than other areas of Bali. A great way to enjoy a stay in Bali is to book a villa in the area and venture off for activities further abroad either by scooter or by booking a private driver for around $50 a day.

White water rafting bali

19. White Water Rafting

This is perhaps one of the funnest activities to enjoy whilst in Bali. If you’re around during the rainy season, you’ll be delighted to know that while that means rainy days and nights, it also means more water for the rapids! There are a range of companies offering day tours into the mountains where you can enjoy a couple of hours rafting down river.

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18. The Mulia Nusa Dua

If you want to be on this side of town – away from the madness – then look no further than the Mulia Resort in Nusa Dua. This hotel is gigantic – but is great to visit for a couple of nights at the end of your stay to relax, unwind, and regroup before our flight home.

Bali Four Seasons Luxury Hotel

17. Four Seasons Sayan – Ubud

If you want a luxury hotel that offers the real Bali experience, you will find that and more at the Four Seasons Sayan. This resort is renowned for making guests feel a world away in a tranquil, green oasis with a huge offering of yoga and meditation classes, some free of charge.

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Instagram: @thebalitailor

16. Crate, Canggu

Ahhhh, another great cafe in Canggu. Seriously, go here. This place will serve you bowls of happiness, glasses of sunshine, and a plate of health.

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Instagram: @katchalicius

15. Mount Batur

So you’ve seen the photos of those iconic 6am horizon shots overlooking Bali – but where are they taken from!? If you want to experience a hike in Bali, then the best on offer is arguably Mount Batur for sunrise. While you’ll have to wake early, the sights are certainly worth it (pictured above).

brooke bali

14. Spa Alila at Alila Soori

The spa at Alila Villas Soori is perhaps one of the most subtle, sensual spas I have experienced in the world. The design of the spa (and the hotel more generally) is minimal, making it feel like a sanctuary a world’s away from the hustle and bustle of Bali. Alila Soori is quite a drive out of the way in Tabanan, but the drive out offers travellers an insight into “old” Bali – untouched, no high-rises, and plenty of local life.

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Instagram: @wild_dakini

13. Canteen Cafe, Canggu 

If you’re after a great cafe in Canggu, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Canteen Cafe is just one of the many cafes in the area worth mentioning – so be sure to try a few!

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Instagram: @horacepee

12. Ubud Monkey Forest

This place is just too cute to miss. As the name suggests, the Ubud Monkey Forest is full of local monkeys just waiting to meet travellers passing through. Just be sure when feeding them bananas – they’re a lively bunch!

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Instagram: @thebalibible

11. Rock Bar Bali

It’s in the name. Great views, great sunsets.

single fin bali

10. Single Fin

While we love Rock Bar, we LOOOVVVEEE Single Fin. Great views, located in Uluwatu.

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Instagram: kajapoga

9. Desa Seni Yoga, Canggu

If there’s just one place to practice Yoga in Bali, Desa Seni would be it. Here they also have accommodations and training to become an instructor.

potato head beach club

8. Potato Head Beach Club

If you’re in Bali for a “boys trip” or “girls trip” aka you have reason to celebrate, then Potato Head Beach Club is the place to go. The place is crowded every day of the week, so be sure to arrive early if you want to score a good spot.

chill house bali

7. The Chillhouse Canggu 

If you’re on a budget but don’t want to sacrifice comfort, then The Chillhouse in Canggu is the best option for you. It’s also great for solo travellers as there is a strong communal vibe – included meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) are even served at a communal dining table.

rice fields bali

6. Ubud Rice Terraces

When you think of Bali, you think of the above photo. Rice terraces are everywhere in Bali, but nowhere are they in more abundance than Ubud. Be sure to hire a driver for the day (around $50 a day) to take you in and around Ubud, plus anywhere else you wish to go.

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Instagram: @gooseberryintimates

5. Gooseberry Intimates Flagship Store

If there’s one thing I could spend copious amounts of money on without feeling guilty, its lingerie! Gooseberry intimates have really beautiful, delicate pieces that are very reminiscent of traditional French feminine lingerie. You’ll find the flagship store on the main strip of Seminyak.

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Instagram: @shaym

4. Uluwatu Temple

This UNESCO World Heritage listed temple is a very sacred place for Balinese and offers fantastic views from the cliffs of Uluwatu. Most travellers choose to visit in the late afternoon to capture one of the iconic Uluwatu sunsets, so if you plan to visit then be sure to expect plenty of traffic on the return to popular tourist areas like Seminyak, Kuta or Nusa Dua.

Tanah lot bali

3. Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot is a small rock formation off the coast of Bali and home to the renowned Pula Tanah Lot temple. Particularly beautiful at sunset or sunrise, this temple is a must see when in Bali!

alila uluwatu food

2. “Warung” Restaurant at Alila Villas Uluwatu 

I love Alila Villas Uluwatu for a number of reasons – it has some of the best views over the cliffs of Uluwatu, fantastic sunsets, great pool villas, but most of all — the food! So I had to include this hotel once more for its’ casual dining restaurant, “Warung“. Be sure to try a few things in traditional sharing style – the more adventurous, the better! I can’t go past the tempe and peanut satay, but the complimentary tasting plate to start is just as good!!

betelnut cafe bali

1. Betelnut Cafe

I can hardly believe myself that a cafe has made its’ way to rank #1 on top of the list of all things to see and do in Bali, but if you’ve ever been to Betelnut Cafe in Canggu, you’ll know why. This cafe has some of the most amazing food for a great price, but its the famous Nagabombs and Nagabowls that earn this little cafe the top position. Drop by to see what all the fuss is about. Located on the main street to the beach in Canggu ( Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, #60 ).

