Bali is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and amazing islands on the planet, and it has a little something for everyone!
Whether you are looking for surfing, partying, scuba diving, adventuring, or something more spiritual, Bali literally has it all.
But the island is huge, and knowing where to stay in Bali can be overwhelming, which is exactly why I wrote this no-stress guide for choosing the best place to stay in Bali for you.
I spent nine life-changing months traveling this island, and in my travels, I learned a ton of insider information I wish I would’ve known before I started my trip so I’m going to share all of that with you in this epic guide where you’ll get the insider scoop of the best places to stay in Bali.
This ultimate guide is packed with the island’s most sacred and hidden gems, so no matter your interests or travel-style, you’ll know where to stay in Bali for an experience of a lifetime.
Let’s dive into the best accommodation, cities, and the best places to stay in Bali.
Quick Tips – Places to Stay in Bali
- Best place to stay in Bali for the first time – Canggu
- Best place to stay in Bali on a budget – Kuta/Legian
- Best place to stay in Bali for nightlife – Seminyak
- Coolest place to stay in Bali – Ubud
- Best place to stay in Bali for families – Sanur
- Where to stay in Bali for diving/snorkeling – Amed or Pemuteran
- Best place to stay in Bali for digital nomads – Canggu
- Where to stay in Bali for advanced surfers – Bukit Peninsula
- Party at Old Man’s Bar or Deus
- Get your yoga on in one of the countless yoga studios
- Check out Tanah Lot – one of Bali’s most important temples
Table of Contents
- Where to Stay in Bali (An Insider’s Take)
- Bali City Guide
- Bali’s 8 Best Spots to Stay In
- Where to stay in Kuta/Legian, Bali
- Top things to do in Kuta
- Where to stay in Seminyak, Bali
- Top things to do in Seminyak
- Where to stay in Canggu
- Top things to do in Canggu
- Where to stay in Sanur, Bali
- Top things to do in Sanur
- Where to stay in Ubud
- Top things to do in Ubud
- Where to stay in Amed
- Top things to do in Amed
- Where to stay in Pemuteran
- Top things to do in Pemuteran
- Where to stay in Bukit Peninsula
- Top things to do in Bukit Peninsula
Looking for a specific place to stay? These are our highest recommendations for the best places to stay in Bali.
Best Hostel in Bali – Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel
This boutique hostel almost feels like a luxury hotel. Sure it’s a bit pricey but the free breakfast, free yoga classes every morning, and beautiful swimming pool make it worth the price. The staff is incredible. They make it a very welcoming place where it’s easy to meet other travelers. They organize tours, have an all-you-can-eat dinner, and hold events such as BBQ’s and other social activities. All of these elements make Puri Garden the best place to stay in Bali for backpackers.
Best Hotel in Bali – Padang-Padang Inn Uluwatu
This is a perfectly located hotel for beach hopping in Bukit Peninsula. It’s located just a short distance from Padang-Padang beach, one of Bali’s best surfing beaches. Other incredible beaches such as the ones listed about are a quick scooter or taxi ride away. Wind down from a day of exploring sitting beside the pool in one of their many comfortable pool loungers. We believe this is one of the best places to stay in Bali for surfers.
Best Boutique Hotel in Bali – Taman Nauli Boutique Rooms
Located in Kerobokan, Taman Nauli Boutique Rooms offers a year round outdoor pool, and bed and breakfast. Guests can relax in the big and beautiful garden or hire a bike to go cycling. Canguu Club is less than 2 miles away! This is one of the best places to stay in Bali to relax and chill.
The rooms are clean, spacious, and amazingly decorated. Best of all, the staff are friendly, smiley, and always helpful.View on Booking
Bali City Guide
Given the islands massive size it can be tough to figure out, so I’ve broken down the island category by category, so you can know exactly which of Bali’s unique area’s fits your purpose for travel.
Although it may look tiny on a map, Bali is a massive island with a population of over 4 million people. It’s a province and one of 17,000 islands that make up Indonesia.
A majority of Bali’s population are Hindu and much of the culture is centered around that. With a land mass of 5,780 square kilometers, it can take a lot of time to visit Bali’s most famous sites.
Most of the tourism is based in the south and the southeastern islands as well as the center of the island. It’s by far the most visited part of the island as it’s home to Bali’s most popular city – Kuta.
