10 Best Things To Do in Bali

Keep calm and visit this breathtaking Indonesian island for a relaxing retreat.

Updated on July 12, 2017 16:07 pm

Luisa Wong


Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline-filled adventure or just craving for a week’s worth of relaxation, Bali has definitely something to offer—from its picturesque landscapes to iconic temples and Instagram-worthy beaches. Here's another reason to fly to Bali: the resort island in Indonesia was named TripAdvisor's Best Destination for 2017.

Here are some things you can do to make sure you’ve explored every nook of breathtaking Bali:

1. Go temple-hunting.

Tanah Lot

Bali is not known as the “island of a thousand temples” for nothing. Your trip will not be complete without visiting at least one of these beautiful structures. Among the most popular are:

  • Tanah Lot, a temple sitting atop a huge rock, with waves crashing onto it
  • Uluwatu, one of Bali’s most important sea temples, perched on the edge of a cliff
  • Ulun Danu, a water temple dedicated to the lake goddess, Dewi Danu

Uluwatu Temple. Source

These temples are also great spots to marvel at Bali’s breathtaking sunsets.

2. Explore scenic rice fields.

Tegalalang Rice Terraces. Source

Stay in Ubud, the center of Balinese culture, and be mesmerised by its emerald green rice fields such as Tegalalang, a terraced rice field located in a high roadside and surrounded by art shops and cafes. West Bali also has the Jatiluwih rice terraces, which is known to be a relaxing retreat away from the crowded parts of the island, its breezy highlands, and jaw-dropping view of a village at the foot of Mount Batukaru.

3. Hit the beaches.

Kuta Beach. Source

Lovina Beach. Source

Bali’s beaches are some of the world’s best—it was even hailed as . The great thing about it is most of these beaches can be accessed for free. All you have to do is to bring a beach towel and a book to read. Beaches in Bali also offer several activities such as surfing in Kuta Beach, dolphin-watching in Lovina Beach, or snorkelling in Amed Beach among others.

4. Have a wild day out in a safari.

Bali Safari & Marine Park. Source

Ride on a safari bus and enjoy a trip in one of the island’s most visited theme park: the Bali Safari & Marine Park. Home to over 60 species, the park offers visits to animals such as lions, porcupines, and tigers; animal talent shows; and a night safari.

5. Play with monkeys.

Ubud Monkey Forest. Source

If a wild adventure is not what you’re looking for, you can still get up close and personal with animals in Bali by visiting Ubud Monkey Forest where you can hang out with just one particular animal – the monkeys. Ubud Monkey Forest is a well-preserved natural forest sanctuary where tourists can watch monkeys in their natural habitat and even feed them with bananas.

6. Shop for Balinese products.

Ubud Art Market. Source

If you’re thinking of bringing home some souvenirs and mementos, then Ubud Art Market is the place to visit. It’s where you can find Balinese handicrafts, intricate silk scarves, and handmade woven bags among others.

7. Trek on active volcanoes.

Mount Batur Sunrise Trek. Source

Yes, you read it right. Bali is home to some of the most exotic active volcanoes, giving tourists an opportunity to experience a trek of a lifetime. Especially when done during sunrise, trekking on Mount Batur gives you a great chance to witness the sunrise in Bali while being 1,717 meters above sea level. Mount Agung, the highest point on the island, requires a 12-hour trek that begins at Pura Besakih, Bali’s most important temple.

8. Cook and feast on Balinese dishes.

Bali cooking class. Source

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce. Source

Every visit to a new place warrants an exciting culinary experience and Bali is no exception. Try Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce, a must-try meat skewer served with peanut dip. Or better yet, learn to cook your own Balinese cuisine when you attend a cooking class. Courses often come with farm market tours, which allow you to discover the richness of Balinese ingredients and hands-on classes for you to learn techniques in creating traditional Balinese dishes.

9. Have a sip of one of the world’s most expensive coffees.

Kopi Luwak. Source

If you want a truly exotic drinking experience, then don’t head to Bali’s nightclubs. Instead, visit a Kopi Luwak farm and have a sip of the Kopi Luwak or civet coffee. It is made when the civets eat coffee cherries and excrete them out. The excreted coffee beans are then collected and cleaned, eventually becoming the Kopi Luwak Bali is known for.

10. Relax, relax. relax.

Balinese massage. Source

Yoga in Bali. Source

Most travelers' decision to fly to Bali was borne from the desire to relax, rejuvenate, and refresh their souls. Make the most of your relaxing trip to this island with a relaxing Balinese massage. Whether you want it done outdoors at the base of a valley or at garden spa overlooking the sea, Bali has a handful of affordable spas you can visit. Aside from the Balinese massage, attending a yoga class is also worth your time.

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