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Areas of Bali

Menjangan Lovina / North Bali Bedugul/Munduk Amed Candidasa Ubud Umalas Canggu Semanyak Sanur Kuta / Legian Jimbaran Nusa Dua Uluwatu Nusa Lembongan Gilili Island
Kuta & Legian

One of the most popular areas of Bali, this is where you will find the most hustle and bustle of Bali. Lots of bargain market shopping, beach bars, restaurants, bars and clubs. This area is also home to the famous Waterbom Park. There is a small selection of private villas in this area and many resorts and hotels from budget to five star luxury.

If you are looking for downtown Bali, fun on the beach and some time spent bartering Kuta & Legian are the place for you!

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Seminyak is currently Bali’s number one tourist spots. With a wide selection of private villas and resorts, boutiques shopping, fine dining, funky cafes, 5 star beach clubs and trendy bars it is attracting a legion of returning fans. New, and highly popular in Seminyak are mystery dining tours; dine at four of the best restaurants in Seminyak, all in one evening.

For the coffee lovers, foodies and serious shoppers out there Seminyak is the place for you!

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Canggu and beyond

Canggu has grown wildly in popularity over the past three years. It’s gone from a sleepy surf area to Bali’s up and coming number one tourist spot. Known for it’s hipster surfers, amazing sunset spots and vast array of healthy cafes, which can all be enjoyed with this relaxed private tour. It’s not as quiet as it was once known for as it is gaining in popularity at a rate of knots.

There are still some gorgeous rice fields left to enjoy and there is a range of accommodation on offer from huge, luxury villas to cheap homestays…and everything in between!

If you are a surf lover, shopper or foodie this is the place for you!

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Set inland Umalas is only a 5 minute drive to the streets of Seminyak. With a good range of private villas Umalas is proving to be a popular spot for tourists wanting to be close to Seminyak but not in the thick of it all. Umalas is home to some hidden gems when it comes to places to eat and is a gorgeous Rice Field area.

If you are looking to be close to Seminyak but away from the busy streets and want to discover a hidden gem from which you can easily explore the island with Bali’s best day trips, this is one of the best areas of Bali for you!

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Up the mountains Ubud has long been known as the cultural heart of Bali. Ubud is a scenic 1 hour driver from Seminyak/Legian/Kuta and is popular for day trips among tourists. For those who wish to soak in the culture and beauty longer Ubud has many luxurious villas and a range of hotel style accommodation. Home to the famous Sacred Monkey Forest, rice terraces, art and craft markets, cultural performance and various activities on offer Ubud is a paradise all of it’s own.

If you are looking for a cultural or spiritual experience and to discover the beauty of the rice terraces is the place for you!

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Nusa Dua

Home to many 5 star hotels and a few 5 star villas Nusa Dua features gorgeous white sand beaches. You can feast at the many options of restaurants most of which are housed within resorts. When you’re looking for a great night out away from your hotel, the Devdan Show is highly recommended.

If you are into resort style holidaying and going 5 star in a sprawling resort with all of the trimmings this is the place for you!

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Sanur generally attracts an older or family orientated crowd. With a great sheltered beach for swimming and much slower pace than the Kuta-Seminyak area, Sanur offers a more village feel, making it one of the preferred areas of Bali for families. The beaches are lined by colourful wooden fishing boats and the long path way along the beach is popular for hiring bicycles and riding along.

If you are looking for a slower pace, to swim in a calm ocean and feel like you’re in a village this is the place for you!

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Jimbaran’s proximity to the airport makes it a great choice either at the start of the end of your Bali trip. It’s started as a fisherman’s village and is still home to the freshest seafood on the Island. You can choose your seafood that comes straight off the boats to be cooked up. Even for those not staying in Jimbaran, dining at these famous beach restaurants is a must-do activity and if often combined with an Uluwatu trip.

Many gorgeous villas, resorts, restaurants and attractions have been added to this area of the Island in the past few years.

If you are looking for a gorgeous seaside stop close to the airport this is the place for you!

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Uluwatu / Bukit Peninsula

Home to many flashy event style, cliff top villas that are used for weddings and events this area has gorgeous blue water and accommodation generally has fabulous views. Favoured by surfers in the high season looking to catch the reef break the general area has a laid back feel. You can also visit some 5 star beach clubs here as a day visitor and enjoy a Bali’s famous kecak dance at Uluwatu Temple.

If you are looking to surf the reef back or have a 5 star event or getaway with a killer view this is the place for you!

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Lovina & North Bali

Lovina is one of the most popular areas in the North of Bali but the entire Northern Coastline is full of different villages, temples, and waterfalls to explore. Think Bali 30 years ago, the North offers Bali welcoming vibe, uncrowded beaches, no traffic jams and whole lot Westernisation.

If you are looking for old school Bali Vibes you are going to want to head North!

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Situated in West Bali, Menjengan is famous for its West Bali National Park and free roaming deer. Being one of the most remote areas of Bali, here you’ll only find a few luxury resorts and some lower budget options. This area attracts the dedicated visitors (as it is quite a drive from the airport!). Those who make the drive to this area are rewarded with crystal clear water to explore, views of Java, no traffic and tons of spots to explore.

If you are wanting to experience some gorgeous water and don’t mind some time travelling in the car or bike, Menjangan should be on your list!

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Candidasa is quiet seaside are on the East Coast of Bali. The beach is a sequence of sandy shores and breakwaters. It offers plenty of accommodation, dining and shopping opportunities. You can explore waterfalls and close up views of Mt Agung, there are dive and snorkel opportunities close by also.

If you are looking for a quiet, seaside escape away from the traffic and the crowds, this is a good option for you!

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Famous for it’s diving and snorkling opportunities, Amed attracts a large diving crowd. Accommodation and dining are easily found. Most people come here for the water. One of the most popular areas of Bali among divers, Amed has a very laid back, old school Bali vibe.

If you are keen on diving and snorkelling this is a spot for you!

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Bedugul & Munduk

Central Bali is one place you may actually need some warmer clothes and even sit by a fire at night! This area of Bali is an adventurer’s delight with many rice field trekking spots, lakes and waterfalls to explore. It has a quiet, mountain vibe but you will stay find lot of places to stay and things to do. It is a great half way point to stop if you are heading to the North of Bali too.

For those looking to get off the beaten track and experience some cooler weather, Bedugul is for you!

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Nusa Lembongan, Cenigan & Penida

Just a 30 minute boat ride from Sanur Nusa Lembongan, Cenigan & Penida are great add on destinations to your Bali holiday. With crystal clear water and white sand these Islands are a snorkeler or diver’s paradise. Although there are many options for day trips to Lembongan and Nusa Penida day tours, the islands are featuring many different styles of accommodation and some villas with killer views the Islands are still quiet in comparison to the South of Bali, laid back and well worth a visit.

If you are looking to enjoy the water (snorkel, surf, standup paddle board, dive) and totally relax this is the place for you!

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Lombok & Gili Islands

Accessible by boat or plane Lombok and the Gili Islands are another option as an add on to your Bali Holiday. Beautiful water and great surf these Islands are still quite traditional but do offer a range of accommodation and a selection of dinning options. Some spots also offer some massive beach parties!

If you are looking for either a truly quiet Island getaway or a mass Island beach party this is the place for you!

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