10 Places to Visit in South Bali 2023, Tourist Places & Attractions
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Tanah Lot Temple, Sanur Beach, Uluwatu Temple, Nusa Dua Theater, Jimbaran Beach, Bingin Beach, Timbis Beach, Sukawati Art MarketTegenungan Waterfall, and many more.

Most international tourists and locals tourists prefer South Bali places to visit because of its secluded bays, scrumptious seafood feasts and long stretches of white-sand beaches. The city's art galleries sit next to stalls offering inexpensive tourist souvenirs. Its surfing breaks are nearby imposing Balinese temples, while its boozy dive spots are only a few minutes away from some of the world's most famous nightclubs.

Some of the places in South Bali especially Uluwatu and Jimbaran are known for dramatic coastlines, slower pace, gorgeous oceanside caves and beach coves. Sanur is another easy option for those looking to spend a relaxing holiday with family as this area has access to popular beaches and has a wide range of fun activities in store for both adults and children. In addition to beautiful ocean views, the road to Bukit offers many beautiful beaches that are also worth exploring.
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Tanah Lot Temple

One of the most important landmarks in South Bali places to visit list, is the iconic Tanah Lot Temple. In the middle of crashing waves, this ancient Hindu shrine consists of many smaller shrines connected by restaurants, cultural performances, and shops. While the main temple is closed to visitors, the view and offerings surrounding it remain a highlight of the experience. A pathway to the temple is lined with resting spots and well-kept gardens with shops selling souvenirs.

The temple is located approximately 20 km north of Kuta and is among the highlights of a majority of Bali's cultural tours in this area.

Location: Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82121, Indonesia

Best time to visit: During the time of sunset in between 6 pm to 7 pm 

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Sanur Beach

One of the remarkable South Bali places to visit is the Sanur Beach that lets you explore Nusa Lembogan island’s splendors and dive to your heart’s content. With a long line of offshore reefs protecting its waters, Sanur has large, shallow, and safe lagoons that are excellent for snorkeling, swimming, and a bunch of other water sports. Despite the fact that they can be very shallow at low tide, the reefs around Sanur can provide surfers with some of the best waves in the world under the right conditions.

Try wakeboarding, kitesurfing, paragliding, windsurfing, or surfing. If you are a less energetic tourist, you can simply rent a banana boat and traverse the calm waters. A unique experience awaits you if you try the Sea Walker.

Location: East of Denpasar in southeast Bali

Best time to visit: April to October (late afternoon, evenings and early mornings) 

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Uluwatu Temple

The Uluwatu Temple is one of the most well-liked South Bali places to visit on the island, situated atop a beautiful clifftop above the sea.  This temple is known to be one of the best sunset spots and is said to protect you from the evil spirits of the sea, while the monkeys that live in the nearby forest are said to guard against negative influences. Besides offering spectacular views, the temple is also known for its daily Kecak dance performances.

You should purchase your tickets early in order to guarantee your seat in the amphitheater where the Kecak fire dance will be held against an amazing backdrop of the sunset and the ocean.

Location: Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Best time to visit: June to August (between 3 pm – 5pm) 

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Nusa Dua Theater

One of the most dazzling South Bali places to visit is the Nusa Dua Theater which is known to enamor visitors with its brilliant combination of dancing, illusions, costumes, acrobatics, and enhanced by stunning sound, lighting, and special effects. This air-conditioned, modern theater is perfect for family entertainment. The Nusa Dua Theater is best known for its Devdan production, which takes guests on a 90-minute journey through Indonesia's archipelago.

Its story revolves around two young boys and girls who decide to escape from their boring tour group, only to stumble upon a fascinating treasure chest that contains a large collection of cultural artifacts from every island in Indonesia. 

Location: Komplek ITDC Nusa Dua, Benoa, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80363, Indonesia

Best time to visit: Between May and September 

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Jimbaran Beach

Jimbaran is one of the ideal South Bali places to visit if you are looking for a more relaxing alternative to Seminyak and Kuta. In addition to being located only 15 minutes from the Ngurah Rai international airport, this alluring and picturesque area has a number of attractions that are perfect for visitors seeking world class luxury mixed with authentic culture.

