There is more than one reason why the south of Bali is so popular among local and international tourists. Long white-sanded beaches, secluded bays, quality seafood feasts and a wide range of accommodation options are just some of the reasons travellers are attracted to the area, which remains the most loved by families with children, as well as honeymooners and passionate surfers. Crowded Denpasar is the price to pay to reach the south, but unfortunately traffic is a constant issue throughout the whole area.
Sanur is the easy option if you are looking to have a relaxing family holiday, as the area is popular with accessible beaches, and offers a wide range of activities for children. Choose among the endless dining options or try a new water sport for the first time.
On the way to Nusa Dua peninsula, take some time to explore the colourful Jimbaran fish market or chill out on the large stretch of beach, which at night turns into an open-air seafood centre. Nusa Dua is packed with luxury resorts along the beach, and you will most likely want to indulge in the laid-back atmosphere of your resort and rarely leave. However, the road to Bukit offers beautiful views on the ocean and many lovely beaches on the way that are worth exploring, even to just admire surfers’ acrobatic-like tricks in the water. Check out Balangan, Padang-Padang or Bingin, where the sunset provides a spectacular show.
At the most southwest point of the peninsula is Uluwatu, home to one of Bali’s most important sea temples and best surf conditions. Although very crowded, Uluwatu maintains the charm of an impressive holy site, and is also where you can watch a Kecak dance performance - a very memorable experience.
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