This is where you’ll find the nice resorts and white sand beaches as well as the best surfing. Central Bali is the cultural heart and home to Ubud where you’ll find many of the island’s artisans. You’ll also find many coffee farms in this area as it’s very mountainous, creating the perfect climate for growing coffee.
East Bali is very relaxing with lots of rice terraces and less populated beaches. It’s also a great area for hiking as it’s home to the impressive Mt. Agung – Bali’s very active volcano which erupted at the end of 2017. This area is also great for those interested in learning about Bali’s history thanks to its close proximity to ancient water palaces and temples. A sunrise trek up Mt. Batur offers up some of the best views in Bali. The most popular cities in East Bali are Candidasa and Amed.
West Bali is where a lot of Indonesians from the neighboring island of Java come for vacation. Therefore the culture is more Muslim. You’ll find more mosques than temples and the daily calls to prayer fill the air. Medewi Beach is a much lesser known surf spot located in this area. In North Bali, the most famous city is Lovina which is super chill and laid back.
Still confused about in Bali different areas? Read on, we got you 🙂
Although there has been a boom in tourism to Bali since the 1980’s, infrastructure is still lacking in many ways. The public transportation isn’t great. The Kura-Kura shuttle bus connects most of the cities in the southern part of the island near the airport. Other than that, you’ll need to hire a driver to get you to the different cities.
Bali is one of my favourite places to live (I plan on spending 6 months here in 2019 and I’m literally writing this sentence from a hammock by the pool, in Bali, right now). Bali attracts an epic crowd of surfers, yogis, online entrepreneurs and fitness fanatics and is certainly the healthiest place that I have ever lived… If you are low on time and want to explore the best that Bali has to offer, whilst getting fit at the same time, check out my mate Will Henke’s awesome fitness retreats in Bali – This dude is one of the best fitness coaches in the business and puts together epic holistic retreats for folks who want to work on their fitness and see the highlights of Bali, all at once.
The best city to stay in depends on what you want to do. Are you a surfer looking to get slotted in some tasty barrels? Or a family searching for a fun-filled vacation? Maybe you’re looking to party like a rock star by night and laze away on the beach by day. Or perhaps you’re itching to eat, pray, love in Bali’s spiritual center. All of these things can be found in Bali but they’ll be much easier to achieve if you’re in the right city.
Whatever you’re looking for in your trip to Bali, here are some of the best cities broken down by interests for where to stay in Bali.
(Best place to stay in Bali if you’re ballin’ on a budget!)
Despite its name, the Bali airport is quite far from the capital city of Denpasar. It’s actually located in Kuta, making the area the epicenter for tourism in Bali. Once a simple, rustic fishing village, Kuta is now filled with endless accommodation, dining, and entertainment options. The long beach with consistent waves attracts surfers from all over the world and is perfect for beginners. There are endless options for board rentals and lessons.
A lot of the activities in Kuta are centered around nightlife and shopping. This is where you’ll find the highest concentration of clubs such as the (in)famous Sky Bar as well as big shopping malls. It’s the perfect city if you’re a young backpacker ballin’ on a budget or just coming for a quick weekend trip. If you have more time and a bit more money to spend, I would recommend heading up the coast to Seminyak.
Do you see why this is one of the coolest areas to stay in Bali?
Best Hostel in Kuta – Bali Bobo
The Bali Bobo is one of the best hostels in Kuta and even Bali due to its high quality beds, hot showers, amazing staff, and overall atmosphere! Here, it’s easy to meet fellow travelers, and organize your entire Bali trip through their tours, cultural lessons, events, and social activities.
It’s a bit on the pricey side, but honestly feels like a luxury hostel. It’s uniquely located in Jimbaran, a residential area close to shops and restaurants. It’s away from the traffic and noise, yet close enough to all of the ameneties.
Even better, Bali Bobo is very close to some of Bali’s best beaches, including Suluban Beach, Green Bowl Beach, Nyang Nyang Beach, Padang Padang, and Balangan Beach!
Their mission is to greet you as a guest, host you as a friend, and welcome you back again as family. Their private pool doesn’t hurt, either!
Best Hotel in Kuta – Amnata Resort Kuta
Situated just a 12 minute walk from the beach, there are tons of entertainment and dining options nearby. The hotel has everything you could possibly want from an a la carte restaurant to an outdoor swimming pool and business lounge.
