Bali is an island and province of Indonesia that is unarguably the closest thing to paradise on Earth. The exotic island boasts stretches of beautiful white sand beaches, tropical forests, and mystical ancient temples. Bali is one of the most popular locations in Indonesia, and offers attractions for every type of traveler. Whether you’re looking for relaxation, adventure, or a family getaway, there are things to do and places to see that will satisfy your travel pursuits. If you plan on visiting, here are eight Bali attractions you must see!

Tanah Lot Temple 

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The Tanah Lot Temple is one of Bali’s most important landmarks. The temple, which sits on a large offshore rock formation is claimed to have been built by Dang Hyang Niratha, a religious figure and Hindu traveler in Bali during the 16th century. It is believed to be guarded by snakes that fend of evil spirits. The Tanah Lot Temple has been part of Balinese mythology for centuries and it one of the seven sea temples located on Bali’s coast. Tourists flock to this site to witness the spectacular views of the sunset.

Tegalalang Rice Terraces of Ubud

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The Tegalaland Rice Terraces form the three most spectacular terraced landscapes in Ubud. The rice terraces spread down the slopes across the valley displaying beautiful and natural scenic views. This is a popular sight for photographers and artists.

Ubud Monkey Forest 

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The Ubud Monkey Forest, or Sanctuary of Grey Macaques, is a natural landmark and must-see attraction in Bali. The Monkey Forest is home to over 115 different species of trees where over 300 monkeys inhabit. The forest grounds feature 3 Hindu temples. The Monkey Forest is located in the village of Padangtegal, and serves as a major spiritual, economic, and educational center.

Pura Besakih 

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The Pura Besakih, also known as the “Mother Temple,” is the largest and holiest temple in Bali. Located 1,000 meters high on the slopes of Mount Agung, the uniquely designed architectural complex offers breathtaking views of Bali’s tropical forests. The Pura Besakih comprises 86 temples. Tours are offered for visitors, but the temple is opened 24 hours as a place for worship.

Bali’s Beaches 

Kuta Beach, Bali

Bali is famous for it’s incredible white sand, crystal clear water beaches. There are a number of beaches that travelers can visit. For travelers interested in snorkeling, Nusa Dusa beach offers the best conditions with its low waves and currents. If you’re looking to hang five, surfers can catch high waves at Kuta Beach. If you’re looking to party, Kuta Beach is known for its evening beach parties. For travelers looking to escape, Bias Tugal is a small, quiet beach perfect for a secret hideaway.

Ubud Art Market

Ubud market

The Ubud Art Market is a shopping center that immerses visitors in a cultural scene. Pick up souvenirs and unique Balinese handcrafted goods while strolling through the market. The best part about this market is that there are no price tags–tourists are encouraged to bargain for the right price.

Bali Safari and Marine Park 

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The Bali Safari and Marine Park, which opened its doors in 2007, is one of the island’s largest and most visited animal theme parks, It features over 80 species from Indonesia, India, and Africa, including Himalayan bears, African hippos, and Indian white tigers.

Elephant Safari Park of Desa Taro

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The Elephant Safari Park of Desa Taro allows visitors to get up close to these peaceful giants and even ride on their backs for a sightseeing expedition. Visitors can touch, feed, and watch the elephants in their natural habitat–a truly amazing experience. The park features a reception and information center, a safari park lodge, a spa, and a museum.


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Valerie Theofanis is a student at Marymount Manhattan College and is studying Communication and Media Arts. She's an adventure junkie and has a passion for traveling. The fastest way to her heart is anything dipped or smothered in chocolate.


  1. Yup, like you said, a little paradise! I loved all these attractions and many more: some of my highlights were the holy water temple, climbing Mount Batur (at night!), the rice paddies, coffee and tea tasting at one of the plantations, sunset fishing in Amed… Ok, now I want to go back..! 😉


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