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With terraced rice-paddies and mystical temples rubbing shoulders with towering volcanoes, gorgeous beaches and some of the warmest, most welcoming people on Earth, Bali has been luring visitors to its verdant shores for centuries.

Much has changed since the first foreigners were shipwrecked here in the 16th century, yet despite the inevitable onset of development, the island retains its magnetic charm – thanks in no small part to the local Balinese

Balinese culture is steeped in tradition and is often expressed through art, street processions and festivals. Bali has thousands of temples and each celebrates its own festival, with most lasting around three days. And it seems nearly every Balinese person practices some form of art, craft, music, drama or dance. If you don’t know which of Bali’s temples to prioritise, be sure to see Pura Luhur Ulu Watu, perched atop cliffs in the island’s southwest. 

Ubud is the cultural heartland and lies a mere hour inland from the international airport. Here you will find museums, galleries and a thriving bohemian scene in the shadow of Mount Agun, Bali’s highest mountain. The Balinese believe this volcanic peak is the seat of the gods; the central axis of the universe from which all life flows. Terraced rice paddies spill down its slopes, turning into villages and roads that eventually lead to the island’s southern tip, where limestone cliffs plunge into the Indian Ocean. 

The south is also the most populous tourist area, home to sumptuous resorts and non-stop nightlife in trendy neighbourhoods like Legian and Seminyak

Canggu is one of Bali’s trendiest destinations – in part because of its proximity to the beach. It makes a great jumping off point to explore Seminyak (known for its stylish cafés and bars) and the surf mecca of Tanah Lot. 

Want to get below the waves? Dive at Pemuteran, an underwater park that combines art with marine reef rehabilitation, or the 30-metre wall at Pulau Menjangan. The mangroves of Nusa Lembongan, meanwhile, are accessible to snorkellers and home to more multi-coloured fishes than you’ll be able to log.

If you prefer your holidays laid back, venture out to the rural west coast. Or hop on a ferry to offshore Nusa Lembongan, where the only rush is the sound of the tide coming in over the reef, and the towering silhouette of Mount Agung keeps an ever-watchful eye over this island of the gods.

Best for: 

Beach Bums; Active Travellers; Voluntourists; Couples/Honeymooners; Self-Improvement/Health Travellers; Backpackers/Budget Travellers; Nature Lovers; Luxury Travellers

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