Trendy Seminyak, located a few kilometers north of Kuta, is Bali late-night party land, laying claim to the highest concentration of independent fine-dining restaurants on the island, together with a wide choice of chic cocktail bars, exciting nightclubs, lavish spas, elegant shops, prestigious hotels and private villas. The expansive Seminyak beach with its brown sugar sand and rolling surf is the place where a daily ritual takes place as hundreds of residents and visitors flock to enjoy what will hopefully be another legendary sunset. A playground of the rich, the famous and the bon vivants, the vibrant nightlife and luxurious accommodation of Seminyak draws a sophisticated crowd of beautiful people

The once sleepy fishing village of Kuta is a jumble of closely-packed pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, souvenir shops, shopping malls, juice bars, money changers, beauty parlours, surf emporiums and second-hand bookstores. The sweeping, sandy Kuta Beach is renowned for its world class surf breaks. The beachfront Discovery Shopping Mall boasts a large department store known as Centro, together with global lifestyle branded boutiques such as Guess and Esprit. When the desire to acquire a suntan takes priority over a shopping trip, the brave might opt for some light hearted haggling on the beach.

The fishing village of Canggu is located within the beautiful agricultural belt between Kuta and Tanah Lot, an area that is home to some of the most luxurious private residences on the island. Bordered by rugged surf beaches and bounded by emerald rice fields, the peaceful vista is enhanced on clear days by the magical sight of the mountains in the early mornings and evenings.
Check out The Beach House at Echo Beach. This bar and restaurant offers an extensive drink list, spectacular seafood, friendly staff and great sunsets! Live music, complemented by a seafood barbeque on Sunday evenings, attracts a bohemian crowd.

Ubud is the centre for fine arts and cultural performances of Bali, and the surrounding villages are home to the island"s most accomplished painters, dancers, musicians and carvers. Set in the central foothills, Ubud was originally an important source of medicinal herbs and plants. In fact, the name is derived from the Balinese word for medicine. Ever since the German painter, Walter Spies, settled here in the 1930s, the town has been a haven for both local and European artists and writers, and is now a magnet for art collectors, connoisseurs, mystics, and people who are actively involved in art, anthropology, music, dance, architecture, environmentalism and alternative healing. Ubud offers wonderful shopping, together with luxurious spas and enchanting restaurants nestled in eye-poppingly beautiful locations. The town is encompassed by gorgeous terraced rice fields, traditional villages, art and craft communities, ancient temples, palaces, and dramatic river gorges; its visitors are those in search of culture, nature and inspiration.

Sanur was the original tourist enclave of Bali. This historical village on the southeast coast is characterized by shady lanes, vine-draped coral walls, sedate leafy compounds, majestic trees and a five-kilometre shoreline within a gentle reef-sheltered lagoon, where swimming is safe. The island’s first simple guest rooms were constructed here in the 1940s, heralding the age of modern tourism. The ambience is mellow, restful and cosmopolitan. Foreign visitors rub shoulders with the locals, chic fashion shops are bordered by traditional markets, and a plethora of hidden temples can be found squeezed in between art galleries and restaurants. Numerous water sports facilities include diving, sailing, kayaking, surfing, water-skiing, snorkelling and windsurfing. Night life is low-key at this family destination.

Nusa Dua, with its immaculate white sand beaches, was the location – in the early 1990s – of the most ambitious resort project in Indonesia"s history. Up-market guests come for a hassle-free holiday to this elite tourist enclave of 5-star hotels, conference centres, restaurants, shops, and one of Asia"s top golf courses, the Bali Golf & Country Club, designed by renowned golf course architects Rodney Wright and Robin Nelson of Hawaii.

The 5-kilometer-long peninsula known as Tanjung Benoa is located adjacent to Nusa Dua and points like a finger towards Benoa Harbour. Once a sleepy backwater of mangrove swamps, coconut palms and white sand beaches, it is now home to luxury hotels, restaurants and watersport facilities, yet it still exudes a natural village atmosphere. The gentle and shallow shoreline on the eastern side is the ideal place to enjoy jet-skiing, banana boat rides, parasailing, scuba diving, snorkelling, water-skiing, glass-bottom boats, reef fishing and trawling. The relatively quiet village of Benoa on the tip is great for relaxing with a drink and watching the fish-drying activities of the villagers, combined with the sights and sounds of the harbour. Nestled within the narrow lanes of the village you will find mosques, a Chinese Buddhist temple, and a traditional open-air market.

