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Written by Elsa Marie
Co-written by Jiayi Ng
Edited by Candice Neo

Versi Bahasa Indonesia:

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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Wander into spooky and abandoned places

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!

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

Abandoned plane in South Kuta

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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”.

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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?

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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?

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Half-submerged house at Lake Batur

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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?

Pemuteran hidden underwater temple

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Taste authentic Balinese cuisine

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.

Gabah Restaurant & Bar

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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.

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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!

Selingsing Cepaka

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Pick up a new skill in a fun workshop

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.

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Can you imagine a spectacular mansion made from only bamboo? You have to see it to believe it.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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48. Awesome chocolate!: Pod Chocolate Factory and Cafe

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.

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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!

Pod Chocolate Factory and Cafe

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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!

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Vegetarian and vegan menus are available too.

Bali Farm Cooking Class

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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.

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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.

Widya Batik

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Batik Popiler

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Embark on the ultimate adventure

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!

Bali Underwater Scooter

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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.

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Nusa Ceningan and its sister, Nusa Lembongan, are famous for their cliffs and crashing waves. Imagine enjoying that spectacular scenery while sliding on the zip line. Not many things are as cool as that!

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The facility is a relatively new hype in Nusa Ceningan. It was built about a year ago, and its popularity is rapidly growing among travelers.

This place definitely takes zip line to a new level. Interested to try this extreme flying fox?

Abyss Zipline in Ceningan Island Resort

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53. Swing through rainforest valleys at Zen Hideaway

As far as the eye can see, across Ayung River, a mini waterfall, rice fields and Mount Agung – you will find the most spectacular thing you will not find anywhere else. A swing hanging between coconut trees, high atop a hill – only at Zen Hideaway.

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This extreme swing is located in Zen Hideaway, an airbnb that offers an unparalleled experience that is exquisitely Ubud.

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Both thrilling and addictive, the swing ride of your life is almost guaranteed – at such a height, and with sweeping views of the jungle, Ayung River, and even a mini waterfall!

Once you’re done swinging, you may want to make full use of the private access, and walk down to the river or waterfall for a relaxing swim.

Made from 150-year-old teak wood, Zen Hideaway is intentionally designed for those looking for serenity and peace. The rooms are semi-open, which enables you to have a hearty dose of fresh Ubud countryside air.

And since it’s in a local village, feel free to interact with the locals if you’d like to experience authentic daily activities, such as farming, dance, or traditional ceremonies (if available while you’re here).

P.S. You don’t need to stay here to use the swing! Simply pay Rp. 250,000 (approximately USD 19) for a 30-minute experience.

Zen Hideaway, Ubud

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54. Catch the dolphins at dawn at Lovina (but go with a responsible/ethical tour operator)

You might have heard that one of the best and most famous experiences to be had at Lovina is a dolphin-watching trip.

This is how you might envision it to be: You take an early morning boat ride and get a rush of happiness while watching wild dolphins dancing along the waves. And you can enjoy the glistening of the first sunrays on the glassy blue waters and also try some fish feeding while you’re at it.

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However, this vision might be far from reality. Two of us have gone on one of these dolphin tours, and we were very appalled when we realised that the guide on our boat and those on other nearby boats were deliberately cornering the wild dolphins so tourists could get close up pictures with the animals!

We are not saying you should not go on these tours, because if the locals lose their source of income, worse fate might even befall the animals. But we need to choose our tour operators carefully and make sure that the tour we go with treat the dolphins gently.

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55. Hike the Hindu holy volcano Mount Batur

Proudly standing at 1,717 metres above sea level, Bali’s Mount Batur is alive and active, with the most recent eruption in 2000.

Batur is at the heart of two concentric calderas. The larger caldera is home to a lake, and the smaller caldera is thought to have taken shape as Bali formed around  28,500 years ago!

Depending on your fitness, the hike can take anywhere from two hours to reach the top. You’ll want to go for sunrise.

