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In this post you learn which places you should visit in Bali. These are my must see places if you don’t know where to go in Bali. If you are coming to Bali for the first time it can be overwhelming or difficult to make a choice on which spots to visit – so many amazing things to see. That’s why in this blog post, you will find my suggestions on what to visit if you are coming for the first time to the Island of Gods.

It might be one of the most touristy places in Bali, but unlike Kuta it has way more class – and you can also find the best food. It is seriously a paradise for every foodie. Two of my favorite and must visit Restaurants are Café Bali and Sarong. I suggest spending around three or more days if you like good food, amazing shopping, and some great beach clubs, where you can spend the day at the pool and enjoy your vacation.

restaurant seminyak Bali

food seminyak

This place is for all the yoga-lovers, hipsters, and surfers. I personally count myself to the yoga-lovers and fell in love with this cute little spot in Bali. That’s why I chose to live here. Nowhere else you can find so many healthy and hip cafes in one small place. You find all my tips on where to eat in my blog post about Cafes in Canggu. Go for a surf,  sunset drinks or join one of the many amazing yoga classes for all levels. I made a list for you guys with my top places. Depending on how you like Canggu I would stay here for about three days.


Yoga Canggu

I heard it has changed ever since the movie eat, pray, love and it’s way more touristy, but you can still feel it when you arrive: Ubud is full of spirituality. If you want to dig into Balinese tradition then go see a healer and  you will feel how Bali can change your view on the world.
In Ubud, you also find great spas, Ubud market for souvenirs and the monkey forest. In my next blog I will write what else to see in Ubud. You can do Ubud in one day, but I think it’s worth to spend at least a night there and maybe even get a room with jungle view. If you have enough time I suggest going to a nice spa hotel and give your self some time off or even join a retreat.

Ubud jungle spa

monkey forest

Where the nice Beaches are ☺ If you have been in Canggu and didn’t like the beaches too much, you should hop in a car and go to Uluwatu. Here you will find clear blue water, white sand and amazing surf breaks (not for beginners).
If you want to relax on a nice beach and just chill I recommend going to Karma Kandara or Sundays Beach club. They are almost next to each other and you get there with a cable car. The entrance fee is around 250’000 IDR and you get a voucher for food.
If you want to spend a beach day, but not go to an actual beach club I highly recommend going to Binging. This cute little spot is for surfing and swimming, has nice little Warungs for lunch and is not touristy – so far.
Even though it’s filled with tourists you might want to go to Uluwatu Temple, watch the sunset and see a Balinese dance show.
If you feel more like sunset drinks, then your must-go-spot is single fin. It’s on the top of the cliffs and you can watch not only the sunset but also all the surfers down in the water. An Uluwatu experience you shouldn’t miss

uluwatu beach

bining beach

Island get-away
If you need more nice beaches or even want to snorkel or dive, I suggest going on a two or three day trip to the Gilis or Nusa Lembongan. The Gilis are a 3h boat trip away from Bali while Nusa Lembongan is only a 30 minutes boat ride away and my personal favorite.

Nusa Lembogang

If you have enough time I suggest staying at each place a little longer and really explore everything, there is so much to see and do in every single place and I will put on more blog posts on where to go so make sure you subscribe to my Newsletter and don’t miss any tips.















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  • Reply Katie

    That last picture of you on a swing is fantastic! So envious of you right now! Bali looks beautiful so thank you for sharing this!

    December 4, 2016 at 5:09 pm
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      thank you very much. Bali is just magical you should come 🙂

      December 5, 2016 at 1:42 am
  • Reply neha

    I am actually planning a trip to Bali soon. Your post helped me with identifying what all I want to do and see

    December 5, 2016 at 2:23 am
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      oh that’s great 🙂 let me know if you need any more tips or inspiration.

      December 5, 2016 at 2:34 am
  • Reply The Travel Ninjas

    We love Bali. You’re so right about there being so much to do and see. Choosing can be overwhelming. We agree that choosing a only few places and exploring them more fully is the best bet for first timers.

    December 5, 2016 at 3:52 am
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      thanks guys. Yes I think it is better to focus otherwise you can’t enjoy the place.

      December 5, 2016 at 4:44 am
  • Reply Iza Abao, Two Monkeys Travel Group Writer

    I love the pictures and your outfits too. = ) I wonder how much is your budget per day. I would love to visit these places that you have mentioned. They look serene and far away from the city.

    December 5, 2016 at 3:56 am
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      Thanks so much. My budget depends on what I do. I do have regular expenses like living and eating, but other than that I don’t spend money 🙂

      December 5, 2016 at 4:45 am
  • Reply Ticker Eats The World

    Thanks for the list. My family is going to Bali in a few days and i’ll pass it on to them. They plan to visit most of these places. I visited Bali almost 11 years ago on my honeymoon and covered quite a lot but at the time Seminyak was non-existent so missed out on that. As you have mentioned that it is a place for foodies also and I am one, I hope someday I can go back and experience that.

