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  • Writer's pictureNicole Lawrence

Which Area Of Bali Is Right For You?

Bali is a great destination to celebrate your upcoming occasion. It’s an Indonesian Island located just east of Java. It was initially a surfer's paradise, and now it is a popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia. This ancient island is now a mix of tourist areas and traditional culture. There are various ways to experience Bali, and it all depends on what you are looking to get out of your trip. Continue reading to find out which area of Bali is the right choice for you.

The Different Areas Of Bali

The different areas of Bali will appeal to people depending on the type of trip they are planning. Southern, Central, Eastern, and Western Bali all have their own personalities and beauties for those who decide to visit.

Southern Bali

The southern coast of Bali is the tourist mecca of the island. This area is where you will find the tourist hotels, lively nightlife, and the best bars. Various cities in southern Bali will lend themselves to having this type of travel experience.

  • Canggu - As one of the more laid-back towns of this region. It has the type of "surfer" vibe you would find in Venice Beach, California, and Bondi Beach in Sydney. Canggu is where digital nomads and entrepreneurs live to enjoy artisan beers and organic restaurants.

  • Seminyak - This town in southern Bali has major resort hotels, high-end villas, and the hippest beach bars. If you are looking for a modern-day vacation in Southeast Asia, this is the area for you.

  • Jimbaran - This town is dotted with white sand beaches and 5-star resorts. It’s a great town for kids because many of the beaches in Bali have rough seas and black volcanic sand. Therefore, Jimbaran is a great place to go for a family vacation.

  • Uluwatu/Padang Padang - A surfer's paradise in the center of Southern Bali. These beaches are situated on the Bukit Peninsula, and only experienced surfers should ride the waves here.

  • Nusa Dua - This area of Bali is located on the island's southernmost tip, and the beaches here are considered the best in Bali. There are two distinct areas in this part of Bali; the resort area and Tanjung Benoa, with local shops and restaurants.

Central Bali

The central region of Bali is far more than just the island's geographical center. It's also Bali's cultural, historical, and spiritual center. The natural beauty of this region and the ancient traditions are still carried out today.

  • Ubud - For decades, this town was a sleepy artist village, then it transformed into a bit of a metropolis. This town's rice terraces and mountains form the backdrop and base to explore Bali's temples, museums, and heart.

Eastern Bali

This section of Bali has a down-to-earth atmosphere. It is far more toned down than, say, southern Bali.

  • Tulamben - Known for its' scuba diving. There isn't much else to do in this area. For decades, this town was a sleepy artist village, then it transformed into a bit of a metropolis. The rice terraces and mountains of this town form the backdrop and base to explore Bali's temples, museums, and heart. This town is also the perfect jumping-off point for those who are headed to the Gili Islands.

  • Sanur - This town is the perfect area for family trips. The beach of this mellow town is surrounded by a picturesque coral reef that keeps the waters calmer and shallower, a perfect place for the kids to play. It is also home to the largest children’s playground and café, Peekaboo.

Western Bali

Western Bali is considered the most representative of "real" Bali. Most of it is mountains, volcanoes, rice paddies, and tourist-free.

  • Balian Beach - Balian Beach is a "secret spot" in Eastern Bali because few tourists venture there. This black sand beach offers great surfing and beautiful coves to explore with the kids.

  • Nyanyi - This is a rural area and section of Bali. If you are traveling here, you will want to see the UNESCO Heritage Site of Jati Luwih rice terraces, the Tanah Lot Temple, and Mount Batukaru. You can surround yourself with nature and the history of Bali here.

Bali has something to offer almost everyone. Do a little more research to connect with what inspires you. Then schedule a 15-minute quick "Hello" chat if you have questions or want to start planning your perfect and unforgettable trip to Bali.

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