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Top Choice Hindu Temple in West Bali

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 surv…
Top Choice Japanese 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 run…
Hindu Temple in Jembrana Coast

Pura Rambu 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 Lo…
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 in t…
Hindu Temple in West Bali

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 over-hyped sunsets.…
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 held a…
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 will s…
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 of…
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 favour…
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 small s…