Bali is dubbed The Island Of The Gods. This tiny speck of land attracts thousands of visitors from around the globe. Many, like me, return time and time again. I have been to Bali seven times now and typically return twice a year to indulge in some aaahhhh and aaahhhh, so I have a pretty good handle on what the island has to offer visitors. In fact, my 23 unexpected activities in Bali post is my most popular by far. Clearly the people have spoken! I’m all about giving you what you want so I have created a bumper list of 110+ things to do in Bali which is sure to inspire. Read on for all the details …
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110+ Things To Do In Bali
We all know the drill of planning a trip. You ask around for ideas and then spend hours trolling a million different sites on the net in an attempt to plan the most epic trip ever. This is exactly what I did before every trip to Bali. In the course of all this research I learned a thing or two about this little slice of paradise and thought I would document all the best activities in a single place to make your job a lot simpler than mine was. My list of 110+ things to do in Bali is quite possibly the most comprehensive list of Bali activities ever created and I hope it will be your one stop shop when you plan your next trip. This is a long list so I have deliberately keep the descriptions brief but I have included lots of links so you can get more information on any that take your fancy. Bali offers something for everyone and I just know you are going to find something to appeal. OK let’s do this!
Water, Water Everywhere
1. Chill At A Beach Club – It’s almost a rite of passage. Everyone who is anyone will end up at Finn’s, Cocoon or Ku De Ta eventually. Not sure which one is right for you? Check out this guide and get set to enjoy. Did someone say another round? Hell yeah!
2. Unleash Your Inner Child – WaterBom Bali is great for little kids and adults that are young at heart. Spend the day sampling all the thrill rides and finish off with a lazy ride around the ‘river’. Tickets can be purchased here.
3. Snorkeling – If you want to see more than just a sandy ocean floor, I suggest packing your fins and mask and heading to Tulamben. You can access the best bits straight off the beach including a shipwreck, a coral garden and an underwater temple that thousands of tropical fish have made home. If you would feel more comfortable with a guide that’s available too. Winning!
4. Get Certified – Bali has quite a number of dive sites and the USS Liberty Wreck is arguably the most popular. If you don’t already have your dive ticket you can get certified in Bali but be warned, it is expensive, around AUD$650. I would highly recommend checking the cost at home first. Sydney Siders can usually score a great deal from Groupon for as little as $149 … especially in winter!
5. Surfing Lesson – Learn to surf classes litter almost every square each of Bali’s golden sands so you will have no trouble tripping over a school designed to get you upright quickly. Most are small group classes but if you think you need a little more help it might be wise to book a private lesson. This tour allows up to four people and it gets cheaper the more you have. Why not make it a family affair and get the groms involved?
6. Up Your Surfing Game – Already an experienced surfer? Want to take it to the next level? Why not try Jet Surfing. Not quite a jet ski, not quite a surfboard, this specialised board is quite unlike anything I have even seen before. Strap yourself in and skip over the waves at speeds of up to 60kph. I’m thinking a lot of coordination might be needed which would pretty much count me out!
7. Hit The Beach – Being an island Bali has no shortage of fabulous beaches. Hire a lounger or a brolly during the day and grab a coldie from one of the many beach bars as the sun goes down. Check out as many of these top beaches as you can. Want to make exploring all the beaches easy? Get an expert to show you the best on offer.
8. Chasing Waterfalls – No one want to stick to the rivers and lakes that they are used to. Go chase that waterfall! Explore all of Bali’s best waterfalls if time permits. Some of them are a little off the beaten track so you might be better off on an organised tour.
9. Soak Away The Stress – Who doesn’t love a hot spring? Batur Natural Hot Spring in Bali’s North has three pools to choose from and an onsite restaurant so you can make a day of it. The views across the lake aren’t half bad either.
10. Let’s Go Cruising – Bali is an Island after all so it only makes sense to get out on a boat. Best at sunset. Add dinner to make it even more special.
11. Explore The Ocean Floor – Fancy viewing the ocean depths but nervous about scuba? Ocean walking gives you a taste of underwater life without the hassle. Your helmet means you breath normally and you don’t even need to get you hair wet! Perfect. Book here.
