The best locations in Bali: Ubud, Seminyak, Canggu & Uluwatu
The tickets to Bali have been booked and now it’s time to figure out where to go, what to do and what things to see! With so many options to choose from, we breakdown our favourite places to visit when travelling in Bali, as well as, things to do, see and experience whilst you’re there.
Commonly referred to as Bali’s cultural epicentre, Ubud is located in the central part of Bali in the mountain region. Surround by lush, tropical greenery, Ubud is a nature lover’s dream location! Therefore, it comes as no surprise that some of Bali’s top outdoor experiences are located in the heart of Ubud.
- Campuhan Ridge walk takes you through scenic jungles and forests, across rice fields and above Ubud’s picturesque valleys. A beautiful hike for those looking to see all the natural beauty Ubud has to offer
- The Tegalalang Rice Terraces are one of the most beautiful rice terraces in Indonesia. The scenic outlook is the perfect photo opportunity with it’s dramatic views, unique patterns and layers of green dense foliage.
- Tegenungan Waterfalls are one of the islands most beautiful, natural beauties. Spend the day swimming and frolicking beneath the cascading water - you won’t regret it!
- The Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal is one of Ubud’s most popular attractions and it is easy to see why. The cool and dense swath of jungle is home to three holy temples and is inhabited by a band of over 600 Balinese macaques.
- Ayung River is arguably one of Bali’s most picturesque rivers. Don’t let the stunning scenery fool you though - white water rafting down this bad boy can get hairy! Prepare yourself for cascading rapids, waterfalls and a whole lot of adventure.
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Seminyak is home to Bali’s most popular shopping spots, funky cafes and cool beach bars. To make sure you experience the best that Seminyak has to offer here are our top five things you need to know about Seminyak.
- For good coffee check out Coffee Cartel and Revolver. If you want the perfect brew, these are the café stop-offs for you.
- For travellers looking for a plant-based, healthy hit the kids at KYND community have you sorted. Head there for an oh-so-delicious breakfast, mid-day juice and smoothie hang out, healthy salad bar or post workout pitstop!
Dishing up home-style breakfasts, acai bowls, chilli scrambled eggs, breakfast burritos and Bloody Mary’s, the Sea Circus menu will leave you feeling full and satisfied.
Many travellers flock to Seminyak for it’s well-known beach clubs and nightlife. Whether you want to chill by the pool or dance into the night these venues are the cream of the crop when it comes to day time drink hangs.
- Mrs. Sippy is an oasis-inspired destination for daytime hangs involving food, refreshing drinks and all round fun in the sun.
- A favourite amongst Aussie travellers, Potato Head is home to two restaurants, three bars, an infinity pool and a 500 square metre lawn that overlooks the Indian Ocean.
- For the sunseeker travellers Ku De Ta is the ultimate beachfront destination for you. Ku De Ta's idyllic tropical setting is home to a restaurant, bar and beach lounge set to an eclectic soulful soundtrack with panoramic views across the Indian Ocean.
- Check out Da Maria, a modern Italian restaurant highlighting the diversity of Italian food, wine, music, fashion art and friends.
- For a vibrant ‘see and be seen experience’ head to Woo Bar. An energising bar that goes from fun, playful and relaxed during to day to exciting and vibrant at night.
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With it’s boho vibe, next-level surf scene and epic cafe culture, Canggu has risen in popularity over the last few years and is now a popular destination for holiday makers.
One of the best things to do in Canggu is to visit the local markets. With something for everyone Canggu’s market scene is the ultimate hot spot to snag yourself a local or vintage souvenir. Check out:
- Love Anchor Markets are on every Saturday and Sunday from 9am - 5pm. Stall holders sell everything from clothing to souvenirs, plus, there is lots of live music and all round good vibes.
- Old Man’s market is on the last Saturday of every month and is host to a range of market stalls. Local island creatives showcase vintage fashion, handicrafts, as well as yummy local delights.
- Samadi Markets offers travellers local, wholesome and organic produce. Located near Echo beach, Samadi markets are on every Sunday from 9am-2pm, selling organic fruit and vegetables, as well as, skincare, makeup and fashion.
Known for its surf community, Canggu is home to some of the best surf spots in Bali!
- For beginner surfers, Old Man’s beach is the perfect spot. The waves are gentle and slightly protected from the elements, allowing grommets to hop on a longboard and successfully catch some waves.
- For more seasoned riders check out Echo beach and Berawa. Located in close proximity to each other, you will be sure to snag several good rides at these beaches.
As much as Canggu is renowned for it’s surf scene, it is just as known for its impressive cafe culture. Home to some of our favourite cafes, sunset drink spots and day clubs here are our must visit spots.
- For wholesome, wholefoods make sure you check out Peloton, Crate Cafe and Betelnut Cafe. You can expect nourish bowls, burgers, smoothies and good coffee.
- Fishbone Local offers simple - quality, top-notch seafood in a minimal social setting. Delicious!
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Uluwatu is home to some of Bali’s most impressive beaches, whether your a surfer or just after a beautiful beach to laze on Uluwatu has you covered. Here are some of our favourites:
- Bingin Beach - is an ocean side sanctuary in Pecatu area of Bali, near the famous cliffs and surf spots of Uluwatu and is the perfect spot to spend a day in the sun, salt and sand.
- Karma Beach - If you’re wanting to visit some of Bali’s most beautiful beaches then Karma beach is a non-negotiable. Expect beautiful clean shorelines, a private beach and peaceful surroundings.
- Padang Padang - every surfers dream location and home to the yearly Rip Curl Cup. This is the beach to be if you want some sweet swells.
If relaxing with a cold frothy in hand and enjoying the view of the Uluwatu coastline is on your list of things to do we have the venues for you.
- Sitting in the heart of the Uluwatu cliffs, Single Fin showcases spectacular views of the ocean and is the perfect spot to settle in with a group of friends with a cold beverage and watch the waves roll in. With regular live bands and DJ’s playing, this is one of Uluwatu’s hottest sunset spots.
- Sundays Beach Club is the perfect place to relax right on the sand in true style, tropical cocktail in hand. More than just your average day club, at Sundays you can indulge in the freshest all-day dining, explore the crystal clear lagoon, scattered rock pools and make the most of the venues complimentary water sports.
- Perched atop a 100 metre plateau in the visually stunning Uluwatu area sits luxe day club, Omnia. Boasting expansive views of the Indian Ocean, this sleek and uber chic architecturally designed club is the must-visit spot to enjoy culinary delights and artisan cocktails.
- Ulu Cliffhouse invites you to settle in and enjoy a long Champagne lunch accompanied by poolside snacks whilst overlooking one of Bali’s most spectacular views.
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