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17 Best Things to Do in Bali, Indonesia

From the white-sand beaches and surf-cool vibes of the south to the tumbling waterfalls and rolling rice fields of the north, Bali knows how to charm. And while trendy, southerly beach areas like Kuta , Seminyak , Canggu and Uluwatu draw the crowds

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Kuta Kuta free

Touristy? Yes. Fun? Absolutely. Alongside neighboring coastal resorts like Seminyak , Canggu and Uluwatu, Kuta is one of Bali's most popular beach towns – and with that title comes the responsibility of feeding and entertaining flocks of visitors. Restaurants, bars, stores, spas and even a water park provide travelers with numerous diversions during the day and night. Still, the number one attraction in this town is Kuta Beach. The sandy shore is a prime playground for surfers, sunbathers, swimmers, kite-flyers and more. This isn't the isolated Balinese beach that you've dreamt about, but it has plenty going for it.

Recent visitors said the beach here is soft and the swimming conditions are great. Travelers suggest arriving at the beach early to stake your claim to some sand, as the area typically gets crowded as the day progresses. Beachgoers noted the vendors selling souvenirs and trinkets can be annoying, and said you have to be a bit forceful in declining their goods or services to get them to leave you alone. Others remarked the beach wasn't as clean as they'd hoped.

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Nusa Dua Nusa Dua free

On the eastern side of the Bukit Peninsula, Nusa Dua is Bali's provincial capital and one of its main tourist hubs. With several golf courses, numerous spas and a handful of luxury resorts (including the St. Regis Bali Resort and Conrad Bali), this region competes with Jimbaran for wealthy patrons – and its beaches are some of the best on the island, with plenty of stretches of fine, soft sand lapped by cerulean sea. Don't miss Pandawa, Geger and Gunung Payung beaches for some of the most picturesque shores.

Recent visitors enjoyed relaxing in peace and quiet at the beaches (including the namesake Nusa Dua Beach), although some noted that the water gets very shallow at low tide, so it's not always the most swimmable. Several recommended coming at sunrise to see the beach in all its glory.

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Kintamani Kintamani free

U.S. News Insider Tip: On the edge of Lake Batur sits Pura Ulun Danu Batur – a large temple complex that's one of the most important and famous in Bali. It's dedicated to the goddess of the lake and marked out by its striking stupas which tower above the water. – Laura French

Those who want to break up their beach time with some active adventures inland might want to venture to Kintamani. Located near the island's northeastern coast, around 40 miles north of Kuta , Kintamani is a beautiful region that boasts a towering (and active) volcano and a large lake. Both landscape features are named "Batur," and their pairing makes for dramatic scenery.

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Seminyak Seminyak free

Upscale Seminyak is one of the south's most popular beach towns, flaunting a long swathe of sand lined with bars and restaurants. You'll find plenty of luxury hotels here – including the iconic W Bali – alongside trendy restaurants, cafes, brunch spots and beach clubs (Potato Head is especially famous). Seminyak's also a popular spot for surfing, with gentle waves that make it ideal for beginners.

Recent travelers loved Seminyak Beach and the restaurants on the sand – especially at sunset – although some found the town to be a bit pretentious. Others noted that swimming isn't recommended due to the strong currents and waves.

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Nusa Penida Nusa Penida

U.S. News Insider Tip: As one of the island's only swimmable beaches, Crystal Beach draws crowds. Make the short hike over the rocks (there are steps) to Padang Padang beach to find with fine-white sand, crystal-clear water and only the odd straggler to share it with. – Laura French

One of several islands scattered off the coast of mainland Bali, Nusa Penida is well worth a visit for its dramatic scenery: floury-white beaches tucked between plunging cliffs, and winding, hilly roads surrounded by carpets of green. It's authentic Bali, with few tourists around the interior of the island (although the key coastal spots do get busy). It's also fairly rustic, with local warungs (small family-owned eateries) and independent guesthouses rather than fancy restaurants and large-scale resorts – which is all part of the charm.

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Nusa Lembongan Nusa Lembongan

U.S. News Insider Tip: If you're hiring a scooter, cross the (slightly rickety) bridge to Ceningan Island for even quieter beaches. The aptly named Secret Beach is especially peaceful, and there are some beautiful viewpoints overlooking the Blue Lagoon (a Curaçao-blue bay surrounded by rocky cliffs). – Laura French

After a 15-minute boat ride from Nusa Penida , you'll arrive at the tiny island of Nusa Lembongan, measuring just 5 square miles. This quiet, palm-dotted paradise is exactly what you'd expect from a small tropical island – dusty roads deserted but for the odd scooter or taxi truck, local children waving as you pass by and a smattering of sugar-white beaches with only a handful of visitors on them.

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Uluwatu Temple Uluwatu Temple

U.S. News Insider Tip: The Uluwatu area is famous for its surf and peppered with white-sand beaches. Head to Dreamland Beach or Balangan Beach for some of the best (both are especially magical at sunset). – Laura French

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Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

A protected nature reserve spanning 12.5 hectares, the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (also known as Ubud Monkey Forest) is home to more than 1,200 long-tailed macaque monkeys, considered sacred by the Balinese. Wander among the forest to see them ambling along the paths and swinging between the trees, and explore the various temple buildings that scatter the site. Come at 11 a.m. or 4 p.m. on a weekend and you'll also witness a colorful cultural dance show. As well as being one of Ubud's most popular tourist attractions, the reserve hosts various research and conservation projects, designed to maintain the region's natural and cultural heritage.

Recent visitors enjoyed exploring the monkey forest and its impressive scenery – although several warned to take care of your belongings, as the monkeys have a reputation for snatching them. While some found it to be a little crowded, many said it was well worth the trip, especially if you're traveling with kids.

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Pura Tirta Empul Pura Tirta Empul

While Bali's other temples may be larger or more jaw-dropping, the Pura Tirta Empul water temple, a holy spring, possesses a unique serenity. This active prayer site inspires both Balinese Hindus and visitors of different beliefs. While there are several shrines and other structures on the premises, the temple's tranquility is best seen in the large rectangular pool at the complex's center. You'll see worshipers enter the water to pray, so be respectful and do not disrupt them. Travelers are also welcome to enter the water. Keep in mind, though, that you're expected to enter the water fully clothed, so it's a good idea to bring a spare change of clothes along. Make sure both sets of clothes cover your shoulders and legs as a sign of respect. Sarongs are also available to borrow for free on-site.

Recent travelers loved the temple and recommended visiting for a spiritual experience – but many warned that it gets busy, so it's worth going early to avoid the crowds.

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Tegallalang Rice Terrace Tegallalang Rice Terrace

The beautiful, UNESCO-listed Tegallalang Rice Terrace, located north of Ubud, is actually an ancient irrigation system, dating back to the ninth century. Its series of emerald-green, sloping rice paddies is seriously photogenic, and is one of the most popular attractions among camera-toting tourists in this region of Bali. Its elevation also gives it a cooler climate, which is a nice change of pace from other areas of the island.

Recent travelers raved about by the views, and for many it was a must-see – but some felt it was a little commercialized, with vendors touting photo opportunities for the Instagram crowd – including on its many swings – as well as sarongs and other wares. Many also recommended arriving early to avoid the hordes of other tourists, and wearing comfortable shoes and clothes when visiting, as there's a bit of a walk.

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Jimbaran Jimbaran free

Once upon a time, Jimbaran was a quiet and quaint fishing village with an equally humble shoreline – but signaled by the oceanfront perch of the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, this town is now one of Bali's most luxurious destinations. Aside from the opulent resorts that reside here, the town has gained acclaim for its succulent seafood and sandy shoreline.

Recent travelers highly recommended coming for a romantic sunset dinner on the sand or to relax on the beach, and many said the seafood was excellent. A few visitors noted how crowded the beach can get.

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Sanur Beach Sanur Beach free

With its soft sand and quaint boardwalk, Sanur Beach attracts both locals and tourists alike. Lacking the activity of rowdy Kuta Beach , these sands offer gentle surf that families with small children will appreciate, plus a more laid-back atmosphere. Recent travelers enjoyed the peace and quiet at Sanur as well as the calm water and beachfront promenade, lined with shops and restaurants – although some said seaweed made it tricky to swim in the sea.

You'll find the beach in the town of Sanur. Located along Bali's southeastern coastline, Sanur hosts numerous luxury hotel properties and is around 10 miles east of Kuta and I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport. The beach is free of charge.

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Tanah Lot Temple Tanah Lot Temple

Most jaws drop at the sight of Tanah Lot Temple, whose stone ruins and towering stupas date to the 16th century. This stunning religious complex (and impressive architectural feat) sits on a gigantic jagged rock that rises out of the ocean on Bali's southwest coast. While you'll have to wait for low tide to reach the temple, it's well worth it, especially to see the sky turn gold above the water at sunset.

Recent visitors were highly impressed by the temple and its scenic surroundings, especially at sunset – although some warned that it does get crowded. A few felt it was a little overhyped, but worth a visit if you're staying close by.

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Canggu Canggu free

Once a small, laid-back surf town set among the rice fields just north of Seminyak , Canggu has evolved to become something of a hotspot for bohemian holidaymakers, backpackers and digital nomads. Alongside excellent surfing on its volcanic, black-sand beaches (namely Echo Beach, Batu Balong and Berawa), there's a slew of good restaurants, cafes and bars. In fact, many Seminyak-based brunch spots having opened outposts here. You'll find plenty of boho-chic boutiques too, alongside famous beach clubs like FINNS and Atlas. As with much of Bali, the sunsets are spectacular.

Recent travelers enjoyed the beach clubs, sunsets and surf-friendly atmosphere of Canggu, with plenty of surf shacks offering lessons. Some found the beach to be a little dirty and crowded, and noted there's a lot of construction happening in the town. Many loved the bars and overall atmosphere, however.

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Lovina Lovina free

U.S. News Insider Tip: Twenty minutes from Lovina you'll find Aling-Aling Waterfall – a series of falls that have been turned into something of a (low-key) amusement park, with a waterfall you can slide down and various cliff jumps. You'll pay for a guide (from 125,000 rupiahs or around $8) if you wish to swim. – Laura French

If you're looking for a quieter, underrated alternative to the beach resorts of the south, Lovina is it. Set on Bali's lesser-visited northern coast, Lovina is a sleepy fishing village turned laid-back resort town on a strip of soft sand. The water here is calm and swimmable. There's a handful of beach bars where you can lounge around on beanbags, and a smattering of restaurants and bars line the main street. The town is best-known for its dolphins, with hotels and local companies offering early morning dolphin-watching tours where you can snorkel near the creatures. Lovina's also a great base for exploring the waterfalls, temples and mountain hikes that surround the region. Brahmavihara-Arama temple, located 6.5 miles southwest, is especially peaceful and not overly touristy, with several colorful structures set amid tranquil greenery.

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Gunung Kawi Gunung Kawi

Gunung Kawi refers to a set of 10 shrines that are cut from a rock face in Bali's lush Tampaksiring region. The shrines are each about 25 feet tall, and thought to be memorials to Bali's 11th-century royals. According to lore, they were carved from the cliff face in just one night by Kebo Iwa, a legendary Balinese figure who supposedly had supernatural powers. Visiting the site will include some exertion: there are around 300 steps to climb.

Recent visitors recommend arriving early to avoid the crowds, and some suggest touring the memorial with a guide, who can tell the shrines' history. All agree it's a must-visit when in Bali thanks to the beautiful scenery and serene temple.

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Waterbom Bali Waterbom Bali

If you're traveling with children, a trip to Waterbom Bali is a must. The water park features adrenaline-pumping slides like Boomerang, Pipeline and Smashdown 2.0 – which has you standing in a capsule before the floor drops away – offering plenty of thrills for all the family. The FlowRider surf simulator challenges kids and adults to test their surf skills. For a change of pace, ride along the Lazy River, or order a cocktail at the swim-up pool bar – there's something for every age here.

Recent visitors loved their time at the water park, noting that kids, teens and adults all enjoyed the fun slides and water features. Travelers were also very impressed with the food, cleanliness and service from the staff.

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There are so many  places to visit in Bali  that you could spend months traveling across the most popular island in Indonesia and still miss things. In addition, the  things to do in Bali  are so diverse that any type of traveler can find places of interest on the island.

Bali is the perfect location not only for couples planning their honeymoons and seeking luxury vacations, but also for backpackers and solo travelers. Therefore, it’s not surprising that  Bali is the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia.  Regardless of your budget and expectations, Bali will offer you whatever you’re looking for.   

However, if you don’t have enough time to explore the island in depth, preparing your trip can be chaotic because of the overwhelming number of  sights to see in Bali.

To help you plan a trip to Bali, we’ve created a list with the 60 best things to do in Bali (Indonesia)  that’ll make your trip unforgettable. To do this, we have curated the best of Bali after our experience traveling to the island on two different occasions: a 10-day Bali trip in November, and a week Bali itinerary in June.

In addition, at the end of the article, you’ll find a map with all the  places to visit in Bali .  It’s the best tool for not missing anything.

Let’s get started! These are the  60 best must-do things in Bali:

1. Ubud, the best place to visit in Bali

Ubud, the best city to visit in Bali. balinese mask art market ubud

Ubud,  the cultural capital city of Bali, is located in the center of the island, and it’s a strategic point for any traveler, besides the fact that it’s an essential place to visit in Bali.

Two of the most important must-visit in Ubud are the  Traditional Art Market,  where you can buy all kinds of souvenirs and works of art, and the  Pura Taman Saraswati  temple, which stands out for its pond full of lotus flowers. Additonally, there are many other attractions in and around Ubud that you should visit in Bali, as you’ll find throughout this list.  

Given the central location of Ubud, this town is one of the best places to stay in Bali.  From here you can reach any part of the island in a couple of hours.

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2. surfing in Kuta, the best thing to do in Bali

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2. Kuta, one of the best beaches in Bali

Kuta Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Bali for surfing. If you’ve never caught waves

Right in front of the beach is the  Beach Walk shopping center , where you’ll find a food court where you can buy both local and international food.

Sunsets from Kuta Beach are spectacular. However, Kuta isn’t a totally perfect spot.

In recent years, it has become the nightlife hotspot in Bali, so, at certain times, you’ll only see drunk people on the street, and the atmosphere can feel a little sketchy.

Even so, it’s still one of  the most touristy spots in Bali,  so we could not leave it off our list of things to do in Bali.

3. Nusa Dua, the heart of luxury travel in Bali (Indonesia)

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3. Nusa Dua, the heart of  luxury travel in Bali (Indonesia)

Visiting  Nusa Dua  is a must-do in Bali  if you want to enjoy a luxurious experience on the island.

Here are the  best resorts and villas in Bali, where you can enjoy such luxuries as private beaches and top-notch spa treatments.

If you’re  planning a honeymoon in Bali  or want to treat yourself, spending an unforgettable day in Nusa Dua is one of the best things to do in Bali.

4. Denpasar, a city you must visit in Bali

spending a day in denpasar is something to do in Bali

Bali International Airport is located in  Denpasar , so it’s very likely that you’ll need to spend a night in the capital of Bali.

Within Denpasar, I recommend visiting the  Bali Museum  to learn about the history and culture of the island. If you’d like to take a tour with a local guide, you can book your tour  here.

Visiting  Badung Pass  is another interesting thing to do in Denpasar. This market of fresh local products is on the banks of the Badung River. Around it, you’ll also find some interesting temples to visit in Bali, such as Puri Tanjung Sari Pemecutan Badung Palace, the Besakih Gerenceng Temple, or the Pura Maospahit. Denpasar is a must-see sight in Bali!

5. Uluwatu, a great idea for Bali at sunset

uluwatu temple the best thing to do in Bali at sunset

The  Pura Luhur Uluwatu  is one of the  most important temples in Bali .  It’s located on a 250-foot high cliff on the west of the Bukit Badung peninsula in the south of Bali.

The best time to visit this temple is at sunset, when you can see how the sun sets under the sea.

Then, late in the afternoon, the temple hosts Kecak Fire & Trance performances.  Attending one of these  traditional dance exhibitions is a great thing to do in Bali.  At this event, a group of men sings together while dancers dressed in colorful traditional clothes tell the story of Ramayana.

If you visit this temple, be careful with the monkeys that live there, since they’re used to tourists and can try to steal something from you in exchange for food. Entrance to the temple costs IDR 40,000 ($ 3).

6. Partying in Seminyak, something you have to do in Bali

seminyak is one of the best beaches to visit in Bali

Seminyak  is the best place in Bali if you’re looking for a beach and a party. Although this coastal town is increasingly touristy, it still has the magic of the classic surfing areas in Bali, with a young and fun atmosphere. Besides, if you compare Seminyak and Kuta, the former has a healthier environment.

Here, you’ll find everything from beach bars where you can have a bintang beer while you enjoy the sunset, to clubs with international music where you can dance all night.

La Plancha  restaurant is the best place to relax while watching the sunset and lying on a colorful puff in the sand.

If you want  to party in Bali,  you’ll also find very good places in Seminyak. I don’t usually go out when I travel, but I have to admit that I had a great time in  Favela , so I can recommend this place.

7. Sacred Monkey Forest Sactuary, a must visit in Bali

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The  Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest  is one of the  most visited tourist attractions in Bali.  Located on the outskirts of Ubud, it’s a must-do in Bali.

This forest, full of terrifying-looking sculptures, is home to a gigantic macaque colony. It’s a funny and interesting place, but you must be careful; the monkeys are so used to being with tourists that they won’t hesitate to get close, play, ask for food, steal or even bite you.

Don’t even think about feeding them. Although they may seem friendly, they can be very aggressive, too. In fact, after visiting this location, I had to use our travel insurance to Indonesia,  when three monkeys climbed on me and bit me.

The entrance to the Monkey Forest costs 20k IDR ($ 2.30), although I recommend checking on the official website for any changes.

8. Batur Volcano, the best excursion to do in Bali

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Bali is a volcanic island that still has a lot of activity. Additionally, the volcanoes of Bali are not just part of the landscape. The religion, customs, and traditions of the Balinese are closely linked to the volcanoes of the island.

There are three volcanoes in Bali, with  Mount Batur  being the most active in terms of eruptions. It is currently dormant, so you can visit the crater, although it still has dozens of  fumaroles and hot springs in the surroundings.

Even though the ascent hike is not especially difficult, taking approximately two hours, to make the trek that leads to the summit, you’ll need to book a tour like this one .

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and go with you to the top of the volcano, where he’ll prepare banana pancakes and eggs in a volcanic steam vent for breakfast.

For me, seeing the sunrise above the sea next to Mount Agung (the highest volcano in Bali) from the top of Mount Batur was one of the best tours in Bali and certainly one of the essential activities in Bali that I’ll never forget.

9. Jimbaran, the seafood platter you can’t miss

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Jimbaran  is a traditional fishing town in the south of Kuta, well known for its terrific fresh seafood restaurants. If you feel like enjoying a fish barbecue on the beach in Jimbaran, I recommend this bay. The chill atmosphere and friendly locals will make you feel like you’re at home.  

In addition, Jimbaran Beach, with its fine white sand and spectacular turquoise waters, is one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali, so don’t miss a visit to this town by the sea.

10. Pantai Lovina, Whre you can see dolphins in Bali (Indonesia)

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10. Pantai Lovina, the best place to see dolphins in Bali (Indonesia)

Watching dolphins in Pantai Lovina  is one of the most popular activities to do in Bali, so I had to include it on this list. However, I would ask you to think twice before taking this excursion.

Before my trip, I checked if these tours respected the safety distances they needed to in order to be considered  responsible tourism in Bali.  Unfortunately, this is not the case, so I decided not to encourage or support these companies that are harmful to the local wildlife.

As  many travelers who signed up for this activity without really knowing how harmful it would be to wildlife have said, dolphins are chased by dozens of boats that depart each day from Lovina. When they find them, they pursue them until they’re exhausted, with some reports stating that dolphins are sometimes hit by the boats. Please don’t participate in this activity. Don’t encourage tourism with animals in Bali. There are other things that are much more interesting to do in Bali.

11. Canggu, a lovely town to visit in Bali

canggu a place to visit in Bali

Canggu  is another coastal village in Bali worth visiting. Like Kuta, its beach is also popular for surfers and nightlife, although it’s usually visited mostly by locals and tourists who want to flee from the crowded areas.

If you fancy a more relaxed atmosphere and enjoy hipster cafes and beach clubs, we recommend visiting Canggu. There are lots of gluten-free, vegan, and healthy options in their restaurants.

Also, if you feel like learning to catch waves, I recommend that you  hire classes with a local.

12. Bedugul, the mountainous area to visit in Bali

one of the most remote temples in Bali Pura Ulun Danu Tamblingan

Bedugul  is the best inland place to relax in Bali. It’s located in a mountainous area that is difficult to access, and it’s surrounded by waterfalls and three beautiful lakes (Bratan, Buyan and Tamblingan) formed in volcanic craters. This area stands out as the main tourist spot for nature lovers who visit Bali.

In addition, in Bedugul, you can find one of the most photographed temples on the island, the  Pura Ulun Danu Bratan,  incredible waterfalls such as the  GitGit, and, in short, a haven of peace for those travelers who really want to disconnect. If you’re a long-term traveler, plan at least a week to discover this wonderful Balinese area.

Keep in mind that Bedugul is cooler than the rest of the island. You need to bring some warm clothes, since Bedugul is located above 2,300 feet, and the highest mountain is over  6,500 feet.

13. Tegallalang, the most popular rice paddies in Bali

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The  rice paddies of Tegallalang  are the most popular rice fields in Bali, since they’re  accessible from Ubud by bike . If you visit the island during the  best time to travel to Bali, (from October to March) coinciding with the rainy season, the rice terraces will look intensely green.

The entrance to the rice fields is free. However, the farmers you’ll find there will expect you to leave a tip if you take pictures. Today, these farmers make a living out of tourism rather than from the rice harvest, and, as you will see, the Tegallalang terraces are fully prepared for tourists. There, you’ll find souvenir shops, coffee shops, swings, and the typical I LOVE BALI sign that you have probably seen more than once

14. Besakih, the essential Mother Temple to visit in Bali

Besakih is one of the temple most important to do in bali

Besakih,  also known as the Mother Temple, is the largest and most sacred temple in Bali and one of the most touristy temples on the island. Besakih really consists of 22 temples, with Pura Penataran Agung (the Great State Temple) being the most important.

It was built on the southwest slopes of Mount Agung in a unique location surrounded by rice fields, hills, and streams. However, it’s not the most visited, since being located in the northeast area of the island, it’s not the most accessible. The most convenient option to visit Besakih is to hire a tour to get there.

Entrance to the temple costs IDR 60,000 ($ 4).

15. GitGit, one of the best waterfalls in Bali

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15. GitGit, one of the best waterfalls in Bali. Photo taken by: Heikki Pulkkinen

The  GitGit waterfall  is one of the most popular in Bali. If you’re planning to visit the Bedugul area, this is one of the waterfalls worth visiting.

It’s also quite accessible. You’ll simply have to follow the paved road from the parking lot through the rice paddies for 15 minutes. The ticket price is 20,000 IDR.

Once at the waterfall, there is an area where you can change your clothes. You can have a bath under the 115-foot waterfall, or relax in one of the natural pools that have formed in the rock.

16. Tanah Lot, the best sunset to see in Bali

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The  Tanah Lot  temple is located on an islet that is only possible to access at low tide. It’s a popular pilgrimage location for locals, although today it is also one of the most touristy  temples in Bali .

The best time to visit it is at sunset, where you can see how the sun sets behind the temple into the sea.

Only monks are allowed to enter the temple, which is accessed by a staircase. However, in the afternoon, they usually give blessings in exchange for a donation in a small cave that is formed during the low tide.

In the same location as Tanah Lot is Batu Bolong  temple, another essential  to visit in Bali.  The entrance fee to see these two temples is 60,000IDR ($ 4).

We got there by aking this one-day tour.

17. Sanur, another city to visit in Bali

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Sanur  is a coastal town located in the east of Denpasar and one of the most popular cities in Bali.

In Sanur, you’ll find five-star resorts and hotels, many of them with direct access to the beach.

In addition, many  tours for diving in Bali  depart from here, as well as tours to visit the nearby Nusa Islands and Gili Islands.

Although it’s an area with shops and restaurants, it’s rather quiet and, with the exception of the  Sindhu night market, there isn’t much nightlife.

18. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, an essential temple to visit in Bali

best temples to see in Bali Ulun Danu Bratan

Located on the shores of Lake Bratan (Bedugul),  Pura Ulun Danu Bratan  is one of the most photogenic temples on the island (apart from being a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The temple was built to venerate the water goddess Dewi Danu and it’s one of the most important pilgrimage locations in Bali.

Since it’s close to the mountains and away from other places of interest, it’s widely overlooked by many tourists, despite being a must-see place to visit in Bali. However, you can get there by motorcycle, or with this tour of northern Bali.  The entrance fee is IDR 30,000 ($ 2).

19. Balangan Beach, the best beach in Bali

best things to do in bali visit the balangan beach

The turquoise-blue-water beach of  Balangan Beach  is one of the best beaches in the Uluwatu area, on the Bukit Badung peninsula.

This otherworldly golden sand beach is hidden under a cliff, and to get there, you must go down a steep staircase.

However, to get the best views of this beach, I recommend going to the north end viewpoint. From there, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the Indian Ocean, as it’s one of the best places to watch the sunset in Bali.

20. Goa Gajah, visit the elephant cave

goa gajah the elephant cave, something you have to visit in Bali

Take a bike ride from Ubud and you can get to the  Goa Gajah  temple, famous for a cave whose entrance is the mouth of an evil monster. This small cave is also known as The Elephant Cave, because of the animal-shaped figure of the Goddess Ganesha that is inside.

Outside the cave, you’ll also find a pool where sculptures in the form of deities drain sacred water. In addition, I recommend walking around the temple since it’s surrounded by vegetation. In particular, I suggest looking for a tree with bare roots, which was planted the same year the construction of the temple started, in the eleventh century. Admission fee is IDR 15,000 ($ 1.20 approx.), and the use of sarongs is mandatory. Without a doubt, this is one of the best temples to visit in Bali.

21. Mount Agung, the most beautiful volcano you must see in Bali

mount agung a place to visit in Bali best viewpoints

The  Agung volcano  is the highest volcano in Bali and the most recent one to erupt, back in 2017.

Although there are tours to reach to the top, you need at least 5 hours to climb the volcano and 5 hours to descend. Therefore, many people prefer to see it from a distance from one of the popular overlooks, such as the “Bukit Cinta viewpoint” (Abyandauh), Amed beach, or the “Gates of Heaven” of the Lempuyang Temple.

22. Tirta Empul Temple, the best of Bali

tourist spots to visit in Bali

Tirta Empul  is the  most sacred temple in Bali.  The locals go there to purify themselves in the waters of a spring that has healing properties. The water comes out from 12 pipes, but just 10 are allowed for bathing, while the other 2 are reserved for the dead and their families.    

Although at first glance it may not seem that different from the other temples to visit in Bali, Tirta Empul is unique. Seeing the religious rituals and purification ceremonies that are performed in this temple is one of the most important things to do in Bali.

The entrance fee is 15,000 IDR ($ 1.20).

23. Snorkeling and diving in Padangbai and the Blue Lagoon of Bali

turtles and other animals to see in bali diving and snorkeling

Padangbai  is located on the east of the island, not far from Ubud, and it’s a popular place for diving in Bali.

There are 7 diving points in total that can be reached by traditional boat (Jukung) a short distance from the shore. Here, the most popular diving form is “muck diving”, one of the best ways to see all kinds of sea creatures, such as toadfish, seahorses, lemon sharks, and turtles.

Five minutes by boat from Padangbai is the  Blue Lagoon , where you can feel like you’re in paradise among turquoise waters and white sand. However, the true paradise is under the sea. The vividly colorful corals and marine life make this area the  best place to dive in Bali.

If you’re interested in taking a snorkeling excursion in Padangbai and to the Blue Lagoon, this tour may be good for you. If you prefer to dive, I recommend this tour.  In addition, it counts as credit towards completing your PADI Open Water Diver course.

24. Tirta Gangga, another of the best destinations in Bali

Tirta Gangga Bali best places to see in bali

The Water Palace gardens,  Tirta Gangga , are one of the most amazing places to visit in Bali. They stand out for the lush stone statues, fountains, and swimming pools. The most impressive thing is a pond full of carp and lotus flowers where you can walk on small platforms that will make you feel like you’re walking on water.

The entrance to this temple costs IDR 20,000 ($ 1.50), although if you want to bathe in the sacred water pools, you will have to pay 10,000 IDR ($ 1) extra. For us, it’s an essential place to visit in Bali, but almost nobody goes there because it’s somewhat far from other places of interest.

