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 on extraordinary things to do in Bali!

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!

South Bali: Seminyak | KutaUluwatu, Jimbaran and Ungasan (Bukit Peninsula)Nusa Dua | CangguSanur
Central Bali: Ubud
East Bali: Candidasa & Amed
North Bali: Lovina, Bedugul, Banjar etc
West Bali: Menjangan islands, Singaraja etc
Islands near Bali

Glide through paradise in Bali’s best infinity pools

Looking to swim or laze around in a pool that goes on for as long as you hope to stay in Bali?

Check out these stunning infinity pools that will take your ‘Bali day’ from ordinary to extraordinary.

1. Live life on the edge at One Eighty’s cliffside infinity pool

What’s bringing clifftop infinity pools to a different level?

A crystal blue glass-bottomed infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean, that stretches all the way out from the cliff 500 feet high, creating a gravity-defying concrete-encased lagoon with a million-dollar view – the highlight of One Eighty, a new sophisticated bar and restaurant that’s a recent addition to The Edge Villas at Uluwatu.

Before you know it, you’ll be floating in mid-air with the sweeping waves crashing beneath you.

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These dramatic 180-degree ocean views extend all the way to your rooms. Isn’t it simply therapeutic to sip a cocktail while gazing out at the endless deep blue vistas ahead?

Your villa comes with a private plunge pool and personalised butler service, so you will be pampered from head to toe!

The Edge, Bali

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Rates: 1 Bedroom ocean view villa starts from USD $668.95 (approximately Rp. 9,759,671)
Dining at One Eighty: Adults – Rp 400,000 per person (approximately USD $26.25, includes Rp. 350,000 Food & Beverage credit); Children (3-12 years) – Rp 150,000 per person (approximately USD $9.85, includes Rp. 100,000 F&B credit). Inclusive of: Use of One Eighty’s Skypool and pool towel
More info on One Eighty’s website
Address: Jl. Pura Gowa Lempeh, Br. Dinas Kangin Pecatu, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia 80364
Contact:  +62 361 8470 700

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2. Swim in the sky at Munduk Moding Plantation

Have you always dreamed of reaching out to touch the sky?

It’s no longer impossible.

At the edge of the 18-metre-long infinity pool at the Munduk Moding Plantation, you can almost feel heaven at your fingertips.

Spread out in front of you is a sea of cloud, that partially shields the surrounding coffee plantation from your sight.

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This magic extends beyond its signature view.

Designed by an award-winning Bali architect Popo Danes, the traditional Balinese interior has been dabbed with a blend of modernism in this secluded resort that only has nine villas and three suites.

From your room, you can open the glass panel doors to take in the breathtaking view of the coffee plantation nestled in the lush foliage of the jungle.

Photo Via Dotzsoh,Bettinaschoeps

What better place to spend some quiet and romantic moments with your loved one?

Munduk Moding Plantation

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Deluxe suite starts from USD $129 (approximately Rp. 1,962,612)
Day pass (without pool access): Rp. 500,000 (approximately USD $35.32), includes welcome drink, 2-course lunch and access to all hotel facilities except the pool.
Day pass (with one hour pool access): Rp. 900,000 (approximately USD $63.57), includes welcome drink, 2-course lunch and access to all hotel facilities.
Location: Banjar Dinas Asah Desa Gobleg Kecamatan Banjar Buleleng, Gobleg, Bali, 81152, Indonesia
Contact: +62 811 385 059 (WhatsApp as well) / +62 811 3810 123

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3. Dive into dramatic views of volcanoes at Villa Sidemen

Bali is not only home to pristine beaches, but also to dramatic volcanoes – both active and extinct.

And how indulging would it be to wake up to a climatic view of the volcano?

You can do just that at Villa Sidemen, where guests are not only treated to the majestic view of Bali’s tallest volcano, Mount Agung, but also to a peaceful scene of its fertile foothills and rice paddies.

With the large windows, you can be sure to be able to enjoy the view from the living room, or even while you’re still snuggling in bed!

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The majestic view of Bali’s tallest volcano, Mount Agung, and peaceful scenes of its fertile foothills and rice paddies awaits.

Villa Sidemen Bali

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Two bedroom villa with private pool starts from USD $177 (approximately Rp. 2,692,886)
Address: Kikian, Sidemen, Karangasem, 80864 Sidemen, Indonesia
Contact: +62 085 737 013 051

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Nature wonders and scenic places

If you’re dreaming of Bali from your desk, you might imagine heavenly waterfalls, endless flora, and impressive landscapes.

The best part – we’re recommending gorgeous hidden ones so you don’t need to squeeze with hordes of tourists!

4. Step down into the rarified beauty of Tukad Cepung Waterfall

You must have heard all about Bali’s majestic waterfalls. Unknown to most people and only recently discovered by travellers, Tukad Cepung Waterfall stands almost virgin and unexplored.

This is as close to nature as you can get! You will have to climb a flight of steps to get to this beauty, so gear up accordingly.

Photo Via Kelsealoha,Jordhammond

Very importantly, do be gentle with and respectful of the natural space around Tukad Cepung as locals strive to maintain the area. Once you walk down the steps, remember to look up – cliffs encircle your surrounding with the waterfall flowing from a river above.

We’ve heard some mixed experiences from the few tourists who have travelled to Tukad Cepung. Since the waterfall remains a relative secret, there is no official entrance fee. However, in recent expeditions, travellers have been told to pay Rp. 10,000 (USD 0.75) to enter the area.

Be very careful though, it’s important to be aware of the river water levels before you head for the falls. Rapid flooding may occur if the water table begins to rise during rain so do check ahead before descending the stairs!

Tukad Cepung Waterfall

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Entrance fee: Rp. 10,000 (approximately USD $0.66)
Getting there: The waterfall is located in Jalan Tembuku, Dusun Penida Kelod, Tembuku, Bangli regency.
Coordinates here.

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5. Marigold fields forever at Desa Temukus

Desa Temukus (also known as ’Temukus Village’) is not green but orange. The place blossoms with pretty yellowish-orange flowers!

Photo Via Liasalikhah

If you’ve ever wondered, there’s one particular flower used in religious rituals in Bali – the marigold flower, or locally known as ‘Gemitir’. It’s easy to imagine how wonderful it could be to be in the middle of flower fields full of marigold!

Desa Temukus is a quiet village in East Bali, close to the holiest (but sadly most commercial) temple in Bali. Many of its inhabitants grow flowers, so you can find many flower fields here. But don’t forget to ask for permission from the locals before entering their fields!

Another good news for travellers – the area also has a flower field of Kasna. And one crucial tip: it’s better to visit the place before the harvesting season, so you can see the lushest flower fields ever (usually before a major religious day, so do check with your local Balinese friends about the dates, as Bali uses a lunar calendar so the dates change every year).

Photo Via mdbakta_kardana, yanii.martini

Desa Temukus

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Getting there: Reach the mighty ‘Pura Besakih’ (Besakih Temple) first. Then, you can ask the locals for directions to Desa Temukus, which is located around 2 km away. The road is quite narrow, so it would be wise to use a motorcycle or a small car to go there. Coordinates here

6. Watch the sun rise over Mount Batur at Pinggan Village

Mount Batur (1,717m) is the most visited volcano in Bali, but most visitors usually join the tourist hordes at Kintamani village for views of the majestic fire-breather.

