Understanding the Top Spots in Bali for Digital Nomads in 2024

Bali is one of the top digital nomad destinations in the world. Where will you base yourself in this tropical paradise?

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As Bali residents for the last 3 years (Max a bit longer actually, around 5-7 years), we have plenty of first-hand experience regarding the top spots in Bali for digital nomads, including how it has changed post-Covid, and where its currently best to set up your home base.

As Indonesia recently issued it’s first Digital Nomad and Remoter Worker Visa (the E33G Visa), now is the best time to make your way to this tropical paradise

With warm, year-round weather, a relatively low cost of living, and an inviting local culture, there’s no question as to why so many nomads have decided to call Bali home. 

Whether you’re looking for serenity in a tropical jungle, the hustle and bustle amongst a supportive community of like-minded individuals, or surf vibes from the many beautiful beaches dotted around the island, there’s a place in Bali for you. 

This guide will take you through 13 of the top spots in Bali for digital nomads and remote workers, offering a comprehensive and detailed breakdown of each location to help you make an informed decision about where is best to base yourself.

1. Canggu

Canggu, or ‘the Gu’ as it’s commonly known, is one of the most popular spots in Bali for digital nomads. Located on the island’s southern coast, between Seminyak and Pererenan, Canggu has transformed from a little surf town to a busy digital nomad hub. 

While Canggu is quite crowded these days, it boasts an overwhelming amount of cafes, restaurants, gyms, co-working spaces, and activities to match its growing community.

For us, it had a push-pull effect. At times, the crowds felt too much, but at other times, we thrived in the buzz of excitement, variety of choice, and constant ability to connect and grow. 

With Canggu’s growing population, ‘Canggu’ now refers to the ‘heart’ of the area with peripheral neighborhoods adopting their owns names such as Berawa, Umalas, Pererenan, and Seseh. North of the main road also includes Padonan, Babakan, Tumbak Bayuh, and Mengwi.

Each of these neighboring areas offer slightly less crowds, while still keep you connected to the main areas of Canggu. 

Top spots in bali for digital nomads - canggu sunsets
A busy town, but has the most serene sunsets

Pros

Cons

Where To Work​

  • BWork (Coworking)
  • Tropical Nomad (Coworking)
  • Outpost Canggu (Coworking)
  • Cafe Coach

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    • A fantastic community of like-minded individuals
    • Plenty of workspaces and co-working friendly cafes to choose from
    • Busy nightlife and world-class eateries

      2. Uluwatu

      Ulu is located on the southern tip of Bali, also called the Bukit peninsula. A surfer hotspot known for its world-class beaches, the area has a chill, beachy vibe with much more nature and space than busy neighborhoods like Kerobokan or Canggu. While Uluwatu was once a quiet surf town with a slightly older demographic (think 35+), it’s quickly becoming the next Canggu. 

      Having spent the last year living in the thick of it – traffic is increasing, construction is prevalent, and restaurants are popping up everywhere! Do we hate it? Not entirely…

      The energy is shifting and Uluwatu is where it’s at!

      Digital nomads are flocking to the comforts of Uluwatu, as it continue to build out a host of cafes, restaurants, gyms, recovery centers, and more.

      Despite being far from other popular locations like Canggu and Ubud, Uluwatu is now a top spot in Bali for digital nomads, with a selection of upscale beach clubs, affordable restaurants or cafes for working, and some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Bali.

      Cliffs and beaches in Uluwatu Bali, Indonesia
      Filled with beaches and cliffs, this town is breathtaking

      Pros

      Cons

      Where To Work​

      • Bambu Cafe
      • Habitat Village (Coworking / Cafe)
      • The Space (Coworking)
      • Mondays (Coworking)

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        • No major traffic problems
        • Some of the most beautiful beaches and surf breaks in Bali
        • A slighter older demographic
        • A chill, beachy vibe with more nature and space

            3. Ubud

            Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali, located amidst the island’s central mountains and lush rice fields.