If you don’t have a scooter, I recommend you book this tour, which will also take you to other Bali attractions, such as the  Lempuyang temple .

25. Pura Gunung Kawi, where the souls of the kings are buried

temple where the kings are buried Bali Gunung Kawi

Gunung Kawi,  the Temple of the Kings, is very different from the rest of the temples. It stands out for its Candi, which are sculptures carved into the rock that represent the tombs of the royal family’s souls.

The surroundings of the temple are also worth seeing. To get there, you’ll go across lush rice paddies and wild vegetation. Near the last grave, you can also visit a beautiful small waterfall, another of the secret places to visit in Bali.

26. Nungnung Waterfall, an essential waterfall in Bali

best waterfalls to visit in bali nungnung waterfall

Visit ing Nungnung waterfall  is the best thing to do in Bali if you don’t like crowds; almost no one goes there. You may think that it’s because it’s in the middle of nowhere, but it’s just an hour from Ubud towards Bedugul. However, what makes this waterfall a true hidden gem is how difficult it is to access. You’ll have to go down more than 500 stairs to its base.

The waterfall is 230 feet high and pumps out a lot of water throughout the year. Despite the waterfall’s big size and loud sound, you can also have a bath in the base pool. It’s without a doubt one of the best waterfalls to visit in Bali. Admission is 10,000 IDR. ($ 0.70)

27. Garuda Wisnu Kencana, the tallest statue in Indonesia

best places to visit in bali garuda wisnu kencana

One of the most recently built tourist attractions is Garuda Wisnu Kencana Park (GWK),  built in 2018 near Jimbaran.

This park was designed in honor of the Hindu god Vishnu and has a large area of ​​60 hectares. It’s renowned for the huge statue of  Vishnu mounted on Garuda , the mythological bird that goes with him.

The imposing statue has a height of nearly 400 feet, making it the tallest statue in Indonesia and one of the tallest in the world, even taller than the Statue of Liberty.

28. West Bali National Park and Menjangan Island

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95% of tourists who arrive in Bali just visit the eastern half of the island, but if you want to learn about authentic Balinese culture, there is nothing like traveling to the westernmost point of Bali, the  Taman Nasional Bali Barat  (West Bali National Park). This park includes both land and marine spaces based on reefs and islets.

In this park, you can find everything from deer to clouded leopards, in addition to different varieties of monkeys and birds that are on the verge of extinction, such as the Bali myna. If you like watching and photographing wildlife, I strongly recommend taking the  Tegal Bunder  trail.

Within the islets,  Menjangan Island  is the largest and most spectacular. Many agree that it is one of the best places in Indonesia for snorkeling and diving.

Here, some of the most common animals are the butterfly fish and the angelfish, although the real highlights are the green turtles. The island also has a small temple, the  Pura Gili Kancana,  one of the oldest temples in Bali, so you can’t miss this place.

29. Waterbom Bali Indonesia, the most extreme water park in Asia

waterbom the best water park in bali and asia

Since Bali’s full of paradisiacal beaches, nobody goes there with the idea of ​​spending a day in a water park. However, if we’re talking about  Waterbom Bali, the most extreme water park in Asia and the third best waterpark in the world , it might make sense for adrenaline lovers.

Located very close to Kuta, its star attraction,  CLIMAX,  only lasts 7 seconds. However, it is one of the most daunting slides in the world.

The other 17 slides found in Waterbom are also terrifying, but don’t worry – there are also water attractions for children and families, so it may be a good idea to visit this water park during your stay in Bali.

30. Lempuyang Temple, the photo you have to take in Bali

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Lempuyang Temple  is one of the  most photographed temples in Bali.  Dedicated to the God of Peace, it is located over 3,000 feet above sea level, so to reach it, you must be in  good physical shape, since you will need to climb some steep stairs.   

Without a doubt, the “Gates of Heaven” of this temple are one of the most popular Balinese postcards. In the iconic photo, you will see Mt. Agung reflected in what looks like a pond. In reality, it’s a trick using a mirror that was created by the locals to increase the popularity of the place.

As the temple is in the northeast of the island and far from the rest of the tourist areas of Bali, you can take this tour that will take you to this temple and other popular places in Bali.

31. Jatiluwih, other rice terraces to visit in Bali

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The Jatiluwih rice paddies are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The beauty of these rice fields is overwhelming but, since they’re further away from the tourist areas of Bali, surprisingly they aren’t the most visited rice fields in Bali. If you want to visit Jatiluwih and don’t have a private car, you can book this one-day tour  to see, in addition to these terraces, other major Bali attractions.

32. Taman Ayun Temple, another place to visit in Bali

important things to see in bali Taman Ayun temple

The  Taman Ayun  temple, known as the Temple of the Beautiful Garden, is popular for its merus (stepped pagodas). Additionally, it’s surrounded by a moat and vegetation.

The sacred area of ​​the temple is not open to visitors, so to see the temple, you’ll have to look through a low wall from which you can see the interior. Of course, it’s a must see in Bali. Admission is 20,000IDR ($ 1.50).

33. Penglipuran, a traditional village to visit in Bali

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Penglipuran  is a traditional village located in the center of the island that has gained popularity for preserving the traditions of Bali.

In this Balinese village, even bikes and scooters are banned. The houses are made with bamboo, and in addition, all waste is recycled as fertilizer for crops, which are tilled in the traditional way.

The entrance fee to the village is 30,000 IDR ($2), although if you want to spend a day learning the local traditions, I recommend that you book this tour. In this cultural immersion tour, you’ll see the Balinese traditional lifestyle in depth, with their customs and rituals. In addition, they’ll show you how to prepare the offerings that they give to the gods.

34. Nusa Islands, a visit you can’t miss in Bali

nusa penida what to do in Bali

The Nusa Islands  are three small islands that are located quite close to Sanur, on the east of the island. If you like nature, the Nusa Islands are one of the  essential places to visit in Bali.    

For some time, they weren’t a popular tourist destination, so on these islands, nature is much better preserved than on the main island of Bali. Some of the landmarks are beaches such as  Kelingking Beach,  in Nusa Penida, cliffs such as the  Ceningan Cliffs , in Nusa Ceningan, or mangroves like the  Mangrove Forest  in Nusa Lembongan.

In addition, these islands are very popular for their seabed where you can, among other things,  swim with manta rays . In the channel that separates Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan there’s also the Underwater Buddha Temple, where you can see a big underwater Buddha statue surrounded by stupas.

The fastest and cheapest way to get to the Nusa Islands is to take this  ferry to Lembongan. It includes hotel pick-up and, once there, you can do island hopping.

Ferry from Bali to Nusa Lembongan with pick-up

35. Pasut Beach, the black sand beach of Bali

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Pasut Beach  is the only black sand beach in Bali, and it’s only half an hour north of Canggu. It also has the most famous  crooked palm tree  in Bali, so it’s easy to understand why it has become so popular in recent years.

The best time to visit this beach is at sunset, when you can see how the sun sets under the sea. In addition, it is one of the few beaches in Bali that you can travel to by motorcycle.

36. Tukad Cepung, a secret place to visit in Bali

tukad cepung secret waterfall in bali

Tukad Cepung  is a waterfall located a short distance from Ubud, but not everyone knows about it yet. This waterfall is undoubtedly one of the most special to visit in Bali, as it is hidden in a cave. The highlights of Tukad Cepung are the sunrays that create halos on sunny days, turning this fall into a magical place.

The surroundings, completely full of vegetation, make this  one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali.  The entrance fee is 10,000 IDR. ($0.70)

37. Handara Gate, the most beautiful gate in Bali

One of the best things to visit in Bali is Handara Gate

The door of the  Handara Club Golf   Course  is surprisingly one of the most popular places to visit in Bali. Due to its success on social media, today, the simple door of a golf course has become a must to photograph in Bali.

It’s true that the landscape is beautiful around here, since the golf course is surrounded by mountains and coffee plantations, so it’s not surprising that the  Handara Gate  is so frequently visited.

This type of door, known as a  Candi Bentar , is a very common type of construction in Java, Bali and Lombok, and is usually used in temples, cemeteries, and palaces. The construction stands out for being a door split into symmetrical two parts. Another of the most popular Candi Bentar is the “Gates of Heaven” of Lempuyang Temple.

The price for taking a picture at this door is IDR 30,000 ($2) per person. Whether Handara Gate is worth it or not is the question. In my opinion, unless you pass by or take a tour that takes you to nearby Lake Bratan, it isn’t worth it.

38. Visiting the Gili Islands, something incredible to do in Bali

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The Gili Islands  are three tiny islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air) that belong to Lombok, but since visiting them is something that’s indispensable to do in Bali, we couldn’t leave them off this list.

On these islands, you’ll find beaches with crystal clear water full of turtles, where you can snorkel and also enjoy the best nightlife of Indonesia. We decided to visit Gili Trawangan in two days , but if you don’t know  which Gili Island to choose, check out our article to find out which one is best for you.

Book your transfer Bali – Gili Islands with hotel pick-up

39. Goa Lawah, the bat cave

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The  Goa Lawah  temple cave is known for being full of bats that you’ll see hanging from the ceiling. It’s not a very touristy place, since it’s not usually included on most Bali itineraries, since it’s mainly visited by locals. Even so, if you find yourself on the eastern part of the island, near Pedangbai, it is a place worth visiting in Bali.

The entrance fee is 15,000 IDR ($1) and the best time to go depends on your fear of bats. If you want to see them asleep and hanging from the ceiling, go anytime in the morning. To see them flying out of the cave, I recommend you go late in the afternoon.

40. Wanagiri Hidden Hill, an interesting place to visit in Bali

wanagiri hidden hill a different place to visit in bali

Wanagiri Hidden Hill  is a totally different place from what you will see in the rest of Bali. On the shores of Lake Buyan (Bedugul), it’s currently one of the most popular attractions in the area.

This complex was created by and for the tourist, and comprises a series of stations where you can find swings, baskets, bamboo viewpoints, and all kinds of scenarios to take the most popular kind of Bali photographs.

I honestly don’t think the price of 150,000 IDR ($10) is worth it. But if your goal is to take the same photo as Instagram influencers, there is no better place.

41. Karang Boma Cliff, the best cliffs in Bali

Karang Boma Cliff a thing to do in Bali

The  cliffs of Karang Boma  are the most impressive in Bali. To get there, you must follow a path, which is not fully marked, from the parking lot (you can find it marked on the map below).

Only 10 minutes from there, you reach the main cliff that has a 3,000-foot drop, from which you can see the entire Uluwatu coast, including the incredible Uluwatu temple.

Please be very careful; the cliff has no protection to prevent people from falling if you get too close to the edge.

Although until recently the visit was free, locals have started charging 10,000 IDR ($0.80) due to the increasing popularity. The best time to visit it is at sunset.

42. Banyumala Twin Waterfall, the best thing to see in Northern Bali

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Banyumala  is an incredible twin waterfall in northern Bali (Bedugul), between the Buyan and Tamblingan lakes. Photographs don’t accurately show the true size of the waterfall, since it’s actually much taller than it seems.

To reach the waterfall, you must descend some stairs (be careful with the stairs in the last section). It will take you about 15 minutes to go down and 20 to get back. However, it is worth visiting.

The entrance to this waterfall costs 15,000 IDR ($1), and at the base of the fall, you can take a dip.

43. Amed, a not very touristy area to visit in Bali

amed beach with mount agung at the background

Amed  is a set of coastal villages located in the east of Bali. Although it’s gaining popularity on the island for its incredible seabed, there are still few tourists who visit this area, as it’s not very well connected.

If you have time and want to enjoy a quiet Balinese village, I recommend spending a few days here.

In addition to finding much cheaper diving lessons than in other parts of Bali, you can relax by observing the majesty of Mount Agung while you swim at Amed Beach. The best time of day to do it is at sunset.

44. The abandoned plane, something curious to visit in Bali

the abandoned plane, something curious to see in Bali

Something curious to visit in Bali  is the  abandoned Boeing 737  that is in Nusa Dua. Not even the locals know how it landed there. The owner of the plane is also unknown. A great thing to do in Bali is to explore this curiosity on your own.

45. Enjoy a massage, something mandatory to do in Bali

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Treating yourself with a good massage is an indispensable thing to do in Bali.  Where else in the world can you find professional massages that last one hour for less than $ 15? (160,000 IDR).

Over 6 days, we got 3 different massages and found the best was in  Tjampuhan Spa  (Ubud).

​​46. Rent a scooter in Bali

things to do in bali for a first time visit rent a scooter

46. Rent a scooter in Bali

If you want to explore the island at your own pace, I recommend you take a scooter trip to Bali. This is the best way to see the entire island on your own without having to book almost any tour (some, such as Mount Batur, are still mandatory).

If you want to  rent a scooter in Bali ,  remember to bring an international driving license. Also, keep in mind that you have to drive on the left, and locals usually drive quite aggressively, so it’s highly recommended to purchase good travel insurance to Bali.

Cheap motorcycle rental in Bali with hotel delivery

47. Tegenungan, the most accessible waterfall in Bali

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To be honest,  Tegenungan  is not the prettiest waterfall in Bali. In fact, I would say that it’s dead last on the list of waterfalls that I’ve included in this list of places to visit in Bali. Beyond that, it’s one of the most touristy, since it’s only 20 minutes from Ubud, and you don’t have to walk to get to the base. However, it needs to be included on this list since it might be a good option if you travel to Bali with very little time to spend.

The waterfall has a good area to swim, although it’s usually crowded during the main hours of the day if you visit Bali in the high season. In addition, it’s surrounded by shops and warungs, so it’s a good option for family trips and people who don’t expect to discover a secret waterfall in Bali. It’s undoubtedly the most accessible waterfall in Bali.

48. Rafting in Ayung River, something fun to do in Bali

rafting in ayung river, something fun to do in Bali

Rafting  is one of the best  activities in Bali  if you want to get an adrenaline rush. The best place to do it is in the  Ayung River,  where, during the monsoon season, you can cross sections up to level IV. You can book a tour with a discount here.

49. Diving in the USAT Liberty shipwreck (Tulamben)

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Tulamben  is considered one of the best places to dive in Bali. Here, you can see blue spotted ribbontail ray, octopus, and scorpion fish among others. Additionally, you can dive around the USAT Liberty, a ship that sunk in 1942.

If you haven’t dived before, I recommend checking out this tour , which counts as credit towards a PADI Open Water Diver course. If you’re already a certified diver, then this is your tour.

50. Eat in the best Balinese Warungs

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Warung  are small family restaurants where you can try traditional homemade Balinese cuisine.

You will see them everywhere, from the most remote waterfall to the noisiest city center. In the best warungs, you can eat like a king for less than $5.

There are thousands of warungs, so it’s difficult to recommend warungs in each place. However, when you visit Ubud, I strongly recommend the  Dewa Warung  and the  Igalenca Warung.  Those are two of my favorites   warungs in Bali.

51. Getting married in Bali, the most romantic thing to do in Bali

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Witnessing a Balinese wedding is amazing. However, it’s even more exciting to dress up in the typical bridal costumes, “ Agung Clowns”,  and get married in a traditional Balinese ceremony.

If you’re traveling as a couple and want to make your experience memorable, getting married is the most romantic thing to do in Bali.

52. Bali swing, the famous swing in Bali

swing in bali the best thing to do in ubud

Visiting the Bali Swing  is one of the most popular things to do in Bali.

The price of the Bali Swing, the best-known swing in Bali, is IDR 385,000 ($ 25).

However, there is a slightly cheaper option, the  Zen Hideaway,  located near the previous swing. This swing is really in an Airbnb, but for 250,000 IDR ($ 18) you can enjoy half an hour on this swing in the common area of ​​this accommodation.   

53. Campuhan Ridge Walk, a hike to do in Bali

campuhan ridge walk, a hike to do in ubud bali

Campuhan Ridge Walk  is a 1.5-mile trail near Ubud where you can walk across rice fields and see giant palm trees.

The route takes between 2 and 3 hours depending on how many stops you make to enjoy the views. Almost all of the path is flat and there is no way to get lost.

If you decide to do this excursion, I recommend you do it in the morning, since it can get very hot during the day.

54. Ubud Palace, another essential place to visit in Ubud

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The  “Puri Saren Agung”,  the Royal Palace of Ubud, is another place that you shouldn’t miss on your trip to Bali. The palace   is open from 8 am to 7 pm and admission is free. It’s located right in front of the Ubud Art Market and the visit won’t take more than thirty minutes.

However, keep in mind that part of the Balinese royal family still lives in this palace, so you can only visit an interior courtyard decorated in a traditional style; you can also enjoy traditional dance exhibitions there at night.

To get more information about the types of dance and the performance schedules, it’s best to check the sign on the palace door.

55. Brahma Vihara Arama, the largest Buddhist temple in Bali

brahma vihara arama buddhist temple in bali

In Bali, unlike the rest of Indonesia, the majority religion is Hinduism. That is why the  Brahma Vihara Arama  temple stands out as something different in Bali:   a Buddhist monastery that is worth visiting.

In this monastery you’ll find meditation rooms, a library full of sacred books, and gorgeous gardens. In addition, there is a replica of the largest Buddhist building in the world, the  Borobudur temple.

This temple is located in Northern Bali, past Lovina and very close to the Air Panas Hot Springs, better known as Banjar Hot Springs.

56. Take a Balinese cooking class

cooking class. one of the main things to do in bali

One of the  most original activities to do in Bali  is to take a  traditional cooking class. These types of class are offered throughout the island and usually include a visit to a local market and the preparation of an appetizer, two main courses, and a dessert.

All courses include the option of preparing vegetarian dishes. If you are in Ubud,  this  is the best cooking course, whereas if you are in Seminyak or Kuta, I recommend  this one  or  this one.

57. Attend a Kecak dance show

Kecak Dance and Fire best thing to do in Bali

The “ Kecak Fire & Trance dance”  is one of the most popular activities in Bali. During this performance, a group of men sings while they hypnotically move their arms forming a set. At the same time, dancers dressed in bright colors represent the story of Ramayana. Fire is also an important part of the show.

This type of dance can be seen in many places on the island, with the Ubud Palace and the Uluwatu temple hosting the most popular ones. Keep in mind that, despite what most travelers think, it’s not a type of traditional dance, but was invented in the 1930s to attract tourists. Even so, I think it is something interesting to do in Bali if it’s your first time on the island.

58. Best museums in Bali. Something to do in Bali if it rains

ARMA museum in ubud, something to do in Bali if rains

Rain is common in Bali, so it’s always a good idea to have a plan B for something to do in Bali if it rains.  Museums will be your salvation.

If you are in the Ubud area, the  ARMA  museum  (Agung Rai Museum of Art) contains a wonderful collection of traditional art. The gallery is located in the Arma Museum & Resort , a 4-star resort, you can enter the museum for free.

Another museum in Ubud that’s totally different from the previous one is the  Museum of Don Antonio Blanco,  an eccentric Spanish artist who became very popular in Bali for his works of art. They even considered him the “Dali of Bali”. The entrance to the museum also costs 80k IDR.

The  Bali Museum,  as we have already said, is the best museum if you are in Denpasar and want to learn more about the culture and history of the island. The ticket price is 50,000 IDR. ($ 3.50)

59. Yoga studios in Bali (Indonesia)

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Bali is known for being an island where you can relax and feel good vibes. Over the last few years, it has become a popular  destination for yoga retreats.  The most popular places where you can  take yoga classes in Bali  are Ubud, Uluwatu and Canggu.

Of all the yoga studios in Bali, the most popular is  The Yoga Barn , in Ubud. This complex combines yoga classes, accommodation, natural treatments, retreats, healthy cooking, and much more.

The price if you book only one yoga session is IDR 130,000 ($ 9 approx). However, they offer discounts if you take more sessions, with a price of $ 6 per class if you book several sessions.

60. Turtle Sanctuary in Bali

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There is only one turtle rescue center in Bali where the protection of these animals is more important than tourists’money. It’s called the “ Turtle Conservation And Education Center (TCEC)”  and it’s located in Serangan, in the east of Kuta.

This center  operates exclusively through donations,  and volunteers are responsible for protecting the turtles’eggs, releasing the turtles when they turn one month old, and rehabilitating injured turtles. They also raise awareness in the local population, showing them the damage produced by the illegal trade of these animals and their eggs.

If you’re asking your driver or guide to take you there, just tell them the address:  Jalan Tukad Punggawa Lingkungan Ponjok, Serangan.  From Kuta, it only takes 15 minutes.

If you tell them that you want to go to the Turtle Sanctuary, they will try to take you to  Turtle Island , since all the drivers and guides that take travelers to that place receive  commission.

Of course, on Turtle Island, you have to buy a ticket to see the turtles, but the reason I don’t recommend this place is because it’s a  place where turtles are abused . In this false turtle sanctuary, animals are crammed into dirty pools. The guides will allow you to take turtles out of the water to take photos and of course, the turtles that breed are not released, but instead sold on the black market. That’s why I beg you not to go to this place. Make sure that the center you visit is the TCEC, the only place in Bali where the most important thing is the welfare of the turtles.

Map with everything you have to do in Bali

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Top 15 Tourist Attractions in Bali: Beaches, Temples…

Top 15 Tourist Attractions in Bali: Beaches, Temples…

Bali is one of the most peaceful and beautiful places on the planet. Stunning beaches, magical temples, lush greenery, gorgeous waterfalls, and iconic rice fields make up the landscape of Bali. Bali became a popular tourist destination particularly after the book and film "Eat, Pray, Love". Plan your first trip to Bali now.

Here is a quick guide to the 15 best tourist attractions to visit in Bali to help you discover the mustn't-miss experiential treasures of Bali!

1. Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot means 'Land in the Sea', and Tanah Lot Temple is a religious and cultural landmark of Bali. Located some 300 meters offshore, it offers incredible tropical offshore views, especially at sunset.

As one of seven "sea temples" around the Balinese coast, Tanah Lot Temple was built to worship Bhatara Segara or 'the sea god'.

The best time to visit Tanah Lot is during its Odalan ("anniversary" of building) festival (lasting for 3 days, sometimes longer), which is celebrated every 210 days. Contact us for dates. During the Odalan, you can expect a traditional ceremony with rows of Balinese women gracefully carrying offerings on their heads to pray at the temple of Tanah Lot.

2. Ubud Monkey Forest

Ubud Monkey Forest also known as Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, is only about a 10-minute walk from the upland tourist hub of Ubud.

There are over 700 gray long-tailed macaques , and it is a good place for animal lovers or photographers. Besides the monkeys, you can have a relaxing walk through a leafy nutmeg forest as well as visit several ancient temples under dense foliage.

Make sure you follow the guidelines that can be read at the entrance: secure your belongings inside pockets and bags and avoid direct eye contact with the monkeys (and smiling). Avoid wearing any loose jewelry or items (that the monkeys may grab/steal).

3. Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple is another Balinese Hindu sea temple located 4 km (2½ miles) southeast of Uluwatu, 16 km (10 miles) south of the Kuta Beach.

It is famous for being on the edge of a 70-meter-high (230-foot-high) cliff or rock (watu) projecting into the sea. You can have a spectacular outlook over the waves of the Indian Ocean, which is especially splendid at sunset.

A Kecak dance (a telling of the Ramayana ) is performed every 6 p.m. by many local men in loincloths outside Uluwatu Temple on the cliffside. The performance is outdoors, so you can enjoy the show and the beautiful sunset together.

4. Tirta Empul Temple

Tirta Empul Temple is a Hindu Balinese water temple, famous for its holy spring water . There is a spring that produces fresh water constantly and many Balinese Hindus go for ritual purification using ritual bathing practices.

If you would like to join the locals in the cleansing ritual, make sure you respect the customs: you need to enter the water fully clothed, wearing a sarong and sash. Usually, it is very busy, especially approaching noon till evening, so it is better to go in the early morning.

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5. The Tegalalang Rice Terraces

The Tegalalang Rice Terraces are a part of the Cultural Landscape of Bali Province UNESCO World Heritage site. It is famous for its scenic terraced layout and the traditional Balinese subak irrigation system .

The rice terraces are greenest or most colorful and photogenic in March/April and September/October before the biannual harvests. The best times of day to visit the Tegalalang Rice Terraces are early in the morning or late afternoon for sunrise or sunset.

6. Ubud Art Market

Located in the center of Ubud itself, Ubud Art Market is a strategic shopping place for Balinese handicrafts and souvenirs.

You can find many traditional, unique, and authentic products that represent the island of Bali in Ubud Art Market, for example, silk scarves, lightweight shirts, statues, kites, handmade woven bags, baskets or hats and many other hand-crafted goods. Even if you don't buy anything, viewing the various items on display from one stall to another is a highlight of visiting.

The market is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and bargaining is expected and encouraged as part of the fun of shopping in Ubud Art Market.

7. Mount Batur

Mount Batur (Gunung Batur) is an active volcano located near Bangli in central Bali, 1½ hours north of Ubud. A sunrise trek to Gunung Batur Volcano crater is the most popular and epic hiking experience on Bali. You can catch amazing views of the sunrise from the top of the mountain, usually in a sea of orange clouds.

Usually hiking up Gunung Batur takes about 2 hours. If you're staying in Ubud, in order to catch the sunrise, you may need to depart at 2 a.m. 

8. Ubud Royal Palace

Ubud Royal Palace is the palace of the Ubud royal family, and it is a prominent landmark in Ubud, known for being a cultural repository of arts, dance, and literature. It offers interesting and unique things to explore like Balinese architecture and charming gardens.

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., every visitor is welcome to enter Ubud Palace for free during opening hours. Every evening at about 7:30, there are dance performances outside. Tickets to these performances are usually available in the afternoon at the palace.

9. Jimbaran Bay

Jimbaran Bay is fringed by one of the best beaches in Bali and is well known for its popular seafood restaurants , pristine beaches, and unique shopping destinations.

It is recommended to arrive at around 5 p.m., then take a seat in one of the restaurants located on the beach, order food and drink, and enjoy the romantic sunset while waiting for your fresh seafood. The sunsets in Jimbaran are very beautiful . After the sunset, there are live entertainments such as a mariachi band (guitarists, violinists, and trumpeters) or traditional dances.

10. Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach is not just sand and sea. It is also a bustling commercial and social hub, for both international tourists as well as local Balinese people. Located on the southwestern coast, Kuta is good for sunsets, surfing, and sunbathing.

In order to get a spot on the sand, it is better to get there earlier. For surfing, the dry season (April–September) generally enjoys the most conducive waves.

11. Seminyak

Seminyak is an 8-kilometer (5-mile) beach that stretches north from Kuta and Legian. Not only can you enjoy the beach, but also Seminyak is famous for shopping and the best beach restaurants, bars, and cafés.

Many people stay around Seminyak for its nightlife, flamboyant designers, and fabulous shopping. Some nice boutiques are Biasa, Magali Pascal, and Bamboo Blonde for your reference.

12. Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

Nominated for designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces comprise over 6 square kilometers (2 square miles) of hillside rice fields and it is the only place in the world that has three annual rice harvests (on rice terraces).

It offers beautiful panoramas of contoured rice terraces without hordes of people crowding around, because it is located further away from Ubud, needing about 1½ hours' driving. The best time to visit Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is in the dry season, when you will have the best chance to see clear blue skies and views of the mountains and volcanoes.

13. Nusa Dua Beach

Located on Bali's southern peninsula, Nusa Dua is the capital of Bali Province and the beach is a gated resort area, so you can escape from Bali's urban buzz there. Just enjoy sunbathing on the beach, and listen to the gentle slosh of surf on silky white sands.

If you would like to be more active, Nusa Dua has good conditions for leisurely water sports like swimming, snorkeling, and surfing.

14. Sekumpul Waterfall

Sekumpul Waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali with a collection of seven waterfalls — the centerpiece of a lush, green, bamboo-forested valley. Located in the northern mountains of Bali, it takes around a 2½-hour drive to get there from the main tourist hubs of Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta, and Ubud.

To access the waterfall, you need to trek about 2 hours past rice terraces and local villages rimmed with rambutan and durian trees and through a dense tropical jungle.

15. Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan is a small island off the coast of Bali and the most popular of the three Nusa islands (Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Penida). It is about 20 kilometers (12 miles) offshore from Sanur and easily accessible by speedboat. It is an excellent choice for an island-hopping day trip.

You can have the best experience of surfing, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding there without the crowds, traffic, and tourist touts of the main beaches of Bali.

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Our day volunteering at the Panda Base was truly unforgettable. Helen, our guide, provided us with invaluable insights about Chengdu and the pandas, enriching our tour with her knowledge and expertise. We're grateful to Helen for accompanying us throughout the day and showcasing the highlights of China.