For a view of Batur that’s arguably more spectacular, we suggest you head to the more isolated village of Pinggan.

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Here you can experience the fierce splendour of the active volcano in a more solitary, meditative setting.

Batur is at its most photogenic at sunrise and sunset, and even makes for impressive night photography – with the lights of Pinggan village spread out at the foot of the mountain, and a sky full of stars twinkling above the peak.

Mount Batur’s Volcanic Landscape

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Getting There: Most Mount Batur tours don’t stop at Pinggan village (which is why it makes it so gloriously uncrowded), so you’re best getting there on your own steam. Ubud is the nearest major tourist hub and Pinggan is about 45km, or an hour’s drive away. Coordinate here

7. Explore sacred spaces at the Secret Canyon of Sukawati

Near Pura Beji Guwang in Sukawati, there’s a sacred, secret canyon that’s so incredible, it’s sure to inspire anyone and everyone.

For any artist, photographer, creative, or simply anyone who wants to be wowed by a real life view of nature’s masterpiece – this secret canyon is a must-visit.

Photo Via Imdhendra

The craziest thing about this canyon, is if you look hard enough – it is so uniquely shaped, one can even see a crying skull and other faces (lions?!) in the abstract landscape.

And if that’s not enough, the colours around make for an amazing visual feast too.

Sit on the flat of the canyon rocks, and dangle your feet while admiring the view – or get a little crazy and see how much deeper you can go into the canyon. (Make sure you’re as safe and careful as possible, of course!)

When getting here, do be ultra careful as you will have to pass several rivers with a sticky muddy floor, and you might also have to climb some big slippery rocks.

Other than that feel free to explore to your heart’s content and fully appreciate this magnificent find!

Secret Canyon of Sukawati

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Entrance fee: Rp. 15,000 (Approximately USD $1.15), Rp. 50,000 for a guide (Approximately USD $3.30)
Address: Desa Guwang, Kecamatan Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582. Coordinates here

8. Swing above the lake at Puncak Danau Buyan Wanagiri

If the huge scenic swing at Zen Hideaway is not thrilling enough for you, you can challenge yourself at this huge one that brings you right over the treetops and Lake Buyan, one of the twin lakes in Bedugul.

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This whimsical swing hangs from a huge, sturdy tree, but swing out at your own risk! If you are light enough, two of you can go on it!

Photo Via Erytriana_iie

In case you are wondering how on earth to get up the swing, there’s actually a ledge where you can climb onto.

If you are feeling less adventurous, simply chill and Instagram at this bamboo lookout spot right beside it!

If you drive on for around five minutes, you’ll come by this giant Instagrammable bird’s nest!

Now you know how it feels to be on the top of the world!

Puncak Danau Buyan Wanagiri, Bedugul

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Entrance Fee: Rp. 25,000 (approximately USD $1.64)
Getting there: This lookout spot is located along the road to the border village of Gobleg, near Pancasari. Coordinates here

Sarang Burung – Air Terjun Cinta Wanagiri

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Opening hours: 7am – 7pm
Entrance Fee:  Rp. 15,000 (approximately USD $1)
Address: Dusun Asah Panji, Wanagiri Village, Sukasada, Buleleng Regency, Bali 81161
Coordinates here.

9. Visit Nusa Islands, the Maldives of Bali

What happens when you find a paradise within a paradise?

That’s exactly what you will find in Bali!

If all the beach vibes on the main island is not enough for you, venture to the offshore islands, such as Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida, where you can truly find a slice of heaven!

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When it comes to Nusa Lembongan, consider going for one of the day cruises with a waterslide, discover an underground house on an archeological adventure, visit the natural wonders of Devil’s Tears, Mushroom Beach and Pura Puncak Sari.

Photo Via Muhamadakbar-and-Riku

You can’t miss the yellow bridge that connects Nusa Ceningan with Lembongan. At Ceningan, you can go cliff jumping at Mahana Point, head out to the Blue Lagoon, and sneak a peek at Swallow’s Cave.

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When you’re in Nusa Penida, you should snorkel or scuba dive if you’d like to meet a giant manta, descend into Giri Putri Cave Temple, hike around scenic areas like Angel’s Billabong, Pasih Uwug and Bukit Teletubbies, and spend a day at Kelingking Beach.

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Nusa Islands (Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida)

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Coordinates for Nusa Lembongan here
Coordinates for Nusa Ceningan here
Coordinates for Nusa Penida here

10. Bathe in the cascading spring fountains of Peguyangan Waterfall, Nusa Penida

Peguyangan Waterfall on Nusa Penida isn’t a towering vertical torrent of water like the jungle falls in central Bali.

Instead, it’s a series of short, cascading spring fountains that eventually make their way over a steep ravine and into the sea.

Away from the ravine, the cascades make a great place for all to enjoy a ‘natural spa’, and a massage from the fast flowing waters as they burble over the shallow ledges and pools.

Photo Via Mr.subehi_-nickstonedj

Reaching the springs involves a descent down narrow stairs against the wall of the ravine. After some 460 steps, the gorgeous sight of the cascades is both exhilarating and relieving.

Check this amazing adventure from Travel Life Love!

Peguyangan Waterfall

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Getting There: This waterfall is tricky to find – a lot of the locals don’t even know it. To visit Peguyangan, arrange a tour with a knowledgeable Penida tour operator, or hire a private driver on the island who knows how to reach this hidden paradise. Coordinates here.

Note: Do note that you need to wear a sarong here. Bring your own or rent it onsite for Rp. 10,000 (approximately USD $0.66)

11. Uncover the Secret Gardens of Sambangan

Hidden away in the far north Bali is the village of Sambangan. Only the locals and a handful of savvy tourists have experienced the breathtaking splendour of the jungles and waterfalls near Sambangan, known as the Secret Gardens.

The gardens are a chain of natural pools and cascading waterfalls hidden within the lush Balinese rainforest. There are seven falls in total and it takes a three hour trek deep into the jungle to explore most of them. Remote and unspoiled, the scenery here is among the most beautiful in Bali.

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The pools are filled with cold spring water, perfect for cooling off after the long jungle trek, and some of the waterfalls even serve as natural waterslides for the daring!

The Secret Gardens of Sambangan

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Entrance fee: Starts from Rp. 150,000 (approximately USD $9.87), depending on the activities you wish to do
Directions: The nearest resort area to Sambangan is Lovina on Bali’s north coast, and it’s recommended you overnight here if you want to make the trek to the gardens. You’ll want a guide to lead you  safely through the rainforest to the best spots. Enquire in Lovina about hiking tours from Sambangan village, about a 20 minute drive from Lovina.
Coordinates here

12. Daydream in a whimsical treehouse, Batu Molenteng

Located right smack on Nusa Penida and looking out at Atuh Beach – this beautiful treehouse is the latest unique addition to the island, providing stunning sights of the dramatic Balinese landscape.