Best Airbnb in Kuta – Kuta
This newly built, private bungalow is located between Kuta and Legian Beaches, tucked away down a quiet road. It’s a great place to stay for a couple who want to be near the action but feel like they’re worlds away. The room overlooks a well-kept swimming pool and fragrant garden.
Top things to do in Kuta
– Learn how to surf
– Balinese Cooking class at a local organic farm
– Relax on the 2.5 km long white-sand beach
– Get wet and wild at Waterbom – Bali’s premier water park with 17 different rides suitable for all ages
– Take in a cultural show at Kuta Theater
– Shop ’til you drop at places like Discovery Shopping Mall, Kuta Art Market, the Kuta Beachwalk, and Mal Bali Galeria
– Dance the night away at one of the many clubs such as Sky Bar Rooftop Lounge, VH Bali, or Bounty Discotheque
(Best location in Bali for lit nightlife!)
Welcome to Bali’s most stylish and upscale beach resort area!
Although Seminyak is just a short distance up the coast from Kuta/Legian, it feels like it’s worlds apart, and has another unique Balinese vibe. This area is known for its boutique shops that line the main street, world-class dining options, and beachside bars and clubs. Having a sunset drink on the multi-colored bean bags of Double Six beach is one thing that every first-time visitor to Bali should include on their itinerary.
It’s also home to the trendy Ku De Ta and Potato Head beach clubs that bring in celebrity DJ’s from all over the world. The chic hotels such as the W Retreat & Spa have attracted international attention.
You’ll be able to eat, drink, and dance the night away and any of the incredible rooftop lounges and nightclubs that are in Seminyak.
Best Hostel in Seminyak – Kosta Hostel
Opened in 2017, this is one of Seminyak’s newest hostels. The comfortable beds and beautiful decor make it feel more like a boutique hotel than a hostel. You can relax by the pool or enjoy a tasty meal in the restaurant. Although it’s a little far from the bustling areas of Seminyak, it’s an easy walk or quick motorbike ride. It’s no wonder this is already a top hostel in Seminyak.
Best Hotel in Seminyak – The Haven Bali Seminyak
The elegant rooms at this hotel will make you feel like you’re getting a 5-star experience at an affordable price. Located just a 10-minute walk from the beach, The Haven Bali Seminyak offers flat screen TV’s as well as free Wi-Fi in all the rooms. There are two dining options on site and it’s within a short walk of many other shopping and dining options.
Best Airbnb in Seminyak – Seminyak
This Asian and Japanese fusion style accommodation is very spacious and beautifully decorated with antique furniture. The villa is built with natural teak timber providing a relaxing and serene environment. Guests have access to the shared swimming pool. The central location and attentive staff make this a wonderful place to stay.
Top things to do in Seminyak
– Pull up a colorful bean bag, grab a delicious cocktail, and enjoy the sunset on Double 6 beach
– Find some new threads in designer boutique shops such as Biasa Bali, Blue Glue Bikinis, and Seminyak Village
– Admire the eclectic art and home decor at Nyaman Gallery or Kody & Ko
– Spruce up your jewelry collection with amazing gold and silver pieces from Tulola Jewelry, Jemme Jewelry, or Rabia Jewelry
– Visit Seminyak’s cultural landmark – Petitenget Temple
– Try out your ability to escape at Totem Room Escape Challenge
– Have some fun taking photos with the interactive, 3D art gallery in the Dream Museum Zone (DMZ)
– Admire the collection from young Javanese and Balinese artists at Biasa Art Space
– Enjoy a delicious Asin-inspired dish at Ku De Ta Beach Club while grooving to the live DJ
– Grab a drink at Potato Head Beach Club’s chic swim-up bar while taking in the sunset
– Dance the night away at one of the many nightclubs such as Jenja or OPIVM Bali Nightclub
– Groove to some live music while taking in the views from Double 6 Rooftop Lounge
– Enjoy dinner and a show at Frankenstein’s Laboratory – fun for the whole family!
(My favourite place to live in Bali!)
Just to the north of Seminyak is the town of Canggu, one of the hippest places to stay in Bali. This little town is much quieter than its neighbors to the south. Thanks to the more intermediate waves and Dojo Coworking Space, It’s mostly inhabited by surfers and digital nomads. I’ve spent three months living in Canggu and I absolutely love it here.
