Best Places To Visit in Bali

Best Places To Visit in Bali

Our first vacation in Bali, and we were so thrilled! We heard so much about this beautiful Island of the Gods, and wanted to experience it all. For sure, we would be going to all the Best Places to Visit in Bali.

I heard of some of these places from my students. My friend heard some from his friends. Then we went surfing on the Internet to get a list of all the places we would like to visit.

It was a very long list. I did not know Bali has so much to offer!’

We would visit all of these fun and exciting attractions in due time. For our first visit, we only had a few days. And we wanted a slow and easy paced holiday. So, we narrowed down to just the sights along the coast of Bali.

We reserved Ubud, and the rest of Bali for future visits. Meantime, please continue reading to see the places we discovered.


What You Need To Know About Bali, Indonesia?

Before continuing to see the Best Places to Visit in Bali, you may want to find out more about this lovely island.

Where it is located? Who are the people? What is the culture and religion? What is the dress code? What are the Best Places to Visit in Bali? What are the Best Places to Eat in Bali? And so much more.

To learn all that, and more, click on the image below.

Bali - The Ultimate Guide
Bali – The Ultimate Guide

Ready to find out more about the Best Places to Visit in Bali? Continue reading.


Are There Many Places To Visit in Bali, Indonesia?

Before we reached Bali, we found out that there were so many temples to see, so many waterfalls to enjoy, so many beaches to swim in, and so many fun and exciting activities to do in Bali.

As we planned our itinerary with our tour guide, we learned that there are different regions in Bali. Each has lots of interesting places and activities. But, unless you are staying Bali for a long time, a vacation usually has only a few days for the experience.

So, for now, we feature the sights along the coastal areas. When we visit Ubud, we will share about that, too.


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Along the coast of Bali, there are many beautiful beaches. Each is unique and different. Below is the Petitenget Beach. It was the first beach we explored on our first day in Bali.

It was so memorable. Click on the image below to read more about our experience here. There are photos and a video to show you what the place looks like.

Best Places To Visit In Bali - Best Beaches in Bali - Petitenget Beach
Best Places To Visit In Bali – Best Beaches in Bali – Petitenget Beach

I was so awed by the view at The Uluwatu Temple. This is a popular Instagrammable spot. Just look at the image below. Is it not magnificent?

The deep blue sea that is wide and vast. The soft bubbles as the waves crash on the shores. The tall and steep cliff that affords a bird’s eye view of the entire landscape.

Click on the image below to read the story of this place as well as the many lovely photos and a video to bring you there.

Best Places To Visit In Bali - The Uluwatu Temple
Best Places To Visit In Bali – The Uluwatu Temple

When in Bali, you must experience their culture. And one of the ways is to be a captive audience at a kecak dance. Specifically, the famous and popular kecak dance at The Uluwatu Temple.

You must not miss watching the video. Click on the image below now to see.

Best Places To Visit In Bali - The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance
Best Places To Visit In Bali – The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance

I am sure you must have seen many photos of this place. And yet, they are not enough. Aside from personally being there to experience this once-in-a-lifetime place, you must read about our time there.

It was truly magical. Click the image below now.

Best Places To Visit In Bali - Tanah Lot Temple
Best Places To Visit In Bali – Tanah Lot Temple

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Tanah Lot Temple

Best Places To Visit In Bali - Tanah Lot Temple

It was a beautiful sunny day in Bali, Indonesia. The perfect kind of day to visit one of the Best Places to Visit in Bali. It is the Tanah Lot Temple. The sky was blue. The sun was bright. And there was gentle cool breeze to make sure we did not feel too warm.

You have most probably seen many photos and videos of this awesome place on the Internet. I know we did. But trust me when I say the photos and videos are nothing compared to actually being there. To immerse yourself and experience this amazing sight.

This is probably why Tanah Lot is one of the most popular temples in Bali, Indonesia. Everyone who has been to Bali, Indonesia must have visited this beautiful temple by the sea. That late morning, after a lovely a stroll along Echo Beach, we made our way here.

We took photos and videos of this enchanting place that are shared in this article. Plus, we will mention the most Instagrammable spot here. There are also useful tips in this article. And don’t forget to read the part about the mystical and magical thing here at Tanah Lot Temple.