Once you’re up in the treehouse and looking out, you’ll be able to see glorious, glorious sights. From the pretty Atuh Beach and small surrounding islands like Raja Ampat in Papua, to the many cliffs, ravines and hills that paint Bali’s landscape – it’s a sight not to miss!

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Thankfully, the treehouse was built with a ladder, so you don’t have to literally climb the tree just to get to the treehouse! Just bring a picnic along and make it a stunning memory atop a tree, complete with crazy views and delicious food!

How’s this for an Instagrammable moment?

Rumah Pohon Batu Molenteng

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Price: Rp.10,000 (USD $0.66) per entry, Rp.5000 (approximately USD $0.33) for parking fees
Address: Banjar Pelilit, Desa Pejukutan, Nusa Penida. Coordinates here

Stay in a creatively unique accommodation!

In Bali, you can say goodbye to cookie cutter hotels.

Creative juices abound and you can make these unique stays your special holiday nest! How about a luxurious overlarge glamorous camping tent? Or a villa completely surrounded by water?

13. Wake up to the zebras at Mara Safari Lodge

Ever wanted to dine with the rhinos?

Now you don’t have to fly halfway across the world to have an African safari adventure – you can get it at the Mara River Safari Lodge.

Located in the heart of the Bali Safari and Marine Park, this resort will definitely make your stay a memorable and unforgettable one, with its quirks and unique activities.

Not only will you get to feed carrots to zebras, rhinos and elephants right from the comfort of your own balcony…

You’ll even get to watch the rhinos and zebras graze together while you are dipping yourself in the pool.

Photo Via Lisacowcher

You can dine with lions at the in-house Tsavo Lion Restaurant too!

From honeymoon to family-friendly getaways, this resort is suitable for all. Couples will enjoy the romantic atmosphere at the restaurant in the evenings, while thrill-seekers can quench their thirst for adventure at the night safari, where you can come into close contact with predatory animals.

On a similar vein, young children will love the petting zoo, informational performances and the vibrant Disney-esque Bali Agung show, which also features props that are completely handmade by the staff!

We’d love to say more, but you’ll have to make a personal trip there to experience the wonders of this place. This we’ll say – you won’t regret it.

Read our fun-filled experience at Mara Safari Lodge here!

Mara River Safari Lodge

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Rates: From USD $148 a night (approximately Rp. 2,251,679)
Location : Jl. Bypass Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra Km. 19,8 Gianyar 80551 – Bali
Phone: +62 361 479 1800

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14. Revive your inner monkey skills! – Bambu Indah (Temporarily closed)

Built by native Indonesians over 100 years ago, Bambu Indah will transform you city dwellers into real jungle men and women!

If you want to live the village life, these quirky themed houses may be what you’re looking for.

You can climb up to your own treehouse and swing over the natural pond!

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Or enjoy a sunset cocktail on the Afrika deck, with a majestic view of the rice fields and distant mountains.

There are eight different themed houses, and each is more beautiful than the next – the pictures say it all. Deciding where to stay will be a blissful dilemma indeed!

Bambu Indah

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From USD $155 per night (Approximately Rp. 2,260,675)
Location: Jl. Banjar Baung, Desa, Sayan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 977 922 / +62 361 974 357 / +62 812 3834 3174 (Whatsapp)

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15. Camping is now glamorous and luxurious at Sandat Glamping Tents

The term Glamorous Camping perfectly defines the experience you will get when staying in one of these charming tents in Sandat.

Connect with nature without giving up the comfort and luxury of sophisticated furnishings – and of course, wifi.

Photo Via Andreacacopardi,Stefanoscata,Hippieinheelsblog

Hardcore campers might frown at the concept, but hey, that’s how you ‘camp’ in style, isn’t it?

Sandat Glamping Tents

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Rates: From USD $182 a night (approximately Rp. 2,768,957)
Location: Jalan Subak, Sala Banjar, Sala, Ubud
Phone: + 62 821 4408 1998

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16. Swim into bed at Villa Laksmana Hideaway 2

Do you love water? Is soaking in cool calm water your favourite pastime, and you wish you were born a mermaid?

If so, you’ll love this exotic water villa, one of the rare villas you’ll find in Bali that’s completely surrounded by water.

In fact, the first thing that greets you upon entering the villa is the pool!

You also get two huge comfy beanbags for nights when you just want to soak your feet in the water and admire the starry night sky.

Villa Laksmana Hideaway 2

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Rates: From USD $191 a night (approximately Rp. 2,906,733) (minimum booking of 3 nights)
Location: Jalan Kayu Aya, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

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Latest shopping trends

Weekend markets, boutique shops and more!

Who says Bali is only about gorgeous scenery and food?

You’re missing out on the island’s hipster trends if you haven’t been to these photogenic weekend markets and boutique shops that sell everything from unique souvenirs to homeware to textiles!

17. Find whimsicality and romance at Love Anchor

Canggu is hipster enough and you know it.

If you walk along Jalan Batu Balong after the sun sets, you can’t miss this exciting Instagrammable market made up of a complex of restaurants, bars and shops, decorated with dreamy fairy lights and illuminated with a cheery vibe as the crowd pours in for their after-dinner drinks.

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And on Sundays, the area is transformed into the most happening bazaar with pop-up stalls.

Here, you can find trendy and whimsical island fashion, accessories, homeware, dreamcatchers, trinkets and even old school artwork. And if you keep an eye out enough, you can even discover some hidden gems for your kids.

Or if you are here for a drink, don’t miss the daily Happy Hour!

One tip from us – although this is one of Canggu’s most photogenic markets, the shopping here may be a little overpriced, but it’s worth a look (and many snaps!) if you haven’t been to Bali’s weekend bazaars before!

Love Anchor

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Address: Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.56, Canggu, North Kuta, Badung, Bali. Coordinates here.
Contact: +62 853 3399 9917
Opening Hours: Daily, 9am to 9pm
Happy Hour: Daily, 6pm to 7pm – Buy one get one free for all classic and signature cocktails

18. Find quirky-cool homeware at Rose Avenue Bali

You don’t have to like floral prints and roses to want to visit Rose Avenue. Known for its rose-laden facade (and we’re talking about a wall full of red and pink roses), Rose Avenue offers beautiful homeware items from a pineapple shaped bottle opener to rattan swings.

So if you’re new in Bali and are shopping for home items, drop by this store and simply be stunned by everything.

Want to take a sweet Instagram selfie with a bed of roses as your backdrop? You’ll be able to do that if you visit Rose Avenue.

Another thing to note? Their paper bags have “Stop and smell the roses” written all over them. And why wouldn’t you? If you aren’t drawn by this unique facade, we don’t know what else will. Shopping will literally be a walk in the park.

If you think that pastel is the only color palette Rose Avenue has. You’re wrong. They have neon colors, as seen in their flamingo coat/towel hook – and in the apples, pineapples, and other tropical fruits that can be used as decorations or paper holders.

You can even get design inspiration through their dining table set-up, or pick through the different types of dinnerware, placemats, table cloths, and anything you fancy.

