Travel Guide to Bali and its Beaches


Water Sports

The volcanic, coral reef-fringed coastline of Bali makes it an ideal destination for various water sports activities.

Snorkeling: Snorkelers can take pleasure in the abundant marine-life on the reefs off Sanur, Nusa Dua, and Benoa. Other popular snorkeling destinations in Bali include Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, Padangbai, Candidasa, Tulamben, Amed, and Lovina. The best place for snorkeling is Menjangan Island. Many professional companies offer snorkeling tours. A full day snorkeling tour usually includes equipment, lunch and refreshments, guide, and transfer.

Surfing: Surfing is extremely popular in South Bali. The experienced surfers will find some great coves beneath the cliffs of Ulu Watu. For the beginners the beaches around Kuta-Legian are perfect.

Diving: The best surfing sites can be found in the south western part of Bali while the north eastern side has calm waters filled with fantastic coral reef that is ideal for diving.

The east coast of Bali is a great place for scuba diving.

The east coast of Bali is a great place for scuba diving.

Submarine Safaris: Enjoy an underwater adventure aboard the Odyssey Submarine. One of its kind in Southeast Asia, it allows you to observe tropical marine fauna and flora, brightly colored fish, delicate corals and other unusual plant life.

Cruises: You can take a cruising trip to the neighborhood islands, Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan. Nusa Lembongan is well known for the offshore coral reefs that make it an excellent spot to dive, snorkel and surf. You can also see some of the lesser visited coves and lagoons.

Nightlife and Entertainment

No visit to Bali can be complete without witnessing its mesmerizing dances and feeling its haunting music. Dance and drama are synonymous with Bali culture and no temple ceremony is complete without them. One of the most popular dances of Bali is the kecak, which involves around 100 performers who bring to life the mythological epic Ramayana. Apart from hotels and restaurants such as Canangsari Restaurant in Sanur, Angsa Putih Restaurant in Nusa Dua and Bumbu Bali in Tanjung you can enjoy the dance in the Besakih Temple and other cultural centers in Bali.

Kuta: Nightlife in Bali starts late, usually at around midnight. Discos can be found in most five star hotels and in regions such as Kuta, which is the hub of Bali’s nightlife and is home to many open-air pubs and discos. Check out Tubes Café where you can join the surfers for beer, playing pool and watching videos. Sway to the music and dance away the night in Bounty Restaurant I, considered to be one of the most happening places in Kuta. If you are a music addict, check out the Maccaroni Club. The music here is irresistible and the place jazzes it up every Sunday from 10.30 pm.

Sanur and Nusa Dua: Both these regions offer a myriad of choices for entertainment. Many modern entertainment venues complement traditional village activities and provide the tourists the perfect settings to relax and wind off their day. The Jazz Grille attracts tourists and locals with live bands. There is the Kafe Wayang in the same building that offers live music with a good local band and jam sessions. Janger is the only disco in Sanur. For flashy light shows, check out No 1 Club. The Trophy Club has a pool side table and live music on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The sports enthusiasts can visit Bali International Sports Club. The club has sports telecasts from all over the world and is lively and crowded during major sports events. Rumours Nightclub attracts the biggest dance crowd in Sanur.

Candidasa: Candidasa has some lively entertainment and nightlife options to round off a perfect day in Bali. Some restaurants offer free Legong dances most nights. You can watch movies and play darts in the Candi Bagus pub.

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