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Video of The Tanah Lot Temple

The video takes you from the shops outside the temple, to the gates at the entrance, to Tanah Lot temple and the grounds as well as the famous Batu Bolong. While a video can never compare to actually being there, it is good enough to give you an idea what to expect. And helps you plan your visit to this wondrous place.

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What You Need To Know About The Tanah Lot Temple?

As we explored this beautiful setting, I wondered what was the meaning of the name, Tanah Lot? With research, I found that Tanah meant Earth, and Lot meant Sea. Together, the name meant Land In The Sea.

Well, that seemed very appropriate to me. When I looked at the temple, I could see that it was situated on a huge rock that was at the edge where the shore met the sea.

Tanah Lot Temple Built On Rock At Edge Where Shore Meets The Sea
Tanah Lot Temple Built On Rock At Edge Where Shore Meets The Sea

It was also called Pura Tanah Lot. Pura meant Temple. And this was one of the seven ocean temples that resided along the coast of Bali. All these seven temples were created to protect the island from bad energies.

Tanah Lot Temple is one of the most popular icons of Bali. And I could see why. The imagery of the Balinese temple on a large rock, facing the wide open Indian Ocean with waves crashing below was mesmerizing.


How Did The Tanah Lot Temple Get Its Name?

Back in the 16th century, a religious man named Dang Hyang Nirartha, created this three-temple system. In the north, there was a temple for Brahma. The middle of the island would have a temple for Vishnu. And in the south, a temple for Shiva.

Tanah Lot Temple Front View
Tanah Lot Temple Front View

One day, he saw little rock island. The rock was bird-shaped, and was known as Gili Beo. He decided that this is a holy place, and would build a shrine there. The villagers in that area protested. He then moved the whole rock island to the sea. And he built a temple there, naming it Tanah Lot.

His powers to move the rock amazed the villagers. They soon followed him.


What is the Dress Code at The Tanah Lot Temple?

I was quite relieved to find out that there was no dress code at Tanah Lot Temple. Not like Uluwatur Temple where we had to wear a sarong. But that was also because visitors were only allowed to explore outside Tanah Lot Temple. Access to the temple was only given to worshipers.


What to See at The Tanah Lot Temple?

The main attraction is of course, the Tanah Lot Temple. But when we first arrived, we saw the gates at the entrance, and that is a pretty nice thing to see here, too.

Tanah Lot Temple Gates at Entrance
Tanah Lot Temple Gates at Entrance

We walked to the north, and we saw Batu Bolong Temple. This was where another worship area was located. The rock is famous for its unique look. There is a hollow overpass that links the rock to the mainland.

Batu Bolong Temple
Batu Bolong Temple

As with Tanah Lot, visitors are only allowed to visit outside the temple here.

After visiting the temples, we decided to walk the huge grounds. The landscape scenery was lush and lovely. Lots of trees and flowers. And there were resting areas where visitors could sit for a while. These resting spots were also carefully planned such that you can enjoy the magnificent views.

Travel Tip – The resting spots also were great photo opportunities. Take a look at the video above to see what I mean.


What Is The Magical Spring at The Tanah Lot Temple?

Before we entered this attraction, our private tour guide looked at us very seriously, and told us that there was a small cave with a magical spring. He highly recommended that we find this cave, and drink from the spring. It was said to bless everyone who drank the water, and bring good luck and fortune, too.

Tanah Lot Mystical Fresh Water Spring
Tanah Lot Mystical Fresh Water Spring

We were intrigued, and we looked out for this spring. It was easy to spot. There were so many people queuing to be blessed. We joined the queue, and were soon blessed, given bija and a jepun flower. In return, we gave a small donation.

Another thing our tour guide highlighted to us was that the water from the spring is like fresh water. It can be drunk. And this, he mused, was the mystical part of this temple. It was surrounded by the salty Indian Ocean water. And yet, somehow, the water from the spring is not salty, and totally drinkable.

Travel Tip – If you like to get a sip of the spring water and be blessed with good luck and good fortune, make sure you arrive at Tanah Lot during low tide. The spring can only be reached when it is low tide.


Why Are There Snakes at The Tanah Lot Temple?

Opposite the temple, we saw another cave. This time, a sign proudly proclaimed that there are snakes inside that cave. I know, right? Snakes!

I did not like the idea of being anywhere near that. But I found out that the snakes were part of the temple history. They were summoned by the god to protect the temple from evil intruders.

