Written by Alya Maisarah
Co-written by Elsa Marie, Beverley Lennon, Jiayi Ng, Laura Jodoin
Edited by Candice Neo
We know, there are so many exciting things to do in Bali, sometimes it’s tough to know where to start!
You might have heard of some must-visit attractions, such as Uluwatu Temple, Tanah Lot Temple, Instagrammable majestic waterfalls, or even popular restaurants where you can indulge in Babi Guling (Bali’s signature suckling pig), many of which hinge on Bali’s fascinating culture and creativity.
Over here, we will be leaving out many overhyped well-known places and instead, we will share with you some of the most unique and spectacular things to do, some of which you might not even have heard of unless you have a local friend! So whether it’s your first or nth time in Bali, you will definitely have new places to check out on your upcoming trip! 😉
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 most unique villas ever built, it’s time to get all geared up and explore these extraordinary things to do in Bali!
Psst.. If this is your first trip to Bali, don’t forget to check out our Bali accommodation guide which gives you a breakdown on which areas you should stay in based on your profile and needs!
Here’s a quick overview (Table of content)
Tap sections below to scroll to the relevant section
Scenic places and nature wonders
Restaurants with gorgeous views
Adventurous and fun things to do in Bali
Best infinity pools
Creatively unique accommodation
Best hidden beaches
Stays with spectacular views
Thrilling theme parks!
Spooky and abandoned places
Authentic Balinese cuisine
Spas with stunning views
Family things to do
Yoga retreats with panoramic views
Best time to travel to 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 | Kuta | Uluwatu, Jimbaran and Ungasan (Bukit Peninsula) | Nusa Dua | Canggu | Sanur
Central Bali: Ubud
East Bali: Candidasa & Amed
North Bali: Lovina, Bedugul, Banjar etc
West Bali: Menjangan islands, Singaraja etc
Islands near Bali
Nature wonders and scenic places
If you’re dreaming of Bali from your desk, you might imagine heavenly waterfalls, endless flora, and impressive natural landscapes.
The best part – we’re recommending gorgeous hidden ones so you don’t need to squeeze with hordes of tourists!
1. A staircase to a slice of heaven at Gembleng Waterfall
Gembleng Waterfall is truly a rare one-of-its-kind waterfall in Karangasem.
With three small natural pools, it’s very refreshing to take a dip here and soak in the stunning greens of Bali.
Gembleng Waterfall is easily accessible by car or bike. You would then need to walk down some steps for around 5 minutes before reaching the waterfall. There’s no entrance fee but donations are collected – so you can give any amount you wish.
The place can be crowded, so come in the mornings to fully enjoy the waterfall.
Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit and a change of attire too!
Address: Tri Eka Buana, Sidemen, Karangasem Regency, Bali 80864, Indonesia
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 7am – 5pm
Want to escape sunny Bali for a while and find something unique to do as a couple in Bali? Head up to Taman Edelweiss Bali for a cool breeze!
Edelweis Garden is a field of white flowers at the foot of Mt. Agung. You don’t want to miss this dreamy garden while you’re in Karangasem.
The garden extends wide so you can spend hours walking around as a sedentary activity with your loved ones. Best for walking, talking and taking photos! This place is very suitable for families too.
There are many Instagramable spots for your photo ops. Many couples have done photoshoots here as the whole area offers a serene and romantic atmosphere.
The journey up is winding but the blanket of white flowers and the cool mountain breeze makes it all worth it. We recommend visiting during May to June for the best weather – it’s generally sunny throughout the day.
Address: JFJ7+9F3, Besakih, Rendang, Karangasem Regency, Bali 80863, Indonesia. Coordinates here.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 8am-6pm
3. 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 to view 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. 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
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
4. 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.
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
Entrance fee: From Rp. 150,000 (Approximately USD $10) including a guide Check rate on Klook
Address: Desa Guwang, Kecamatan Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582. Coordinates here
5. Phenomenal Views of Mount Agung and Amed Beach at Lahangan Sweet
Located in Kabupaten Karangasem, Lahangan Sweet is an incredible viewpoint for both sunrise and sunset! Mount Agung majestically stands towards the east side of this viewpoint. On the west side, you can also see Amed Beach!
The view is nothing short of heavenly. The sceneries are akin to paintings coming to life – especially when you are on the swing!
You can even camp here! Be sure to bring your own camping equipment as there are no camping rentals available. A sunrise camping experience sounds like an exciting trip!
For the best experience, be sure to come on a sunny day for clear skies. Otherwise, clouds tend to roll in and completely cover up the view.
While getting there, you will need to drive through narrow steep roads, so bikes are not advisable. You would also have to hike up about 800m to the viewpoints. There are also local motorbike services that you can take for about Rp. 80,000 (to and fro) if you don’t feel like hiking.
Pro-tip: Visit early in the morning to avoid the crowd!
Entrance fee: Rp. 30,0000 (approximately USD $1.91)
Address: Banjar Dinas Gulinten, Bunutan, Kec. Abang, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 6am – 8pm
6. Visit Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida, the Maldives of 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 find a slice of heaven!
Nusa islands are a bit more rustic than the main island of Bali. It’s amazing for island-hopping and those who like off-the-beaten-path adventures. A day trip won’t be enough so we have selected the most stunning private pool villas in the Nusa Islands so you can take your time!
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.
However, the Devil’s Tears cove can be dangerous as the area is known for violent waves crashing on rocks. Be sure to stay away from wet rocks and keep a safe distance from the crashing waves. Accidents, dissapearancse and even deaths had occured here before.
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.
When you’re in Nusa Penida, go snorkelling or scuba diving 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.
Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida
Tours and car charters in Nusa islands:
Nusa Penida Cruise by Quicksilver Bali
Day Tour in Nusa Penida from Bali
Nusa Penida Private Car Charter
7. Connect to Your Inner Child by getting on the Lemukih Waterslide!
This is where all water fun begins!
