Gay Bali, famed as a surfing paradise with exquisite beaches, ancient cliff-top temples, and mountainous rice paddy fields. Bali is one of Asia’s most desirable destinations for a gay holiday.
It’s true Bali deserves every bit of its paradise reputation. Bali has hotels to suit every holiday from trendy beach resorts to romantic mountain top villas or even budget hostels on backpacking party streets. Bali’s culture allows for gay visitors to be accepted across the island. Gay Bali is focused around a group of bars located in Seminyak on Jalan Camplung Tanduk Road. Seminyak is South Bali’s trendy neighborhood, located north of Kuta. The area is filled with luxury beach resorts, chic restaurants and trendy bars.
Bali’s gay scene is relatively small and concentrated in Jalan Camplung Tanduk in Seminyak. The handful of bars are located next door to each other making the area perfect for bar hopping. As you travel between the bars expect drag shows, international pop, inside smoking, and plenty of Indonesian working men. Most of the action kicks off around 11 pm – 12 am with the majority of the bars closing around 3 am. Like most holiday destinations, parties take place every night of the week, all year round.
Gay Bali’s sauna scene is limited with just two male-only saunas on the island. Banana Spa and Elegantz Spa & Sauna are both located in Seminyak. They offer steam and sauna facilities along with private massage treatments.
From chic to cheap Bali has it all. Whether you are looking for that isolated honeymoon villa or trendy beach resort Bali’s got it. Party people should stay in south Bali’s Seminyak or Kuta to make the most of the nightlife. Seminyak and Kuta are located next to each other and make up most of the island’s tourism hot spot. But if you are looking for deserted palm-fringed beaches you should check out north Bali with its incredible black sand beaches. Inland Bali around Ubud is great for panoramic mountain views over the hillside rice paddies. Read our full guide to Bali’s districts. If you are looking for something a little more freeing, you might want to check out some of Bali’s gay-only resorts. Many of these resorts have a “clothing optional” policy.
In terms of public tolerance and acceptance of homosexuality, views are very mixed across Indonesia. Bali is one of the most accepting parts of Indonesia. There are many factors for this including the island’s original Hindu religion and it’s recent history as a tourist hot spot.
Across Indonesia, LGBT acceptance is not widespread. Male and female same-sex activity is legal in Bali. Gay marriage and international same-sex marriages are not recognized in Bali or Indonesia. LGBTQIA residents of Bali and Indonesia are not offered the equal legal protections that are given to non-LGBTQIA (straight) people.
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