Tabanan is not only the largest city to the west of Denpasar, but also the regency which surrounds it.

The Regency is known as Bali’s ‘rice bowl’ – the most agriculturally productive region on the island, with rice fields stretching from the coast to as high as 700 m above sea level, where the terraces are reminiscent of amphitheatres. Besides rice, there are crops of coconuts, coffee, cacao, spices and tropical fruits.

This area is also home to Mount Batukau (2276 m), the higher slopes of which are alpine, with mountain streams, ferns, wildflowers, creepers and orchids, as well as the rare, black, leaf-eating monkey, the kijang (small forest deer), large butterflies and moths, flying lizards, the landak (porcupine) and the lubak (mongoose). It is also a bird watchers’ paradise, habitat of the Bali black eagle. The area is dotted with many unspoiled traditional villages and communities. Many say that this is the Bali of 100 years ago.

Tabanan has a 30 km-long coastline, which presents isolated coves and rocky outcrops and is famous for its surf beaches, including Medewi and Balian, which offer the longest point breaks in Bali. (The drawbacks if you’re not a surfer are the sometimes-three-metre-high waves and the undertows). The beaches are sloping and lovely to walk along; covered with black sand which is regarded for its curative, therapeutic properties and especially helpful for arthritis.

Streams run from the hills to the north to the sea and there are many small stands of forest in the river valleys. There are some very attractive villas which take advantage of the beautiful views, and building plots are still relatively affordable.

Tabanan has definite appeal for the owner-occupier who wants to live in the midst of rural Bali, but its allure as a holiday rental destination is somewhat limited because of its driving distance/time from the tourist attractions of the south.There are no western-style shops or bars in this area, and restaurants serving international cuisine are few and far between, mainly adjoined to the region’ s limited number of remote hotels. However The Alila hotel recently became an favourable addition to the area.

Driving distance from the amenities in the South could change in the near term as there are plans to extend Sunset Road all the way through to Tanah Lot, which would make the drive a breeze. However the project has been held back to date due to land acquisition issues.


Fantastic beachfront land in Soka

REF#: L991

Location: Tabanan
Land Size: 15000 m2
Views: Beach/Cliff front, Mountain, Ocean
Title: Freehold
List Price (IDR): 19.500.000.000
Equivalent (USD): 1,360,583

Verdant riverside retreat, Kaba Kaba

REF#: V430

Location: Tabanan
Bedrooms: 6
Views: Jungle, River
Title: Freehold
List Price (USD): 1,750,000
Equivalent (IDR):

Priced to sell, amazing beach frontage

REF#: V510

Location: Tabanan
Bedrooms: 8
Views: Beach/Cliff front, Mountain, Ocean, R...
Title: Freehold
List Price (USD): Upon request
Equivalent (IDR): Upon request