12. Scoot Around Below The Surface – I have never heard of underwater scooters before and I need to try this. Apparently it just like riding a bike but on the ocean floor surrounded by tropical fish. Even non swimmers can do this. This one is on my list.
13. Jet ski – It’s almost a right of passage on any beach holiday isn’t it? You can rent jet skis in most areas of Bali but the most popular area is Tanjung Benoa.
14. Fly Like A Bird – While you are in the Tanjung Benoa area why not add on a para sail? Strap on a parachute and sail high up in the air above the waves while being towed by a speed boat. I tried this in my very first visit to Bali in 1988. Things have come a long way since then 🙂
15. Feel The Need, The Need For Speed – A Seabreacher looks like a mechanical shark and is quite possibly the most extreme water craft in Bali. You don’t get to drive these powerful machines yourself, but your expert pilot will hit speeds of 80kph, snap into doughnut turns, dive under the surface and launch into the air. Hang to your hats guys, this one is sure to get the heart racing.
16. Plumb The Ocean Depths – Jump on board Bali’s only submarine and dive to a max of 150ft to view the underwater world. Perfect for those that want a scuba divers perspective with the advantage of staying completely dry.
17. Fly Above The Waves – Fly Board is the latest craze to hit Bali. Strap on the board and be propelled up to 5m in the air by high pressure water from the jet ski in front. They say most people get the hang of controlling it quickly but I’m not so sure about that …
18. Waz SUP? – Stand up paddle boarding or SUP has hit Bali in a big way. Bali Stand Up Paddle hires equipment, provides lessons and you can even do a yoga session on the board.
19. Get Dragged Along For The Ride – People have been handing over their hard earned to be towed at speed behind a high powered boats for decades and the appeal doesn’t seem to have faded. Whether you chose a donut, a flying fish or a banana, the gist is the same.
20. Booze Cruise – Almost a rite of passage for everything twenty something away from home and looking for good time. I have
fuzzy fond memories of many I have been on in my younger years. While I’m a bit past it now (sob) if top shelf liquor, catching a sunset and bopping to Bali’s top DJ’s is your thing book your ticket to the Bali Boat Party now.
21. Shop Up A Storm – Bali is a shoppers paradise. Malls, stalls and all. This tiny island has something for everyone. Check out my shopping guides to shopping Bali’s malls and stalls and hawkers & boutiques. Don’t want to go it alone? Try this guided shopping tour in Ubud.
22. Hire A Floatie – We’ve all seen those Instagram shots. You know the ones … bikini clad babes astride pink flamingos’ floating in private pools. Create your own Insta worthy holiday snaps with We Float Bali for less than you might think! I like the clam with the pearl 🙂 Don’t forget the matching floating drink holders!
23. Champagne On A Beer Budget – Want to live like the rich and famous but your wallet is holding you back? You can get a taste for $100 with a day pass to Sundar Bali. When you consider that $70 credit is included that’s a pretty sweet deal.
24. Take To The Skies – Bali Sea Planes are available for charters and island transfers. Save the big bucks for this one!
25. Private villa – You don’t have to be Rockafella to afford a little slice of luxury in Bali. Most private villas come with pools and staff and are great for groups. Check out Villa Bali, Luxury Bali Villas, Elite Havens Luxury Villa Rentals or Bali Villa Escapes. If you are travelling as a couple and prefer the amenities of a hotel with the perks of a villa try a premier pool room at The Magani in Legian. The value is hard to beat!
26. Take A Chopper – Air Bali has a number of helicopter charter tours available to show you the very best of Bali from the air. You can even get transfers to nearby Lembongan Island. Make sure you take the camera!
Food & Drink
27. Enjoy A Fancy Dinner – At least once! I know it’s hard to resit the fabulous (and cheap) Warungs but set aside one night for some fine dining. Bambu in Seminyak serves up exquisite Indonesian cuisine in a setting that wows. And it still won’t break the bank!
28. Like A Local – Want to see the real Bali? Sign up for a local experience with Traveling Spoon. You will shop, cook, eat and hang out with a local family. It doesn’t get much more authentic than this!
29. Dine In A Plane – For a meal with a twist head to Keramas Aero Park where a Boeing 737-400 has been converted into a restaurant. The menu looks a whole lot better than what you normally get served inflight!