If you are all right with snakes, you could visit them. They were also said to bring good luck to anyone who touched them.


How Are The Views at The Tanah Lot Temple?

Just like Uluwatu Temple, the Tanah Lot temple faced the Indian Ocean. As such, the views here are awesome! Here is one that is on the other side of the temple.

Tanah Lot Temple Has Many Awesome Views
Tanah Lot Temple Facing the Vast Indian Ocean

And this one is looking from Tanah Lot Temple towards Batu Bolong Temple.

More Great Scenery at Tanah Lot Temple
More Great Scenery at Tanah Lot Temple

There is a walkway where you can position yourself, and take awesome photos with Batu Bolong Temple and the Indian Ocean as the backdrop.

Great View of Batu Bolong Temple
Great View of Batu Bolong Temple
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Where is the Most Instagrammable Spot at The Tanah Lot Temple?

As you can see from the photos above, there are so many awesome views at Tanah Lot Temple. Each of them is Instagram worthy. When you are there, you can see so many people taking photos at various spots there.

So, my suggestion is to walk about and take your pick. Or maybe you can take a photo at each spot, and post them all on Instagram?


The Tanah Lot Temple – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

Tanah Lot Temple is truly accurately named as one of the icons of Bali, Indonesia. The unique rock structures that the temples are built on are fascinating.

The mystical spring water from an area filled with salty ocean water is enchanting. The unusual rock formation of Batu Bolong is worth visiting, and taking an Instagram pic with.

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I give this place a Thumbs Up!

When visiting Bali, this is another one of the places you must visit. Spend a couple of hours here. Enjoy the sea breeze. Soak in the calming sight of the waves crashing onto the shore.


Where is Tanah Lot Temple?

Tanah Lot Temple is located in Tabanan. It is 30 kilometers from Denpasar.

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What are the Operating Hours at Tanah Lot Temple?

Tanah Lot Temple is open daily 7 am to 7 pm.

Travel Tip – Avoid the crowd. Go early.
Crowd builds from 10 am.


When is the Best Time to Visit The Tanah Lot Temple?

Sunset at Tanah Lot Temple

If you like to watch the sunset at Tanah Lot Temple, then reach there after 4 pm, and before 6 pm. But please take note that this is the peak hour. It will be very busy and crowded.

Travel Tip – Wanna watch the sunset here?
Arrive after 4 pm and before 6 pm.

Low Seasons at Tanah Lot Temple

If you prefer less crowds, then it is best to visit during low seasons.

Travel Tip – Prefer less crowds?
Low season is from mid January to mid April,
and mid September to mid December

In our video, you can see that it was not too crowded, even though we were there around noon. This was because we visited in early October, when it was low season.

Odalan at Tanah Lot Temple

Odalan is celebrated every 210 days. There are rituals that are interesting to watch. Also, renowned is the way the Balinese women are beautiful dressed during this special occasion. They carry offerings on their heads gracefully, and walk to the temple for prayers.

Travel Tip – If you can, visit during Odalan.
Lots of colorful sights during this celebration.


What is the Address of The Tanah Lot Temple?

Jalan Raya Tanah Lot, Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan, Bali 82121, Indonesia


What is the Entrance Fee of Tanah Lot Temple?

It is currently (in 2019), IDR 60,000 for adult foreigners, and IDR 30,000 for child foreigners.

Travel Tip – Payment for tickets is Cash Only. So, please prepare the right amounts before you come here.


How to Get to The Tanah Lot Temple?

Train

There are no mass rapid transit trains in Bali. So, there is no train service to The Tanah Lot Temple. Better to take taxi or get a tour guide. See below.

Bus

It seems there are buses to Tanah Lot Temple. But it is much easier to take a taxi or get a private driver / tour guide. See information below.

Taxi

BlueBird taxis are reliable. You can try to ask for meter. But be prepared to bargain for a fixed rate before you get into a cab. My ultimate guide about Indonesia gives more information about this.

Grab or Gojek

This is like Uber. Read more about this and other choices of transport in my Indonesia article. My advise – do not choose this option when going to The Tanah Lot Temple.

Private Driver / Tour Guide

I highly recommend hiring a private driver / tour guide. It saves so much time to be driven and guided by someone familiar with the island. Plus, he can plan your itinerary so that you get to visit the best places. He will also cluster the attractions that are in the same area so that you do not waste time traveling here and there unnecessarily.

