Bali is one of the most beautiful and heavenly places to visit in Indonesia. When you explore Bali, you’ll realize that there are so many things to do in Bali as it is a complete island on its own. Those who have visited Bali can easily relate to it, whereas those who are planning their holiday trip, Bali holiday is the best thing that you can plan and offer your family. There are amazing things that you can do while in Bali.
In our first blog post, we are highlighting the top 10 things you must do while in Bali, check them out and make most of your Bali holiday!
1. Visit the Iconic Temples
With more than 10,000 temples on the island, Bali is home to many iconic and ancient temples. Bali temples are not only regarded for spirituality but they also have picturesque views and are great for your photography opportunities. There are amazing views and every temple has a distinct culture of its own, which is worth the experience.
Bali sightseeing will not be complete without visits to the mysterious ruins of “Goa Gajah” or and catching silhouettes of “Tanah Lot” and “Uluwatu Temple” at sunset.
2. Relax at Affordable Spas with Grand Views
A relaxing Spa day is a must while in Bali! You can get exceptional body treatments and massages while in Bali, and the interesting thing is that you can get them at a low price. When compared to US or Australia, a Spa day in Bali normally costs less than half; a 60 min massage starts from USD$12 and spa packages (approx 2hrs+ sessions) starts from USD$33.
There are many categories when it comes to spas in Bali. There are affordable spas and some luxury spas. “Cool Spa” is one of our top choices when it comes to affordable spas. Their menu offers different massage techniques from all over the world such as Japanese Shiatsu, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi or Balinese traditional massage. As for more luxurious spas, Prana Spa, Thermes Marins Spa, and Spa Alila are our favorites. Prana spa is an Ayurvedic-Middle eastern inspired spa which houses a yoga studio, Turkish bathing facilities and offers exotic rituals such as Moroccan herbal baths and Marrakesh foot rituals to name a few. Thermes Marins Spa is located at Ayana Resort, one of the top resorts in Bali. It is a cliff top spa with the world’s largest seawater therapy pools as its centerpiece.
For a full spa day retreat, we highly recommend trying out Spa Alila “Journey to You” package. This package includes 3 nutritious meals, Spa treatments throughout the day, yoga, sunset meditation and heavenly massage under the stars as a grand finale.
3. Street Food Tasting
While you’re in Bali, you cannot miss the amazing food it offers. South East Asian countries including Indonesia, is well known for their Tantalizing and Vibrant street foods. Breezy tours’ Foodie package is the perfect choice if you want to try local Indonesian cuisines not just from Bali but also from other regions in Indonesia. During the tour, we will take you to 4 -5 handpicked local eateries where you can taste flavorful street eats which are difficult to find outside the country. Be prepared to go on a culinary adventure tasting dishes like Indonesian crispy stuffed pancake, Lombok’s signature smoky sweet BBQ chicken, and the famous Balinese rice wrapped in banana leaves. This tour is for 4 hours and if you are a food lover, these 4 hours will be the best time of your holidays in Bali.
4. Go for Water Sports
Among all the fun activities in Bali, water sports are definite musts! Jet Ski, Surfing, Snorkeling and especially diving are famous water sports that you have to check out while in Bali! Tanjung Benoa is the perfect place to try a wide variety of water sports activities. However, for diving trips, you may want to visit the 2 prominent dive sites in Bali – Tulamben and Amed beach. Additionally, there are also several beautiful snorkeling sites in Bali. For more information on this, check out our other blog post covering the best snorkel spots in Bali.
Bali is also a great place to get your PADI certification as there are many courses that you can join in and learn. Adventure Scuba Diving Bali and Adventure Divers Bali are two dive schools that we recommend to get your PADI certifications.
5. Embrace the Local Culture
While visiting a foreign country, we highly recommend immersing yourself in the local culture to get the most out of your experience abroad. “Experiencing a culture” means something very different from visiting popular landmarks and iconic temples. It is catching a glimpse of the everyday life of local Balinese folks or even participating in local ceremonies. Breezy tours Sight-Seeing package and Bali by Night package will help you do exactly that in under 3 hours! Our English speaking local guides will scoot you around the island and show you how Indonesian people live, work, play and eat. The experience is like having a local friend in Bali!
6. Try River Rafting
For you, adrenaline junkies, another popular adventure activity on the island is white water rafting. Bali’s weather is great year round, the price is reasonable and the rapids can be attempted in all months, even the wet season.
For beginners, we recommend trying out the Ayung river in Ubud area. This rapid is classified as a level II to III and takes about 1.5 hours to complete. White water rafting along the Ayung river is quite spectacular as the route offers some exceptional scenery. For more intermediate rafters, we recommend rafting the Telaga Waja River. The Telaga Waja River rapids are classified as a level II to IV and takes about 2.5 hours to complete.
7. Café Hopping
Your Bali holiday will not be complete without visits to some of the most exotic and picturesque cafes on the island. Bali cafes come in all shapes and sizes, all with different themes and specialties. Cafes like creamy comfort and Angelita Patisserie have cute- vintage décor and offer delicious tea and cakes. For a more outdoorsy feel, check out La Laguna, Nook, and Pomegranate. La Laguna is located beachfront and offers a rustic romantic gypsy vibe, whereas Nook and Pomegranate open up to a breathtaking 360 degrees panoramic view of lush paddy fields.
Otherwise, if you are simply after a delicious cup of coffee, drop by Revolver Espresso. This place source only the best beans from the best farmers in the world. We are convinced this hole in the wall coffee shop will impress even the pickiest coffee drinker.
8. Go on a Hike
If you are planning on touring Bali between April to September, then this is the best time to go for hiking. Bali hiking trails will take you across beautiful Padi fields and through local villages. All you need is your trekking shoes, some warm clothes, headlamps and some snacks. The best hiking trails are Mt Batur (easiest climb) and Mount Agung (Bali’s highest point). We highly recommend hiring a professional guide to take you through the hike. A popular one on the island is Bali volcano trekking.
9. Highland Living
The highlands of Bali, otherwise known as Ubud is a beautiful mountainous area away from the beach. Think rivers, rice terraces and one of the few world’s monkey forest. On the whole, spending a night or two in this area will fulfill your most romantic fantasies.
Want to live in a hotel made of bamboos, check out Sharma Springs Bamboo House! This place doesn’t just offer a beautiful view and cool mountain breeze. It is simply the epitome of sustainable design. More into water villas? check out FuramaXclusive Villas & Spa. You can laze around on the sundeck, go for a night swim followed by a therapeutic massage in the comfort of your own villa. Otherwise, for your very own jungle retreat, check out The Hanging Gardens of Bali! The Hanging Gardens is surrounded by lush jungles and offers an amazing view. Go for a night swim in their iconic infinity pool and watch fireflies cast their light over the beautiful jungle view.
10. Party in Style
There are a plethora of nightlife activities that you can enjoy while in Bali ranging from cliff side bars to year round spooky themed bars to stylish beach clubs. Don’t be surprised if you bump into A-list Hollywood celebrities while lounging around Bali’s bars and clubs.
For a casual night out, we recommend starting the evening with live music and cocktails by the beach at La Plancha, then get in the groove with some salsa dancing and tequila at Motel Mexicola before ending the night at rustic chic La Favela (arguably the most happening bar on the island). Alternatively, if you prefer something more stylish and laid back, sip cocktails in a cabana while watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean at Potato Head beach club or Finns beach club.