30. Drinks With A View – Rock Bar in Jimbaran is the perfect sun downer. The views across the ocean are suburb, the crashing waves sprinkle you with spray and the cocktails are sublime. It can get busy so arrive early to get the prime seats. Try the Lychee Martini.
31. Private Dining Under The Stars – A must for honeymooners and the ultimate treat for romantics in Ubud. Escape the crowds and enjoy a private 6 course gourmet meal with wine included for a night to remember. Go on! You’re worth it! Can’t get to Ubud? Try this option in Seminyak.
32. Arak – I am a massive advocate for eating and drinking local. There is no better way that to immerse yourself in the local culture and support the community at the same time. Imported spirits are expensive and the locals brew Arak as a cheap alternative. Despite my enthusiasm to support local I cannot encourage you to try Arak. Brewing methods are usually bootleg and quality is often poor. There have been multiple incidents of unsuspected tourists dying from methanol poisoning as a result of drinking Arak. Educate yourself and drink responsibly.
34. Chow Down With Your Buccaneers – Pirates Bay Bali near Nusa Dua serves up an east/west menu among tree houses and a pirate ship. The kids (and kids at heart!) are sure to have a ball.
35. Cosmic Diner – Fancy a bit of 50’s kitsch? Cosmic Diner in Kuta could be just what the doctor ordered. Open from breakfast to dinner the extensive menu is sure to please. Pull up a seat in the booth and put another dime in the jukebox baby!
36. Eat Crepes – I hear your disbelief. Crepes? In Bali? While they are not quite as prolific as on the streets of Paris they are just as good. I love crepes and have eaten plenty. The best I have ever eaten in my life was at Melting Wok Ubud. Coming in close behind were the orange crepes at Sheppy’s and the fruit crepes at Hitana.
37. Food On The Move – Food tours are popping up all over the planet and Bali is not immune. As multiple establishments are visited in a single trip, it’s the perfect remedy for time poor travellers. Try these in Ubud, Seminyak or Jimbaran, Kuta and Sanur. Want to amp it up a notch? Try this tour with a celebrity chef.
38. Dine On The Sand – If you are a seafood lover it doesn’t get any fresher than this. Dozens of restaurants set up shop on Jimbaran beach and serve up the catch of the day. Go early to catch a sublime sunset at the same time.
39. Get Your Freak On – Bali’s coolest theatre restaurant Frankenstein Laboratory is a whole lot of fun. Frequented by groups, it gets a little raucous but don’t let that put you off! You can even get your face painted.
40. Sommelier In The Making – Want to take you wine knowledge to the next level? With this wine appreciation class, not only will you get get to sample four of Bali’s best wines but you will learn all about the process. This one is definitely on my list!
41. Rijsttafel – Rijttafel is a dutch word meaning ‘rice table’ and the tradition is alive and well in Bali. It’s a bit like Yum Cha where lot’s of small dishes are offered and it’s a great way to sample Indonesian cuisine. Gets yours at Poppies in Kuta, Warung Nia in Seminyak or Miro’s Garden Restaurant in Ubud.
42. White Water Rafting – White water rafting trips are springing up in rivers all over Bali. I haven’t personally tried it myself but Eni gave it a go near Ubud and had a ball!
43. ATV – Quad biking (or ATV) is a great way to get around while having fun. Multiple locations and options are available to suit a variety of needs.
44. Canyoning – Some crazy people actually enjoy canyoning. If a day rappelling, sliding, swimming and jumping around around is your idea of bliss then this one is for you! It’s not cheap so save your pennies!
45. Sling Shot – Sometimes known as reverse bungy, this thrill ride hurtles you in the air at breakneck speed where you bounce around a bit before landing safely back on terra firma. The queues are diabolical at night so may be best to visit earlier.
46. On ya (push) Bike – Cycling tours are big in Bali, particularly in Ubud. Choose from a full day tour like Dariel did or take it easy with a half day version. Feeling even less energetic? Try this electric version.
47. Zip It. Zip It Real Good! – There are three places (that I know of!) that offering quick ziplines in Bali. The Abyss Zipline at Ceningan Island Resort flies guests from cliff to cliff over crashing waves to deliver you to the Driftwood bar. Alam Amazing Adventures offers an add on zipline option with their white water rafting trips and Bali Treetop Adventure Park includes ziplining among it’s many other challenges.