Even if you’re just looking for one eccentric piece, such as a rattan swing, or a bright pink chair that opens up like a flower – you’ll definitely be in the right place.

Rose Avenue Bali

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Price: $2.50 to $300 (approximately Rp. 38,000 to Rp. 4,565,325)
Address: No. 44B, Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Contact: [email protected]
Opening Hours: 9am to 10pm


19. Find authentic art at Sukawati Art Market

When we were here, we were blown away by the sheer size of Sukawati Art Market.

Walking around Sukawati Art Market can be a little tricky in the sense that it may feel like a maze. But if you’re out to discover really unique things in the hidden shops off the alleys, then you’re in for a ride.

Here, you will find an extensive range of items. Handmade bags, wooden ethnic bowls, crockery, those popular comfortable batik pants, dresses, and insanely gorgeous shell items. (2-3 times cheaper than Ubud central)

Of course, if you’re on the hunt for some art to bring home, there are many shops with paintings available, and wooden sculptures too!

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Be warned though, you will find plenty of similar paintings of the mass produced variety. However, if you do spend a little more time (and dedication) going through the shops and their paintings, you are bound to find something unique that will sit pretty in your home.

Tip: If you intend to explore the market fully, make sure to set at least half a day aside for this!

Sukawati Art Market

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Price: From Rp. 30,000 (approximately USD $2)
Address: Jl Raya Sukawati, Bali, Indonesia. Coordinates here.
Opening hours: Daily, 8am to 7pm

Restaurants with gorgeous views!

If you’re looking to spoil yourself silly, breakfast, lunch, or dinner with a view is a must.

From cliffside restaurants with dramatic crashing waves to exotic cave dining, you can find extraordinary restaurants with unforgettable views on the island. Let yourself be awestruck!

20. Order wood-fired pizza in paddy fields at Gong Jatiluwih Restaurant and Lounge

Dining should be a relaxing affair, and that’s exactly what you’ll get at Gong Jatiluwih Restaurant and Lounge. Overlooking lush, sweeping rice terraces, this laidback lunchtime reprieve is full of delicious options.

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Stop by for a delicious customer favourite – wood-fired pizza! Thin, crispy, and oh-so-satisfying, this menu option is a popular choice among both foreign and domestic visitors, with international tourists coming back for more!

If pizza doesn’t tickle your fancy (or your tastebuds!), you still have multiple options if you choose the Balinese lunch buffet, which costs only Rp. 100,000 per person and is full of traditional Balinese favourites and regional dishes.

You can enjoy both Western and Balinese cuisine here, which makes it a great stopover for both adults and kids!

Gong Jatiluwih Restaurant and Lounge

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Prices: Pizza from Rp. 65,000 (approximately USD $4.90)
Address: Jl. Batu Luwih Kawan No.43, Jatiluwih, Penebel, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82152, Indonesia
Contact: +62 815-5852-6545
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 9AM to 5PM, Sat-Sun: 9AM to 9.30PM


21. Gaze across countless candles on the river at Swept Away

Let’s bring it back to basics with this informal and fresh experience. A beautiful wooden deck by the riverside creates a relaxing and tranquil dining area at the heart of the Samaya Resort.

Feel your stresses melt away as the soothing babble of the river washes over you. The tall palms and lush vegetation will truly make it feel like you are in a world of your own.

Whether you visit for a cold beer or light lunch, you simply must try the Asian Tapas. These delicious little morsels set the scene for the rest of the tasty and adventurous menu.

Only as dusk falls will you realise how easily the day slips by as you relax in the cool river breeze. Time to leave? No way, order another cocktail and take a look at the dinner menu!

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Swept Away comes alive in the evening with the 100-candle dinner service. The river transforms as 100 gently flickering candles are lit and create a truly special ambiance.

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Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the decking and the comfortable lounge furniture. Swept Away serves a varied, ambitious and totally eclectic menu suitable for all tastes.

Sit back, unwind and let your worries get Swept Away.

Swept Away at the Samaya

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Price Range: Mains from Rp. 75,000 to Rp. 335,000 (approximately USD $5 to USD $22); 6-Course Degustation Menu at Rp. 3,400,000 per couple (approximately USD $224)
Address: Banjur Baung, Desa Sayan – Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 973606
Opening Hours: Lunch: 11am to 4pm, Dinner: 5.30pm to 10pm


22. Romancing in the caves at Samabe Bali Suites & Villas

Have you ever thought of dining in a cave at a secluded private beach?

You can do so at Samabe.

Hide from the world together with your loved one, and watch the sun set over the ocean from your secret cave hideaway – it’s an experience you’ll never forget.

Dedicated chefs and waiting staff will serve a stunning five-course set menu while you relax to the sound of the waves breaking on the shore.

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Dinner includes specially created dishes such as a ‘Sweet Love Symphony’ – a combination of two secret recipes.

Perfect for two lovers sharing this special evening.

If we really can’t convince you on cave dining, the Samabe Bali Suites & Villas still boasts two fantastic restaurants.

Try the Crystal Blue Ocean Grill for a relaxed al fresco setting.

If pure luxury fine dining is what you want, Rempah Main Dining Room is perfect for you.

Cave Dining at the Samabe Bali Suites & Villas

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Price: Rp. 3,327,000 per couple (approximately USD $219)
Address: Jl Pura Barong – Barong Sawangan, Nusa Dua Seletan 80363, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: + 62 361 846 8633
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Psst…don’t miss Bali’s best hidden beaches!

You would think with the immense popularity of Bali, everywhere on the island would have been discovered. Well, there are still two unexplored beaches where you can enjoy the peace and quiet of a private island!

23. White sands and lush cliffsides, live a waking dream at Nyang Nyang Beach

Care for a beach all to yourself? That’s Nyang Nyang for you!

The white pristine sands of the beach are lined by a towering green cliff, which keeps it away from prying eyes. If you are quite the explorer and looking for some solitude, this secluded beach in Southern Bali is perfect for a little adventure.

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To get to the beach, you need to follow a dirt track close to Uluwatu Temple and keep a lookout for a sign saying “Nyang Nyang Surfing Beach”.

Next, you cross a field where you will find a drinks stall (the only one in the area as the beach is devoid of all shops and stalls also) before alighting the 500 flights of steps that finally open up to the beach.

So yes, getting there might be an adventure in itself, but we’d say it’s definitely worth the effort.

Especially with the parts of an abandoned vessel laying around the beach – perfect for a photo-op, or even a quaint little exploration.

And if you’re looking for more photo-ops, you definitely have to check out the secret wild garden by the beach – it’s blooming with a plethora of sunshine flowers that’ll provide an amazing backdrop with a cheerful pop of yellow!

Nyang Nyang Beach

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Directions: Take a car or bike to Jalan Uluwatu, and look for a sign that reads “Nyang Nyang Surfing Beach”. Park, then make the rest of the journey by foot to the beach!
Address: Nyang Nyang Beach, Jl. Raya Uluwatu, Uluwatu, Bali.
Coordinates here

24. Marvel at a beachside waterfall at Melasti Beach near Tanah Lot

Want more than just a regular sunset picture at the beach?

