・Visit world heritage sites
・Spend relaxing time at a spa or massage
・Snorkeling in the beautiful ocean
・Relaxing on a private beach
・Buy tropical goods at the market.
To help you make the most of your time in Bali, here are some of the best places to visit in Bali with maps. If you are still undecided about how to spend your time in Bali, please refer to this page.
Enjoy Bali’s famous sightseeing spots even in two days
We were only able to visit Bali for two days, but we enjoyed the following places to the fullest.
・”Kuta” where you can enjoy shopping in a lively atmosphere.
・Seminyak, where many fashionable stores are located.
・Lembongan Island is the best place to go snorkeling.
・Tanah Lot Temple, where you can watch a romantic sunset.
・”Taman Ayun” one of the most famous World Heritage sites in Bali.
8 Sightseeing Spots in Bali
1. “Kuta”, where you can enjoy the bustling and lively atmosphere near the airport
I think many people choose Kuta as a place to stay in Bali. Kuta was originally a place where surfers gathered, so it is a lively city. There are many souvenir stores and restaurants, so you will not have any trouble staying there.
・The city is only a 10-minute drive from Denpasar Airport, making it a convenient place to stay on your first day.
・It is a bustling city with a wide variety of restaurants and souvenir stores.
・There are many restaurants and souvenir shops in this bustling city, and you can find almost everything you need during your stay, including sandals, swimsuits, and sunglasses.
・You can find everything you need during your stay, such as sandals, swimsuits, sunglasses, etc. It can be too lively in some places and there are many peddlers.
2. “Seminyak” is recommended for girls who like shopping.
The city of Seminyak, just north of Kuta, is the No. 1 recommended city for women going to Bali.
Many of the popular general stores and clothing stores in Bali are located in Seminyak. If you want to see stylish grocery stores or buy resort-like clothes, you should definitely go to Seminyak. (Reference: 25 Souvenirs from Bali! Cosmetics, miscellaneous goods and sweets from 0.2 dollars)
・There are many fashionable stores in Bali.
・It is also a place where Westerners gather, so there are bars and clubs.
・There are also bars and clubs.
・Most of the famous restaurants such as Ashitaba and Puspita are located here.
3.Market in Ubud , where you can find many cute tropical goods.
You can buy a lot of Balinese goods at the market in Ubud.
This is a good place for women who like tropical goods, as you can buy cute things at a lower price than in Japan.
・A lot of Balinese goods are available.
・You can also get gamelan balls, a famous Balinese souvenir.
・It’s a market, so you have to negotiate the price.
It takes about two hours from Kuta to Ubud by car. You can also take the Krakula bus to get there.
4. “Ubud Royal Palace” where you can learn about the life of Balinese royalty.
Together with Ubud Market, it is the central tourist attraction of Ubud.
Since it is free to enter, it is recommended to visit together with the market.
・It is located in the center of Ubud, so it is easily accessible.
・You can learn about the life of the royal family.
5. “Tanah Lot Temple” is the absolute best place to watch the sunset in Bali.
If you want to see the sunset in Bali, I recommend Tanah Lot Temple. The temple is located on an island that looks like a ship floating in the sea.
The sight of the sunset with this temple in the background is famous and attracts a lot of people at sunset. It is a wide beach, so you won’t mind so much if there are many people. If you want to see the sunset in Bali, you should definitely visit Tanah Lot Temple.
・It is famous as a spot to watch the sunset.
・A lot of people gather at sunset.
・There are many souvenir stores along the coast.
・About 1 hour drive from Kuta and Seminyak.
6. Bali’s representative World Heritage Site “Taman Ayun”.
Taman Ayun is one of Bali’s most famous World Heritage sites. It is known as the second largest temple in Bali.
It is lined with multiple towers called meru, and offers a mystical atmosphere.
・A world heritage site representing Bali.
・You can enjoy the mysterious atmosphere.
About 30-40 minutes drive from Ubud
7. Sanur, with its calm beaches.
Unlike Kuta and Legian, Sanur has a quiet and peaceful beach. The sea is also famous for its cleanliness, so if you want to spend a quiet time at the beach, staying in Sanur is recommended.
The sea in Bali was originally famous as a place for surfers to gather, so surprisingly there are not many beautiful beaches. Sanur is also a good choice for those who want to do marine sports such as snorkeling within Bali.
・The sea is clean and the beaches are calm.
・It is a quieter town than Kuta.
・There are hotels facing the beach that are typical of Bali.
・You can enjoy activities such as snorkeling.
8. Lembongan Island
Lembongan Island is located about 40 minutes by boat from the coast of Sanur. The sea is beautiful and it is a popular spot for people who want to do snorkeling and diving.
There are many companies that offer optional tours that include everything from the boat from Sanur, activities on the island, and lunch, and you can join a full day tour for about $100. (Reference: [Experience Report] Enjoy snorkeling in Lembongan Island! Sea paradise 40 minutes from Bali)
This is a good place to go if you have enough time in your schedule in Bali.
・You can enjoy a relaxing time, which is different from that in Bali.
・The sea is just beautiful.
・The sea is just beautiful, and you can also enjoy other nature such as mangroves.
Model Course of Sightseeing in Bali in 2 Days
Day 1: Visit major sightseeing spots in Bali.