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There will be others with you trekking, so if you’re keen to have some space to yourself, choose to leave very early in the morning (around 1am) to claim a spot. Also remember to bring warm clothes because it will be chilly at the peak!

This volcano is considered a sacred place for Hindus so as you’re anticipating the sunrise and soaking up the beauty, take a moment to close your eyes to take in the ancient spiritual energy.

Mount Batur

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56. Ride the waves at Padang Padang Surf Camp

A pair of shorts is all you need to surf here, so let Padang Padang Surf Camp do the rest for you. When you’re done hitting the waves, lounge on the hammocks by the pool, and treat yourself to the freeflow of fresh juices – before heading back to your room at the surf camp!

Located on Bukit Peninsula, the camp is walking distance from some of the most famous surf beaches on the island, including the world renowned Padang Padang, Balangan beach, home of the ‘barrel’ waves, and Dreamland where the beach is as beautiful as the waves. There is just too many to choose from!

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If you have only started picking up the board, this side of the island is perfect to get to know the different types of waves and their unique approaches with the help of the surf guide team at the camp. And since safety is the main concern, the guides will arrange transportation to a safer beach when the water gets too brutal.

Bring 6 of your best buddies along and pitch in for the Villa, with glass window panes surrounding every room to appreciate the view of the surrounding mountains, rivers and Balian Beach which is just a few footsteps away. The Padang Padang Surf Camp also offers a great package for couples! Starting at around $50 (700,000 IDR), couples can check in at the camp with complimentary surf lessons, transportation, and even two meals a day!

Padang Padang Surf Camp

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Soak in spas with stunning views

Spas in Bali are a dime a dozen.

Just about every spa on the island emanates luxury and offers an abundance of great services. But guess what, on top of all that, you can actually enjoy your luxurious spa with phenomenal views of the mountains, ocean, rainforest valleys and nature

57. Relax on a floating bed or in a bamboo cathedral at Permata Ayung Private Estate Spa

“This spa, a bamboo cathedral, was a very personal project for me; a dream of mine made real beside the Ayung River.” – Elora Hardy

A true dream come to life, the health spa at Permata Ayung Estate might become top on your list of favourite memories when you’re in Bali with your friends.

The gloating massage bed hanging over the river is not only great for a therapeutic spa with a view, it also makes a great experience for you to share with your family or friends.

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Apart from the floating pod above the river, you will enjoy stepping into the bamboo cathedral designed by world-famous bamboo architect, Mrs. Elora Hardy.

Surrounded by the river, and the soothing sounds of flowing water, the spa offers massage treats, as well as two natural stone pools carved from natural rock to lounge in and while the day away.

If you have a little cash to splash, this would definitely be a dream come true for you too!

PS: Permata Ayung Estate is super exclusive, so do make sure to enquire if the spa is available for booking!

Permata Ayung Private Estate Spa

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58. Jacuzzi in a riverside stone cavern at Tjampuhan Spa

With an air of mystique and a magical outdoor spa setting to rival the most beautiful secret locations in Ubud, the day spa at the Tjampuhan Hotel is positioned at the base of a valley, mere metres away from the natural splendour of one of Ubud’s gently flowing river tributaries.

Composed of several semi-open treatment pavilions and an extraordinary hot/cold spring water jacuzzi created within an elaborately carved mythical stone cavern.

True to its natural setting, Tjampuhan spa is dedicated to the healing properties of water, and has sourced a collection of traditional Balinese healing and beauty treatments in a setting that evokes the inner peace and overall wellness of an intimate connection with Mother Nature.

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You don’t have to be a guest of the hotel to experience the unique riverside hideaway of the Tjampuhan Day Spa. Outside guests can enjoy the spa’s lush river valley surroundings and gorgeous spring grotto for Rp. 110,000 (approximately USD $7.25) per half-day, including access to hot and cold whirlpool baths, a sauna and steam room.

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59. Massage with the elephants at Mason Elephant Park & Lodge

This safari-inspired lodge and day spa is one of Ubud’s most unique offerings, home to its very own herd of Asian elephants.

