Bali Halal Travel Guide
Bali, the famed “Island of the Gods”, stakes a serious claim to be paradise on earth. Its diverse landscape of mountainous terrain, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides provide a picturesque backdrop to its colourful, spiritual and unique culture. The cultural landscape of the Bali province has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
With world-class diving and surfing, a range of natural, cultural and historical attractions, and plentiful accommodation options, it is one of the most popular island destinations in the world. Bali offers something to almost every visitor from the backpacking youth to the ultra-wealthy. Its majority-Hindu population also stands in contrast to much of the rest of majority-Muslim Indonesia.
|South Bali (Kuta, Bukit Peninsula, Canggu, Denpasar, Jimbaran, Legian, Nusa Dua, Sanur, Seminyak, Tanah Lot)
The most visited part of Bali by far, with Kuta Beach and chic Seminyak.
|Central Bali (Ubud, Bedugul, Tabanan)
The island’s cultural heart and includes the central mountain range.
|West Bali (Negara, Gilimanuk, Medewi, Pemuteran, West Bali National Park)
Ferries to Java and West Bali National Park.
|North Bali (Lovina, Singaraja)
Quiet black sand beaches and the ancient capital city.
|East Bali (Amed, Besakih, Candidasa, Kintamani, Klungkung, Mount Agung, Padang Bai, Tirta Gangga)
Laid-back coastal villages, an active volcano and the mighty Mount Agung.
|Southeastern Islands (Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan)
Quiet offshore islands in the southeast, popular for diving activities.
- Denpasar — a bustling city, the administrative centre and transport hub of the island but not a major tourism destination
- Candidasa — a quiet coastal town, the Bali Aga and gateway to the east coast
- Kuta — surfer central, by far the most heavily developed area in Bali. Lots of shopping and nightlife and the centre of lower-end party culture on Bali
- Jimbaran — close to the airport, seaside resorts, a nice sheltered beach and seafood restaurants south of Kuta
- Legian — popular beach town between Kuta and Seminyak; also the name of Kuta’s main street
- Lovina — beautiful black volcanic sand beaches and coral reefs
- Sanur — seaside resorts and beaches popular with older families
- Seminyak — quieter, more upscale beachside resorts and villas just to the north of Legian, with some fashionable upscale restaurants and trendy designer bars and dance clubs
- Ubud — the centre of art and dance in the foothills, with several museums, the monkey forest and lots of arts and crafts shops
- Amed — a long strip of peaceful, traditional fishing villages featuring black sand beaches, coral reefs and excellent diving
- Bedugul — pretty lakes in the mountains, a golf course, the botanical gardens and the famous Ulun Danu Bratan Temple
- Bukit Peninsula — the southernmost tip of Bali with world class surfing, great beaches, and the can’t-miss cliff-hanging Uluwatu Temple
- Kintamani — active volcano Mount Batur, stunning mountain scenery, cooler temperatures and fruit growing
- Mount Agung — highest mountain in Bali and the mother temple of Besakih
- Nusa Dua — an enclave of high-end resorts and a long, golden sand beach
- Nusa Lembongan — an island known for its surfing, diving and snorkelling; a great place to relax
- Nusa Penida — wild, rugged, untamed and as off the beaten path as you will get on the island
- West Bali National Park — trekking, birdwatching and diving in Bali’s only substantial protected natural area