If you need a private driver and tour guide, please contact me. I can connect you to Kadek.

Scooter or Motorcycle

In Bali, you can rent a scooter or motorcycle at a very cheap price. But I do not recommend this. It is dangerous. Many tourists and locals have lost their lives because of this mode of transport.

If you ever choose this, please wear a helmet. Be safe.

Walk

Sure. If your hotel is nearby, and within walking distance. Otherwise, best to go by taxi, Grab or private driver.


Before the end of this post, I would like to share a few more tips:

Travel Tip – Please do not take photos directly in front of worshipers

Travel Tip – Please do not step over or tread on offerings called canang sari

Canang sari are offerings that are palm leaves woven into a small box. There are flowers, herbs, money and snacks inside. These offerings are to appease the spirits. Please be careful and watch where you are going.


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The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance

Best Places To Visit In Bali - The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance

When you visit The Uluwatu Temple, you must buy a ticket and watch The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance. That was what our private tour guide told us, and he was so right! Set against the sun setting into the Indian Ocean, the performance was one of the most memorable sights during our Bali vacation.

When we reached the temple grounds, our kind and helpful tour guide joined the long queue to buy us tickets. Eventually, it took him slightly over an hour to get the tickets to the show!

During that time, we enjoyed the awesome view of the cliff, the Indian Ocean, and the sight of the temple at the edge of a steep cliff. We were so grateful for our tour guide who queued and gave us the time to take lots of great photos and videos. Lots of magnificent scenery and beautiful memories. It is truly one of the Best Places to Visit in Bali.

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Soon enough, it was time to enter the amphitheater, and be thrilled by the Kecak Dance performance. Below is the video of their enchanting chants and dance.

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As the sun sets, the dancers enter the stage with their arms raised and chants of ‘Kecak’ repeatedly. It was mesmerizing. The entire performance told of the story of the Ramayana epic. Colorful characters from the story joined the performance, and the audience were watching in silence, totally absorbed. Watch the video to see it all.

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What Is The Kecak Dance?

Before I visited Bali, I had no idea what the Kecak Dance was all about. Then I watched this cultural delight at The Uluwatu Temple, and I was mesmerized!

Of course, I had to find out what this is all about, right? And I did.

It is a very unique Balinese dance. The special part of it is that the dance is not accompanied by any musical instrument or gamelan. Note – a gamelan is the traditional music that is created using percussive instruments.

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As I sat in the audience, I was enraptured by the choir of 70 men as they raised their arms and sang ‘Kecak’. At certain parts of the performance, the 70 men got up and did the traditional dances.

I have also found out that traditionally, the sacred dance, also known as Sang Hyang, was performed with one of the dancers possessed by the spirits. This dancer was then able to communicate with the Gods or ancestors, and delivered their messages. (Don’t worry, this did not happen during The Uluwatu Kecak Dance performance)

Interestingly enough, some time in the 1930s, the story of the Ramayana epic was incorporated into the dance. I felt that the story made the dance more engaging.


What Is The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance About?

The performance of The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance was about the Ramayana epic. It started with the conspiracy of Dewi Kakayi, who was the stepmother of Sri Rama. Because of that conspiracy, Sri Rama, the legitimate crown prince of the kingdo of Ayohdya, was exiled from his father’s palace, the Prabu Dasarata.

Ramayana
Ramayana

Together with his younger brother, Laksamana, and his loyal wife, Dewi Sinta, Sri Rama entered the Dandaka Forest. There, there were discovered by Prabu Dasamuka (also known as Rahwana). The latter was a despotic king. Immediately, he was captivated by the beauty of Dewi Sinta.

His lust caused him to make an attempt to kidnap Sinta. His servant, Marica, assisted him to achieve that. First, they separated Sinta from Rama and Laksamana. Then they kidnapped Sinta and took her away to Alengka Pura.

Of course, upon finding out what happened, Rama and Laksamana tried to rescue Sinta. With the help of the ape army that was under the comman of Hanoman, they succeeded in defeating Rama’s army. Sinta returend to Rama safely.

That was the story from the Ramayana epic that was told during the Kecak Dance performance. Awesome, wasn’t it? There was palace intrigue, battle, and romance.

