Check out what our favorite Bali sightseeing routes are...
Bali is a perfect island to explore by car, motorbike or for the strong ones among us even by bicycle.
It is a great way to take in the magnificent
landscapes, panoramic views and to see the cheerful people in the
villages located far away from the tourist crowds.
My girlfriend and I have driven miles on end and have seen every corner of the island. In this section we will give you a list of our favorite routes that we have seen during our trips.
We highly recommend them if you are planning to see the real Bali...
Some of our favorite routes can be easily combined with a stop at one of the many amazing tourist attractions.
Others routes can be taken if you are planning to go from one village to another.
We also give alternative return routes in case you are planning to do a one day round trip. These routes start and finish at the same place.
From our experience it is difficult to indicate how long a route takes exactly as the road signs are not always well posted.
But the routes that we suggest can easily be done in one day and this even includes getting lost a couple of times...;-)
Bali Sightseeing route: East Bali - Tulamben to Candidasa via Amed, Tirtagangga, Amlapura, Ujung, Pasir Putih, Candi dasa
This route takes you along the black volcanic beaches of Tulamben and Amed into the stunning landscape created by volcanic eruptions and the skilled Balinese.
The mountain slopes covered in rice fields are spectacular especially if you continue your journey and find yourself in one of Bali's driest areas.
This must be the most quiet part of Bali where not many tourists go, so expect to see another piece of the real Bali here....
Bali Sightseeing Route: The Bali Villages - Ubud to Candidasa via Besakih and alternatively via Sideman
Travel through time when passing through traditional Balinese villages.
This route takes you along amazing rice field terraces and ends with a magnificent view on the east coast.
During the trip you also have the opportunity to see the most important temple in Bali.
Planning a day trip? Here we describe an amazing alternative route which crosses the most powerful kingdom in Bali's history where the scenery is breath-taking.
Towards the end you will also be accompanied by a splendid view on the majestic Gunung Agung.
Bali Sightseeing route: The Volcanic Bali - Round trip Ubud to Kintamani and back via Sideman
From Ubud the route will immediately take you up hill.
This mountainous landscape offers great views and takes you to villages where people still live life as decades before.
Once at Kintamani the view on Gunung Batur's crater is just as gorgeous as can be. If you want a closer look, you can even drive down into the crater to experience the volcanic landscape yourself.
The second stretch of the journey takes you back downhill through one of our favorite parts of Bali and back to Ubud.
Bali Sightseeing route: The rice fields of Jatiluwih - Round trip from Kuta or Ubud to Jatiluwih via Tabanan and Batukau.
The Jatiluwih area is definitely one of the best places to see rice field terraces in abundance and to pass villages where time has stood still.
Here you'll be greeted by friendly Balinese carrying out their daily work in the fields.
This is something totally different compared with the south of Bali.
After the trip up to Jatiluwih all you can wonder about is how the Balinese have been able to create something as beautiful as this.
Bali Sightseeing Route: North Bali - Ubud to Lovina pass the three big lakes in the northern part of the island or alternatively a roundtrip from Lovina
This is a beautiful route if you are planning to head to the north of the island or want to do a round trip from Lovina.
These forested mountains will definitely have you cooled down from the heat while enjoying the view on Bratan lake.
More up hill you'll soon be greeted with great views on the Twin Lakes. Make sure you bring some warm clothing with you as it can get pretty chilly up here...
Bali Sightseeing Route: West Bali - Kuta to Lovina via Antosari
This is the route less taken but a great one if you are traveling from Kuta to Lovina.
It crosses the central mountain range giving you stunning views on the area.
Here you will surely stop many times to enjoy the terrific views on the mountains and rice fields.
The condition of the road is good making the drive pleasant, however the part between Tanah Lot and Antosari can be tricky. So make sure you drive carefully here...