            Known for its arts, yoga, and spirituality, Ubud attracts digital nomads seeking a peaceful and quiet environment. This town is a haven for those who love nature and tranquility while having access to a wide range of health-focused cafes, yoga studios, and coworking spaces. “Eat Pray Love” popularized Ubud, making it one of the go-to places in Bali for digital nomads. 

            While it’s positioned as “quiet” and “spiritual”, be advised that Ubud is filled with tourists and crowds. There are pockets of quiet amongst the crowds, but this is not a remote area. Ubud is home to a large longterm nomad community focused on yoga, meditation, spirituality, dance, and the arts. 

            top spots in bali for digital nomads - ubud rice fields
            Tegallalang Rice Terraces - Ubud, Indonesia

            Pros

            Cons

            Where To Work​

            • Outpost Ubud (Coworking)
            • Sayuri Cafe
            • Parq (Coworking)
            • Titi Batu (Pool / Restaurant)

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            • A peaceful and quiet environment
            • Nature and tranquility
            • Health-focused cafes, yoga studios, and coworking spaces

            4. Seseh

            Seseh is a quiet area located 10 minutes north of Canggu. This area is the perfect place in Bali for digital nomads looking for a peaceful, less touristy environment while also being close enough to join in on Canggu’s festive activities. 

            Seseh offers beautiful black sand beaches, traditional Balinese culture, and a laid-back atmosphere. However, be warned: this area is being rapidly developed and expanding as the ‘next Canggu’ so it’s a good idea to get in early while prices are reasonable!

            top spots in bali for digital nomads - seseh beach udara yoga center
            Udara yoga shala overlooking Seseh beach

            Pros

            Cons

            Where To Work​

            • Passo by Nook (Cafe)
            • Canggu (a short drive away)

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            • A peaceful and less touristy environment
            • Beautiful black sand beaches and traditional Balinese culture
            • A laid-back atmosphere while being close enough to Canggu for a change of pace

            5. Sanur

            Sanur is located on the southeastern coast of Bali and is known for its laid-back and family-friendly atmosphere. An up-and-coming area in Bali for digital nomads, Sanur offers a mix of modern amenities and traditional Balinese charm, making it a popular choice for families, older expats (40+) and digital nomads looking for a more relaxed and less touristy environment. Sanur has a lovely beach, plenty of restaurants and shops, and a good selection of accommodation options.

            Sanur is an amazing option, but often referred to as the “older” area for expats in Bali, and as such, it’s much quieter.

            top spots in bali for digital nomads - sanur beachwalk
            Sanur's famous for its beachwalk boardwalk

            Pros

            Cons

            Where To Work​

            • Livit Hub (Coworking)
            • Genius Cafe

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            • A laid-back and family-friendly atmosphere
            • A mix of modern amenities and traditional Balinese charm
            • A lovely beach, plenty of restaurants and shops, and a good selection of accommodation options

            6. Pererenan

            Pererenan is a small, up-and-coming area located just north of Canggu. As Canggu continues to expand, it overflows into Pererenan. Nestled between busy Canggu and sleepy Seseh, Pererenan is currently one of the go-to places in Bali for digital nomads, offerings plenty of cafes, coworking, and activities, without the congestion of Canggu. 

            This village is perfect for digital nomads who are looking for a peaceful environment but still want to be close to the action in Canggu. As the most recently developed location in the area, Pererenan has a beautiful black sand beach with many cafes, restaurants, and accommodations.

            This is the top choice for most digital nomads interested in Canggu, but looking to be far away from the tourist, parties, and crowds. 