Flanked on almost all sides by rice fields, the scenery in Canggu is less developed than the other beach towns. The black-sand beaches have more fisherman than bars and visitors will experience a much more laid-back vibe. It’s a great place to experience all the things Bali has to offer – beaches, lush rice terraces, and culture.
Best Hostel in Canggu – The Tipsy Gypsy Hostel
This hostel gets rave reviews from everyone who stays there. You’ll quickly feel at home thanks to the friendly owner. It’s relatively small with only three 6-bed dorm rooms so you’ll get to know other guests pretty easily. It’s a chilled out vibe that likes to hang but not party too hard. The location is close to the main area of Canggu but just far enough away where you can still get a good night’s sleep. Each bed has a power plug, reading light, privacy curtain, and locker to keep your valuables safe. No wonder this one of our top recommendation for where to stay in Bali.View on HostelWorld
Best Hotel in Canggu – Koa D Surfer Hotel
Located only 700 meters from Berawa Beach, this is the perfect place to stay on your holiday in Canggu. Complete with a rooftop pool and amazing views of the surrounding rice fields, each room comes with a comfortable bed, AC, satellite TV, and a private bathroom. They offer services such as car and motorbike rental and airport pickup.
Best Airbnb in Canggu – Canggu
This place is a beautiful oasis of calm just a short drive from… well, everything! We stayed here for six weeks and absolutely loved this place… There is a huge pool on-site that is perfect for swimming lengths in the morning, friendly staff who clean the room daily and can deliver cold coconuts, a massive yoga studio which you can practise in pretty much whenever, daily yoga classes and a gorgeous garden. Truly this was our favourite place to stay in the Canggu area!View on Airbnb
Top things to do in Canggu
– Grab a surfboard and hit the beach
– Fit in a workout at Crossfit Wanderlust
– Practice your asanas at one of the many yoga studios – We recommend visiting True love Unity
– Dance to live music while enjoying a cocktail at one of the weekly parties at Old Man’s Bar or Deus
– Watch skateboarders at Pretty Poison
– Find and traverse the famous shortcut flanked by rice paddies
– Hire a scooter and take yourself to Tanah Lot – one of Bali’s most iconic temples
– Spend the afternoon at Finn’s Recreation Center lazing away in a day bed, striking out in the bowling alley, or taking a dip in one of the swimming pools
– Enjoy awesome healthy and tasty food at Motion Cafe, Nude, Bali Buda, Savage Kitchen or Shakys Shack.
– Go for a horseback ride at sunset with one of Canggu’s many renowned horse stables
– Learn to surf at Echo Beach
– Take in the magical sunset and awesome cocktails at The Lawn
– Go shopping at one of the weekend markets such as the Love Anchors Bazaar or Samadi Sunday Market
(Chill area of Bali for traveling with your family or for getting off the beaten path!)
This was the first area of Bali developed for tourism. Located on the east side, just opposite Kuta, this is the perfect place for early risers searching for a stellar sunrise.
You can take it in while strolling the 5km long beach path – the only one of its kind on the island. It’s a great place to go souvenir shopping thanks to all of the shops selling crafts and other Balinese specialties such as batik.
The coastline is surrounded by an outlying reef making the water more like a salt-water pool. It’s perfect for kids as the currents and waves are considerably smaller than the other side of the island. There are many more water activities on offer here such as kitesurfing, SUP, or kayaking.
The Balinese culture is much more prevalent in Sanur and it’s not uncommon to see a ceremony through the streets or on the beach.
Best hostel in Sanur – Cafe Locca Homestay
The relaxed atmosphere and pool area make this one of the best hostels in Sanur. When you’re ready for some sand and waves, the beach is just a short walk away. They have a cafe on site serving up delicious food both Western and Indonesian. The mattresses in the dorm beds are wrapped in plastic (probably to protect from bed bugs) so rolling around in bed can be quite noisy. The private rooms look amazing, however, and are beautifully decorated.
Best hotel in Sanur – Besakih Beach Hotel
Perched on the shore of Sanur beach, you’ll be treated to beautiful ocean views from the private swimming pool. Besakih Beach Hotel also offers a private beach and msassage services. There’s an onsite restaurant that offers fresh seafood, Europeana, and Western cuisine. Popular places such as the Sanur Art Market are located just a 5-minute walk away.