The Kecak Dance performance was delivered with four dramatic scenes:

Scene 1 – Rama, Sinta and the Golden Deer

Rama, Sinta and Laksamana entered the stage. The Golden Deer came, and Sinta asked Rama to arrest him. Rama left to do as Sinta wanted, with Laksamana left to guard her. Suddenly, there was a scream for help.

The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance
The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance

Worried, Sinta felt it must be Rama. She told Laksamana to help him. Laksamana wanted to help Rama, but was reluctant because he remembered Rama’s order to stay and protect Sinta.

He was then accused of benefiting should Rama die. Faced with such accusation, Laksamana ignored the order, and left Sinta alone.

Scene 2 – Sinta, Rahwana, Bhagawan and Garuda

In scene 2, Rahwana made his attempt to kidnap Sinta. But he failed.

Using his magic tricks, he transformed into a Bhagawan (an old man), and approached Sinta. He said he was thirsty, and asked her for water. Sinta, with her good and generous heart, gave him water.

At that moment of her weakness, Rahwana (disguised as the Bhagawan) took her away. Sinta screamed for help. Her screams were heard by a Garuda that was flying by. A Garuda is a large bird.

Garuda Giant Bird
Garuda Giant Bird

Then the Garuda helped Sinta. But its attempt was unsuccessful because Rahwana cut off it wings. Sinta was then taken away to Alengka Pura by Rahwana

Scene 3 – Sinta, Trijata and Hanoman

In the next scene, we see Sinta lamenting her fate to Trijata, Rahwana’s nephew. Suddenly, Hanoman (the White Ape) showed up, and he said that he was the envoy of the Rama. He showed Rama’s ring as proof.

Hanoman The Great White Ape
Hanoman The Great White Ape

Sinta then handed over some flowers to be handed over to Rama, with the message of asking Rama to rescue her immediately. Hanoman immediately went to Alengka Pura’s garden, and then he ruined it.

The servants of Alengka Pura were surprised by the damage done by Hanoman. They immediately ordered the giants to find the troublemaker. Soon, Hanoman was captured. He was tied and burned. But because of his power, Hanoman managed to escape safely.

Scene 4 – Tualen, Sugriwa, Rahwana, Rama and Laksamana

In the final scene, Tualen, a servant from Sugriwa, the King of the Red Ape, came to Alengka Pura to help Rama to take Sinta away from Rahwana. Knowing this, Rahwana was angry. A fierce battle ensued between Sugriwa and Rahwana.

At the right time, Hanoman, Rama and Laksamana arrived with the magic of Rama’s arrow. They defeated Rahwana. Hanoman jumped forward to take the head of Rahwana so he would not fall to the ground.

Finally, Rahwana died, and Rama and Sinta were reunited.

Cool story, right? It was even better to watch it told through The Uluwatu Kecak Dance performance.

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There is no doubt about it. You really must watch this awesome dance performance. It is rich in heritage and culture. Plus, its unique venue makes this a once in a lifetime experience.

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I give The Uluwatu Kecak Dance performance a Thumbs Up!

As the crowd arrived, I could sense the anticipation building. The first thing everyone was looking out for was the sunset. It was truly a sight to behold.

The amphitheater was built at an elevated level such that everyone could enjoy the vast and magnificent Indian Ocean view. As we sat and basked in the rays of the setting sun, it was so peaceful to immerse in that world.

Then as the sun set, you could see people taking photos. No one was going to miss this picture perfect moment.

As soon as the sun began to set, the Kecak Dance performance began. From the second I heard the cries of ‘Kecak’ as the dancers gathered just outside the amphitheater, to the moment I left, it was a magical experience. Do watch the video to see what I mean.

I truly and highly recommend that you watch The Uluwatu Kecak Dance performance.


Where is The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance?

To watch The Uluwatu Kecak Dance, you must go to The Uluwatu Temple. The temple is located at the far south of Bali, Indonesia.

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What is The Showtime for The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance?

While The Uluwatu Temple operates from 9 am to 6 pm, the performance begins as soon as the sun sets. This can be any time from 6 pm to 7 pm.

Travel Tip – Arrive early to get the best seats

As soon as it is 6 pm, do make your way to the amphitheater, and find good seats. You may be early, and have to bear the heat from the setting sun. But trust me, it is better than arriving late, and trying to find a row of seats so that you can sit together.

What is the Address of The Uluwatu Temple?

Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan Kelod, North Kuta District, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

What is the Ticket Price for The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance?

