Denpasar Tourism

Denpasar, the capital of Bali, lies in the southern part of the island. It is a major hub and acts like a gateway to many tourist destinations in Bali. Denpasar Tourism may not have the bustle of Kuta or the serenity of Ubud, but it strikes a wonderful balance where modernity and culture blend perfectly, and where relaxation and action merge seamlessly.

Denpasar, offers you get a great mix of attractions and activities. Feel alive at Sanur beach as you take in the mesmerising sunrise views. Or take a culinary tour of the exciting cuisines that Denpasar presents. You can visit ancient temples or check out the exquisite artworks displayed in the museums. If you are with kids, Denpasar also has fun things for you to do. And if you are a shopaholic, Denpasar has a plethora of upmarket shopping malls as well as local markets displaying batiks and other fabric as well as unique handicrafts and souvenirs.

Things to do in Denpasar

Here is a Denpasar travel guide to give you a complete holiday package.

1. Bajra Sandhu Monument

Located in the heart of the city, this imposing monument has been built to commemorate the struggles of the Balinese people. It comprises 33 dioramas that portray historical stories and cultural aspects of Bali. It’s a must-see for those interested in history.

2. Museums

The Bali Provincial Public Museum displays over 10,000 artworks which give a peek into Balinese life, history, culture and traditions. 

There is also the Le Mayeur Museum which houses the unorthodox and splendid works of Belgian artist Le Mayeur, who spent the last years of his life here inspired by the Balinese way of life.

3. Seminyak

Make a trip to Seminyak, a half hour ride away from Denpasar. Enjoy the beautiful beaches or spend a day with your kids at Dream Museum Zone, an interactive art gallery which has 3D life size murals and illusions to play with.

4. Tanah Lot

The Tanah Lot Temple is a not-to-be-missed iconic structure which stands tall atop a rock. This famous Hindu temple is known for its spectacular setting overlooking the open sea. Located about 20 kms from Denpasar, this approximately 1-hour drive is completely worth the trip.

5. Shark Island

If you are an adrenaline junkie, Denpasar travel gives you your vacay fix at Shark Island. You can take a 3-hour eco tour here, where you not only swim with sharks but feed them too. Take your kids along and have a blast in this safe and guarded environment.

6. Serangan Island

The turtle park on Serangan Island can be reached easily in about half an hour from Denpasar by road. It is an important nesting ground for green sea turtles where you can watch and learn about turtle breeding.

7. Sanur

This half hour drive from Denpasar to Sanur takes you to the gorgeous Sanur beach where the sunrise is breath-taking. You can relax on the beach, indulge in water sports or even take a walk on the Sanur Boardwalk. The Pasar Sindhu Night Market is worth visiting for its local food markets.

8. Jagatnatha Temple

Explore the religious side of Denpasar with a trip to the Jagatnatha Temple, the largest temple in Denpasar devoted to the Hindu God, Sanghyang Widi. It’s a visually striking temple with a towering Padmasana. The walls have well-preserved carvings and stone motifs depicting traditional stories from the Ramayana.

How to get to Denpasar

Air - Take a flight to Denpasar International Airport. Denpasar is well-connected to all the major international cities in the world by flight and has regular domestic flights within the country. Taxis are available at the airport to take you to your destination.

Road - Denpasar is located centrally and can be easily reached by car or taxi from the chief tourist regions of south Bali.

Food & Restaurants in Denpasar

Denpasar has a well-rounded food scene to cater to varying palates but if you are looking for authentic local flavours, look no further! Denpasar is a paradise for Indonesian-food lovers. From warungs which whip up lip-smacking local fares to fine dining Indonesian restaurants, it’s all right here. Interestingly, there are several vegan eateries here too.

Warung Wardani, Warung Satria, Warung Gula Bali will tease your taste buds with their local flavours and seasonings.

Mauri in Seminyak offers top notch dining at reasonable prices. The 6-course “Discovery Tasting Menu” with wine pairings is an experience not to be missed.

If seafood is your thing, DCost Seafood serves the most authentic Indonesian seafood.