Set on acres of lush botanical gardens and tropical forest, the elephants roam free throughout the grounds by day – allowing you tantalising glimpses of these majestic beasts, as you take in the open view from the spa treatment rooms.

You don’t have to stay at the lodge – a day tour costs around $41 for breakfast, including a soak in the river with the elephants after their morning meal.

Be sure to book a post-breakfast massage – day spa treatments are surprisingly well-priced. The gorgeous ‘relaxation rooms’ have spectacular views over the grounds, and if you keep your eyes open long enough, there’s a good chance you’ll spy a few of the elephants wandering past.

Editor’s note:

While elephant rides are available here, we strongly advocate against elephant rides.

Riding elephants can actually cause serious long term harm as their spines are not made to support the weight of humans. Do try to avoid taking a ride as it is actually harmful to these magnificent animals.

Mason Elephant Park & Lodge

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Chill and unwind at beach clubs

With pool and free entrance!

What’s better than being beachfront, poolside, and surrounded by friends at a beach club in Bali? On top of it all, there’s no cover charges!

Soak up the sun and sea at these chic venues.

60. Lounge around the trendy La Brisa in hipster Canggu

This young and hip beach club opened only in mid-2017, and is already receiving rave reviews.

Not only is it a beach club that sits peacefully along the shoreline of Echo Beach in Canggu, but La Brisa also has a gorgeous pool, which means you have the luxury of swimming, lounging around with a cocktail, and watching an extraordinary sunset over the sea.

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Don’t forget to try the exotic tropical cocktails here, such as “Dragon Breath”!

And did you know, La Brisa is actually the newest member of La Familia Group’s collection of bars, beach clubs, and restaurants, which include La Plancha, La Favela, La Sicilia, and La Laguna, most of which are pretty well-known as some of the best around Seminyak?

La Brisa

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61. Step into a bamboo paradise at Azul Beach Club

Enjoy laid-back beach vibes in an utterly tropical ambience at Azul Beach Club. This amazing oceanfront venue is found in a beautiful bamboo treehouse, topped by a traditional alang-alang thatched rooftop.

You may feel like a member of the Family Robinson, living out on a tropical island somewhere in the ocean, but instead of dangerous snakes and pirates, you can count on delicious signature cocktails, outstanding food and a stunning infinity pool.

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On the second floor of the treehouse sits the Tiki Bar, you can get delicious Balinese-infused cocktails, hand-crafted with fresh local ingredients and premium alcohol. The cocktails are served out in unique glasses, shaped like tribal faces Indonesia. Who dares to take a sip?

When it’s time for food, you can expect creative, innovative dishes, hand-crafted by chef Arief Wicaksono. Western and traditional flavors are infused, resulting in unexpected mouthwatering creations. Classics will also not disappoint. Choose between firewood pizza, Spanish tapas and Mediterranean plates.

While dining in the breezy open-air restaurant, you can watch an enchanting view of the sunset in the Sunset Pods – they are hugely popular so do come early to grab your seats!

You can also take a sunset dip in the infinity pool with a cocktail in hand, or check out their whirlpool – all dining guests have free access!

Don’t miss out on the Sunday Roast Brunch & BBQ. It runs from 12pm to 4pm with fresh seafood, great cuts of meat, a salad bar and free-flow soft drinks. Kids go at half the price and there are special activities for them too!

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62. Swim up to the pool bar at Byrdhouse Beach Club in Sanur

Byrdhouse Beach Club is a stylish entertainment complex located in the village of Sanur, right by a private stretch of golden sandy beach and the deep blue ocean.

This colorful, tropical beach club is located in the Segara Village Hotel, and their concept is inspired by traditional Balinese villages, featuring alang-alang thatched-roof pavilions and towering coconut palms around the 30-meter swimming pool.

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You can enjoy a wonderful family day at the Byrdhouse Beach Club. For the kids, there is a shallow wading pool, inflatable pool toys, a sandy playground where they can build sandcastles and a games center.

