15 Best Things To Do in Bali, Indonesia

by Dhruvalakshmi Paithankar Updated on 13 Oct 2018

Bali is the beautiful island in Indonesia that has a striking combination of serene beaches, dense forests, and rustic towns. We are here with the list of must visit places in Bali that will give you a chance to immerse in the local flavour. There are numerous things to do in Bali that will keep you engaged throughout your vacation. Choose points of interest in Bali according to your preferences. From water sports to active volcanoes, it has everything! Refer this list of popular tourist attractions in Bali while making an itinerary and have a vacation to remember.

Let's explore the tourist attractions and 15 best things to do in Bali:

1. Marvel at the ancient beauty of Tanah Lot

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It is hard to describe the magnificent beauty of Tanah Lot in words. Tanah Lot is a site that is considered to be one of the most famous tourist attractions in Bali. This rock formation is the Hindu temple that has become an iconic landmark over the centuries and also holds a significant place in the cultural history of Bali. This sea temple is often visited for catching a picture-perfect sunset. Take a walk around the temple and let the sound of crashing waves accompany you.

2. Catch the waves while surfing in Kuta

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Known as the first surfer’s beach in Bali, Kuta is a great place for amateur as well as professional surfers. You will easily find a great instructor in the town who will help you with all the basics. With the consistent waves and ideal weather conditions, you will be able to have a memorable experience of riding the waves. Make sure to negotiate the price while renting surfboards. The best time to visit Kuta for surfing is from March to November. So, keep that in mind while planning your trip.

3. Explore the markets in Bali

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For those who are looking forward to soaking in the local culture, Balinese markets are the perfect place to be! Stroll around in Pasar Gianyar Market, buy souvenirs for your loved ones at Ubud Art Market, and pamper your taste buds with local delicacies at night markets in Kuta, Sanur, Kumbasari, and Badung. Visiting these markets is one of the top things to do in Bali. From batik clothes, handmade jewelry, exotic spices to fruits and vegetables, these markets sell everything. The only thing to remember while visiting these markets? Never buy any item without haggling for a price.

4. Step back in time at Goa Gajah

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With the history dating back to thousands of years, the site of Goa Gajah, popularly known as the Elephant Cave, ranks on top of the list of must-visit places in Bali. The Goa Gajah become a famous point of interest in Bali after it was discovered by Dutch archaeologists in 1923. The walls are carved with creatures and demons whose origins are still uncertain. This UNESCO World Heritage is home to the fountain and a bathing space as well. Take a guided tour to learn different fascinating stories about this temple.

5. Take a tour of Tegalalang Rice Terrace

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Tegalalang Rice Terrace is located a short drive away from the town of Ubud. The sight of lush green paddy fields covering the slopes of hills and dotting the valley look postcard-perfect. Try to visit this rice terrace early in the morning or late in the afternoon to escape the scorching heat. You will need at least a couple of hours to explore this site. Consider spending some time at the neighbouring Pakudui village to have a wholesome experience. You will come across several charming cafes and souvenir shops while wandering around.

6. Learn cooking Balinese cuisine at Bumbu Bali

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If you are a foodie, then there cannot be a perfect way to satiate your hunger with Balinese cuisine than learning to cook it yourself! Bumbu Bali is one of the famous restaurants in Bali that offers to introduce you to the unique Balinese cuisine and the exotic way it is prepared. This one-day program usually starts early in the morning and takes you to local markets so that you will learn about all the ingredients. If you are interested, then it is recommended to book your time slot well in advance.

7. Behold the mystical sight of Kecak dance

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Kecak is a traditional dance performance in Indonesia that combines music and drama. It was basically a trance ritual that was developed into a performance in the 1930s. The piece of Ramayana Monkey Chant performed by more than 100 dancers is one of the most popular parts of this dance. You will usually get to experience this performance at Uluwatu Temple after the sunset. The chanting and the rhythm that gathers its pace slowly around the fire will be etched in your memory forever. 

8. Go for water sports in Uluwatu

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Though the whole island of Bali offers numerous outdoor recreational activities, water sports in Uluwatu are perfect for adrenaline junkies. This beach has ideal water conditions so that you can experience the thrilling adrenaline rush. This is the place where you can enjoy all the activities like diving, snorkeling, parasailing, wakeboarding, flying fish, jet ski, water ski, banana boat, glass bottom boat, donut boat, and Ocean Walker. There are many centers in town that offer complete sports packages. Consider choosing such packages to make the most of your time.