Best Airbnb in Sanur – Sanur
This beautiful boutique style villa is located only 400 meters from the beach. This room and the other rooms on site all overlook the swimming pool and flowering trees in the garden. It’s also very centrally located in Sanur just a few minutes walk from fine dining, shopping, and nightlife.
Top things to do in Sanur
– Relax on the many beaches including Sindhu beach, Sanur beach, and Cemara
– Enjoy a delicious meal in one of the many restaurants lining the main road
– Get some exercise while exploring the island on two wheels with Sanur Cycle Tours
– Practice your swing at Bali Beach Golf Course
– Get a taste of underwater life with Bali Seawalker
– Hang with sea turtles on Serangan Island
– Fly a kite at Padanggalak Beach – host venue to Bali’s annual Kite Festival in July
– Explore Bali’s “ghost town” Taman Festival – an abandoned amusement park
– Race around the track at Karting Star Bali Go-Kart
– Admire the collection at Gallery Santrian – an open-air art gallery showcasing sculptures and paintings
– Swim with sharks at the Serangan Shark Project – one of the island’s first eco adventures
(Top place to stay in Bali if you want to experience Bali’s spiritual side!)
Located north of Sanur in the highlands of the island is Bali’s cultural and artistic center – Ubud. This is the setting for the love portion of the popular “Eat, Pray, Love” and many people come here hoping to write their own version of the story. There are plenty of things to see and do in Ubud.
Ubud is well known for traditional crafts and dance. The main road of town is dotted with art galleries showcasing the most famous Balinese art and sculptures. One of Bali’s royal families lives in Ubud. Visitors can explore the grounds of the palace in the center of town by day and take in a traditional dance show on the open stage by night. Note that Ubud is now VERY popular and therefore can be crazy crowded in high season.
The surrounding area is full of lush, green terraces backed by rainforests. Many of Bali’s most ancient temples and holy sites can be reached on a short day trip from the central hub.
Best hostel in Ubud – Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel
This boutique hostel almost feels like a luxury hotel. Sure it’s a bit pricey but the free breakfast, free yoga classes every morning, and beautiful swimming pool make it worth the price. The staff is incredible. They make it a very welcoming place where it’s easy to meet other travelers. They organize tours, have an all-you-can-eat dinner, and hold events such as BBQ’s and other social activities. You can’t go wrong booking your stay in Ubud here.
Best hotel in Ubud – Hotel Puriartha Ubud
This amazing hotel is surrounded by greenery helping you feel like your in the jungle when you’re really just down the street from the Monkey Forest! Guests can choose between a room with pool access or a balcony. Whichever you choose, you’ll have a fully stocked bathroom with free toiletries. Don’t miss the on-site bar and restaurant!
Best Airbnb in Ubud – Ubud
Get a real Ubud experience in this open bamboo house. Not only is it environmentally friendly, but it’s also shaped like a leaf and thus called the “Leaf House.” The hosts live onsite with their family which provides guests a unique opportunity to get a peek into the daily lives of Balinese people. The house is surrounded by a fence ensuring total privacy. Plus, you’ll get to cross over a cute fish pond when you head out or arrive home.
Top things to do in Ubud
– Get primal at the Monkey Forrest
– Learn about local edible and medicinal plants from a Balinese medicine man
– Try the Balinese specialty Babi Guling (roast suckling pig) at Warung Ibu Oka
– Escape the crowds and traffic and stroll the Campuhan Ridge Walk
– Admire the beautiful art collections at one of the many museums such as the Blanco Renaissance Museum and the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA)
– Open your third eye and relax your mind at one of the many yoga and meditation studios
– Shop for handicrafts from local artisans at the Ubud Art Market
– Learn about Balinese culture by attending a traditional dance show
– Night hike to find snakes in the jungle with local expert
– Treat yo self at one of the many spas in town
– Enjoy an incredible gastronomical experience at one of the world-renowned restaurants such as Bridge Cafe, Naughty Nuri’s, or Murni’s Warung
– Experience the Hindu religion at one of the must-see temples such as Gunung Kawi, Tirta Empul, and Goa Gajah
– Practice your photography skills at the famous Tegallalang Rice Terraces
– Go swimming at Tegenungan Waterfall
– Check out the amazing architecture of the Puri Saren Royal Palace
(Where to stay for a peaceful vacation and world class diving/snorkeling!)
