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  • 1 Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Straddling two islets in the Bratan crater lake and seeming to float on water, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan represents quintessential Bali, with its meru roofs reflecting in the water against a backdrop of misty mountains. This little temple is dedicated to..

  • 2 Wreck of the USS Liberty Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    In the majestic shadow of Mount Agung, the unremarkable grey pebble beach of Tulamben is one of Bali's main diving spots. Just offshore lies the wreck of the USS Liberty, an American cargo ship torpedoed by a Japanese sub in 1942: a myriad colourful ..

  • 3 Pulau Menjangan Marine Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Sub-aqua enthusiasts come to this island for its diving, the finest in Bali. Visibility is excellent (at its best between 10am and noon), and the variety of fish and corals extraordinary... Numerous sites close to shore suitable for beginners and sno..

  • 4 South Coast of Lombok Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Arriving from Praya, visitors are greeted by a splendid coastal view. The road then drops to Selong Blanak, a fishing village sited on a huge sweeping expanse of sand, before heading east towards the hills and to beaches ideal for surfing: beyond the..

  • 5 Pura Luhur Uluwatu Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Isolated at the southwestern tip of Bukit Peninsula, the temple stands at the edge of an abrupt headland overlooking the ocean from over 200m up (uluwatu means "at the summit of the rocks"). Dedicated to the sea gods, it is also one of the ..

  • 6 Surf Spots in Uluwatu Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Uluwatu is renowned not only for its fabulous temple but also for its waves, which attract the best surfers from around the world (only the most experienced should attempt to take on these exhilarating but dangerous breakers). From the road (2km from..

  • 7 Mushroom Bay Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    This beautiful bay of white sand against a backdrop of cliffs hewn by erosion is named after astonishing mushroom-like coral formations visible in places. Teeming with multi-coloured fish, its turquoise lagoon is ideal for diving. Viewed from Jungutb..

  • 8 Pura Taman Ayun Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    The serene temple is set in beautiful shady grounds in Mengwi, surrounded by water and embellished with a pond of lotuses. Cordoka Munggu, who had this sanctuary built (17C), transferred the capital of the Mengwi Kingdom here. The complex was restore..

  • 9 Ayung Gorge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Between Sayan and Kedewatan, the landscape becomes increasingly striking: shimmering in the sun, the verdant rice paddies drop in terraces down to the winding banks of the River Ayung (its turbulent waters are ideal for rafting). To best admire this ..

  • 10 Tampaksiring Road Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    If heading for Mount Batur, or just seeking an outing around Ubud, this lovely road heading northeast runs through a verdant landscape of shimmering rice paddies. It is also a chance to see charming temples (Pura Gunung Sawi Sebatu, Tirta Empul), a m..

  • 11 Singapadu Ornithological Park Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Jl. Serma Cok Ngurah Gambir

    This lovely ornithological park has waterfalls, lotus ponds, tropical flowers and trees, plus the world's finest selection of Indonesian birds. It also has a variety of other species from around the world: multicoloured parrots, elegant birds of para..

  • 12 Pura Luhur Batukaru Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Sited on the slopes of the sacred Mount Batukaru, Pura Luhur Batukaru emerges from a verdant backdrop often shrouded in mist. Amidst tree ferns, bamboo and banana trees, moss-covered sculptures are home to an extraordinary colony of butterflies. In t..

  • 13 Mount Agung Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Bali's highpoint (3 014m), a landmark in all views of the south and east of the island, the Agung volcano is the navel of the Balinese world: along with Mount Batur, it was born of the splitting in two of the mythical Mount Meru, the centre of the co..

  • 14 Mother Temple of Besakih Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Although built at an altitude of 1 000m on the slopes of Mount Agung, the 1963 eruption miraculously spared Bali's most sacred temple. Visitors should try to see one of the numerous ceremonies that take place here all year long. Among this complex of..

  • 15 Pura Kehen Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    In the pleasant town of Bangli, ancient capital of the Gelgel dynasty, the impressive Pura Kehen was the site of sovereigns' coronations. It rises over eight terrace levels against a backdrop of lush greenery. Elephant statues greet visitors at the f..

  • 16 Pura Ulun Danu Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    At the northern end of the lake, the picturesque village of Songan has a magnificently decorated pretty temple. Pura Ulun Dnu has superb multi-roofed meru at its threshold, at the foot of the fern covered caldeira slope. From there, on a fine day it ..

  • 17 Pura Beji Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    A fine example of a subak temple - a temple to irrigate the rice paddies. Northern Bali's colourful Baroque style is in evidence in the stone lacework façade formed by winged mythological beasts. In the courtyard are countless little roofless altars ..

  • 18 West Bali National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Jl. Raya Cekik

    West Bali National Park covers the whole of the west of the island, some 190km2 centred on a mountainous region. It comprises multiple natural habitats: mangroves at its western end, tropical forest to the south of the mountains, and to their north a..

  • 19 Bukit Peninsula Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Clinging to the southern tip of Bali by a narrow isthmus, Bukit was in all probability an island before becoming a peninsula: its landscape, an undulating limestone plateau with dry vegetation, denotes the terraced and damp terrain of paddy fields. A..

  • 20 Sanur Seafront Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Protected by a coral reef, the waters of Sanur form a shallow lagoon in which you can paddle or put on a mask to see the fish. As for the fishermen, they appear at low tide - at dawn - while early rising locals stroll along the seafront path, making ..

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