We had a booking with China Highlights through Silvia Ye who guarenteed a perfect organisation. In Chengdu our guide was Helen. She was the diamond of all. Speaking fluently English, full of interesting stories, laughing and talking all the time. We missed her the rest of our tour. We highly recommend to go to Chengdu for 3 days when visiting China, especially with Helen.

We traveled to China during the Chinese new year and we had Kris as our guide and he is simply knowledgeable,helpful and great.

We visited Guilin for 2 days and stayed in the Guilin Waterfall hotel. Guilin was absolutely beautiful! Our guide, William, was very knowledgeable and kind! He taught us so much about Guilin and the surrounding area! We really enjoyed trying the specialty rice noodles of Guilin. Our highlight was the Li river cruise.

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22 Best Places to Visit in Bali

Last updated on February 8, 2024 by Fiona Fiorentino and Spencer Leasca - 8 Comments

The undisputed favorite of Indonesia’s more than 17,000 islands, Bali lives up to its reputation as the quintessential tropical paradise.

Known for its captivating landscapes, vibrant culture and spiritual ambiance, Bali has become a top destination for globetrotters seeking an unforgettable experience. This tropical paradise offers a seamless blend of pristine beaches, lush rice terraces, mystical temples and warm hospitality, creating a tapestry of wonders that captivate the soul.

Known as the Island of the Gods, Bali’s culture is dominated by a unique form of Hinduism that’s evident in every aspect of Balinese life, from the temples that ornament every corner of the island to the daily offerings found in every home.

While some areas in Bali have suffered from over-commercialism in recent years, there are still places to visit in Bali that appear untouched by time. Whether exploring the distinctive culture of the Balinese people, scuba diving in coral reefs, climbing an ancient volcano or sunbathing on a broad stretch of beach, Bali has a bit of paradise to offer every visitor.

In this post, we'll cover:


Over on Bali’s southwestern coast, Canggu is a vibrant and rapidly evolving destination that offers a unique blend of laid-back charm and modern attractions.

With its picturesque paddy fields, stunning beaches and thriving surf culture, Canggu has become a magnet for surfers, digital nomads and travelers seeking a more relaxed and bohemian atmosphere.

The area boasts a plethora of trendy cafes, stylish boutiques and hip beach clubs, creating a buzzing social scene, particularly at night. Visitors can explore the famous Echo Beach, known for its world-class surf breaks and breathtaking sunsets, or venture inland to discover serene rice terraces and traditional Balinese villages.

For those seeking relaxation and self-care, Canggu also offers a world-class wellness scene, with numerous yoga studios and retreats.

21. Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida

Tucked off Bali’s southeastern coast, Nusa Penida is a place of rugged beauty and unspoiled landscapes.

It is renowned for its breathtaking cliffs, shimmering turquoise waters and pristine white sand beaches and offers a tranquil escape from the bustling mainland.

Nusa Penida’s dramatic coastal features, including the iconic Kelingking Beach and Broken Beach, leave visitors in awe of nature’s artistry. Snorkeling and diving enthusiasts will be captivated by the vibrant marine life surrounding Crystal Bay and Manta Point.

At the same time, tourists venturing into the island’s interior will find lush jungles, cascading waterfalls and traditional villages where they can experience the local way of life.

While the infrastructure is less developed than Bali’s main tourist areas, the raw beauty and sense of adventure make Nusa Penida a must-visit destination for those seeking off-the-beaten-path experiences.

20. Sekumpul Waterfall

Sekumpul Waterfall

Bali has many outstanding waterfalls, and Sekumpul Waterfall is right up there with the most impressive.

Situated in the highlands of Bali’s northern region, it enchants visitors with its powerful cascades and lush surroundings. You must trek through dense forests, cross streams, and navigate rocky terrain to reach it. But once you are there, the sight of multiple towering waterfalls plunging into a serene pool below will leave you breathless.

The sheer size and grandeur of the falls create a mesmerizing spectacle, and the misty atmosphere adds to the enchantment. Nature lovers and photographers will be in their element, immersing themselves in the serenity and majestic beauty of the falls.

19. Jimbaran


Over on Bali’s southwestern coast, Jimbaran is an attractive coastal village that seamlessly blends traditional charm with modern luxury. Best known for its pristine beaches and stunning sunsets, Jimbaran offers a serene and laid-back atmosphere to relax or explore.

The 3 km long crescent-shaped Jimbaran Bay is lined with golden sand and swaying palm trees, providing the perfect setting for relaxation and beachside dining. Seafood lovers can indulge in a mouthwatering feast of freshly grilled seafood at local beachfront restaurants.

Jimbaran is also home to several luxury resorts and spas, offering world-class amenities and rejuvenating treatments that will invigorate and de-stress you.

For those seeking cultural immersion, the nearby Uluwatu Temple is a must-visit. Perched atop a cliff with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, it provides a fascinating glimpse into Bali’s cultural heritage. Surfers should head to Balangan Beach and Dreamland Beach for their exceptional swell.

18. Sidemen Valley

Sidemen Valley

Bali isn’t all beaches, spa resorts and vibrant nightlife. It also has its fair share of lush countryside. One good place to see this is at the Sidemen Valley.

This serene valley resides on the eastern part of the island and comprises breathtaking landscapes, terraced rice fields and traditional Balinese villages.

It is a haven for nature lovers, offering opportunities for scenic hikes, cycling tours and leisurely walks through the countryside. For those needing a place to stay, the valley offers numerous accommodation options, from boutique resorts to homestays. They allow visitors to immerse themselves in the local culture and enjoy warm Balinese hospitality.

Exploring Sidemen presents authentic Balinese life, with artisans crafting intricate handicrafts and locals tending to their rice fields. Subsequently, the beauty and tranquillity of the valley make it an ideal destination for those seeking a peaceful retreat and a deeper connection with nature and Balinese traditions.

17. West Bali National Park

West Bali National Park

The West Bali National Park lies on the western tip of Bali. The only national park on the island, it is a pristine and biodiverse nature reserve that showcases the island’s natural wonders.

The park encompasses dense rainforests, mangrove forests, savannahs and coral reefs. It is home to many species of flora and fauna, including endangered species like the Bali Starling and Javan Rusa deer. As a haven for nature and wildlife lovers, visitors can embark on guided treks or birdwatching expeditions. They can also explore the underwater world through snorkeling or diving in the park’s vibrant marine ecosystems.

The park’s iconic Pemuteran Bay is a popular spot for diving and turtle conservation. While just off the peninsula’s northeast shore, Menjangan Island is home to historic Hindu temples, indigenous barking deer and stunning coral reefs.

16. Bedugul


If you are finding the tropical heat of Bali too oppressive, make a point of visiting Bedugul. Nestled in the central highlands, it is a scenic retreat that offers a refreshing escape from the blazing sun.

This quaint mountain town is known for its cooler climate and stunning natural beauty. Think serene lakes, lush forests and misty landscapes that will leave a lump in your throat.

The iconic Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, situated on the shores of Lake Beratan, is a must-visit attraction. It features intricate Balinese architecture and captivating reflections in the water that make terrific photographs.

Bedugul is also home to the Bali Botanic Garden, a haven for plant enthusiasts and the Bali Treetop Adventure Park, offering thrilling treetop obstacle courses amidst the forest canopy. Additionally, the area is renowned for its fresh produce, and visitors can indulge in farm-to-table dining experiences and shop at local markets.

15. Jatiluwih


Bali is famous for its stunning rice terraces, with Jatiluwih being one of the best places to see them. Offering a fascinating glimpse into the island’s agricultural heritage, it boasts expansive terraced fields that cascade down the rolling hills, creating a breathtaking tapestry of vibrant green hues.

The area is known for its traditional Subak irrigation system, which has sustained rice cultivation for centuries. Travelers can explore the terraces on foot or rent a bicycle to immerse themselves in the serene countryside.

Along the way, encounters with local farmers and glimpses of traditional Balinese village life are commonplace. Jatiluwih also offers panoramic viewpoints, such as the Pura Luhur Batukaru Temple, where visitors can marvel at the majestic landscapes.

If you can, visit Jatiluwih at dusk when the setting sun’s colors give the landscape a magical Insta-worthy glow.

14. Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua

Nestled on Bali’s southern coast, Nusa Dua is a renowned resort enclave that offers travelers a luxurious and upscale experience.

Known for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters and world-class resorts, Nusa Dua presents a tranquil and sophisticated atmosphere. The area boasts a collection of high-end hotels, elegant villas and upscale dining establishments, catering to discerning travelers seeking comfort and relaxation.

Nusa Dua’s palm-fringed beaches provide an idyllic setting for sunbathing, swimming and water sports activities. Golf enthusiasts can tee off at the prestigious Bali National Golf Club.

In contrast, culture enthusiasts can explore the nearby Pasifika Museum, showcasing an extensive art collection sourced from across the Asia-Pacific region. Nusa Dua is also famous for its water-blow phenomenon, where crashing waves create dramatic water sprays.

If you head to Nusa Dua, remember it is a very upmarket part of Bali. So prices are higher here than in most other places on the island.

13. Pura Lempuyang

Pura Lempuyang

Pura Lempuyang, known as the ‘Gateway to Heaven’, is a sacred Hindu temple complex. It is situated on the slopes of Mount Lempuyang in East Bali, 600 meters above sea level.

This iconic temple has gained global recognition for its breathtaking views and spiritual significance. The main attraction is the picturesque split-gate entrance, which frames a magnificent vista of Mount Agung, Bali’s highest volcano.

Visitors must ascend a long staircase with several temples along the way to reach the summit, making it a spiritual pilgrimage for many. The temple complex offers a serene and peaceful atmosphere, allowing you to connect with their spirituality and immerse yourself in Balinese Hindu culture.

Seeing the temple bathed in a golden glow as the sun rises is also a genuinely ethereal experience if you can wake up early enough.

12. Tukad Cepung Waterfall

Tukad Cepung Waterfall

If you want to see a breathtaking waterfall, Tukad Cepung Waterfall should be high on your list.

It resides within a cave in Tembuku village, part of the Bangli regency on the island, approximately 30 km from Ubud.

You’ll need to take a short hike through lush greenery and narrow paths to get there. Once you arrive, you’ll be greeted with a towering cliff surrounding the waterfall, creating a unique and picturesque setting.

The waterfall cascades into a shallow pool, inviting visitors to dip in its crystal-clear waters. The natural rock formations surrounding the waterfall add to its charm and offer great photo opportunities.

When sunlight filters through the narrow canyon, it creates a stunning ambiance that illuminates the cascading water, making for a magical experience.

Visitors can relax, meditate, or soak in the natural beauty of the surroundings. Try to head there between 9 am and 11 am to see it at its best.

11. Mount Agung

Mount Agung

Mount Agung, Bali’s highest volcano, beckons adventurers and nature enthusiasts with its awe-inspiring beauty and spiritual significance.

Offering a challenging yet rewarding trekking experience, ascending to the top of this active volcano rewards hikers with breathtaking panoramic views of the island and surrounding landscapes. The trek to it takes you through diverse terrains, including lush forests, rugged trails and volcanic ash fields.

Mount Agung holds deep spiritual significance for the Balinese people. The Besakih Temple, known as the ‘Mother Temple of Bali’, sits at the volcano’s base. Visitors can explore the temple and witness traditional ceremonies, immersing themselves in the island’s rich cultural heritage.

While trekking Mount Agung is one of the more demanding things to do in Bali and requires physical endurance, the experience offers a profound connection with nature and a glimpse into the island’s spiritual traditions. If you go early enough, you can also witness a spectacular sunrise at the summit, creating a truly unforgettable moment.

10. Sanur Beach

Sanur Beach

Located in the village of Denpasar in southeast Bali, quiet Sanur Beach is a popular destination for older visitors, which has earned the spot the nickname “Snore Beach.” That’s a bit of a misnomer, however, as there is plenty of things to do at this beach resort.

In addition to the area’s well-kept beach, Sanur has several important historic sites, including the Blanjong Temple, which contains a column bearing inscriptions that date back to the 9th century. The nearby Le Mayeur Museum was once home to Belgian impressionist Adrian Jean Le Mayeur and features many of the artist’s works.

Tourists can also explore the nearby mangrove forest or take a boat trip to the neighboring islands for a change of scene.

9. Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan, a small island off the southeast coast of Bali, is a tropical paradise that attracts visitors with its pristine beaches, azure waters and relaxed island vibe. Accessible by a short boat ride, it provides another tranquil escape from the busier parts of Bali.

The island is known for its stunning coastal scenery, including Dream Beach, Mushroom Bay and Devil’s Tear, where dramatic waves crash against rugged cliffs. Snorkeling and diving enthusiasts, in particular, will marvel at the vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life around Nusa Lembongan.

Exploring the island by bicycle or scooter reveals picturesque landscapes of lush jungles, charming villages, and seaweed farms. Visitors can indulge in beachside dining, especially fresh seafood and enjoy breathtaking sunsets.


Over on Bali’s northern coast, Lovina is a charming coastal town renowned for its tranquil beaches, dolphin sightings and colorful coral reefs.

Offering a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, its black sand beaches are perfect for sunbathing, swimming and walking past the breaking waves.

Lovina is particularly famous for its early morning dolphin-watching tours, where visitors can witness pods of dolphins frolicking in the ocean. Snorkelers and divers should also enjoy exploring the vibrant underwater world, teeming with tropical fish and beautiful coral formations.

The town boasts various accommodation options, ranging from budget-friendly guesthouses to luxury resorts. Away from the beaches, visitors can also explore nearby attractions like Banjar Hot Springs and Brahma Vihara Arama, a historic Buddhist temple.

7. Pura Luhur Uluwatu

Pura Luhur Uluwatu

Perched dramatically on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean, Pura Luhur Uluwatu is a majestic temple in Bali that offers a captivating blend of cultural heritage and breathtaking views.

For any traveler to Bali, this sacred temple is a must-visit destination, known for its stunning sunset vistas and traditional Balinese architecture.

As one of the six key temples believed to be Bali’s spiritual pillars, Pura Luhur Uluwatu exudes a sense of ancient spirituality and tranquility. Tourists can explore the temple complex, adorned with intricate stone carvings and guarded by cheeky resident monkeys.

The Kecak fire dance performance, held against the backdrop of the setting sun, is a mesmerizing cultural experience.

The temple’s cliffside location also offers panoramic views of the ocean and rugged coastline, making it an ideal spot for photography and reflection.

6. Mount Batur

Mount Batur

While it’s not the highest point on Bali, Mount Batur is situated on one of the island’s most dramatic landscapes. Dominating the northeastern section of Bali, the 1,717-meter (5,633-foot) peak is a sometimes-active volcano that includes four craters, a lake and several villages.

Offering a thrilling experience for those with an adventurous spirit, the sunrise trek to its summit is a popular activity. It provides breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, including Lake Batur, which you’ll want to savor.

The journey starts in the early morning, and as the sun emerges, the sky transforms into a palette of colors. Witnessing the sunrise from the summit is a truly unforgettable experience.

The trek takes approximately two to three hours, passing through volcanic landscapes and unique flora. After descending, visitors can relax in the hot springs at the volcano’s base.

5. Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach

Once a sleepy fishing village, Kuta gained fame as a great spot for surfing during the 1970s, and it has remained Bali’s premier vacation destination ever since. Located on the southern point of the island in the village of Kelurahan, the long, broad stretch of sand one of the best-maintained and most scenic beaches on the island.

Known for its active nightlife, the southern section of the beach is usually crowded, day or night. A short stroll to the north end of the beach, however, offers visitors a quiet sense of solitude.

The beach has various restaurants, bars and shops lining it, making it a hub of activity. Visitors can indulge in delicious local cuisine, shop for souvenirs, or enjoy the energetic nightlife with beachfront clubs and live music venues. Many of which stay open until the wee hours of the morning.

4. Pura Besakih

Pura Besakih

Located on the slopes of Gunung Agung, Bali’s highest mountain, Pura Besakih is considered the most important of the “kayangan jagat,” the nine directional temples built to protect the island from evil.

The temple was named after the dragon god that believers say lives within the depths of the mountain. The temple complex includes more than 28 structures built on seven ascending terraces.

Overall, Pura Besakih is a place of pilgrimage for the Balinese people and is often the site of vibrant ceremonies and religious festivals. It offers a unique opportunity for travelers to witness the island’s rich spiritual traditions, dating back thousands of years.

Visitors can explore the intricate architecture, stone carvings and beautiful pagodas which feature on the temple grounds. The sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and valleys adds to the awe-inspiring experience. Participating in an organized tour is the best way to view the site as the self-designated guides on site can be aggressively demanding.

3. Seminyak


Located on the southwestern coast of Bali, Seminyak is a small town that has been encompassed by the city of Kuta’s expansive growth. Despite its proximity to Kuta, Seminyak is one of the island’s most exclusive vacation destinations.

From its high-end boutiques and five-star restaurants to its luxury hotels and spas, the city attract attracts well-heeled travelers from around the world. Although the surf is too treacherous for most swimmers, Seminyak Beach offers visitors panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and of the professional surfers who flock to this area to ride the big waves too.

After dark, the town comes alive with bustling nightlife , including beachfront bars and clubs where you can dance the night away.

2. Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot

Situated on a large rock, Tanah Lot is one of the most famous Hindu temples in Bali. It has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries. The temple is one of 7 sea temples, each within eyesight of the next, to form a chain along the south-western coast of Bali.

Tanah Lot is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bali and the whole area can be very busy, especially in the late afternoons and before sunset. The area between the car park and the beach adjacent to the temple is a maze of souvenir shops selling just about every Balinese trinket imaginable.

Once visitors have fought their way through the souvenir vendors to the beach, they will see the magnificent temple perched on a rock just a few meters offshore. The natural beauty of the surroundings, with the temple silhouette against the ocean backdrop, creates a truly mesmerizing scene.


Perched among the terraced rice fields that climb up the foothills of Bali’s central mountains, Ubud is considered the island’s cultural heart. Ubud is home to the island’s most important museums, including the Neka Art Museum with its expansive collection of Balinese paintings. There are dance and music performances every day throughout the city as well as numerous art galleries and craft shops to explore.

Although Ubud has long been valued as a great place to learn about Balinese culture, tourism in Ubud boomed exponentially after it was featured in the book and movie “Eat, Pray, Love.” Fortunately, it only takes a short walk or bicycle ride to escape from the crowds and commercialism.

Nature lovers will find solace in the nearby Monkey Forest, a sacred sanctuary inhabited by playful macaque monkeys. Ubud is surrounded by gently rolling rice paddies which create a beautiful impression of greenness. The countryside offers opportunities for trekking, cycling and visiting traditional villages, such as the famous Tegalalang Rice Terrace.

If that sounds too energetic for you, Ubud’s wellness and yoga retreats are famous worldwide, providing a chance to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.

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Seminyak still my fave one. Great list anyway 🙂

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25 Top-Rated Things to Do in Bali

Written by Karen Hastings Updated Mar 23, 2023 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

Magical, mystical Bali brims with things to do for every type of traveler. Whether you're seeking outdoor adventures, a culture buzz, a relaxing beach escape at a resort, a girls' spa trip, or a spiritual experience, you can find it all on this enchanting Indonesian island .

The author's daughter walking through rice paddies in Ubud

Nature lovers can scale the peaks of lushly cloaked volcanoes; gape at gushing waterfalls; surf epic waves at Bali's beautiful beaches ; and cycle through vibrant fields, where rice paddies bristle in the golden sun.

Culture vultures, too, will find plenty to love. Visit local villages, learn about centuries-old crafts, or pay your respects at Bali's sacred temples. Want to dive a little deeper? Bliss out at a yoga or meditation retreat.

No matter what facet of this captivating island you choose to explore, find inspiration with our list of the top things to do in Bali.

1. Watch the Sunset at Purah Tanah Lot

2. bask on bali's beaches, 3. visit the ubud monkey forest, 4. climb to the top of mount batur or mount agung, 5. watch a kecak fire dance at pura luhur uluwatu, 6. swing over the tegallalang rice terrace, 7. hike to bali's waterfalls, 8. browse the shops in seminyak and canggu, 9. catch a wave at a bali surf spot, 10. escape to the nusa islands, 11. bike ride through local villages, 12. trek through the jatiluwih rice terraces, 13. take an outrigger to pura ulun danu bratan, 14. shop at the ubud art market, 15. chill out on the gili islands, 16. feast on vegan food in ubud, 17. snorkel or dive at amed, 18. bathe in the holy springs of pura tirta empul, 19. bliss out at a balinese spa, 20. explore candidasa & manggis, 21. pose for a photo at the gates of heaven, 22. explore the sidemen valley, 23. visit the tenganan ancient village, 24. de-stress at a yoga retreat, 25. splash around at waterbom bali, kuta, bali, indonesia - climate chart.

Sunset at Purah Tanah Lot

If you can only see one temple on your Bali visit, make it Pura Tanah Lot. This is one of the most popular places to visit in Bali . Perched on its own rocky islet, lapped by foamy waves, this sacred sea temple enjoys one of the most spectacular settings of all Bali's temples.

Sunset is the most popular time to visit – even better if it coincides with low tide, when a narrow spit of land emerges from the frothy sea, and you can walk across to the temple. Note, though, that foreigners can't enter the temple. Still, it makes a stunning sight.

After you've clicked all your photos, save time to stroll around the other temples and shrines in the complex. A highlight is Batu Bolong , another sea temple with a rocky causeway connecting it to the shore.

Wander the walkways and browse the market stalls, relax at the cliff-top restaurants and cafés, and sample the famous Kopi luwak (civet coffee). Don't be surprised if you see one of the friendly civets snoozing on the tables – they make great Instagram photo ops.

Purah Tana lot lies about 20 kilometers northwest of Kuta.

Address: Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82121, Indonesia

Beach in Canggu

Bali's beaches differ dramatically depending on where you go. Are you seeking soft golden sand and rustling palms? Head to honeymoon-favorite Nusa Dua Beach , set on its own gated resort area on a private peninsula. Some of Bali's best resorts fringe the frequently groomed sands here.

Jimbaran Bay is perfect for relaxing on the soft, white sand; a refreshing dip in the typically calm sea; or a beachfront seafood lunch. Sanur Beach is great for sailing, kitesurfing, and kite flying.

To soak up the scene, the beaches in Canggu , Kuta , Legian , and Seminyak are the top picks. In Seminyak, Double-Six Beach is the prime people-watching spot, where you can rent a sun lounger, relax under a colorful umbrella, and enjoy easy access to resorts and restaurants.

For dramatic beauty, Kelingking Beach on Nusa Penida takes the cake – its dramatic setting and T-Rex-shaped headland make it one of the best beaches in Asia . Look for manta rays from the cliff top, but tackle the tricky descent to the beach only if you dare.

Bali is perhaps best known for its surf beaches. If riding the swells is your top priority, Dreamland , Canggu , Balangan , Bingin , Padang-Padang , and Nyang Nyang or the cliff-fringed hidden coves of Uluwatu are the hottest surf spots.

Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Indonesia

Monkey Forest in Ubud

A stroll through the Monkey Forest in Ubud is about more than just capturing monkey selfies. It's an evocative journey through a mystical jungle, and one of the most popular things to do in Ubud.

Also called the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, this lush reserve represents the harmonious coexistence between humans and animals. Trails wind under giant banyan and nutmeg trees, where the ruins of sacred shrines and moss-cloaked temples peek out through snaking vines.

On the southwest side of the forest is one of the sanctuary's three temples: the 14th-century Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal . An ancient bathing temple, Pura Beji, nestled next to a cool stream, is another evocative backdrop for photos.

And yes, you'll also see plenty of monkeys. Troops of free-roaming gray long-tailed macaques scamper among the temple ruins, enchanting tourists with their antics, and snatching food from unsuspecting onlookers – secure all your belongings and avoid direct eye contact for the most harmonious experience.

This is one of the top places to visit in Ubud – especially for animal lovers and photographers.

Address: Jalan Monkey Forest, Padangtegal, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali

Sunrise atop Mount Batur

Seeing the sun rise from the misty peak of 1700-meter- high Mount Batur is one of the most iconic things to do in Bali. But you'll need to set your alarm – the hike begins in the pre-dawn darkness .

Anyone with average fitness – even older kids – should be able to conquer this hike. The trailhead lies about a 1.5-hour drive from Ubud and about 2.5 hours from Seminyak. Traveling along well-marked trails, the ascent takes about two to three hours and is best tackled on a clear day.

Once at the top, you can gaze across the caldera to the surrounding mountains and the glittering expanse of Lake Batur. Top off your adventure with a picnic breakfast, including eggs cooked by the volcano's steam. If you're an active traveler looking for things to do in Bali for couples, this is a great option.

Though the Mount Batur hike is popular, it's not Bali's highest mountain. That distinction goes to 3,031-meter-high Mount Agung . If you're a more experienced hiker and prefer a less traveled trail, you can hire a guide for this longer, more challenging trek.

Another mountain hike to consider if you're a socially conscious traveler is the award-winning Muntigunung Trek on the northern slopes of Bali's mountains. The cost funds projects that support local villages, and with every step, you are helping to improve the lives of locals in the region.

Pura Luhur Uluwatu

One of Bali's most famous temples, Pura Luhur Uluwatu sits in a spectacular setting on a sea cliff . The temple is believed to protect Bali from evil sea spirits.

Sunset is the best time to visit. Not only can you see the temple glow in the late golden light and soak up the breathtaking views, you can also watch the special Kecak and Fire Dance Show performances held each evening. These are one of the highlights of a visit here. Billowing flames, colorful traditional costumes, and mesmerizing dances enchant adults and children alike.

Only Hindus can enter the temple , but you can wander around, watch the cheeky monkeys, and gaze out as the setting sun ignites the sky.

Insider's tip: The traffic coming to and from the temple around sunset can slow your journey. Leave plenty of time to arrive.

Address: Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Author Karen Hastings and her sister swinging over the Tegallalang Rice Terrace

Bali is known for its Instagrammable experiences, and you'll find a top one at the Tegallalang Rice Terraces. Not only can you ogle a mosaic of vibrant greens at this UNESCO World Heritage Site , you also can soar over it in a giant swing. It's an exhilarating way to soak up the splendor of this historic attraction.

Cap off your swing with coffee tasting in a little hut overlooking the rice fields. And be sure to try the famous "cat-poo-cino" or kopi luwak, made from coffee beans pooped out by civets. (It tastes better than it sounds.)

Tegallalang Rice Terrace lies about a 30-minute drive north of Ubud . A little further afield (about a 90-minute drive from Ubud) you can have a less touristy experience at the Jatiluwih rice terraces, which are also recognized by UNESCO.

Address: Jalan Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia

Tibumana Waterfall

Waterfall aficionados are spoiled for choice in Bali. Some falls are hidden jewels, cascading down mossy rocks along jungly trails and spilling into tranquil pools. Others lie along short, well-trodden tourist tracks. Wherever you travel in Bali, it's likely you'll find a waterfall within a short drive. Most require a small fee, but hiking to them is one of the best cheap things to do in Bali.

Arguably one of the most beautiful cascades in Bali is Sekumpul Waterfall , a series of about seven falls. But it's also one of the most challenging to access – you have to negotiate a dirt road and steep steps on the three- to four-hour round-trip trek.

Easier to access, Gitgit waterfall is among Bali's most popular falls. Stroll along a wooden boardwalk to this twin-streamed beauty. Along the way, you'll pass over a small gorge and cool streams, and see fragrant spice and macadamia nut trees.

Tibumana Waterfall is a lovely single veil flowing into a limpid pool, and Tegenungan is also worth a stop. A large resort overlooks these falls, but what it lacks in tranquility, it compensates for in convenience – this is one of the closest large waterfalls to the busy resort areas of Kuta, Sanur, and Ubud.

The split streams of Banyumala Waterfall are eye-candy for photographers. You'll find it high in the mountains of north Bali, about a 90-minute drive from Ubud.

COVE in Canggu

Boho design, beachwear, bags, and bangles – you'll find all this and more along the busy streets of Seminyak and Canggu.

In Seminyak , hip boutiques include Paulina Katarina, Magali Pascal, Uma and Leopold, Biasa, and Bamboo Blonde. Browse styles from more than 40 independent designers under one roof at Bali Boat Shed, which sells men's, women's, and children's wear, or head to Sea Gypsy for handcrafted silver jewelry.

For one-stop shopping, stroll through Seminyak Village, an air-conditioned western-style mall packed with stores selling everything from fashion to shoes to jewelry and souvenirs. You can also browse the stores in the smaller open-air Seminyak Square .

Looking for a real bargain? Browse the stalls at the Seminyak Flea Markets near Seminyak Square. Clothing, jewelry, carvings, and handicrafts are among the many treasures you'll find here.