Along the sandy Melasti beach lies a hidden treasure – a waterfall.

Capture a shot from the shoreline of the sun setting as the water streams back into the ocean.

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Now, your “once in a lifetime” picture is worthy to be used as your Facebook cover!

A 15-minute walk away from Tanah Lot, head over to the beach after visiting the Tanah Lot temple.

You’ll be safe from the crowd as Melasti Beach is one of Bali’s best kept secrets (until now).

Note: Take note not to mistake this Melasti beach with the one near Ungasan!

Melasti Beach (near Tanah Lot)

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Directions: Melasti Beach is along Jl. Padma and is a 13 minutes car ride away from Bali’s airport. Coordinates here.
Note: Melasti waterfall is seasonal. It disappears during the dry season.

Bali’s unique bars

Chilling with a touch of artistry

Who says bars are only about drinks and chilling in a room? Just like anything in Bali, these creative bars will challenge your imagination.

25. Get spooky if you dare… at Frankenstein’s Laboratory

Are you a horror junkie?

If so, you’ll love Frankenstein’s Laboratory, which not only has a unique theme but is also possibly the scariest bar in Bali.

The Lab is where you can get your cocktails (we mean strange concoctions served in beakers, test tubes, syringes and IV bags).

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You can order off the menu, or if nothing suits your dark desires, you can even ask the mad scientists to cook something up for you.

Get some Monster Bites at the restaurant or be entertained by the Dancing Dead Cabaret, which consists of comely blood-splattered undead women, Dracula, and of course Frankenstein himself.

Frankenstein’s Laboratory

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Price: Mains from Rp. 64,000 – Rp. 159,000 (approximately USD $4.20 – 10.45), Drinks from Rp. 20,000 (approximately USD $1.32)
Address:  Jl. Camplung Tanduk No.6 (ex Dhyana Pura St), Seminyak, Kuta, Bali
Contact: +62 361 731622
Opening Hours: 4.30pm – Midnight (Daily). Reservations are required.


26. Swing about a bamboo playground at The Bamboo Bar

The Bamboo Bar is an entire work of art.

Designed by a Balinese architect, it’s built completely from bamboo – ingenious and environmentally friendly.

The best thing? The swing seats surrounding the bar – you can relax in these bamboo cradles while sipping a cocktail, sort of like an alcoholic baby.

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Mocktails, thin crust pizzas and the strong wifi connection are other good reasons why you should come here.

Since the bar is on the beach, you can laze on the sun loungers too.

Or you can just take a tipsy walk on the beach, splash a bit in the sea, or swim if you are not too drunk!

The Bamboo Bar

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Address: Jl. Cemara, Sanur, Bali
Contact: +62 361 288 011
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am-12am


Pamper yourself at villas with spectacular views

Your vacation in Bali isn’t complete without that mandatory stay in a villa with jaw-dropping dramatic views of the island’s majestic scenery.

27. Run off to Bali’s Greek Isle at Morabito Art Cliff

The latest find we’re obsessing over, Morabito Art Cliff is here with their very own version of Santorini.

Yes, there’s no need to pay a hefty price for a flight to Greece – all you have to do is head to Bali for a taste of Greece’s famed island!

Laze the day away in a jacuzzi tub facing the sapphire oceans by day, and by night enjoy the cool tropical ocean breeze in the LED-lit tub.

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Great for couples who’re longing to truly get away, Morabito Art Cliff indulges your senses in every way.

And just so you know, they also have accommodation that transports you to Marseille (France), and more!

Morabito Art Cliff

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Rates: Santorini Loft from USD $420 (approximately Rp. 6,385,995) per night
Address: Jl. Pantai Bingin, Pecatu, Bingin, Bukit, Badung, Bali
Contact: +62 821 4703 7006

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28. Treat yourself to a jungle retreat at Angsana Saranam Wellbeing Resort

From every room at the Angsana Saranam Wellbeing Resort, you can wake up every morning to mesmerizing views of rice paddies and surrounding mountains.

As each room is equipped with its own balcony, the first thing you’ll see are lush, emerald-hued hillsides spreading out far and wide. These delectable mountain view rooms offer a classical touch of elegance, with a luxurious feel and rich colour schemes.

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Located in mid-northern Bali, this stunning location provides cooler and more refreshing temperatures than the south. The hotel is nestled on a steep hillside, with a funicular to take guests up and down the incline.

If you’re feeling peckish, L’Altitude Restaurant provides sweet treats at their afternoon tea setup. You can also try Café Toya’s succulent selection of tapas, snacks, fresh juices, and special wellness diets.

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Daily activities are not in short supply – the Royal Tulip is located less than than 10km away from unforgettable adventures such as the Bali Treetop Adventure and Ulun Danu Bratan Temple!

TripCanvas Tip: This hotel is currently undergoing major revamp, so some parts of the property might still be under construction. Please contact the hotel to check before you book to ensure that your room is far from the construction.

Angsana Saranam Wellbeing Resort

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Rates: Superior room from USD $70 (approximately Rp. 1,064,290) per night
Location: Jalan Raya Baturiti, Desa Br. Pacung, Baturiti, Tabanan, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82191, Indonesia
Contact: +62 368 21038

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Find your inner child at these thrilling theme parks!

Whether you have kids, or are a child at heart, some of the best theme parks in Indonesia happen to be in Bali. So what will it be, a sun and water-soaked day at one of Asia’s most thrilling water parks, or a wild adventure with animals from around the globe?

29. Plunge into a water wonderland at Waterbom!

Waterbom is a must-go for any Bali traveller who’s also a theme park fan. From extreme water slides like the snake-themed Constrictor to gentle lazy rivers, both the young and old can spend a fun day at this water park.

So what if theme park ride aren’t really your thing?

You can always sneak off for the park’s reflexology session, fish spa therapy, or go for a mani-pedi session.


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Price: Rp. 327,000 (Approximately USD $21.52) for children and Rp. 455,000 (Approximately USD $30) for adults
Location: Jalan Kartika, Tuban, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Opening Hours: Daily, 9am – 6pm
Phone: +62 361 755 676

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30. Play with lions and orangutans at Bali Safari and Marine Park

This adventure will guarantee that you are the coolest parents around. With over 60 species of wild animals, exciting animal and cultural shows, and getting to stay up way past their bedtime – it’s every kids’ dream and you won’t be bored either.

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If animal shows bore you, how about a night safari?

Once darkness descends, go on a guided walk around the park when most of the animals really come to life.

Watch the komodo dragons roam below you, visit the bat cave, and meet the owls and lemur in the Bali theatre. But the highlight of the night is the safari! You will be perfectly safe in a cage as you spend 20 minutes journeying through the African Savannah.

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Top off the evening with a traditional Balinese fire-dancing show, and a delicious BBQ in the N’kuchiro Bar & Grill.

With this much excitement after bedtime, you are going to have some grumpy overtired little monkeys of your own the next day!

Read our fun-filled experience at Mara Safari Lodge here!

