Best 10 Things To Do in Bali

If you are looking for a beautiful destination to get away and relax, then Bali should be at the top of your list.

Bali is known for its stunning beaches, stunning mountains, and its vibrant culture. From the moment you arrive, you will be in awe of the beauty that surrounds you. Bali is an Indonesian island located in the Indian Ocean.

Bali is the perfect place to relax and soak up some sun. If you are looking for a bit of adventure, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. From water sports, to hiking, you will not struggling to find something entertaining to do, that’s for sure.

You can expect to find beautiful food, great music and some unbelievable natural sights in Bali. Here are my favourite 10 best things to do.

1. Tanah Lot Temple

The Tanah Lot Temple, located in Bali, is a breathtaking sight to behold. It is perched atop a huge rock formation and is surrounded by the sea, making it a popular tourist destination.

The temple is said to have been built in the 16th century by a Hindu priest, and is dedicated to the god Baruna. The temple is one of the main tourist attractions in Bali, and it is a great place to experience the spiritual and cultural history of the island.

Tanah Lot is a Hindu temple, many pilgrims flock to the site every year. It is located northwest of Denpasar in the Baraban Village of the Tabanan Regency. 

2. Waterbom

Consistently voted one of Asia’s best waterparks, with its massive water slides, pools, and multiple restaurants, it’s a great place to spend the day with family and friends.

The water slides range from the mild to the wild, so there’s something for everyone. For the more adventurous, you can ride the climax, guaranteed to get a scream from even the bravest tourists. 

The multi-level slides and wave pool will provide hours of entertainment. There’s also a lazy river for those who just want to relax and take in the scenery. It’s a great place to cool off on hot days, and the food and drinks are reasonably priced, making it an affordable option for families.

The park also offers a variety of packages and discounts to make it even more affordable. 

3. Gili islands

There are three islands in the Gili Islands, namely Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno. Gili Trawangan is the largest and most popular island of the three, and is known for its vibrant nightlife and parties, a great place to socialise for backpackers. Gili Air and Gili Meno are more laid-back and tranquil and definitely more suited for families or those looking for a relaxing getaway.

The Gili Islands are becoming increasingly popular with travellers, as it offers a variety of activities for people of all ages. From snorkelling, diving, and swimming to exploring the tropical forests and trying out local dishes, you will find plenty to do on the islands. To get to the islands, Padang Bai harbour 

4. The Bali Rice Terraces

If you are visiting Bali, you absolutely cannot miss the stunning rice terraces. a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Tabanan regency. The Jatiluwih Rice Fields cover an impressive 600 hectares and are renowned for their beauty and the traditional Balinese irrigation system used to water them.

Jatiluwih rice field is right in the middle of the island and definitely a must see. Easiest way to get there is book a excursion in advance or if your feeling a tad more frivolous, you can book a driver to take you directly there. Private drivers in Bali are suprisingly cheap, so you won’t need to break the bank to hire one. 

5. Visit goa gajah

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bali. Located about 10 minutes southeast of Ubud. although a very popular tourist attraction, the cave is small. Inside you will find a small worship area that is still actively used by people from all over the world, so make sure to be respectful when visiting. Entrance to the cave costs 15,000 rupiah, or just over $1. 


6. go to Monkey Forest Sanctuary

The Monkey Forest Sanctuary is located just 10 minutes outside of Ubud and is a nature reserve and Hindu temple compound.

It is home to more than 700 Balinese long-tailed macaques. The monkeys are quite friendly and are used to interacting with humans, so visitors can get up close and personal with them.

However, it is important to remember that the monkeys can be unpredictable and it is advisable to keep a safe distance from them. You can also visit one of the three temples, namely Dalem Agung Padangtegal Temple, Holy Spring Temple and Prajapati Temple.

Tickets cost around $5 which can be purchased upon arrival. 

7. Find Nungnung waterfall

Nungnung Waterall is a hidden gem, located halfway between Ubud and Singaraja. The waterfall itself is a magnificent sight, with cascading water tumbling down a steep cliff, creating a thundering roar that can be heard from miles away.

Visitors can follow a winding path down to the base of the waterfall, where they can enjoy the refreshing spray of the water and take in the breath taking views.

You won’t expect to see large groups of tourists here, as it is largely out the way and difficult to navigate to, but definitely worth the trip. 

8. visit Nusa Penida

Visiting Bali’s Diamond Beach is a must-do for any holidaymaker. Located on the eastern coast of the Indonesian island, it’s a beautiful stretch of white sand and clear turquoise waters, dotted with sparkling black volcanic rocks. The scene is truly breath taking, and it’s a great place to spend an afternoon exploring and taking photos. In my opinion it is one of the most beautiful places on the island. 

9. watch the Kecak Fire Dance

The Kecak Fire Dance is one of the most iconic and mesmerizing performances of Bali. It’s an ancient Hindu ritual dance that dates back to the 1930s.

The Kecak Fire Dance is a mesmerizing show that involves a large group of singing men and a few skilled dancers. The men form a circle and chant “cak cak cak” in a mesmerizing rhythm. This chant is the Kecak Fire Dance’s signature sound.

The dance is performed in the dark, illuminated by the fire from the torches and the flames from the dancers’ hands. The dancers move in a graceful and hypnotic manner, slowly and gracefully spinning and weaving in and out of the circle.

The men’s chant provides a mesmerizing soundtrack that transports the audience to a different world. The Kecak Fire Dance is an important part of Bali’s culture. It is a symbol of the island’s strong spiritual and cultural identity.

The Kecak Fire Dance is often used to tell stories of Bali’s past and to honor the gods. It is a beautiful and powerful display of the island’s culture and tradition.

10. Surfing

Bali is home to some of the best surf spots in the world, with waves suitable for both beginner and experienced surfers. Uluwatu is one of the most popular spots, located on the Bukit Peninsula.

This spot is great for experienced surfers who want to ride big waves and take on challenging conditions. The Bukit Peninsula is also home to another popular spot – Padang Padang.

With its beautiful white sand beach and shallow waters, Padang Padang is great for beginners and those looking to improve their surfing skills.

Further north, in the region of Canggu, you’ll find another great spot for surfers. Echo Beach is known for its consistent waves and great beachfront atmosphere.

Here you’ll find a mix of experienced surfers riding the waves and beginners learning the basics. Batu Bolong is another great spot in Canggu, where you can show off your skills and take on some of the region’s biggest waves.

For those looking for a more tranquil surf experience, Balian Beach is the place to go. This secluded beach is great for anyone looking for a relaxing day on the waves. The waves are gentle and the beach is perfect for beginners.

No matter your skill level, Bali is the perfect destination for a surfing getaway.