A simple pleasure of sliding down into a natural pool in Lemukih Village is enough the make the trip here worth while! At the waterslide, you can slide down on your own, together with friends and even with the owner!
There would not be any safety gears like lifejackets or helmets if you wish to slide down. But you will be provided with a tire so you won’t be hurt sliding down the rocks. Generally it is safe, some people go with their kids but be prepared for some bumps along the way.
While getting there, you might come across scammers who try to claim that they are the “tour guides” for the waterslides. They might attempt to charge you ridiculous rates, when the real entrance fee is just Rp. 20,0000. So be careful!
This place is about 2 hours from Canggu, and it’s not over-touristy so you can enjoy some time away from the crowd. It is also a trek away to the magnificent Sekumpul Waterfall.
If you get hungry after all the fun, there’s a warung nearby too.
Who knew that a natural waterslide can be so fun?
Entrance fee: Rp. 20,0000 (approximately USD $1.27)
Address: Sudaji, Sawan, Buleleng Regency, Bali 81171, Indonesia
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 8am-5pm
Contact: +62 821-4432-6721
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!
8. Fine dining in an actual historical cave: The Cave
The Cave restaurant at The Edge Bali is a unique presence on its own. Coupled with its mysterious ambience, delicious fine dining dishes and over-the-top hospitality, this restaurant simply completes an out-of-this-world experience.
There is a shuttle service to transport you to the restaurant when you’ve reached the hotel. Upon entering, you will be greeted with a dramatic entrance and led down a spiral stairway.
This is when you will enter an actual cave (with natural rock formations and everything)!
The meal courses are prepared by Chef Ryan Clift, an award-winning chef known for his progressive, avant-garde cuisine and equally inventive cocktails. Besides the exquisite menu, you will also be entertained by interludes projected on the cave’s natural walls while you dine.
It’s the perfect place for a romantic dinner. Some say the whole experience was surreal! Why don’t you try it for yourself?
The Cave at The Edge Bali
Price: From Rp1,400,000 (approximately USD $86) for a 7-course menu Website
Address: The Edge, Jl. Pura Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin, Pecatu, Kec. Kuta Selatan, Kab. Badung, Bali.
Contact: +62 361 8470 700
Opening Hours: Lunch: 12.30 – 2.30pm (Wednesdays to Sundays), Dinner: 5.30 – 7.30pm, Dinner second seating: 9pm – 11pm. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the 9pm seating is a 10-course set menu. Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
9. Have your sunrise coffee with Bali’s 3 iconic mountain peaks at Ritatkala Cafe
Early risers, if you love chasing sunrises at scenic spots, Ritatkala cafe is for you.
The cafe is open from 6am – so be sure to come early to enjoy the sunrise over Mount Batur.
The area is designed with white, wood and stone aesthetics, with an open, airy concept to the whole area.
They serve up delicious Western cuisine, but must importantly, a premium panoramic view. You are able to catch 3 mountain peaks (Mount Batur, Mount Abang and Mount Agung) in 1 sightline! Not to mention overlooking the ever-sparkling Lake Batur as well.
It is undoubtedly an unforgettable experience as you sip a hot beverage in the chilly mountains overlooking an astounding view at Ritatkala Cafe.
However, it can get crowded during peak hours and weekends, and you might have to wait for your food and take turns to snap the most IG-worthy shots from their front row seats. So you know what to do if you want to avoid the crowd and have the view (almost) all to yourself!
Price: From Rp.45,000 (approximately USD $3) per person Website
Address: Jl. Raya Kintamani, Batur Sel., Kec. Kintamani, Kabupaten Bangli, Bali 80652, Indonesia
Contact: +62 819 9943 7179
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 6am – 6pm, Sat – Sun 6am – 7pm
10. 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.
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 international and domestic visitors!
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
Prices: Pizza from Rp. 65,000 (approximately USD $4.90) Website
Address: Jl. Batu Luwih Kawan No.43, Jatiluwih, Penebel, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82152, Indonesia
Contact: +62 815-5852-6545 / +62 817 356 609 (WhatsApp)
Opening hours: Daily, 9am to 6pm
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 at these fun one-day workshops?
11. 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.
Take a tour of the village to learn more about this amazing eco project. Visit the bamboo factory and see bamboo being harvested, treated and crafted into building materials and furniture.
The Green School is where you can turn your hand to model workshops, building and joinery classes, and so much more.
Got green fingers and would love to find out more gardening tips and tricks? Stop by the Kul Kul farm to learn the art of permaculture and sustainable farming.
If you are blown away by what the village has to offer, you can always look at staying in one of the beautiful houses. They are all available to rent for the week, so you can wake up in the village every morning.
Prices: Rp. 250,000 (approximately USD $15.90) for adults and Rp. 200,000 (approximately USD$12.70) for kids (5-12 years old). Price is inclusive of lunch. Website
Address: Jl. Tanah Ayu, Sibang Gede, Abiansemal, Badung Bali 80352 Indonesia
Contact: +62 811 3922254
Tour Timing: 12pm to 1.30pm (only available on weekdays)
12. Design silver jewellery like a Balinese silversmith
Owned by Pak Ketut, locally run jewelry business Studio Perak boasts the making of stunning, contemporary art pieces inspired by nature.
Constituting of silver as well as semi precious stones, you can be sure that these Balinese treasures are as fine as they get!
In addition to selecting a piece for you to take home from Ubud, this unique technique of Balinese Silversmithing is also generously passed on to all willing customers/students.
Alternatively, you can also check out Ganeca Silver which owned by Puriana. Here, you can get a special tour to his village Batuan, where he learnt traditional balinese silversmithing techniques.
So relax and learn a new skill in an inspiring environment with the friendly professionals of Studio Perak and Ganeca Silver.