9. Attend yoga retreats in Bali

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Bali is a great place for those who are on their spiritual journey. This small island has become home to hundreds of yoga centers over the last couple of decades. You can choose from one of the center around Ubud and Seminyak as these places are usually preferred by travellers around the world. The yoga centers in Bali offer different courses and you can choose a package according to your stay on the island. You can learn a rejuvenating way to love life while exploring the surrounding areas.

10. Take a walk in the Ubud Monkey forest

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Home to hundreds of monkeys from 6 different groups, Ubud Monkey Forest is the place for animal-lovers. It is a delightful experience to watch so many monkeys living in their natural habitat. The forest is spread over 27 acres and is home to three ancient temples. These places of worship date back to the 1350s and play an important role in the religious history. While wandering through the trails, do not offer food to monkeys and do not panic if a monkey approaches you.

11. Go club-hopping at Seminyak Beach

Seminyak Beach is popular amongst locals and tourists alike for its lively nightlife scenes. It has everything from quirky bars and fine-dining restaurants for different types of travellers. This stretch of sand is the perfect place to experience the unique nightlife in Bali to the fullest. You can go club-hopping and dance the night away as the beach has a plethora of places to choose from. Places like Single Malt Bar, Motel Mexicola, Woo Bar, and SOHO are some of the most preferred places by party animals.

12. Taste delicious Seafood

It is no secret that the island of Bali offers mouth-watering seafood delicacies. Restaurants like Urchin Grill and Raw Bar, Gypsy Fish, Kisik Bar and Grill, and Crystal Blue Ocean Grill are some of the places that you must visit to satiate your hunger with local as well as international cuisines. Other than such upscale restaurants, you will also come across food stalls around beaches that serve lip-smacking seafood. The local spices used for marinating freshly caught fish makes all the difference.

13. Pamper yourself at spa centers

As Bali is increasingly becoming a favourite vacation spot amongst travellers around the world, it has transformed into an island that will rejuvenate its visitors. If you are looking for different things to do in Bali, then taking a Balinese massage should be on top of your list. This is a combination of acupressure, gentle stretches, and aromatherapy that has a relaxing effect. It also practices ancient Indonesian massaging techniques. Book your session while planning a Bali trip to have a wholesome experience.

14. Climb volcanoes on Bali Island 

Bali, the Island of Peace, is also the island of active volcanoes. You can hike Mount Batur to catch the sunrise, enjoy relaxing in the pool of hot springs or you can dedicate an entire day for exploring Mount Agung. Both of these are active volcanoes and are popular amongst hikers. You can climb extinct volcano at Mount Catur as well to witness breathtaking natural beauty. Though these mountains are regularly explored by hikers and nature-lovers, its rugged landscapes are not for amateurs.

15. Explore Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park is one of the must-visit places in Bali with its striking statues and carved limestone pillars. This cultural park also hosts numerous art performances throughout the year and attracts thousands of people every year. This place is on the way to become a popular landmark around. This fascinating park combines art, history, and culture to introduce you to the beauty of the island.

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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Bali, Indonesia

Must see places in Bali ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of Bali tourist attractions & points of interest.

  1. # 1 of 1683 Things To Do in Bali | Added 18926 times in trip plans
    Tanah Lot Temple

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, View Point, Architecture

    Address: Tabanan, Bali 82171, Indonesia

    Timings: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    This natural rock formation is also a home to a pilgrimage temple Pura Tanah lot which is claimed to be a 16th century construction by Dang Hyang Nirartha. The temple is dedicated to Balinese sea gods...Read more

  2. # 2 of 1683 Things To Do in Bali | Added 4197 times in trip plans
    Tirta Empul

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Water Body, Hot Spring

    Address: Jalan Tirta, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Settled near the town of Tampaksiring, Tirta Empul is a beautiful Hindu water temple and a popular attraction in Bali. The place is known to see a lot of visitors every day. Walking inside the temple,...Read more

  3. # 3 of 1683 Things To Do in Bali | Added 7186 times in trip plans
    Mount Agung

    Tags: Mountain, Trail, Hiking Trail, Adventure

    Address: Bali, Indonesia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Put on your hiking shoes and start your expedition to this wonderful volcanic mountain in Indonesia. Apart from being the highest mountain on the Bali Island, this mountain also has a religious signif...Read more

  4. # 4 of 1683 Things To Do in Bali | Added 7636 times in trip plans
    Mount Batur

    Tags: Mountain, View Point, Hiking Trail, Ancient Ruin

    Address: Jl. Raya Penelokan, Kintamani, Batur, Bangli, Kintamani, Bali 80518, Indonesia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This scenic area is the gift of spectacular volcanic eruption of Mount Batur 10,000 years ago which has resulted into a beautiful deep crater lake and bubbling hot water springs. The Batur Lake is adj...Read more