    December 5, 2016 at 6:31 am
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      Awe that’s very kind thank you so much. If your family needs any other tips just let me know. I think 11 years ago it was a complete different Bali, probably better because there were not as many tourists … 🙂

      December 6, 2016 at 1:03 am
  • Reply Allison

    Love love love Bali! We go every year and are heading back in March. I can personally vouch for Semknyak as a food lovers delight. One of my favourite warungs is Kultur. It’s out of the way but delicious!

    December 5, 2016 at 10:48 pm
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      oh yay so cool you come here every year. I have to check out this Warung 🙂

      December 6, 2016 at 1:03 am
  • Reply FS

    Bali has been in my Bucket List from a long time. I just love the pictures you have posted. Thanks for sharing.

    December 6, 2016 at 5:28 pm
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      thank you very much! you should definitely come to Bali soon it is paradise.

      December 7, 2016 at 12:06 am
  • Reply Carla Abanes

    I really love Bali and its a great destination too for quick getaways from Manila. My next stop would be Cangu. Thanks for sharing this post!

    December 7, 2016 at 12:26 am
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      thank you for your lovely comment and feel free to ask me any questions about Canggu.

      December 7, 2016 at 12:28 am
  • Reply Tina

    Great blog! I have been to Bali early this year and I loved it. Love your photos and your posts about Bali!

    December 13, 2016 at 9:24 am
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      Awee thank you so much for your lovely comment dear Tina.That’s really kind of you! I hope you will come back to Bali one day!

      December 13, 2016 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Gracie

    I’ve been wanting to visit this place, thanks for this post, now I know some places we can go.

    January 1, 2017 at 2:19 pm
  • Reply katy shutt

    I am dreaming of going to Bali! I love you blog. Would love to know what the best beaches are for swimming. Thank you so much

    June 19, 2017 at 3:50 pm
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      Hi Katy thank you so much for your Kind words! I prefer the beaches in Nusa Lembongan but there are also nice beaches in Uluwatu. Will do a post about this soon. xx Nadine

      June 24, 2017 at 6:50 am
  • Reply Charlotte

    I know this blog is a little dated, but I’m traveling to Bali and need help choosing a second place to visit while there. We’re in Bali 5 days. I’m thinking 2 days in Ubud and wanted a second destination. I’d like somewhere beach but not too secluded. Would Semiyak provide that? I also looked into Lombok (I think that was the spelling),Air Sanih and Lovina. It’s so many choices

    February 28, 2018 at 12:19 pm
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      Hey Charlotte thanks so much for your message. I will send you an e-mail with my suggestions!

      March 7, 2018 at 12:38 am
  • Reply Abby Beaudin

    hi Nadine!
    I just recently booked a solo trip to Bali and am having a hard time narrowing down what places to see /do / stay! Your blog posts are SO helpful however would love any advice? I originally had Ubud, Canggu and Lembongan planned but then I saw your pictures of Uluwatu and you said Seminyak is the place for food (which i Know is close to Canggu?) I will be in Bali for 10 days so thought 2 days in Ubud, 1 day in Seminyak, 3 days in Canggu and 3 days in Lembongan.

    Thank you and LOVE your blog!! <33

    September 29, 2018 at 6:33 am
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      Hey lovely Abby thanks so much for your comment. Yes, I think your plan is great! Because you are 3 days in Canggu you can easily go to Seminyak as well while in Canggu. No worries about Uluwatu, if you go to Lembongan you will have the beautiful beaches as well 🙂

      September 29, 2018 at 6:53 am
  • Reply Cassie

    Hi! I know this is a really late comment but I just wanted to say thank you for the information you have given and also to ask your advice. I will be in Bali for 12 nights. So far I will be visiting Ubud for for 3 nights, Sambangan for 2 nights, and Canggu for 3 nights. I was curious if you had a suggesting on where would be the best place to end my trip. I was thinking either Uluwatu or Nusa Lembongan for my last 4 nights? Or, alternatively, possibly spending more time in one of the other places?

    November 30, 2018 at 2:56 am
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      Hey there thanks so much for your comment I would totally add Nusa Lembongan to your trip and make a day trip from there to Nusa Penida 🙂

      December 2, 2018 at 3:57 am
  • Reply cath

    Hi it has been great to re your blogs . I have been coming to Bali since 1984 so have seen a lot of changes , but in saying this I have not explore a lot of the island . I spend most of my time in Ubud but in August 2019 Im coming for 3 weeks , my plan is to start 3 nights in Sanur then Kadek my driver an I will head north. I will have to check out Canggu , then head around to Lovina. can we easily drive Canggu to Lovina in a day whilst stopping off to explore or should I stay in Pamuteran a night or two then Lovina ? From Lovina I want to explore inland waterfalls an lakes then head back to Ubud for 6 nights then I was going back to Sunur for 5 nights but maybe I should look at Canggu? I hope to eventually live in Bali an other than Ubud im seeking other places as possibilities ?
    Any suggestion would be greatly appreciate
    thanks Cath

    January 1, 2019 at 6:36 am
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      hey Cath thanks so much for your comment I’ve sent you an email 🙂 hope you are having a wonderful time in Bali!

      January 16, 2019 at 2:36 am

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