Price: Rp. 450,000 (approximately USD $29.04) for a 3-hour workshop, inclusive of 5 grams of silver Website
Address: Jl.Hanoman Ubud No. 15, Gianyar, Indonesia, Bali
Contact: +62 812 3651 809
Opening Hours: Half Day Class Course from 9am to 12pm
Price: Rp. 450,000 (approximately USD $29.04) for 3-hour workshop, inclusive of 10 grams of silver, soft drink and fresh towel Website
Address: Samarana 1, Br. Lantang idung, Batuan, Sukawati, Gianyar Regency, Bali 80582, Indonesia
Contact: +62 813 3808 4143 / +62 815-5814-0743
13. 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!
Vegetarian and vegan menus are available too.
Pemulan Bali Farm Cooking School
Prices: From Rp. 450,000 per adult (USD $30) Website
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.
14. Make Indonesian batik!
As you walk around in Bali, you may notice some of the locals wearing bright, beautifully-patterned sarongs and shirts. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this print, it’s called batik.
Known as an ancient art form for many Indonesians, batik is made with wax and plant-based dye. There are two ways to apply the wax to cotton to create a batik design.
One method entails draping cloth over a frame and subsequently drawing with a canting (a copper and often bamboo-handled spout). The canting is dipped in heated wax and applied to the material as you draw out the print you desire.
The alternative method utilizes a stamping tool which simplifies the batik-making process. With the cloth on a table, the copper stamper is submerged in hot wax and ironed onto the fabric. This way, the design may be repeated for other garments at a much more efficient speed.
There are a few places on the island that teach how to make batik. Widya Batik in Gianyar (which receives particularly good reviews from guests) and Batik Popiler in Denpasar are two options you can consider.
Price: Rp. 450,000 (approximately USD $29.60) for a 5-hour workshop lesson Website
Address: Jl. Sriwedari No. 61 Br. Tegallantang, Ubud, Bali
Contact: +62 812 3835 2054
Opening Hours: Course starts from 10am to 3pm
Price: Rp. 350,000 (approximately USD $22.45) for batik class (reservation required) Website
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
15. Explore Bali on Quad Bike at Kuber Bali Adventure
ATV rides by waterfalls anyone?
If you are keen to have a little adrenaline fix, Kuber Bali Adventure is the place to go.
You will be riding through a village, rice fields and into the jungle where you ride through cave tunnels and by waterfalls. A perfect combo for thrill seekers who enjoy beautiful sceneries.
Boots and helmets are provided but do bring a showecap as the equipments can be damp after being used by many customers prior to your turn. Pack a change of clothes as the whole experience can by really messy – which makes it all the more fun!
After all the fun, a simple lunch will be provided. The lunch is included in the ticket price. Get your thrill-seeking friends together for a adventurous day!
Kuber Bali Adventure
Price: Rp. 750,000 (approximately USD $48) Check Rate on Klook Check rate on Traveloka
Address: Br Bayad, Melinggih Kelod, Kec. Payangan, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80572, Indonesia
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 8am – 3pm
Contact: +62 822 3749 8024 / +62 813 3922 3017 / +62 878 6036 8017
16. 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.
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
Price: From Rp. 65,000 (approximately USD $4.57)Check Rate on Klook
17. 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.
Read all about our Mount Batur sunrise hike experience here.
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.
Prices: Generally from Rp. 470,000 (approximately USD $30) per person. It’s recommended to hike Mount Batur with a knowledgeable guide who can confidently lead the way.Check Rate on Klook
18. 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!
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.
This surf camp also offers great packages for couples, with complimentary surf lessons, transportation, and even two meals a day!
Padang Padang Surf Camp
Surf lessons: From USD $42 (approximately Rp. 550,400) per person per day (Standard beginner surf course-2 hours session per day) Website
Surf Camp: From USD $567 (approximately Rp. 8,918,158) per two weeks (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 4642 4734 / +62 821 4781 2880
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.
19. 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.
These dramatic 180-degree ocean views extend all the way to your rooms. Isn’t it therapeutic to sip a cocktail while gazing out at the endless deep blue vistas ahead?
Your villa has a private plunge pool and personalised butler service, so you will be pampered from head to toe!
The Edge, Bali
Rates: 1 Bedroom ocean view villa starts from USD $698 (approximately Rp. 10,989,940) Check Rate on Agoda Check rate on Booking.com
Dining at One Eighty: Adults – Rp 400,000 per person (approximately USD $26.25, includes Rp. 300,000 Food & Beverage credit); Children (4-11 years) – Rp. 200,000 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
20. 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 clouds, that partially shields the surrounding coffee plantation from your sight.
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.
What better place to spend some quiet and romantic moments with your loved one?
Munduk Moding Plantation
Rates: Deluxe suite starts from USD $124 (approximately Rp. 1,950,000) Check Rate on Agoda Check rate on Booking.com
Day pass (without pool access): Rp. 500,000 (approximately USD $35.32), including a 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 a welcome drink, 2-course lunch and access to all hotel facilities, including pool for 1 hour.
Address: Jalan Raya Asah Gobleg, Banjar Dinas Asah, Desa Gobleg, Kecamatan Banjar, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali, 81152, Indonesia
Contact: +62 811 385 059 (WhatsApp) / +62 811 3810 123
21. Where a volcano replaces buildings on the skyline – Villa Patal Kikian Sidemen
Villa Patal Kikian Sidemen lets you enjoy an extra special dip. It features an outdoor infinity pool with the best view of the imposing Mount Agung. If we were you, we’d start your morning off with a stroll in the Balinese gardens of the resort for a burst of fresh, fragrant morning air before beginning your day.
This villa is tailor-made for those who want a place with incredible beauty and serenity, but far away from the hustle and bustle of nightclubs and traffic jams. And if you’re hoping for a little daytime getaway from the hotel grounds, just sign up for a tour of Besakih – the Mother Temple of Bali!
