To visit Bali: what are the best things to do and see on the Indonesian island?
Located just below the equator, the island of Bali dazzles you with its beauty and beaches.While many tourists go there to rest and enjoy their holidays without much effort, the Indonesian island is far from being a benchmark of resorts without activity. And who said there was nothing to do in Bali but to rest? If you are planning on leaving Bali for 1 or 2 weeks, be aware that you will not be bored! From the cultural discovery of the island through villages, temples, history and culture, through nightlife, sports activities and relaxation with spas and yoga, there are indeed many things to do in Bali !
First and foremost are the must-visit sites in Bali:
1. The Uluwatu Temple (Pura Luhur)
Flickr – Sean McGrath
Imagine a large cliff on which is perched a temple, and add to that a splendid sight … The temple is located on the Bukit peninsula, in the extreme south of Bali, where one also finds some beautiful beaches like that of Balangan and many great surf spots . The construction of this majestic temple of Uluwatu began in the 11th century at the edge of a cliff, 70 meters above the Indian Ocean. Its visit provides beautiful views of the ocean, but it will take care of your business because the temple is inhabited by many thieves monkeys.
2. The Tanah Lot Temple (Pura Tanah Lot)
Flickr – Jos Dielis
Here is another rock formation at the edge of the water that serves as a kind of foundation for this very popular pilgrimage site. It is Bali’s most famous temples for the serenity it exudes and its cultural significance as it is associated with Balinese mythology as one of the seven temples that form a ring in southwestern Bali. The ideal is to go during the low tide so that you can discover it on foot. Too bad it is a victim of its success, the site is very busy, with the obligation to pass in a path of small sellers.
3. Ulun Danu Temple on Bratan Lake (Pura Ulun Danu Bratan)
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Another temple, yes, but it is the most beautiful that we can visit in Bali. This is the famous “temple on the lake”, which unlike the other temples perched on the edge of a cliff, rests serenely at the edge of Lake Bratan . It is certainly one of the most beautiful places on the island not to be missed! The reflection in the water of the temple (also known as Bedugul) and the mountainous surroundings offer a superb setting for a visit.
4. Rice fields
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It’s not just beaches and temples that make Bali famous. You will also see many rice fields, terraces or not, during your trip in the Balinese lands. The most notable are Tegalalang, Antosari, Busungbiu, Karangasem, Jatiluwih and Pupuan.
5. Watch dolphins at Lovina Beach
Pixabay – Mariamichelle
Lovina Beach is simply one of the best places in the world for dolphin watching . Be warned, you will not be the only ones to start at dawn by boat (especially in high season) but the excursion is still worth a visit today, and you will realize once the dolphins jump out of the water. water in front of you! Lovina is far less crowded than the south of Bali and there are plenty of cool spots to rest and take your time.
Flickr – VasenkaPhotography
The streets of Ubud teem with culture. The village is the cultural and spiritual center of Bali , far from the tumult of Dempasar and Kuta. You could just like everyone coming for its Monkey Forest, but there is much better to do in Ubud. An excellent way to discover Ubud , the surrounding villages and surrounding landscapes is to ride a bike and walk around quietly. You will find bike rental agencies on site. Meet the locals and if you are lucky you can join a ceremony or festival. Do not hesitate to stay in one of the guesthouses very luxurious in the area, to enjoy a spa and a massage, with a room overlooking the rice terraces.
7. Hike on Batur volcano
Flickr – William Cho
In a mountainous area of East Bali, lies the Mount Batur Caldera in Kintamani. A trek at the top of the 1700 meters of this active volcano is a great experience for all travelers eager for new sensations. The perfect time to hike is at sunrise: starting at 4am, you will arrive in time for the first light of the day (at 6am). This hike is relatively easy and the trails are pretty well marked. From there, you will have a panoramic view of the whole region, a magical moment.
8. Kuta’s nightlife
Kuta Beach is the most popular beach to see in Bali, which means that you will easily find places to go out at night. You will find a range of bars and clubs for all budgets and moods. If you are looking for more classy (but more expensive) places, the nearby town of Seminyakhas Bali’s best clubs.
9. Have a coffee at Bali Pulina Agro Tourism
Flickr – Jos Dielis
Here is a very quiet place to enjoy an excellent coffee produced locally, with a view of the plantations as far as the eye can see. Here, we serve coffee or tea, the opportunity for you to taste the famous and very expensive Kopi Luwak , and observe how it is produced and roasted.
Now, here are the activities (sports and cultural) that you can do in Bali:
10. Learn to surf on Kuta Beach
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If there is a place to learn to surf in Bali, it’s Kuta Beach. The sandy beach contains no coral and so it is more enjoyable if you start. You will be spoiled for choice for surf schools located on the beach.
11. The Bali Arts Festival
Flickr – Pandu Adnyana
If you stay in Bali between mid-June and mid-July, you will have a great chance to experience the Balinese arts festival, an event known worldwide for its daily cultural performances, craft shows and many other arts activities.
12. Attend a Kecak dance
Flickr – Jos Dielis
Kecak is a traditional dance or choreography from Bali that can be seen in particular at the Pura Dalem Taman Kaja temple in Ubud. It is a kind of ritual in which a choir of a hundred men tells the episode where the monkeys help Prince Rama to beat the demon Ravana to recover his wife Sītā kidnapped by Ravana. Impressive.
And other activities like these:
- Raft the Ayung River in Sayan
- Eat seafood in Jimbaran Bay
- Dive or snorkel to Lembongan Island or Menjangan Island
- Have a cocktail at the very chic Ayana Bar on Rocks
- Enjoy the typical Babi Guling dish
- Attend a buffalo race in Negara
Feel free to read also: Top 10 things to do in Bali and Lombok