Bali is really safe. Of course no place in the world is 100% safe, but I have never felt unsafe in Bali and the Balinese are some of the kindest people you'll ever meet.
The traffic is probably the place in Bali where you need to be most cautious in Bali as it can be a little crazy sometimes, so if you rent a scooter, remember a helmet.
The best known temple in Bali is the Tanah Lot located on a small island just off the coast. It is stunning at sunset, but it also tends to get fairly crowded.
Here is a list of some of the most important temples in Bali: http://www.vilondo.com/things-to-do-in-bali/bali-temples/
Another place you should visit is Ubud. It is an inland town and is pretty much the spiritual and artistic Mekka in Bali.The atmosphere is very different from some of the more classic beach towns further South.
Stefan over 6 years ago
Les, because Bali is so very popular with (mostly Australian) tourists it is a potential target for terrorists. Having said that, millions of people have visited the island and left without harm since the last successful terrorist attack in 2005. In 2012 there was a cell planning to set off a bomb outside a popular nightspot who were detected and arrested (shot actually), so that serves as a reminder of what could happen - but that's true of anywhere in the world. The Indonesian authorities have done a good job of dismantling terror networks, so I'd say Bali is about as safe as it's ever been right now.
As Stru says, the greatest threat to your safety is falling off a motorbike, or getting tipsy and falling down a drain (there're lots of open drains and bad footpaths).
For our full analysis of Bali check out tis page: http://safety.worldnomads.com/bali
And if you plan to ride a scooter, make sure you're properly licensed (and insured) http://safety.worldnomads.com/Malaysia/62697/Do-I-Need-A-License-To-Ride-A-Motorbike-In
Phil over 6 years ago