Bali Safari & Marine Park

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Address: Jl. Bypass Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra Km19,8, Gianyar, Bali 80551
Contact: +62 361 950 000
Opening Hours: Daily 9am to 9pm

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Devour new experiences at unique themed restaurants

Dining in Bali is as unique as staying in a creative villa.

You might have had some local food and even seen a cultural dance, but at these themed restaurants, you’ll have the opportunity to experience entirely different worlds without leaving Bali!

31. Dine in an abandoned plane in the paddy fields at Keramas Aero Park

There are several abandoned places in Bali. And some of the most absurd of all are the abandoned planes.

And for this one, it’s found in the middle of the paddy fields. Can anything get more ridiculous than this?

Although we have no idea about the origins of the plane, the area is actually a restaurant and bar called ‘Keramas Aero Park’, located not far from the Keramas Beach, which has been regarded as “the next Kuta”.

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If you notice that the color of the plane has changed, it’s due to reconstruction that had taken place before the restaurant officially opened its doors to customers. It was originally white with a budget airline logo when it was transferred to the area, while the blue one is the most recent.

Keramas Aero Park

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Price: Rp. 45,000 – 85,000 (Approximately USD $3.02 – 5.71)
Address: Jl. By Pass Ida Bagus Mantra KM. 28, Keramas, Medahan, Blahbatuh, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm (Daily)
Contact: +62 361 4791830


32. Go Greek at the Slippery Stone Bali

Find yourselves in Greece when you visit Slippery Stone, a “Greek oasis” where patrons are welcomed to sit back and lounge in elegant Grecian comfort.

Its ethereal settings combine sculpted pillars reminiscent of old Greece, with a dash of greenery and modern comforts.

There’s even a garden ceiling that provides the perfect mix of ‘picnic under the setting sun’ – every nook and cranny of the restaurant screams picture perfect!

Moving on to the food, when in Greece, you can of course expect Greek cuisine! “Diverse and healthy”, enjoy an authentic taste of Greece as everything is homemade the traditional Greek way.

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If there’s one thing we love about Greek food, it’s how the simplest of ingredients can come together to create unexpectedly amazing flavours that explode on your tastebuds. From olive oil and olives, to lamb, beef and cheese, and homegrown greens, only quality ingredients are used!

All you need to know is that at Slippery Stone, one can definitely expect a hearty and delicious dinner surrounded by the beauty of Greece.

PS: For the health/weight conscious, no butter or fat is used in the cooking, and all of the meats are trimmed, making them very low in fat!

PPS: Every Sunday, be entertained as you dine with belly dancers, fire dancers and drag queens performing live!

Slippery Stone Bali

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Price: Rp. 80,000 – 300,000 (Approximately USD $5.47 – 20.50)
Address: JI.Batubelig, No.9N Seminyak, Bali
Opening hours: Daily, 6pm – 12am
Contact: +62 361 8465 999


Get a glimpse of true Balinese culture

Bali is now a melting pot of cultures with many international travellers who now call Bali their home. While you can eat diverse cuisines, admire international art, peruse cosmopolitan shops, don’t miss basking in the authentic and  traditional Balinese culture!

33. Visit the oldest Hindu temple, Pura Lempuyang

As the oldest Hindu temple in Bali, Pura Luhur Lempuyang is an amazing pre-historic religious temple complex that shares similar significance to Pura Besakih – the largest, holiest and most important Hindu temple in the whole island.

Perched on top of Bisbis Hill or Mount Lempuyang at Karangasem, this Hindu temple stands out due to its succession of 7 ascending temples along the mountain side.

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You will need to climb 1,700 steps to reach for the glorious views of valleys, a volcano, and the distant seas.

This epic combination and the temple itself will put you at a loss of words. With the perfect bird’s eye view – fire shots from your camera and we guarantee any angle will give you the same stunning results!

Pura Luhur Lempuyang

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Entrance fee: Based on donation. After reaching the parking area of the temple, it’s compulsory to take the local taxi to reach the temple. The taxi will cost Rp. 40,000 (approximately USD $2.74) per pax for a two-way trip.
Address: Bunutan, Seraya Bar., Kec. Karangasem, Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia. Coordinates here
Opening hours: 9am to 6pm

Note: Do note that you need to wear a sarong here. Bring your own or rent it onsite for Rp. 10,000 (approximately USD $0.66)

34. See a spiritual pillar atop a cliff at Uluwatu Temple

Perched high atop a 70-metre cliff, with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, the Uluwatu Temple is one of Bali’s best sea temples you can’t miss during your trip.

It’s one of the six key Balinese temples that help to ward off evil, but that’s not its winning point as a prime tourist destination.

Every day during sunset, crowds gather at the temple for a breathtaking view of the orange ocean reflecting the setting sun. And at that time, don’t forget to catch the Kecak dance performance at the temple.

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One of Bali’s most popular traditional dances, the spectacular Kecak dance makes use of fire and dance to present riveting stories to the audience. Sometimes, the performer is in so deep a trance that he can even kick hot charcoal without scalding his feet!

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How to get there: Pura Uluwatu is located in Pecatu Village, Kuta sub-district, Bandung regency about 25km south of Kuta and it usually takes an hour’s journey. A hired driver or post-pickup is recommended as public transport is unavailable. Coordinates here.

The perfect time to arrive at Uluwatu Temple would be at 4pm to give you ample time to get a good seat and a ticket for the Kecek Dance at Rp. 100,000 (USD $8.10).

The performance is held at Uluwatu Temple, with an entrance fee of Rp. 30,000 (USD $2). Sarongs will be provided for entry to the temple.

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35. Tap into your inner musician with Balinese Gamelan

Touted as the world’s biggest percussion orchestras, the Balinese Gamelan plays a huge part in the music and dance-centric Balinese culture.

A typical gamelan performance consists of bronze percussion instruments such as gongs and cymbals, and some varieties also include string instruments.

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Gamelan orchestras are actually extremely common in Bali, and can be found in any village who can afford it – so you can watch it anywhere!

Performances are also held during traditional ceremonies, festivals, and at most hotels in order to cater to tourists.

So next time you’re driving through a Balinese village, be sure to drop by one of these music clubs’ rehearsals!

Balinese Gamelan

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You can drop in on rehearsals and performances in villages at zero charge. The village of Peliatan, which is right next door from central Ubud, is particularly well-known for its gamelan and dance performances. Performances are held every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday, 7.30 pm, at the Balerung Stage.

Location: Jalan Peliatan (Br.Teruna Peliatan-Ubud), Gianyar, Bali 80571

You can also watch performances at the Puri Saren (Ubud) Palace at 7.30 pm every day. Street vendors begin selling tickets ( approximately $6) in the early afternoon, but if you go early, you might be able to get them at a better price!

Location: Jl. Raya Ubud, Ubud, Bali

36. Witness the ceremony that honors gods of war at a Makare-kare Festival

If you happen to visit Candidasa in June, you should make sure to participate in a ceremony known as Mekare-kare.

Also known as Perang Pandan, it’s an annual theatrical fight amongst Balinese men to honor the God of War as well as their ancestors.

This tradition is unique to the village of Tenganan, and the event lasts a month long. During this period, all villagers will dress in traditional Tenganan clothing.