This changes over time. As of October 2019, when we watched this dance, the price of a ticket for an adult was IDR100,000.


How to Get to The Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance?

The performance is held at the amphitheater within The Uluwatu Temple. So, you need to get to the temple.

Train

There are no mass rapid transit trains in Bali. So, no train service to The Uluwatu Temple. Better to take taxi or get a tour guide. See below.

Bus

I understand that there are no buses to The Uluwatu Temple.

Taxi

As mentioned above, The Uluwatu Temple is really far south of the island. So, if you choose to take the taxi, make sure you have a way back to your hotel or villa. Once again, BlueBird taxis are reliable. You can try to ask for meter. But be prepared to bargain for a fixed rate before you get into a cab.

Grab or Gojek

This is like Uber. Read more about this and other choices of transport in my Indonesia article. My advise – do not choose this option when going to The Uluwatu Temple.

Private Driver/Tour Guide

It is best to hire a private driver and tour guide. He can plan the best itinerary for you. He can help you know what time to arrive so that you have enough time to tour the temple and grounds as well as be on time for the show.

He can and will even queue for over an hour to get the tickets for you while you explore the site. If you need a private driver and tour guide, please contact me. I can connect you to him.

Scooter or Motorcycle

In Bali, you can rent a scooter or motorcycle at a very cheap price. But I do not recommend this. It is dangerous. Many tourists and locals have lost their lives because of this mode of transport.

If you ever choose this, please wear a helmet. Be safe.

Walk

Sure. If your hotel is nearby, and within walking distance. Otherwise, best to go by taxi, Grab or private driver.


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Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels.

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Best Beaches in Bali – Petitenget Beach

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It was the second day after we arrived in Bali. A beautiful sunny day with clear blue skies. Perfect start to our tour and vacation. Our awesome tour guide, Kadek, had arrived to pick us up, and take us to our first stop on today’s adventure – one of the Best Beaches in Bali – Petitenget Beach.

As mentioned above, we had arrived a day earlier in the late afternoon. We decided to take things easy on our first day in Bali. And we were glad we did. We had a good rest at our hotel, had a nice swim in our private pool, explored the shops, cafes and restaurants around the hotel, and then rested some more.

Being rested, we were very excited to start our tour of Bali. We had planned to visit temples, museums, and beaches this time round. We will save Ubud for the next time.

The sun was shining. The air was cool. Come join me and my friend on this lovely visit to Petitenget Beach, definitely one of the Best Places To Visit in Bali.

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Best Beaches in Bali – Petitenget Beach – The Video

I know many people now prefer photos and videos. So, I took a lot of photos and videos of all the places I visited in Bali. In this video, you will see the entrance of Petitenget Beach, the sweet swing that is the perfect Instagrammable spot, and lots of sun, sand and sea where people have fun swimming and surfing. Watch the video below.

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What Is At Petitenget Beach in Bali?

Before I traveled anywhere, I would be so curious about a place, and I would do research to find out more about the place before I arrived. For Bali, I was so busy with work that I did not do enough research. So, I visited many of the places without much idea of what it was all about, what to look out for, and what key points to take note as well as take photos and videos.

And I am so glad it happened that way.

Knowing a just a bit made the discovery and exploration of each site we visited so much more fascinating! When the tour guide dropped us off at Petitenget Beach, I did not know what to expect.

I filmed the journey from the car park to the entrance, and then to this very interesting swing that is also a sign to say that we have arrived at Petitenget Beach.

Isn’t it quite a sight to behold? Imagine sitting on the swing, facing the sea, and simply swing and enjoy the view. That was what my friend and I did exactly. Just be in the moment. Breathe the sea air. And soak in the magnificent view.

Of course, I have to share the bit of research I did about the place, right? So here it is.

Petitenget Beach is considered the main beach of Seminyak. It is named after the Petitenget Temple that is near the entrance of the beach. You can see the large parking space outside the temple in the video above.

Sadly, on the day we arrived, we were unable to visit the temple. Our tour guide, Kadek, informed us that there was a holy ceremony that day, and no outside visitors were allowed.

One of the things I noted about the beach was that the sand was of a light brown color. I thought it would be white in color. But light brown is still OK. At least it was soft and fine.

Travel Tip – Do not believe what many other websites claim – that the sand here is white. I have been there, and I can tell you it is light brown.

