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LGBTQ+: Bali

by Benjamin Kerns

Apr 7, 2019

Bali, Indonesia © Benjawan Sittidech | Dreamstime

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Bali has one of the largest LGBTQ+ expat communities in Indonesia. Its welcoming atmosphere caters to people from all walks of life, making it a haven in a country that doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to LGBTQ+ rights.


The coastal region of Seminyak is the center of the gay scene in Bali. The nightlife here is focused primarily around Jalan Camplung Tanduk. Mixwell Bar is the premiere spot for LGBTQ+ nightlife and features drag shows, go-go dancers and DJs that spin an eclectic mix of music. BaliJoe and F Bar are also excellent choices and boast lively music and a vibrant atmosphere.


Beach lovers will appreciate Legian, the suburban beach just south of Seminyak. The city also has loads of beautiful temples to explore. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan rests just on the edge of Lake Bratan. It was built in 1633 and gives the illusion of actually floating on the water. Pura Uluwatu is also close by and is one of the city’s nine directional temples. Some other fun outdoor trips include a visit to Ubud to view the country’s famous ride paddies, or a trek to the top of the Batur Volcano. Dive the Rainbow is an LGBTQ+-owned company that offers diving courses if you’re feeling adventurous.


Bali is filled with plenty of hotels and resorts that cater to LGBTQ+ visitors. Balinea Villa & Spa offers private guesthouses while Ping Hotel is a more affordable option that is just a five-minute walk to Seminyak Beach.



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