Bali is an exotic island that has swept the “Best Travel Destination” Award time and again and has done justice to it. An important part of Indonesia, Bali is geographically varied and ecologically blessed. Within one island, you will run into foamy sea shores, dormant volcanoes, lush rice fields, luxe resorts, bustling marketplaces, vintage temples and exotic parks. Bali serves to every taste, every preference & every budget range, making it one of the most visited locations on the globe.
But before you step into this “Island of the Gods”, read about unmissable things to do in Bali that you shouldn’t forget to include in your activities in Bali Indonesia.
1. Book your Ticket to Waterbom Bali
Waterbom is a water-themed park in Kuta that definitely deserves a place in your itinerary. It has rides for all ages and is equipped with plenty of eateries that sell delicious meals at reasonable prices. You can book family packages that come with two adult and two children combos. Don’t miss out on the Lazy River, the Pool Bar, and the Gazebos. Waterbom offers the best Bali island activities.
Location – Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Tips – The park is open every day from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
2. Visit a Chocolate Factory
With Indonesia being one of the major producers of cocoa, Bali allows you to sneak a peek inside of its production houses. Arguably one of the best places in Bali, the Pod Chocolate Factory organizes tours inside their working station to show you the journey of the cocoa beans from a tree to handmade elephant shaped chocolate bar that ultimately reaches your hand. Watch the beans get roasted, pounded and blended into a delicious recipe that is derived from pure organically grown cocoa pods in Bali. You can also enjoy homemade ice cream, chocolates, and shots. There are elephants to pet by in the premises too. Take home some sweet treats to remember by.
Location – Jl. Tukad Ayung, Carangsari
Tips – The factory remains open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
3. Get a Glimpse of the Bali Heritage
Include this activity in Bali activities and attractions itinerary. The Bali Provincial State Museum is an architectural marvel in every cultural aspect. The museum houses ancient artifacts that stand testament to the rich history of Bali. You will also run into ancient sculptures, tools, and weaponry. It displays historical remnants from the Mesolithic era. Once you enter, you will meet many guides who will offer to help you through the tour inside. You can relax after the tour and admire the vintage architecture of the buildings and the gardens that surround the avenue.
Location – Jl Let Kol Wisnu, Denpasar, Bali
Tips: Witness Balinese cultural dances
4. Watch the Dolphins play
Head out to the Lovina Beach for a down boat ride to the frothy waters where you can spot playful dolphins swimming around. This is one of the raging highlights of Lovina since you get to witness these exotically friendly mammals from an extensively close range. As you head back, lounge in the black sand that covers Lovina. Here, the sand is black due to the high concentration of mineral content and volcanic ash. The beach is the perfect place to relax and sunbathe under the sun, with minimal intrusion from strangers and locals. All in all, everyone should include the dolphin tour in their Bali activities for couples. Location – Lovina Beach, Bali
Tips – Don’t miss out on the Dolphin Statue and you can indulge in some snorkeling after the dolphin tour.
5. Go, Temple Hopping,
One of the best Bali local sightseeing attractions, Ulun Danu Temple is essentially the landmark of Bali. This typical temple with multi-tiered roof sits at the edge of the Beratan Lake and is a picture cut out of a postcard. The entire location is serene and the temple is surrounded by beautiful gardens. You can click a thousand pictures on the premises yet every click with capture a new essence. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvati, but you will also find an effigy of Lord Buddha within the premises. This temple is a unique memorabilia that stands true to the amalgamation of Hinduism & Buddhism in Bali.
Location – Jl. Raya Candi Kuning, Tabanan, Bali
Tips – It is advised to dress modestly during a visit to the temple as a sign of respect to the locals and their religious beliefs and practices.
6. Explore the Underwater Wrecks
This is the most booked Bali activity packages. Wreck diving is swimming and exploring the rich underwater life that blooms around man-made wrecks like sunken ships and submarines. In Tulamben, you can dive to explore the underwater life and the rich coral outgrowth around the wreck of the USAT Liberty that sunk here during the Second World War. You will encounter a melee of vibrant schools of fish, crustaceans, corals and much more. You can try a hand at diving with the help of a trained professional who will accompany you underwater and teach you all the necessary underwater hand signs.
Location – The Tulamben Beach, Bali
Tips – You can go explore the exotic collection of edibles and collectibles in the local market at the Tulamben village after the dive.