Canggu is home to many of these same designer stores, as well as other hip boutiques. One Love sells sustainable and small-batch styles created by independent designers. COVE is another worthwhile stop, with island-style decor, clothing, and jewelry, and Indigo Luna sells eco-conscious yoga wear and swimwear at its flagship store here.

Surf lessons in Canggu

Bali is famous for its fantastic surf breaks. Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned wave rider, you're sure to find a top spot to hone your skills.

Beginners will find gentle waves, surfboard rentals, and affordable lessons in the top tourist areas of Kuta, Seminyak, and Canggu's Echo Beach . Just head to the beach and find a vendor along the shore.

But some of Bali's best surf spots are a little further afield. Best surfed at low tide, Dreamland on the Bukit peninsula lures experienced surfers in big swells, and others when the waves are smaller.

Uluwatu's legendary surf breaks are more technical, and the view of one of Bali's famous Uluwatu temple perched on the clifftop makes surfing here a magical experience.

Padang Padang is known as the Balinese Pipeline. Advanced surfers ride the big barrel breaks over the reef here, and surfing enthusiasts of all stripes come to watch the annual Rip Curl Cup.

Blue Point, Green Bowl, Balangan, Bingin, and Nyang Nyang are other popular surf spots for intermediate and more advanced wave riders.

Nusa Penida

If you're planning a romantic getaway in Bali, consider the Nusa Islands. Here, you'll find wild beaches, hidden caves, blue lagoons, and a more traditional way of life.

Nusa Lembongan is the most visited of these three slower-paced islands. About 20 kilometers offshore from Sanur, it's easily accessible by speedboat. Top things to do here include surfing, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, and watching the local seaweed farmers along the shore. Don't miss Dream Beach; Mushroom Bay; and the Devil's Tears blowhole.

Nusa Penida is the largest of the island trio. It's home to rugged rock formations, a bird sanctuary, caves, coral reefs, and popular dive spots with manta rays and turtles. A must-do here is the steep hike down to Kelingking Beach , also known as T-Rex Bay – it's one of the top beaches in Asia and a popular spot for Instagrammers.

Nusa Ceningan , the most petite of the island trio, is known for its beautiful blue lagoon, a popular hangout for cliff jumpers.

Insider's tip: If you can't squeeze a stay here into your Bali itinerary, you can always book a day trip.

Riding through rice fields in Bali

Biking through Bali is the best way to soak up the local way of life, far from the tourist throngs and souvenir shops.

Popular Bali biking tours typically start at a high point around Ubud, like Mount Batur's famous caldera lake, so your ride is mostly downhill. Along the way, you'll pass vibrant rice fields, coffee plantations, temples, and tiny villages, where you catch a glimpse of traditional life and take part in local customs.

Making offerings in a local village on a bike tour in Bali

Better still, save some pedal power and take the half-day electric cycling tour of Ubud . On this three-hour e-bike tour, you'll soak up the scenic countryside and explore the UNESCO-listed Tegallalang Rice Terrace, local villages, and a coffee plantation along the route, then top off your day with a tasty Balinese lunch.

Many hotels and resorts in Ubud also have complimentary-use bicycles for guests, so you can take your own self-guided bike tour of the surrounding area.

Jatiluwhi rice terraces

Trekking though Bali's emerald-green rice terraces connects you to the beating heart of Bali. Rice has been cultivated in Bali for at least 2,000 years, and in the fields, you can see locals toiling year-round, planting, tending, and harvesting this precious crop. A stroll through these patchwork fields gives you an opportunity to meet local families working together.

Tegallalang is Bali's most famous rice terrace, but Jatiluwah rice terraces are less touristy and offer a taste of traditional Bali. About a 90-minute drive from Ubud, the Jatiluwih rice terraces cloak more than 600 hectares of rice fields along the slopes of the Batukaru mountain range.

You can book an organized Jatiluwhi Rice Field trekking tour. Alternatively, you can take the self-guided 3.7-kilometer Jatiluwhi Rice Terraces Loop .

Afterwards, many hikers relax at a local restaurant with a cool refreshment overlooking the fields.

Another place to walk through the rice terraces is the sleepy Sideman Valley .

Woman in a outrigger in front of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

Perched on a small island along the western shore of Lake Bratan, 17th-century Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is one of Bali's most beautiful temple complexes . Set in the cool highlands of central Bali against the striking backdrop of Gunung Bratan, the tiered temples reflect on the mirrored lake and appear to float on its surface when the water levels rise.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is dedicated to Dewi Danu, goddess of the sea and lakes, and it seems as though she is still smiling down on this sacred site. The best way to soak up the beauty here is to hire a traditional jukung outrigger to tour the lake .

Try to visit early in the day, before the tourist buses arrive – you might even catch the temple shrouded in mist for an especially haunting photo op.

Insider's tip: You can combine a visit here with a stroll around the bamboo forests and begonia collections at the nearby Bali Botanic Gardens .

Address: Danau Beratan, Candikuning, Baturiti, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82191, Indonesia

Sarongs for sale at the Ubud Art Market

If it's your mission to pick up some Bali souvenirs, don't miss the brimming stalls at Ubud Art Market (Pasar Ubud). Sculptures, sarongs, carvings, jewelry, paintings, and homewares are just some of the many items you'll find here, and browsing the bustling stalls is one of the top things to do in Ubud – even if you don't buy anything.

Bargaining is expected, and a good rule of thumb is to offer half the asking price and go upwards from there, but always with a polite smile.

Note that in 2022, the market is under construction , and many of the stalls have set up shop in the surrounding streets, alleys, and parking areas, spilling out onto the busy sidewalks. Construction could continue until 2024.

Gili Trawangan

If even the Nusa Islands are too busy for you, it's time to check out the positively snoozy Gili Islands. Life moves even more slowly on this trio of tiny islands (Gili actually means "small island"), which lie off the coast of neighboring Lombok, but tourists are quickly discovering this tropical escape, and boutique hotels are sprouting up along their shores. For the moment, though, you can still tap into a mellower vibe here.

You won't find huge hotels – or even cars and motorbikes – on the Gilis. Instead, these islands are more about local guesthouses and exploring by bike .

Swimming in crystal-clear waters; basking on palm-lined, pure white-sand beaches; and cultural experiences like cooking classes are among other top things to do on these sleepy isles.

Gili Trawangan , called"Gili T", is trading its boho backpacker status (think full moon gatherings and reggae tunes) for more upscale tourists from Europe and Asia.

Peaceful Gili Meno is great for couples and families who don't mind limited amenities, and Gili Air offers the best of both worlds.

Getting to the Gili Islands takes a little more effort than other places to visit in Bali – you need to take a fast boat to the islands (around 90-minutes) from Padang Bai harbor. But it's worth it for the relative tranquility and more traditional feel of these far-flung isles.

Sweet Symphony raw vegan dessert platter at Moksa

Plant-based food lovers, rejoice: Ubud is home to some of the best vegan food in Asia . Sustainability is at the heart of many of the top restaurants in Ubud, and you can even dine overlooking permaculture gardens.

Moksa is one of these venues. Sit cross-legged in the open-air pavilions and sample innovative plant-based cuisine, from love burritos to living tacos and decadent raw desserts.

Zest offers more upscale dining in a dramatic venue. Perched high on a hill just outside Ubud's busy center, this Zen venue serves up plant-based fare from around the world made from locally grown ingredients.

In downtown Ubud, Alchemy is all about healing through food. A medicinal soup bar, raw cakes composed of superfoods, vibrant salads, and vegan soft-serve ice cream are among the many plant-based goodies here. You can also learn how to create some of your meals at their raw vegan cooking school. Detox retreats, vegan cheese workshops, and gluten-free baking courses are also offered.

Takeaway vegan picnic from Mana Kitchen, Ubud

Clear Cafe spotlights local, ethical produce, and Mana Kitchen , tucked amid Ubud's rice fields, fuses Japanese superfood with Indonesian cuisine. Think organic, probiotic-rich meals made with fresh garden produce.

But vegan dining doesn't mean sacrificing comfort food. Pizza Cult is a plant-based pizzeria offering mouthwatering vegan-cheese topped versions of this favorite Italian food.


A shimmering coral reef laces the shallow waters along the smoky-gray sands of Amed Beach, making it one of the best easily accessible places to snorkel and dive in Bali .

Amed lies on Bali's northeastern coast and actually encompasses seven different seaside villages, with coral reefs just a few meters from shore. Rays, reef sharks, shipwrecks, and colorful tropical fish are among the underwater attractions you can explore here, and you can even sign up for a freediving course at Apneista.

You can also snorkel and dive at neighboring Tulamben, home to a US cargo shipwreck , the USAT Liberty .

Not into snorkeling or diving? No problem. Rent a sun lounger at a beachside café, book a beachside massage, order up a snack and a frosty cold coconut juice, and settle in for a day of lounging.

Instagrammers can also photograph Bali's colorful jukungs (outrigger canoes) lined up along the beach.

Amed is also a fun place to stay for Bali beach bums – you'll find plenty of affordable guesthouses, warungs, and dive shops along this oceanfront stretch.

Purification ritual at Pura Tirta Empul

Pura Tirta Empul is famous for its sacred purification ritual. Dating from around 960 CE, this beautiful temple complex in central Bali is a national cultural heritage site centered around a rectangular pool fed by a holy spring.

Visitors can join the locals in the cleansing ritual , but it's recommended that you ask an experienced guide first to make sure you respect the customs. Bathers must enter the water fully clothed, and you will be asked to wear a sarong and sash. Make sure you take photos and explore the temple grounds before you bathe, so you don't walk around in dripping clothes.

As with most of Bali's temples, the best times to visit Tirta Empul Temple are early morning and late afternoon.

Address: Jl. Tirta, Manukaya, Kec. Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia

Balinese flower bath

Bali hosts some of the planet's most pampering – and affordable – day spas. Treatments range from invigorating foot scrubs, manicures, pedicures, and facials using local ingredients to full-body Balinese massages.

A particularly pampering Balinese specialty is a flower bath. Slip into a steaming hot bathtub cloaked in brightly hued blooms, and soak your cares away.

If you really want to splash out, our top picks are Sundari Day Spa in Seminyak and Healing Village Spa at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay. Fancy a 24-carat gold facial? Goldust Beauty Lounge in Canggu is the place for you.

If you're looking to get the best price, you'll want to visit a local Balinese spa or a smaller resort. Spa treatments at the bigger resorts are pricier.

Black-sand beach in Manggis

Candidasa (pronounced "Chandidasa") and the little beachfront town of Manggis make a fantastic base for exploring the attractions of northeast Bali.

Life moves languidly in this part of Bali. Gazing out over pebbly, smoky-sand beaches; temple-hopping; strolling through rice fields; and snorkeling are some of the top things to do near Candidasa and Mangiss.

From here, you can visit Tirta Ganga Water Gardens about an hour's drive north of Candidasa. This royal water garden complex is a beautiful place for photos. Perfectly manicured gardens adorn the grounds, and stepping stones pepper the tranquil pools, where gigantic koi swim. Trips to Pura Lempuyang Luhur and the fabulously Instagrammable Gateway to Heaven are also popular.

In town, stop by Candidasa Lotus Lagoon when the fuchsia blossoms are in full bloom. It makes a colorful photo.

Other top things to do in the region include day trips to the Blue Lagoon; ocean kayaking; and visiting Tenganan , one of Bali's oldest villages.

Wondering where to stay? Manggis is home to the lovely four-star Alila Manggis , a luxury beachfront resort on sprawling, palm-studded grounds, with a pampering spa overlooking the water.

Gates of Heaven

If you're an Instagrammer looking for a memorable photo op, consider adding Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang to your sightseeing list. Posing for a photo between the famous Gates of Heaven here is one of the top things to do at the temple. These towering dragon staircases frame billowing clouds and the misty peak of Mount Agung, creating an iconic Bali image with an ethereal quality.

Often just called "Lempuyang Temple" (Pura Lempuyang), this famous shrine is actually part of a complex of temples in the highlands of Mount Lempuyang. For breathtaking views over the lush countryside, hike up the grueling 1,700 steps to Pura Luhur Lempuyang, one of Bali's most sacred temples. Even better, pay a local for a moped ride part of the way to save your legs.

Note that visiting this sacred shrine is not for time-strapped tourists. For the privilege of posing for a photo at the Gates of Heaven, you'll have to join a long line – and pay a fee. But if you have time to explore the other temples in this complex, it's worth a visit.

Address: Jl. Pura Telaga Mas Lempuyang, Tri Buana, Kec. Abang, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia

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View over the Sideman Valley

Craving a slice of old Bali? The Sideman Valley, about a 90-minute drive northeast of Ubud, is where you'll find it. One of the top things to do here is stroll around the tiny villages and watch the locals tending to their traditional activities.

Follow the narrow paths through the rice fields and lush countryside, past cocoa and coffee plantations, where Mount Agung looms in the background. You can also hike to the summit of this cloud-capped peak.

Other popular things to do in the Sideman Valley include yoga retreats and river rafting . You can also take part in cultural activities such as carving and dancing, or sign up for a traditional weaving workshop.

Bali homestays, B&Bs, and even a few luxury villas nestle amid the rice fields.

Weaving in Tenganan Ancient Village

Strolling through Tenganan Ancient Village is like stepping back in time. This quaint little settlement is one of only two villages in Bali where the locals practise the intricate art of double ikat weaving .

For a small fee, you can take a tour with one of the residents and see the locals weaving the colorful textiles on handmade looms. Each piece is dyed using natural ingredients from plants, herbs, and tree bark. After your tour, you can view some of the pieces, and purchase them if you wish.

Woven textiles in Tenganan village

Tenganan village also hosts an unusual ceremony. The Makare-kare Festival in June, includes a theatrical fight between the local Balinese men to honor the God of War and their ancestors.

Yoga practice in Bali

Bali is one of the world's top places for yoga retreats. Thanks to its predominantly Hindu population, yoga has deep roots here, and travelers will find endless luxury wellness resorts offering spiritual, yoga, and meditation retreats, from beachfront escapes to jungle sanctuaries.

On the banks of the Ayung River, about 30 minutes' drive from Ubud, the award-winning Fivelements Retreat Bali offers yoga and meditation sessions, massage, martial arts, and healing consultations.

Yoga classes and fire ceremonies are offered at Bagus Jati, set in the rainforests of Ubud, and holistic Zen Resort Bali offers 16 villas on the remote coast of Singaraja, with private yoga classes that can be customized to guests' wellness needs.

Waterbom Bali

Traveling with the kids in tow, and looking for a place to keep cool? Head to Waterbom Bali . This popular water park in the heart of Kuta offers every type of water fun you can imagine. Float down a lazy river, zoom down waterslides, try surfing on the FlowRider, and splash around in the pools.

Parents will be happy here, too. Manicures, pedicures, and reflexology sessions provide a little on-site pampering, and you can even try the fish spa therapy. Tropical gardens with plenty of shade make it a pleasant place to hang out until the kids wear themselves out. Don't forget the sunscreen!

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19 Best Things to Do in Bali

By Travis Levius

19 Best Things to Do in Bali

There’s an unspoken rule in Bali: Where there are iconic ancient Hindu temples and tropical panoramas, a deluge of tourists is sure to follow. But don’t let this deter you from exploring the Indonesian island’s largess of cultural treasures—sites like the cliffside Uluwatu Temple and the sacred pools of Tirta Empul maintain their enrapturing qualities no matter the visitor count. If you need a primer on Bali’s essential sights (with tips to side-step the madding crowd) along with a few hidden and up-and-coming gems, you've come to the right place. Here is our list of the very best things to do in Bali.

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Nyang Nyang Beach Bali

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In Bali, the words “south” and “secluded” are rarely uttered in the same sentence, but Nyang Nyang Beach, in Uluwatu, indeed fills the bill. White sands, greenery-lined cliffs, and the astonishing absence of crowds await—if you're dedicated enough to find it. Who knows, you might get lucky and have the coast all to yourself. If you’ve lamented how overrun Bali’s main beaches have become nowadays, Nyang Nyang is the respite you’ve been looking for.

Gunung Kaw Bali

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Gunung Kawi is an 11th-century complex of courtyards and cliff-carved shrines along the Pakerisan River, near Ubud . Theories and myths surround the ancient Hindu site—legend has it that a ferocious warrior named Kebo Iwa carved the intricate reliefs with his fingernails, for instance—which adds to its allure. Getting down to this jungle-enshrouded marvel will require some serious walking (there are some 300 steps), but the reward—especially in the quieter morning hours—is immense.

Indonesia Bali Market Sukawati Art Market

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Sukawati Art Market is a cheaper and quieter alternative to nearby Ubud Market and other popular locales in southern Bali. There is an impressive array of handcrafted artworks for sale, from framed paintings of local farm life to large wooden sculptures of Hindu deities. Without the intimidating crowds, it’s an ideal place to flex your bargaining skills on vibrant patterned dresses and accessories, home goods, and tote bags for all tastes.

Indonesia Bali Attraction Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall

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Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall, a recently opened Northern Bali attraction, is a little hard to get to. You'll need to drive at least 90 minutes from Ubud and take a winding, 20-minute hike through a banana plantation. But once you've completed the journey, you'll be rewarded handsomely with a lush forest hiding a quartet of grand waterfalls that are somehow not overrun by crowds. The main waterfall is the most spectacular—a verdant rock amphitheater with misty streams cascading down to a shallow pool.

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On an island full of natural beauty, Mount Batur (or “Gunung Batur”) and its serene surroundings might be the most dramatic destination of all. The 5,600-foot volcanic marvel contains Bali’s largest crater lake—a splendid cycling site and slopes ripe for hiking with picturesque villages along the way. The sunrise, as seen from the peak, is spectacular. Not for the faint of heart—or anyone who loathes early-morning wake-up calls—the ascent takes around two hours. But once you’ve reached the top, you might witness one of the most majestic mist-sheathed vistas you’ve ever seen.

Pura Lempuyang Luhur Bali

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Located far from the tourist hubbub of Ubud , Lempuyang Temple is a sacred seven-temple complex in eastern Bali best known for the Gateway to Heaven that perfectly frames the formidable Mount Agung, the island’s tallest peak. This is one of the most majestic sights in Bali—come for sunrise for the best, least crowdede results—and it’s also a significant Hindu temple. Entrance requires a donation, a sarong (also available on loan), and a 40,000 rupiah ($3) round-trip jeep shuttle up the steep mountainside.

Tukad Cepung Bali

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Tukad Cepung, located in East Bali, is one of the island’s most photogenic falls, a small site leaving a major impression on travelers willing to scale the numerous steps and crossings to see it. The trump card here is drawcard is the natural light show which occurs in the earlier portion of the day. Arrive mid- to late morning for less crowded encounters, as snap-happy tourists start to flood the area by noon.

Indonesia Bali Temple Ubud Monkey Forest

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This tourist magnet might look like an open-air zoo attraction, but Ubud Monkey Forest is actually a holy site with a 1000-plus band of long-tailed Balinese macaques in their natural habitat. As cantankerous as some of the monkeys can be—dangling jewelry, bags, and conspicuous food will invite aggressive sticky fingers—the primates are considered sacred by Balinese Hindus who come to pray in the complex's three ancient temples.

Beji Guwang Hidden Canyon

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Beji Guwang Hidden Canyon, a Sukawati-based ravine and sacred Balinese site, feels hidden in plain sight. Beyond the ticketed entrance is a series of mid-rise canyons lining the Oos River: prepare to climb, wade, swim, and scale your way through a rocky-tropical landscape not seen anywhere else on the island. Guides are necessary for safety and if possible, avoid rainy season as the currents can rise to dangerous levels—the canyon closes on days when it’s especially hazardous.

Menjangan Island Bali

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Making up part of the West Bali National Park, Menjangan Island is a tiny, less-trodden gem eight miles off the northwestern coast of Bali. Nicknamed “Deer Island” for the numerous Javan rusa deer ambling about, it’s uncrowded and largely uninhabited, and its fringing coral reefs make it among the best diving and snorkeling spots in Greater Bali. On land, wild but approachable deer sashay around the island and take chest-high dips in the beach water.

Tegallalang Rice Field Bali

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Tegalalang Rice Terrace, 20 minutes north of Ubud , is one of Bali’s most photogenic—and most-visited—destinations. The UNESCO World Heritage Site contains wide, undulating layers of rice paddies, kept alive by an ancient, sophisticated irrigation system and farmers who tend the terraces just as previous generations have done for millennia. You can explore this area freely. Take a short stroll or navigate its entire length; descend to some of the lower slopes (if the farmers don’t mind) for a different vantage point; or grab a seat at an open-air cafe when you need a break.

Indonesia Bali Temple Uluwatu Temple

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Uluwatu Temple, in Bali’s extreme south in Pecatu Village, is a crucial ancient site that has protected Hindu islanders from evil spirits since 900 AD. Its location is the main draw for tourists: some 230 feet up on a precipitous cliff’s edge, with the powerful waves of Uluwatu Beach lapping at its base. The sunsets here are among Bali’s most sensational. As an add-on, the daily kecak dance performances (about $7), with chants, costumed performances, and rings of fire, make the setting even more enchanting.

Indonesia Bali Park Tirta Empul

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Tirta Empul (“Holy Spring”), an important sacred water temple for more than 1,000 years, contains a warren of shrines, gates, courtyards, and purification pools where Balinese Hindus “baptize” themselves underneath a succession of waterspouts. Equally popular with travelers, the temple commands a 15,000 rupiah ($1) entry fee and the wearing of a sarong.

Banyumala Twin Waterfalls Bali Indonesia

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Tucked deep in the lush North Bali highlands are the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls, a mighty pair of 11-story-tall falls that cascade into a natural pool. The far-out location—at least two hours from the main drags of Ubud and Seminyak—and the steep hike keep the crowds delightfully low. This spot is perfect for anyone in search of Bali’s raw natural beauty—sans the typical tourist pack. Come early to maximize your time.

Indonesia Bali Beach Thomas Beach

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Thomas Beach, located in the south of Bali not far from Uluwatu, is a long, sprawling, white-sand beach flanked by willowy palm trees. It's managed to keep itself a well-guarded secret, drawing only the most curious travelers. The steps down to the beach put some visitors off—those who do manage them will find all the more space to spread out and sip on fresh coconut water from one of the vendors.

Indonesia Bali Templa Tirta Gangga

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Although Tirta Gangga ($2 entry), a former palace turned lavish water gardens, looks like it has existed for several centuries, it was actually conceived in 1946 by the royal Karangasem family. But its far-reaching east Bali location hasn’t stopped travelers from exploring its magical fountains, shrubs, sculptures, and flowers, or positioning themselves on the octagonal stepping stones and feeding the carp. There are also stone spring water pools and you can even swim in one of them.

Indonesia Bali Beach Echo Beach

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Echo Beach, Batu Bolong' s immediate northern neighbor, shares a lot of its attributes; among them, charcoal brown sand, stellar surf breaks, and bounteous eating and drinking options. But Echo feels less developed, and the waves are bigger and better for surf enthusiasts. Locals and an increasing number of tourists are congregating here more, but you’ll still have ample breathing space to lay, gaze, meander, or dip your toes in the water.

Sekumpul Waterfall Bali

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If exploring Bali’s paradiscal scenery is a priority, a visit to Sekumpul Waterfall is practically essential. It is considered by many to be the island’s finest waterfall destination. Like most North Bali waterfalls, accessing Sekumpul will require some sweat. It’ll take around an hour to walk the trails and make your way down the verdant ravine, but once you do you'll be rewarded with a vast expanse of idyllic tropical landscapes, and grand-scale falls, which appear to pour from the heavens.  

Pantai Pasir Putih Bali

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Wedged between two headlands, Pantai Pasir Putih (or White Sand Beach) is known as one of Bali’s best “secret” beaches—though the word has definitely gotten out. Those in the know travel here to east Bali to enjoy a more laid-back experience and access to perfectly blue waters—attributes hard to come by in the popular western beaches. The water is more than fine: the clarity is among the best seen around the island, and is calm enough for leisurely swims and snorkels.


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Tegalalang Rice Terraces

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These Balinese sculptured rice terraces offer tourists a chance to enjoy nature and a valuable glimpse of local culture and customs. Tourists can explore the village and meet residents.

Ubud Art Market

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Ubud is the cultural hub of Bali and home to many traditional artists producing unique and authentic products that represent the island. Tourists can find anything here, from art pieces to humble souvenirs. Keen to visit? You can do so with Culture Trip by joining our specially curated small-group Bali adventure, led by our local insider .

Besakih Temple

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Besakih Temple, the largest in Bali, sits on the slopes of the island’s highest mountain, Mount Agung. The complex comprises 86 temples that are more than 1,000 years old. Each year, the temple hosts more than 70 religious ceremonies or celebrations attended by Hindu devotees from all over the island.

Padang Padang Beach

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Probably best known for its appearance in the movie Eat, Pray , Love (2010), this once-hidden gem lives up to the hype. A perfect nook where you can chill by the sand, swim past awesome rocky structures or surf the waves off the cliffs.

Mount Batur

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A two-hour hike up the mountain will bring you to the best spot on the island for basking in the sunshine’s first rays. Watch the sunrise with Mount Abang and Batur Lake in the background – an unforgettable experience you can have on Culture Trip’s epic 12-day Bali tour . Highly Instagrammable.

Ubud Royal Palace

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Ubud used to be a royal town, so it’s not surprising that the area is packed with stunning palaces that still stand as cultural and historical landmarks. The Ubud Royal Palace, or Puri Saren Ubud, is among the biggest and can be found in the heart of the neighbourhood.

Pandawa Beach

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Beyond the sparkling blue ocean and white, smooth sand, Pandawa Beach is also a cultural landmark – a place that hosts splendid figures of the five heroic Pandawa characters from the Mahabharata epic and a venue for cultural performances, including the famous kecak (fire dance). You can also enjoy a fun day out canoeing on the calm waters.

Elephant Cave

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This huge cave, also a Buddhist temple, is covered in carved stories and sacred figures. The temple features a large bathing pool, built to cleanse the soul and ward off evil spirits, so legend has it.

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Snorkelling and diving in Amed will reward you with sights of colourful coral, tropical fish and even Japanese shipwrecks. Amed Beach is known for its expansive, black volcanic sand.

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Tourists are drawn to Lovina for many reasons, one of which is the opportunity to go dolphin watching on its calm seas. The area is also a popular beginner-friendly snorkelling and diving destination.

Tanjung Benoa

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Tanjung Benoa is by far the most popular spot for watersports in Bali , where tourists can find virtually every beach and ocean activity, including banana boating, sea walking, flyboarding and scuba diving. The area is also packed with luxurious resorts for those who’d like to stay the night.

Jimbaran Bay

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The seaside restaurants lining up along Jimbaran Bay serve the best and freshest seafood dishes on the island. Most restaurants have candlelit outdoor seating areas, where you can dine and chill with your feet in the sand.

Munduk Village

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This mountain village has a clean, green environment, fresh, cool air and charming natural attractions. The waterfalls and hills make Munduk a popular trekking destination, and during the colonial era, it was the favourite mountain retreat of the Dutch, hence the European architecture, historic buildings and flourishing commodities.

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This may not be the island’s best beach in terms of natural beauty (although it’s still pretty incredible), but Kuta Beach is world-famous and with good reason. Today it’s one of the liveliest spots on the island, offering countless fun activities – from surfing and eating to shopping, from dawn to late at night.

Garuda Wisnu Kencana

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A substantial cultural park in Bali, Garuda Wisnu Kencana has many different attractions to enjoy – exhibition halls, gigantic folklore-inspired statues, street theatre, festival park and much more. Revolving around the Garuda character of the Mahabharata epic, you can also learn the legend that shapes many aspects of the Balinese culture in a fun and entertaining way.

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Best Places to Visit in Bali | 25 Top Landmarks, Attractions & Fun Activities

Bali is the perfect tourist destination thanks to its ideal weather and the fact that the island is brimming with must-see tourist sites and can’t-miss activities. In fact, it’s impossible to fit all the best places to visit in Bali into one trip! Chances are good, though, that you’ll have numerous attractions within a short distance of wherever you are staying. Plus, any other major landmark you want to see is probably an easy day trip away. From shopping in Seminyak , to lounging on Lovina Beach , to visiting all of the cultural landmarks around Ubud , you will never run out of places to visit in Bali .

Places to visit in Bali-Kuta Beach

1. Kuta Beach

Bali ‘s shoreline is covered in beaches, but the most famous one is definitely Kuta Beach . Located in the popular tourist town of Kuta , it is the most lively and energetic spot on the island. Just about every beach activity you could think of is available here, including swimming, sun tanning, surfing, watersports, and more. You can rent a sun lounger for as little as 50,000 IDR from one of the many vendors and order a cold drink to enjoy while you lay back. There is also no shortage of fantastic restaurants within easy walking distance of the beach as well.