48. Blend Your Signature Scent – Having a perfume made exclusively for you used to be folly for celebrities or the rich and famous but mere mortals can get a taste in a L’Atelier Parfums Et Creations perfume making class. In just 90 minutes you will create a unique scent perfect for you under expert tuition. Every time I wear mine it takes me back to Bali in an instant.
49 – 55 The Museum Puri Lukisan in Gianyar offers a variety of short workshops including 49. learning to play Balinese instruments, 50. traditional painting, 51. mask making, 52. batik printing, 53. wood carving, 54. shadow puppet decorating, and 55. basket weaving. Do one or do them all!
56. Cooking Class – There are hundreds of cooking classes to sample in Bali so you are sure to find one near you. Check out these 14 to get you started. If you are over Indonesian why not try French instead at Pearl.
57. Get On The Tools – Love jewellery but can’t find exactly what you want off the shelf? Then make your own at Chez Monique Silver Jewellery Making Class in Ubud. The staff are so patient even I was able to make a masterpiece! See the finished earrings in #65.
58. Chanel Your Inner Rock Star – Think you could be the next big thing on the music front? Book some time at the Boom Box Studio at the Hard Rock Hotel and lay down your tunes. They will even accommodate those that just want to record a karaoke session for posterity.
59. Ceramics Workshop – Always fancied recreating the iconic scene from Ghost where Demi and Patrick make a spinning wheel and a lump of clay look sexy? This is your chance. The one day workshop at Sari Api will have you knocking out masterpieces in no time. OK maybe not, but you will have enough time to create a plate and learn the basics.
Only In Bali
60. Rice Terraces – If you have an Insta account you will have no doubt seen countless pics of the verdant green vista’s of Bali’s stunning rice terraces. They are dotted intermittently throughout Bali but the most visited are in Tegalanlang and Jatiluwih. Hiring a driver (#85) or renting a scooter (#93) are generally the best way to get there.
61. Experience Traditional Balinese Dance – The Kecak (Monkey) dance is performed by a group of at least 50 men who dance in a circle around blazing bamboo torches. The dance tells the story of Prince Rama and his rescue of Princess Sita, who has been kidnapped by the evil King of Lanka. The fire dance is performed on hot coals without the performer feeling any pain (really???) and the Saghyang (trance) dance is a traditional exorcism to promote peace and health within a village. See all three in one night here.
62. Pay Your Respects – On the night of 3 October 2002, 209 people including 88 Australians lost their lives in a terror attack in Kuta. Many of the victims were young people simply enjoying a night out. All their names are preserved at the memorial situated on Jl Legian between Poppies I & II. May they rest in peace.
63. Celebrate Nyepi … Or Not! – There are two camps of visitor to Bali. Those that seek out Nyepi and those (like me) that avoid it like the plague. Nyepi (or silent day) coincides with Bali’s new year and is usually in March, but is subject to the lunar calendar. The island literally shuts down for 24 hours. I’m talking really shuts down. Like as in everything! There is no transport in and out, no stores are open, ATM’s and TV reception are switched off and you will be confined to the grounds of your hotel. Oh and you are not even allowed to turn on the lights after dark. Did I mention you are expected to observe silence for the entire day? The 12 hours either side are also impacted as people prepare and take time to restore services. If this sounds like your idea of bliss go for it, but I was caught once. Never again! Whether you want to experience it or avoid it, check the calendar before you book your flights.
64. Get In The Spirit – Other than Nyepi, Bali celebrates a raft of festivals throughout the year. Most are religious in nature and many are marked with colourful street parades and pilgrimages. Check here to find out what’s on.
65. Appease The Gods – You can’t help but notice the many offerings scattered around town as you stroll the streets of Bali. Even if you are a non-believer, it can’t hurt to get a healthy dose of good karma by learning how to make these pretty baskets known as Canang Sari. Combine a class with a tour of Ubud or try these options here, here and here.
