The Top 10 Best Places to Visit in Bali for Couples
Bali is one of the most beautiful islands in the world and therefore an incredibly popular destination for tourists. It’s also one of the best places to visit in Bali if you’re traveling with your significant other, due to its plentiful natural wonders, fun activities, gorgeous beaches and friendly locals. The best of Bali really isn’t hard to find, but this list of the top 10 best places to visit in Bali will help you maximize your time on the island and ensure that you don’t miss out on anything worthwhile while you’re there.
If you’re looking for a romantic destination, look no further than Ubud. This unique city is home to many artistic attractions and beautiful landscapes, making it a great place to experience as a couple. Some popular activities include taking day trips around town and watching local Balinese dance performances at night. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, rent out an entire villa and live like royalty on your tropical island getaway.
2) Nusa Dua
This beach is more on the upscale side of things, and it has plenty of luxury resorts along its sandy shores. It’s a very popular spot with honeymooners and other couples looking for a romantic getaway, but it’s also good for families with children. There are plenty of activities to do here, including snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing, so everyone can have fun at Nusa Dua. The good weather makes it an ideal vacation destination year round.
3) Tanah Lot
Located on a small island just outside of Kuta, Tanah Lot is one of Bali’s most popular attractions. It is a beautiful Hindu temple perched atop a rocky outcrop that juts into Lake Bratan. On calm evenings, it is spectacular place for couples to watch sunset (or sunrise). If you want to visit Tanah Lot as a couple, go early; some people say that because it has become so famous over time, it can be difficult finding solitude here during peak tourist times. But if you go before or after peak hours, you can escape from crowds and find peaceful seclusion together.
If you’re looking for a more laid back beach experience, Sanur is your place. It’s outside of Denpasar and Kuta, but still close enough that you can easily hop between both areas if you choose. The beach isn’t right on top of everything (think calm waters), so it offers a bit more privacy. Because it’s quieter than some of its neighbors, there are fewer vendors and tourists making it a better choice for couples who aren’t into that kind of thing! This is where to stay if you want an affordable vacation with great views and killer seafood. Oh, and if your hotel has free Wi-Fi – bonus!
5) Jimbaran Bay
Just east of Ubud is Jimbaran Bay, which features some excellent food as well as world-class seafood restaurants. If you’re looking to get away from it all, grab a beachfront massage or unwind on one of Jimbaran’s secluded beaches. Nusa Dua: The most upmarket part of Bali is south along Nusa Dua’s coast, with some excellent hotels and resorts and a beautiful stretch of sandy beach (made famous in The Hangover 2). Kuta: Located next door to Legian, Kuta is synonymous with surfing and nightlife. While many tourists prefer Seminyak or Sanur for their resort-style accommodation and restaurants, there are plenty of hostels here if you’re budget conscious.
6) Mount Batur
Mount Batur is a massive volcano with small craters that you can climb. It’s also surrounded by beautiful landscapes and it’s not difficult to access. If you go, try and get there early—you want to catch both sunrise and sunset when visiting Mount Batur. Sunrise offers incredible views of Mount Agung while sunset is ideal for taking photographs of Lake Batur, which sits at its base.
Kintamani, a small village between Bangli and Gianyar, is close to Mount Agung. It is a beautiful area of lush green rice fields and many shops selling art and local goods. While Kintamani may not seem like much at first, it is actually home to one of Indonesia’s biggest tourist attractions – Mount Batur. There are many ways you can visit Kintamani from Bangli or Gianyar, but here are some of my favorites
8) Pura Luhur Uluwatu
Located on a cliff overlooking Bingin Beach, Pura Luhur Uluwatu is one of many sacred Hindu temples that are an absolute must-visit while you’re in Bali. The temple takes inspiration from several different cultures and has been restored many times over. It’s accessible via stairs, but make sure you have a flashlight with you—they’re quite dark at night! This temple is also very easy to find, so bring your camera along to get some great shots of its beauty. You can enjoy all these temples by joining one of many day tours around Bali as it is possible to visit 5 or 6 places on one day trip.
9) Bukit Peninsula
The Bukit Peninsula, with its beautiful beaches and views, is definitely a hot spot for tourists. If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, consider visiting Uluwatu—the mecca of surfing in Bali. Located on southern tip of Bukit Peninsula you’ll find areas of interest such as; Dreamland (home of Uluwatu surf point), Monkey Forest and Tanah Lot temple. While there you can shop at traditional markets or enjoy dinner under hanging lanterns along one of many beachfront restaurants. Another must-do activity is renting motorbikes and going for a ride along Kuta Beach which has been named one of ‘Best Beaches Worldwide’ by National Geographic Magazine.
10) Manmade wonders
In addition to amazing natural scenery, there are also some really cool manmade things that you can visit. Head over to Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple, where you’ll find one of Bali’s most sacred sites and some jaw-dropping views. As mentioned above, Ubud is a great place for arts and culture lovers. And, if you want an entirely different experience, check out Tegallalang Village on your next trip – it’s a place that feels frozen in time.