Parents will love the spa boutique, infinity pool and the amazing sunken jacuzzi bar – the ultimate spot where you can enjoy cocktails with loved ones.

Le Pirate is the beachfront restaurant of The Byrdhouse Beach Club, where you can taste international cuisine prepared by world-class chef cooks. Go for a Burgers and Beers, a Japanese Teppanyaki dinner or a mouthwatering Live Seafood BBQ!

Every Monday evening, you can feast on an Indonesian buffet while watching a traditional Legong performance for Rp. 200.000 (approximately USD $15).

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Get up to fun times with the family and kids!

Bringing kids to Bali? Bali is as romantic for couples as much as it’s fun for family and kids!

You and your little ones will definitely have a holiday of a lifetime.

63. Bamboo house with suspension bridge at Temega Tree House, Karangasem

Your kids (especially the teens) will love you if you bring them to Temega Tree House – a restaurant, tree house with a view and a suspension bridge all rolled into one.

After digging into your local snacks, you can walk from your table, along the bamboo suspension bridge to the tree house where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the lush rice terraces of Karangasem from above!

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The bridge is too dangerous for kids under 3 years old, and if your little ones are below the age of 10, it is recommended to walk up the bridge with them.

There’s even a little swing if you just want to chill with the younger ones!

Temega Tree House, Karangasem

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64. Get hooked on a party cruise with Dinner Pirate

Cracking your brains thinking of how to give your friends or family that one incredible experience during your time in Bali?

It’s simple. Bring them for the pirate dinner cruise party with Sea Safari Cruises! Trust us, it doesn’t get better than this.

1. You get to pretend you’re a pirate for a night – wear pirate costumes, and play fun games with the ‘pirate’ crew!

2. There’s great entertainment with live music, belly dance shows, fire dance shows, and fun games with door prizes.

3. It’s all topped off with a delectable buffet dinner aboard the cruise as the sun sets and the ship gently sails on the sea!

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You’ll get some pretty fun photos of your night aboard the pirate dinner cruise party, and have a whacky and unforgettable time with your family or friends.

Sound good? It definitely sounds great to us!

Dinner Pirate

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65. Grab your golden ticket to Charly’s Chocolate Factory

Have you always wanted to know what the inside of Charlie’s Chocolate Factory looked like? Well, you don’t need a Golden Ticket to get to this

The only difference is, this chocolate factory was not built by an eccentric Willy Wonka, but by an American expat named…(surprise, surprise!) Charly.

15 minutes away from Candidasa, this cluster of wacky bamboo houses situated at the end of Jasri beach look a little out of place. In fact, some visitors even compare the quirky infrastructure to a smurf’s hut!

Here, they sell healthy raw dark chocolate made from cocoa beans grown on the island. Be prepared for some chocolate tasting as the staff brings you around on a sampling tour.

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How could you resist a snack that is both decadent, and guilt-free?
In Charly’s Chocolate Factory, there is also a small soap studio where you can purchase delicious smelling handmade soaps.

Best of all, there is even a giant swing outside, where you can have fun with your little ones. Swing yourself towards the ocean, or take an Instagram photo to end this scintillating tour that engages all your senses!

Charly’s Chocolate Factory

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66. Save the baby turtles at Turtle Conservation and Education Centre

Fancy being a Dad or Mom to a baby turtle?

Head down to the Turtle Conservation and Education Centre in Pulau Serangan, where it’s possible for you to “adopt” a baby turtle before setting it free back into the sea.

Not only is it a pretty romantic thing to do with your partner, it also helps to save the lives of the baby turtles, who may become territorial as they grow up and end up attacking each other.

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This initiative aims to combat plummeting turtle numbers, and is now an extremely popular activity amongst tourists.

Turtle adoption is also available at the Gili Meno Turtle Sanctuary, on the neighbouring island of Gili Meno, so if your first turtle-freeing experience was memorable for you, why not do it again?