On the extreme southwestern tip of The Bukit lays the world-famous temple of Uluwatu, a deeply revered and holy place. The surreally exotic beach is set in a cave with honey-coloured sand reminiscent of soft sugar. Uluwatu is world famous for waves that can peel perfectly for hundreds of metres over the reef, recommended only for highly accomplished surfers. Swimming here is inadvisable. There are many warungs set upon the cliffs, offering great views for watching the surfers and the legendary sunsets. Pura Luhur Uluwatu, the 11th century temple is balanced on the very edge of a narrow rocky cape, overhanging perpendicular cliffs seventy metres above the crashing breakers of the Indian Ocean. Its grey volcanic stone, glowing with the radiant colours of the setting sun, will leave you with a lasting and haunting memory of spiritual Bali.

Check out Balangan, fringed by cliffs and clear water. Relatively quiet, there are only a few warung (cafés) and no hawkers. The water here is great for surfing and is safe for swimming as the waves break over the reef a couple of hundred metres from the shore.

Just around the corner is Dreamland, boasting a panoramic vista that takes in every other beach on this coastline, stretching all the way down to Uluwatu. Beautiful, with white sand, cliffs and a river estuary, this chic beach destination throngs with beautiful people, and is usually fairly busy with tourists and hawkers. The warung owners will rent you a sunbed and umbrella and serve you with food and refreshments. It is a great beach for surfing and playing in the surf, as it offers a sand-bottom break, but there is a strong rip current.

Padang Padang is another delightful beach with few warungs and hawkers. It is nestled into a pocket of lava-rocks, and accessed via a cave crevice. This small cove offers world-class waves and is also safe for swimming and snorkeling as long as you stay close to the shore.

Amed is the collective name given to a string of villages stretching along east coast of Bali. The dramatic coastline winds around steep headlands and sheltered coves strewn with traditional jukung fishing boats. Resting in the shadow of the mighty volcano, Gunung Agung, this laid-back area boasts some of the best coral reefs and dives site on the island, all of which are habitat to numerous underwater species. Meanwhile, black tip reef sharks, dolphins and whales bask in the nearby waters. If you are not into diving and snorkelling, Amed is a great start-point for trekking up the slopes of Gunung Seraya to some of the rarely visited villages. Alternatively, you can just chill out and relax with a book. Check out some of the rustic beach cafés such as Restaurant Gede at Lipah Beach and Sunrise at Jemeluk, where you can relish fresh fish galore!

The market town of Bedugul is renowned for its fruit and vegetables. It rests alongside the shores of the picturesque Lake Bratan with its mystical tiered temple, which appears to float on the surface of the water. The recreation park on the southern shores of the lake offers parasailing, speedboat rental, jet skiing and water skiing. There is also a spectacular golf course located in this area, the Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club, voted one of the world fifty most beautiful golf courses. Nearby are the peaceful Lakes Buyan and Tamblingan, slightly off the beaten track and less frequently visited, these lakes present a real flavour of the undisturbed, rural Bali. For a close to nature experience, you can trek through the tropical, almost primeval, rainforest that borders the lakes. Hidden temples lie in clearings within the trees, revered places where the Balinese pay homage to their gods. The area is abundant in bird life and popular with birdwatchers.

Candidasa, in East Bali royal regency of Karangasem, is a quiet seaside destination and a great base from which to visit ancient kingdoms and mystical water palaces, climb mighty volcanoes or dive into an exotic underwater world.

The neighbouring village of Tenganan is a unique 700-year-old walled community hidden within the hills. One of Bali original pre-Hindu settlements and a stronghold of native traditions, the residents practise a time-honoured lifestyle based around ritual and ceremony. Visitors are welcomed during daylight hours, with many of the houses also functioning as shops and workshops where expert craftsmen and women perform their centuries old skills.

