Bali, Indonesia, is a travel paradise for luxury seekers and backpackers on a budget. There is something for everyone here.
Adventure lovers in Bali have easy access to waterfalls, jungles, cliffs, volcanoes and much more. Or, if you are the more relaxed type, Bali has beaches, temples and rice terraces for you, along with endless good restaurants and massages.
If all this sounds good, then you will fall in love with Bali and its people. Read this comprehensive Bali travel guide for more information on what to expect.
Where Is Bali?
First things first — where is Bali island on the world map?
Bali is a small island in the country of Indonesia (in Southeast Asia). Indonesia consists of more than 17,000 islands and is surrounded by Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Australia.
Bali is a fairly small island located to the right of Java, the fifth largest island in Indonesia. These two islands, Bali and Java, were connected by land in past centuries.
Bali has a Moderna and an efficient airport today. In fact, this is one of my favorite airports in Southeast Asia. Based on the level of customer satisfaction, the Airports Council International even ranked Bali Airport as the third best in the world in 2016.
Denpasar International Airport (code: DPS) is also known as Ngurah Rai International Airport. In 2019, it served 24 million passengers, but everything works smoothly, so I would never have known that the airport is so busy.
There are direct flights to Bali from Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and other countries of the world. Unfortunately, there are currently no direct flights from the United States to Bali, but American travelers can first transit through places like Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Taipei or Tokyo, and then board a connecting flight to Bali.
Things To Do In Bali
There is something for every traveler in Bali.
Adventure lovers will have access to all kinds of hikes and landscapes with waterfalls, jungles, cliffs, volcanoes and more. You can practice rafting, quad biking, water skiing, hot air balloons and scenic helicopter flights.
Or, if you are a quieter person, Bali has beaches, clubs, markets, temples and rice terraces for YOU, as well as endless good restaurants and Massage Rooms. The local cuisine is delicious and you can also find many Western dishes.
Wildlife can be seen in places such as Ubud Monkey Forest, Mason Elephant Park, Bali Zoo, Bali bird park, Bali butterfly park, Bali sea turtle society and West Bali National Park. You can also go snorkeling or scuba diving and see all kinds of fish and multicolored corals.
Many beautiful handmade handicrafts such as wood carvings, paintings and rattan bags can be found in Bali.Bali is also known for coffee beans, spices, oils, lace, ceramics and silver items.
See the sections below for more ideas on what to do in Bali.
Waterfalls In Bali
Bali has dozens of beautiful waterfalls to see in every corner of the island, and many of them are easily accessible from popular areas such as Ubud.
Some of the best waterfall hikes in Bali are well-known tourist attractions, while others are hidden gems without people. The north of Bali has many of the largest waterfalls on the island.
The most famous waterfall in Bali is the Tegenungan Waterfall, but it is actually not the largest. Two of our favorites are the Sekumpul Waterfall and the Banyumala Waterfall.