If you are traveling to Bali and feel confused about where to stay then don’t worry, because we have all the information you need to help you find the best Bali neighborhoods on the island. When you travel to Bali in beautiful Indonesia then one of the first decisions you will have to make is which part of the island you want to explore. Bali stretches for almost 600 square kilometers and has a population of around 4 million residents, so it is not as small as some people may think. The good news is that you can choose from a wide range of different Bali neighborhoods and whether you are looking for a secluded resort or want to be at the center of the nightlife scene, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Here are the 8 best Bali neighborhoods…
Probably the most famous of all the Bali neighborhoods is Kuta and this is usually the place that people visit on a first time trip to the island. Kuta has something of a mixed reputation, but if you like nightlife and want to be in the center of the action then this is a great spot to choose. It usually attracts a younger crowd and as a result you will find a great selection of cheap accommodation here including home stays and guesthouses. Another reason people flock here is because of the legendary Kuta Beach which is the perfect place to learn to surf for the first time thanks to the ample waves and the soft sand bar that makes it safer than surfing over a reef.
Fancy staying in Kuta? Have a look at some of these hotels…
Seminyak is located just along the coast from Kuta and you can actually walk from Kuta Beach to Seminyak Beach in about 30 minutes. Seminyak is known for attracting more of a European crowd and it has a vibrant nightlife scene although it is not quite as crazy as Kuta. If you are looking for accommodation in Seminyak then you will generally have to pay a little more than you would in Kuta and this part of Bali has villas and resorts aplenty as well as smaller guesthouses. Last but not least, Seminyak is the place to come if you like to shop and the main streets are filled with boutique style shops which are a great place to pick up some of new clothes and accessories.
Heading to Seminyak? Here are some hotel recommendations…
The pretty seaside town of Sanur is one of the best spots in Bali if you are travelling with a family. If you choose to stay in Sanur then you will find a long strip of breach that is great for swimming although there are no waves here so don’t come with your surfboard or you will be disappointed. Although Sanur doesn’t have a surf scene it is well known for its water sports and you can try out a range of activities here such as kite surfing, stand up paddle boarding, and diving. You won’t find much in the way of backpacker accommodation so it is a little more expensive to stay in Sanur than other places in Bali but you will find plenty of hotels and resorts. Another great reason to stay here is to sample the seafood at the range of cafes and restaurants that line the main beach.
Have a look at some hotels in Sanur here…
Ubud is another one of the most popular Bali neighborhoods and is often said to be the ‘cultural capital’ of the island. This part of Bali is surrounded by emerald-green rice terraces and is less fast paced than places like Seminyak and Kuta. When it comes to accommodation you will find a good mix of home stays, hotels, villas, and backpacker options and you can expect a huge range of holistic venues here. Ubud is known for its vegan eateries, yoga classes, and healthy juice bars, so if you are looking to go green for a while then this can be a great pick. This is also the home of some of the most famous attractions in Bali like Monkey Forest and the sacred waters of Tirta Empul which are around a 40 minute drive away.
Check out some of these hotels if you are planning a stay in Ubud…
Nusa Dua is primarily described as the ‘upscale’ part of Bali. Much of this Bali neighborhood sits inside a special tourist zone and you will have to pass security guards to even gain access to the main part of Nusa Dua where all the luxury hotels are located. The main reason to come here is to enjoy the slower pace of life and the peace and quiet on this side of the island, but bear in mind that once you leave your resort there is not a huge amount to do here. Food and shopping choices can be limited if you are looking for a bargain, but some visitors prefer to stay in Nusa Dua so that they can enjoy a quieter side of Bali from the comfort of a private beach.
Staying in Nusa Dua? Have a look at some of these hotels!
Candidasa is not one of Bali’s main neighborhoods as such but rather is a collection of villages located close together along the coast. Many people choose to come to Candidasa to get away from the more crowded Kuta or Seminyak but bear in mind that although you will find a range of accommodation like beach front villas and home stays, it is usually not as cheap to stay in Candidasa compared to other area of Bali. You also won’t find a huge range of activities here other than the beach which is gorgeous, but this can be a great choice if you are looking to get away from it all and want to enjoy some peace and quiet. It’s also a good pick if you have your own car or scooter as you can explore the surrounding areas far more easily than if you have to rely on other transportation like taxis.
Want to stay in Candidasa? Have a look at these hotel options…
Jimbaran is one of the better known Bali neighborhoods although it is mostly for one reason only- the seafood restaurants that abound here. Jimbaran lies to the south of Kuta and is also conveniently close to some top spots in Bali like Dreamland and Uluwatu so it is a great place to use as a base if you want to go out and explore other parts of the island. This works well for many guests, as you won’t find a huge amount of attractions in Jimbaran itself, although it does have an excellent fish market that is well worth a visit. It is not however the cheapest place to stay in Bali and backpacker accommodation is hard to find, as most visitors choose to stay in high end resorts here.
Planning a trip to Jimbaran? Have a look at these hotels…
Amed, rather like Candidasa, is made up of a collection of quaint fishing villages and is rapidly becoming the place to come if you want to get out of Kuta and Seminyak. Its rising popularity however means that it is not as secluded as it used to be but you will still find a much quieter tourist scene here and this is also reflected in the pricing. There is a good range of hotels, villas, and home stays here and the main activities revolve around the beach. As well as swimming and sunbathing, Amed is known for its diving and snorkeling, so if you want to explore the best of Bali’s marine life in a less crowded setting then Amed is one of the best Bali neighborhoods you can choose.
If you want to stay in Amed then check out these hotel recommendations…
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