Our top 10 Bali attractions
1. Tanah Lot Temple:
Precariously perched on an massive offshore rock, Tanah Lot, meaning 'earth' and 'sea', is said to date from the 15th century and is a must-see pilgrimage for countless local and international visitors every year.
2. Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal:
This sacred Balinese Hindu site is home to more than 600 long-tailed and very curious macaque monkeys. It also contains three temples with pagodas, pavilions, bridges, waterfalls and stone monuments shrouded in flowers and greenery.
3. Uluwatu Temple:
The famous cliff-hanging temple clings to the southernmost tip of Bali on the Bukit Peninsula. With sheer rock faces falling 70m directly onto the pounding surf of the Indian Ocean, its dramatic surrounds are only heightened at sunset by the nightly kecak folk dance.
Located in central Bali, this mountainous area is known for its arts, culture, temples and crater lakes. Boasting some of the island's best scenery, its top drawcard is Ulun Danu Bratan, the water temple, and one of Bali’s most photographed sites.
5. Liberty Wreck in Tulamben Bay:
Sunk in 1942, the US Army Transport Ship Liberty lies 30m offshore from the small fishing village of Tulamben. Considered one of the best wreck dives in the world, it attracts a steady stream of divers and snorkellers keen to spy its underwater secrets.
6. Besakih Temple:
The oldest, holiest and largest temple in Bali, the ‘Mother Temple of Besakih’ is a sprawling complex of 23 related temples spilling out over six terraced levels on the slopes of Mount Agung.
7. Kuta Beach:
Kuta’s white sands and spectacular sunsets are always a must-see, so join the crowd, pick out a patch of sand and sip on a Bintang as the sun goes down on one of South East Asia’s most famous beaches.
8. Mount Batur:
An active volcano which rewards the efforts of trekkers with spectacular panoramic views of Lake Batur and Bali’s lush interior, on a clear day Mt Rinjani on Lombok can also been seen.
9. Ubud Market:
High in the hills, Ubud is a calm oasis in the midst of Bali’s hectic coastal fringes. The town’s popular market welcomes tourists from far and wide, and this multi-storey bazaar sells the usual assortment of market fare.
When it comes to spa treatments, there is perhaps no better place to pamper tired muscles than Bali. Home of the traditional Balinese massage, the spa industry has come a long way from the simple beachside treatments offered to the island’s first wave of tourists in the 1950s.