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Top ChoiceHindu Temple in West Bali

Pura Taman Ayun

Pura Taman Ayun

Don't miss one of the top temples on Bali, a serene place of enveloping calm. The huge royal water temple of Pura Taman Ayun, surrounded by a wide, elegant moat, was the main temple of the Mengwi kingdom, which...

Top ChoiceJapanese in Balian Beach

Sushi Surf

The place for a sunset cocktail and bite of sushi. The surf action is arrayed out right in front of the quirky multilevel seating area. There are specials and a broad menu that goes beyond California rolls. It's...

Hindu Temple in Jembrana Coast

Pura Rambut Siwi

Picturesquely situated on a clifftop overlooking a long, wide stretch of black-sand beach, this superb temple shaded by flowering frangipani trees is one of the important sea temples of west Bali. Like Pura Tanah...

Cultural Centre in South of Tabanan

Joshua District

Joshua District

Set amid rice fields near the iconic temple of Tanah Lot, Joshua District is a creative complex – coffee shop, gallery, fashion concept store and a number of villas – made out of shipping containers. With the...

Indonesian in Medewi

Ten Pandan

This charming beachfront restaurant serves cheap and tasty Indonesian dishes in traditional joglos perched on stilts by the sea. The gado gado (a favourite Indonesian dish made with boiled vegetables, tofu, egg...

Balinese in Gilimanuk

Warung Ment Tempeh

An extended family runs several neighbouring iterations of this cafe, which serves a local dish Gilimanuk is known for: betutu chicken, a spicy form of steamed chicken that is redolent with herbs. It is located...

Hindu Temple in West Bali

Pura Tanah Lot

Pura Tanah Lot

Pura Tanah Lot is a hugely popular tourist destination. It does have cultural significance to the Balinese, but this can be hard to discern amid the crowds, clamour and chaos – especially for the overhyped...

Monument in Marga

Margarana

Bali's role in Indonesia's independence struggle is commemorated at the Margarana, northwest of Marga village. Tourists seldom visit, but every Balinese schoolchild comes here at least once, and a ceremony is...

Museum in Tabanan

Mandala Mathika Subak

You'll find this museum within a large complex devoted to Tabanan's subak organisations. It has displays about the irrigation and cultivation of rice, and the intricate social systems that govern these. Staff...

Hindu Temple in Cemagi

Pura Gede Luhur Batu Ngaus

Amid a growing number of villas, there is a dramatic outcrop of black lava rock jutting out into the pounding waves. Perched on top is the photogenic Pura Gede Luhur Batu Ngaus, which has all the classic elements...

International in Balian Beach

Tékor Bali

Down a small lane 100m back from the beach, this inviting restaurant with a grassy lawn feels a bit like you've come to a mate's backyard for a barbecue. The menu is broad, with all the usual local and surfer...

Ceramics in South of Tabanan

Pejaten Ceramic Art

About 10km south of Tabanan is Pejaten, a centre for the production of traditional pottery, including elaborate ornamental roof tiles and porcelain clay objects made purely for decorative use. Check out this...

Cafe in Medewi

Mai Malu

Near the highway on the Medewi side road, guesthouse Mai Malu is a popular (and almost the only) hang-out. The modern, breezy upstairs cafe serves crowd-pleasing pizza, burgers and Indonesian meals. Rooms (from...

Indonesian in Medewi

Warung Gede & Homestay

From the simple open-air cafe of this guesthouse, you can watch the breaks and enjoy basic Indonesian fare as well as good breakfasts. Rooms (from 150,000Rp) are surfer-simple: cold water and fans.

Balinese in Tabanan

Warung Nasi Ibu Agus

A babi guling restaurant off the main road has batches of fresh-roasted seasoned suckling pork throughout the day. It has a relaxed green-hued dining area.

Supermarket in Tabanan

Hardy's

Hardy’s is a huge, modern supermarket with groceries and sundries. Stock up for your villa here or get a fresh meal in the food court.

Museum in West Bali

Museum Manusa Yadnya

Museum Manusa Yadnya

Established in 1974, this off-the-beaten path museum documents the numerous Hindu rituals involved during a Balinese person’s life, starting from six months after conception to death. The museum is in the Taman...

Museum in Gilimanuk

Museum Manusia Purbakala Gilimanuk

This part of Bali has been occupied for thousands of years. The Museum Manusia Purbakala Gilimanuk is centred on a family of skeletons, thought to be 4000 years old, which were found locally in 2004. The bare...

Palace in South of Tabanan

Puri Anyar Kerambitan

This modest old palace is currently undergoing renovation, but it's still possible to visit. There are cultural events and performances, and members of the royal family love to share stories of old Bali within...