66. Nusa Lembongan – Off the coast of Sanur, Nusa Lembongan hosts day trippers and overnight guests alike. If you are looking for some respite from Bali’s hectic pace this could be the island for you! I’m planning to visit in August 2017 so I’ll be sure to report back 🙂
67. Gili Islands – The Gili Islands are made up of three tiny islands all with their own distinct personalities. Gili Trawangan is the life of the party and popular with backpackers. Gili Air is the quietest of the three and great for those looking to really escape and Gili Meno is somewhere in between. The Gili’s are also on my itinerary in August so stay tuned for more info soon.
68. Menjangan Island – I did an overnight tour to Menjangan island way back in 1988. It was very rustic then but I’m sure it is a very different place now. Famed for it’s excellent snorkelling and diving this is one to watch.
69. Komodo National Park – Ever wanted to see a Komodo Dragon up close an personal? This could be the tour for you. An overnight trip to Komodo National Park is a very special experience that few get to enjoy.
70. Nusa Penida – White sand beaches, crystal clear water and walking paths galore. This could be the day trip you have been searching for.
71. Lombok – Close to the Gili’s and in easy reach from Bali, Lombok offers visitors waterfalls, beautifu beaches and less hustle than Bali. Check some of the things to do here. Note: There is also a Kuta on Lombok and it is nothing like Kuta in Bali.
Mind, Body & Soul
72. Banish The Kinks – Daily life is stressful. Massage therapy provides the perfect relief. In Bali the therapists are skilled and the prices are tiny. Indulge everyday. I do! Check out my essential guide to budget Bali massages for more details.
73. Essential Maintenance – If you arrived in Bali without getting yourself sorted never fear as you can get it all done locally for peanuts. Banish the fuzz from winter limbs, get your roots sorted or touch up tatty nails on day 1 before daring to bare. Luxe Hair Bali will look after your tresses in Legian and they also do spray tans which are near on impossible to find in Bali. Yes Spa is my favourite place to get a massage. Their extensive menu also covers waxing facials, body treatments and mani/pedis. Expect to pay extra for OPI or shellac.
74. Fish Spa – Manky looking feet spoiling your beach buzz? Slip your trotters in a tank full of hungry fish and let them gnaw off all the dead skin. The Hubs and I tried this in Malaysia and I’m still not quite sure whether I liked it or not. My feet spent more time out of the water than in, but The Hubs was a trooper. While not as prolific as in other parts of Asia, there is still the odd fish spa in Bali.
75. Amp Up You Smile – I had a dental emergency with a wayward crown on one of my Bali visits and ended up at the BIMC Clinic in Nusa Dua. It cost me about a quarter of the price to get it sorted as it would at home. Clearly I’m not the only one that has cottoned onto this and Destination Dentistry is really a thing. If you are planning to get any cut price dentistry done while in Bali do your research well and chose a reputable practitioner.
76. Nip ‘n’ Tuck – While was at the BIMC getting my crown sorted I couldn’t help but notice that there were a lot of ladies checking in for some serious procedures. Boob jobs seemed to top the list. If you do go the cosmetic surgery route do your research well and choose your doctor wisely.
77. Detox – I love the idea of a detox and while a juice cleanse sounds like a good idea I don’t know if I could give up my wine. If you have more willpower try the 7 day detox at The Yoga Barn. If full detox is not for you why not try a yoga class like Gabriele did?
78. Check In To A Day Spa – Who doesn’t need a little me time. Lock yourself away for a few hours in one of Bali’s many day spas. From budget to luxury this little island has everyone covered. Read all about my experience at Cleopatra Luxury Day Spa & Salon here.
79. Get Set To Sweat – Bikram (hot) yoga is trending all over the globe. In fact I’m probably the only one who hasn’t tried it yet. It sounds amazing and who can resist the lure of a full body workout in paradise? Get down to Jiwa Bikram Yoga near Seminyak and get zen.
80. Braid your hair – Kids love getting their hair braided and why not indulge them? It makes it super easy to look after with all the swimming. Prices vary greatly depending on the length and thickness of the hair and it does take quite a while. Pack the iPad when you venture to the salon. Carla Spa is a good place to start your search.
81. Botox & Fillers – Keen to keep the signs of aging at bay? Banish wrinkles (temporarily at least!) at Cocoon Medical Spa for a fraction of the cost at home. You can be guaranteed of coming home looking very ‘relaxed’. I promise I won’t tell!