            The iconic statue on Pererenan Beach

            Pros

            Cons

            Where To Work​

            • Tribal Hostel (Coworking)
            • Nomad Space (Coworking)

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            • A peaceful and less crowded atmosphere
            • A beautiful black sand beach, a variety cafes and restaurants, and close proximity to Canggu for more options

            7. Amed

            Amed is located on the northeastern coast of Bali and is known for its stunning scenery, clear waters, and excellent diving and snorkeling spots. This area attracts digital nomads who are into water activities and those looking for a more relaxed and laid-back environment. While Amed isn’t known in Bali for digital nomads, it does have a few coworking spaces, good selection of accommodation options, and some restaurants and cafes.

            top spots in bali for digital nomads - amed sunset point
            Sunset Point in Amed with the breathtaking view of Mount Agung

            Pros

            Cons

            Where To Work​

            • Blue Earth Village (Community Center)

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            • Peace and quiet with stunning scenery
            • Excellent diving and snorkeling spots
            • A more relaxed and laid-back environment

            8. Nusa Dua

            Nusa Dua is located on the southeastern coast of Bali and is known for its luxury resorts, beautiful beaches, and world-class golf courses. This area attracts digital nomads looking for a more upscale and comfortable environment. Nusa Dua has a few coworking spaces, a good selection of restaurants and shops, and plenty of activities and entertainment options.

            top spots in bali for digital nomads - nusa dua canna beachclub
            Canna Bali, a popular beach club in the esteemed Nusa Dua

            Pros

            Cons

            Where To Work​

            • Hub Bali (Coworking)
            • Nusa Dua Beach Grill

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            • An upscale and fancier environment
            • Beautiful beaches and world-class golf courses

            9. Kuta

            Kuta used to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bali, known for its lively nightlife, shopping, and dining scene, however other places on this list have begun to outrank it. As many bars and restaurants closed during Covid, sadly, Kuta didn’t bounce back to the town it once was.

            While there are still plenty of restaurants, cafes, coworking spaces, and more, we’ve noticed longterm digital nomads are choosing others destinations to call home. 

            Because of this, there are plenty of well priced villas and apartments in the area.

            Nowadays, most people visit Kuta for the shopping malls

            Pros

            Cons

            Where To Work​

            • Biliq Bali Coworking Space
            • GoWork (Coworking)

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            • A bustling environment with a lively nightlife, shopping, and dining scene
            • Plenty of activities and entertainment options
            • Being in the center of the action

            10. Seminyak

            Seminyak is located north of Kuta and is known for its upscale boutiques, restaurants, and hotels. This area attracts digital nomads who prefer a more sophisticated and stylish environment. Similar to Kuta, Seminyak slowed down during Covid and crowds did not return to previous levels after the borders reopened. However, Seminyak still has many coworking spaces, a wide variety of accommodation options, and plenty of activities and entertainment options.

            top spots in bali for digital nomads - seminyak
            Seminyak is home to upscale hotels, dining, and nightlife

            Pros

            Cons

            Where To Work​

            • Kembali Innovation Hub
            • Sunset Coworking
            • The Living Room Coworking

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            • A sophisticated and stylish environment with popular beach clubs and hotels
            • Upscale boutiques, restaurants, and hotels

            11. Kerobokan

            Kerobokan is located north of Seminyak and resembles a mini-Seminyak with luxury villas and mid-to-high end restaurants. This is the perfect spot for digital nomads who want to enjoy a more lavish environment while still having access to both Canggu and Seminyak. Kerobokan has a few coworking spaces, a good selection of accommodation options, and some restaurants and cafes.

            top spots in bali for digital nomads - kerobokan
            While we don't personally venture to Kerobokan often, its filled with trendy restaurants

            Pros

            Cons

            Where To Work​

            • G88 Coworking Space
            • T Connect

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            • An upscale environment at an affordable price
            • Access to Canggu and Seminyak without paying the price to live there

            12. Jimbaran

            Jimbaran is located on the southwestern coast of Bali and is known for its beautiful beaches, seafood restaurants, and luxury resorts. Most people visit Jimbaran for a few nights or as part of a wedding, so while it is gorgeous, its not the most popular place in Bali for digital nomads. However, Jimbaran has a few coworking spaces, a good selection of accommodation options, and some restaurants and cafes. It’s also very close to Uluwatu, where the digital nomad scene is quickly growing. 

            top spots in bali for digital nomads - jimbaran
            Hidden resorts and oceanside seafood

