Beautiful Bali is Indonesia’s most popular tourist destination, owing to its varied terrain — from great beaches to lush foliage, rice terraces, and inner mountains with active volcanoes. The most visited parts of Bali include the Kuta/Legian/Seminyak beach areas near the capital of Denpasar, the cultural center of Ubud, Sanur Beach on the east coast, and the Jimbaran Beach/Uluwatu area to the southwest. Our guide to running in Bali provides extensive recommendations for the best spots in some of the more visited areas of the island.
The Kuta/Seminyak Beach area offers some great beach and boardwalk running, as does the Sanu Beach area. In the high-end resort area of Nusa Dua, there are good pedestrian paths and some well-landscaped roads. In Ubud, take a run on the Campuhan Ridge Walk or past rice terraces. In the Jimbaran Beach area, but there’s great beach running and quieter roads. Denpasar is not great for running, although there are couple of nice parks. Overlooked Serangan Island, only 15 minutes from Depasar/Kuta, has some of the best running on Bali. The Gili Islands are also a popular destination, reachable by ferry from Bali. Each has an attractive perimeter path that makes for a great run!
A couple of notes about running in Bali: Roads are not always marked and can be challenging for running (potholes, narrow, no shoulder); be aware of the weather, which is warm to hot and humid year-round, with monsoonal rains from October to April. Also, Jl=road and Pantai=beach.