And Then There’s This …
82. Hit the clubs – The young uns flock to Bali to get their groove on and there are endless pubs and clubs to choose from. The majority are clustered in the Kuta/Legian/Seminyak region and Jl Legian is a hot spot. Try Sky Garden, Bounty or Paddy’s Bar.
83. Fly A Kite – Head to the annual Bali Kites Festival where huge kites are flown to the delight of spectators by skilled pilots. The festival is held between July and October (the windy season) on Sanur beach and select other locations.
84. Get Your Tax Back – Lot’s of countries offer tax back to tourists but after 6 visits to Bali I have yet to qualify. Details are slightly sketchy but this is the official word.
85. Hire a Driver – For under $100 you can hire a driver for up to 12 hours but you can negotiate the price for less time. The Hubs’ workmate’s brother is a driver in Bali and he charged us $60 for 8 hours. I loved that we could determine exactly what we wanted to see and when. It’s just a shame we had torrential rain for most of the afternoon. As a result Wayan made an impromptu stop at his home to see if we could wait out the weather. It didn’t clear up but we did get to meet his family including his adorable twins. This is definitely not part of the tour and we felt very honoured to be invited. If you are looking for a great diver Wayan is your man. Call +62 8123905852.
86. Volunteer Your Time – Want more than a holiday? For those that plan on staying in Bali a little longer why not check out opportunities for volunteering and do some good. Options are varied and include cleaning up, teaching English and turtle conservation.
87. Get It Delivered – Can’t be bothered to go to the store for a beer or snack? Warung On Wheels has got you covered. My favourite Dom Perignon is on the menu for a measly IDR2.9m which is not that much more than Dan Murphy’s. They will even deliver a dose of postinor (morning after pill) so that a boozy mistake doesn’t become a lifelong memory. Drink responsibly!
88. Custom Havaianas – Can’t quite find the colour combo you want for your next pair of thongs? No problem, visit Brazil’s favourite footwear manufactures, spin the wheel and see what sort of wacky combo you can come up with. Jl Legian opposite Bintang Supermarket.
89. Walking Tour – Need to get your steps up? GPSMYCITY offers two free walking tours in Bali, both in the Denpasar region. Simply download the app to your smart phone and follow the directions at your own pace. Brilliant!
90. Segway – I bet you have seen Segway’s all over the world but have you ever seen one on a beach? This 90 minutes tour in Sanur cruises the sands and even has a temple stop for good measure.
91. Get Inked – A lot of people told me not too. I never listen. In fact most of my tattoos are from my travels. Mine is the compass in the middle. My baby boy and his GF also partook in a little ink when we last visited. The wing took almost 7 hours at Two Guns Tattoo Bali in Legian. If you are thinking about some new body art do your research and choose an establishment carefully and remember, a tattoo is for life. Do it on the last day so you can still swim without worry for most of your trip
92. Muck About In The Mud – Mepantigan is a Balinese form of martial arts often performed in a muddy field. This tour promises to teach you the ropes and let you get hands on. Don’t wear your Sunday best for this one!
93. Get Scooting – Getting around in Bali is relatively easy. To make it even simpler, hire a scooter for around $5 a day. The locals often call them motor bikes which amuses The Hubs no end. He has been on two wheels all his life and both my boys have been riding since they were three. I am happy just to sit on the back. We have never needed a scooter in Bali but have rented in both Thailand and Vietnam. Words of Warning: If you have never been on two wheels before this is probably not the time to try it. Bali traffic is crazy and doesn’t operate by conventional road rules. Even if you are an experienced rider, wear a helmet and make sure your travel insurance covers you for motor bikes. It will cost you more, but the peace of mind is worth it. Beware of scams and NEVER leave your passport as the ‘deposit’. Corruption is rampant in tourist areas and you may be a target for unscrupulous traffic police.
94. Make a Chocolate Elephant – Pod is Bali’s premier chocolate maker and they are throwing open the doors to show you the whole process from bean to bar. Chocoholics this one is for you!
95. Bali Butterfly Park – This is the last place you will every find me. Butterflies and moths freak me out but I’m told that some people like these flying creatures.
