South Bali

The capital of Denpasar is situated in the flat lands of the south of Bali, making this the island’s most populated area. There is therefore much to see and do. Tanah Lot Temple, accessible via a small causeway, stands on a small rocky islet 15kms west of Denpasar.  Visitors flock here for the postcard-like setting, while the Balinese revere this pagoda style temple as deeply as they do their mountain shrines. There are some great beaches to be found in the south.  Dreamland Beach (also known as New Kuta Beach) is located on the Bukit peninsula.  Well served by beach cafes, this has long been a popular destination for surfers. Legian Beach is another that’s popular with the same crowd. Restaurants and cafes abound in the south of Bali.  Jimbaran Beach is famed for mouth-watering seafood  served in the early evening on the shores. Seminyak and its neighbour Petitenget are upmarket destinations with many excellent restaurants, hotels and villas, and shopping opportunities.  The beach is also a draw, with surfing potential. There are also islands to explore off the coast of southern Bali.  Nusa Penida can be accessed via boat from Sanur.  It is an important pilgrimage site for Balinese Hindus, with Pura Dalem Penataran Ped Temple found here.  This island is very different from mainland Bali, with its own dialect and a much harsher soil.  Islanders live off seaweed farming and fishing.

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