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Places to visit, places to stay...

There is more to Bali than the beaches

We've divided the island of Bali into several zones to help you find your way around.

 

North
Including Bedugal, Kintamani, Git Git Falls, Singaraja and Lovina Beach.

West
Including Gilimanuk and the West Bali National Park.

Central
Including Ubud, Bangli, Mas and Tampaksiring.

East
Including Candi Dasa, the Bat Cave, Klungkung and Tirta Gangga.

South
Including Kuta, Legian, Denpasar, and the southern peninsula.

Almost the entire island of Bali is ready and waiting for visitors from around the world--from the densely populated resort areas of the south, to the cool central mountain highlands and the spectacular eastern coastal areas. The best idea is to be mobile, to travel with a lightweight pack, a comfortable pair of shoes and an attitude of breaking the traditional tourist mould.

Way out westHeading north
The centre - the heart of BaliFar east and far out
map_5.gif (608 bytes)Deep south
Above: A map of Bali. 

Bali is kind to inexperienced travellers, and those who wish to try a trekking holiday for the first time would do well to start here. Most of the local people have at least a limited knowledge of English, low cost accommodation is plentiful, transport is reliable, the food is generally very good, and safe drinking water is always available (as are many other familiar western goods in case of emergency chocolate cravings for instance).
 
Being a tiny island, there is nowhere in Bali that cannot be reached in a single day, and there is no need to travel via overnight buses. This means that a fixed itinerary is not really needed, however a general plan of places to visit and stay at should be considered. The exact details of where you will stay and for how long will really depend on how much time you have available to spend on the island.
 
Take a look at our detailed map of Bali, thanks to Peter Loud. ( Copyright 1996, Peter Loud). This map shows most of Bali's major centres, and indicates many of the locations favoured for popular holiday activities. 
 
If you can stay a couple of weeks or more, you may consider staying in three or four places, and in eighteen nights it is possible to stay in perhaps five or six different places (depending on your own favored pace and on whether you decide to stay longer in a place you really like for instance).
 
Perhaps a circuit of the eastern part of the island is the best plan, starting in Kuta or better yet, Ubud, then a cool break in Bedugal (or nearby Candikuning), north to the Lovina beach area (perhaps Singaraja or Yeh Sanih as alternatives), eastward to Tirtagangga, Candi Dasa or Padangbai, then west to Ubud or Kuta.
 
Each of those places will provide great bases for day trips, long interesting walks and general relaxation. If you desire, there are many other villages that you can visit whilst maintaining the same general direction so that you can miss the masses of western tourists.

Tip
Being a tiny island, there is nowhere in Bali that cannot be reached in a single day. This means a fixed itinerary is not really needed, however a general plan of places to visit and stay at should be considered.

 

Detailed map of Bali ( Peter Loud).

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