Bali Area Description
: : Nusa Dua : :
Without doubts Nusa Dua is the most successful tourism related development project in Indonesia.
Set among hectares of green garden and tropical flowers, on the southern tip of Bali with spectacular view overlooking the sparkling blue water of the Indian Ocean, Nusa Dua is a secure beach resort area set within 30 minutes drive from Bali International Airport. As such Nusa Dua is a quiet, extremely luxurious oasis for those looking for an experience not soon forgotten.
Some of the major resorts of Bali are located in this area, that comes complete with an 18 hole championship golf course and large western style shopping area.
: : Kuta : :
This is Bali's premier beach area. You will either love the excitement of this unique and dynamic area where East meets West or not because of the noise and ever present street hawkers. Kuta today often refers to the entire area of what is really three separate villages (Kuta, Legian and Tuban) and is the main entertainment area for tourists - especially famous (and justly so) for its nightlife.
Kuta is internationally famous for its long & wide white sandy beach as an ideal place for surfing and swimming. If you walk along the main road of Jalan Pantai Kuta, you will be attracted with a spectacular view of the clear blue sea water and its gently waves from the Indian Ocean.
Kuta in addition to being the Sunset Site Number One, with its daily spectacular sunsets, it is also the centre of night life activities in Southern Bali and a shopping mecca, with its lines of shops, boutiques, and galleries. Restaurants line up the streets as well as the Bachfront,Hotels, ranging from a small, inexpensive homestay to a luxurious resort, will ready accomodate you.
: : Legian : :
Legian Bali is located further to the north of Kuta as one of Bali's legendary tourist resort. It is just 20 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport and is within 30 minutes from Benoa Harbour. Legian is one of the most favorites holiday destination for both locals and international travelers. It offers a spectacular ambience of night life, entertainment and shopping selection.
These days it's very hard to tell where Kuta ends and Legian begins but to simplify things a bit for all intents and purposes once you pass Jalan Melasti heading north you enter into Legian and Seminyak and a little further up the road takes you to Kerobokan.
Legian is also called as Bali's shopping paradise where you can find hundreds of shops located along Jalan Raya Legian and ended up to Jalan Raya Seminyak. Take a few steps from your hotel to reach those shopping place.
: : Seminyak : :
Lies on to north of Legian Beach around 30 minutes by car from Bali International Airport. Seminyak is also within 30 minutes to the capacity city, Denpasar and is 45 minutes to Sanur. Seminyak is another new developed Bali tourist resort between Legian and Canggu. This area has been changed rapidly from simple local Balinese villages and rice fields into a new resort full of Bali Villas and private resort.
Seminyak has come into its own as an area to be reckoned with. The restaurant scene in Seminyak is second to none and becoming famous throughout South East Asia with its vibrant and eclectic choices, while the area's nightclubs have set the pace in Bali for some time now - this is where you go after you're done all you can in Kuta.
Perhaps for this reason the area has become a magnet for designers and entrepreneurs, both local and international, and many small hotels and villas have been built in Seminyak reflecting the cosmopolitan nature of the area. Canggu is more or less an extension of Seminyak, as some folks either try to escape the crowds or just came late to the party and found Seminyak a bit too expensive and are continuing the development sprawl north.
: : Jimbaran : :
Jimbaran lies on the southern part of Bali island located between Nusa Dua and Kuta. This small area can be accessed in just 10 minutes drive from Ngurah Rai Bali International Airport and 15 minutes from Nusa Dua Beach. Jimbaran still remains as the fishermen village and maintain its traditional daily activities to attract visitors. The beach is long & wide with its beautiful white sandy beach. If you walk along Jimbaran Beach, some fishermen boats are line up elegantly by the beach.
Nowadays Jimbaran has been rapidly turned into an exclusive tourist resort with some international chain hotels, luxury private villas and accommodation are available for travelers.
Jimbaran is also famous for its traditional seafood restaurant that every night light up the white sandy beach, in a romantic display of candle light tables.
: : Tanjung Benoa : :
Travel further to the northern coast line of Nusa Dua and you will find Tanjung Benoa well-known as the new development Bali tourist resort with its beautiful beach.
Tanjung Benoa is well known for water sports and very nice hotels that offer good value for money
For some reason, there are several "All Inclusive" (full board) hotels in the Tanjung Benoa area.
: : Sanur : :
Sanur is where the Dutch forces landed in 1904 to begin their “conquest” of Bali. Later the "in" artist community - before every one moved up to Ubud. Later still, Bali’s first beach resort. In addition to being home to some of Bali's best known hotels Sanur is also a very cozy, comfortable residential area. As such it is much quieter than Kuta and has more "Balinese character" than the newer Nusa Dua resort area.
Being closer to Ubud and many of the island's more important temples and other tourist attractions, Sanur is a good all around choice for families and those wishing explore Bali but still be close to Bali's nightlife in Kuta and Seminyak.
: : Ubud : :
Ubud is around 45 minutes drive from the international Ngurah Rai Bali. Ubud is picturesque township and visitors have been attracted by its charm and beauty for decades. It was formerly an artist village where most of the talented painters live harmoniously with the natural surroundings. Ubud keeps its environment in their traditional way mixture with the rural life of the ancient cultures.
Ubud has become known worldwide as a centre and haven for the arts. A very special place to be sure, with spectacular hillside settings overlooking lush rice paddies. Close your eyes and listen to the sound of the gamelan wafting through the hills and then you will know how Bali came to be known as 'Morning of the World'.
It is your chance to learn more about the local Balinese culture from the local people. Some hotels in Ubud offers on schedule Balinese activities including Balinese Dance, carvings, paintings, cooking and offering decoration.
: : Candidasa : :
Candidasa is around 2 hours drive from Kuta or the airport of Bali. Candidasa Tourist resort is beautiful place to feel the other parts of Bali. It is the gateway to the eastern part of Bali.
Candidasa is most often compared to Kuta as Kuta was some 20 years ago. The comparison has some merit - Candidasa is a small village with few inhabitants on the beach with a several, mostly inexpensive, hotels that cater to more adventurous tourists looking for a more laid back atmosphere to explore the cultural heritage of Bali.
Being some 85 km from the airport ensures some tranquility, however as more people discover that there is quite a bit to see and do in Candidasa, the area is beginning to develop rapidly with many first class hotels now sprouting up. Besides being near many top dive spots, Candidasa is near many cultural treasures; Pura Besakih and Tenganan Village. For those looking for a holiday off the beaten track a few days in Candidasa would be a welcome respite.
: : North Bali : :
Singaraja lies on the northern part of Bali around 3 hours drive from the international airport driving trough the beautiful country side and the mountains. It is the capital town of Buleleng Regency. Singaraja has its beautiful Lovina Beach with clear blue water overlooking the Java Sea. There are some water sports activities available including scuba diving. Most of the hotels in Lovina Beach are nestled along the beach and others are just amongst the Balinese village.
Even though Singaraja is well off the beaten track, north Bali slowly starting to come of age with tourists interested in Bali’s past and those interested in Bali without the mass tourism or western style shopping malls.
Although not as developed as other areas of Bali, there is quite a bit to see and do. Trekking, horseback riding, snorkeling, diving, golf, cultral attractions and local festivities are all within an scenic one hour drive from Singaraja