Bali’s Top 5 Tourist Destinations
One of the most popular holiday destinations for Australian tourists, Bali is often known for its great beaches and chaotic nightlife. Despite the reputation, Bali has more than meets the eye with many beautiful cultural icons to enjoy and explore.
- Uluwatu Temple – Pura Luhur
Uluwatu Temple is located on the island commonly known as Bukit Peninsula, close to some of Bali’s best beaches, such as Balangan, which is famous as a great surfing spot. The temple is a majestic structure, constructed and expanded since the 11th Century; perched on a steep cliff 70 meters above the Indian Ocean.
- Pura Tanah Lot
Pura Tanah Lot is popular for its serenity and cultural significance. It is associated with Balinese mythology as one of the seven temples that form a ring in southwest Bali. Local’s Tip: try to go there during low tide; walking across the water to the temple will enhance your experience.
- Pura Ulun Danu Bratan (Bali’s temple by the lake)
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is a famous temple that rests serenely on the edge of Lake Bratan. The temple’s beauty is only doubled when seen in the reflections of the clear lake, framed by misty mountains in the distance.
- Dolphin sightings at Lovina
Best spotted as the sun breaks over the horizon, seeing a dolphin pod playing in the waves should definitely be on your list. The beaches may be crowded during peak season, but it will be well worth it when you spot a pod of dolphins playing in the waves. Lovina also has a number of other attractions, and boasts a bustling backpacker scene where you can chill out in cafes and listen to live music.
Ubud is the heart of Bali, a bustling hub of people and culture. Ubud is claimed to have the “best of” Bali, with a gorgeous natural environment, exotic culture, interesting people, temples, museums, rice fields and manmade gardens. There is forever something to do in Ubud, with bike tours, cooking classes, white water rafting and other outdoor activities available. If this isn’t your idea of a good time, relax by doing some yoga and meditation. Those uninterested in turning themselves into a human pretzel can enjoy the shopping or the arts and theatre performances on offer. Ubud truly offers something for everyone.