Jimbaran was formerly known only as a fishing village however it has since capitalized on its enviable location on the coast and has become one of Bali's most popular locations for pristine beaches, unique shopping opportunities, and seafood restaurants. The beach not only features pristine turquoise waters and a tranquil vibe but the best seafood restaurants on the beach.

Location: South of Ngurah Rai International Airport

Best time to visit: April to August 

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Bingin Beach

One of the most laid-back and stunning places in South Bali has to be the rocky Bingin Beach area filled with a surf shop, restaurants, and small hotels lining the shore – each offering breathtaking views of the ocean. Since it is also one of the most popular surfing destinations, it is not uncommon here to unwind with a pitaya bowl (chilled fruit and granola with coconut chips) while watching surfers hit the waves.

There is a tradition in Bali of setting up tables on the beach where warungs (small family businesses) serve freshly cooked prawns while you watch the sunset.

Location: Along the western coastline of the Bukit Peninsula in Uluwatu, South Bali

Best time to visit: May to October 

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Timbis Beach

Located behind a large limestone cliff east of Central Pandawa, Timbis Beach is one of the most enticing and serene places in South Bali. Nature's well-hidden beauty is preserved on this beautiful beach. For those seeking a more subdued, laid-back side of Pandawa, the gold-sand beach is the ideal destination.

There is no better place in Bali for paragliding than the enormous, outstretched cliff of the Timbis beach. As you experience paragliding over turquoise waters toward the beach, you can take in the majestic coastline of Timbis Beach. From dawn to dusk, Timbis Beach remains peaceful and serene, and you can experience harmony with nature and meditate on the soothing sounds of the ocean.

You may also lie back and sunbathe, enjoying the warm sunlight uninterrupted.

Location: Between Pandawa Beach and Gunung Payung Beach

Best time to visit: June to November 

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Sukawati Art Market

In the heart of Gianyar, the Sukawati art market is one of the best places in South Bali for those who just enjoy shopping or for those who want to see typical Balinese souvenirs, gifts, and crafts. If you can haggle and discover the average price, you will save a considerable amount of money compared to Kuta, Legian, or Seminyak. This wholesale heaven is one of Bali's most well-known and longstanding art markets. It is known locally as 'Pasar Seni Sukawati'.

You can find and buy unique Balinese art items, like curios, paintings, sculptures made of wood, traditional handmade items, and handicrafts. It is located along most tour routes to the central and northern regions of the island and is an alternative, comprehensive, and inexpensive shopping destination.

Location: Jalan Raya Sukawati, Sukawati, Kec. Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia

Best time to visit: Early morning from 6am-12pm, as it is less crowded during morning hours. 

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Bali Zoo

If you are visiting with kids, or if you simply enjoy animals, then you must ensure that you include a trip to the Bali Zoo in your itinerary. You can spend the entire afternoon or evening there, and it's not far from Ubud. You can experience the zoo's programs and activities, including up-close encounters with wildlife that lives on Bali.

There are over 500 animals in the Bali Zoo, ranging from birds to reptiles to mammals. Some of the many animals you can see at the Zoo include lions, otters, tigers, cockatoos, deer, orangutans, elephants, gibbons, and crocodiles. The lush grounds are also home to a range of tropical plants, and while enjoying the shaded pathways, you can view a wide variety of Indonesia's flora and fauna and partake in a variety of interactive experiences.

Location: Jl. Raya Singapadu, Singapadu, Kec. Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia

Best time to visit: 6 PM – 9 PM 

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Tegenungan Waterfall

Nature lovers staying in Ubud or visiting Sukawati should consider Tegenungan Waterfall as a great attraction. A half-hour drive southeast from Ubud central is regarded as the nearest natural attraction of its kind to Ubud. You can enjoy a dip in the plunge pool at the base of the vast pebbly area, but this is not advised after heavy rain due to the risk of flash flooding.

There is a plunge pool below the waterfall where you can swim and take stunning photographs. If you combine the other beautiful waterfalls in Bali with those in Ubud, you will be able to create a full-day waterfall tour.