The nice thing about Petitenget Beach is that it is not as crowded as the other beaches, for example in Kuta and Legian. We visited the other beaches later that day, and for the next two days. Look out for the posts about these beaches, and you will see what I mean by crowded.

Also, take a look at the video above, and you can see how quiet this beach is. If you like less crowded and quiet beaches, this is a good one for you.

In addition, if you like large waves and surfing, this is also a good choice. You can see people surfing in the video above. In the photo below, you can see a couple of men going out to sail in the sea. Brave men.

The beach is quite a long stretch, and there are few places to enjoy a drink or dinner or both while you watch sunsets. You can look for La Lucciola, Mano Beach Club, Ku De Ta, Potato Head Beach Club or Woobar. We didn’t get to watch the sunset here. We went to Double Six Beach for that.

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Where is the Most Instagrammable Spot at Petitenget Beach?

As I mentioned above, there is an Instagrammable Spot here at Petitenget Beach. It is the swing and sign at the entrance of the beach. That’s me below, enjoying the view on the swing, and also getting a photo for Asia Travel Gem’s Instagram account.


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While we do appreciate a crowded beach because the people make it all very exciting, we were looking forward to a quiet and relaxing vacation. Months of hard work can make you want that.

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I give this place a Thumbs Up!

So, Petitenget Beach was perfect with offering exactly what we wanted. If you, like us, prefer a quieter seaside, this is the one for you.

On top of that plus point, the seaside was lovely. There are people walking or jogging on the sand. Some were surfing or sailing. Not too many. Just the right amount of people.

Plus, there are a few drinking holes for you to enjoy a drink while you sit and appreciate the view. For me, I love watching the waves. Especially large and strong waves. It was really nice seeing crystal clear waters. Even nicer to feel the cool waters.


Where is Petitenget Beach?

Petitenget Beach is near the hotel where we stayed. We realized that when it was the first stop of our tour, and we arrived in less than 30 minutes.

So, it is actually in Seminyak, Bali. And in the Kerobokan Kelod area, same area as our hotel. I also found out that it is located at the north coast of Mesari Beach, Seminyak.

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Operating Hours

It is a public beach. So, technically it is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. But you would not want to swim during the night. Too dark. Too dangerous because of the waves and strong undercurrents.

Address

Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan Kelod, North Kuta District, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Entrance Fee

Some beaches in Bali require an entrance fee. I know. Unbelievable right?But it is what it is.

The good news is that there is no entrance fee to this beach. Do not believe anyone who asks you for entrance fee.


How to Get to Petitenget Beach?

Train

There are no mass rapid transit trains in Bali. So, no train service to Petitenget Beach. Better to take taxi or get a tour guide. See below.

Bus

The public buses are more mini-buses. Unless you are familiar with Bali and the bus routes, I suggest you take the taxi, Grab or get a private driver who can also double as your tour guide.

Taxi

This is one of the best ways to go to Petitenget Beach. Look for the BlueBird taxis. They are more reliable. And always go by meter.

If you encounter a driver who demands a standard fee, then bargain and agree to the rate before you get into the cab.

Grab or Gojek

This is like Uber. Read more about this and other choices of transport in my Indonesia article.

Private Driver/Tour Guide

We hired a private driver and tour guide. And he was Awesome!

It was so convenient. Wherever we wanted to go, he would take us there. Plus, he would share info about each place we visited. Even local tips about them.

In addition, before we arrived, we discussed the itinerary. We told him how many days we wanted to tour, and he would suggest an itinerary. And he was so accommodating, so willing to change the itinerary to our liking.

Timotheus, Than and Kadek, Our Balinese Private Driver and Tour Guide
Timotheus, Than and Kadek, Our Balinese Private Driver and Tour Guide

If you need a private driver and tour guide, please contact me. I can connect you to Kadek.

Scooter or Motorcycle

In Bali, you can rent a scooter or motorcycle at a very cheap price. But I do not recommend this. It is dangerous. Many tourists and locals have lost their lives because of this mode of transport.

If you ever choose this, please wear a helmet. Be safe.

Walk

Sure. If your hotel is nearby, and within walking distance. Otherwise, best to go by taxi, Grab or private driver.


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We have come to the end of this article. I hope you enjoyed reading this.

If you have ANY questions about this post – Best Beaches in Bali – Petitenget Beach, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels.

Timotheus