Written by Elsa Marie
Co-written by Jiayi Ng
Edited by Candice Neo
Versi Bahasa Indonesia: https://indonesia.tripcanvas.co/id/bali/tempat-wisata/
Do you have a bucket list?
Watch the sunset on the Eiffel Tower – checked. Paraglide over the hills in Nepal – checked. What else do you want to fulfill?
Though every country has its own specialties you must definitely try before you hit the bucket, did you know that you can actually find dozens of unique attractions just in Bali alone?
Yes, and this hinges on Bali’s fascinating culture, and a penchant for harbouring some of the strangest things in the world.
From testing your courage across deep ravines, a visit to the island of the dead or simply enjoying a day or two in some of the strangest villas ever built – it’s time to get all geared up and explore our 76 exciting suggestions!
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Have you heard about lost airplanes, abandoned amusement park, and an underwater temple?
Pack an adventurous spirit and lots of courage if you dare to venture out to these abandoned (and sometimes spooky) destinations in Bali!39. Step into the land of the dead at Trunyan Village
Not easily spooked by ghost stories? Try testing the true extent of your courage at Bali’s very own island of the dead: Trunyan Island.
The people there don’t bury and cremate their dead, so if you’re brave enough to make a trip there, you’ll find skeletons from ages long past, staring straight at you with their eyeball-less eye sockets.
Interestingly, you won’t smell the stench of rotting bodies on this island, as the perfumed scent from a huge Taru Menyan tree masks it perfectly.
Do you have it in you to visit the land of the dead?
40. Spot an abandoned Boeing 737 in Kuta
Planes – huge ones – seem to be all the rage in Bali right now.
Earlier, we found one carefully wedged between houses in Kuta, and guess what? Turns out that’s not the only “abandoned” plane in the vicinity – there’s another one in South Kuta, near the idyllic Pandawa beach.
The two planes bear an uncanny similarity to each other – both have people claiming to be their owners, with plans to turn these gigantic flying contraptions into restaurants.
These planes have yet to come to fruition, though for now, the abandoned plane serves as a unique attraction for adventure-loving seekers, who would love to attempt walking on a wing without risking their necks.
41. Welcome to the eerie abandoned amusement park, Taman Festival
Taman Festival is a large amusement park in Sanur that was never completed.
Since the park – and its crocodile pit – was abandoned 14 years ago, it has literally crumbled, a sad reminder of an abandoned potential that was never realised.
Now, with shaky buildings threatening to fall at any moment, missing roofs and treacherous steps, locals refer to the old park as a “ghost town”.
But it’s not just about the possible wandering spirits that will leave your hair standing in fear.
Rumour has it that the crocodiles left in the park eventually resorted to cannibalism, so if you ever visit, do take special care to avoid the old crocodile pit and pools filled with polluted, black water.
The reptiles might have been removed many years ago, but it’s better safe than sorry, isn’t it?
42. Photograph a curious spectacle of the sunken house in Lake Batur
If you’re planning to go to Bali for your honeymoon, or simply want to have a romantic trip with your significant other, why not bring him/her to Lake Batur?
The crater lake, situated on the active volcano Mount Batur, not only has clear, reflective waters that you can gaze at for ages, but it’s also home to one of the best views in Bali.
And can you find the tiny house in the lake?
43. Dive and uncover Pemuteran’s underwater temple
Bali may be famous for its numerous cultural sites, but have you ever been to an underwater temple?
This temple in Pemuteran lies hidden under the sweeping waves of the sea.
Although it was initially constructed as part of an underwater conservation programme, it has become a popular attraction for diving enthusiasts.
Little sea critters have also set up their homes in the area, creating a beautiful harmony between man and nature.
How can you miss this view?
Let’s bring it back to the heart of Balinese cuisine. Satay or Babi Guling (suckling pig) anyone?
44. Indulge in royal treatment at Gabah Restaurant & Bar
We mean it literally. If you can’t be king, well, you can at least eat like one.Now that you’ve tried almost all there is to try about Bali’s local fare, there’s one last experience to be had – the Balinese royal feast.
While Gabah also serves up other yummy Indonesian dishes with in both modern and traditional styles, what you’ll really want to try is their Royal Kingdom menu. It features the best of traditional specialties from around the island of Bali!
You’ll get to feast on 22 signature dishes that the royal family eats on the first day of harvest season, including traditional Balinese soup, grilled chicken and fish satay.
And it’s not just eating – you’ll also be having the full experience of being a king/queen for a day.
Put on your Batik headdress, which will immediately elevate your sense of self-importance, and sit back as your dinner is served to you on an intricate platter – along with some traditional live music and dances to whet your appetite.
45. Relish Bali’s best Babi Guling at Selingsing Cepaka
Anyone who has been to Bali will know that Babi Guling is THE local dish that you have to sample. A whole pig is spiced and spit roasted for hours over a coal fire – this is pork at its best!
Babi Guling used to be reserved for ceremonies and special occasions, but nowadays most restaurants and warungs serve it too (although it often sells out by early afternoon).
Our quest for the best babi guling took us all over Bali, some was good, some was great but eventually we found the BEST!
This little warung is actually located in someone’s house, down an alley in Buduk. There are no signs to direct you, but the tempting smell of roasting pork will guide you in the right direction. It’s also only open from 2am to 9am in the morning.
