Ubud is popular as being the cultural hub of Bali and was once home to one of the royalties a few decades ago. Located amongst rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar regency, Ubud is greatly promoted as the center of art and culture and is one of the biggest promoters of tourism in Indonesia. This traditional country town has some beautiful royal palaces and temples which are a major attraction of this place. Other reasons that keep travelers interested in this place are yoga, healthy food, and fresh air. The islands in Ubud District Bali also attracts a number of world-famous artists and collectors who love to come here for inspiration and love to work in this amazing town.
Ubud has some of the most beautiful beaches in Bali. Watching the sunset on the white sandy beaches is simply an otherworldly experience. Though Ubud has kept up with the pace necessary development, there is still a large part of it that enjoys abstinence from urbanization. The green rice terraces still clinging to the edges of the town and the simple lifestyle of the people proves it. A short drive outside Ubud will take you to Tegenungan Waterfall, Ubud Monkey Forest, and the photogenic Tegallalang rice terrace. Join a day trip to local villages like Campuhan, Penestanan, Peliatan and Batuan, where you can see locals making and selling authentic Balinese crafts.
Though you have plenty of things to explore and spend some leisure time with, the following list of places near the islands in Ubud District Bali will make you love this place even more. Read further to know more about these amazing places.
1. Serangan Island
Also called the Turtle Island, this tiny island makes for a fulfilling day trip especially with the kids. The quiet island boasts of a wonderful mangrove forest, a hatchery for green turtles (which the kids will love) and a nice beach. While the spiritually inclined can visit the Sakenan Temple, the outdoor enthusiasts can try their hand at fishing or surfing. Earlier accessible only by wooden boats, the island can now be reached by crossing a small bridge just 25 minutes away from Nusa Dua.
Location: South Denpasar, into the road from opposite LotteMart on Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai from Sanur
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2. Pos Dua, Menjangan Island
This one is considered to be one of the most pristine snorkeling destinations in Bali as you get to see and swim across an abyss with incredible visibility! The place offers a variety of under crowded coral reefs. And the absolute spectacle is Pos Dua which is especially popular for being unreal in its visibility with which you can see as deep as 40m down or more at times.
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3. Nusa Lembongan
An exciting holiday island destination off the southeast coast of Bali, Nusa Lembongan is a popular hideaway for surfers and leisure seekers. Often simply referred to as Lembongan, the island is a mere 45-minute boat ride from Sanur Beach or Benoa Harbour. The great reefs and diving sights here make it more popular among surfers and divers than its sister islands of Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida. The clean and pristine beaches are the reason Nusa Lembongan tops the list of islands with the best beaches in Bali for swimming. There are a number of luxury villas and resorts on the island suitable for all kinds of budgets and types of travelers.
USP: Stay in affordable, yet quirky and clean shacks for a traditional Balinese experience
Location: North Bali, west of Buleleng regencys capital city of Singaraja
How to get to Nusa Lembongan: Its just a 45-minute boat ride away from Sanur, Serangan Island and Tanjung Benoa on the Bali mainland.
Restaurants in Nusa Lembongan: Kayuputi Restaurant, Cut Catch Cucina, Arwana
Where to stay in Nusa Lembongan: Mulia Villas, Amarterra Villas Bali, Ulu Segara Luxury Suites & Villas
Nightlife in Nusa Lembongan: Hai Bar And Grill, Blue Corner Bar, The Deck Cafe & Bar
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4. Nusa Ceningan Island
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The smallest among the Nusa Islands, Nusa Ceningan is known for its rather exotic vibe that its beaches exude. Travelers usually combine a visit to this island with its sister islands, or just Nusa Lembongan, as the two are connected by an iconic yellow suspension bridge. Complete with vivid cultural features, picturesque coastal fishing villages, and seaweed farms, mangrove forests with turtle nesting beaches, and a Blue Lagoon, the beaches of Nusa Ceningan are definitely worth a trip on your holiday in Bali. Adrenaline junkies can indulge in a thrilling cliff diving session from Blue Lagoon or Mahana Point for merely INR 120/- per jump per person, while peace seekers and lovebirds can simply enjoy sweeping views of the ocean and incredible sunsets from the Secret Beach on this island. Other adventure sports to try here include the Abyss Zipline (for INR 390/- per person) and the underwater scooter rides that shall let you explore sunken temples and statues.
USP: Adventure activities like cliff diving, zip lining, and underwater scooter
Location: Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Islands, Klungkung
How to get to Nusa Ceningan: One needs to get to Nusa Lembongan first. Nusa Lembongan is just a 45-minute boat ride away from Sanur, Serangan Island and Tanjung Benoa on the Bali mainland. From there, you can access Ceningan via the bridge
Restaurants in Nusa Ceningan: Cut Catch Cucina, Bejana at The Ritz-Carlton, Arwana
Where to stay in Nusa Ceningan: Mulia Villas, The Bale, Courtyard by Marriott Bali
Nightlife in Nusa Ceningan: Driftwood Bar
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5. Nusa Dua Islands
This group of two islands is the origin of the name of Nusa Dua. The clear waters here are perfect for swimming and scuba diving as well. One of these islands is larger than the other one with vast green lands which are perfect for holding banquets or other such events. The islands have gained quite a lot of popularity after the number of resorts has gone up here. Lesser crowds with superb sea view and clear waters make it one of the best places to stay in Bali.
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Ubud is one of those places where you can easily extend a short trip to a long stay for a week to even a year. This is a place where traditional Balinese culture imbues every waking moment, where colorful offerings adorn the streets and where the hypnotic strains of gamelan are an ever-present soundtrack to everyday life.The rich culture, mindfulness, creative culinary delicacies and the natural charm of the place is seductive. Come to these magical islands in Ubud Districts Bali for relaxation, for rejuvenation and to have what may well be the most magical holiday of your life.
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