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Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Uluwatu, Bali
Set along the Bukit Peninsula in southern Bali, Uluwatu lies near rugged, picturesque beaches and legendary surf breaks. Tall limestone cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean provide fine vantage points for watching the sunset. While attractions are fairly limited in the area, Uluwatu has lovely hilltop resorts where you can enjoy the peaceful setting. There are also a few inviting cocktail bars and nightclubs that feature top DJs. 

Uluwatu’s most important site is the Pura Luhur Uluwatu, a Hindu temple perched dramatically on a cliff high above the crashing waves. You can spend your days checking out various beaches in the area: at cliff-backed Padang Padang Beach, you can sip coconut water on the sands and watch the monkeys playing nearby, while the boulder-scattered sands of Bingin Beach make an excellent backdrop for photos. You can also take a surfing lesson, with waves for both beginners and experts.
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Rock formations on the island of Nusa Penida
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Island Adventure in Nusa Penida & Bali - 5 Days

Take in the natural beauty of Indonesia's islands, from stunning rock formations to dreamy sunsets, on this 5-day adventure. Traveling by boat, you'll divide your time between the islands of Nusa Penida and Bali. Visit an underground temple and snorkel with manta rays offshore Nusa Penida before cruising over to Bali for a few days of hiking, surfing, and sunbathing on world-class beaches. Finish the trip with a night out on the town in Seminyak — a lively way to end this whirlwind island tour!

The Gili Islands
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Unforgettable Indonesia: Bali & the Gili Islands - 11 Days

Perfect for leisurely exploring, this fun and culture-filled 11-day itinerary mixes things up with temple viewing, rice paddy walks, and time on the beach. Meet local people, travel in style in a VW convertible, snorkel in warm waters alongside turtles, and sail away on a sunset cruise. A stay on charming Gili Air will introduce you to a slower pace of life, where motor vehicles don’t exist, and you can snooze in a hammock by the ocean at a cool beach bar.

Mangrove forest at Walakiri Beach, Sumba
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Nature & Beaches in Indonesia: Bali & Sumba - 12 Days

On this outdoor adventure, relax and explore two of Indonesia's most beautiful islands: Bali and Sumba. Begin in Uluwatu in Bali, where you'll visit the cliffside Uluwatu Temple and see a traditional dance show. Then fly to Sumba to explore thatched-roof villages, visit serene beaches, and swim beneath waterfalls. Travel eastward across the island as you take in the natural wonders around Tambolaka, Waikabubak, Tarimbang, and Waingapu. Finally, return to Bali to see one last sunset over Uluwatu.

Terraced rice fields
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Highlights of Bali - 8 Days

Explore the culture, countryside, and coastline of the "Island of the Gods" with this eight-day itinerary. Drive around the southeastern corner of the island through rice fields, temples, villages, the Monkey Forest, a volcanic caldera, and more before ending your trip on the beach.

Learn why Bali is called the "Island of the gods" at Tirta Empul
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Balinese Escape: Ubud to the Gili Islands - 13 Days

Experience tropical island life on this 13-day escape to Bali's ornate temples and lush landscapes. See the famous sea temple of Tanah Lot, then head to Ubud to look out over the Tegallalang rice terraces and learn to cook Balinese dishes with a local. Wind down with plenty of time to relax and snorkel on the car-free Gili Islands, then end your trip with a sunset cruise and barbecue on the golden beaches of Uluwatu.

The heart-shaped isle of Pulo Cinta
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Honeymooner's Secret Escape to Bali - 14 Days

You don't have to be a newlywed to enjoy this romantic itinerary ideal for adventure-loving couples with two weeks to spend. Together, you'll immerse yourselves in Bali's scenic beauty, hike to a hidden waterfall for a picnic lunch, receive a honeymooner's holy blessing ceremony, and indulge in sunning and snorkeling while savoring being romantic on tiny, heart-shaped Pulo Cinta, the "magical Island of Love."

Padar Island in Indonesia
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Discover Indonesia: North Sumatra, East Java & Bali - 15 Days

See Indonesia's highlights in Sumatra, Java, and Bali. Begin in the town of Bohorok, where you'll explore the rainforest and spot orangutans, then head to Yogyakarta to visit UNESCO-listed temples. Hike Mount Bromo and Mount Ijen at sunrise, then go snorkeling near Menjangan Island before transferring to Ubud to enjoy cultural activities, ending the trip with rafting and relaxation on the beaches around Uluwatu.

Sunrise on a Balinese farm
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Explore Authentic Bali - 10 Days

Soak up the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Bali on this wide-reaching 10-day tour around the island. In addition to traditional sightseeing and outdoor adventures, from visiting temples to swimming in a waterfall, this itinerary features a range of local experiences—you'll learn to cook regional dishes with a Balinese chef and spend time with a local family. You'll also snorkel, canoe, and hike through terraced rice fields before finishing the adventure on one of the island's best "hidden" beaches.

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