Honeybees, a reasonably priced restaurant offering American and Indonesian food, creates flavours simply to-die-for.

For succulent, perfectly cooked steaks, drop in at Club House – Steak Grill & Bar at Sanur.

Bodhi Leaf Eatery, Loving Hut and MaiVeg offer vegan food for those of you with this special preference.

Shopping in Denpasar

Itching to indulge in some retail therapy? Here’s a guide to shopping in Denpasar.

Indonesia is a veritable art abode for art lovers and shopaholics. Markets here are brimming with artefacts, handicrafts, wooden carvings, souvenirs and textiles. 

You will find traditional items at Badung and Kumbasari Traditional Market and Pasar Badung.

Krisna Bali is a one-stop shop for unique souvenirs and gift articles available at fixed prices for those who do not wish to visit unending rows of shops and art markets.

If you are looking for textiles then Jalan Sulawesi is the place for you. Here you will find fabrics ranging from silk to cotton to luxurious brocade.

Shop at Batik Popiler for Indonesian heritage textiles, ready-to-wear batik clothes and framed batik paintings.

If you are not a fan of bargaining, Erlanga 2 offers fixed priced Balinese knick-knacks, batik clothes, trinkets and curios.

Denpasar also has numerous upmarket shopping malls with international brands and labels. Spread over four levels, Level 21 Mall is one of the trendiest shopping malls in the city. Besides, Robinson Mall is a departmental store where you can find fashion and clothes outlets.

Nightlife in Denpasar

Denpasar has a vibrant night life with a diverse range of options to choose from. There are discotheques, lounges, karaoke bars, pubs and restaurants for a rocking night-out.

Akasaki Bali, popularly known as A-Club, is a one-stop nightclub for three types of parties – karaoke, music club and food. It has separate karaoke rooms so you can drop in with your own private group and enjoy the night singin’ away!

Groove the night away at New Star Club with a 1000 people capacity dance floor, where the resident DJ keeps the dance floor alive with his funky music.

Denpasar awaits you to take you on a beautiful trip around Bali. So, go ahead, click on the link below and plan your next vacation right here!


How do you get from Bali to Denpasar? 

Denpasar is the capital of Bali. To go to any part of Bali, you need to fly into the Ngurah International Airport also called Denpasar Airport. Denpasar is centrally located in Bali and well-connected with all major international cities of the world. On arrival at Denpasar, you can take a car to reach your destination.

What is Denpasar known for?

Denpasar is the capital of Bali. It is a gateway to many tourist destinations of Bali. The famous month-long annual Bali Arts Festival is held in Denpasar. Bajra Sandhu Monument, Jagatnatha Temple, Bali Museum, Shark Island and the art markets are other tourist attractions in Denpasar.

What is there to do in Denpasar?

Denpasar is the main hub of Bali. Here you can visit Jagatnatha Temple, Tanah Lot, or enjoy the Bali Museum artworks or go shopping at Badung Traditional Market, Pasar Badung and Krisna Bali. You can make a trip to Shark Island, Seminyak or Sanur beach.

How do you get from Denpasar Airport to Kuta?

From Denpasar Airport you can either take a taxi or rent a car (even without a driver is available), or take a bus to Kuta.

The distance between Denpasar and Kuta is approximately 10 kms and will take you less than 30 minutes by taxi / car. 

The Trans Sargabita bus to Kuta will take about 40 minutes.

What is the best time to visit Denpasar? 

Denpasar is a year-round destination but the best season is April to October which is the dry season. The wet season is from October to March but even that is a good time to visit as it is likely to be sunny for a good part of the day.

Name some of the best places to visit in Denpasar?

Bajra Sandhu Monument, Bali Museum, Le Mayeur Museum, Jagatnatha Temple, Tanah Lot, Sanur Beach, Serangan Island, Shark Island and Seminyak are well-known tourist attractions of Denpasar.

What are the best shopping places in Denpasar?

Traditional items are available at Badung and Kumbasari Traditional Market and Pasar Badung. Krisna Bali is a one-stop shop for souvenirs available at fixed prices. Level 21 Mall and Robinson Mall are well known shopping malls.

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