Tourism from Australia, Europe and Asian countries to Bali has increased over the recent years. According to TourisTrack.com, a world traveler's guide, the following are the Top 20 Tourist Attractions in Bali.
Uluwatu is a favorite tourist attraction in Bali due to its tranquility, natural beauty and variety of cultural shows on offer. For lovers of surfing, a visit to Uluwatu is a must. The beaches in this area are world-renowned for their perfect waves, where many a surfer can be spotted "getting barreled".
Kuta is Bali's most famous tourist area, and still holds an allure for backpackers and travelers from all over the world. Kuta has become a crowded area, with bars, clubs, souvenir shops and shopping centers lining the streets. Traffic is an entirely different story, but it's all part of the charm. As if she never slept, Kuta, has become the metropolitan city of Bali and a popular destination for young Australians looking for good time.
Regardless of the changes, Kuta also has the best beaches from which to enjoy sunset, and Kuta Beach has become the meeting place for tourists in Bali. The 5 km stretch of beach is ideal for activities such as surfing, sunbathing or simply watching people go by as you sip a cold beer.
Ubud, known as the cultural center of Bali, offers a different type of beauty. With no loud music blasting from crowded bars, girls in bikinis or drunken tourists, Ubud is all about tranquility, culture and natural landscapes. The rice fields surrounding Ubud are some of the best to be seen in Bali, and use an ancient water irrigation system known locally as "Subak".
Ubud has the atmosphere of a traditional village, with panoramic views of green paddies becoming an alternative vista to those of the sun-drenched beaches in the South. Tourists can also visit the surrounding areas of Mount Kawi, Pura Kehen, Puri Saren Agung, Tirta Empul and Yeh Pulu, while the cave at Goa Gajah was nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is well worth a visit.
If you're looking for something a little more refined and not quite as busy as Kuta, the upmarket are of Seminyak is a good choice for a relaxed holiday. The variety of accommodation available can be overwhelming, with luxury resorts sitting along side cute boutique hotels, however private villas seem to be the choice du jour these days.
Seminyak is also home to dozens of restaurants and cafes, particularly along Jl. Laksmana which is also aptly known as "Eat Street". From fine dining to cheap and cheerful, there's bound to be something for everyone. The beach at both Seminyak and Petitenget enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, and are a popular place for both locals and tourists to meet at the end of the day to watch the sunset.
Tanjung Benoa, located just north of Nusa Dua, is a popular holiday destination for families due to its calm waters. This makes it especially suitable for a variety of water sports, including jet-skiing, para-sailing, snorkeling, diving and banana boats.
GWK, or Garuda Wisnu Kencana, is a 240-hectare cultural park located on the Bukit Peninsula. The statue of the Hindu god, Vishnu, stands at a height of 20 meters and once completed, will be the highest statue in the world.
Visitors can enjoy views of the sunrise and sunset from the park, and GWK is also equipped with a display area for theatrical dance performances, depending on show schedules. In front of the entrance gate, visitors are greeted by Balinese music that accompanies two Balinese dancers.
There are also several shops, food stalls and even a factory outlet. Some tour operators choose GWK as a location for an afternoon meal while enjoying the sunset, making it a popular time to visit the park.
Sukawati Market is a well-known traditional art market located in the village of Sukawati, Gianyar regency. Approximately 30 km from Ngurah Rai International Airport, it's best to take a car with driver for the 45-minute journey.
The market sells traditional Balinese clothing, batik and crafts at affordable prices, and is a good place to practice your bargaining skills. Arriving between 8am and 10am, you are guaranteed "morning price".
Seafood barbeques are what the area is known for, however there is also a fish auction center where you can purchase the daily catch. Dinner by candlelight is a popular choice for couples as well as families looking to spend an enjoyable evening on the beach and should not be missed.
The temple is only accessible at low tide, when you can cross over and walk to the base of the temple. It is a very popular tourist destination, especially in the late afternoon, towards sunset.
Not far off Sanur Beach, there are also several diving and snorkeling locations. Due to the favorable conditions, these sites are suitable for divers of all levels of expertise. In addition, Sanur Beach is also known as Sunrise Beach as opposed to Kuta Beach which is famous for its spectacular sunsets.