Amed actually refers to a long stretch of coastline on Bali’s northeast coast comprised of 7 fishing villages. With beautiful scenery and a slow pace of life, this is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday in Bali. It’s also one of Bali’s best spots for Scuba diving and snorkeling.
This is Bali’s most recent tourist development area, just getting paved roads as recently as the year 2000. Telephone lines were installed few years after that. Since then there have been more and more visitors to the area. The USS Liberty Shipwreck is just 25km up the coast and attracts keen divers from all over the world. There are plenty of other dive spots and there is a thriving dive business all along the coast.
Best hostel in Amed – Bali Fab Dive Center
This hostel is just a short walk from the beach. It’s perfect for divers and wannabe divers as they offer courses and daily diving trips. They have both private and dorm rooms available for a very reasonable price. Although they don’t offer free breakfast, there’s a restaurant next door with delicious, cheap fare.
Best hotel in Amed – Coral View Villas
This is a great spot for guests eager for snorkeling. It’s located right on the ocean with a coral reef in front of the hotel so you don’t even have to commute! They also have a restaurant on site and a games room for younger guests. It’s perfect for a romantic or family vacation in Amed.
Best Airbnb in Amed – Amed
This villa has an incredible ocean view and can sleep up to 4 people. It’s perfect for a family or a couple who prefer a bit more space. Breakfast is served every morning on the terrace. Everything is fresh and new as it was completed in January 2017. Let the serenity of Amed wash over you as you enjoy your view of the volcano.
Top things to do in Amed
– Grab a snorkel mask and take yourself snorkeling
– Charter one of the many fishing outriggers to take you out on a day trip to other snorkeling spots
– Join a diving trip with one of the many shops along the coast
– Get extreme by trying free diving
– Loosen up with a massage at one of the spas
– Grab a scooter and cruise along the coast through the 7 villages, enjoying the beautiful scenery
– Enjoy a delicious meal at The Grill, Galanga, or Segara
– Groove to the reggae band at the Reggae Bar
– Improve your flexibility at Apneista Freediving & Yoga
– Wake up early and watch sunrise
– Visit a salt farm
(Best area for Scuba divers, snorkeling enthusiasts, and bird watchers!)
Pemuteran is probably Bali’s most remote village. Located on the north coast a few kilometers west of Lovina, this little town is a four-hour drive from the airport. It’s only an hour away from Gilimanuk, the crossing point for ferries to Java.
Pemuteran is well known to those seeking an underwater adventure at nearby Menjangan Island. The island is surrounded by pristine coral and marine life. It boasts a colorful array of fish, massive cliff drop-offs, and caves. Scuba divers and snorkelers alike are treated to beautiful colors from the underwater gardens.
There are other activities for those not interested in water activities such as temples, spas, and even a pearl farm.
Best hostel in Pemuteran – Bananaleaf Hostel
Bananaleaf Hostel is a family run hostel with a full-size pool and a restaurant on site. The dorm room is spacious and each bed has its own lockable charging box. They also have bungalows with terraces for those who prefer private rooms. The knowledgeable staff is attentive and full of information about activities in the area.
Best hotel in Pemuteran – Tirta Sari Bungalow
Located just a 30-minute drive from the pristine diving around Menjangan Island, this Tirta Sari Bungalow provides supreme relaxation after a long day at the dive sites. Lounge by the pool while diving into that book you’ve really wanted to start. When you get hungry, the restaurant will whip you up some delicious Indonesian fare.
Best Airbnb in Pemuteran – Pemuteran
Kubuku means “little home” and that’s precisely what this family-run guesthouse strives to be. Guests can treat themselves to a spa treatment or lounge by the pool. The lodge is an easy walk to the beach and restaurants in town. The staff goes above and beyond to make every guest stay memorable.
Top things to do in Pemuteran
– Enjoy the majestic coral reef surrounding Menjangan Island by snorkeling or Scuba diving
– Get the royal treatment in the spa at the Matahari Beach Resort
– Try to spot one of the rarest birds in the world – the Bali Starling – at West Bali National Park
– Hire a bicycle and go temple hopping
– Take a tour of the Atlas Pearl Farm a few kilometers away on the coast
– Head to the nearby village of Sanggalangit and tour the Hatten Wine vineyards
– Visit Bali Artisan Salt and grab a little bag and impress your friends with exotic salt at your next dinner party
(Best place to stay in Bali for some serious surf!)