Everything about the Babi Guling here is perfect. The skin is so crispy, the pork so tender, and servings are more than generous.
We recommend that everyone try Babi Guling at least once. If it sounds like just the thing to tickle your taste buds, then you should absolutely get up early for this splendid ‘secret’ meal – you wont regret it!
Are you in Bali for some time? Bored of the regular touristy things to do? Why not pick up some new and creative skills?
46. Take an eco-tour through bamboo homes and school at Green Village
Yes we know – all the villages in Bali are green with all those rice fields and tropical vegetation, but this one is super special.
The Green Village was designed in 2006 by jewellery designer John Hardy, and later finished by his daughter. The result? A collection of bespoke, luxury bamboo homes all seamlessly integrated into the Ayung Valley nature.
Can you imagine a spectacular mansion made from only bamboo? You have to see it to believe it.
Take a tour of the village to learn more about this amazing eco project. Visit the bamboo factory and see bamboo being harvested, treated and crafted into building materials and furniture.
The Green School is where you can turn your hand to model workshops, building and joinery classes, and so much more.
Got green fingers and would love to find out more gardening tips and tricks? Stop by the Kul Kul farm to learn the art of permaculture and sustainable farming.
If you are blown away by what the village has to offer, you can always look at staying in one of the beautiful houses. They are all available to rent for the week, so you can wake up in the village every morning.
47. Design silver jewellery like a Balinese silversmith at Studio Perak
Owned by Pak Ketut, this locally run jewelry business boasts the making of stunning, contemporary art pieces inspired by nature.
Constituting of silver as well as semi precious stones, you can be sure that these Balinese treasures are as fine as they get!
In addition to selecting a piece for you to take home from Ubud, this unique technique of Balinese Silversmithing is also generously passed on to all willing customers/students.
So relax and learn a new skill in an inspiring environment with the friendly professionals of Studio Perak.
Pod Chocolate Factory and Cafe was set up by Australian Toby Garritt, in pursuit of the way to create the best chocolate in the world. He’s slowly but surely approaching his goal, considering the raving reviews that his chocolates have received.
If you visit the factory, located within an elephant camp, you’ll be brought on a tour detailing how cocoa beans are harvested, and later made into chocolate. If you want to, you can even try making your own chocolate!
Three honey bears also currently live on the premises after being rescued from hunters.
Editor’s Note: TripCanvas is strongly against animal cruelty. One of our writers have visited Pod Chocolate Factory and Cafe personally and found that the honey bears were well-taken care of and were not in any form of distress. However, in nature, wild animals are not suitable to be kept in captivity. But releasing them back into the wild without any form of rehabilitation might cause more harm than good. If anyone is currently in contact with any organisations that are willing to help to rehabilitate the bear and provide better care, please kindly let us know. Thank you!
49. Learn to whip up Balinese cuisine at Bali Farm Cooking Class
Have you fallen in love with Balinese cuisine?
Join the morning cooking class and get a hands-on cooking experience! You will also visit the local farmer market and get an apron and a cooking book!
Vegetarian and vegan menus are available too.
50. Make Indonesian batik!
As you walk around in Bali, you may notice some of the locals wearing bright, beautifully-patterned sarongs and shirts. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this print, it’s called batik.
Known as an ancient art form for many Indonesians, batik is made with wax and plant-based dye. There are two ways to apply the wax to cotton to create a batik design.
One method entails draping cloth over a frame and subsequently drawing with a canting (a copper and often bamboo-handled spout). The canting is dipped in heated wax and applied to the material as you draw out the print you desire.
The alternative method utilizes a stamping tool which simplifies the batik-making process. With the cloth on a table, the copper stamper is submerged in hot wax and ironed onto the fabric. This way, the design may be repeated for other garments at a much more efficient speed.
There are a few places on the island that teach how to make batik. Widya Batik in Gianyar (which receives particularly good reviews from guests) and Batik Popiler in Denpasar are two options you can consider.
51. Scooting across the seabed? Go for a ride with Bali Underwater Scooter
Have you ever seen or heard of an underwater scooter?!
Before we stumbled on this, we definitely hadn’t heard of this ourselves. It looks super fun and looks almost like your personal one-man submarine.
Imagine you and your friends all on your underwater scooters floating over the sea beds… Now wouldn’t that make an interesting photo for Instagram!
The underwater scooter is perfect for those who want a good scuba diving experience that’s not as demanding (read: no certification, experience, or troublesome gear attached required) as when you actually scuba dive.
All you need to do is sit, and you’ll be able to breathe comfortably in your personal ‘head bubble’ that thankfully provides very clear visibility and distortion-free views! The underwater scooter travels at up to 2km/hour, and it can go down to 20m depth so you’re able to access the shallow reefs!
And just like a standard motorbike, simply turn the handlebars to go where you want to go, and easily press the buttons for more speed or depth.
For those who always wanted to scuba dive, but might’ve been scared off by the requirements – here’s your chance!
52. Soar through the sky and over the sea with Abyss Zipline in Ceningan Island Resort
There are so many thrilling words in the title. ‘Gliding’, ‘sea’, ‘zip line’, and ‘cliffs’. And you can experience those thrilling things through one activity: The Abyss Zipline.
Photo Via Linafossaa