Bali is the dream destination for many. Its rich and diverse island with unique blend of things to do. There’s a diversity of experiences, whether that’s shopping, surfing, serenity-seeking, exploring or indulging. Bali is great value for money where affordable flights and accommodation packages are available. Here are all the reasons to keep Bali on your Bucket list.
- Monkey Forest in Ubud. It’s pretty easy to get to the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and it is really a beautiful walk with lush jungle sceneries. But watch out, the monkeys might look cute, but can be aggressive. My first tip, don’t buy any bananas unless you want to have a very close encounter. Whatever you do, don’t make eye contact and don’t show your teeth. The monkeys that inhabit the Sacred Monkey Forest are Long-Tail Macaques.
- Yoga. Yoga might have originated in India hundreds of years ago, but it’s the beautiful island of Bali that’s become the preferred destination in the region. A yoga retreat is a great way to refresh and rejuvenate. Ubud is a yoga capital of Bali. The Yoga Barn is Ubud is the most popular yoga mecca among spiritual seekers. It is located among lush green rice fields and beautiful mountain scenery.
- Surf. If there is one place on earth you want to learn to surf, Bali may be The One. Bali is one of the most iconic surf destinations in the world. Kuta beach have the waves breaking over sand rather than corals, making it a haven for beginner surfers. If you are a Pro Surfer already you can make your way to the Uluwatu temple area. Uluwatu has been one of the world’s most famous surfing spots since the 1970’s. The cliffs that look down on these waves are wild. The best season to surf will be during the dry season which runs from April to October.
- Chill Out at a Beach Clubs around Seminyak. A fancy beach club in Bali is the perfect place to watch the sunset with a cocktail in your hand. One of the most famous spots to chill after long day of surfing may be Ku De Ta. If it’s a shopping haven you’re seeking, there is a variety of Indonesian designers in the ‘fashion district’ of Seminyak. If you are looking for the ‘real’ Bali, this is definitely not the location for you.
- Tanah Lot Sunset. Island’s second most iconic majestic rock formation with a temple on top. Tanah Lot is one of the seven sea temple on the coast of the Island. Bali is famous for its spectacular sunsets, so make sure to catch at least one while you’re there.
- Uluwatu Temple. What makes Uluwatu Temple spectacular is its cliff-top setting location. The best time to visit is just before sunset. It is a tourist attraction, but Ulutwatu is still a holy place. After paying entrance fee you will be given sarongs to wear. Just like Tanah Lot, it is built to protect the island from the evil sea spirits. There are hundreds of monkeys roaming around here. Make sure you keep a close grip on all your belongings. Due to strong waves and currents is a perfect destination for Advanced Surfers. There’s no public transportation to get here.
- River rafting. this Outdoor Adventure is one one my favorites. Imagine yourself rafting through the very heart of Bali and seeing it from the different angle then most people. The tours usually last three to four hours.
- Ubud Countryside Bike Tour. Discover Ubud’s picturesque surroundings. There is a lot of good bike companies that offer great tours. Advantages of going with a bike company is that you don’t have to worry about planning your route. For those who rather go independent, you may also rent a bicycle and do your own exploring. Some of the places to explore are paddy fields.
- Rice Terraces. Bali’s most charming feature for sure are rice paddies. You will have easy access to them if you are staying in Ubud for a few days. Make sure not to miss them. The most popular ones are Tegalalang and Jatiluwih, which are in the same area.
- Ubud Town and Art Market . Ubud is far removed from the nightlife bikini scene in Kuta. It is famous as an arts and crafts. Ubud seems to be a small town, it is in fact fourteen villages. Spend a few days in Ubud to appreciate it properly. While most of the museums and galleries are along the main streets, a lot of other attractions are some distance away.
- Watch Kecak Dance. Kecak dance is one of the traditional dance and musical drama in Bali. The best place to watch it is on the temple grounds in Ubud area.
- Kintamani and Lake + Mount Batur. If you are over the beaches around Bali its great gateway and adventure. Mount Batur is an active volcano that is situated near to Ubud. Climb a volcanic mountain that rises over a beautiful lake.
Despite these geographical masterpieces, it is Mount Agung that really dominates Bali. It is possible to climb Mount Agung and rise through the cloud line. The best way to get to the Kintamani area is via private car.
- Goa Gajah Gianyar Elephant Cave in Bali. Located on the western edge of Bedulu Village, six kilometres out of central Ubud.
- Tirta Empul Temple. It is the water temple which is about 20 mins drive from Ubud. This place possesses a unique serenity that cannot be matched by any other more impressive temple in Bali. If you will take a part in Purification Ceremony You will need a change of clothes and two sarongs. Temple can be visited from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Most Travelers often visit Tirta Empul Temple on their way to or from Kintamani. Like most attractions in Bali, it is worth arriving in the early morning to avoid the crowds and feel the calm.
- Menega seafood restaurant at Jimbaran. Many come for a romantic sunset dinner on the sand, but most are coming for the best seafood in the whole Island. Here you can dine on prawns, squids and super fresh fishes. Its not the cheapest experience in Bali, but if you can splurge, do it for food. Jimbaran is just south of Kuta and can easily be reached by car or taxi.
- Pemuteran hidden underwater temple. The underwater temple can be found off the coast of Pemuteran Bay.
- Lovina Dolphins watching. The beaches between Lovina and the Bali Barat National Park are great for diving, snorkelling and spotting turtles and dolphins.
- Visit an exotic island close to Bali. The Gili Islands are a group of 3 tiny islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air, situated just off the coast of Lombok. They are a wonderful destination to relax and soak up the sun. Here I wrote more about them.
Unless you are a foreign national from a few select countries, you will need an Indonesian visa to enter Bali. If you are going for a short break, then get a Visa On Arrival.