17 Crazy Fun Things To Do In Bali

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. GS Suitcase Divider

Fun Things To Do In Bali

1. Hit the Beaches in Bali

Kuta Beach at sunset people playing football
Watching the sunset at Kuta Beach is one of my favorite things to do 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

Surfer surfing in Kuta Beach Bali
Surfer catching a wave in Kuta Beach Bali.

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

Monkey at Ubud Monkey Forest Bali
Naughty monkey at Ubud monkey forest Bali.

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

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is our favorite temple in Bali.

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.

5. Get a Balinese Massage

Balinese Massage in Bali
Hannah getting a Balinese massage, the most relaxing thing to do in Bali.

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

Parasailing on the beach in Bali
Parasailing time, off for some of the best views of Bali.

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

Sunrise at Mt Batur Indonesia
View from the top of Mount Batur for sunset, worth the 430am hike.

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.

Related Article: Hiking Mount Batur at Sunrise

8. Watch the sunset

Boys playing football on the beach as the sunsets
One of the best things to do in Bali is to watch the sunset, it’s free and happens nightly.

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

Indonesian Chicken Satay
Tasty Indonesian chicken satay with peanut sauce.

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

Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Gorgeous green Tegallalang rice terraces in Bali.

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 on the coast in Bali
Gorgeous setting for the Uluwatu temple in Bali.

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

Girls doing yoga on the beach in Bali Photo Credit Kick The Grind
Girls doing yoga on the beach in Bali Photo Credit Kick The Grind

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

Cup of Kopi Luwak Bali Coffee
A fresh cup of Kopi Luwak Bali Coffee aka animal poop 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

Tanah Lot
Tanah Lot temple in Bali

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

gili t sunrise

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

Drinking with friends on the beach in Bali
Last night in Bali means party time in Bali!

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

Rooftop pool in Kuta Beach Bali
Relaxing at the rooftop infinity pool in Kuta Beach looking off into the ocean.

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? 

GS Suitcase Divider 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.

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42 thoughts on “17 Crazy Fun Things To Do In Bali”

  1. what area is the best to stay or areas for 12 day visit with friends?
    wanting to be somewhere where we can visit some of the places you listed without spending too much time in a car?
    also is it safe for females – three of going next May!

    • Ubud is central to the island with some great places to stay especially for groups. The only downside is you don’t have the beach. You could split your time between Ubud and another place or even two places over 12 days in Bali. You should use normal caution, but Bali is overall a safe place to travel generally.

  2. I have lived in Malang, Indonesia for the past 3.5 yrs. We go to Bali, at least once a year. I stay on Nusa Dua beach, primarily, at Nikko Bali. They are like family.!It’s pretty much a private beach, there. However, I have to HIGHLY disagree w/ the person, above, saying these are some of the ugliest beaches in the world as I have my main house on the beaches of Galveston, TX. That’s where Mississippi meets Gulf of Mexico… those are some ugly beaches, dear. Muddy, murky & polluted from recent hurricane, oil platforms, oil refineries, & a major hub for cruise ships to unload bilges. Yuk’ I’ve travelled all over world & snorkled/dove in most! Indonesia isn’t just beautiful, aesthetically… the people are what make this country magical/spiritual. I’ve been to most of the locations, you listed, except for hiking as I’m almost 50 & terminal. I’d add the water rafting & an art village, is just an amazing place to pick up wood carvings, in Ubud is amazing! There’s so much to do but do NOT leave w/out getting to know some of these ppl & learn a little Indonesian. It will not only endear you to them, it’ll help with mixups as far as money, directions & such.
    May you come to Bali or any island in Indonesia for the beautiful experiences but never leave because of the beauty in the people.
    Cinta & Tuhan memberkati,
    Ibu Kelli
    (Semoga sukses di perjalanan anda & berharap dapat melihat anda segera!)

    • Thanks for the comment and we agree, the Balinese people and Indonesians, in general, are pretty cool people! We are due to get back there real soon I hope! Thanks!

  3. I absolutely LOVED this post! We got back from Bali in July this year and went to majority of the places you shared. Can’t wait to go back and explore the gili islands.

  4. This all looks gorgeous,

    I would LOVE to hike up mount Batur for the sunrise – that must have been gorgeous! Was the path difficult to follow in the dark?

    Then after doing that I would totally be up for eating my weight in satay! 😉

    • I could eat my weight in satay dipped in peanut sauce any day, it’s the best in Bali. We had a good guide leading the way up Mount Batur for sunrise so it wasnt’ too bad. I just was freezing at first but then my body heated up real fast, before you know it I was down to my sport bra and shorts! Is Bali on your bucket list?