Kuta Beach is particularly famous for its magnificent sunsets, as it is located along the island’s southwestern coast. In fact, it is often referred to simply as “sunset beach.” After the sun sets, you can head to the adjoining street to do some souvenir shopping or enjoy the world-renowned nightlife scene. Unlike many of Bali ‘s beaches and attractions, there is no entry fee for Kuta Beach . As it is such a popular destination, the beach is usually quite crowded, but you should have no problem finding a spot. You can beat many of the crowds by coming earlier in the morning or by walking north up the beach, where it tends to get more secluded.

Check In to Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort , Step Out to Kuta Beach

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Places to visit in Bali-Besakih Temple

2. Besakih Temple

Besakih Temple is the largest and holiest temple in all of Bali . Commonly known as the “Mother Temple,” it is located on the slopes of Mount Agung in the eastern part of the island. Mount Agung is actually one of the island’s principal volcanoes, and it is the highest point in Bali at 9,944 feet. The Besakih Temple complex, which is situated on the mountain’s southern slopes, is made up of more than 20 individual temples split across six terraced levels. The temples were constructed over 1,000 years ago, and they continue to be an important site in the religious life of Balinese people today as well as one of the best places to visit in Bali . Over 70 religious ceremonies are held here every year.

The temple complex houses numerous beautiful carvings and statues and offers stunning views of the surrounding hills and rice paddies. You can easily devote a whole day to exploring the entire site, and if you only have time to visit one Balinese temple, Besakih Temple should be your top choice. It is about a two-hour drive from both Kuta and Sanur . There is a very fair entrance fee of 60,000 IDR per adult and 30,000 IDR per child to enter the temple grounds, and guided tours are available, though not required.

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3. Seminyak

Seminyak is an upscale shopping, dining, and entertainment district located just up the coast from Kuta . It is regarded as the most exclusive vacation destination on the island, and it is full of high-end resorts and brand-name boutiques. You’ll find a wide array of spas where you can spend the day pampering yourself, many of the finest restaurants on the island, and several fantastic art galleries that support the local art scene. There is still an energetic party atmosphere and plenty of nightlife spots in Seminyak , but it tends to be on the tamer and more refined side compared to many areas of Bali that see a younger crowd.

Aside from the shopping, one of the main draws of the Seminyak area is Seminyak Beach . A stunning white-sand beach, it’s a great spot to go surfing or to relax with an ocean-side massage. Seminyak Beach tends to be less crowded than Bali ‘s more southerly beaches, making it popular among couples looking for a romantic getaway. You can even take a romantic horseback ride on the beach! The sunset views are spectacular here as well, and the numerous swanky beachside bars and lounges offer front-row seats to the nightly show.

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4. Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot Temple is perhaps one of the most recognizable temples in all of Bali , and one of the seven sea temples along the coast. It sits on an outcrop of rock that sits just offshore, with waves crashing on all sides. The unique location has turned Tanah Lot Temple into a religious and cultural icon. Established in the 16th century, the temple is built harmoniously into the rock and enhances the stunning natural beauty of the area. This provides a gorgeous backdrop for photographs, especially during sunset. Every evening, tourists flock to Tanah Lot Temple to snap photos of the brilliant sky behind the craggy temple rock.

The rock itself is actually only accessible at low tide. Tourists are not allowed inside the temple buildings themselves, but you are welcome to walk along the pathways and take pictures. As you approach the temple, you will pass by numerous stalls selling all manner of goods, artwork, and souvenirs. There is an entry fee of 60,000 IDR for adults and 30,000 IDR for children to enter Tanah Lot Temple . It is located in the village of Tabanan , just northwest of the capital city of Denpasar and easily accessible from Kuta .

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5. Mount Batur

While not the highest volcano on the island, Mount Batur is highly accessible and offers some of the most spectacular views in Bali . This sometimes-active volcano is situated between two large concentric craters, one of which houses a scenic lake. It is located in the northeastern part of Bali , not too far from Mount Agung . On a clear day, the views from the summit allow you to see across the caldera and all the way to the surrounding mountain ranges.

The most popular activity at Mount Batur is to make the climb to the top in time to watch the sunrise. You’ll be able to see the sky turn orange and slowly illuminate the dramatically beautiful surroundings. The trek up the mountain isn’t very difficult, but it does take roughly two hours, and it is a good idea to wear a sturdy pair of hiking shoes. There is an entrance fee of 100,000 IDR to climb Mount Batur . Guided tours, including breakfast and pickup from your hotel, are also available. Going with a tour guide is recommended, especially if you will be hiking during the dark morning hours.

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6. Uluwatu Temple

An iconic Balinese temple that you have no doubt seen in travel brochures, Uluwatu Temple sits high up on a 250-foot cliff overlooking the ocean. The spectacular site has been used for religious purposes as far back as the 11th century. It is located on Bali ‘s southern peninsula, in the area of Uluwatu . The temple is reached by walking through a small forest at the bottom of a cliff and then making your way up the steps to the top. Make sure you watch your belongings, as the temple is home to a cheeky monkey population that is known for grabbing hats and sunglasses.

The best time to go to Uluwatu Temple is in the evening to watch the sunset over the water. The temple faces directly west, offering a spectacular view. At the same time, you can catch the performance of a traditional fire dance that tells the story of the Hindu epic Ramayana. The entrance fee to Uluwatu Temple is only 30,000 IDR for adults and 15,000 IDR for children. Note, however, that if you want to watch the traditional dance performance, you will have to pay an additional 100,000 IDR per person.

Check In to Kubu Nyang Nyang Uluwatu , Step Out to Uluwatu Temple

Hotels in Bali-places to visit-Kubu Nyang Nyang Uluwatu

7. Ubud Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Another place where you will find plenty of playful monkeys in Bali is at the Ubud Monkey Forest . Located inland in the popular tourist area of Ubud , this forest sanctuary is home to more than 600 Balinese long-tailed monkeys. The thick forest has many paths where you can walk around and see the monkeys scampering about on the ground and swinging from the trees. There also are three temples here that date back to the 14th century. All of the temples are covered in moss, creating an ancient and mysterious atmosphere.

You can watch and take photos of the monkeys, but visitors are asked to please not feed them or touch them. And, of course, you will want to make sure that any loose items are secured to keep them out of the monkey’s curious hands! In addition to the monkeys, there is a wide array of indigenous trees and plants spread over the sanctuary’s 12.5 hectares of land. The cost to enter Ubud Monkey Forest is 80,000 IDR for adults and 60,000 IDR for children. Just a 10-minute walk from the center of town, this is a must-see attraction if you are visiting Ubud , and it’s definitely one of the best places to visit in Bali .

Check In to Komaneka at Rasa Sayang Ubud Hotel , Step Out to Ubud Monkey Forest

Hotels in Bali-places to visit-Komaneka at Rasa Sayang Ubud Hotel

8. Tegallalang Rice Terraces

For a change of pace and some different scenery, take the 25-minute drive north of Ubud to the Tegallalang Rice Terraces . You have no doubt seen these beautiful, lush green terraces if you have looked up photos of the best places to visit in Bali before. The farmers here use a unique style of rice farming that was first developed in the 8th century. It is a very popular spot for photographers, painters, and nature lovers for the way the sunlight illuminates the terraces, particularly at sunrise. This is actually one of the few attractions and places to visit in Bali that is better during the rainy season (October to March), as it will look even more lush and green.

In addition to strolling around and taking some spectacular pictures, you can enjoy the view from the jungle swing or take an even more exhilarating ride on a zip line. There are also many restaurants and cafes where you can grab some coffee and a bite to eat. It is recommended that you bring small bills with you to pay the donation asked by locals when visiting certain areas of the Tegallalang Rice Terraces . A donation of 10,000 IDR will usually suffice.

Check In to The Papas Villas , Step Out to Tegallalang Rice Terrace

Hotels in Bali-places to visit-The Papas Villas

9. Tegenungan Waterfall

Bali is home to numerous picturesque waterfalls, with the most popular among them being Tegenungan Waterfall . It is not the prettiest waterfall on the island (though it is very beautiful in its own right), but it is the most easily accessible and located just 20 minutes from Ubud . You’ll be able to capture plenty of shots perfect for posting to your blog or social media. The earlier you can arrive at Tegenungan Waterfall , the better. You will beat a lot of the crowds, and the mornings are plenty warm enough to take a dip. Even if you come during peak hours, however, the waterfall is still very much worth a visit.

Visitors have to pay a small entry fee of 20,000 IDR at the entrance to the path that leads to Tegenungan Waterfall . After you have paid, you will need to walk down a flight of about 100 stairs to reach the falls. Facilities such as change rooms are provided if you do want to try going for a swim. There are also plenty of spots from the top of the stairs where you can get some great views and pictures of the falls while relaxing at a cafe.

Check In to Kartika Dahayu Villa by Gangga , Step Out to Tegenungan Waterfall

Hotels in Bali-places to visit-Kartika Dahayu Villa by Gangga

10. Waterbom Bali

Going to a waterpark might not be on your radar when you have so many beaches to choose from, but you’ll likely make an exception for this one. Located in Kuta , Waterbom Bali is often considered to be the best waterpark in all of Asia, not to mention one of the best places to visit in Bali . It’s a great place for families and travelers of all ages. A day pass to Waterbom Bali starts at 346,500 IDR. You can easily spend a whole day checking out all of the rides and slides that the park has to offer. It is just a quick walk from Kuta Beach and bound to be one of the major highlights of your trip.

Take your pick from an array of different rides, including a selection of some of the most daunting thrill rides you won’t find anywhere else. With names like Boomerang, Climax, and Smashdown 2.0, you know they are going to offer an adrenaline rush. Don’t worry; there is also a selection of calmer rides for younger visitors or for those who aren’t quite looking for a thrill, like the relaxing lazy river. The attractions are built around lovely tropical gardens where you can take a break with some food and drink in between rides.

Check In to The Anvaya Beach Resort – Bali , Step Out to Waterbom Bali

Hotels in Bali-places to visit-The Anvaya Beach Resort - Bali

11. Sekumpul Waterfall

It isn’t the easiest waterfall to get to, but the trek out to Sekumpul Waterfall is definitely worth it. This spectacular waterfall is located in the north of the island, about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Denpasar , and is often considered to be the most beautiful falls in Bali . It is actually a cluster of seven different falls. The falls plunge from high cliffs and are surrounded by greenery, making for some stunning photo opportunities. The best lighting for photos is between mid-morning to mid-afternoon.

Reaching Sekumpul Waterfall requires a half-hour to two-hour hike down a path that will take you past local villages, rice terraces, and tropical jungle. There is an entrance fee of 20,000 IDR, and many visitors choose to hire a local guide as well. The hike can be a little tricky in places, but the reward is huge. Once you arrive at the stunning falls, you will be treated to a beautiful view. You can also cool off with a dip in the water at the base of the falls. Sekumpul Waterfall is one of Bali’s most highly rated tourist spots, and it’s easy to see why it’s one of the best places to visit in Bali .

Check In to Villa Manuk , Step Out to Sekumpul Waterfall

Hotels in Bali-places to visit-Villa Manuk

12. Pandawa Beach

Pandawa Beach is its own little slice of paradise in the larger paradise of Bali . This white-sand beach is backed by tall cliffs and leads out into clear blue water. It is located in Kutuh Village and sits about halfway between Uluwatu and Nusa Dua on the island’s Bukit Peninsula , about a 30-minute drive from both. The road that leads to the beach passes by six statues placed inside of arches that have been carved into the cliff. Each statue represents a character from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, including five brothers known as the Pandavas – the namesake of Pandawa Beach .

Once you make your way down to Pandawa Beach , you can choose from an array of fantastic activities. The calm water makes this a good place for swimming or for renting a canoe, while a surf break further out attracts a lot of surfers to the beach as well. Because of the surrounding cliffs, Pandawa Beach is also a popular spot for paragliding. Access to the beach requires an entry fee of 15,000 IDR, plus 2,000 IDR to park a scooter or 5,000 IDR for car parking.

Check In to Puri Pandawa Resort , Step Out to Pandawa Beach

Hotels in Bali-places to visit-Puri Pandawa Resort

13. Aling-Aling Waterfall

Aling-Aling Waterfall is another beautiful waterfall in the north of the island that nature lovers just can’t miss. It is a definite contender for the most beautiful waterfall in Bali . The water tumbles down over a steep cliff from a height of 114 feet, splashing into a deep pool below that is surrounded by green jungle. There is a short, 10- to 15-minute walk down a well-maintained path to get down to the falls, with numerous stunning viewpoints along the way.

The waterfall is located about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Ubud , making it an excellent choice for a day trip. There is a small entrance fee of 10,000 IDR to view Aling-Aling Waterfall . This is a great option if you just want to snap some photographs. However, if you would like to get closer to the falls and even go for a swim (highly recommended if you have come this far), you will have to book a tour. Tour prices start at 125,000 IDR per person and also include cliff jumping! For your safety, it is important not to try swimming or cliff jumping without a guide.

Check In to Shanti Natural Panorama , Step Out to Aling-Aling Waterfall

Hotels in Bali-places to visit-Shanti Natural Panorama

14. Ubud Art Market

For souvenir shopping, Ubud Art Market is one of the very best places to visit in Bali . Set up right in the center of town, it is a labyrinth of street stalls selling all manner of goods, including jewelry, bags, clothing, accessories, sarongs, home decor, and much more. The quality of the goods is known for being exceptional, and the atmosphere of the market is very laid-back. You’re sure to find just the perfect gift for people back home and plenty of gifts for yourself, too. Pick up some items to remember Bali by as well as some affordable, quality clothes to wear for the rest of your vacation.

Many of the goods available at Ubud Art Market are made in the surrounding villages using traditional techniques. They are unique to this area, and you won’t find them anywhere else in Bali , so it’s worth making a stop to browse through the stalls to see what catches your eye. You should definitely try bargaining for the best price, and remember that a smile and a good attitude will go a long way. The market is generally open from sunrise to sunset.

Check In to Dwaraka The Royal Villas , Step Out to Ubud Art Market

Hotels in Bali-places to visit-Dwaraka The Royal Villas

15. Ubud Palace (Puri Saren Agung)

Puri Saren Agung, more commonly known as Ubud Palace , is located right across the street from Ubud Art Market , making it easy to check out both attractions at the same time. Constructed between 1800 to 1823, it was once home to the royal family and remains a significant Balinese landmark to this day. It is a wonderful example of Balinese architecture, and the palace complex is home to beautiful lush gardens as well. Culture, history, and architecture buffs will love making a stop here.

The front section of Ubud Palace is open to the public, and entry is completely free. It only takes about half an hour to see the palace, so it is a convenient stop on any itinerary. There are also traditional dance performances to a percussive orchestra held here every evening that you can buy a ticket for in the afternoon. Unlike other historic sites in Bali , there isn’t a very strict dress code at the palace, and clothing such as shorts and sandals are permissible, though you can always dress up in the colorful sarong you found at the market next door.

Check In to Goya Boutique Resort , Step Out to Ubud Palace

Hotels in Bali-places to visit-Goya Boutique Resort

16. Padang Padang Beach

Another cliff-backed beach on the Bukit Peninsula , Padang Padang Beach is the quintessential tropical getaway. Located in Pecatu Village close to Uluwatu , this relatively small but charming beach sits on a semicircular cove and is bordered by blue water on one side and deep green cliffs covered in vegetation on the other. There is a minor entry fee of 15,000 IDR for adults, 10,000 IDR for children, and 5,000 IDR or 2,000 IDR for car or scooter parking, respectively. At the beach, you can rent or purchase just about anything you’ll need for a fun day out in the sun from the numerous vendors around, including lounge chairs, umbrellas, food, and drinks.

Padang Padang Beach is particularly well known for its surf breaks, which rival many of Bali ‘s most famous surf spots. There is both a right-hand and a left-hand break, with the left-hand wave more suitable for experienced surfers. You can easily rent a surfboard on the beach for about 100,000 IDR. Another popular activity at Padang Padang Beach is the weekly beach party, which takes place every Saturday night starting at 9 p.m. at Padang Padang Restaurant .

Check In to Le Cliff Bali , Step Out to Padang Padang Beach

Hotels in Bali-places to visit-Le Cliff Bali

17. Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua is the most luxurious locale in Bali . Located on the southern part of the island, this high-end beach resort is home to exclusive villas, upscale spas, private beaches, shopping centers, and even a golf course. If you’re willing to stretch your travel budget a bit, then you can truly get pampered and enjoy some time away from the crowds. Plus, Nusa Dua is just a short distance from the airport, making it a great first or last stop on your Bali itinerary. It is a wonderful choice for a honeymoon and one of the best places to visit in Bali .

The main draw in Nusa Dua is Nusa Dua Beach . The inviting white sand and the warm, blue-green waters are perfect for a host of beach activities, including swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, and water sports. While in Nusa Dua , make sure you also take the time to see the Waterblow attraction. This is a spot along the shore where the waves are funneled into a narrow crag in the seaside cliffs and the water shoots upwards into the sky, as if from the spout of a whale. The resulting spray is known to reach as high as 100 feet.

Check In to The Royal Santrian Luxury Beach Villas , Step Out to Nusa Dua

Hotels in Bali-places to visit-The Royal Santrian Luxury Beach Villas

18. Goa Gajah

Just a quick drive or bike ride outside of Ubud , Goa Gajah is a small historic site with deep cultural and religious significance. The name translates to “elephant cave,” and the site consists of a bathing pool and a Hindu cave temple thought to have been built for meditation. The site was constructed around 1,000 years ago but was buried in an earthquake and rediscovered again in the 1920s. There is an entry fee of 50,000 IDR for adults and 25,000 IDR for children. It is best to come before 10 a.m. to beat the tour buses that make a stop here.

As you approach the Goa Gajah cave, you will be struck by the carved depiction of a frightening monster whose mouth doubles as the cave’s entrance. You will make your way through a dark and narrow passage that ends at an intersection. Down one side is a statue of the god Ganesha and down the other are relics to the god Shiva. Out in the courtyard, you will find a rock bathing pool surrounded by beautiful statues. There are likely to be locals around performing cleansing ceremonies as well.

Check In to Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana , Step Out to Goa Gajah

Hotels in Bali-places to visit-Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana

19. Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan offers an island getaway from your island getaway. It sits just off the southeastern shore of the main island and is known for providing a more serene experience for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Bali ‘s top touristy areas. Nusa Lembongan is not as crowded or as developed, and it has a peaceful atmosphere. It is also surrounded by healthy and abundant marine life. You can explore the island and its mangrove forests and traditional villages on foot or by renting a bicycle. You’ll feel like you have stepped back in time to how the main island once looked.

Though small and more laid-back, Nusa Lembongan is not lacking in activities and things to do. There are numerous beaches situated along its coasts where you can go swimming, surfing, kayaking, diving, snorkeling, paddleboarding, and more. There are even some fantastic cliff-jumping opportunities for those who are feeling particularly adventurous. Nusa Lembongan is one of the best places to visit in Bali for a day trip. The most common way to reach the island is by a boat ride from Sanur .

Check In to The Acala Shri Sedana , Step Out to Nusa Lembongan

Hotels in Bali-places to visit-The Acala Shri Sedana

20. Bali Safari & Marine Park

A visit to Bali Safari and Marine Park in Gianyar promises to be one of your most unique experiences on the island. The park is home to more than 100 species of animals from countries like Indonesia, India, and Africa, including endangered species like orangutans and Komodo dragons. The highlight of Bali Safari and Marine Park is the jeep safari tours that allow you to get up close and personal with the animals. Watching the animals roam around in their natural habitats is a delight, and you can sign up for an exciting night tour as well.

In addition to the safari tours, Bali Safari and Marine Park is home to a petting zoo, a recreation area, a kids’ water park, and a kids’ fun zone. There are also numerous dance and musical performances held throughout the park over the course of the day. You can stop to eat amidst the activities at one of the park’s many restaurants. Tickets to Bali Safari and Marine Park start from 720,000 IDR per person, though prices may vary based on different activities that you wish to include during your visit.

Check In to Mara River Safari Lodge Hotel , Step Out to Bali Safari and Marine Park

Hotels in Bali-places to visit-Mara River Safari Lodge Hotel

21. Lovina Beach

Lovina Beach , sometimes referred to as just Lovina, is the largest resort area along Bali ‘s north coast. It is made up of several small villages and hamlets, as well as their respective beaches. The sand here is black due to its high volcanic ash and mineral content from the nearby volcanoes. The villages have some fantastic restaurants, cafes, and art shops for you to check out as well, and the establishments are known for having low prices. It’s a great vacation spot for families.

Most tourists visit Lovina Beach for a chance to catch sight of the graceful dolphins that live off the coast. The cost of a dolphin sighting trip can range from 100,000 IDR to 250,000 IDR, depending on the length of the trip and the tour operator. The typical trip will last about two hours, and the best time to see the dolphins is in the early morning. Other common activities include swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, and visiting a spa. Coming to Lovina Beach for a dolphin tour or simply to relax offers a nice break from Bali ‘s more touristy southern shores.

Check In to The Damai , Step Out to Lovina Beach

Hotels in Bali-places to visit-The Damai

22. Sidemen Valley

Sidemen Valley is often overlooked on many travelers’ itineraries in favor of more popular interior locations like Ubud , but it offers the perfect, less crowded alternative. This scenic village in the eastern part of the island provides a peaceful countryside excursion complete with jade rice paddies, hiking opportunities, nearby waterfalls, and more. The valley has an “off the beaten track” feel to it, and you can enjoy activities like peaceful walks and bike rides through the quaint and sleepy villages. While this isn’t the spot for thrills and nightlife, it’s a great chance to experience the slower and more authentic pace of local Balinese life.

Exploring Sidemen Valley makes it easy to imagine how other, more popular parts of Bali may have looked and functioned three to four decades ago. You will get to see and perhaps even take part in traditional arts and crafts like dancing, weaving, and carving, as the community is welcoming and warm to visitors. Sidemen Valley is about an hour-and-a-half-drive from Ubud , and it should absolutely be on your itinerary of places to visit in Bali .

Check In to Wapa di Ume Sidemen , Step Out to Sidemen Valley

Hotels in Bali-places to visit-Wapa di Ume Sidemen

23. Bali Zoo

Another fantastic family destination in Bali , Bali Zoo is located in the eastern part of the island in the village of Singapadu . It is a very easy trip from Ubud and an excellent day trip from just about every popular tourist locale. There are over 70 different species of animals at Bali Zoo , including orangutans, lions, tigers, elephants, gibbons, and so much more! The zoo also has a world-class breeding and release program that is helping to reintroduce endangered species back into the wild.

Bali Zoo offers a range of immersive experiences that allows guests to get close to the animals, including Breakfast with Orangutan, Elephant Mud Fun, Elephant Expedition, and Night at the Zoo, after general admission is closed for the day. There are also many activities for children, including an outdoor water park, a petting zoo, and pony rides. Admission to the zoo starts at 355,500 IDR per adult and 252,000 IDR per child, though the price will vary depending on the different experiences you want to attend. Any ticket to one of the experiences also includes general zoo admission.

Check In to Santi Mandala Villa & Spa Hotel , Step Out to Bali Zoo

Hotels in Bali-places to visit-Santi Mandala Villa & Spa Hotel

24. Tirta Empul Temple

An important Balinese temple, Tirta Empul Temple has a history dating as far back as 960 AD. It was constructed around a bubbling spring, and the waters are considered sacred by the Hindu devotees who come to worship and perform ritual cleansing here. The water fills the pool from several sculpted spouts. The temple also houses many ornate statues and is known for its beautiful architecture. Anyone, even tourists, is allowed to come and bathe in the waters as well. Just make sure you explore the temple before going in the water, as you will not be permitted in the other courtyards when wet.

Watching the locals perform their purification ceremonies at the temple is one of the top authentic cultural experiences in Bali . The admission fee to Tirta Empul Temple is only 50,000 IDR per person, and it includes a sarong to ensure that all visitors are dressed modestly. If you wish to go into the water, then you can also rent a locker for 15,000 IDR and a separate sarong to wear in the pool for 10,000 IDR.

Check In to Romantic Bubble Dome Ubud , Step Out to Tirta Empul Temple

Hotels in Bali-places to visit-Romantic Bubble Dome Ubud

25. Bali Treetop Adventure Park

If your goal in discovering the best places to visit in Bali is to go on as many exciting adventures as possible, then don’t pass up a visit to Bali Treetop Adventure Park . The park consists of a series of different circuits set up throughout the treetops. The circuits are made up of rope walks, swings, nets, zip lines, Tarzan jumps, and more. Challenges are rated according to different difficulty levels, allowing you to work your way up to harder and more daunting courses. All safety instructions and equipment is provided.

Bali Treetop Adventure Park is great for families, groups, couples, and just about every type of traveler. It is designed to be accessible to people of all ages, abilities, and experience. The park is open daily and located inside Bali Botanic Garden in Bedugul , just a one- to one-and-a-half-hour drive from some fo the best places to visit in Bali , like Kuta , Nusa Dua , Ubud , and Sanur . You will have to pay an entry fee of 18,000 IDR to enter the gardens. Tickets to Bali Treetop Adventure Park (without a booking) start at about 341,000 IDR for adults and 218,000 IDR for children under 12. Family packages also are available.

Check In to Royal Senyiur Hotel , Step Out to Bali Treetop Adventure Park

Hotels in Bali-places to visit-Royal Senyiur Hotel

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Bali Tourist Map: The Best Tourist Attractions in Bali

updated December 9, 2023, 9:43 am 49.9k Views 17 Comments

Bali has so much to offer you’re spoilt for choice. There are so many temples , beaches, waterfalls, wildlife, theme parks, markets, swings , volcanic mountains, rice terraces and nearby islands to explore you’ll need a plan to tick some of them off your Bali Bucket List. My Bali Tourist Map includes the most popular attractions in one easy guide complete with entrance fees, opening hours and tips so you can make the most of your Bali holiday.

Bali Tourist Map

The Bali Tourist Map includes the most popular attractions in one easy guide complete with entrance fees, opening hours and tips so you can make the most of your Bali holiday.

Tanah Lot Temple is a must-visit for anyone holidaying in Bali. Tanah Lot, which means “Land in the Sea” in Balinese, is the most visited tourist attraction in Bali for a reason. It really is one of the most iconic images of Bali and makes for a spectacular day tour. The surrounding car park, markets and parks make it quite a large area, with the main attraction being a path leading down to the rocks where you can walk out to the temple itself during low tide. When the tide is coming in the local guides sometimes have to convince swathes of tourists to get off the rocks, which can be covered by water quite quickly. Along the way, there is a large market where some of the best souvenir shopping and deals can be had on the island. Surprisingly, perhaps because of the competition and the sheer number of tourists visiting, the prices can be much better than other markets in the tourist enclaves of Kuta, Seminyak and Nusa Dua, so I recommend taking the time to go shopping instead of rushing through the complex. As you approach the gates leading to the temple, I recommend taking a right turn around the parks surrounding the oceanfront to get a look at Tanah Lot from a higher perspective. From there you can also get a decent view of the rocks and check the tide before venturing down. The incoming tide can catch unwary visitors on the rocks between the land and the temple. Looking at the temple from the land there is a pathway up to the left which provides spectacular views of the temple, especially at sunset. There are around a dozen cafes with outside seating overlooking the temple, with the best views towards the top. I recommend doing the right side first, then down to the rocks, tide permitting, before going up the pathway for another view of Tanah Lot, which is stunning at sunset.

Tanah Lot at Sunset - Bali Holiday Secrets

Entrance Fee:  IDR 60.000 Location:   Beraban, Kediri, Kabupaten Tabanan Opening Hours:  Mo-Su 07:00-19:00

Ubud Monkey Forest

Ubud Monkey Forest is extremely popular because, well monkeys are just so damn cute. They have also earned a well-deserved reputation for being masterful thieves. It’s best to leave sunglasses, handbags and anything you don’t want to part with inside the tour vehicle, as the monkeys have a well-earned reputation for stealing pretty much anything they can get their hands on. The Ubud Monkey Forest is very accessible and is an easy walk through the sanctuary grounds over well-paved walkways. It is visited by more than 10,000 tourists a month, making it one of the most popular attractions in Bali.

