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

Versi Bahasa Indonesia: https://indonesia.tripcanvas.co/id/bali/tempat-wisata/

Do you have a bucket list?

Watch the sunset on the Eiffel Tower – checked. Paraglide over the hills in Nepal – checked. What else do you want to fulfill?

Though every country has its own specialties you must definitely try before you hit the bucket, did you know that you can actually find dozens of unique attractions just in Bali alone?

Yes, and this hinges on Bali’s fascinating culture, and a penchant for harbouring some of the strangest things in the world.

From testing your courage across deep ravines, a visit to the island of the dead or simply enjoying a day or two in some of the strangest villas ever built – it’s time to get all geared up and explore our 32 exciting suggestions!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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Non-mainstream places with dreamy scenic beauty

Considering the incredible natural beauty of Bali, it seems that most scenic spaces have gone mainstream. This might have happened to you before – you arrive at a panoramic destination, only to find that it’s overrun with tourists.

Tired of having to jostle with the crowd for your selfie moments and don’t want to visit another location where everyone else is there and chattering on? Shhhh.. Here’s three scenic places that most tourists don’t know about!

4. 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!

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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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Sarang Burung – Air Terjun Cinta Wanagiri

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5. 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?

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6. 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!

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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).

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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?

7. 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.

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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 (From USD $177 per night)

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8. 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.

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

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9. Swim into bed at Villa Laksmana II

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.

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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!

10. 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!

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11. Sailor Sundays: Sea Vu Play

Looking for something fun during the weekend? How about a vibrant Sunday market full of beach vibes and buzzing crowds?  There’s music, fun activities, and yummy food to gorge on at Sea Vu Play’s Sunday Markets, organised by the restaurant.

And did we say the magic word – shopping!

Just check Sea Vu Play’s website to find out which Sundays the market is scheduled to be held (usually it is held on every other Sunday), and you’re all set with a happy weekend plan! The nautical vibes are strong and the mood is chilled out. Doors open from 2pm – 8pm, but 3pm’s the perfect time to hit the market when the DJ starts playing and the crowd starts pouring in!

Sip on a margarita and browse through the numerous stalls selling swimwear, beachwear, jewellery and men’s and women’s fashion. You have endless choices, from international to local brands. It’s the perfect place to pick up some fresh beach-ready dresses!

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You can even get tattoos or have your fortunes read. Come your friends, or bring the family along – there’s plenty of activities for the kids too!

P.S. Your little girls will love the mermaid tails they can purchase from one of the stalls!

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12. 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.

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13. 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!

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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!

14. 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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15. 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.

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16. 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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Do afternoon tea like the queen (or king)!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Standing Stones Restaurant at The Royal Purnama

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18. 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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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.

19. Float on the sea at Puri Santrian Bar

If the stunning view of the sea from the beachfront Puri Santrian Bar by the Sea is not enough for you, you can try this:

Swim out to laze on a floating platform in the middle of the ocean, right after you’re done with your drink.

You’ll be the envy of all the other holidaymakers.

Puri Santrian Bar

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20. 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.

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21. 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!

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22. Honey bears + awesome chocolate!: Pod Chocolate Factory and Cafe

Yes, honey bears are predators and it sounds crazy to want to hug them, but this impossible feat is actually possible at the Pod Chocolate Factory and Cafe.

The factory was set up by Australian Toby Garritt, in pursuit of the way to create the best chocolate in the world. He’s slowly but surely approaching his goal, considering the raving reviews that his chocolates have received.

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If you visit the factory, located within an elephant camp, you’ll be brought on a tour detailing how cocoa beans are harvested, and later made into chocolate. If you want to, you can even try making your own chocolate!

And yes, you get to hug one of the three honey bears that live on the premises after being rescued from hunters. No, you won’t lose your head, and it only costs US$10.

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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.

23. 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!

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24. Treat yourself to a jungle retreat at Royal Tulip Saranam

From every room at the Royal Tulip Saranam, 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!

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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?

25. 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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26. 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!

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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!

27. 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.

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28. 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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29. Find the gypsies at La Laguna

On that eclectic note, you’ve gotta check out this newly opened cafe that’s a 10 minute drive away from Seminyak, in Canggu.

La Laguna is simply electric in its boheme decor and all around stunning backdrop. (Gypsy caravans, anyone?)

Set right in front of the beach with its sapphire waters and white sands, this cafe has a cool mixture of quirky and organic – with bright pops of coloured plush fabric mixed with textured wood furnishings.

Photo Via Tracy_komlos,Thewanderfullylost,Chasuhe

It’s probably going to be the new ‘in’ place to get shots to meet your Instagram quota with beautifully quaint gypsy caravans available for you to explore and take photos with.

Apart from the look and feel of this amazing new cafe, the food here will satisfy the foodie in you too. Treat yourselves to a yummy La Laguna Breeze Cocktail, and satisfy your hunger with tapas from the tapas menu!

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Lastly, there are peacocks roaming the area, so do be careful to stay safe around these beautiful wild birds.

La Laguna

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Bliss out in nature at these hidden scenic spots

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!

30. 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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31. 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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32. 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.

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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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33. 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.

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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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34. 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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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!

35. 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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36. 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!

Uluwatu Temple

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37. 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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38. 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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39. 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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40. 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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Next: No. 41 – 77 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!

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.

14 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.

14 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.

20 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

 

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

77 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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