  5. I’ve always wanted to go to the monkey forest! Looks like so much fun. My friend went to Bali and loved the fish pedicures! (I did it in Mexico and I agree!) You sunrise and sunset photos are fantastic 🙂

    • The Ubud monkey forest is a most visit tourist spot in Bali. I would just be careful around the monkeys because you have to still remember they are wild monkeys aka naughty and could have rabies. A monkey stole my friends iPhone at a temple in Bali and we threw bananas at the monkey until he dropped the phone and chased the bananas. Hope you get to Bali soon.

  6. I’ve never been to Bali, but it’s high on my list! I am petrified of the water so I am incredibly grateful that most of your activities are not geared towards their beautiful beaches 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing! I will definitely be re-visiting this post when I go!

  7. Thanks for all these tips! If I go to Bali I’d be sure to avoid feeding the monkeys(I don’t like monkeys but I would love to see them and photograph them!), and also avoid drinking that coffee lol….but the sunrise at the top of the mountain, exploring those amazing temple buildings, and of course spending the day at the beach is totally up my alley!

    • The Ubud monkey forest is popular but I don’t blame you for giving it a miss. Monkeys can be very naughty! Sunrise at the top of Mount Batur shouldn’t be missed, it was one of the most magical sunrises we’ve ever seen. Are you a hiker?

  8. Bali is on my list and I just love doing yoga in new places. And chicken satay! Or just food in general 🙂 Besides satay what was another favorite food while in Bali?

  9. It’s a whole other side to Bali that I never would have expected. My mind always goes to temples and eat, pray, love. Great read

    • There are a ton of things to do in Bali and yes most people instantly think of eat, pray, love when they hear Bali. One of the beaches in Bali is nicknamed “Julia Roberts beach” which obviously is not it’s real name lol. Hope you get to Bali in 2018.

  10. Many fun activities in Bali right ?? that’s all perfectly complete your day with happines, i really like to see sunrise at sanur beach and sunset at seminyak beach . Bali is amazing right, on the morning you can see sunrise and not wait too long on the evening you can see sunset. In Bali do you ever been going to Canggu ? in canggu you can visit Echo beach, doing yoga activities, berawa beach, batu bolong beach and many more.

  11. I have never been to Bali although it is on my bucket list for the year 2017. I love beaches and am sure I will enjoy the marvels of the beaches of Bali. In fact, it is a great family destination too. So, im sure all my family members will pick their choices as well.

    • Aussies have a huge advantage visiting Bali, like you said it’s right in your backyard especially coming from Perth. Aren’ t there often crazy cheap flights to Bali from OZ? Hoping to get some Aussies to lay off from the booze to try some things on our list!

  12. Thanks for sharing some great ideas of what to do. We unfortunately missed out on the whole of Indonesia this time round, but we will be back and Bali will be at the top of the list. The Ubud Monkey Forest sounds perfect – I love monkeys! Awesome photos, especially of the rice terraces.

  13. Ahhh I still haven’t been to Bali but I think this post just pushed it further up the list! I think after Latin America a trip to Asia is in order! The only thing that puts me off though is that Bali seems to be a hive of expats, I worry that the ‘real’ Bali is getting lost in all the rush.

    • If you want to stay away from the tourists avoid Kuta beach, that is where most tourists go. There are great hidden gems in Bali so don’t cross it off the list entirely.

  14. I really admire the fact that you both have set the sails to travel across the globe. Bali certainly looks beautiful from you pictures. I am an avid beach bum my self and keep visiting the beaches of Goa over here. I’m the kind of beach visitor who would love to take a dip in the sea but won’t venture out too far in the waters. So minus the wave surfing I guess all the other activities would be a big YO!! for me….

    -Pixellicious

  15. Currently in Bali (2 months). I agree totally on your list, if you would skip “the the beaches in Bali some of the best in the world”. The beaches in Bali are average, at best. They are yellowish or black (lava) and dirty with the only exception being the beaches cleaned up by the resorts (1-2 a day). Besides that, it take a huge effort to actually find a beach which is not overcrowded and looks at least decent. Bali sucks as a beach destination. BUT it makes it up with beautiful landscapes once you go a bit inland,

    • There are some really good beaches in Bali you just have to go beyond Kuta. Yes the main beaches can be very busy with tourists, but unfortunately the same is in popular Thailand/Philippines islands as well. We also say get on a private boat and head off to find your own private beach/island for the day. You are right the landscapes in Bali are amazing and make it truly a special place.

  16. I am headed to Bali in November as a part of a RTW trip! Thanks for the suggestions of fun things to do ? It looks like a beautiful place to be from all the snaps and I cannot wait to see for myself!

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