When we first hear of the country ‘Indonesia,’ one of the first things that we’ll have in mind is Bali. Bali is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world and they know it as ‘the island of the gods.’ The island has its blue seas and there are lots of Instagram-worthy spots that will surely capture every nature-loving person’s heart!
Aside from their popular island and beaches, there are also temples, caves, waterfalls, museums, markets and other places where Indonesian history and culture can be known. So grab your swimming attire, and prepare to have sun-kissed skin, because there are 22 beaches to explore, and 25 top activities you can do in Bali!
Go muck diving in Padang Bai
Padang Bai is a famous spot for diving. It has 7 different dive sites where you can find different creatures under the sea just like coral gardens, turtles, blue-ringed octopus, seahorses, fish, sharks (yes, SHARKS!), etc.
Strap on a jetpack in Tanjung Benoa
Tanjung Benoa is known as the water sports spot in Bali. If you want to see Bali from the air, then jetpacking is for you. This activity usually lasts for 20 minutes and will enable the user to fly up to 10 meters.
Bathe in the sacred waters of Tirta Empul
If you want to feel some spiritual cleansing, then this place is for you. Tirta Empul is a Hindu Balinese water temple and is famous for its spring water, which is believed to be used for spiritual purification. Tourists can also explore the classic architectures made years ago.
Visit the Bali Zoo
Kids and even some adults enjoy reconnecting with nature and seeing animals that aren’t often seen around the city. Tourists and especially kids will enjoy exploring the zoo where tourists can interact with the animals such as riding the elephants. The zoo is open from 9 am to 5 pm and the entrance costs IDR 395,000 (USD 28.82).
Explore the chocolate factory
The chocolate factory in Bali is one of the top producers of chocolates in the world. Surprised? Well, it is indeed surprising, because aside from the beaches on this blessed island, they also have a chocolate factory open for tours. Find out how cocoa is grown and processed to become chocolate. Oftentimes, our acquaintances or friends will ask us for souvenirs when we get back home from our vacation – if they have a sweet tooth, then these chocolates will be a nice pick.
Visit Bali Provincial State Museum
If you’re interested in architectures, artifacts, works of art, weaponry and similar things all in one place – then this site is for you. Bali Provincial State Museum has over 10,000 items to display and is the oldest museum in Bali. Its northern royal pavilion is also used for Balinese ceremonies and dances.
Watch the dolphins in Lovina
Dolphins are one of the friendliest and one of the smartest animals in the world. It is known for its playfulness too. They usually come in groups and dolphins are usually spotted in this area, like when you’re taking a boat trip early in the morning.
Karangasem is an area rich in history, tragedy, and royalty. The royal palace of the former kings is in Amlapura. In this tourist spot, some areas of the palace have been open to the public for viewing. This place also includes the water gardens where there are three levels of fountains, pool, and sculpture. Besakih Temple, Bali’s most important temple, can also be found here.
Sekumpul Waterfall is located in Singaraja region in northern Bali and is known for its seven falls – Bali’s most beautiful falls. A tourist needs to hike to get here and the tour will pass by the bristling rice terraces and villages and it continues through a dense tropical jungle. It may be a long hiking session, but arriving there would be worth it because the relieving water refreshes the bodies of each tired individual.
The Nusa Islands
If you’re looking for a site where there are fewer crowds, away from all the noise – then Nusa Lembongan is for you. It is around 20 km in distance offshore but can be accessed using the speedboat. The major activities here are surfing, kayaking, diving, snorkeling, and paddleboarding. Nusa Ceningan, on the other hand, has a beautiful blue lagoon, while rock formations, caves, and bird sanctuaries are found in Nusa Penida.
Spend time at Canggu Beach
This beach is known for its 8-kilometer long of golden sands and is often voted as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This beach is perfect for photography especially when the sun rises and the sunsets.
Go shopping at Pasar Badung
Who hates shopping? Pasar Badung is a market where Balinese products are sold, as well as fruits, vegetables, and spices. Aside from this, other temples can be visited nearby this market.
Give the spa a visit
Coming to Bali must be a long, exhausting journey, especially if you’re outside Asia. If you want to lie down, close your eyes and just relax, then this is for you. Bali is known for its spa as they use their traditional local ingredients and their century-old techniques to give anyone the relaxation that their body needs.
Eat dinner in Jimbaran
Jimbaran is known for its beachside seafood restaurants. This is perfect for those who are not just craving seafood, but someone who wants the freshest seafood is served to them. This is served with rice and some simple side dishes. This is also known as Bali’s fishing village.
Go for a swim at Waterbom
Aside from the islands, temples, and beaches where Bali is known for, resorts like Waterbom is also a part of the list. Waterbom is a water park that has a range of pools and long slides that can be enjoyed by the family. Cafes are also available inside the resort.
Nightlife in Kuta
Who says there will be no parties? Jalan Legian is known for its different night clubs, live music events, and cafes. The party scene wouldn’t just stop at midnight, but for the rest of the early morning. Several eateries can be found next to each other – there are lots to choose from.
Try water rafting at Ayung river
Aside from the popular water sports by the sea, the Ayung river, on the other hand, offers rafting. This rafting activity is for those who are fans of wild rides along the river. Rafting along the Ayung will pass to the little local villages, forests, and vistas. It’s not just about the river alone, but Bali’s culture.
Climb Mount Batur
Got tired of swimming? Then go climbing! Mount Batur is one of the famous volcanoes in Bali and hundreds of visitors begin to trek up the 1,700-meter summit to watch the sunrise. The hike usually takes 2-3 hours and the guided treks usually include a picnic breakfast, with eggs cooked from the volcano steam.
Kuta beach is known to be crowded unlike other beaches, but some water activities can be booked here. You can book surf lessons, rent surfboards, sun loungers, and umbrellas directly from the vendors set up on the sand, and some cafes.
Tegallalang and Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
This spot is a must-see, especially if you’re a photographer. It’s famous for its iconic landscapes. It covers more than 600 hectares of rice fields along the hillsides of Batukaru mountain. There are fewer tourists here unlike the others, making it easier to walk around and explore. Locals are asking for donations and parking fees.
If you’re done with the chocolate factory tour, then it’s time to shop for clothes! There are two shopping malls in this area – Seminyak square and Seminyak village. There are smaller shops along the streets, too. Aside from the others mentioned above, Bali is also known for its designers and shopping. You can choose different designer fashion items, accessories, clothes, etc.
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
Puru Unlun Danu Bratan is Bali’s most picturesque temple complex. It was built in the 17th century, and Lake Bratan is one of Bali’s main sources of water. The temple is dedicated to Danu, the goddess of sea and lakes.
Visit Bali Botanic Garden
Not far from the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan lies the Bali Botanic Garden where there are bamboo forests, orchid collection, medicinal plants, and so on. Within this Botanic garden in Bali Treetop Adventure Park that offers different rides for kids like zip-lines, Tarzan swings, and suspension bridges.
Visit Pantai Indah
On this beach, you can find clean sands and warm waters along with a beachside café, Warung Pantai Indah. This place is best for relaxation if you want to sit on a wooden bench and look at the azure beach.
Have some food trip at Warung Blanjong
Bali offers some delicious foods that can’t be found anywhere else in Indonesia. Warung Blanjong is one of the best places in Sanur that serves Balinese food. Siap Betutu and Pepes be Pasih are some of the famous foods served in Warung Blanjong.