The best beach in the area is Pasir Putih, a white sand crescent-shaped beach bordered by coconut groves. If you visit this quiet beach, you will feel that you have stepped back in time to Bali as it was in the 1970s. A few small bamboo and thatch warungs serve food and cold drinks.

Denpasar is Bali bustling capital city, it does not attract a huge number of tourists, but it is a great place for a daytrip. If you are prepared to be a little bit adventurous and brave the crowded streets and traffic you will discover some gems in the heart of the city, together with some unique shopping experiences, markets, temples, and the Bali Museum.

The magnificent crescent bay of Jimbaran curves for five kilometres. The beach is unspoilt and tranquil, the sand soft and golden, and the calm water a safe haven for swimming. The area is famous for its fresh fish and every morning at dawn, the fishermen return to the shore in their gaily painted vessels to trade their marine harvest at the bustling Kedonganan fish market. At sunset the beach becomes the scene of a daily ritual as hundreds of visitors take their ringside seats in the plethora of seafood warung; these simple beachside cafes run virtually the length of the bay and serve up the catch of the day. Plastic chairs and tables lit by flickering candles spill out on to the sand; the fish is displayed on ice at the back of the cafés, and guests are invited to select the seafood of their choice – mainly red and white snapper, barracuda, giant prawns, squid and lobster. The feast will include a bamboo steamer of rice and the entire fish from head to tail. Juicy pink prawns are served in their shells, together with steamed veggies such as the tasty Balinese water spinach known as "kangkung", delicious homemade sauces, baked potatoes and a simple dessert of fresh pineapple, watermelon and banana.

Kintamani is where Bali visitors flock to see one of the island most photographed and active volcanoes. The 1717-metre-high Mt Batur and its crescent-shaped lake are set within a gigantic caldera, with a set of puffing volcanic cones – the volatile mass of Mt Batur – budding in the centre. The volcano has erupted more than twenty times during the last two centuries. The lakeside fishing village of Toya Bungkah is the main start point for trekking up Mt Batur. The village has been built alongside some sulphurous hot springs which, fuelled by the volcano, bubble into the lake and provide the perfect remedy for easing the aching limbs of hikers. At Kintamani you can enjoy an Indonesian buffet lunch in one of the many panoramic restaurants that overhang the ancient crater rim, offering spectacular views of the mountain and the lake.

Lovina is a long string of coastal villages on Bali north coast. For hundreds of years this was the part of the island that was most open to foreign influence as Chinese and Muslim traders brought their products, religion and culture through the neighbouring port of Singaraja. Swimming is safe here, and the area is good for the snorkelling and diving. Every morning at sunrise, the dolphins gather and play in large schools just beyond the coral reefs off the pretty black sand bay. For a nominal fee you can go out in tiny jukung fishing boat and watch these beautiful creatures cavort.

Nusa Lembongan is a small pear-shaped island located 20 kilometres off Bali East Coast – just a one-hour cruise by boat from Benoa Harbour. With a population of just 4000, the unspoilt and relaxed atmosphere of the island has been maintained. It fringed by a beautiful reef, which supports its own eco-system and has been declared a marine park. The crystal clear water makes for excellent diving and snorkeling, and also provides some superb surf breaks. Steeped in tradition, village life on Nusa Lembongan is slow and enchanting; the local people farm seaweed for use in cosmetics, food stabilisers, and medicines. Despite its tiny size, the island offers lots of activities ranging from fishing, diving and surfing to exploring the mangroves or visiting an underground cave house. There are plenty of small restaurants and water sport facilities.

The Tabanan regency, known as Bali "rice bowl", is the most agriculturally productive area in Bali and home to the 2276-metre Mt Batukaru, the second highest peak. This is also the area where you will find the famous sea temple of Tanah Lot. Perched upon a craggy wave-lashed rock just at the edge of the frothing white surf and glistening black shoreline, the temple is probably the most photographed sight in Bali. The best time to visit is in the late afternoon when you can see its splendid profile silhouetted against the setting sun. The neighbouring Nirwana Bali Golf Course was designed by Greg Norman, and voted number 1 golf course in Indonesia.

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