96 – 100 Get your temple on – Bali has over 6000 temples squished into 5,780klm2. If you don’t have time to see them all check out 5 of the best. 96. Uluwatu temple is built on the edge of a 70m cliff hovering over the sea and is famed for Kecak shows (see #61) and spectacular sunsets. 97. Tirta Empul is a water temple founded in 962AD. The temple has two pools with thirty showers and is very popular so expect crowds, 98. Tanah Lot Quite possibly the most well known of all Bali’s temples. Tanah Lot sits on a rock just off shore. Time your visit with sunset to capture some fabulous pics. 99. Ulun Danu Bratan temple occupies a prime position on the edge of lake Bratan. In March 2017 we travelled all the way here before the heavens opened and a thick fog rolled in. We couldn’t see a thing. I hope you have better luck. 100. Pura Taman Ayun translated means ‘garden temple in the water’ and is also known as the Royal temple. One of Bali’s largest temples so even when the hordes descend it doesn’t feel crowded. The highlight is that the inner temple is surrounded by a wide moat. Note: All of these temples are actual places of worship and you need to respect the local traditions if you intend to visit. Ladies are asked not to visit when menstruating. See three temples all at once on this dedicated tour.
101. Catch A Flick – No I’m not suggesting you visit the only megaplex on the island, unless it’s raining then I’ll give you a slide. Enjoy being in the tropics and catch the latest new releases in Komune Resorts outdoor cinema.
102. Catch A Sunset – There is something magical about watching the sun go down. It soothes the soul and makes everything just that much better. Check out this guide for the best places to get a sunset view or just mosey on down to the nearest beach and make the best of it.
103. Go Jump – If you are lucky enough to be visiting Bali when the wind is blowing just right, take a running jump off a cliff. With a para-glider attached of course! Bali Paragliding will take you on a flight to remember tandem style so you don’t have to do anything more strenuous that to check out the views.
104. Capture the moment – Selfies on your iPhone are just fine but if you want a more flattering memory consider hiring one of Bali’s many professional photographers. They cover all occasions and will surely capture your best side.
105. Monkey Around – There are two main monkey forests in Bali; one at Ubud and one at Tabanan. We visited the one in Tabanan. There is a small entry fee and you can buy some food if you would like. The monkeys live in the forest but they have no qualms coming down to greet you and running amok in the nearby farmers fields. Be wary as the monkeys in the sanctuary are wild and reports of biting and scratching are common.
106. Rescue A Snake – In Bali snakes are seen as something to be feared or to be made into handbags. Bali Reptile Rescue is bucking the trend and giving these slithering critters a fighting chance. Join them on one of their night tours to see first hand the work they are doing.
107. Visit A Pearl Farm – Located in North Bali, Atlas Pearl Farms tours offer an insight into how Grandma’s pearl necklace came to be. Of curse you can purchase one of these lovely gems while you are there!
108. Custom Made – Leather Boutiques are a dime a dozen all over Bali. I have had three leather jackets made to order over the years and this baby blue number is one of my favourites. Prices range from $100 – $150 depending on colour (black is the cheapest), length and design. It takes about three days so don’t leave it too late. See how I made sure I was pictured on a much cooler bike than The Hubs’ scooter in #93? Hehehehe
109. Learn The World’s Sexiest Dance – Envy fancied tearing up the dance floor which a masterful rendition of the tango? Head to Tango Bali to learn all the smooth moves.
110. Crash Course In Indonesian – Once you get off the well worn tourist path, few people speak English in Bali. Make getting around a whole lot easy by learning basic Indonesian in a 2 or 3 hour crash course at Cinta Bahasa Language School. If you around a little longer take a more comprehensive course.
111. Or You Could Simply Do Nothing … You are on holiday after all so take the time to slow down and relax. Your body will thank you for it!
Have you done any of my 110+ things to do in Bali? What was your favourite? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Until Next Time …
Disclaimer: I was a guest at L’Atelier Parfum et Creations and Cleopatra Luxury Day Spa and received a discount at Chez Monique Jewellery. I have not personally tried everything on my list of 110+ things to do in Bali. I urge you to do your own research to determine if any of the activities listed are right for you. As always, all opinions are my own. This post contains some affiliate links which will earn me a few cents to contribute to the running of this blog if you make a qualifying purchase at no extra cost to you.
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