When approaching Bali’s coast from the southwest for landing at Ngurah Rai airport, you will see to the right of the plane Jimbaran Bay, Dreamworld surf beach, Padang-Padang surf beach and the well known Uluwatu surf beach.
To the left is Tuban, Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Kerobokan and Canggu surf beach. The nose of the plane points towards Sanur, Nusa Dua and Benoa Harbour in the east. Candi Dasa is on the northeastern coast. Bye the way, any word that begins with a (c) is pronounced with a (ch) sound, Candi Dasa and Canggu as examples become Chandi Dasa and Changgu.
The most densely populated and busiest area you can see out of the left side of the plane is Tuban and Kuta. You will be amazed with what goes on here almost 24 hours of every day.
Legian is the next one along and is quieter by comparison but caters well for a large number of accommodation choices, restaurants and shopping.
Seminyak is the “in place” at the moment so it seems and was once a closely guarded secret of Europeans and expats wanting to distance themselves from noisy Australian tourists and others from around the world.
Seminyak is now taking on a completely different look with lots of tourists invading this area. Oh well nothing lasts forever, does it?
The attraction in Seminyak is the nightlife, number of wonderful restaurants, villas, shopping and the beach. You really do need to make the effort to explore this area by day and night. The whole area takes on a different look at night for the better and in particular Jl Laksmana and Jl Oberoi.
Back on the other side of the airport is Jimbaran Bay, a delightful beachside development of villas and hotels of a very high standard.
During your stay in Bali you should spend a few hours touring Sanur, Benoa Tanjung and Benoa Harbour, Nusa Dua and Jimbaran. They are well worth looking at and are very different from the Kuta side. Private transport is the way to go and you will have a good look around for a few hours costing from about Rp350000 or $6.00 per head for six people.
Although there are a number of other beautiful areas around the island, what I have covered here is a brief explanation of where all the action is, which attracts us to the island and what I believe are things of most interest for first time visitors to the island.
I hope you enjoy checking out all these areas over time as much as I have.