Ubud Monkey Forest - Best Tourist Attractions in Bali

Entrance Fee:  Rp 80k Location:   Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar Opening Hours:  Mo-Su 08:30-17:30

Ubud Art Market

Located in the heart of Ubud, this double-storey warren of stalls is full of wood carvings, batik shirts, sarongs, and all manner of other souvenirs aimed specifically at tourists. The merchants here haggle with tourists for a living and think nothing of asking for ten times the going price, so try to establish a baseline before you go in to buy. Most of the merchants downstairs will lose interest if you try to get a reasonable price. It is better to try the shops upstairs where you will find the same products often for sale at lower prices.

Ubud Art Market - Bali Holiday Secrets

Entrance Fee:  Free Location:   Jl Raya Ubud No.35, Ubud Opening Hours:  Mo-Su 06:00-18:00

Tegalalang Rice Terraces

The Tegalalang Rice Terraces is one of the most accessible and beautiful rice terraces in Bali. Lining the main road in the small village of Tegalalang are a number of hillside cafes where you can relax, try the local Luwak coffee and get some Instagram-worthy photos.

If you’re feeling physically fit and adventurous you can descend the steep incline and walk up through the valley to the other side. There are several well-trodden paths around the terraces although the going can be tough.

Tegalalang Rice Terraces - Bali Holiday Secrets

Trekking down the very steep slopes and through the rice terraces to get there is half the adventure. Be careful though, as when it’s raining the slopes are very slippery and shouldn’t be attempted unless you are physically fit with decent footwear. The wet slopes are responsible for a lot of sprained ankles.

You can read more about Tegallalang Rice Terraces .

Bali Safari & Marine Park

I’m not usually a fan of animal parks, but if you are going to visit one while in Bali I recommend  Bali Safari & Marine Park . They put some serious effort and dollars into wildlife conservation in Indonesia and is home to over 1,000 animals across 100 species. They have some unique experiences, including night-time safaris and a number of programmes designed specifically for children.

Bali Safari & Marine Park - Best Tourist Attractions in Bali

Entrance Fee:  From Rp 720,000 Location:   Jl. Profesor Ida Bagus Mantra km 19,8, Serongga Opening Hours:  Mo-Su 09:00-17:00

Handarah Golf Course Gates

Stone gates are an important architectural tradition in Balinese culture. You will see them literally everywhere, from entrance ways to villages, temples and places of cultural significance.

At the entrance to Handarah Golf Course are the famous Handarah Gates. This is a photographer’s dream location with the lush mountains making a stunning backdrop behind the huge stone gates that are an excellent example of Balinese architecture.

Handarah Gates - Best Tourist Attractions in Bali

Entrance Fee:  Free Location:   Handarah Golf Course Opening Hours:  24 hours

Tegenungan Waterfall

Tegenungan is the largest waterfall by volume and the closest to the tourist enclaves in the south of the island, including Seminyak, Legian, Kuta and Sanur.

To get to Tegenungan Waterfall, drive from Denpasar to the Tegenungan Kemenuh village, in Gianyar. The drive is just 16 km or about 30 minutes. You need to walk around 15 mins down a series of steps to get to the river and then walk along the river bank to the foot of the falls.

Tegenungan Waterfall - Best Waterfalls in Bali

Be warned, when the river is flowing hard after rainfall the current is exceptionally strong, so make sure you only cross the river to climb the falls from the opposite bank if you really know what you’re doing.

Tegenungun is one of the 4 destinations on the Best Waterfalls Near Seminyak Tour.

Entrance Fee:  IDR 15.000 Location:   Jl Ir. Sutami, Kabupaten Gianyar Opening Hours:  Mo-Su 06:30-18:30

Waterbom Theme Park

Bali’s biggest water theme park in Bali with rides for all ages  Waterbom  is a great place if you are travelling with children of all ages. There are several food outlets as well as a swim-up bar for the grown-ups.

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Entrance Fee:  From Rp 337,000 Location:   Jl. Kartika Plaza Tuban, Kuta Opening Hours:  Mo-Su 08:00-18:00

The area of north-eastern Bali at the Mount Batur caldera, commonly known as Kintamani. Kintamani, Batur and Penelokan villages sit on the rim of the huge Batur caldera about 1,500m above sea level and offer dramatic views of the active volcano and Lake Batur.

The Balinese of this area are warm and friendly, and also very traditional, so it’s appreciated if respect is paid by not walking on their farmlands, entering their temples (unless you wish to pray) and it’s advisable that women cover their legs to the knees.

Because it’s high in the mountains, the temperature can be up to 15 degrees cooler than down on the coast, and even more so at night. Combined with the often cloudy weather makes a sweater or jacket advisable during the day (and more so at night).

Mount Batur Sunrise Trek - Bali Holiday Secrets

One of the most extraordiary adventure activities in Bali is to go on a Mount Batur Sunrise Trek .

Entrance Fee:  Rp 30,000 Location:   South Batur, Kintamani, Bangli Regency Opening Hours:  Open 24 hours

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

An incredibly beautiful area of verdant terraced rice paddies located in the shadow of Mount Batukaru. Running from the mountains to the coast, Jatiluwih Green Land as it is commonly known was nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2007. Jati means ‘really’ and Luwih means ‘special’, and it’s easy to see why. There are a number of cafes with stunning views in the area, making it an excellent place to stop for a while.

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces - Best Attractions in Bali

Entrance Fee:  Rp 40,000 Location:   Jl Jatiluwih No No.Desa, Jatiluwih, Penebel Opening Hours:  Mo-Su 08:30-18:00

Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple is, according to the Bali Tourism Board the 2nd most visited attraction after Tanah Lot, with over 1.7 million visitors in 2015. Apart from the extensive and spectacular temple complex situated on a cliff 70m above the sea, it is also known for the Balinese Kecak and fire dance performance.

Uluwatu Temple Kecak Show - Private Car & Driver Bali

I highly recommend taking the Ultimate Uluwatu Day Tour + Kecak Dace Sunset Show .

Entrance Fee:  IDR 30.000 Location:   Pecatu, South Kuta Opening Hours:  Mo-Su 08:00-19:00

Ulun Danu Beratan

The Floating Temple, Pura Ulan Danu Beratan  in Balinese, is one of the iconic images of Bali. The temple sits on the western shore of Lake Bratan in the mountains near Bedugul, and its position in the lake can give the illusion of floating on the water. It takes a full day to get there as the temple is located around 57 km from Seminyak, making it ideal to combine with other attractions along the way.

Ulun Danu Beratan - Bali Holiday Secrets

I have a tour specifically for Danu Beratan , but because it’s on the way to several of Bali’s most spectacular waterfalls, it’s also included in several other tours, including the Gitgit and Aling-Aling Waterfall tours.

Bedugul Market (Pasar Candi Kuning)

The Candi Kuning Market referred to as ‘Pasar Bedugul’ by the locals is a great place to stop and stock up on snacks and drinks during a tour. It’s one of the main markets in the area for flowers, fresh fruit and vegetables – mangosteen, bananas, tamarillos, tangerines and strawberries – and an excellent place to buy a wide selection of spices.

Because of its location a few minutes from Pura Ulun Danu Beratan there are a large number of souvenir shops with a huge range of handicrafts.

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A little way past Danu Beretan is Bedugul Market, which specialises in herbs, spices and vegetables grown in the highlands around Lake Beratan. I recommend making this a quick stop because it’s a long way back south and the traffic can get fierce later in the day when the tour buses leave Danu Beratan.

Lempuyang Temple

While Lempuyang is spectacular, there are so many photoshopped images on Instagram it can be a disappointment for many people. It’s a spectacular setting, with a steep climb up several stone stairways to get to the top of the temple complex. In my opinion, most tourists are missing the point of trying to get the perfect shot looking back through the temple gates back toward Mount Agung (the active volcano that disrupted flights in 2018).

The reality is Mount Agung can only be seen clearly for a few short hours after dawn before the clouds set in. And those mirror-like Instagram photos that make it look like a lake are completely fake. 

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That being said, if you are in Bali for longer than two weeks I highly recommend the trip to Lempuyang as the temple complex is inspiring for the walk up to the main stone staircase looking up towards the gates.

It’s best visited during an East Bali Day Tour taking in the water palace further down the valley as getting there will take several hours. However, if you are keen enough to wake up around 4 am I recommend the Lempuyang Sunrise Tour . I also have a day tour from South Bali to Lempuyang and ending at Ubud and another Lempuyang Instagram Tour that hits 4 of the most popular attraction in Bali.

Read more about Lemuyang Temple including day tours, location and entrance fees.

Pura Tirta Empul

Pura Tirta Empul is a Hindu Balinese water temple dating back to the 10th century and is one of the holiest in Bali, located near the town of Tampaksiring, around a half-hour drive (15 km) north of Ubud. The temple pond has a spring which gushes fresh water regularly, which Balinese Hindus consider to be holy – Tirta Empul means Holy Spring in Balinese.

You can bathe in the springs alongside locals if you observe a few simple courtesies and protocols. Start from the left, and if there is someone praying alongside to the right, simply join in the queue (or start one) and be patient.

Work your way right until you get to the end of the first pool, and hop up and across into the second one. It’s an extraordinary experience, and one I highly recommend with two provisos.

Pura Tirta Empul - Best Tourist Attractions in Bali

One, there was an outbreak of e.coli in 2017 due to contaminated water leaking into the water table upstream from the springs in. The water has been cleaned up since then, but if another outbreak happens I’ll send word through the email newsletter, which you will want to sign up for.

Two, the facilities for changing beforehand and washing afterwards are rudimentary at best, and very unhygienic at worst. You are best off getting changed into your swimsuit in your car beforehand and having a towel and a change of clothes for afterwards.

Regardless of the poor changing facilities I highly recommend bathing in the temple. It’s a unique and enlightening experience and well worth the effort to plan ahead.

Pura Tirta Empul is only 1.3 km from  Gunung Kawi , so it makes sense to visit them both on the same trip or a day tour.

Read more about Tirta Empul including day tours, location and entrance fees.

The Elephant Cave as it’s known – Goa Gajah in Balinese – is an ancient temple on the outskirts of Ubud. While the steps down to the temple complex are fairly steep, it’s only a 5-minute walk and not difficult for average fitness levels.

Goa Gajah - Best Tourist Attractions in Bali

The Elephant Cave temple is located 5 km from Ubud, 31 km from Seminyak and 58 km from Nusa Dua.

You can read more about Goa Gajah including day tours, location and entrance fees.

Gunung Kawi

Gunung Kawi Temple is an 11th-century temple complex that sits on either side of the Pakerisan river. It comprises 10 rock-cut shrines (candi in Balinese) that are carved into 7-metre-high sheltered niches of the sheer cliff face.

Gunung Kawi - Best Tourist Attractions in Bali

These funeral monuments are thought to be dedicated to King Anak Wungsu of the Udayana dynasty and his favourite queens. The temple overlooks the Pakerisan River, which also flows past Pura Tirta Empul, a kilometre to the north.

Read more about Gunung Kawi including day tours, location and entrance fees.

Sekumpul Waterfall

One of the most inspiring natural wonders in Bali, Sekumpul Waterfall isn’t easy to get to, but it is definitely worth the trip.

Located 66 km north of Ubud and 76 km from Seminyak it will take the best part of a day to drive (or ride) out there and back. At the carpark, there are a number of local guides very keen for you to employ their services, and to be honest, their assistance for this particular hike can be a big help as they do know a couple of hidden gems nearby. From the carpark to the falls is around a 45-minute hike, and due to its popularity, the track is quite well marked.

It’s busiest between midday and 2 pm, so if you’re making it a stop on a day tour I advise going straight there when the traffic is lightest and before the crowds arrive. The waterfall flows year-round, but like all the waterfalls in Bali, things get pretty intense during the wet months from December through to March.

Sekumpuil Waterfall - Best Waterfalls in Bali

Make sure you have decent walking shoes because the track is quite steep in places and the rocks can be very slippery. Take your time, you do not want to sprain an ankle this far away from medical services.

That being said, Sekumpul falls are without doubt one of my top 5 destinations in Bali. They are quite magical, and the hike through the jungle is an adventure in itself. If you want to visit other waterfalls in this region I also recommend Aling-Aling and Gitgit .

Entrance Fee: IDR15,000 Address: Sekumpul, Lemukih, Kabupaten Buleleng Opening Hours: Mo-Su 06:00-18:00

Besakih Temple

Besakih Temple (also known as the Mother Temple) is the largest and most holy of all Hindu temples in Bali. Located in the village of the same name on the slopes of Mount Agung, the temple complex is quite far from the tourist areas, 66km from Seminyak and around 2-2.5 hours depending on traffic.

Besakih Temple - Best Tourist Attractions in Bali

Besakih Temple is more impressive, in my opinion than Lempuyang Temple, which is a huge deal on Instagram, thanks to the fake reflective-pool photos taken using a mirror on the camera lens, creating a false illusion of what the temple actually looks like.

Entrance Fee:  IDR 60.000 Location:   Besakih, Rendang, Karangasem Regency Opening Hours:  Mo-Su 07:00-22:00

Garuda Wisnu Kencana

The  Garuda Wisnu Kencana  statue is the symbol of God Vishnu riding the great Garuda as his trusted companion. The statue is one of the world’s largest at a height of 75m for the statue itself, and 120m if you include the pedestal it stands on. That’s 30m taller than the Statue of Liberty in New York, but what makes Garuda Wisnu Kencana truly exceptional is the sheer size – it has a 64m wingspan and can be clearly seen from several kilometres up the coastline.

The statue was built in sections on the island of Java and is made from layers of wax, fibreglass, copper and brass, then cut up and driven by truck to Bali for final installation.

It has been 25 years since construction started and cost an estimated USD$100 million. The monument was completed on 31 July 2018 and inaugurated by Indonesian President Joko Widodo on 22 September 2018 and is already attracting over 3,000 visitors a day. 

Garuda Wisna Kencana Cultural Park - Best Tourist Attractions in Bali

Entrance Fee:  From Rp 110,000 Location:   Jl. Raya Uluwatu, Ungasan, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung Opening Hours:  Mo-Su 08:00-22:00

Real Bali Swing

The most popular swing park is Real Bali Swing, located 15 km from Ubud. They have 15 different single swings to try, along with three tandem swings so you can be scared witless alongside your loved one.

There are also 4 large stones to pose on (yes, posing on stones is a thing). They also have 6 nests to pose in. And yes, posing in nests is a thing too. They are quite artistic, made from branches and fauna but mostly have a lined interior for comfort.

Bali Swing operates a free shuttle operating from Ubud, but make sure the entry fee you are paying is confirmed upfront. They also sell package tours which include other activities like rafting, elephant rides and  chasing waterfalls , but these tend to be quite expensive compared to hiring your own driver and making your own custom itinerary.

Real Bali Swing - White Water Rafting Ubud Tour

The Real Bali Swing is included in my White Water Rafting Ubud Tour .

Entrance Fee:  Rp 400,000 Location:   Jl. Dewi Saraswati No.7, Bongkasa Pertiwi, Abiansemal Opening Hours:  Mo-Su 08:00-17:00

Bali Bird Park

An open-air bird park. Great to for kids and families, they have a huge number of Indonesian bird species. Well worth the visit.

Bali Bird Park - Best Tourist Attractions in Bali

Entrance Fee:  IDR 346.500 Location:   Jl. Serma Cok Ngurah Gambir Singapadu, Gianyar Opening Hours:  Mo-Su 09:00-17:30

Amed is a sleepy coastal strip of fishing villages in East Bali that’s trying to maintain it’s traditional values while tourism inevitably continues to grow.

It’s a beautiful part of Bali and the sunsets on the point overlooking Amed village with Mount Agung in the background are spectacular. The area is known for being a bit of a mecca for free and scuba diving.

There are some really interesting things to do around Amed, but perhaps one of the most surprising is to go snorkelling off a small stony beach next to a fishing village where a small Japanese submarine was sunk during the Second World War and lies only 20m off the shore.

Amed Sunset - Best Tourist Attractions in Bali

It’s a long drive to get there, and the road from the east side of Bali is often quite busy with heavy trucks transporting goods and construction materials to the main centres, so extra care needs to be taken as overtaking on the wrong side of the road appears to be quite an acceptable driving manoeuvre. 

Making Amed part of a 3 or 4-day tour starting at Seminyak, going through Ubud, on to Lovina and then to Amed is an excellent road trip.

Entrance Fee:  Free Location:   Amed Beach, Nusa Tenggara Opening Hours:  Open 24 hours

Lovina is in the very north of Bali. It’s a small town, bigger than a village but smaller than Denpasar, known for its black sand beaches, coral reefs and dolphin tours. Lovina is 73 km from Ubud and 85km from Seminyak.

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Entrance Fee:  Free Location:   Lovina Beach Opening Hours:  Open 24 hours

Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan is one of the most accessible outer islands from Bali, one of three islands that make up the Nusa Penida chain.

Nusa Lembongan - Best Tourist Attractions in Bali

Entrance Fee:  Free, but you must buy for a ferry ticket to get there Location:   Nusa Lembongan Opening Hours:  Open 24 hours

Gili Islands

The Gili Islands are a group of three very small individual islands, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air, each with their own character and varying degrees of atmosphere, from party to chill mode.

The Gili Islands are located off the coast of Lombok Island. Characterized by sandy beaches fringed with palm trees, they’re known for their coral reefs just offshore. On the smallest island of Gili Meno, sea turtles swim at Turtle Point. At Gili Trawangan, the largest island, a sunken ship sits at Wreck Point near Mentigi Beach.

Gili Islands - Bali Holiday Secrets

Entrance Fee:  Free – but you must buy a ferry ticket to get there Location:   Gili Islands Opening Hours:  Open 24 hours

I’m sending this to all my friends!!

You are better than our travel agent back at home Michael. Thank you so much for listing all the attractions and making the guide map. Seriously we had no idea where some of these were so for a planning tool it's awesome!!! We picked out 4 days worth of day tours and made a list of which attractions to see on each day and it made it sooo easy. Thank you so much.

Hire a private car and driver

If you want a stress-free way of seeing the best attractions in Bali, I highly recommend booking a private car and driver ahead of time. You can hire one from almost anywhere – your hotel or villa will certainly recommend one – but remember, you get what you pay for. Read my post on Expert Tips for Hiring a Private Driver in Bali .

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Hi, I’m planning to bring my husband and my 2 year old daughter to Bali this November. Usually, the whether suitable to travel that time?

November is a beautiful time of the year to come. Your husband and daughter will love it in Bali!

Safe travels, Michael

Thanks so much for this website, REALLY helpful!

We’re headed to Bali in Sept and will be there for 11 days (2 of us, in our 50s)

I’m working on our itinerary, and I think this is what we’ll do, would love your opinion!

Lovina – 4 nights Ubud – 4 nights Southern Bali – 3 nights

Do you think 4 nights in Lovina is too much? We’re coming from the US, so LONG flights, and definitely need some relaxation when we first get there.

Hi Jenn, I guess it all depends on what you want to do. south Bali is where most of the action is, but north Bali, including Lovina, is beautiful and perfect for chilling. Don’t forget it’s a long way from the airport to Lovina, so after a long flight you may be better off spending a night in Seminyak or Ubud before heading to Lovine. You can book your airport transfers here .

pls advise for 5d4n package incl mt agung hike

Hi Lim, I’m confused as to your question. Are you needing the services of a travel agent perhaps?

Hi, My family and I going to visit Bali in June next year. We are planning stuff already and your website looks so helpful. I have a question regarding prices for hiring a private car with driver: is the price for one person or for the group of four people? Thank you in advance for your answer.

Thanks for the kind words, it’s very much appreciated.

All tour costs with a private car and driver provided by me through this website are for 1 – 6 passengers inclusive. You are paying the the car and drivers time, so the price is the same for 1 person or 4 people.

Enjoy you Bali holiday!

Thank you for your reply Michael! Looking forward to my trip!

Your website has been such a savior!!!! I’m travelling to bali with two kids and now i seem to have all the information that I possibly need! One quick question, would you reccomend the Bali swing park or the tegallalng rice terrace swing? Also can kids do this – mine are 7 and 11 years old.

Hi Apurba, Thank you so much for the kind words, it really is very much appreciated.

The Bali Swing Park is larger with more options and have invested a lot in safety issues and infrastructure, and Tegallalang River Swings is easily accessible and only a few minutes from Ubud.

Regarding safety for your children, that’s a judgement call only you can make on the day after inspecting their safety processes, as no adventure activities are 100% risk-free.

Lots of useful information. Thank you so much 🙂

Hi Ida, Thank you so much for the positive comment, I really appreciate it.

I hope you have a perfect Bali holiday!

I’d like to book private drivers during my trip to Bali in October. I would also love your help in planning a fun trip! Are you available on WhatsApp?

Hi Vani, I would love to help you plan your trip, but unfortunately, I am not a travel agent.

This post, along with all the others, was written because I had so many emails from friends, family and guests that putting them into a website was an easy way of not writing the emails again.

It has since become a monster of a website, although I didn’t intend it to be.

Perhaps you could reply with how long you are here for, what kind of things you would like to do while here in Bali, and perhaps I’ll write an itinerary – so I don’t have to write it again 🙂

Thanks for commenting and asking the question – I really do appreciate you taking the time. Let’s see what happens next!

Cheers, Michael

Really like your website. Currently in Bali, and find it very helpful.

Thanks for the positive feedback, it’s very much appreciated!

And remember, sharing is caring 🙂

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55 Best Things to Do in Bali (Indonesia)

Bali is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, and with good reason, as this island which is known as the ‘Island of the Gods’ is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Surrounded by azure seas and edged with golden beaches, Bali is of course a surfer’s paradise, and if you are looking for a beach holiday then there is no better place to find it than this gorgeous island set in the middle of Indonesia .

As well as sea and sand however Bali has a huge number of other attractions to enjoy such as temples, caves, waterfalls, museums, and markets, and if you like history and culture then you can spend hours learning the local legends and Balinese traditions in places like Ubud.

If you like adventure activities, then you also won’t be disappointed on a trip here, and you can expect a fantastic array of water sports, muck and wreck diving, and the chance fly through the jungle canopy like Tarzan.

In short, whatever you want to do, you will probably find it in Bali and you can easily spend a month here and still only see a fraction of the sights on offer. The hardest part of a holiday here is choosing where to go first and what you want to see.

Here are the 55 best things to do in Bali …

1. Go surfing in Kuta

Kuta Beach

If you haven’t surfed before or are just looking for some gentle waves then you have to come to the most famous beach in Bali which is Kuta Beach.

The beach sits across from a sand bar which means it has rolling surf that is free of any sharp reefs and you can rent a board here and sign up for a surf lesson, or rent a body board if you want to try something a little less strenuous.

Locals and visitors alike come here to watch the sunset and you can relax on the sand with a cold beer and drink in the atmosphere.

Book online : 2-Hour Surfing Lessons (Includes Hotel Pick-up)

2. Visit Ulun Danu Temple

Ulan Danu Temple

Ulun Danu Temple lies at the edge of Baratan Lake in Bedugul in Bali.

This pretty building is dedicated to the goddess of the lake and is one of the quietest and most serene places on the island.

Make sure to check out all the different shrines, each one dedicated to a different god, and look out for the ornate architectural touches such as the intricate carved gates.

Recommended tour (including this temple) : Bali: UNESCO World Heritage Sites Full-Day Tour

3. Have fun at Bali Treetop Adventure Park

Bali Treetop Adventure Park

If you want an adrenaline packed afternoon then make your way to Bali Treetop Adventure Park where you will find a range of rides surrounded by lush forests.

The park is great for families as well as groups or couples and has rides for children as young as 4 years old.

There are a range of different circuits that are located high up in the trees and there are nets, swings, and flying foxes galore that let you fly through the air and take in the breathtaking views over the forest canopy.

4. Have lunch at Bebek Bengil in Ubud

Bebek Bengil

Bebek Bengil means the ‘Dirty Duck’ in Indonesian and is one of the best loved restaurants in Ubud.

The restaurant backs onto a pretty rice field and the main specialty here is the duck which comes in a variety of different dishes.

The signature style here is the bebek betutu which is boiled in a broth made with aromatic herbs and then rubbed with local spices.

The duck is then fried until it is crispy and the skin is blistered and then served with some simple rice and vegetables.

5. Go muck diving in Padang Bai

Diving in Padang Bai

Padang Bai is situated in the east of Bali and is most famous for its diving.

There are seven different dive sites that can easily be reached after a short boat trip from the shore and whatever your diving experience there is something for everyone here.

You can get PADI certified and if you like muck diving then this is one of the best places to do it in Bali and you will find a range of underwater critters like the blue ringed octopus and pygmy seahorses.

There is also a good chance of seeing sharks, turtles, and waving fans and coral gardens.

6. Relax at the Yoga Barn

Yoga Barn

Bali is known as a place to relax and find enlightenment and with that in mind head for the Yoga Barn which is one of the most famous yoga retreats on the island.

Located in quiet and contemplative Ubud, the Yoga Barn has five different studios and a range of programs for all levels of ability.

You can even book to stay here for a retreat lasting several days and there are cleansing and detox programs that will help you to relax and adjust to a slower pace of life.

7. Strap on a jetpack in Tanjung Benoa

Jetpacking in Tanjung Benoa

Tanjung Benoa is the place to come in Bali if you want to try water sports and you can find a range of different activities on offer.

One of the most exciting however is strapping on a water jetpack which will let you fly up into the sky to a height of 10 meters and sessions usually last around 20 minutes.

One of the big draws of going jet packing is the chance to take in the beauty of Bali from the air and even if you have never done anything like this before the dedicated instructors will teach you how to fly in a safe and controlled environment.

8. Spend time in Sidemen


Sidemen is often left of many traveler’s itineraries which is a shame as it offers you the perfect alternative to more crowded spots like Ubud.

The area is located amongst jade green rice paddies and lies in a cool valley and you can go trekking in the surrounding area and walk to secluded waterfalls and stunning vantage points that let you take in the majesty of the scenery here.

9. Buy some silver in Celuk

Celuk, Bali

Celuk is a village located in Sukawati which is known for its silver smiths.

Around 30 minutes away from neighboring Ubud, you can easily visit for the day and walk along the main street of Jalan Raya Celuk where you will find a huge array of silver studios with ornately designed silverware for sale.

You can pick up a range of traditional souvenirs here or even custom order anything you want, and it is standard practice to bargain here so don’t be afraid to haggle if you see something you like.

Celuk is included in this tour : Scenic Ubud and Kintamani Volcano Full-Day Tour

10. Marvel at Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot Temple is probably the most famous attraction in Bali and is a Hindu temple that sits atop a large and scenic rock formation.

Over the years the sea has separated the rock from the mainland, and at high tide the rock is completely surrounded making this one of the most amazing sights in Indonesia.

Many people flock here for the sunsets around the temple so make sure you go early to get the best spot to watch the spectacle.

When the tide is low it is possible to walk across the sand to the temple.

Suggested tour : Bali Sunset and Dinner: Uluwatu, Tanah Lot and Jimbaran

11. Go snorkeling in Amed

Amed - snorkeling

If you are looking for a quieter corner of Bali undisturbed by the crowds of tourists who flock here then Amed is a great choice.

This part of the island is still relatively off the radar and is not exactly a town, but rather a collection of villages strung together next to the sea.

The reason many people come here is for the snorkeling and diving as the visibility is excellent and you can dive relatively cheaply compared to other parts of Bali.

12. Experience the culture in Ubud

Back streets Ubud - Bali

Ubud is widely known as the cultural heartland of Bali so if you like art then this is the place to come.

Ubud sits amongst gorgeous rolling rice paddies and if filled with art galleries like Neka Art Museum which gives you a glimpse of the evolution of art in Bali.

You can also find galleries dedicated to jewelry, ceramics, and sculpture and you can buy arts and crafts souvenirs all over Ubud.

13. Take a cooking class at Bumbu Bali

Bumbu Bali Cooking Class

Bumbu Bali is one of the island’s most famous restaurants and is owned by Heinz von Holzen.

The restaurant also runs cooking classes which include a morning trip to a local market to learn all about local Balinese ingredients, and you can then come back to the restaurant kitchens and cook up a spectacular traditional Balinese meal.

The lesson ends with a communal lunch and you will get a certificate of participation as a memento of your class.

14. Watch a Kecak dance

Kecak dance

Bali is famous for its dances and one of these is the Kecak dance which was developed in the 1930s.

The dance takes its name from the ‘cak’ sound that is repeated throughout and is based on the story of the Hindu epic called the Ramayana.

You can watch performances of the dance all over the island and many shows take place outside under the stars.

Recommended tour : Bali Sunset: Uluwatu Temple, Kecak Dance and Jimbaran Bay

15. Explore the paddy fields of Tabanan

Tabanan, Bali

Those looking for something a little different in Bali can head to the area of Tabanan which is covered in lush rich paddies that sparkle with an emerald hue under the sun.

The big draw here is that in addition to checking out the scenery you can also get involved and learn how rice is grown and harvested in Bali.