Villa Patal Kikian Sidemen
Rates: From USD $111 (Approximately Rp. 1,766,000) per night Check rate on Booking.com
Address: Jl. Raya Sinduwati, Sinduwati, Sidemen, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80864
Contact: +62 812 3706 2602
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 waking up to free-roaming animals in a safari?
22. 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.
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
Rates: From USD $130 a night (approximately Rp. 2,034,486) Check Rate on Agoda Check rate on Booking.com
Address: Jl. Bypass Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra Km. 19,8 Gianyar 80551 – Bali
Contact: +62 361 479 1800
23. A glamping gem for everyone – Natya River Sidemen, Karangasem
Ever want to camp near mother nature… but you’re not one who can sleep in tents and on sleeping bags? Natya River Sidemen got you!
You can have the camping experience without actually camping. The glamping site is situated near a river stream – so it’s best to opt for the Hammock Glamping to be nearest to it! These tents have their own bathroom too.
If you want to experience real camping in a tent, don’t worry, Natya got that covered as well.
What makes the stay here even more unique is that their dining and chill areas are designed around and over water features.
You can even experience river tubing down the stream!
Have a picnic by the stream during the day and chill by bonfires at night – the vibes are immaculate for an escape and you can have a restful getaway with family and friends.
This glamping experience is the escape you never knew you needed!
Natya River Sidemen
Rates: From USD $13 (Approximately Rp. 198,488) Check Rate on Agoda Check rate on Booking.com
Address: Jl. Pura Dalam Banjar dinas, Jl. Wangsean – Klungah, Wismakerta, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80864
Contact: +62 821 4636 5541
24. Walking on the clouds – Private Jet Villa, Uluwatu
This plane hotel has been generating so much buzz on social media, even before it is officially open.
The first of its kind, Private Jet Villa is a 2BR villa with a lounge area to complete the expensive experience. Just like having your very own private jet, this villa creates the perfect ambience of classy, swanky and beyond.
Nestled on top of a cliff in Uluwatu, it is truly as though you are in the sky, living your best life. The view is nothing short of stunning. You can walk on the jet’s wing overlooking the Indian Ocean and simply enjoy the outstanding view.
We must say that this is perfect for adrenaline junkies who appreciate a touch of luxury.
Although the exact location and contact are not revealed yet, you can reserve your spot in advance here.
Private Jet Villa, Uluwatu
25. This oceanfront glamping is the latest Bali secret that’s going viral – Bali Beach Glamping, Tabanan
You’d tend to forget that you’re lounging in a tent when you’re at Bali Beach Glamping. True to its name, this establishment brings out the glam in glamping.
The highlight of this establishment is how close it is to the beach and also paddy fields! You can enjoy the best of Bali in one place. It’s currently trending among Indonesians on social media, but not as known in the international community – yet!
Bali Beach Glamping is never short of things to do because you can take an ATV down the beach or even do horse riding! Adults and kids alike can enjoy a quick dip in their oceanfront pool. If you don’t feel like swimming, you can just soak in the sun by the deck.
On top of that, they have a spa massage service overlooking the serene paddy fields as your view.
Their warm hospitality and comfort makes you want to bring your family here over and over again!
Bali Beach Glamping
Rates: From USD $44 (Approximately Rp. 685,762) Check Rate on Traveloka Check Rate on Agoda Check Rate on Booking.com
Address: Jl. Kebo Iwa Jl. Batu Tampih Kangin No.Banjar, Pangkung Tibah, Kec. Kediri, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82121, Indonesia
Contact: +62 812 8001 5758
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!
26. Tribal and brass home decor – Kara Home Living
There’s something about the way villas, hotels, and your favourite Canggu cafes are decorated. It’s boho, charming, and it’s (for lack of a better word) just so “Bali”. It’s no wonder that when it comes to interior design, more and more people are turning to Bali as their source of inspiration!
Now you can bring back a piece of decor that will transform an area in your home into the Bali that you experienced and grew to love. Kara Home Living is the perfect place to pick up a few of these trinkets.
Rattan placemats will remind you of that one sunset you experienced whilst having dinner overlooking a pristine beach, and woven baskets will remind you of the endless rows of paddy fields you encountered. The ultimate memoir!
Kara Home Living
Address: Jalan Tangkuban Perahu NO 301, Kerobokan Kelod. Bali. Indonesia 80361 Website
Contact: +62 85 33 88 33 88 9
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm. Closed on Sunday.
27. Test your haggling skills at The Flea Market Bali
Looking to support local businesses in Bali? Head over to the Flea Market near Seminyak Square.
It is an open-air market where you can find clothes, bags and many other trinkets for keepsakes from your Bali trip. But beyond these, yummy pastries, drinks and even healthy food are available too!
The vendors here are eager but they are not aggressive if this is one of your concerns. This market has an overall welcoming vibe, and there’s even warungs for you (or your bored partner) to relax in between shopping!
The prices here can be on the high side but you can always bargain down to a lower, fairer price. Don’t be afraid to haggle down to ⅓ of the price!
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 unexplored beaches where you can enjoy the peace and quiet of a private island!
28. Discover an isolated island that’s ever-changing: Gili Putih
The best time to visit Gili Putih is early in the morning at sunrise or in the evening at sunset as you can relish beautiful sky colours and enjoy the change in tides!
Best yet if you can stay from sunrise to sunset to fully contemplate on how different the scenery is throughout the whole day! From the island, you can even enjoy magical views of the nearby West Bali National Park.
Now, this is the ideal location if, just like me, you hate crowded beaches at golden hours! And if you’re wondering how to reach the island in time for Mother Nature’s show, do not worry as locals at Bangsal Harbour will be more than happy to help you out with a boat ride!
