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Gay Vacation Advice For Bali

By Howie Holben

For those seeking a gay vacations destination that offers historical, cultural and spiritual sites, welcoming residents and plenty to see and do, you may want to consider Bali for your next international excursion.

Whether opting for solo gay vacations or gay tours, LGBT travelers will find that Bali has much to offer, including wonderful beaches, delicious cuisine, beautiful temples, volcanoes, terraced rice fields, exceptional shopping and even LGBT scenes in some of its major cities. From countryside villages offering handmade crafts, to fashionable boutiques and elegant hotels, Bali is a diverse, intriguing island country that is simply waiting to be explored.

Kuta, Seminyak and Legian each has an array of clubs, spas, restaurants and bars from which to choose, providing a variety of nighttime entertainment opportunities for LGBT travelers looking for a night out on the town. Drag shows are very popular in Bali and there are several clubs that offer shows throughout the week. The most popular of these is Hulu Caf, which is well-known for being Bali’s original drag club and hosts performers six nights each week, often with internationally-known drag performers.

There are also garden restaurants and beachfront cafs that offer lovely natural settings, drinks, food and massage services, such as Bonita’s and Callego Caf & Spa in Seminyak. For a slightly more upscale experience, La Lucciola Restaurant is located directly on Petitenget Beach, next to the Pura Petitenget Temple, and offers exceptional ocean views, delectable Italian cuisine and excellent service, which is provided by an all-male staff.

While there are no exclusively LGBT beaches, Petitenegret is frequented by travelers on gay vacations and is very popular with the community, particularly the area around Callego Caf & Spa. Cruising occurs in the nearby wooded area, and Callego is a very popular hangout. Other popular beaches include Ganesha in Seminyak and Blue Ocean Beach in Kata.

Whether you wish to partake in gay travel to Bali to experience the community there, or for an excursion based on spiritual growth and renewal, you are sure to find just what you are looking for in this beautiful country that has much to offer.

By taking part in a well-organized group tour, you will be able to focus on your overall goals or intention for the trip, ensure that you do not miss out on some of Bali’s most important historical and cultural sites – as well as hidden treasures, and avoid dealing with having to plan the logistical aspects of your vacation. Bali tours organized by travel professionals with experience organizing gay vacations are the best way to take in all that Bali has to offer, make new friends and create lifelong memories.


By Howie HolbenHowie Holben is the owner of Spirit Journeys, a gay travel organization that focuses on spiritual travel. Spirit Journeys has offered unique gay tours since 1992. Howie has travelled the world for over thirty years learning spiritual teachings, traditions and practices from indigenous peoples. You can learn more about Howie, his work and gay trips with a spiritual focus at

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