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All males, from young to old, will participate in Mekare-kare by fighting with an opponent. Dressed in just a sarong, two men at a time fight on a central stage…armed with (surprisingly sharp-edged) Pandan leaves and straw shields.

The purpose of the ceremony is to draw blood from the opponent, so as to honor the God of War. As they fight, there will be a cacophony of sounds – the excited cheers of the other villagers, the native Gamelan music of the Tenganan village, and the grunts of the men fighting…

This match usually lasts less than a minute, and the next match continues until all the males in the village have participated.

Boys, if you’re feeling up for it, you can also participate. Otherwise, sitting amongst the villagers and cheering is also quite the experience!

After the ceremony, all the wounds are treated with traditional medicine – made from turmeric, ginger, coconut oil and other herbs – which the villagers believe to have powerful healing powers. (These Tenganese villagers have really preserved their ancient traditions well!)

During this festival, there is also a traditional ferris wheel made entirely out of wood for children to play with. If you have children, this would truly be an extraordinary experience for them. Afterall, how many of us can say we’ve sat on a handmade ferris wheel?

Making a visit to to the ancient village of Tenganan in June to experience one of the most exciting village customs will definitely be an enriching experience – as well as indelible memory that you will not be able to replicate elsewhere.

Tenganan village

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Price Range: Rp. 5,000 donation fee (or more if you’re feeling generous!) for entrance to the village
Getting There: The village is 4km from the turnoff at the western end of Candidasa, or a 90-minute drive from Ngurah Rai Airport. Coordinates here.
Address: Tenganan village, Manggis, Karangasem

37. Cleanse yourself in the holy waters of Tirta Empul (water temple)

If you want to purify yourself, be renewed and refreshed, head to the prominent Tirta Empul. It’s rumoured that the temple was built around AD 960, which means it has been around since the age of the Balinese Kingdom till today.

Tirta Empul literally means “holy spring water” in Balinese, referring to the spring that supplies water to the many baths and pools throughout the complex.

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There are firm rules that go along with self-cleansing (“melukat” in Balinese), so please ensure that you are aware of the proper rituals before you go. You can consult either your guide or ask a temple authority for instructions. Don’t worry though, many tourists enter the temple for this holy experience so you won’t be alone.

There are three types of cleaning. The first is cleansing oneself of evil spirits. The second is for good fortune, and the third is to purify and cleanse the body, and more importantly, the soul.

Tirta Empul (water temple)

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Entrance fee: Rp. 15,000 (approximately USD $1) for adults and Rp. 7,500 (approximately USD $0.50) for kids
Address: Jalan Tirta, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia. Coordinates here.
Opening hours: 8am to 5pm

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!

38. 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?

Trunyan village

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Entrance fee: Rp. 10,000 (approximately USD $0.66) for cemetery and Rp. 30,000 (approximately USD $2) for government tax
How to get there: You can get to Trunyan island via boat from the jetty at Lake Batur. Getting to Lake Batur takes around two hours drive to the northeast of Denpasar along the main road to Buleleng and through Bangli Regency. The boat ride takes around half an hour across the calm waters and you will have to pay an entrance fee of Rp. 12,000 (approximately USD $0.80) to enter the island.

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Tip: You can always negotiate with the boat men, but take note to ask them if that’s the final price, sometimes if you negotiate too low, the boat men will raise the price in the middle of the lake and threaten to leave you if you do not agree to his new price. Prepare some small change since most of the villagers like to ask for money from tourists.

If you are looking for someone to guide you into Trunyan village,  you can look for Putu Dalia at +6287860645395. He is a local guide who introduces the story of Trunyan village to visitors. Although he speaks a little english but he is friendly enough. He charges Rp. 750,000 (USD $57) for 5 people or Rp. 200,000 (USD $15) per person.


Thanks Nathan for the suggestion!

39. 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?

Taman Festival

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Getting There: Taman Festival is located along the JL. Pantai Padang Galak road in Sanur. It’s just a 7-min drive and 40-min walk up north from Sanur Beach. Coordinates here.

40. 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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How to get there: You can either take a 30-minute drive to Lake Batur (in Kintamani) from Ubud or join one of the many private tours to Lake Batur and Mount Batur. Tourist shuttle buses between southern Bali and Lovina stop off at Kintamani.
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41. 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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How to get there: The underwater temple can be found off the coast of Pemuteran Bay. Coordinates here.
Recommended tour to Pemuteran temple: Sea Rovers

It is recommended to get to the village of Pemuteran by car. Rides from major towns such as Kuta, Sanur and Nusa Dua will take around four hours. It is 20-minutes away from the Lovina Beach.

Taste authentic Balinese cuisine

Let’s bring it back to the heart of Balinese cuisine. Satay or Babi Guling (suckling pig) anyone?

42. 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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Price: Normal dishes from Rp. 63,000 – Rp. 125,000 (approximately USD $4.14 – USD $8.22), Royal Kingdom Feast from Rp. 750,000++ for 4 person (USD $49.35 ++)
Address: Jl. Bakung Sari, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Opening Hours: Daily, 6.30am – 12am
Contact: +62 361 751864
Halal?: Yes


43. 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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Address: Jl. Raya Munggu-Kapal, Cepaka, Kec. Kediri, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia. Coordinates here.
Opening Hours: 1pm – 7.30pm

Contact: +6281337854662
Price Range: From Rp. 30,000 (approximately USD $2)
Halal?: No

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?

44. 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.

Green Village

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Prices: Rp. 440,000 (approximately USD $28.92) for adults and Rp. 340,000 (approximately USD$22.35) for kids (5-12 years old)
Address: Jl. Tanah Ayu, Sibang Gede, Abiansemal, Badung Bali 80352 Indonesia
Contact: +62 811 3922254
Tour Timing: 12.30am to 1.30pm (only available on weekdays)

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45. 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.

Studio Perak

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Price: Rp. 400,000 (approximately USD $26.31) for a 3-hour workshop lesson
Address: JI. Hanoman, Ubud 80571, Gianyar, Bali
Contact: +62 812 3651 809
Opening Hours: Half Day Class Course from 9am to 12pm

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46. Learn to whip up Balinese cuisine at Pemulan Bali Farm Cooking School

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.

Pemulan Bali Farm Cooking School

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Prices: Rp. 400,000 per adult (USD $30) and Rp. 250,000 per child (USD $19)
Address: Banjar Patas, Taro, Ubud 80561, Indonesia
Contact: +62 821 4581 8191 / +62 812 3967 6797
Opening hours: Morning class from 7.30am to 2pm (with market visit), afternoon class from 12.30pm to 6pm (no market visit). Classes are available daily.