Turtle Conservation and Education Centre

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67. Playground in paradise at Dream island Bali

Many have heard of the iconic ocean swings on Gili islands, but did you know that Sanur also has its very own scenic swing?

Tucked away in Mertasari Beach, which is favoured by locals, Dream Island lets you release your inner child and swing to your heart’s content while the salty ocean kisses your toes.

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Needless to say, it’ll be a day to remember for the little ones as well!

Besides the epic swing, Dream Island offers relaxed seaside dining and unmissable photo-ops in front of their beachside shacks.

If you’re looking for a spot to snap some holiday photos of the whole family, I think we can declare the search officially over!

Dream Island

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Affordable yoga retreats with panoramic views

Tired of all the holidaying activities? Searching for that perfect sanctuary to recharge and refresh your mind, body and soul?

Regardless of whether you are an aspiring or experienced yogi, what can be better than a yoga retreat where you can practise yoga with spectacular views? They are all reasonably priced too!

68. Head into the bamboo grove at Naya Ubud

Interested in planned retreats? Whether you’re looking to learn how to teach Kundalini Yoga, or go deeper (and more creative) with a fascinating soul portraits retreat – Naya Ubud has a calendar of retreats all planned out for you.

Structured to enhance community living, Naya Ubud is built around the Pool Joglo, a welcoming community lounge where people may sit and relax with food and juices.

Even more impressive, the yoga shala where yoga classes, live music performance, meditation and dancing take place, is a beautiful Balinese pavilion which overlooks a pretty incredible view.

You’ll be able to get your yoga on, to the view of a meandering river and a bamboo grove, making the retreat experience truly memorable. “Flicking candles, fireflies, birds, geckos, the sound of the river below, and the distant chants of a Balinese priest will make the space feel like something out of a dream.”

And that’s not all. There’s also the amazing pool where you may cool off, and one interesting thing to note, is that the pool uses an Ozone cleansing system. This means smoother, and healthier water with 90% less chlorine – bringing you as close to nature while remaining as hygienic as possible.

Naya Ubud takes the cake with everything available including the Naya Spa, a hair studio (everything from scalp massage to organic hair wash and even a stylish trim), and one of our favourites – the Steam Grotto.

Imagine bathing in a steam room surrounding by volcanic rocks, where the waters are infused with essential oils to enhance relaxation. Doesn’t it sound just like a dream?

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69. Escape into Bali’s verdure at Jungle Room

Do you yearn for the feeling of complete privacy, yet want to be close to the heart of Canggu?

You’ll love Jungle Room, a unique complex of traditional wooden houses, each from different Indonesian islands, surrounded by nothing but lush greenery.

Would you prefer the hippie Sumatran Karo House or the cozy River View Bungalow?

All guests are welcome to attend the complimentary daily yoga classes at 9am. You can find yoga for surfers, ashtanga, vinyasa flow and more – there is something for every level and style. The yoga shala is a very small studio on the second floor, overlooking a beautiful crown of trees.

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Start your day with a nice yoga stretch and have a healthy breakfast by the pool after.

There’s also a juice bar, serving fresh and organic juices and smoothies, and you can chill in those cool swing chairs!

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Savour pretty desserts or do afternoon tea like the queen (or king)!

Take your pick between an afternoon of classy contemporary tea, crazy-cool Mad Hatter tea or photogenic desserts in cute cafes. Either way you will be poolside and smitten with sweet treats!

70. Spot Stonehenge over tea at Standing Stones Restaurant (The Royal Purnama)

The Royal Purnama’s Standing Stones Restaurant stands out amongst many other dining establishments in Bali, for one simple reason.

Look at those magnificent stones standing against the perfect backdrop of black sand and deep blue waters.

Now take away the sand and waters, and there you have it – you’re at Stonehenge in England! Uh, not really, but since you’re at (what really looks like) the Brits’ homebase, how could you not indulge in some classic British teatime action?

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Sit back on the grassy plains and sip at your tea in the sunshine, or dine inside the comfort of the restaurant – it’s your pick. But wherever you choose to go, the views won’t disappoint.