The nearby area has several restaurants that serve excellent local fare, such as the Balinese-style crispy fried duck, which can be enjoyed as a fantastic place to hang out before or after visiting the Tegenungan Waterfall.

Location: Gianyar Regency, Tegenungan Kemenuh village, north from the capital Denpasar

Best time to visit: When the sun half-rises at 09.00 am and a half-set at 03.00 pm 

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People Also Ask About Bali

  1. Which are the best places to visit in Bali?

    1. Statue of Garuda Wisnu KencanaOne of the south Bali places to visit for people who are admirers of modern art and statues is the Statue of Garuda Wishnu Kencana. With only 25% of the statue having been completed, you will be mesmerized by the sight of Lord Vishnu’s magnanimity as he rides a garuda’s back. 

    2. Uluwatu Temple
    One of the most spectacular south Bali places to visit is the sea temple of Uluwatu that is perched on a cliff, 230 feet above the sea. The nearby grounds and the temple itself make for a stunning sight for visitors but it is the iconic Kecak fire dance performance that casts a spell on tourists visiting from different parts of the world. 

    3. Mount Batur
    You cannot come to Bali and not trek to Mount Batur just to view the bewitching sunrise over the mountains while making the most of a caldera view. The combination of the upward hike and the stunning sunrise make Mount Batur one of the sought after destinations to visit in Bali. 

    4. Rice terraces of Jatiluwih and Tegallalang
    If you have always wanted to explore the picture-perfect lush landscapes of Bali, then you cannot miss the stunning rice terraces of Jatiluwih and Tegallalang that are world renowned for their heart-stopping rice paddies scenes and unique irrigation system. 

    5. Kuta beach
    Kuta beach is where you should be if you are a beginner surfer or just wish to enjoy the scenery. Surf lessons are available, boogie boards, umbrellas, surfboards, and sun loungers can be rented directly from vendors on the beach. On the coast, numerous cafes and restaurants offer icy cold coconuts sloshing with juice that can be served directly to sun loungers.

    6. Waterbom Bali
    The Waterbom Bali water park is situated in the heart of Kuta, offering something for everyone to enjoy. Here, children will enjoy splashing in the pools and gliding down the Lazy River, while adults can relax with a manicure, reflexology treatment, fish spa treatment and pedicure. 

  2. What are the best things to do in Bali?

    1. Watch birds at Serangan Island: If you are a bird enthusiast and would like to catch sightings of migrant waders, you can come to Serangan island and snap beautiful pictures for your social media accounts. Observe and discover various species of birds surrounded by the tropical setting of the Serangan Island. Rare birds like Australian Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos can also be seen there.

    2. Watch traditional fire and Kecak dance: 
    If you are looking for one of the most magnificent places in south Bali then there is none that beats the Uluwatu temple. It deserves a special mention especially if you are interested in enjoying a fire and Kecak dance in all their glory. 

    3. Surf at the Uluwatu beach: 
    One of the best places in south Bali to relax your frayed nerves is the Uluwatu beach where you can surf on the powerful and fast waves gliding your surfboard. A pro tip would be to visit the beach during September as the swells are not big during this time. 

    4. Explore the world under water: 
    South Bali is world famous for diving and one of the best spots for diving here is Nusa Penida where you can dive to the surface and get up close and personal with the ocean sunfish. You can explore the amazing coral reefs and other local marine life living peacefully under the turquoise ocean of Nusa Penida. 

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  3. How many days are enough for Bali?

    3-5 days are enough for Bali to see everything including beaches, the seaside temples, restaurants, sea cliffs, and vibrant nightlife. These days in Bali are probably adequate to see rice fields, visit a beach club,indulge ino shopping in Seminyak, and perhaps spot monkeys.

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  4. What is the best time to visit Bali?

    The best time to visit Bali is from April to May since these are the months just before and after the peak season. While the island will still be crowded, the numbers (and prices) will be lower than those during the peak season of June- August. These months are also generally sunny and comfortable with only occasional rain showers, besides numerous special events occurring during this period. It begins with the Bali Spirit Festival in April, which celebrates yoga, arts, music, and the Ubud Food Festival, which features the best local foods.

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