We love Bali! Adam and I first visited Bali on our honeymoon back in 2012. We spent a week trying and seeing all the things to do in Bali. I just returned from a two week trip to Wonderful Indonesia and loved it just as much as I did the first time I visited Bali. On our first trip to Bali we covered a lot of ground with only one week in Bali. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Bali.
Fun Things To Do In Bali
1. Hit the Beaches in Bali
Not only are the beaches in Bali some of the best in the world, but also one of the best free things to do in Bali. Bring a beach towel and claim a spot on the beach. For a few Indonesian rupiahs, you can rent a beach chair and umbrella. Better yet would rent a house right on the beach, there are tons of Airbnb listings in Bali that are beachfront. There would be no better place to wake up than at the beach.
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2. Catch a Wave Surfing
Bali is famous for surfing so why not catch your first wave in Bali? There are several places offering surf lessons right on the beach or, if you know how to surf, you can rent a surfboard for a few hours.
3. Say Hello To The Monkeys At The Monkey Forest
Hey there Mr. Monkey! Be prepared to get up and close with the monkeys at the Ubud monkey forest. Whatever you do, don’t buy bananas from the nice ladies out front. I did and the monkeys were literally crawling up me. Keep all your bags zipped and don’t wear a hat/sunglasses, the monkeys are known to be naughty thieves.
Related Article: Visiting the Ubud Monkey Forest
4. Visit Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
Look at that picture! Do I really need to tell you it’s one of the best things to do in Bali? One of the prettiest temples in Bali is the Ulun Danu Beratan temple. The floating temple is just off the shore in Lake Bratan, which is in the center of Bali, 3600 feet above sea level. So, it’s nice and cool compared to the beaches of Bail.
- Recommended Tour: Bali Water Temples Tour
5. Get a Balinese Massage
After a busy day with all the things to do in Bali just relax with a Balinese massage. Massages in Bali are not only amazing but super affordable for around $5 for an hour for a Balinese massage. Most massage parlors offer several types of massages/facials/etc. If you happen to run into some rain in Bali, just go get a massage. You will forget about the rain.
6. Soar high above the beach parasailing
Nothing like a good dose of adrenaline to get your day started! Parasailing in Bali is beautiful and one of the cheapest places I’ve found yet. It was $30, but only for a few minutes. Don’t forget to bring your GoPro to get some good photos of the beaches in Bali from above.
7. Hike Mount Batur for sunrise
Set the alarm super early. Hiking Mount Batur starts several hours before the sun rises. The early morning wake-up call is totally worth it once you make it to the top of Mount Batur and you see the sun rising. This is easily one of our favorite things to do in Bali and we would do it again in a heartbeat.
- Recommended Tour: $40 Mount Batur Sunrise Hike & Coffee Plantation Tour
Related Article: Hiking Mount Batur at Sunrise
8. Watch the sunset
There is no better way to end a perfect day in Bali then watching the sunset. Head to the beach and watch the locals come out to play a game of beach soccer, or head to a rooftop bar for happy hour.
9. Eat Your Weight In Chicken Satay
Chicken Satay with peanut sauce? Yes, please! Chicken Satay is a must try dish when in Bali. These tasty little meat skewers are served with a delicious peanut dipping sauce. Once you pop you can’t stop. Eating chicken satay is one of the best things to do in Bali and one you’ll find yourself doing over and over.
10. Visit The Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Gorgeous green rice paddies really exist and they make for some epic photos. When planning out your things to do in Bali make sure to schedule a day in the Ubud area for the Tegallalang rice terraces & Ubud Monkey Forest. If you travel with a DJI drone, now is the time to fly!
11. Visit Uluwatu Temple
Uluwatu temple is located right on the shore and a perfect place to end a busy day doing all the things to do in Bali. Make sure to come at least an hour before sunset so you have enough time to get photos before you lose the light. Beware of the naughty monkeys at the temple.
12. Try Yoga in Bali
Get your “Eat Pray Love” on and give yoga a try in Bali. There are tons of yoga retreats in Bali, specifically in Ubud.
13. Drink A Cup Of Kopi Luwak Bali Coffee
Drink a cup of the most expensive coffee in the world, Kopi Luwak Bali coffee. This is the coffee that is made from the coffee beans that have been eaten and pooped out from the cat-like animal, civet. Bring your friends back a shitty present, literally.
14. Visit Tanah Lot
One of our favorite temple in Bali is Tanah Lot located right on the coast. Tanah Lot is easily reached from the popular Bali beach towns like Kuta/Sanur/Seminyak. The temple at Tanah Lot is set on a rock that has been shaped over time by the tide. It’s one of the most unique temples in Bali.
15. Catch a ferry to the Gili islands
Hop on a ferry and head to the Gili islands for a few days. The Gili islands are made up of three very small islands: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. We visited Gili Trawangan, which is best suited for a younger crowd looking to party. On our next visit to the Gili islands, we plan on visiting either Air or Meno for a quiet relaxing vacation in Bali.
16. Party in Kuta
End your Bali vacation with a night out partying in Kuta. Just make sure not to plan too many things to do in Bali the day after. One of our favorite bars is Alleycats, literally located down an alley. The drinks are well priced and it’s a great place to start the night out.
17. Chill at a rooftop pool
If you end up having too much fun partying in Kuta you might need a day just chilling at a rooftop pool. It might be one of the more boring things to do in Bali, but necessary after a night out in Kuta.
Have you been to Bali? What are your favorite things to do in Bali?
Indonesia is a huge country. It’s actually the 4th most populated country in the world, the world’s largest island country, and home to more than 18,000 islands. So visiting Bali is only a fraction of what Indonesia has to offer, make sure to check out other the wonderful Indonesian destinations.