It is commonly believed that walking tours are not popular in Asian countries. And that's really the case, as local residents use bikes to get around, it seems, from birth. But with such a large number of tourists in Bali, the authorities are expanding and renovating the waterfronts in order to make walks for foreigners more comfortable and provide the most wonderful memories of the island. We will tell you about the most convenient paths of the island, where it is pleasant to walk on foot.
Ubud is the cultural center of Bali, located amidst numerous rice fields that are a pleasure to stroll through. The weather in Ubud differs from the coast by a few degrees. It's best to walk during sunny weather in the morning (until 10:00 AM) or in the evening (after 3:00-4:00 PM). During these times, it will be cool and the sun won't be too scorching. If the weather is cloudy, walking will be comfortable at any time. But don't forget about sunscreen or a hat, even when it's overcast.
The most famous walking path in Ubud is the Artist's Path. It's a route that's perfect for nature lovers and beautiful views. You can take a stroll with children, but it might be a bit challenging with a stroller: in some places, you'll have to carry it on yourself.
You can start the route from this point. Then you'll come to a street with cafes where you can have a cold coconut or eat.
If you want a lighter route, you can take transport to the northern entrance. The approximate walking time is 1-2 hours.
Another area for walking in Ubud is Penestanan. Here it's quiet, calm, cozy, and at the same time, the infrastructure is well-developed. There are many rice fields that are pleasant to stroll through.
You can start your route from several points. For example, from the 'upper' Penestanan. You can go up the stairs at the first point or right near Dharma Cafe and head towards Alchemy. Then walk a few meters back, turn left towards the local water temple.
The most beautiful views start if you descend down the stairs near Ting Ting warung and walk along the walking path along the rice terraces. On the right, there will be a very atmospheric water temple with carved statues.
The total walking time around the Penestanan area can take from 1 to 2 hours.
A beautiful route amidst the rice fields in the area near Blue Bear skatepark. Heading towards Moksa cafe and the popular Good Day beach club in Ubud.
The route parallel to the Artist's Path starts here.
A very beautiful pedestrian route through rice fields near Tegallalang begins in the village of WBA (Wisata Alam Bali). Here, there is a convenient concrete path suitable for walking, running, and cycling.
Walking routes in the northern part of Ubud around Tegallalang:
Next come walking routes along the ocean - Sanur, Nusa Dua, Kuta, and Seminyak. Strolling along the waterfront is most enjoyable in the morning before the scorching sun (before 10:00) or in the evening when a breeze comes in from the ocean (after 16:00).
Tranquil suburb of Denpasar. This is one of the few areas in Bali with sidewalks, allowing pedestrians to walk, making it a popular choice for retirees or families with children. A long waterfront stretches along the coastline and is divided into two zones: the first for cyclists, the second zone for pedestrians.
Sanur waterfront extends for 5-6 km in length. The path passes by resort hotels and cafes. From the eastern side of the Sanur waterfront, there is a splendid view of Mount Agung and Nusa Penida Island.
You can start your walking or cycling route from any beach entrance and head in either direction. You can take a break and enjoy a refreshing coconut at this charming café halfway through the route, called Nelayan Bali.
The most optimal option is to start from Mertasari Beach and walk straight to Segara Ayu Beach or all the way to the end of the waterfront at Sanur Beach.
A resort area with luxury-class hotels. Beautiful well-maintained beaches, gorgeous hotels, and a clean pathway surround the area.
The approximate duration of the walk is 30-40 minutes (4 km).
Seminyak is a long beach on the southwest coast of Bali. It's perfect for walks because the waterfront was recently renovated and extended several kilometers in both directions. This means that now you can walk along the ocean from Seminyak all the way to the airport through the Kuta beachfront or in the direction of Canggu.
Now in the mornings, there are many runners and pedestrians here. But please note that some parts of the waterfront are adjacent to flowing rivers, so in some places, you'll need to take off your shoes and wade across barefoot.
The Kuta area is a part of the larger city of Denpasar with well-developed infrastructure and a long, renovated oceanfront. Taking a stroll, breathing in the fresh ocean air, and watching surfers is a true pleasure.
Starting your route comfortably from this point, you can walk along the entire Legian area and continue straight to the beginning of Seminyak district.
The average walking distance is about 4.5 km.
Along the way, you can stop by Arabica for a delicious coffee or enjoy a coconut at any of the warungs along the waterfront.