            Pros

            Cons

            Where To Work​

            • Colabo Coworking
            • BEST Coworking

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            • Beautiful beaches, seafood restaurants, and luxury resorts
            • Being close to the airport and other popular areas in Bali

            13. Denpasar

            Last but not least. The capital city of Bali, Denpasar, often overlooked as a popular digital nomad hotspot, is known for its local markets, museums, and historical sites. This area attracts digital nomads who prefer an urban environment with plenty of dining, shopping, and entertainment options. While its not our top pick in Bali for digital nomads, Denpasar certainly can meet the needs of nomads looking for a busier ‘city-type’ vibe with access to urban amenities and Indonesian culture.

            top spots in bali for digital nomads - denpasar
            Most often visited by expats for the airport

            Pros

            Cons

            Where To Work​

            • Hub Project (Coworking)
            • ReStart (Coworking)

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            • An urban environment with plenty of options for dining, shopping, and entertainment
            • Exploring local markets and historical sites
            • Being in the capital city with easy access to other parts of Bali

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            map of bali
            Bali, Indonesia

            Best for Focus

            For those looking for a quiet and peaceful environment to focus on work, Ubud and Amed are great options. Both areas offer stunning natural scenery and a more relaxed and laid-back atmosphere compared to other parts of Bali.

            Best for Families

            For families, Sanur and Nusa Dua are excellent options. Both areas offer beautiful beaches, a good selection of restaurants and shops, and plenty of activities for children.

            Best for Authenticity

            For those looking for a more authentic and less touristy experience, Seseh and Pererenan are good options. Both villages offer a peaceful and less crowded atmosphere than other parts of Bali.

            Best for Solo Travelers

            For solo travelers, Canggu and Uluwatu are great options. Both areas offer a lively nightlife, shopping, dining scene, and plenty of opportunities to meet other travelers and expats.

            Best for Couples

            For couples, Jimbaran and Seseh are excellent options. Both areas offer beautiful beaches and peaceful spacious living for a romantic getaway.

            Best for Nightlife

            Canggu, Kuta and Seminyak are the best options for those looking for lively nightlife. Both areas offer plenty of bars, clubs, and entertainment options to enjoy the night.

            Best Overall

            We prefer Canggu (and neighboring areas), Uluwatu, and Ubud, as they are the go-to places for digital nomads and there’s certainly a reason why.

            Which is the Best Spot in Bali for Digital Nomads?

            For good reason, Bali is a top destination for digital nomads and remote workers. With its beautiful scenery, warm climate, and affordable cost of living, it’s no wonder why so many people choose to work and live here. Whether you prefer a bustling urban environment, a quiet and peaceful village, or something in between, a place in Bali will suit your needs and preferences.

            We wish we could pour all our knowledge into this article, but it would take ages to read, so if you have a question, please leave a comment or send us an email and we’d be happy to share more about our experience and answer any questions you may have.

            And if you’re looking to venture outside of Bali, these are our top recommendations for digital nomad hotspots in Indonesia.

            With a variety of visa options available for Indonesia, you’ll certainly have enough time to all of the top destinations.

            Ready to plan your trip? Get access to our favorite resources here. From booking flights to budgeting, we’ve covered everything you need to plan your next trip. We’ve even shared all our favorite digital nomad gear!

            Often behind the scenes, you’ll find Jonny strategizing business plans for fellow digital nomads as well as for the DNG team. Armed with a laptop and an iced Americano, Jonny is our go-to strategy source for all things DNG. As a former UK-based digital marketing agency owner and current global marketing exec, Jonny's industry knowledge and SEO expertise make him a vital tool for building online brands and successful businesses.
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            Jonny Charles
            Often behind the scenes, you’ll find Jonny strategizing business plans for fellow digital nomads as well as for the DNG team. Armed with a laptop and an iced Americano, Jonny is our go-to strategy source for all things DNG. As a former UK-based digital marketing agency owner and current global marketing exec, Jonny's industry knowledge and SEO expertise make him a vital tool for building online brands and successful businesses.

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