The Bukit Peninsula sits at the southern tip of Bali. Unlike the rest of the island, it has a much more arid and rocky landscape as it sits atop a limestone peninsula. This is the home of many of Bali’s cliff-side temples and idyllic beaches, many of which can only be reached by a steep path or lots of stairs. The remote island feel as a result is definitely worth the trek.
Naturally, it was intrepid surfers who opened the eyes of the world to this part of the island. This is where you’ll find some of the most advanced surfing spots. If you’re not a surfer, pull up a chair and watch the pros from the cliffs. This is also a great area for visitors who prefer a more laidback party atmosphere as opposed to the more upscale places in Seminyak and Kuta.
Best hostel in Bukit Peninsula – SR Hostel Uluwatu
There are lots of beaches to visit in Bukit Peninsula and this hostel is centrally located near all of them! They have an outdoor swimming pool and hot showers. Even towels are included! This is the kind of place where you book for 2 nights and stay for a whole week thanks to the fun social atmosphere.
Best hotel in Bukit Peninsula – Padang-Padang Inn
This is a perfectly located hotel for beach hopping in Bukit Peninsula. It’s located just a short distance from Padang-Padang beach, one of Bali’s best surfing beaches. Other incredible beaches such as the ones listed about are a quick scooter or taxi ride away. Wind down from a day of exploring sitting beside the pool in one of their many comfortable pool loungers.
Best Airbnb in Bukit Peninsula – Bukit Peninsula
This unique bamboo bungalow resort is located near Padang-Padang beach. There is a restaurant on site and a 20 meter long shared infinity pool. This is a great jump-off point for exploring the remote beaches in the area. Each bamboo is different with one having a swinging bed! The hosts are excellent and will ensure your stay is relaxed and memorable.
Top things to do in Bukit Peninsula
– Hire a scooter and explore beautiful beaches. The top beaches in the area are:
- Green Bowl Beach
- Nyang Nyang
– Soak in a natural jacuzzi on the Tegal Wangi Beach
– Choose your own dinner at Jimbaran seafood market and enjoy a sunset dinner on the sand
– Grab some drinks at the chic Rock Bar
– Chill out on a bean bag in the rooftop pool at Ayana Resort
– Hit up the Sunday party at Single Fin
– Make your own perfume at Ayana Resort
– Explore the abandoned airplane in South Kuta
– Splurge on the royal treatment and get a massage on the ocean deck at Karma Kandara
– Grab a surfboard and ride the waves at Blue Point
– Watch the surfers from one of the many warungs built into the cliff above Blue Point
– Visit Uluwatu Temple – the temple perched at the edge of the cliff at the end of the island
– Take in a sunset Kecak show at Uluwatu
– Test your vertigo at the high cliff above Melasti Beach
– Any one of these epic things to do in Uluwatu for that matter!
Final thoughts on locations to stay in Bali
Bali is a massive island and choosing the best place to stay can be overwhelming. Hopefully, with the help of this guide, you can save time and money finding the perfect place to suit your interests.
With a lack of good public transportation, you have to choose wisely especially if you’re short on time. If you really can’t choose, just go with Canggu! It’s our top pick when looking for where to stay in Bali for first-timers. It’s one of the most popular spots in Bali for a reason!
Still don’t know where to stay in Bali? Did we miss any of the best locations in Bali? Do you have a favorite neighborhood or area of Bali that we missed? Comment below! It will help future travelers.
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Still wondering if Bali is safe? Check out our dedicated safety guide here for our honest answer and some tips as well.
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Need More Inspiration?
- The Ultimate Backpacking Indonesia Travel Guide
- Best Private Villas in Bali: Travelers Guide (2018)
- Best Hostels to Stay in Bali
- The Ultimate Backpacking Packing List
- Southeast Asia Travel Guide Itineraries
- 101 of the Best Things to Do in Bali
- Is Bali Safe?
- Epic Lombok Itinerary
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Rachel Lee from Tennessee is a traveler, teacher, writer, and music lover who’s been living and traveling around the world with her husband, Sasha, since 2010. She is the co-founder and designer of Grateful Gypsies. As a lover of all things Grateful Dead and Phish, she spends her free time boogyin’ down to her favorite tunes – when she’s not bouncing around the globe, that is!