Gili Putih Sumberkima
Getting there: If you’re coming from South Bali, drive up northwest of the island to Bangsal Harbour. The drive will take approximately 4 hours and this is where you’ll be able to rent a boat for approximately Rp. 400,000 (per boat for 5 persons). Directions here (from Kuta to Bangsal Harbour)
29. Cliff jump in the sunset – Jimbaran Panorama Point (Honeymoon Beach)
Jump into the sunset… literally!
About 250 metres before Tegal Wangi Beach, you park in a thicket and walk through some brush and a dirt path before coming out onto the coolest little cliff. This spot is perfect for a thrilling cliff jump, barbeque and sunset get together.
Take your friends, some coconut coals and get down on the best secret spot ever! Private and low key, you and your friends can set up a grill, bring the meats and coconuts for a full-on cliff party.
With a clifftop that juts above the water at about 4 metres high, the most adventurous can take the plunge into the ocean below, and take an easy swim back to land.
If you’re not up for such a huge adrenaline rush, simply sit back and relax as nature demonstrates its beauty in the form of a magnificent water blow.
Jimbaran Panorama Point (Honeymoon Beach)
Address: Jimbaran, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia. Coordinates here.
Getting there: On the way to Tegal Wangi, pull off into the first thicket on your left. Hike through the bush for about 15 minutes until you come out onto the cliff!
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.
30. Be your own mixologist at The Mailroom Bali
The Mailroom is a speakeasy that offers a fun and creative experience while you’re here. The overall concept is very unique and exclusive.
For starters, since seats are limited – you will need to make reservations in order to get an entrance key and its location.
Upon entering, you will have to unlock the entrance with a key from a dedicated mailbox. The mailbox number will be given to you when you make your reservations.
Each unique cocktail is made for you upon order in an interactive experience. You get to watch the mixologists prepare delicious and unique concoctions on the spot. You can even get behind the bar and make your own! And it is safe to say that you would enjoy the taste of the cocktails just as much as the process of making them.
Its cozy vintage interior decor would make you feel like you just returned to the era of the Great Gatsby.
Do also note that the speakeasy is a smoking environment, so if you are not comfortable, you might want to come earlier to avoid the crowd.
All in all, the Mailroom is a fun but intimate experience – perfect for special occasions!
The Mailroom Bali
Address: Jl. Pantai Berawa No.7, Tibubeneng, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia Website
Opening Hours: Wed-Mon, 7pm till late
Contact: +62 812-1100-8614 (WhatsApp). Reservations are required.
31. Get lost in a magical lore at Camelot Restaurant by Merlin’s Magic
It feels like Hogwarts comes to life here at Merlin’s Magic – a wizard’s narrative in the form of jewelry shop, restaurant and bar club (hidden in one of their bookshelves)!
Upon entering, you will be greeted with their jewellery shop where you can purchase amulets, crystals and perfumes.
On the second floor, the magical culinary experience begins. Their theatrics and elegance curated in the ambience, live music, food and services are what make this bar so memorable!
Another special thing about Merlin’s Magic is they incorporate fashionable trends into their cuisines. Each dish has their own distinct taste and design. It’s a feast for the eyes as well! They are also known for their signature cocktails with a burst of aromatic scents and flavours.
Every little detail will amaze you here. Some say that the atmosphere is out-of-this-world!
Price: Mains from Rp. 150,000 (approximately USD $9.20) Website
Address: Jl. Raya Pengosekan Ubud No.108, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 2pm-10pm
Contact: +62 813-7310-1037
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.
32. Like in Switzerland – Lake Garden Bali
There can be few views as the ones offered at Lake Garden Bali – another IG-worthy stay that’s going viral right now among Indonesians.
Sitting right on the shores of Lake Batur, the stay offers exclusive access to one of Bali’s most breathtaking landscapes. It’s a view guests get to enjoy from every corner of the property – the rooms, terrace, hot tub and infinity pool.
The area is remarkably peaceful and quiet. There are no restaurants or shops in the surroundings so we’d recommend you come prepared with snacks, although the hotel does offer room service and there is also the possibility of setting up a barbeque.
There’s also only 7 cylindrical rooms, so it’s really just you and a few others enjoying the amazing feeling of remoteness along with some of the most enchanting views. There’s so much to look out for that you might not want to go to bed at all. Not that it gets any less magical at night, as chances are you’re in for a stargazing treat!
Lake Garden Bali
Rates: From USD $57 (Approximately Rp. 850,000) Website
Address: Jl. Jempana, Songan A, Kec. Kintamani, Kabupaten Bangli, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 877 2602 0201 (Reservations via WhatsApp)
33. Wake up among the mountains – Oculus Bali
Bali is undoubtedly the best-known island of Indonesia, but you can still get off the beaten track and away from the crowds – as long as you know where to look. The region of Kintamani in particular, has long been a popular gateway for those visiting the iconic Mount Batur.
The area is full of natural reserves and the cool temperatures make it ideal for a quick respite from the usual heat and humidity of South Bali. It’s also not as well developed as the south, so you can step right into the local lifestyle.
Kintamani is also still very dependent on farming. Like a voyage through time, you’ll notice there are still a lot of farmers working in the fields and because they use mostly organic fertilisers, there seems to be quite a number of flies in the region. But maybe, that’s also something that makes up the authentic charm of Kintamani…
Beyond its natural delights, Kintamani has recently seen several hotels, restaurants and cafes popping up, making it a great place to spend a night or two.
And this year (2022) is a great one because Kintamani hosted the opening of the incredible Oculus hotel. With a total of 10 suites, an infinity hot pool, a spa along with 3 restaurants, this stay sets a new benchmark for the region.
As if that wasn’t enough, you also get some of the most wonderful mountain views from here and especially from its rooftop terrace. Book a Royal Suite for a big surprise, we won’t say more…
Rates: From USD $89 (Approximately Rp. 1,325,414) Check Rate on Agoda Check rate on Booking.com
Address: Jl. Windu Sara, Kedisan, Kec. Kintamani, Kabupaten Bangli, Bali 80652
Contact: +62 821 4511 2983 (WhatsApp)
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?