If you are feeling adventurous you can get knee deep in mud in a paddy and pick some of your own.

16. Spend time with the monkeys at Monkey Forest

Monkey Forest, Ubud

Monkey Forest is a Hindu temple complex in Ubud and also one of its main attractions.

The complex is full of over 500 monkeys and the three temples that still stand here date from the 14th century.

The entire area is a nature reserve and you can walk around and take in the scenery as well as take photographs of the monkeys.

You can buy bananas to feed the primates from the main entrance but beware, if you have anything else on you like sunglasses or water bottles the monkeys have been known to grab what they can from visitors.

17. Bathe in the sacred waters of Tirta Empul

Tirta Empul

You may recognize Tirta Empul which was used as a location in the film Eat, Pray, Love which featured Julia Roberts.

This temple complex sits just outside of Ubud and is made up of a number of pools which are filled by fountains.

The waters here are said to be sacred and Hindus from all over Bali come here to bathe.

Anyone can swim in the waters or you can walk around the complex and check out the pretty architecture and plethora of ornate statues.

Suggested tour : Full-Day Spiritual Cleansing and Shamanic Healing Tour

18. Get back to nature at Bali Zoo

Bali Zoo

Bali Zoo sits in the Gianyar Regency and if you want to check out some Southeast Asian animals then this is the place to do it.

The zoo is made up of open air enclosures rather than cages which are meant to mimic the natural habitat of the species here.

Some of these include tigers, elephants, rhinoceros, and a range of colorful birds, and you can either visit in the day time or choose the night safari which is perfect if you want to see some of the nocturnal animals that call the zoo home.

Book online (can be booked with hotel pick-up) : Bali Zoo Entrance Ticket

19. Feast on seafood in Sanur

Seafood - Sanur

Sanur is a sleepy seaside town that can feel miles away from busier areas like Kuta.

The big draw here is the main strip of beach which is flanked by a long pavement so you can walk along the shore line and check out the views as well as stop for a bite to eat.

Sanur is famous for its seafood restaurants and one of the best things to do in the evenings is to go for a wander and stop when you see something that looks good.

The food here is simply grilled over coconut husks for a wonderful smoky flavor and served with rice and chili sauce.

20. Marvel at Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple, Bali

Uluwatu Temple is arguably one of the most famous sights in Bali and stands 70 meters above the sea.

The temple was constructed on the side of a cliff overlooking the raging waters below and if you want truly spectacular views and ornate architecture then make sure not to miss this off the itinerary.

The temple is known for its monkey population and you can also catch a range of shows here such as famous Balinese dances.

If possible try to go in the evening so that you can catch the sunset here.

Recommended tour : Bali Sunset and Dinner: Uluwatu, Tanah Lot and Jimbaran

21. Tour a chocolate factory

Pod Chocolate Factory

You may not immediately think of chocolate when you think of Bali but actually Indonesia is one of the top producers of cocoa in the world.

As a result, you can visit Pod Chocolate Factory which makes some of the most delicious bites in Bali and find out how cocoa is grown and harvested and how the chocolate is made.

The factory offers a range of tours and of course you can buy some of the delicious treats on offer here as a sweet souvenir of your trip.

22. Climb Mount Batur

Mount Batur

Anyone looking for some adventure in Bali needs to head to Mount Batur which stands at 1,700 meters above sea level.

This is one of the most famous volcanoes in Bali and you can take a tour to the top which usually starts out at around 4 am.

This gets you to the top in time to watch the spectacular sunrise over the crater and the mountain is encircled by a stunning lake.

This is also one of the easiest treks in Bali compared with larger mountains so if you want to say you trekked up a volcano then this is a good choice.

23. Go white water rafting on Ayung River

Ayung River - Rafting

Bali has a huge range of water sports and one of the most exciting is a trip down the Ayung River on a raft.

The river is covered with white water rapids that make for a wild ride and as you float down the Ayung you will pass little local villages and lush forests that let you take in the beautiful vistas here from a completely different vantage point.

Recommended tour : Ayung River Rafting Trip with Lunch

24. Enjoy the nightlife in Kuta

Kuta Nightlife

Anyone looking for a party needs to head to Jalan Legian in Kuta.

This area is known as the main nightlife hub of Bali and you will find a huge range of different night clubs, live music events, and relaxed cafes.

The party scene keeps going into the early morning and you will also find a vast number of eateries here if you get hungry.

25. Eat green at Alchemy Cafe in Ubud

Alchemy Cafe in Ubud

If you want to eat green in Bali then you need to head to Ubud which has seen an explosion of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in recent years.

One of these is Alchemy Cafe which serves up raw and vegan foods and even has a raw chocolate factory as part of the cafe.

All the dishes here are made with local ingredients and you can choose from the famous salad bar and try some of the raw vegan sushi.

They also do a great range of smoothies and shakes made with tropical fruit as well as raw deserts and chocolates.

26. Enjoy some water sports in Sanur

Water sports in Sanur

Sanur is famous for not having any waves, so surfing is not possible here.

For this reason many visitors think that you can’t get out on the water although this is completely wrong.

On the contrary, Sanur has a huge variety of water sports on offer and you can try kiting surfing, paragliding, and even standing up paddle boarding.

27. Enjoy some luxury in Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua Beach

Nusa Dua is known for being one of the most expensive parts of the island but if your budget allows for a little luxury then make your way to this upscale enclave.

Here you will find a dedicated tourist area with manicured lawns and private beaches and all of the big name resorts like the Marriott are located here.

It’s a great place to relax for a few days away from the crowds and you can spend time sunbathing or enjoying a spa treatment.

28. Go for a swim at Waterbom

Waterbom, Kuta

Waterbom is a well loved institution in Kuta and a great place for families or those who want to make a splash.

This water park has a range of pools and slides as well as some hair raising rides like the Climax which is a sheer drop down a long water slides for those seeking an adrenalin pumping afternoon.

You will also find a range of cafes here if you want to get a bite to eat.

29. Go wreck diving at Tulamben


You can dive all around the island of Bali but if you want to try wreck diving then you will need to come to Tulamben.

Here you will find the wreck of the USAT Liberty which was sunk here in the Second World War and this is one of the most famous wrecks in the world.

You can expect to find a huge number of underwater creatures here as well as colorful fans and there is also a larger coral garden that lies close to the USAT Liberty so that you can check out both spots at the same time.

Available activity : Tulamben Bay Beginner’s Dive Experience

30. Have dinner in Jimbaran

Jimbaran used to be a fishing village although now it is most well known for its seafood restaurants.

Jimbaran sits on the coast and is flanked with a long stretch of golden sandy beach and you can come here and pick from any of the beachside restaurants which will let you sit with your feet in the sand and will serve you up a delicious traditional seafood barbecue.

You order the seafood according to weight and can pick from the freshest catch of the day according to what looks best when you visit.

The fish is cooked to order and served with rice and some simple side dishes.

31. Spend the day on Menjangan Island

Menjangan Island

You will find Menjangan Island in the north west of Bali and although it can take some time to get here, it is more than worth it is you want to visit the Menjangan National Marine Park.

As well as trekking on the island the main reason to come here is for the diving and you will find a plethora of underwater delights such as coral reefs and colorful fish.

There is also a good chance of seeing other sea creatures such as turtles, octopus, crabs, and rays.

32. Explore Candidasa

Beach of Candidasa, Bali

Candidasa is often not visited by travelers and is made up of a string of villages along the coast that offer a nice change of pace to areas like Kuta.

You will find a large swathe of beach here that stretches for miles and if you want a more secluded and less crowded beach experience then this is a good choice.

33. Go on safari at Bali Marine and Safari Park

Bali Marine and Safari Park

Bali Marine and Safari Park is made up of a collection of the best flora and fauna in Indonesia and you will be greeted with over 60 different species of animals here.

There are also dance and musical shows held here throughout the day and you can go on a safari tour to see the animals as they roam all over the park.

There is even the option to stay here overnight and watch graceful giraffes and elephants amble past your hotel room.

Book online : Bali Safari & Marine Park: Entrance Ticket & Visit

34. Check out the stone carvings in Batubulan


The village of Batubulan has made a name for itself over the years as the place to come if you want to find some of the prettiest stone carvings in Bali.

The village is around two kilometers outside Denpasar and you will find traditional carvings in the image of famous Balinese gods and goddesses as well as scenes from famous epics like the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.

The stones here are blue and black as they are made up of volcanic minerals and if you are looking for a souvenir of a trip to Bali then this is the perfect place to find one.

35. Discover a hidden waterfall in Sukawati

Sekumpul Waterfall

Bali is known for its natural beauty and no more so than its stunning waterfalls.

One of the best examples of these is the spectacular Sekumpul Waterfall which lies in a lush valley and is meant to be a sacred spot in Bali.

To get to the waterfall you will need to trek along a secluded path and you won’t realize that you have arrived at the waterfall until you suddenly see it peeking out of the undergrowth.

You can swim in the pools beneath the cataract and cool off after the long hike.

36. Visit a spa

The Spa at The Edge Hotel

Bali is known for its spa experiences which blend traditional local ingredients and centuries old techniques that will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated.

One of the most amazing of all Bali’s spas is The Spa and The Edge Hotel which is located in Pectau and sits on the side of a cliff.

This means that you get views over the water and can look over a sheer drop down the cliff side and the packages here mix flowers, rice, and holy water for one of the best spa experiences on the island.

37. Check out a turtle sanctuary

Serangan Turtle Island Conservation Centre

The Turtle Conservation and Education Centre is located on Serangan Island which is close to the seaside town of Sanur and is a fascinating place to come if you love turtles.

The aim of the center is to educate visitors regarding the various dangers that pollution and poaching can pose to the turtles and the staff here rescue injured turtles and care for them before they can be released back into the wild.

  • 38.  Relax on Pantai Indah

Sanur Beach

Sanur is known for its beach which is called Pantai Indah and which lies in the centre of the strip.

Here you will find clean sands and warm waters as well as a delightful beachside cafe called Warung Pantai Indah.

You can sit on a wooden bench overlooking the water and watch the fishermen at work and order a range of local dishes like satay served over hot coals as well as curries and the ubiquitous Indonesian beer called Bintang.

39. Visit Bali Provincial State Museum

Negeri Propinsi Bali

The Bali Provincial State Museum has the claim to fame of being the oldest museum in Bali and has over 10,000 items on display.

The museum is built in the traditional style and has royal pavilions and beautiful Balinese architecture aplenty.

Here you will find an amazing array of prehistoric artifacts as well as works of art and weaponry.

Other galleries are full of ceramics such as statues and stones with ancient inscriptions as well as tools and bronze pieces.

The northern royal pavilion is modeled on a Tabanan palace and you can see traditional textiles and masks used in Balinese ceremonies and dances.

40. Get off the grid at Munduk

Waterfall near Munduk, Bali

Munduk is the home of some of the prettiest waterfalls in Bali and also lies next to the spectacular Tamblingan Lake.

If you like trekking then this makes a great choice and you will find stretches of farm land, orchid fields, and local markets all over Munduk.

There are only a few guesthouses dotted around here but if you want to check out a less-visited side of Bali then Munduk offers you a great slice of local life away from the more touristy areas.

41. Buy some wood carvings in Mas

Mas, Wood Carvings

Mas is a village that is around six kilometers outside of Ubud and is known all over the island for its intricate wood carvings.

If you want some of the prettiest souvenirs in Bali then make sure to come here and check out the carvings which come in a range of designs such as traditional masks and tableaus of famous Balinese stories.

Some of the most famous spots in Mas include the Nyana & Tilem Gallery as well as the I.B Sutarja Mask Carver Gallery.

42. Tuck into some Babi Guling

Babi Guling

Babi Guling is the most famous food on the island and is a dish made of suckling pig which has been spit-roasted over coals.

The pig is rubbed in a blend of local spices and herbs and then slowly roasted over several hours, and you can get this dish at a range of restaurants all over Bali.

The most famous of these however is Babi Guling Pak Malen which sits on Sunset Road, one of the main roads near Kuta, and they have been serving up this dish for years.

If you want a plate of some of the most authentic Babi Guling in Bali then make sure to make a trip here.

43. Sunbathe on Balangan Beach

Balangan Beach

Balangan Beach lies some 40 minutes outside Kuta but it feels as if you are in another world.

If you want to get away from the crowds then this is the place to do it, and you will find pristine sands and a great surf break if you want to try some surfing.

The beach sits at the bottom of a set of craggy cliffs and you can walk down a steep set of stairs cut into the cliff side in order to access the beach.

It takes a little effort to get to this secluded beach but it is more than worth it for the views and you will find a range of cafes and warungs where you can have a spot of lunch or relax and look at the sunset with a beer.

44. Explore the Don Antonio Blanco Museum

Don Antonio Blanco Museum

Antonio Blanco was a Spanish national who was born in the Philippines and then moved to Bali.

Blanco died in 1999 but when he lived in Bali he was known as one of the most important and influential foreign artists on the island.

Nowadays his home has been turned into a museum that sits on the pretty Campuhan River and you can tour the museum and take in the art work for which Blanco was famous.

Items on show include some of his possessions including a painting that he was working on which still stands on his easel.

45. Try some traditional Balinese food at Warung Blanjong

Warung Blanjong

Bali has a range of delicious local specialties that you won’t find anywhere else in Indonesia, so with that in mind make sure to spend some time eating your way around the island.

One of the best places to try some of the local bites is at Warung Blanjong in Sanur which serves up traditional Balinese food such as siap betutu which is chicken roasted with local herbs and spices.

You can also try pepes be pasih which is a fish dish wrapped in banana leaves and as the staff speak English this is a good choice if you are new in town and want to sample some of the local delights.

46. Drink from the waters at Goa Gajah

Goa Gajah

Anyone who is looking for the fountain of youth needs to come to Goa Gajah which is a cave complex that means Elephant Cave in Indonesian.

The cave is best known for its statues in the form of six women carrying water pots that are also fountains.

You can drink the water that comes out of the pots and it is said to have healing properties and will keep you looking young for years to come.

The cave dates from the 9th century and you can take a guided tour around the complex which will fill you in all the historical and cultural significance of this part of Bali.

47. Go shopping at Pasar Badung

Pasar Badung

Those that like shopping need to squeeze in a trip to Pasar Badung which is a market in Denpasar that sits on the scenic banks of the Badung River.

The market is a vast complex that sprawls over four floors and you will find different areas here that sell all kinds of products including local food items like fruit, vegetables, and spices.

You can take a tour of the market and check out all the uniquely Balinese products on sale and then explore the local temples that are located close by.

48. Go caving at Uluwatu Beach

Uluwatu Beach

Surf aficionados flock to Uluwatu Beach for the waves, but many people don’t know that there is a hidden gem here if you are willing to look for it.

Beneath the beach is the Uluwatu Beach Cave which looks like a dragon’s lair and is a great stop off if you want to spend time in a cool and serene environment after a day spent on a baking hot beach.

49. Visit Ubud Palace

Ubud Palace

Ubud Palace is the most important spot in Ubud and dates from the 1800s.

The complex includes the palace as well as gorgeous gardens and ornate architectural features and you can explore during the day or wait until the sun comes down to venture here.

In the evenings the palace also comes alive and there are dance shows held here that are perfect if you want to take in some of the culture in a beautiful historic setting.

50. Spend time at Canggu Beach

Canggu Beach

The beach in Canggu is known for its eight kilometers of golden sands and is often voted one of the prettiest beaches in the world.

Despite its popularity however it doesn’t feel crowded and still retains much of its rural charm, and popular pastimes here include swimming and surfing.

At sunset you can take in the beautiful views and there are a vast number of places dotted along the sand where you can get a drink and enjoy the sound of the waves.

51. Walk to Gitgit Waterfall

Gitgit Waterfall

Make sure not to miss Gitgit Waterfall which is widely known as the most picturesque cataract in Bali.

The waters are located between Denpasar and Singaraja and you can hike along a small trail to the waterfall that will take you past leafy forests and through coffee plantations.

The waters gush down a drop of 35 meters and there is a pool at the bottom of the waterfall where you can swim although there is also a local legend here that says that couples shouldn’t bathe together as this can spell bad luck for their relationship.

52. Visit Bali Bird Park

Bali Bird Park

Bali Bird Park is filled with a vast collection of birds from all over Indonesia including an array of unusual species.

The park is located in Batubulan which is also known for its stone carving and there is an adjacent reptile farm if you want a change of pace from the birds.

The park is separated into different sections that mirror the natural habitats of the birds and you will find gorgeous avians such as colorful parrots and birds of paradise.

53. Have a drink in Seminyak

Drinks in Seminyak

Seminyak is known for being one of the best party destinations on the island and you will find a long strip of sandy beach here that has a huge number of nightlife options.

These include cafes and restaurants and in the evening many eateries set up bean bags and cushions on the beach so that you can sip a cocktail and watch the sun go down.

There are a range of famous venues here such as Ku De Ta although the best thing to do is go for a walk and see which area takes your fancy.

54. Travel to Karangasem


Many people never make it to Eastern Bali which is a shame as this part of the island offers a completely different experience compared to other spots like Seminyak and Kuta.

It takes around an hour and a half to get to Karangasem from Bali’s main airport but it is well worth it so that you can explore areas such as Tirta Gangga which is a famed water palace that would have been used by the royal family who were the heads of the city of Amlapura.

55. Spot the dolphins in Lovina

Dolphins near Lovina

Bali is covered in beaches but one that stands out the most is Lovina as the sand is black thanks to its high mineral content and volcanic ash.

The main reason why many people visit Lovina is to see some of its resident dolphins that swim in the waters here and you can take a boat trip out in the early morning when you will have the best chance of spotting them.

For many visitors this is a highlight of a trip here and it is well worth getting up early in the morning to get a chance to spot these graceful creatures in their natural environment.

55 Best Things to Do in Bali (Indonesia):

  • Go surfing in Kuta
  • Visit Ulun Danu Temple
  • Have fun at Bali Treetop Adventure Park
  • Have lunch at Bebek Bengil in Ubud
  • Go muck diving in Padang Bai
  • Relax at the Yoga Barn
  • Strap on a jetpack in Tanjung Benoa
  • Spend time in Sidemen
  • Buy some silver in Celuk
  • Marvel at Tanah Lot Temple
  • Go snorkeling in Amed
  • Experience the culture in Ubud
  • Take a cooking class at Bumbu Bali
  • Watch a Kecak dance
  • Explore the paddy fields of Tabanan
  • Spend time with the monkeys at Monkey Forest
  • Bathe in the sacred waters of Tirta Empul
  • Get back to nature at Bali Zoo
  • Feast on seafood in Sanur
  • Marvel at Uluwatu Temple
  • Tour a chocolate factory
  • Climb Mount Batur
  • Go white water rafting on Ayung River
  • Enjoy the nightlife in Kuta
  • Eat green at Alchemy Cafe in Ubud
  • Enjoy some water sports in Sanur
  • Enjoy some luxury in Nusa Dua
  • Go for a swim at Waterbom
  • Go wreck diving at Tulamben
  • Have dinner in Jimbaran
  • Spend the day on Menjangan Island
  • Explore Candidasa
  • Go on safari at Bali Marine and Safari Park
  • Check out the stone carvings in Batubulan
  • Discover a hidden waterfall in Sukawati
  • Visit a spa
  • Check out a turtle sanctuary
  • Visit Bali Provincial State Museum
  • Get off the grid at Munduk
  • Buy some wood carvings in Mas
  • Tuck into some Babi Guling
  • Sunbathe on Balangan Beach
  • Explore the Don Antonio Blanco Museum
  • Try some traditional Balinese food at Warung Blanjong
  • Drink from the waters at Goa Gajah
  • Go shopping at Pasar Badung
  • Go caving at Uluwatu Beach
  • Visit Ubud Palace
  • Spend time at Canggu Beach
  • Walk to Gitgit Waterfall
  • Visit Bali Bird Park
  • Have a drink in Seminyak
  • Travel to Karangasem
  • Spot the dolphins in Lovina

12 things to know before going to Bali, Indonesia

Jan 18, 2024 • 8 min read

bali main tourist attractions

These top tips for visiting Bali can help you plan the perfect trip © Klaus Vedfelt / Getty Images

The Indonesian island of Bali is a sun-soaked paradise that attracts every type of traveler, from budget-conscious backpackers to luxury jet-setters.

But – as with any destination – the vast majority of travelers (especially first-timers) will have a number of questions, whether it's "Can unmarried couples stay together in Bali?" (an increasingly common one in the light of recently-introduced new rules for tourists in Bali, which we'll get to later) or "What should I wear?"

Thankfully, Bali is one of the easiest destinations to explore, although its size – the island covers 5776 sq km (2230 sq miles) – means travelers should take the time to think about what they want to see and do relatively early on. For example, places such as Seminyak , with its beach clubs and five-star hotels, tend to become somewhat crowded during peak season, while more rural destinations, such as Ubud , might well require a longer taxi journey  but are absolutely worth the effort, especially for those keen to avoid the crowds.

It's also worth bearing in mind that Bali is one of Asia's safest destinations. As with any holiday hot spot, there are always going to be certain things we can do to ensure we stay safe while traveling, but crackdowns on petty theft and bad behavior have all helped transform the island into a wonderfully family-friendly destination .

Here are our top tips for anyone heading to Bali.

A farmer in a terraced field

1. Check your vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to Indonesia

There are no mandatory vaccinations for visitors to Bali (barring the need for travelers arriving from countries with a high yellow fever transmission risk to carry a yellow fever vaccination certificate), although Hepatitis A, typhoid and tetanus are often recommended. Bali falls into the "low to no risk" category when it comes to malaria.

Rabies remains a big problem in Indonesia, and although it claims fewer lives in Bali than elsewhere (according to the World Health Organization, 11 people died from rabies in the first half of 2023), it still exists, and the rabies vaccination is worth considering. Working out what vaccinations you need for a holiday to Bali is mostly a personal choice, but if you have concerns, contact your local physician for the latest guidance.

2. Bring a reusable bottle

One of the most asked questions by tourists: "Is Bali's tap water safe to drink?" The short answer is "no." Stick to bottled water or, better still, bring a bottle with a built-in water filtering membrane. Purchasing bottled water – especially in restaurants – can quickly become expensive, which is another reason we're fans of reusable filtered ones, such as Larq and Lifestraw. These are also handy when it comes to purifying water used for cleaning fruits and vegetables. Additionally, try to steer clear of ice and use bottled water to brush your teeth.

Huge dark clouds out at sea contrasting with the light elsewhere. A small row boat is in the foreground on the beach

3. Don't write off the rainy season

Having a rough idea of when dry and rainy seasons fall is undoubtedly something that is useful to know before heading to Indonesia . But bear with us – Bali's rainy season, which takes place between October and April, is a great time to visit. It's typified by short, sharp showers that often only last a few minutes. And in addition to the fact that prices for everything – from regional airfares to hotels – plummet, the island becomes wonderfully lush, the weather is still warm (typically hovering between 24°C/75°F and 29°C/85°F), and the main tourist attractions are blissfully crowd-free. You'll also find it easier to snap up places on excursions, such as snorkeling tours and guided hikes.

4. Buy some bug spray

To be clear, Bali doesn't have a major mosquito problem, but like anywhere in Southeast Asia, these pesky biting bugs love the occasional bloodsucking session – in the case of Bali, particularly during the rainy season between November and April. Lighten the load on your wallet by purchasing your repellent in Bali and opting for bug sprays made in Asia. Popular (and much cheaper) Asian brands you'll find throughout Indonesia include Soffell (snap up the surprisingly pleasant floral-scented version if you can).

5. Avoid traveling during peak times

Traffic in Bali can be horrendous – especially around busier spots such as Denpasar and Kuta – and estimated journey times on apps like Google Maps or Grab are notoriously unreliable. Peak times tend to be 6am to 8am (but roads often remain busy until 10am when day-trippers head out) and 4pm to 7pm. Allow plenty of time to get from A to B, especially when heading to the airport.

A pathway between lily-covered ponds leads to a temple building

6. Pack clothes that will cover you up for when you're not on the beach

In Bali, skimpy swimwear is fine for the beach, but definitely not for trips to a supermarket or restaurant.

Men and women need to ensure their shoulders and upper legs are covered when visiting religious sites, although most of these places will have sarongs for visitors to borrow. Pack like a pro by taking a light cotton scarf that can double as a sarong if you visit a temple or other religious site, and a pair of light cotton trousers (bonus points if they've got a built-in mosquito repellent), which will protect you from bites while also providing enough coverage at sites where tiny denim shorts or a vest just won't cut it.

7. Behave respectfully

Various media reports might give the impression it's easy to get into trouble in Bali, but it's not. In reality, you just need to be sensible: don't do drugs (being caught with under a gram of cannabis will land you in prison), be respectful and dress appropriately at religious sites, don't ride a motorbike or moped without a helmet (Bali's police have recently started cracking down especially hard on foreign moped drivers), and treat locals with respect.

8. Locals will be keen to share their knowledge with you

Staying at a hotel with a concierge or a friendly receptionist? Feel free to grill them about the best local bar, beach or restaurant. The Balinese are incredibly proud of their island  – don't be surprised if the bartender at your favorite beach bar ends up inviting you to their home for dinner with their family – and love nothing more than telling visitors about their favorite beach, nature walk or temple.

A popular Balinese meal of rice with a variety of vegetables in a wooden bowl

9. Eat, drink, stay and shop locally

Don't be afraid to go local, whether this means eating at tiny family-run restaurants or opting for local drink brands. You'll pay less and enjoy delicious local dishes, and you'll be contributing directly to the local economy, too. These days, even the smallest restaurants, bars and independent hotels will be listed on online review sites such as Zomato (especially popular in Asia), and a quick glance should tell you whether the business in question is reputable or not.

10. Carry some loose change

Many businesses in Bali will take payment by card, but there are still plenty of places that only take cash. These include temples, smaller souvenir shops and beachfront masseuses (which, by the way, offer some of the best massages going). ATMs on the island can be unreliable and are also few and far between in some areas. Additionally, don't assume you'll always have the mobile data you'll need to book a ride-share taxi. If you need to hail a tuk-tuk or taxi from the side of the road, it's highly likely you'll need to pay in cash.

When using ATMs, opt for ones connected with major banks (in Indonesia, these include BNI, Bank Mandiri, BCA and CIMB Niaga) to avoid withdrawal fees and remember that Indonesian ATMs issue the cash first, so don't forget to wait for your card to appear.

11. Get around by moped (but always wear a helmet)

Mopeds are the cheapest way to get around Bali  and often – especially during rush hour in places such as Kuta – the quickest, too. They're also offered as a mode of transport by Grab and Gojek (Bali's most popular ride-sharing apps), and prices for journeys via mopeds are significantly cheaper than those made by car. Just remember to check the reviews of your chosen driver and always wear a helmet (the driver will typically provide one). Avoid hailing scooter taxis on the street – you won't be able to check their credentials, and, in reality, Grab and Gojek have so many scooter drivers (both identifiable for their bright green jackets) that there's simply no need.

12. There is a no-sex-before-marriage law

In December 2022, the Indonesian government brought in a new law that forbids sex outside of marriage. Technically, this law applies to visitors as well as locals.

At the time, it was announced that the legislation won't be introduced until late 2025. Since then, Bali's governor has said that the law – dubbed by some newspapers as the "Bali bonk ban"– won't apply to tourists and, additionally, guilty parties can only be reported by spouses, parents or children. In summary, the law represents a worrying development for human rights in Indonesia, but it's not one that is likely to affect tourists.

This article was first published May 2019 and updated January 2024

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61 Best Places to Visit in Bali for First-time Visitors

best places to visit in Bali

First-time visitors have a wide choice of places to visit in Bali . If you don’t want to miss anything, check out our selection of the best things to see in Bali! Get lost among the Balinese green lush, rice fields, holy temples, breathtaking beaches, and underwater marine life!

Add Bali to your bucket list, keep scrolling and discover the best Balinese spots you should not miss!

South Bali 1-23
  • Central Bali 24-47
North Bali 48-51
West Bali 52-53
  • East Bali 54-59
Southeastern islands 59-61

1 – Sanur

Sanur, Bali, Indonesia - #1 best places to visit in South Bali

Visit Sanur for a relaxed coastal experience. This is one of the best spots on the island where to see the sunrise while enjoying a pleasant stroll on the Sanur Beach Promenade.

Lastly, you may try some fun water sports such as windsurfing or kitesurfing.

Read more: 31 Best Water Sports in Bali for Ultimate Fun

2 – Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple, Bali, Indonesia - #2 best places to visit in South Bali

Located in the Bukit Peninsula Uluwatu temple is a must-visit in Bali. Perched on a rock which overlooks the Indian Ocean, imagine how the sunset can be from here.

