Developed only fairly recently from dry, barren land, Jimbaran is home to deluxe five-star hotels boasting private villas with individual plunge pools, butler service, and upscale restaurants. A stretch of beach formerly enjoyed the locals, who enjoyed buying fish fresh from the sea and having it grilled on the spot, has now turned into a string of open-air cafes on the same where delicious seafood can be savored under the light of a full moon.
The former seat of the Javanese Hindu kingdom in Bali, from where Balinese royalty draws its bloodline, Klungkung was the oldest kingdom on the island and its Raja the most exalted. Kertagosa, the Hall of Justice, built in the 18th century, is known for its ceiling murals painted in the traditional Wayang style portraying punishment in hell and rewards in heaven and other moral aspects. The floating pavilion, garden and lotus ponds in the walled complex, located on the main intersection of town, are a reminder of the former glory of this kingdom.
Once a lonely village on the road from Denpasar to Bukit Badung Peninsula, Kuta is now a thriving tourist resort particularly favored by the young. With its big rolling waves, Kuta beach is popular with surfers, although the currents make it less suitable for swimming. Coast guards are on constant duty during the day. Kuta faces the west, offering beautiful sunsets. Up the road to the north is Legian, with its more relaxed atmosphere. Further north still is Seminyak. All there areas abound with souvenir shops, hotels in price rangers, and restaurants catering to tourists.
West of Singaraja is Lovina, a long stretch of black sand popular with snorkelers who prefer the calm and safety of the northern sea. Far away from the hustle & bustle of southern Bali, there are no discotheques in Lovina to disturb the serenity.
Nusa Dua is part of the Bukit Badung Peninsula in southern Bali. Conceived in the 1970′s as a self-contained resort to restrict tourism to one part of the island in order to protect local traditions, it is home to luxury hotels with swimming pools, restaurants, lush gardens and shopping arcades. Lavish buffets and dance performances make it the perfect location for visitors who wish to experience the best of Bali without straying into the heat and traffic. Known for its clean white beaches and clear waters, the surf is gentle along the northern side of the peninsula, more rugged along the south.