Bali is a beautiful island with so much to offer that it would be a shame not to explore some of its lesser-seen attractions. Here are some of our top recommendations for a holiday to Bali that's off the beaten track...
Padang Padang - Padang Padang is touted to be the next big thing in Bali, and it is playing host to a major surfing competition this year. But for now, this beautiful area is like Kuta without the crowds and the vendors. It boasts clean beaches, incredible surf and fringing coral - but remember that currents can be strong and Padang Padang is not patrolled.
Munduk - Munduk is like a breath of fresh air after touching down in manic Kuta. Located in the northern highlands, life in this pretty village moves at a slower pace. There's some fantastic trekking, plus stunning waterfalls and delicious locally grown tropical fruit.
Banjar - Surrounded by terraced fields, rice fields and mountains, Banjar is the side of Bali that you see on the postcards. There are few tourists here, giving you the chance to relax away from the crowds and commercialism that plague other areas of the island. Don't miss the impressive Buddhist monastery at Vihara, and don't leave without taking a dip in the local hot springs.
Amed - Until recently, Amed was almost inaccessible to tourists. New roads have been created and tourism is slowly beginning to take hold, but you can still find your own private bay on this east coast slice of paradise. Some of Bali’s best diving is right off the beach, including a Japanese WW2 patrol boat.