Bali has been a top Aussie holiday destination for decades and it's never been easier to get to than it is now.
Everyone has something different in mind when they come to Bali.
Some travel to these volcanic shores in search of spiritual enlightenment and immersion in a unique culture, others are drawn by the stunning scenery or surfing tours, while others feel the call of foodie tours, writing festivals, yoga retreats, cheap massages, luxurious hotels and vibrant bars.
Whatever you’re looking for, you'll find it in Bali.
So what are the must see places?
We'll start in the south as – chances are – you will too.
Whether you arrive by ferry from Lombok or by plane from one of the neighbouring islands or elsewhere, it's likely that the first place you encounter will be Kuta or the capital city of Denpasar to the north of the resort.
The capital, the most famous resorts, and lots and lots of people - most people’s introduction to the island!
- Kuta Beach
Everything you need to fulfil your nightlife, sunbathing and watersports needs, right within reach of your hotel. Brash, touristy and party central, you'll either love it or hate it.
A stunning clifftop temple. Come here at sunset and witness the amazing Kecek dancers in action.
Just remember to keep your valuables out of the hands of the monkeys that live here.
- Seminyak and Sanur
More upmarket than Kuta, Seminyak and Sanur are more family based resorts and the destinations to head for if you want spas, cocktails, fine dining and general chillaxing.
Sanur is also where boats leave for some of the neighbouring islands such as Lembongan.
Central and North Bali
Temples, mountains and scenery - the dive into Bali’s cultural soul begins here.
- Ulun Danu
This is it; the archetypal image of Bali, and it does not disappoint. If beautiful Balinese Hindu temples set against a stunning natural backdrop are your thing, you need to be here.
The cultural and artistic hub of central Bali, Ubud is jam packed with traditional shops and restaurants.
If you want to get adventurous, white water rafting, volcano climbing, tours of the monkey forest and much more are on offer here.
This is Eat, Pray, Love territory, so pack your yoga mat and head down to the Yoga Barn for wall-to-wall asanas and organic coconut smoothies.
Munduk provides some of Northern Bali’s premiere trekking locations. If you're keen to explore the majesty of the island on foot, this is a great base.
Fans of tranquillity and natural beauty need look no further. Western Bali is light years away from the tourist traps to the east and south.
- West Bali National Park
Western Bali is where the pace of life reduces by a notch or two and West Bali National Park at the island’s occidental tip is one of the most tranquil spots in all of Bali.
Pemuteran is renowned for the marine life found just off shore. This makes it a must see spot for diving fans.
- Medewi Beach
A tranquil location and a stunning beach go hand in hand, and this is precisely what you can expect at Medewi.
Eastern Bali and Islands
Rivalling Western Bali in terms of tranquillity and beauty, Eastern Bali is home to the island’s highest point, while the nearby islands provide an experience of what Bali was like before the developers moved in.
- Nusa Penida
Want to enjoy some great diving locations on Bali? You need to head offshore.
The tiny island of Nusa Penida off Bali’s southeast coast offers amazing reef and also the opportunity to swim with flocks of Manta Rays.
- Mount Agung
Fans of trekking will definitely find themselves hiking up a volcano at some point during their trip to Indonesia, and they don’t come more spectacular than Mount Agung in Eastern Bali. It is also Bali’s highest point.
Mount Batur is a less difficult and shorter climb, with tours organised so that you can see the sunrise over Mount Agung.
Stunning beaches, great views up to the aforementioned Mount Agung, and some of the best food to be found on Bali.
With all this on hand, it is easy to see why Amed is such a must see on your trip here.
Wherever you're headed in Bali, make sure you organise travel insurance before you go.