34. 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.
Price: Discounted rates of USD $19.49 for adults and USD $16.89 for children available on Klook Check Rate on Klook
Location: Jalan Kartika, Tuban, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Opening Hours: Daily, 9am – 6pm
Contact: +62 361 755 676
35. 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.
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.
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 all about our fun-filled experience at Mara Safari Lodge!
Bali Safari & Marine Park
Address: Jl. Bypass Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra Km19,8, Gianyar, Bali 80551 Check Rate on Klook
Contact: +62 811 3811 0400 (WhatsApp) / +62 361 950 000
Opening Hours: Daily 9am to 9pm
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!
36. 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.
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!
However, do know that is a very touristy spot so expect crowds and waiting line to get your perfect shot here (sometimes, the queue can be up to 2-4 hours).
What’s a good trip to Bali without visiting this iconic temple? It is just part of the Bali experience (especially if its your first time!)
Pura Luhur Lempuyang
Entrance fee: Rp. 55,000 for entrance ticket to take 3 photos (approximately USD $3.54), Rp. 45,000 for bus fare from parking lot to temple (approximately USD $2.90).
Address: Bunutan, Seraya Bar., Kec. Karangasem, Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia. Coordinates here
Opening hours: 6am to 7pm
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)
37. 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.
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!
Pro-tip: Keep your belongings in your bag because monkeys here love to snatch from mobile, hats, sunglasses and snacks. Be sure to wear shoes too because your sandals/flip-slops can be their target too! Never interact with them and remember to stay in groups.
Entrance fee: Rp. 50,000 (approximately USD $3.22). Sarongs will be provided for entry to the temple. If you want to watch the iconic Kecek Dance at sunset, a ticket costs Rp. 100,000 (approximately USD $6.44) – best arrive at 4pm to get good seats! Check Rate on Klook
Address: Pecatu, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali. Coordinates here.
38. Immerse in cultural artistic vibrance at Ubud Palace
This is the place for you to learn and enjoy Balinese Culture. Puri Saren Agung (also known as Ubud Palace) is located at the heart of Ubud – which is famously known as Bali’s cultural town.
As they say, you haven’t been to the real Bali if you haven’t experienced Ubud!
The whole town has its very own 17th-Century charm. And the architecture of Ubud Palace is highly influenced by a blend of Hinduism philosophy and local artisans. Besides unique architecture, you can also appreciate the historical literature, arts, music and traditional dance performances here.
Every evening, the Ubud Palace will hold a traditional dance and Balinese Gamelan performance for entertainment.
Fun fact: the Balinese Gamelan plays a huge part in the music and dance-centric Balinese culture. It is also touted as the world’s biggest percussion orchestra!
So next time you’re driving through Ubud Palace, be sure to drop by one of these music performances!
Entrance fee: Free to enter, but tickets to dailly traditional performances at 7.30pm start from Rp. 100,000 (approximately USD $6). Street vendors begin selling tickets in the early afternoon, but if you go early, you might be able to get them at a better price!
Address: Jl. Raya Ubud, Ubud, Bali
39. 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 Makare-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.
All males, from young to old, will participate in Makare-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.
Price Range: Rp. 20,000 donation fee (or more if you’re feeling generous!) for entrance to the village
Address: Tenganan village, Manggis, Karangasem. Coordinates here.
Getting There: The village is 4km from the turnoff at the western end of Candidasa, or a 90-minute drive from Ngurah Rai Airport.
40. 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.
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)
Entrance fee: Rp. 50,000 (approximately USD $3) for adults and Rp. 25,000 (approximately USD $1.50) for kids
Address: Jalan Tirta, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia. Coordinates here.
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm
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!
41. Step into the land of the dead at Trunyan Village
Not easily spooked by ghost stories? Try testing the true extent of your courage at Bali’s very own island of the dead – Trunyan Island.
The people there don’t bury and cremate their dead, so if you’re brave enough to make a trip there, you’ll find skeletons from ages long past, staring straight at you with their eyeball-less eye sockets.
Interestingly, you won’t smell the stench of rotting bodies on this island, as the perfumed scent from a huge Taru Menyan tree masks it perfectly.
Do you have it in you to visit the land of the dead?
Entrance fee: Rp. 10,000 (approximately USD $0.66) for cemetery and Rp. 30,000 (approximately USD $2) for government tax. Boat ride to the village can cost around Rp. 650,000 per boat.
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.
Tips for visiting Trunyan village
You can always negotiate with the boatmen, 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, he is friendly enough. He charges Rp. 750,000 (USD $57) for 5 people or Rp. 200,000 (USD $15) per person.
42. 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 in 2000, it has literally crumbled, a sad reminder of an abandoned potential that was never realised.
Now, with shaky buildings threatening to fall at any moment, missing roofs and treacherous steps, locals refer to the old park as a “ghost town”.
But it’s not just about the possible wandering spirits that will leave your hair standing in fear.
Rumour has it that the crocodiles left in the park eventually resorted to cannibalism, so if you ever visit, do take special care to avoid the old crocodile pit and pools filled with polluted, black water.
The reptiles might have been removed many years ago, but it’s better safe than sorry, isn’t it?
Entrance fee: Rp. 20,000 (approximately USD $1.29)
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.
43. Dive and uncover Pemuteran’s underwater temple
Bali may be famous for its numerous cultural sites, but have you ever been to an underwater temple?
This temple in Pemuteran lies hidden under the sweeping waves of the sea.
Although it was initially constructed as part of an underwater conservation programme, it has become a popular attraction for diving enthusiasts.
Little sea critters have also set up their homes in the area, creating a beautiful harmony between man and nature.
How can you miss this view?
Pemuteran hidden underwater temple
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 Lovina Beach.
Taste authentic Balinese cuisine
Let’s bring it back to the heart of Balinese cuisine. Satay or Babi Guling (suckling pig) anyone?