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    April 25, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you it is always amazing to discover what tourists really really love about my country.
    Your photos are really really good.

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    February 23, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Fantastic Area listings, .. i guest u forget to put JATILUWIH area, full of Rice-field view ….


    October 16, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    I like the cook in Warung. I think warung is the best cooking restaurant in Bali.

    September 22, 2015 at 5:41 am

    So glad to hear you had a lovely time in my country and made such a beautiful writing, I hope you have another opportunity to come back again in Bali.

    So much greeting! I live in East Java the next island on the left Bali island . cheers!!! 🙂

    Lina Kewas
    August 17, 2015 at 3:17 am

    I’ve just spontaneously booked 12 days in Bali next year in
    April for my birthday with my boyfriend who’s from Hobart. I’ve always wanted to go there and now I am thanks to the cheapest flights from Jetstar. Thanks for all the tips and ideas about Bali.
    Love your blog and Instagram feed as well.

    Lina 🙂 🙂 🙂

    July 23, 2015 at 5:17 am

    I love this post. Its amazing that you got to visit so many great places in Bali! I miss it so much. Did you go to the Gili’s?


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    July 10, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing Brooke. I am headed to Bali later in the year and needed a starting point for my itinerary. This is perfect!

    July 8, 2015 at 2:43 am

    I just bookmarked this page! Bali is my number one destination and I am planning a trip there for a month next summer! It looks amazzzzing! I can’t wait! Thanks for giving me a strong case of wanderlust!


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    July 7, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    I love Bali… the culture, principles of holistic living, the sunset bars, diving, its value for money, its proximity to Australia… I could go on! I’ve been to Bali twice but there are definitely some new gems in here that I’ll keep in mind for next time!

    Nichole Dunst
    July 7, 2015 at 4:56 am

    Dying to go here- all of these places look amazing! I love the vegan culture there, it sounds like total paradise 🙂

    July 6, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Thinking of travelling in summer next year and this is a definite on my list now! Jealous that you travel full time! X

    Lorena from sunshine and lorena
    July 6, 2015 at 5:59 am

    You have made me want to go to Bali even more now! Your posts make my wanderlust even worse, but I am not complaining! 🙂

    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    July 3, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Ever since I first watched the movie Eat, Pray, Love I’ve wanted to go to Bali. You have some great recommendations here and I hope to use them soon 😉 I love these list-style posts by the way!

    July 3, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    I’ve been able to travel to Bali a handful of times this year and it still surprises me just how many different places there are to visit there. After reading this I honestly still feel like I’ve only scratched the surface. Looks like I need to go back soon and visit some of these places. Great list 🙂

    July 3, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Bali is a new place on my bucket list! I’ve been looking up places to go, just have to save for the plane ticket! Love the ideas you shared here 🙂 I will have to keep them in mind!

    July 3, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Is it new or have you always been posting instagram pics from totally random people along your blog posts?

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      Its a new way for WOW readers to connect by sharing their travel photos and using the #worldofwanderlust tag 🙂 It’s a fun way for us to share other people’s great travel photos and engage the WOW community!

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    July 2, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    I want to go to Bali so bad!!! I’ll be packing your list with me hehe!! xx

    Kimberly Purcell
    July 2, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    It all looks glorious! Thanks for sharing.

    July 2, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    I wanna go to Tanah Lot! Sounds perfect!

    July 2, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Ahhhh, this post reminds me how much I loved Bali. Great tips!


    July 2, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    They all look amazing! I’ve been thinking about going to Bali for a long time now I absolutely have to go!


    Dave Baldwin
    July 2, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    When we went to Bali we stayed at the Bali Desa Suites. It was the most idyllic place and the rates were very reasonable. If I ever hit the lottery (I don’t play the lotter, but if I did…) I’d spend six months there.
    Great travel and eating in Bali for sure.
    Thank you,
    Dave Baldwin

    July 2, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I’m dying to go to Bali. Those photos look amazing x

    July 2, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Everything looks beautiful in Bali.. I really want to go there some day.. :’)

    July 2, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    This makes me want to go to Bali even more!!! Everything from the culture to the sights seems magical. Love these little guides! xx

    July 2, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    cool list the rock bar looks incredible 😀

    July 2, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    I really miss bali <3 also really want to try Betelnut Cafe uhhh

    July 2, 2015 at 11:23 am

    I love Desa Seni! Tenganan is also an awesome village to visit in Bali!

    July 2, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Great list! I think the Pura Lempuyang Luhur is one of the most incredible sites in Bali. I like getting off the beaten path a bit. Then again, it’s Bali and you can’t go wrong anywhere you go!