Neither will your tea party friends, namely the selection of eight Femmes Dammann French loose leaf teas, including Standing Stone’s signature Earl Grey Blend.

Freshly made pastries, cakes and biscuits are all presented on a classy tiered tray to top off your authentic high tea experience!

And if you’d like to work off those calories after consuming a mountain of cakes, simply pay an additional fee of IDR 350,000 (USD $26.50) to lounge on the gazebo or swim in the pool right beside the restaurant.

You know what, this might even be better than really going to Stonehenge.

Standing Stones Restaurant at The Royal Purnama

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71. W Retreat & Spa puts the W in wacky at their mad tea party

When we say Mad T-party we aren’t joking – high tea at W retreat makes the mad hatters tea party look tame.

Make sure your camera and phone are fully charged because you are guaranteed some awesome Instagram photos!

W Retreat’s high tea isn’t for the faint-hearted, it’s bright, it’s bold – it’s amazing! What more do you want?

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It’s the extra touches that make this high tea extra special for us, the Alice in Wonderland themed cakes are guaranteed to make you smile – and the fact that they are super delicious is a bonus!

If for some reason you need more convincing to spend an afternoon in this funky bar, then we know what will seal the deal – jellybeans!!

You can also enter W’s pool free of charge and without any minimum spend!

Get the girls together and get ready for some epic selfies, this is going to be an afternoon to remember.

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72. Toast the unicorn at Cloud Cakes

Nothing gets more magical than unicorns, and nothing gets prettier than unicorns at Cloud Cakes – a dessert and snack stall at Denpasar.

This unicorn-themed establishment has a unicorn in its logo, and works hard to live up to it – many of their pastries feature that elusive animal.

Not only do they have a unicorn cake (with a cone for a horn), there’s also a special drink that includes a paper unicorn peeking out from a cloud of candy floss.

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That’s not all they have to offer though. Cloud Cakes also makes a series of pastel-coloured pastries, including rainbow cakes, donuts, and even shaved ice!

Just looking at the pictures alone are enough to give us a toothache – so we completely understand if you’re a manly man, and don’t appreciate beautiful horses with horns on their heads.

But can you resist the Grilled Cheese Sandwich that is grilled to perfection, and can you reject these golden brown fried oreos – that both have a unicorn printed on their packagings?

You can run, but you can’t hide from the unicorn at Cloud Cakes… and we don’t want to anyway.

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73. Eat a slice of contemporary culture at Livingstone cafe

Spacious and trendy with a nice ambience, Livingstone Cafe is the place to go on the last day of your holiday, when you simply want to give yourself a good treat!

This is also the ideal place to retreat and relax with a book in a quiet corner.

This quirky little place also has a funky dessert.

Admit it – an Instagram cake is just the very thing your Instagram page desperately needs.

This sweet treat is not just pleasurable to your eyes, but under the marzipan layer, delicious mouth-watering brownie awaits.

And here’s another extraordinary piece of cake.

No, this is not a jar of Nutella, but a Nutella cake! Where else in the world can you can devour the entire Nutella and not feel (too) guilty about it?

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If you feel like trying out something crazier, Livingstone cafe has baked for you some funky-looking watermelon bread.

You can also order coffee with strawberry, orange or avocado flavour!

And guess what? A little Pikachu cupcake is waiting for you to catch it!

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Delicious vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free food!

Who says meat-eaters have all the fun? Vegetarian and vegan cuisine is putting a whole new spin to healthy eating. It’s stylish, diversified, and delicious!

74. Hang with the cool cats at Lazy Cats Cafe

If you are looking for a perfect place to spend slow lazy mornings, Lazy Cats Cafe is the place for you.

This cafe has a unique interior and vibrant food that will not break your wallet. Seat yourself on a comfy sofa on the first floor, which allows you to have a nice view.

They offer unusual food variations – all vegetarian and beautifully served on a plate. You can be sure they pay attention to every little detail. Their carrot soup is out-of-this-world and the hummus wrap is also worth trying!