44. Indulge in royal treatment at Gabah Restaurant & Bar
We mean it literally. If you can’t be king, well, you can at least eat like one. Now that you’ve tried almost all there is to try about Bali’s local fare, there’s one last experience to be had – the Balinese royal feast.
While Gabah also serves up other yummy Indonesian dishes with in both modern and traditional styles, what you’ll really want to try is their Royal Kingdom menu. It features the best of traditional specialties from around the island of Bali!
You’ll get to feast on 22 signature dishes that the royal family eats on the first day of harvest season, including traditional Balinese soup, grilled chicken and fish satay.
And it’s not just eating – you’ll also be having the full experience of being a king/queen for a day.
Put on your Batik headdress, which will immediately elevate your sense of self-importance, and sit back as your dinner is served to you on an intricate platter – along with some traditional live music and dances to whet your appetite.
Gabah Restaurant & Bar
Price: Normal dishes from Rp. 75,000 (approximately USD $5.00), Royal Kingdom Feast from Rp. 750,000++ for 4 person (USD $49.35 ++) Website
Address: Jl. Bakung Sari, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Opening Hours: Open daily. Breakfast 7.30am – 10.30am; Lunch 11.30am – 4.30pm; Dinner 6pm – 12.30am
Contact: +62 361 751864
45. Relish Bali’s best Babi Guling at Selingsing Cepaka
Anyone who has been to Bali will know that Babi Guling is THE local dish that you have to sample. A whole pig is spiced and spit roasted for hours over a coal fire – this is pork at its best!
Babi Guling used to be reserved for ceremonies and special occasions, but nowadays most restaurants and warungs serve it too (although it often sells out by early afternoon).
Our quest for the best babi guling took us all over Bali, some was good, some was great but eventually we found the BEST!
This little warung is actually located in someone’s house, down an alley in Buduk. There are no signs to direct you, but the tempting smell of roasting pork will guide you in the right direction. It’s also only open from 2am to 9am in the morning.
Everything about the Babi Guling here is perfect. The skin is so crispy, the pork so tender, and servings are more than generous.
We recommend that everyone try Babi Guling at least once. If it sounds like just the thing to tickle your taste buds, then you should absolutely get up early for this splendid ‘secret’ meal – you wont regret it!
Price Range: From Rp. 30,000 (approximately USD $2)
Address: Jl. Raya Munggu-Kapal, Cepaka, Kec. Kediri, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia. Coordinates here.
Opening Hours: 12pm – 7.30pm
Contact: +62 813 3785 4662
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, from affordable value-for-money spas to spas with unique treatments. 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.
46. Indulge in self-care with a private waterfall view at The Sanctoo Spa & Wellness
The wellness spa in Sanctoo Suites & Villas is a special gem. Located within the Bali Zoo in the heart of the rainforest, you can unwind here after exploring the zoo.
The spa is known for its open air concept with a waterfall view. Yes, you can get your treatment done overlooking the waterfall. The soothing sounds of the water will definitely hypnotise you into deep slumber.
Besides massages, there’s also sauna, body scrubs and milk bath – so you can opt for a pampering spa package. After all, a holiday is about treating yourself, no? 😉
The Sanctoo Spa & Wellness
Price: From Rp. 785,000 for 90-minute body massage. Website
Address: Singapadu, Jalan Ulun Suwi II, Singapadu, Sukawati, Gianyar Regency, Bali 80582, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 4711222
47. 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.
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.
Permata Ayung Private Estate Spa
Price: Available on enquiry (Permata Ayung only accepts private bookings on an exclusive basis.) Website
Address: Jl Raya Bongkasa, Banjar Tohpati, Desa Bongkasa, Badung
Contact: +62 361 849 4220 / +62 811 389 7780
48. 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 affordable luxury 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.
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.
Price: From Rp. 100,000 per person (approximately USD $6.47) for Half Day Spa for in-house guests. From Rp. 145,000 (approximately USD $9.00) for non-hotel guests. Website
Address: Hotel Tjampuhan Spa, JL. Raya Campuhan, Ubud
Contact: +62 361 975368
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.
49. Unobstructed oceanfront views of the setting sun at Locca Sea House
This beach club is one of the latest trendy addition to Jimbaran. If you are looking for chill vibes by the sea, Locca Sea House is the place for you.
With modern Balinese vibes, oceanfront infinity pool and a swim-up pool bar, as well as its close proximity to the airport, you’ll be able to watch planes land at Ngurah Rai International Airport right across the ocean. Combine that with unobstructed views of the setting sun and you’ve got the perfect combination of some of the best views in Bali!
The venue also aims to combine local culture and arts to provide an experience like never before.
At the forefront of what they do is social sustainability – the creation of Locca itself was led by a group of local artists including musicians and painters. At the restaurant, centuries-old recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation are brought back to life with a modern twist.
Entrance is free, but their day beds have a minimum spend of Rp. 1,500,000, which can accomodate 6 persons. Kids are welcome here.
After sundown, the entire place transitions to set the mood for the night!
Locca Sea House
Minimum spend: None for specific areas (Terasering, Main Hall and Sunset Bar); Rp. 1,500,000 for daybed area on Friday and Saturday (Approximately USD $98) Website
Menu price range: Mains from Rp. 75,000 (Approximately USD $4.95); Drinks from Rp. 48,000 (Approximately USD $3.10)
Address: Jl. Jimbaran Hijau Segara, Jl. Tegal Wangi, Jimbaran, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 812 6888 8681
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 11am-11pm
50. A slice of Ibiza in Canggu at Cafe Del Mar
Hailing from Ibiza, the beach party capital of the world, Cafe Del Mar entered Bali’s beach club scene with what can be described as nothing less than a loud bang.