  5. # 5 of 1683 Things To Do in Bali | Added 6387 times in trip plans
    Bali Bird Park

    Tags: Bird Watching

    Address: Jl. Serma Cok Ngurah Gambir, Singapadu, Batubulan, Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:30 pm Details

    There is so much to do and see at this attraction you may have to schedule an entire day for it. The five acres of aviaries and enclosures here are home to over five thousand birds from two hundred sp...Read more

  6. # 6 of 1683 Things To Do in Bali | Added 2252 times in trip plans
    Jemeluk Beach

    Tags: Beach, Leisure

    Address: Jalan Amed, Bunutan, Abang, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This pretty beach is in Purwakerti Village. Its lovely landscape is worth strolling over, canoeing, and taking photographs of. The beach is clean, the water is clear and shallow. For all that it looks...Read more

  7. # 7 of 1683 Things To Do in Bali | Added 1299 times in trip plans
    Bali Safari And Marine Park

    Tags: Outdoors, Wildlife Park, Zoo, Wildlife Safari

    Address: Jl. Bypass Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra Km. 19,8, Serongga, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80551, Indonesia

    Timings: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    This highly successful Animal Safari Park spread over 40 hectares of land is home to over 60 species (elephants, tigers, a orangutang, wildebeests, camels, zebras, ostriches, lions, deers, hippos) and...Read more

  8. # 8 of 1683 Things To Do in Bali | Added 13274 times in trip plans
    Jimbaran Bay

    Tags: Outdoors, Beach, Restaurant, Leisure

    Address: Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    One of the best beaches in Bali! The white sands are fascinating and having a dinner here is great pleasure because of the variety of restaurants serving local sea food. A great way to spend evenings ...Read more

  9. # 9 of 1683 Things To Do in Bali | Added 7477 times in trip plans
    Bali Zoo

    Tags: Wildlife Park, Zoo, Wildlife Safari, Nature

    Address: Jalan Raya Singapadu, Gianyar, Bali

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:30 pm Details

    This exotic encounter with nature enables the visitors to experience the real essence of Indonesian forests. The rides like elephant expedition, night at the zoo, Jungle socieTea, Breakfast with Eleph...Read more

  10. # 10 of 1683 Things To Do in Bali | Added 9426 times in trip plans
    Taman Ayun Temple

    Tags: Art And Culture, Religious Site, Temple, Architecture

    Address: Jalan Ayodya, Mengwi, Bali, Indonesia

    Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    A traditional Balinese Hindu temple set in landscaped gardens that add to the beauty and charm of the structure is a nice place to visit. This temple is dedicated to lord Wisnu and holds a special sig...Read more

  11. # 11 of 1683 Things To Do in Bali | Added 2197 times in trip plans
    Kintamani Highland

    Tags: Outdoors, View Point

    Address: Jl. Tirta Usadha, Toyabungkah, Kintamani , 80652 Bali, Central Batur, Bali, Bangli Regency, Bali 80652, Indonesia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Plan to spend nearly two days exploring everything this beautiful volcanic caldera 1500 meters above the sea has to offer. Stretching between Mount Abang, Lake Batur and Mount Batur, there are an incr...Read more

  12. # 12 of 1683 Things To Do in Bali | Added 14677 times in trip plans
    Seminyak

    Tags: Outdoors, Beach, Restaurant, Leisure

    Address: Bali, Indonesia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This is a beach town in Bali offering some of the finest beach experiences in the Bali Island. The Seminyak beach is a white sand beach with alluring view of the sea and ideal for surfing. Seminyak al...Read more

  13. # 13 of 1683 Things To Do in Bali | Added 14233 times in trip plans
    Legian Beach

    Tags: Outdoors, Beach, Water Park, Walking Area

    Address: Legian village, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

    Timings: 10:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    This sugary sand beach is probably the second best after Kuta for the people of Bali as well as tourists. With the turquoise blue water bordering the shore, the white sand looks more prominent from a ...Read more

  14. # 14 of 1683 Things To Do in Bali | Added 117 times in trip plans
    Nusa Lembongan Island

    Tags: Outdoors, Beach, Forest, Island

    Address: Mushroom Beach, Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This is the more popular of the three islands separated from Bali by the Badung Strait. The waters surround the beaches here are excellent for surfing, diving, and snorkelling. Seaweed farming is a th...Read more

  15. # 15 of 1683 Things To Do in Bali | Added 1268 times in trip plans
    Danau Batur

    Tags: Lake

    Address: Danau Batur, Bali

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The largest lake on the island of Bali lies on the volcanic caldera between Mount Batur and Mount Abang, over 1000 meters above sea level. The clean water, blue skies, and sweeping green landscape hav...Read more

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