47. 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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Price: Rp. 450,000 (approximately USD $29.60) for a 5-hour workshop lesson
Address: Jl. Sriwedari No. 61 Br. Tegallantang, Ubud, Bali
Contact: +62 812 3835 2054
Opening Hours: Course starts from 10am to 3pm

Batik Popiler

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Price:  Rp. 200,000 (approximately USD $13.15) for batik class (reservation required)
Address: JL. Wr Supratman No. 306 Tohpati, Denpasar, Bali
Contact: [email protected]/ +62 361 463 597
Opening hours: 9am – 5pm

Embark on the ultimate adventure

48. 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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Price: Rp. 1,330,000 (approximately USD $95) for Bali Underwater Scooter & Ceningan Day Tour
Address: Jl. Setia Budi No.18, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9am to 6pm, Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Contact:+62 361 849 6222


49. 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.

Photo Via Erytriana_iie

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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Rate: From USD $260 per night (approximately Rp. 3,955,237)
Address: Jalan Dewi Saraswati, Banjar Tegalkuning, Bongkasa Pertiwi, Abiansemal, Badung Regency, Bali

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50. 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.

Photo Via TripCanvas,Angga-Photography

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.

Lovina Dolphin watching

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Price: Starts from Rp. 100,000 (approximately USD $6.57)

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51. 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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Prices: It’s recommended to hike Mount Batur with a knowledgeable guide who can confidently lead the way. Mount Batur tour package prices vary from company to company. Rates on average are Rp. 800,000 (approximately USD $60) for a group of three people.
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52. 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!

Photo Via Lucassparapane,Eledelbi

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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Surf lessons: From $50 (approximately Rp. 760,400) per person per day (Standard beginner surf course-2 hours session per day)
Surf Camp: From USD $952 (approximately Rp. 14,478,158)per week (including 2 meals per day, daily surf lessons, surf guides, and transfers to surf spots)
Address: Padang Padang, Jl Labuan Sait, Pecatu, Bali
Contact: +62 821 4781 2880


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

53. 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.

Photo Via Ibukubali,Lucky-Dewanta

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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Price: Available on enquiry (Permata Ayung only accepts private bookings on an exclusive basis.)
Address: Jl Raya Bongkasa, Banjar Tohpati, Desa Bongkasa, Badung
Contact: +62 361 849 4220 / +62 811 389 7780 (Email: [email protected])


54. 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.

Photo Via Mojo_minx

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.

Tjampuhan Spa

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Price: From Rp. 340,000 (Approximately USD $22.40) for 1- hour Traditional Balinese Massage
Address: Hotel Tjampuhan Spa, JL. Raya Campuhan, Ubud
Contact: +62 361 975368


Also read: 11 affordable luxury day spas in Bali with the best views

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.

55. 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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Price range: Rp 40,000 – 310,000 (approximately USD $3 – 23). Minimum spend entry requirement is Rp. 200,000 per pax (approximately USD $13.10)
Address: Jalan Pantai Batu Mejan, Gang La Brisa Echo Beach, Canggu, Kuta Utara
Badung, Bali 80361
Contact: +62 811 3946666
Opening hours: Daily, 7am to 11pm


56. 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.

Photo Via Daviddepe

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!

Azul Beach Club

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Price Bintang Beer: Rp. 45.000 (Approximately USD $ 3.40)
Price Range Food (mains): Rp 110.000 – 345.000 (Approximately $ 8.30 – $26)
Sunday BBQ Brunch: Rp. 250.000 (Approximately $ 18.60, including free-flow soft drinks, Kids go at half price)
Address: Jl. Padma No.2, Legian, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
Contact: phone:+62 361 765759, email: [email protected]
Opening hours: Daily, 7am to 11pm


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.

57. 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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Price: USD $55 (approximately Rp. 836,976) for adults, USD $27.50 (approximately Rp. 418,488) for children from 4 years to 12 years
Embarkation Address: Jalan Dermaga 2 Pelabuhan Benoa, Pedungan, South Denpasar, Denpasar City, Bali
Opening hours: Session 1, 5.15pm – 7.30pm; Session 2, 7.45pm – 10pm (Open daily)
Contact: +62 361 721212, +62 89 642 441 835


58. 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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Price: Rp. 10,000 (approximately USD $0.66)
Address: Pantai Jasri, Subagan, Karangasem, Subagan, Karangasem, Karangasem, Bali. Coordinates here
Contact: +62 813 3701 2121
Opening hours: 9am to 5pm


59. 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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Cost: No entrance fee, Rp. 150,000 (approximately USD $9.86) for baby turtle adoption
Location: Jl. Tukad Punggawa, Denpasar Selatan, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80229
Phone: +62 813 3849 0357
Opening hours: 9am to 5pm


60. 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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Entrance fee: Rp. 20,000 (approximately USD 1.50)
Contact: +62 812 3629 7088
Location: Mertasari Beach, Sanur. Coordinates here.
Opening hours: 9am to 7pm


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!

61. 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?

Naya Ubud

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Prices: From USD $580 (approximately Rp. 8,824,961) for a 3 Day 2 Night Private Retreat
Address: Jalan Raya Sayan, Gang Puskesmas Ubud II Banjar Kutuh, Desa Sayan, Ubud 80571 Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 975 775

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62. 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!

Jungle Room

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Prices: From USD $100 per night (approximately Rp. 1,521,545) for Ethnic wooden house for 2 people
Address: Jalan Raya Uma Buluh 14
Contact: +62 812-3969-6629
Email[email protected]

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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!

63. 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?

Photo Via Aharisafandi,Wayanyudistira

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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Price: Rp. 220,000 (approximately USD $14.45) ++ per pax
Address: Jalan Pantai Purnama (Purnama Beach) Sukawati, Gianjar
Opening hours: Afternoon tea from 4pm – 6pm
Contact: +62 361 8493706


64. 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.

W Retreat & Spa

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Price: Afternoon tea package from Rp 165.000 per pax (Approximately USD $11.8)
Contact: + 62 361 3000 106
Address: Jl Petitenget, Keroboken, Seminyak, Denpassar, Bali 80361 Indonesia
Opening Times: 2.30pm to 5pm


65. 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.

Cloud Cakes, Denpasar

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Price: Rp. 10,000 – Rp. 100,000 (approximately USD $0.66 – $6.57)
Address: Dessert Cafe Level 21 Mall, Teuku Umar – Ground floor
ContactCloud Cakes’ Line!/ +62 361 300 3188
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm


66. 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!

Living stone Bakery

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Prices: Mains from Rp. 40,000 – Rp. 195,000 (Approximately USD $2.85 – $13.91); Drinks from Rp. 22,000 – Rp. 40.000 (Approximately USD $1.57 – $2.85)(the nutella cake is Rp. 55,000 or approximately USD $3.62)
Address: Jl. Petittenget no. 88X, Kerobokan, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 473 5949
Opening hours: Daily, 7 am – 10 pm


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!

67. 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!

Lazy Cats Cafe

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Price: Rp. 25,000 – Rp. 250,000 (Approximately USD $1.64 – 16.40)
Address: Jl. Raya Ubud No.23, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali (end of main road direction to museum blanco)
Contact: +62 812 4652 4975
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8am – 6pm


68. 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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Price: Rp. 13,000 – 160,000 (Approximately USD $0.85 – 10.50)
Address: Jalan Gautama Selatan, Ubud – Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 811 3991 718 email: [email protected]
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 7:00 am – 22:00 pm


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!

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