Featuring an all white exterior that allows the gorgeous light blue swimming pool to pop, it makes for some striking photos! Not only that; their sunken lounges are the perfect spot for an evening cocktail or a delicious Mediterranean meal!
Cafe Del Mar has a signature island lounge in its central pool where you can soak in the sun. However, if you prefer privacy, they also have private cabana lounges with their own private pools too! Entrance is free but their sofa benches and day beds require a minimum spend, such as Rp. 500,000 for a sun lounger.
Be sure to book in advance to get your desired lounge area as it can get crowded!
The best part about hanging out in a place that’s so established – their entertainment is off the charts. Having multiple different performances throughout the month means you’ll never get bored here (read: international DJs)!
Cafe Del Mar
Minimum spend: From Rp. 500,000 for sun lounger (Approximately USD $32) Website
Menu price range: Mains from Rp. 90,000 (Approximately USD $5.90); Drinks from Rp. 35,000 (Approximately USD $2.30)
Address: Jl Subak Sari, Canggu, Tibubeneng, North Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 811 3811 8181 (WhatsApp)
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 12pm-10pm
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.
51. 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!
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!
Price: USD $55 (approximately Rp. 836,976) for adults, USD $27.50 (approximately Rp. 418,488) for children from 4 years to 12 years Website
Embarkation Address: Jalan Dermaga 2 Pelabuhan Benoa, Pedungan, South Denpasar, Denpasar City, Bali
Opening hours: Session 1, 4pm – 7.30pm; Session 2, 7pm – 10pm (Open daily)
Contact: +62 361 721212 / +62 89 642 441 835
52. 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.
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 in Lombok, so if your first turtle-freeing experience was memorable for you, why not do it again?
Turtle Conservation and Education Centre
Entrance fee: None Website
Location: Jl. Tukad Punggawa, Denpasar Selatan, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80229
Phone: +62 813 3849 0357
Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 9am to 5pm
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!
53. Time to get your om on with beautiful ocean views – Udara Bali
Nowhere else brings you that little extra zen in your life than Udara Bali. This exotic retreat is entirely dedicated to yoga and wellness. The location does not only help you destress but also experience a whole new culture as you settle in one of their three ocean-view yoga shalas, or opt for the one overlooking mystical ancient temples nearby.
Work towards a healthier, happier you as you sign up for one of their monthly yoga and detox retreats. The programme includes two to three yoga classes per day, enough to lead you to your own personal nirvana.
You’ll also have plenty of time to enjoy the slow rhythm of life at their onsite spa facilities that feature a sauna, steam rooms, warm and cold pools, as well as a meditation cave.
Boasting a natural wood and stone concept, and combining Balinese and Javanese design, this healing resort makes sure you’re ready for a vinyasa flow like no other you’ve seen before.
The comfortable villas prepare you for your purifying yoga cleanse, acting as the perfect respite to come back to further restore the harmony of your body, mind, and soul.
Rates: 10D9N retreat from USD $3,627 for 2 pax, double occupancy room (Approximately Rp. 56,037,330) Website
Double room from USD $120 per room night (Approximately Rp. 1,854,000)
Yoga class from Rp. 130,000 per pax (approximatey USD $8.41), Rp. 80,000 for locals and KITAS holders (approximately USD $5.18). All yoga classes are free for hotel guests.
Address: Jl. Pura Kramat, Seseh 80351 Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 906 7555 / +62 361 907 9927 / +62 877 6537 7313 (WhatsApp)
54. 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?
Prices: From USD $690 (approximately Rp. 10,824,961) for a 3D2N Private Retreat Check Rate on Booking.com
Address: Jalan Raya Sayan, Gang Puskesmas Ubud II Banjar Kutuh, Desa Sayan, Ubud 80571 Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 975 775
55. 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.
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!
Prices: From USD $73 per night (approximately Rp. 1,242,314) Check Rate on Airbnb
Address: Jalan Raya Uma Buluh 14
Contact: +62 812-3969-6629
Best time to travel to Bali
Bali has a reliable, warm and tropical climate all year round.
Temperatures generally linger between 26°C and 28°C, except for places located on higher grounds like Ubud and Bedugul (where it would be more chilly!).
The dry season is generally from May to September, and the wet season from October to April.
In May, June, September (non-peak period), you will find that prices of accommodation are 30% to 50% cheaper than peak season rates. Plus, you still get great dry season weather most of the time.
April and October are great if you enjoy watersports, such as surfing, as the waves are good at this time of year. You might have some refreshing rain showers, but you will also see plenty of sunshine. These are also great months to travel with children as most theme parks and attractions are quieter, and getting around would be less crowded and stressful.
Peak season in Bali is July and August, as well as Easter holidays, Christmas and New Year.
Note: Nyepi is the day of silence that falls on the Balinese New Year. All attractions will be closed, and everyone observes a day of fasting and silence. It’s an inspiring spectacle to be part of, but please respect the local rules and culture, and stay indoors while remaining quiet.
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.
For the hipsters: a day out cafe-hopping.
Amazing things to do in Seminyak
Most happening area in Bali – nightlife, shopping, cafes and beautiful beaches.
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1-c. Uluwatu, Jimbaran and Ungasan (Bukit Peninsula)
Have a chill day out surfing or live the high life at classy resorts and clubs.
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.
Amazong things to do in Nusa Dua
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
Quiet and family friendly, with calm waters ideal for water-loving young children. Great for kite-flying too!
Fun family things to do in Sanur
2. Central Bali
Get to know the real Bali – visit cultural sites and natural hotspots.
Amazing things to do in Ubud
3. East Bali
3-a. Candidasa and Amed
Go back in time to a place filled with monuments and stories of ancient Bali.
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.
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.
Cool things to do in Nusa Lembongan, Penida, Ceningan
6-b. Gili islands
Exotic islands near Bali for a tropical getaway retreat.
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: 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!
55 is not all – Come on, let us know what other awesome things you have to do in Bali!
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PLEASE NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you!
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