7. Explore Bali Bird Park:
Bali Bird Park is a paradise for bird watchers. This park is filled with a considerable collection of birds across Indonesia that even comprises of rare species. This park is divided into various sections that display natural habitats of the birds. Besides these, the park is famous for stone carvings and gorgeous avians.
Location: Batabulan, Bali
Tips: If you prefer to do more than bird watching, then adjacent to the park there is a reptile farm, you can redirect your pace!
8. Hike to Gitgit Waterfall:
Gitgit Waterfall is one of the unmissable places to visit in Bali, due to its beauty and charm. If you are looking for a bit of nature with peacefulness, then you can hike along a small trail that will lead you through lush green woods and beautiful coffee plantations. Apart from hiking you can even swim and bathe at the bottom of the 35-meter tall waterfall, that has formed a pool.
Location: Located between Denpasar and Singaraja
Tips: The legend here recommends that couples shouldn’t swim or bathe together in this pool, as it will bring bad luck to their relationship.
9. Watch the waves kiss the shores at Canggu beach:
Bali tours and activities are incomplete without a trip to Canggu Beach. Often voted for the most beautiful beaches in the world, Canggu Beach is famous for its 8km long golden sand beaches. Even though it is popular, it still holds the rustic charm and is never crowded. Major activities in this beach include surfing and swimming.
Location: Canggu, Bali
Tips: Enjoy the mesmerizing sunset and there are vast numbers of places scattered along the beach where you can immerse in the sound of the waves and get drinks as per your taste.
10. Explore Ubud Palace:
Tracing back its establishment in the 1800s, Ubud Palace is one of the mesmerizing features in Bali and cultural activities in Bali worth venturing in. The palace is surrounded by beautiful garden embellished with architectural features. You can witness the dance shows in the evening and learn more about the Balinese culture and history.
Location: Ubud, Bali
Tips: It is a must visit place for the culture freaks and history enthusiasts
11. Relish traditional Balinese food at Warung Blanjong:
Bali owns some of the authentic and delicious Balinese cuisines that can’t be found anywhere else in Indonesia. Make sure you spend some of your time savoring Balinese cuisines around the island. We recommend Warung Blanjong in Sanur that serves traditional Balinese dishes such as (siap betutu) chicken roasted with local spices and herbs.
Location: Sanur, Bali
Tips: If you want to relish some of the local delights, then try pepes be pasih- a fish dish prepared by wrapping in banana leaves.
12. Go off beaten at Munduk:
If you love trekking adventures then go off the beaten path at Munduk, the abode to the spectacular and the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali. A hike to Munduk will take you to vast sprawling orchid fields, farmlands, and local markets throughout Munduk. It is one of best activities in Bali, worth your time and effort.
Location: Munduk, nearby Tamblingan Lake
Tips: If you want to discover offbeat places in Bali, and want to get away from the crowds, then Munduk is the right place for you.
13. Hike up to Mount Batur:
Standing 1,700 meters tall above the sea level, Mount Batur challenges anyone who’s looking for the element of adrenaline rush during their trip to Bali. It is one of the well-known volcanic mountains in Bali, and the hiking to its peak basically mostly begins at 4 am. This mountain is encompassed by a stunning lake which adds more to its allure and more excitement to the Bali activities for those that are keen on landscape photography.
Location: Bali, Indonesia
Tips: Recommended for the adrenaline junkies and adventure freaks, best for sunrise views.
14. Get cleansed by sacred waters at Tirta Empul:
This place is featured in the film, Eat, Pray, Love which has Julia Robert as the lead role. This holy complex is located just outside the Ubud and maintains many pools equipped with fountains. The waters here are regarded to be sacred by the Hindus; they come all over from Bali to bathe in this holy water.
Location: Nearby Ubud, Bali
Tips: Walk in to witness the plethora of intricate architectures and beautiful statues, and get cleansed with the holy water.
15. Witness the culture in Ubud:
Ubud is commonly famous as the cultural heartthrob of Bali, and it is an ideal place for those that love art and traditions. Ubud snuggles amid the rolling rice fields and it offers you a thorough glimpse into the evolution or the development of art in Bali, which can be seen in the famous art galleries like Neka Art Museum.
Location: Ubud, Bali
Tips: Explore galleries featuring ceramics, jewelry, sculptures, etc. Don’t forget to buy souvenirs, mainly exquisite Balinese arts and crafts in Ubud.
Bali has nearly had a hundred more attractions that you might want to check out. But with limited time & resources, we make sure we pick out the finest and most popular activities for you so that your holiday becomes inevitably memorable. We hope you have a great holiday!