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And of course, who would miss the trendy furniture? The cat mirror simply purrs selfie, so don’t forget to take one!

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75. Move, meet, and eat at Paradiso Ubud

Paradiso is not just a vegan restaurant.

It’s heaven for those who are looking for a place where they can try new things and meet new people while dining on delicious vegan food!

This unique venue combines movie, dance, yoga, art, various workshops and special events in a very friendly and cozy environment.

You can join contemporary dance or zumba class, sign up your kids up for yoga, take part in a choir session or learn something new in an essential oil workshop.

They have an excellent choice of movies that you can watch every day in a cozy lounge room with comfy sofas while having your meals!

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Movie tickets cost Rp 50,000 (approximately USD$3.70) and you get the same amount off your dinner bill – a good deal!

They even serve organic non-GMO popcorn and their raw chocolate is definitely a must try.

We recommend you to go on Monday, from 2 to 4pm, when all food and drinks purchased in Paradiso Cinema are 50% off. On Tuesdays, they have a community yoga: classes are open to everyone, fees paid via donation.

This one-of-a-kind restaurant is simply a vegan paradise!

Paradiso Ubud

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Things to do in different areas in Bali:

Do you already know what you want to do in Bali? Check out which of these areas are most suited for you!

1. South Bali

Serene beaches and gorgeous ocean views perfect for a romantic or surfing trip.

1-a. Seminyak

For the hipsters: a day out cafe-hopping.

23 unexpectedly amazing things to do in Seminyak

1-b. Kuta

Most happening area in Bali – nightlife, shopping, cafes and beautiful beaches.

17 out-of-the-ordinary things you never knew you can do in Kuta

1-c. Uluwatu, Jimbaran and Ungasan (Bukit Peninsula)

Have a chill day out surfing or live the high life at classy resorts and clubs.

15 amazing things to do in Uluwatu and Bukit Peninsula in Bali

1-d. Nusa Dua

Extreme water sports and hidden beaches for the sporty adventure-seekers; prime natural locations for wedding photography.

12 reasons to explore Nusa Dua and have a whopping adventure

1-e. Canggu

Trendy hipster hang out spot for the young and young at heart.

A Complete Guide to Canggu: the up and coming trendy spot of Bali

1-f. Sanur

Quiet and family friendly, with calm waters ideal for water-loving young children. Great for kite-flying too!

11 fun family things to do in Sanur

2. Central Bali

2-a. Ubud

Get to know the real Bali – visit cultural sites and natural hotspots.

30 amazing things to do in Ubud you probably didn’t know about

3. East Bali

3-a. Candidasa and Amed

Go back in time to a place filled with monuments and stories of ancient Bali.

15 extraordinary things to do in Candidasa for the perfect island getaway

4. North Bali

Run away from civilisation to the quieter part of Bali: dolphin watch, visit cultural sites and majestic waterfalls.

The complete guide to exploring North Bali

5. West Bali

A collection of the most beautiful natural attractions in Bali for the nature lover.

14 Hidden gems in West Bali you need to discover on the road less travelled

6. Islands near Bali

For people who like going off the beaten path: sail and dive through the wonders of nature.

Also read: 6 untouched paradise islands around Bali that will take your breath away

6-a. Nusa Islands

A quiet island holiday for those who love the sun, sand and sea.

Adventures in Bali: 15 cool things to do in Nusa Lembongan, Penida, Ceningan

6-b. Gili islands

Exotic islands near Bali for a tropical getaway retreat.

14 fun things to do in Gili islands you never knew existed


More Bali guides:

Accommodation: The ultimate guide to where to stay in Bali

More Activities: 33 amazing Free things to do you never knew existed in Bali

Travel Guide: Bali for first timers: Best time to visit, where to stay, eat and everything!

PS: Here’s our recommended itineraries to help you plan your trip!

76 is not all – Come on, let us know what other awesome things you have to do in Bali!

Check out more awesome attractions in Bali here too!

PLEASE NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you!
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