Moreover, get here also to see the traditional Kecak dance , one of the places in Bali you should not miss! At sunset, the stage is lively with this incredible Balinese fire dance.

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3 – Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot Temple, Bali, Indonesia - #3 best places to visit in South Bali

Tanah Lot Temple is an extremely top-rated tourist destination and one of Bali’s most important landmarks.

Popular for its exclusive offshore setting and sunset backdrops, its location ensures the best view ever to watch the sunset over the ocean.

  • Tanah Lot Temple tours

Hot tip: Discover the mystical beauty of Bali with the best Tanah Lot Temple tours , offering an in-depth exploration of one of the island’s most iconic sea temples.

4 – Canggu

Canggu, Bali, Indonesia - #4 best places to visit in South Bali

Canggu is a widely renowned location in Bali. Discover its lovely rice terraces if you want a glimpse of nature or head to the beach area if you wish to go surfing.

Small tip: don’t forget to make a stop in one of the trendy hipster cafes of Canggu!

5 – Nusa Dua Theatre

Nusa Dua Theatre, Bali, Indonesia - #5 best places to visit in South Bali

Head to the Nusa Dua Theather to watch the winner of the Indonesia Leading Tourism Show, the great Devdan Show.

This cultural dance performance is incredibly dynamic and filled with acrobatics recreating Balinese life scenes. Perfectly suitable for the whole family.

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6 – Seminyak

Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia - #6 best places to visit in South Bali

Undoubtedly, Seminyak is Bali’s most fancy and unique beach area.

Countless people get here to sunbathe on the beach or watch the sunset from one of the best beach clubs on the island.

Here you can also find a vibrant nightlife scene.

  • Things to do in Seminyak

7 – Jimbaran Beach

Jimbaran Beach, Bali, Indonesia - #7 best places to visit in South Bali

Situated along the Southwestern coast, Jimbaran Beach is definitely a must visit among the best beaches of Bali.

Spend at least one night here to have a super tasty seafood dinner while watching the sun goes down.

8 – Timbis Beach

Timbis Beach, Bali, Indonesia - #8 best places to visit in South Bali

Located on the Bukit Peninsula. Timbis Beach is certainly less touristic than others. The views from the cliffs are breathtaking.

Famed for paragliding, get a glimpse of Bali from another perspective.

9 – Bingin Beach

Bingin Beach, Bali, Indonesia - #9 best places to visit in South Bali

Considered one of the best-hidden beaches of Bali, Bingin Beach is a great surf spot close to Uluwatu.

Obscured by the cliffs, many tourists may don’t immediately notice this small gem. For sure, one of the most beautiful Balinese beaches.

10 – Pandawa Beach

Pandawa Beach, Bali, Indonesia - #10 best places to visit in South Bali

Are you a sporty person? Pandawa Beach is particularly well-known for water sports like snorkeling and parasailing.

Otherwise, pick one of the several beachside cafes along the coast and enjoy the stunning view.

11 – Sukawati Art Market

Sukawati Art Market, Bali, Indonesia - #11 best places to visit in South Bali

Referred to locally as “Pasar Seni Sukawati”, Sukawati Art Market is a long-standing and popular place among holidaymakers and locals.

A great location for strolling around or for a real Balinese shopping experience.

12 – Bali zoo

Bali Zoo, Bali, Indonesia - #12 best places to visit in South Bali

Bali Zoo is home to a wondrous blend of animals living in nature.

Visitors can get close to the animals by living interactive encounters like “breakfast with orangutans” or even a night at the zoo!

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13 – Bali Marine and Safari Park

Bali Marine and Safari Park, Bali, Indonesia - #13 best places to visit in South Bali

Bali Marine and Safari Park offers an enjoyable day out, and serves as one of the island’s largest and most visited animal theme parks which opened to the public in 2007.

Along with a themed resort suitable for children, a safari bus will lead you across the Indonesian lush.

Discover amazing animal species!

14 – Balangan Beach

Balangan Beach, Bali, Indonesia - #14 best places to visit in South Bali

Locally referred to as Pantai Balangan, Balangan Beach is a blend of ideal surfing waves and unbelievable crystal clear water.

Make a stop just before the sun goes down to enjoy a fresh cocktail down to the shore.

15 – Tegenungan Waterfall

Tegenungan Waterfall, Bali, Indonesia - #15 best places to visit in South Bali

Tegenungan Waterfall is one for nature lovers. Reachable in only 30 minutes driving from Ubud is a popular destination due to its proximity to Bali’s beating heart.

Reach the waterfall after a few minutes walking along the path, and then enjoy a great swim!

  • Tegenungan Waterfall tours

16 – Karma Beach

Karma Beach, Bali, Indonesia - #16 best places to visit in South Bali

Karma Beach is a small sandy strip, located at the southernmost point of Bali. One of the most stylish and upscale beach resort area of the island.

Head to this hidden paradise covered with beautiful white sand to spend some relaxing time – one of the best places to visit in Bali for beach club lovers.

17 – Bali Bird Park

Bali Bird Park, Bali, Indonesia - #17 best places to visit in South Bali

Located at the Gianyar Regency, visit Bali Bird Park to witness the largest and finest collection of Indonesian birds in the world and interact with fantastic birds coming from Africa and South America.

An educational attraction suitable for the whole family.

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18 – Turtle Conservation and Education Center

Turtle Conservation and Education Center, Bali, Indonesia - #18 best places to visit in South Bali

Turtle Conservation and Education Center is located in Serangan. It was opened by the governor of Bali around 13 years ago.

One of its missions is to stop illegal turtle trading on the island definitively. Take care and give new life to small turtles bringing them back to the sea.

This is one of the most touching places to visit in Bali.

19 – Badung Traditional Market

Badung Traditional Market, Bali, Indonesia - #19 best places to visit in South Bali

Badung Traditional Market is considered as the largest traditional market in Bali.

A lively place where to experience a real taste of the Balinese daily life, among local groceries and cheap stuff.

Explore the market as a local and buy some delicious tropical fruits.

20 – Bajra Sandhi Monument

Bajra Sandhi Monument, Bali, Indonesia - #20 best places to visit in South Bali

Bajra Sandhi Monument is a major landmark in Denpasar, built right in the centre of the Renon Square.

This monument is devoted to the Balinese people struggle throughout the history of the island.

Over time, it has become one of the major attractions in the city

21 – Mason Adventures Park

Mason Adventures Park, Bali, Indonesia - #21 best places to visit in South Bali

Mason Adventures Park is the longest-established adventure tour operator in Bali.

This park is Bali’s only dedicated elephant rescue facility and is home to 31 critically-endangered Sumatran elephants.

You can take care of these gentle giants by feeding and bathing them.

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22 – Green Village

Green Village, Bali, Indonesia - #22 best places to visit in South Bali

Located on the sacred Ayung River and nestled in the lush Balinese forest, Green Village is an innovative compound of bamboo houses and villas.

As well as the world-famous Green School, Green Village has been recognized as one of Bali’s most remarkable communities in sustainable living and housing.

23 – Waterbom

Waterbom, Bali, Indonesia - #23 best places to visit in South Bali

Waterbom is the right spot if you need a day off from the discovery of Bali and its warm sun. Enjoy fresh drinks and some chill time by the water pool.

This is the best waterpark on the island – one of the best places to visit in Bali if you want to have fun with your friends.

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24 – Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Bali, Indonesia - #24 best places to visit in Central Bali

The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is a widely popular things to do in Ubud . Around 700 monkeys populate the forest.

Take a stroll along the way and breathe profoundly fresh air among 186 different species of trees.

  • Sacred Monkey Forest tours

25 – Ubud Royal Palace

Ubud Royal Palace, Bali, Indonesia - #25 best places to visit in Central Bali

The Ubud Royal Palace is a prestigious historical building complex which lies in the heart of downtown Ubud.

Also called Puri Saren Agung, this place was inhabited by the Royal family. A must-do among the historical attractions in Ubud.

  • Ubud Royal Palace tours

26 – Pura Taman Saraswati Temple

Pura Taman Saraswati Temple, Bali, Indonesia - #26 best places to visit in Central Bali

Pura Taman Saraswati Temple is a beautiful water temple in central Ubud.

Located in a lovely lotus pond which surrounds the water palace, after a walk around the complex, grab a drink at Cafè Lotus and enjoy the view!

27 – The Blanco Renaissance Museum

The Blanco Renaissance Museum, Bali, Indonesia - #27 best places to visit in Central Bali

Located in Ubud, The Blanco Renaissance Museum hosts the house and studio of Don Antonio Blanco.

If you love art, get a mind-blowing overview of the late flamboyant Philippine-born maestro.

28 – Ubud Art Market

Ubud Art Market, Bali, Indonesia - #28 best places to visit in Central Bali

When in Ubud walk around the stands of the Ubud Art Market – probably one of the best places to visit in Bali for shopping lovers.

Avoid the crowd of tourists going there in the early morning.

Grab some souvernirs or Balinese craftsmanship pieces at a low price.

But remember, don’t forget to bargain!

29 – Goa Gajah, Elephant Cave Temple

Goa Gajah, Elephant Cave Temple, Bali, Indonesia - #29 best places to visit in Central Bali

You can’t miss Goa Gajah also known as Elephant Cave Temple, an archaeological site of significant historical value located in Ubud.

In the past, Goa Gajah was a place for meditation. Nowadays, it represents one of the most famous historical sanctuaries on the island.

30 – Tegallalang Rice Terrace

Tegallalang Rice Terrace, Bali, Indonesia - #30 best places to visit in Central Bali

Tegallalang Rice Terrace is one of the main reasons to visit Ubud.

One of the most visited tourist attractions – an iconic Balinese landscape covered by lush vegetation.

A walk around the rice paddies is an absolute must-do.

31 – Tirta Empul Temple

Tirta Empul Temple, Bali, Indonesia - #31 best places to visit in Central Bali

Visit the Tirta Empul Temple, one of Bali’s most important Hindu water temples.

Follow the rituals of locals that head here to bathe in its holy water.

You will experience the real culture of the Balinese Hindu. A must-see in Bali.

32 – Campuhan Ridge

Campuhan Ridge, Bali, Indonesia - #32 best places to visit in Central Bali

A scenic mountain valley hiking trail in Ubud. The Campuhan Ridge is the best known Ubud trek and with good reason.

Head here in the early morning or late afternoon, breathe the fresh air and walk along the path. For trekking lovers, that’s the right place.

  • Campuhan Ridge walking tours

33 – Gunung Kawi Temple

Gunung Kawi Temple, Bali, Indonesia - #33 best places to visit in Central Bali

Gunung Kawi Temple locally referred to as Pura Gunung Kawi, is one of Bali’s most typical archaeological sites, comprising a collection of ancient shrine reliefs carved into the face of a rock cliff.

This Hindu funerary complex dates back to the 11th-century – one of the most sacred places to visit in Bali.

  • Gunung Kawi Temple tours

34 – Telaga Waja River

Telaga Waja River, Bali, Indonesia - #34 best places to visit in Central Bali

Telaga Waja River is close to Ubud.

It is one of the amazing places on the island for white water rafting – the longest Bali white rafting trail.

A fun and wild adventure for the whole family. Take a look at our guide about rafting in Bali .

  • Telaga Waja River rafting

35 – Taman Ayun Temple

Taman Ayun Temple, Bali, Indonesia - #35 best places to visit in Central Bali

Taman Ayun Temple is a landmark in the village of Mengwi, Badung Regency. Its name means “Garden Temple in the Water”.

It is surrounded by canals and Balinese vegetation recreating an incredibly peaceful atmosphere. One of the best temples and gardens complex.

36 – Jatiluwih Rice Terrace

Jatiluwih Rice Terrace, Bali, Indonesia - #36 best places to visit in Central Bali

Jatiluwih Rice Terrace is located in the heart of Tabanan Regency. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the best places to visit in Bali.

Get here for a taste of authentic Indonesian landscape.

Stroll along the rice field and enjoy the stunning view.

  • Jatiluwih rice terraces tours

37 – Kebun Raya, Bali Botanic Garden

Kebun Raya, Bali Botanic Garden, Bali, Indonesia - #37 best places to visit in Central Bali

Located in the Bedegul Region, Kebun Raya constitutes the most extensive botanic garden of Indonesia.

Visit Kebun Raya on a day trip from Denpasar and remember to bring with you all the essentials for a picnic!

38 – Nungnung Waterfall

Nungnung Waterfall, Bali, Indonesia - #38 best places to visit in Central Bali

Located between Ubud and Bedegul, Nungnung Waterfall stands for the perfect site for a stop in between.

One of the biggest and most powerful waterfalls in Bali.

Just remember that there’s a short trek to reach the waterfall. Anyway, nothing impossible!

39 – Mount Batur

Mount Batur, Bali, Indonesia - #39 best places to visit in Central Bali

Bali is well-known for its amazing beaches, but even the interior has its own appeal.

Together with Mount Agung, Mount Batur represents the other active volcano of Bali. Trek Mount Batur at sunrise to catch one of the best views you could ever have. Priceless!

  • Mount Batur trekking

40 – Lake Tamblingan

Lake Tamblingan, Bali, Indonesia - #40 best places to visit in Central Bali

Even if less touristy compared to the close Lake Beratan, Lake Tamblingan offers a splendid view.

Explore the lake on a relaxing canoe ride and discover the temples all around.

You can also get to the lake through an adventurous forest hike.

41 – Penglipuran Village

Penglipuran Village, Bali, Indonesia - #41 best places to visit in Central Bali

Experience life untouched by modern influences at Penglipuran, located near Bangli City.

This is a traditional Balinese village kept frozen in time – one of the most stunning places in Bali you can visit.

Penglipuran Village is the witness of a culture and a way of living untouched by the present.

  • Penglipuran Village tours

42 – Kanto Lampo Waterfall

Kanto Lampo Waterfall, Bali, Indonesia - #42 best places to visit in Central Bali

Kanto Lampo Waterfall is a perfect stop to include on a day trip from Ubud.

It is a scenic waterfall cascading down a stepped rock wall into a refreshing pool.

The perfect solution to spend a day wholly nestled in nature.

43 – Marigold Fields

Marigold Fields, Bali, Indonesia - #43 best places to visit in Central Bali

Take a drive between Kintamani and Bedugul to see the beautiful marigold s growing in fields alongside the road. Marigold is the traditional flower employed in Balinese rituals.

This is one of the most romantic things to do in Bali . Imagine strolling with your love one in this magic fields covered by scented flowers!

44 – Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Bali, Indonesia - #44 best places to visit in Central Bali

On the shores of Lake Beratan, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is one of the top temples in Bali.

This water temple always fascinates tourists with its impressive landscape fringed by the Bedugul Highlands.

Its reflection makes it incredibly romantic!

45 – Treetop Adventure Park

Treetop Adventure Park, Bali, Indonesia - #45 best places to visit in Central Bali

Treetop Adventure Park is a fun activity set in an outdoor environment for groups and families.

On impressive trees and with stunning views, you will experience new sensations never felt before.

Enjoy different natural routes jumping from a tree to another!

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46 – Besakih Temple

Besakih Temple, Bali, Indonesia - #46 best places to visit in Central Bali

Besakih Temple has been known as Bali’s ‘Mother Temple’ for over 1000 years and is perched 1000 meters high on the southwestern slopes of Mount Agung.

This represents the primary religious site in Bali – an extensive complex of at least 86 temples. Here, you will breathe real spirituality.

  • Besakih Temple tours

47 – Pod Chocolate Factory

Pod Chocolate Factory, Bali, Indonesia - #47 best places to visit in Central Bali

Pod Chocolate Factory is located in Central Bali.

Visit this factory for a local chocolate tasting or to figure out how the local cocoa pods are transformed into delicious chocolate.

You can even make your chocolate bar!

48 – Lovina

Lovina, Bali, Indonesia - #48 best places to visit in North Bali

One of the most popular things to do in Bali for animal lovers is a dolphin watching tour in Lovina.

While the sun is rising on Lovina bay, go watch dolphins in their natural environment. With their playful and acrobatic natures, dolphins bring a smile to the faces of anyone who watches them.

  • Lovina tours

Check out our guide about Lovina sunrise dolphin watching tour .

49 – Aling-Aling Waterfall

Aling-Aling Waterfall, Bali, Indonesia - #49 best places to visit in North Bali

Aling Aling Waterfall is located near Singaraja. It is a picturesque waterfall complex consisting of 7 secret waterfalls with a unique side-by-side waterfall top.

Head to Aling-Aling Waterfall to enjoy the natural landscape and refresh yourself after a warm day of walking. The waterfall offers a natural swimming pool where you can bathe.

50 – Air Panas Banjar hot springs

Air Panas Banjar hot springs, Bali, Indonesia - #50 best places to visit in North Bali

Air Panas Banjar hot springs are not far from Lovina. These natural hot springs are popular among both locals and tourists.

Make a stop here for a healthy and relaxing bath and benefit from the proximity to visit also Brahmavihara Arama Buddhist monastery, less than 10 minutes driving from here.

51 – Sekumpul Waterfall

Sekumpul Waterfall, Bali, Indonesia - #51 best places to visit in North Bali

Located in the North of Bali, Sekumpul Waterfall gushes from a majestic rock.

The waterfall is actually a cluster of six to seven narrow cascades that form the centrepiece of a lush green bamboo forested valley.

According to many, Sekumpul Waterfall is one of the most scenic waterfalls on the island.

  • Sekumpul Waterfall tours

52 – Menjangan Island

Menjangan Island, Bali, Indonesia - #52 best places to visit in West Bali

Menjangan Island is part of the West Bali National Park and one of the best diving destinations in Bali.

Down at the coastline, calm waters and coral gardens teeming with marine life offer diving and snorkeling with excellent visibility year-round. Spend at least one day here!

53 – Underwater Temple Garden, Pemuteran

Underwater Temple Garden, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia - #53 best places to visit in West Bali

Have you ever dived among the ruins of an underwater temple?

Just off the Pemuteran coast, Temple Garden is an incomparable underwater beauty guarded on the ocean seabed.

Get your thrills and have alternative day excursion here.

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54 – Tulamben

Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia - #54 best places to visit in East Bali

If you are a diver, you have inevitably to add Tulamben to your wish list.

In this underwater paradise, visit the most notorious dive site of Bali, namely the USS Liberty Wreck .

Precisely, it consists of the ruins of a sunken vessel by the Japanese during World War II.

  • Tulamben diving

55 – Amed

Amed, Bali, Indonesia - #55 best places to visit in East Bali

Amed is another trendy place where to go diving and snorkelling in Bali.

In this area, the coastline stretches until recreating numerous bays and fishing villages such as Amed, Lipah, Jameluk, Banyuning, As, Bunutan, and Selang. You have a wide choice!

Hot tip: Check out our list of the 25 best snorkeling spots in Bali .

56 – Candidasa

Candidasa, Bali, Indonesia - #56 best places to visit in East Bali

Add a stop to Candidasa, an East coastal village.

Get there to visit the Lotus Lagoon, in the town centre and make sure to arrive in the early morning to see the hundreds of water lilies open!

Nearby, reach the Pura Candidasa Temple for a fuller view of the lagoon. Stroll around and enjoy the view.

57 – Padang Bai

Padang Bai, Bali, Indonesia - #57 best places to visit in East Bali

Padang Bai is a small fishing village on the Eastern coast of Bali, mainly popular for diving and snorkelling.

Don’t miss out the Blue Lagoon Beach , an amazing secluded paradise. This is a great highlight in Padang Bai for hidden beach lovers.

  • Padang Bai snorkeling and diving

58 – Lempuyang Temple

Lempuyang Temple, Bali, Indonesia - #58 best places to visit in East Bali

Lempuyang Temple, also known as Pura Lempuyang Luhur is one of Bali’s oldest and most highly regarded temples.

A compound of temples located on the holy Mount Lempuyang, deeply well-known by many for the famous “Gates of Heaven.”

  • Lempuyang Temple tours

The island of Bali borders on some amazing islands located in the South area that for sure deserve a visit.

They are easily reachable from Bali during a day trip. The names of these three islands contain the word “Nusa” which means “island” in Indonesian. Are you curious?

59 – Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia - #59 Southern Islands

Visit Nusa Lembongan – one of the best boat tours in Bali you may experience during your vacation.

Dream Beach, Paradise Beach, and Mushroom Bay are just some names of the beautiful beaches of Nusa Lembongan.

A small tip: there’s an amazing Secret Beach that does not appear on the map. It is known just by locals and close to Mushroom Bay, thus you have to ask how to get there.

Another unmissable spot is the Devil’s Tears with a great ocean view!

  • Nusa Lembongan tours

Read more: Nusa Penida Day Trip from Bali – All you Need to Know

60 – Nusa Ceningan

Nusa Ceningan, Bali, Indonesia - #60 Southern Islands

Nusa Ceningan is the smallest of the three islands, located among Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan.

During a day trip on a speedboat from Bali, the Blue Lagoon is for sure a must here. Great for snorkeling or just sunbathing.

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Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia - #61 Southern Islands

Nusa Penida is the most well-known of the three islands.

You can’t leave Nusa Penida without visiting Kelingking Beach, probably the most breathtaking landscape of the island. Another famous spot is Pura Paluang, the famous Car Temple.

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More than a paradise: Top 10 tourist attractions in Bali


1. Tanah Lot Temple

2. ubud monkey forest, 3. kuta beach, 4. tegalalang rice terrace, 5. uluwatu temple, 6. mount batur, 7. bali safari and marine park, 8. goa gajah, 9. seminyak, 10. nusa dua, find cheap flights from singapore to bali.

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As one of the most famous islands in Indonesia, Bali offers more than we could ever imagine. With its pristine beaches, ornate temples, scenic rice terraces and delicious cuisine, Bali is more than a paradise, it’s a mood, tropical state of mind!

We have listed down top 10 tourist attractions that this jewel of the Indian Ocean has to offer. You can directly book on so that your travels to the island will be more interesting and wonderful!

Noted as one of Bali’s most important landmarks, Tanah Lot Temple is a beautiful Hindu temple perched on a rock formation in the sea, offering stunning views of the sunset. Tanah Lot means Land in The Sea, a perfectly fit name for its unique offshore settings.

Tanah Lot is located in Tabanan, only around 30 km away from Denpasar. There are many restaurants here where guests can enjoy a sumptuous breakfast or lunch, while enjoying the panorama.

Best time to visit:

Mostly from Mid-January to Mid-April/Mid-September to Mid-December

Ubud Monkey Forest is a sanctuary for over 700 Balinese long-tailed monkeys, surrounded by lush jungle and ancient temples.

Ubud Monkey Forest is the natural habitat of the Balinese long-tailed Monkey. The forest is within the village of Padangtegal in Ubud, housing around 750 Balinese monkeys and over 115 species of trees. The forest has a lot of spiritual, economic, and cultural importance for the villagers of Padangtegal. It covers a vast area of 12.5 hectares within the village, making it a great source for fresh air.

The forest has 3 temples inside its boundaries, namely the Dalem Agung Padangtegal Temple, The Prajapati Temple, and the Holy Spring Temple. The monkey forest in Ubud is one of the best things to do in Bali if you are a nature and wildlife enthusiast who likes to spend time in the laps of nature.

Kuta Beach is a popular beach destination known for its white sand, surf breaks, and lively nightlife.

As one of the most famous beaches in Bali, Kuta Beach is also one of the best spots to enjoy a sunset in Bali. This is the reason why it is also called Sunset Beach. Many resorts, pubs, and restaurants are available along the perimeter of the beach on the two main beach roads (Jalan Kartika Plaza and Jalan Pantai Kuta).

There are plenty of options for tourists to dine and have fun at Kuta Beach. The beach is also famous among surfers, as the waves break long here. The beach is suitable for both experts as well as amateurs surfers. Apart from surfing, it is also great for sunbathing, swimming, and playing beach football. In addition, there are many shopping options like Discovery Shopping Mall and Kuta Art Market for people traveling to Kuta.

Tegalalang Rice Terrace, also known as Tegallalang Rice Fields, is a stunning terraced rice field located in Ubud (only a short 20-minute drive north of Ubud), offering breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

Since it has been listed in UNESCO World Heritage site, Tegalalang Rice Terrace has gained popularity among international travelers. It’s still a great place to wind down and ease your mind as it offers a quiet and relaxing atmosphere.

Uluwatu Temple is a cliff-top temple with panoramic ocean views, famous for its traditional Kecak dance performances.

Ubud Monkey Forest is the natural habitat of the Balinese long-tailed Monkey. The forest is within the village of Padangtegal in Ubud, housing around 750 Balinese monkeys and over 115 species of trees. The forest has a lot of spiritual, economic, and cultural importance for the villagers of Padangtegal. It covers a vast area of 12.5 hectares within the village, making it a great source for fresh air. The forest has 3 temples inside its boundaries, namely the Dalem Agung Padangtegal Temple, The Prajapati Temple, and the Holy Spring Temple. The monkey forest in Ubud is one of the best things to do in Bali if you are a nature and wildlife enthusiast who likes to spend time in the laps of nature.

Mount Batur is an active volcano located in the center of Bali, offering stunning sunrise hikes and hot springs.

The hike to the summit of Mount Batur is a popular activity for tourists visiting Bali. The view from the summit of Mount Batur is breathtaking, with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, including Lake Batur and the nearby Mount Agung. On clear days, it is even possible to see the neighboring island of Lombok.

In addition to hiking, there are also hot springs located at the base of the mountain, which are popular for their therapeutic properties. Visitors can relax in the warm waters and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the surrounding area.

Bali Safari and Marine Park is a wildlife park and conservation center, home to over 100 species of animals from around the world, including elephants, tigers, lions, zebras and giraffes.

In addition to the safari park, Bali Safari and Marine Park also has a marine park, which features a variety of marine animals, including dolphins, sharks, and turtles. Visitors can watch these animals perform in shows or even swim with them in a special pool.

Bali Safari and Marine Park also has a variety of other attractions, including a water park, a cultural show, and a petting zoo. There are also several restaurants and cafes located throughout the park, offering visitors a chance to relax and enjoy a meal or a snack.

Goa Gajah, also known as the Elephant Cave, is an ancient Hindu temple and archaeological site, featuring intricate carvings and a sacred bathing pool.

The main attraction of Goa Gajah is a cave entrance that is carved with intricate designs of demons and other mythological creatures. Inside the cave, visitors can see a statue of the Hindu god Ganesha, who is often associated with wisdom and knowledge.

Outside the cave, there are several other structures and buildings, including a bathing pool and several small shrines. The site is surrounded by lush greenery and rice paddies, making it a peaceful and serene place to visit.

In addition to its historical and spiritual significance, Goa Gajah is also a popular tourist destination for its beautiful architecture and intricate carvings. Travellers can take a guided tour to learn more about its history and significance, or they can explore on their own and take in the beauty of the surroundings.

Seminyak is a popular tourist destination located on the west coast of Bali. It is a trendy beach town known for its high-end shopping, restaurants, and nightlife.

The main attraction of Seminyak is its beaches, which are some of the most beautiful and pristine in Bali. Visitors can relax on the white sand, swim in the clear blue waters, or take part in water sports such as surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

In addition to its beaches, Seminyak is also known for its luxury resorts and villas. These accommodations offer visitors a chance to relax and unwind in style, with amenities such as private pools, spas, and gourmet restaurants.

Seminyak is also a foodie's paradise, with a wide variety of restaurants and cafes serving up delicious cuisine from around the world. Visitors can enjoy everything from traditional Balinese dishes to international favorites, all prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

At night, Seminyak comes alive with its vibrant nightlife. There are plenty of bars and clubs where visitors can dance the night away, as well as live music venues and cultural shows.

Nusa Dua is a popular tourist destination located on the southeastern coast of Bali. It’s a luxury resort area with pristine beaches, world-class golf courses, and cultural attractions such as the Museum Pasifika.

The main attraction of Nusa Dua is its beaches, which are some of the most beautiful and pristine in Bali. Visitors can relax on the white sand, swim in the clear blue waters, or take part in water sports such as jet skiing, parasailing, and snorkeling.

In addition to its beaches, Nusa Dua is also known for its luxury resorts and villas. These accommodations offer visitors a chance to relax and unwind in style, with amenities such as private pools, spas, and gourmet restaurants.

Nusa Dua is also a great destination for golf enthusiasts, with several world-class golf courses located in the area. These courses offer stunning views of the ocean and surrounding landscape, as well as challenging holes for players of all skill levels.

For those interested in culture and history, Nusa Dua is home to several important temples and cultural sites. One of the most popular is the Geger Temple, which is located on a cliff overlooking the ocean and offers stunning views of the surrounding area.

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