On this day, we went shopping in Kuta and then chartered a car to go sightseeing in Bali. We departed from Kuta, went to Ubud, Taman Ayun, Tanah Lot, and Seminyak in that order.
On the way from Ubud to Tanah Lot, where you can see the sunset, there is Taman Ayun, which is a World Heritage Site, so we added it to the course.
1. Around Kuta’s Souvenir Street
2. Drive to Ubud.
It takes about two hours to get to Ubud from Kuta by car.
Once you arrive in Ubud, you can eat gelato and browse through the goods at the market.
3. To the World Heritage Site of Taman Ayun Temple.
We arrived at Taman Ayun about 40 minutes after leaving Ubud.
We will quietly visit the World Heritage Site.
4. Go to Tanah Lot Temple to watch the sunset.
Before the sun goes down, we head to Tanah Lot. It was a bit cloudy that day, so we couldn’t see the sunset clearly, but we enjoyed the beautiful scenery of Tanah Lot.
5. Dinner at a bar in Seminyak.
The sun had set, so we moved to Seminyak for dinner. Seminyak is home to many Westerners, so there are many fashionable restaurants.
Day 2: Snorkeling at Lembongan Island.
1. Sanur to Lembongan Island.
A 40-minute boat ride from Sanur brings you to Lembongan Island.
I took a tour that included all of the following, and the cost was about $100.
・Transportation from the hotel
・Paddle boarding in the mangroves
2. Paddle boarding in the mangroves of Lembongan Island.
Explore the mangroves while pedaling a paddle board.
It was my first time on a paddleboard, and it was such a thrill to paddle myself through the mangroves!
3. The long-awaited snorkeling
After having lunch, we went snorkeling. I had heard that the waters of Lembongan Island were beautiful, and I was able to snorkel in the crystal clear waters just as I had heard.
4. Shopping at Kerobokan Seminyak.
We came back to Seminyak from Lembongan Island. We enjoyed shopping and buying a dress at the fashionable Kerobokan and Seminyak.
Taxis are the main means of transportation for sightseeing in Bali.
Some people may wonder how to get around in the large island of Bali, but to be frank, getting around in Bali is very inconvenient.
There are many one-way streets, narrow roads, and traffic jams. It is best to plan your sightseeing schedule well in advance, taking into account the congestion on the roads.
The following is a list of possible means of transportation in Bali.
1. Taxis that cost less than a dollar for the first ride.
Cabs are the most convenient way to get around Bali. The first ride is less than a dollar and every kilometer adds up to less than a dollar, so taking a cab is a quick and easy way to get around for 10 or 20 minutes.
However, be aware that many Balinese cabs are rip-offs. Be sure to take a cab with “blue bird” written on it.
Be sure to check the name of the cab before you get in, as the rip-offs will imitate the name “blue bio”. (Reference: How to avoid getting ripped off by a cab in Bali! A great explanation of charters and prices)
The correct blue bird symbol is the one in the photo below. Fake ones have more feathers, so the mark is also a clue to tell them apart.
・Short trips are cheaper.
・Many people are ripped off. (Don’t worry if you take blue bired)
・If you have to travel long distance, car charter is cheaper.
2. Car charter is convenient for one day sightseeing.
It is better to charter a car if you are going to move around the island for a day, for example, from Kuta to Ubud, and then to Tanah Lot to see the sunset.
We chartered a car for 12 hours and it cost about $70. We chartered a car for 12 hours for about $70 and it was very easy because we didn’t have to carry heavy luggage.
・The driver will take you there without any worries.
・The fare is fixed by time.
・Not suitable for short trips.
3. Krakula bus running in Bali
The Krakula Bus connects the major tourist spots in Bali. However, many of the famous sightseeing spots are not included in the route, and it is difficult to visit all of them by this kurakra bus alone.
For example, if you want to go from Kuta to Ubud, it is a good way to move around the area, but you cannot visit Taman Ayun and rice terraces around Ubud.
There are also Seminyak, Kuta, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, and Sanur lines, so if you want to move between areas, you can use them.
Reference: Route Map｜KuraKura Bus.
・The fare is predetermined.
・The number of routes you can take is limited.
・The number of routes you can take is limited.
Credit cards are recommended for shopping in Bali.
When shopping in Bali, credit cards are recommended rather than cash.
The reason is that if you have cash on you when it is stolen, the damage will be greater.
Credit cards can be stopped immediately by phone, so there is less risk. Many stores in Bali accept payment by card.
It is safe to be connected to the Internet while sightseeing in Bali.
While you are sightseeing in Bali, make sure you are connected to the Internet so that you can do your research.
If you are not connected to the Internet, you may not be able to reach the stores or tourist spots you want to visit… Also, many of the local WiFi are not connectable for Japanese.
Summary: There are different things to do in Bali depending on where you stay.
Bali is a very large island and it takes a long time to get around. You can enjoy different things depending on where you stay. I thought that what you can enjoy will depend on where you stay.
・Kuta has a bustling atmosphere and many lively souvenir stores.
・Seminyak and Kerobokan have many trendy bars, general stores, and clothing stores.
・Ubud A relaxing resort surrounded by greenery.
・Sanur Enjoy a quiet resort.
・Lembongan Island Snorkeling in the beautiful sea is attractive.
The atmosphere changes dramatically depending on the district, so it is a good idea to think about what kind of time you want to spend in Bali before making your choice.