Okay, so you’re going to Bali. Now what? Where do you go? You’re in a new country so it’s likely you don’t have your geographic bearings (just yet). So with that in mind, we think it would be a good idea to give you an understanding of what you’re looking at and where you’re going once you actually get to Bali. Here’s our layout of the island, and all the awesome things you can look forward to doing in each region.
Only about one-sixth of the Balinese population lives here, so if you’re looking for a nice secluded spot, this is it. But just because it’s not as popular as the rest of the island, doesn’t mean that it’s void of activities. In fact, it’s choc-full of fun stuff! You’re in for an amazing diving or snorkeling experience when you explore the northern waters. Head to Pulau, Menjangan for a day of frolicking in the waves and an evening of sipping cocktails while watching the sun set over the ocean. Be sure to go on one of the many picturesque hikes and find one of the hidden waterfalls in the area – but ask a local to help you find them so you don’t get too lost!
This is Bali’s main tourist area as it’s the most developed region. Here is where you’ll find popular tourist spots like Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Nusa Dua and Uluwatu (just to name a few). There are literally days’ worth of activities to be had in the South. Peruse traditional Balinese markets before heading to the shopping centres that carry your favourite brands. Go on a cultural tour and learn about history in the island’s capital, Denpasar. Beach hop around the South and see which is your favourite – there’s no shortage of options – we doubt you’ll be able to pick just one!
Head to East Bali if you’re wanting to get away from the tourism. Wander past rolling rice fields and on to the island’s volcano, Gunung Agung. This 2,134-metre volcano is nicknamed ‘the navel of the world and ‘Mother Mountain’. If you haven’t had your hunger for exploration satisfied after that, head on over to Bali’s former royal city turned ancient ruins of Semarapura. The resorts are also a little bit more hidden in the East, so it’s ideal for anyone looking for a place that’s away from it all.
West Bali gets its fair share of tourism from the South as popular areas like Canggu are still relatively close-by. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find a quiet place to explore. Surfers can paddle out and catch some amazing breaks at Balian and Medewi. Land explorers can go for hikes throughout the surrounding jungles and rice fields before stopping into one of Bali’s most sacred sites, Purah Tanah Lot. Then take in a breath of fresh air when visiting the isolated beauty of Pura Rambut Siwi.
Have you got any more questions about Bali’s geography? Get in touch with us today, we’d love to answer them all!