Areas Of Bali
Nusa Dua is known as an enclave of large international 5-star resorts in south-eastern Bali. It is located 40 kilometres from Denpasar, the provincial capital of Bali, and administered under Kuta South District. Nusa Dua means second island. Crystal clear water and stretches of white sandy beach of Nusa Dua makes Nusa Dua a perfect spot for some of the most sumptuous and luxurious hotels in the world find their home. You can relax in a spa after a day of surfing or diving. Or you can tee off into the sunset, while watching the gentle waves come from the blue sea and caress the banks surrounding the luscious greens.
Jimbaran is a fishing village and tourist resort in Bali, Indonesia. Located just at the south of Ngurah Rai International Airport, the beach is cluttered with seafood restaurants and some of the finest luxury hotels in the world. It is administered under Kuta South District along with Nusa Dua peninsula. Jimbaran lies on the 'neck' of the southern peninsula in Bali and is widely known for the fresh seafood kiosks that are scattered along the beach. Diners select the live seafood that they wish to eat, and it is immediately prepared, generally grilled over a fire of coconut husks rather than charcoal.
Kuta is administratively a district in southern Bali. A former fishing village, it was one of the first towns on Bali to see substantial tourist development, and as a beach resort remains one of Indonesia's major tourist destinations. It is known internationally for its long sandy beach, varied accommodation, many restaurants and bars, and many renowned surfers who visit from Australia. It is located near Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport. Kuta is now the center of an extensive tourist-oriented urban area that merges into the neighboring towns. Legian, to the north, is the commercial hub of Kuta and the site of many restaurants and entertainment spots. Most of the area's big beachfront hotels are in the southern section of Tuban.
Seminyak is a mixed tourist / residential area on the west coast of Bali just north of Kuta and Legian. Originally a separate township, this is now just another suburb of Kuta. This area is very popular with resident expatriates and land and accommodation prices are amongst the highest in Bali. Plenty of luxury spas and hotels abound. Owing to its high density of high end shopping, combined with the clustering of many fine eating establishments, it has rapidly become one of the most well known tourist areas on the island. Jalan Raya Seminyak (more often referred to as Jalan Legian) bisects the district and acts as its main road artery.
A serene village with white sand beach and balmy ocean. Suitable for a total relaxation, Sanur is also the destination if you are contemplating bringing your family. It also has a slightly more cultural feeling than other southern beach resort areas. There are a large number of hotels located right on the beachfront. Sanur’s main highlight is its beach, which recently has been undergone, a major face lift with a convenient paved sidewalk running from the north to the south and shaded by trees. Art market, shops, boutiques as well as restaurants and bars offering Indonesian, Balinese and international cuisines and live music performances are also available along the Sanur’s streets.
Ubud is perched on the gentle slopes leading up towards the central mountains. Around Ubud are temples, ancient sites and whole villages producing handicrafts (albeit mostly for visitors). Although the growth of Ubud has engulfed several neighbouring villages, leading to an urban sprawl, parts of the surrounding countryside remain unspoiled, with lush rice paddies and towering coconut trees. Besides the very popular dance and music shows, there are numerous courses on offer that allow you to become fully immersed in Balinese culture. From fabled world-class resorts to surprisingly comfortable little family-run inns, there is a fine choice of hotels you may find in Ubud. Many places come complete with their own spas, for hours or days of pampering packages.
The capital of Bali, Denpasar, has been the focus of much of the island’s growth and wealth over the last 20 years. It has an important museum, an arts centre and lots of shops. The main market (Pasar Badung) is the biggest and busiest in Bali. Denpasar still has some tree-lined streets and pleasant gardens.
Many find it as a fine base to explore Eastern Bali and it’s popular with divers and snorkellers. There are some good hotels and restaurants. Candidasa is much less hectic than Southern Bali and often as sleepy as the lotus blossom–filled lagoon.
Located on a perfect little bay, tiny Padangbai is the port for ferries between Bali and Lombok, and passenger boats to Nusa Penida. It is also a popular place to break a journey and relax. and it’s a smaller, quieter, more beachy option than Candidasa. It takes about 10 minutes to walk from one end of town to the other. Take time to choose one of the many places to stay and eat; they’re all very close together.
Lovina manages to exude a sedate charm even as the number of hotels and other tourist places grows. Almost merging into Singaraja to the West, Lovina is a convenient base for trips around the North coast or the central mountains. The beaches are made up of washed-out grey and black volcanic sand, and they are mostly clean near the hotel areas. Reefs protect the shore, so the water is usually calm and clear.
The big attraction here is the wreck of the US cargo ship Liberty – among the best and most popular dive sites in Bali. Other great dive sites are nearby, and even snorkellers can easily swim out and enjoy the wreck and the coral. Tulamben’s beachfront is quite different from other beach resorts – heavy, black, round boulders and pebbles.
The mostly arid coastline has superb views across to Lombok and behind to Gunung Agung. Hotels, restaurants, dive operators and other facilities serve visitors who come to enjoy the fine scenery, the relaxed atmosphere and the excellent diving and snorkelling. Amed itself is the perfect hideaway if you want to simply stay put and never leave your village.
The most developed island for tourism is the delightfully laid-back Nusa Lembongan, which is free of cars, motorcycle noise and hassles. It has a local population of about 7000 people, mostly living in two small villages, Jungutbatu and Lembongan.