5 Things to See and Do in Bali
Ku De Ta is the original doyenne of Bali’s beach clubs, boasting day beds, a plunge pool and a party atmosphere.
Bali is fringed by a stunningly diverse coastline, made up of soft sandy stretches, black volcanic beaches, tranquil fishing villages and bustling holidaying hubs. Located on Bali’s quiet east coast, Perasi Beach is one of the island’s most beautiful coastal settings, fostering a pristine white sand beach cushioned between lush green hills. Hidden behind the tree-laden cliffs of Ungasan, Green Bowl Beach is home to turquoise waters, white rolling waves and undistributed wilderness. Comprised of several narrow black volcanic sand stretches, North Bali’s Lovina Beach paints an exotic picture with an interesting point of difference.
Carrying the moniker of “The island of a thousand temples”, Bali is home to a plethora of sacred sites worth exploring. Known as the Mother Temple, the 1000-year-old Besakih Temple is considered Bali’s most important temple. Resting dramatically on a rock, surrounded by black sand and crashing surf, Tanah Lot is Bali's most famous temple. Built around a sacred spring that is believed to have magical powers, Tirta Empul encourages visitors to do as the local Hindus do, and bath for health and prosperity.
Home to the Balinese long-tailed macaques, Bali is rife with opportunities to get up close and personal with monkeys. The Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal is the island’s most popular monkey playground. Encompassing a nature reserve and temple complex in Ubud, the site is home to hundreds of cheeky, banana-loving primates.
A land of gentle culture, strong spiritually and inspiring natural settings, Bali has garnered a reputation as a sanctuary for rejuvenation. World-leading spas, yoga centres and resorts dot the island offering master classes in cleansing and relaxation. Surrounded by carefully-terraced rice paddies and flowing rivers, Ubud has a particular mystical appeal for those looking to detox and is home to a number of retreats that specifically tailor wellness packages towards those seeking holistic elucidation.
Catering to indulgent holiday makers, Bali is awash with superb beachside drinking hotspots. Jutting out over the Indian Ocean on Jimbaran Bay, Rock Bar at Ayana Resort (pictured) attracts a sophisticated crowd with tapas plates, inspired cocktails and unsurpassed sunset views. Iconic and quintessentially Seminyak, Ku De Ta is the original doyenne of Bali’s beach clubs, boasting day beds, a plunge pool and a party atmosphere. Also located in trendy Seminyak, Potato Head is considered Bali’s most happening beach club enticing cocktail aficionados with a beachfront infinity pool and big-name DJs.
Plan Your Bali Holiday
- Flights to Bali: Virgin Australia operates flights to Bali direct from Australian capital cities.
- Bali holiday packages : Plan your Bali escape with expert help from Virgin Australia Holiday. Bali holiday packages include flights, accommodations and much more.
- Bali hotels: Establish a great base from which to explore the best of Bali. Select from a wide choice of hotels and resorts with our hotel partner Agoda.
- Bali car hire: Take to the road and discover the island with a hire car from one of our partners.