35 things to see and do in Bali

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what to see and do in Bali

We have already talked about the personality disturbances that this wonderful island has, although it is clear to us that, if you know how to get off the beaten track, this Indonesian island will make you fall in love. Here you have 35 things to see and do in Bali (from the most touristy to the least kicked).

1- Soak up Balinese Hinduism (a unique religion in the world) in the Pure Besakih, the mother temple of Bali and the most important of the whole island, which is located on the slope of Mount Agung. Actually, more than a temple, it is a group of temples since it has 22!

In Bali there are some beautiful temples, but there are plenty of them. To know which ones you have to visit, take a look at the best temples in Bali.

2- Explore Bali by motorcycle: is the best advice we can give you! Bali lives much better having your own means of transport that takes you to every corner. It is also a cheap way to explore the island and that will allow you total freedom. If you are interested in traveling this way, we recommend a super guidebook with itineraries and tips on traveling by motorcycle in Bali (by the way, it’s ours… hee).

3- Enjoy the Balinese gastronomy, for us one of the best in the world: spicy but delicate. Do not stop trying the perkedel kentang (some potato croquettes that drove us crazy), satay with peanut sauce, satay lilit (some spiced fish skewers) gado-gado (salad with vegetables, prawn bread and peanut sauce) and pisang goereng (fried plantain). Here we tell you more about the typical Indonesian dishes.

4- If you want to learn how to cook your favorite Balinese dishes, do not hesitate to sign up for a cooking class (They cost from € 20). Lety made it into Lovina and she loved it!

5- Another of the best things to see and do in Bali is to enjoy a route through the most beautiful lakes on the island: the Lake bratan, the Tamblingan, the Buyan and the Batur.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple in Bali

6- Surf: whether you are a professional surfer or if you have never been on a board. Bali is one of the world’s surfing paradises, take advantage of it! The best area is from Kuta down, on the beaches of the west coast of the Bukit Peninsula. In this post we tell you which are the best beaches in Bali.

7- If you want to enjoy an unforgettable sunset go to Tanah Lot temple (for us it is another of the best things to see and do in Bali) in an idyllic setting. It will be a magical moment, although you will be accompanied by a few more travelers – let it be said.

8- Try one of the drinks most loved by Indonesians: the you bothol.

9- Be a responsible touristOne way is to stop buying souvenirs made in China and favor the local economy. How? Take home handmade silver jewelry, masks carved by artisans, paintings or batik fabrics. But above all, do not go to any Elephant Park or Safaris, or Marine Parks … any place where they have animals locked up.

10- One of the most famous images of Bali is that of its rice paddies, here green acquires a unique and indescribable color! The best for us are those of Jatiluwih, although close to Ubud are those of Tegalalang. Be sure to visit (at least) one of these places.

Tegalalang rice terraces in Bali

11- Get lost in the fruit and vegetable markets: always full of color and happy faces. A real treasure for photography lovers.

12- Sign up for a course Batik: a decorative technique that consists of making drawings with liquid wax on fabrics. It’s really beautiful.

13- Talk to the locals, especially outside the tourist areas: you will be surprised to see the surreal and funny situations that are formed interacting with the locals.

14- One of the best ways is eat in the warungsCheap, delicious, local restaurants! Do not be afraid of the quality of the food: if there are locals, it is that you eat luxury (and the food is fresh, of the day!).

15- One of the temples that we liked the most was the Pure Gunung Kawi, with their royal tombs carved into the rock.

Pura Gunung Kawi temple in Bali

16- Give yourself a few hours of relaxation and happiness in one of the many Island SPA: the ones in Ubud are the best. Getting a Balinese massage is cheap (you can book it here) and one of the best experiences to live on the island.

17- If you like trekking, don’t miss one of the most beautiful in Indonesia: climb Mount Batur, the most active volcano in Bali, to enjoy an unforgettable sunrise. There are excursions, like this one that costs about € 50, that take you from Ubud at dawn to see the sunrise from the top of the volcano. If you dare, it is another of the best things to see and do in Bali.

18- Throughout the island you will see many waterfalls and waterfalls, perhaps the most impressive are the Sekumpul waterfalls. They are close to Lovina, so you can use this town as a base to explore the north of the island.

19- Get married! Bali is one of the romantic meccas in the world … It is not a super cheap experience, but hey, it is a special occasion (and we suppose unforgettable). More useful info and prices here.

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20- We have already presented you with some of the temples on the island. Although the one that most fascinated us was the Tirta Empul, where pilgrims come to purify themselves in beautiful pools. It is a place with a special magic and for us it is one of the best things to see and do in Bali.

Tirta Empul temple in Bali

Be careful, you still have 15 things to see and do in Bali. Keep reading!

21- If you are not afraid of bats, you can visit one of the most curious temples on the island: the Goa lawah where thousands of these little animals sleep!

22- Another curious temple is that of Goa gajah with its ‘Elephant Cave’, a cave with a huge mouth carved as a door.

23- Find out about the Bali festivals and celebrations: it is an island rich in events and it is well worth participating in them to enjoy its most sacred and authentic side.

24- Bali is one of the perfect places to have a yoga retreatIf you are passionate about this discipline, do not hesitate to do it.

25- Take a Bintang very cool watching the sunset in Kuta or anywhere else on the island. Because any excuse is good to cool off, right?

Bintang Beer

26- Enjoy a dance exhibition Kecak, a show of dance, music and fire that will leave you amazed. Here you can book your tickets to attend a kecak dance in Uluwatu.

27- You cannot skip one of the most beautiful temples in Bali (and in the world): Uluwatu, which was built on top of a cliff above the sea.

28- If you like the coffee (and tea) visit one of the many plantations where they grow them and you can make free tastings (if you like it later you can buy spices, chocolates or Balinese tea to take home). Of course, do not try the Kopi Luwak, here Faada tells you why.

29- Keep quiet during the Nyepi day, the Balinese New Year: on this day everyone in Bali should stay at home (or in hotels) quietly. It is a day of reflection that serves to purify the soul.

30- Stroll through the Ubud Monkey Forest (Monkey Forest Reserve) in Ubud: more than 600 monkeys live here -some not so monkeys- (be careful with your belongings and food!). If you survive it will be a beautiful and unforgettable experience hehe.

Monkey Forest Ubud

31- If you want to know the Underwater bali We advise you to do snorkeling and / or diving in the area of Nusa lembongan, Amed Y Pemuteran.

32- Discover Canggu, the most hipster Bali and full of instagrammer-friendly places 🙂

33- Visit the Ubud Palace to realize the greatness that the Balinese people came to have. Here are 20 other things to see and do in Ubud.

34- If you want to have a whim for dinner somewhere Jimbaran Beach chiringuito: A day is a day!

35- Take the odd dip in the bali beaches: from the black sand of Lovina to the blue of Dreamland. Although if you are looking for paradisiacal seas and beaches, consider a getaway to the Gili Islands. Here you can book the excursion.) Or to Nusa Penida (this day tour takes you in the main points of the most fashionable island of Indonesia)

Gili Islands Indonesia

And obviously returns: we can’t wait to return for the umpteenth time to this Indonesian island and discover other corners.

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