30 things to do in Bali
During our three-month trip through Indonesia we spent a whole month in Bali. And it is an island that we fell in love with and we know that we will return one day. In our proposed route through Indonesia in 20 days we include a week in Bali. And we’re going to tell you 30 things to do in Bali so that you do not have time to get bored that week.
although there are places a little overcrowded, it is one of those places where local people keep their traditions and culture intact. Bali blows us!
Things to do in Bali
- Rent a motorcycle and travel Bali at your own pace: although Bali has a chaotic traffic, the motorbike is the best way to get around the island
Although Bali is a chaos at traffic level, I can say that I learned to take a motorcycle there!
- For long distances, rent a car: because it is not the same to do two hours on a motorcycle, than in a car. And the car rental seemed surprisingly cheap, about € 20 a day. Of course, the traffic is just as chaotic and you have to be careful with the bikes, which advance without problem.
- Stay in a villa in front of the rice fields on the outskirts of Ubud. For us it is one of the best things to do in Bali. We really enjoy getting up every day with those views.
- Try the Indonesian gastronomy: mie goreng, nasi goreng, gado gado, soto ayam, etc. It is varied, very rich and cheap.
- And if you want a break from local food, try some of these nice cafes and restaurants with western dishes.
- Take a tour of the south of Bali and, if it does not rain like you do, stay and watch the sunset at the Uluwatu temple or the cliffs around it. It does not disappoint!
- Walk among the rice fields. Enjoy the landscape that you had so many times visualized in your mind. Those in Tegallalang, which are only 15km away from the city. Of course, they say that the best are those of Jatiluwih, two hours from Ubud. Also, being further away, fewer people go and you can see them more calmly.
- Surf or learn to surf: Bali is one of the mecca of surfing for lovers of good waves. Of course, we tried it in the area of Canggu and found it rather complicated. We do not know if the tide was too high, but we spent more time swimming than catching waves. The rental of a table costs € 3 for a couple of hours of surfing and classes are around € 10-20.
- Find a good spa and have a Balinese massage. For less than € 10 you will enjoy the most relaxed time of the trip. You can go pearl after a couple of surf sessions!
- Do the Batur volcano trekking at sunrise. And do not do it if it’s cloudy and it’s going to rain because the dawn may twist and you end up seeing only clouds. in Batur you can do without a guide,but we hired the guide all together. And the experience is very good,
- Take a yoga course (or class): there are many people who go to Bali to do retreats and yoga courses. There are a lot of options in both the Canggu and Seminyak area and in Ubud.
- Enjoy the sunsets at one of the beach bars in western Bali.
- Go shopping and haggle in the Ubud Market and in the small shops that you will find at every step. There are really beautiful crafts!
- But for a market, Sukawati’s. It is further away from Ubud and, I suppose for that reason, you find the same as in Ubud but at half the price. If you have to buy many souvenirs or handicrafts, it costs you to rent a motorcycle and go to this market.
- If your trip to Bali coincides on Sunday, do not miss the Love Anchor, a market that they put in Canggu. It is mainly clothing and costume jewelry and there is a very good atmosphere.
- Swing, because if there’s anything left over in Indonesia, it’s swings. They have become fashionable and you can find them everywhere. There are some in the amusement park plan like in Bali Swings or free like the one in Campuhan Ridge Walk.
- Get up early and go to the Campuhan Ridge Walk, a two-kilometer road that begins at the exit of Ubud. It is a very pleasant road because there are fewer people and it is less hot.
- Walk aimlessly through Ubud, you will discover doors of houses that are real treasures. The traditional Balinese houses have temples inside and the doors are for flirtation.
- Go to the Kanto Lampo waterfall and climb its walls. And do not leave without asking one of the workers to give you a thousand photos. The guys who work there are real experts, they know how to help you climb the waterfall and take the pictures you need.
- Learn about Balinese Hinduism: it is a unique type of Hinduism in the world. And the truth is that it has many features that make it unique. The best way to learn about Balinese Hinduism is to stay with a local family or take a tour with someone from Bali. You will flirt with their customs and celebrations!
- Attend a Kecak dance: although it is mainly aimed at tourism, it does not stop being a flat. It is a traditional type of dance, performed mainly by men. One of the best places to enjoy Kecak dance is in Uluwatu.
- Or a barong dance show: another traditional dance show in Bali. The most famous is represented in Batubulan, but in Ubud there are also daily performances, as well as Kecak dance.
- If you have the opportunity, attend a local ceremony: in Bali there are many temples. And everyone has their own celebration. So it will not be strange that some match your stay. Of course, you will have to dress appropriately and respect their traditions very much. For us it was an unforgettable experience!
- Buy yourself a sarong and use it throughout your trip: if your route through Indonesia starts in Bali, buy yourself a sarong the first few days, so you will amortize it during the whole trip. A sarong is a handkerchief or cloth typical of Bali. It is mainly used as clothing for both men and women to enter the temples. You will see that there are sarongs of better and worse quality. I bought mine for 40,000 rupiah. And I used it during the 3 months we were in Indonesia and as a beach towel in the Philippines. The best investment of the trip!
- Marry for the Balinese rite: cheap what is said cheap is not. But is it that there are cheap weddings? You can take a look here at some possibilities and prices. Unforgettable will be safe.
- Visit some of the best temples. You do not have to go to everyone, really. But the truth is that there are some really incredible and very different between them. Here you have the best:
Pura Besakih – The Mother Temple: it is the most sacred temple of the island and is at the foot of the Agung volcano. During our visit, the Agung erupted and it was impossible for us to visit it.
Tanah Lot: has one of the most typical sunsets on the island, but also one of the busiest. The temple is dedicated to the God of the sea. If the tide is low, you can get closer to the temple, if not, you can only see it from afar.
Gunung Kawi: one of the most imposing temples with its ancient tombs carved into the rock.
Tirta Empul: very close to the previous one, this is one of the most famous temples in Bali. And it is famous precisely because it is located on a spring of waters considered sacred. The Balinese believe that it has healing properties and they approach the temple to bathe and make offerings to the gods. The problem is that, so famous that it has become, many people go more to take the photo for Instagram than to something else. They will end up forbidding the ritual of bathing foreigners.
Uluwatu and its cliffs: as we have already mentioned, if you can, stay until sunset or witness a Kecak dance. The scenario could not be better.
Lempuyang: probably the most photographed temple. The only problem with this is that it is about two hours from Ubud, so you may prefer to spend the night there or take the opportunity to visit other nearby temples. The views of Mount Agung are spectacular.
Goa Gajah: probably the easiest temple to visit from Ubud because it is only 5km away. It is famous for the carved elephant at the entrance to a cave, although we were more impressed by the temple gardens.
- Lombok: barely an hour and a half from Bali you have Lombok. We spent a week there and we loved it. Read our guide to Lombok.
- Gili Islands: The perfect getaway from Bali if you’re looking for beaches. We chose Gili Air and here I tell you why and everything we did on the island.
- Nusa Islands: But they say that they are the perfect combination between adventure, good diving and snorkeling and flippant landscapes. Perfect to spend 3-4 days. If you do not have time to go several days, you can always hire a day tour to Nusa Lembongan from Bali.
What do you think about our selection of 30 things to do in Bali? Do you think you can do them all?