There are such a lot of enjoyable issues to do in Bali that it may be robust to plan a visit there. The place are the most effective seashores, hikes, waterfalls, rice terraces and temples? I’ve been to Bali 3 times now, and whereas I definitely haven’t completed every thing this iconic island has to supply I, and another journey bloggers I roped into serving to me with this publish, may give you loads of Bali journey inspiration. This can be a lengthy publish, so settle in with a espresso and benefit from the journey (let’s be trustworthy although, you’ll in all probability simply skip by way of it and take a look at the pictures when you’re something like me).
- 1 Bali Waterfalls
- 2 Sekumpul Waterfall
- 3 Gitgit Waterfall
- 4 Waterfalls in Munduk
- 5 Tegenungan Waterfall
- 6 Bali Temples
- 7 Goa Gajah
- 8 Ulun Danu Bratan Temple
- 9 Temples in Ubud
- 10 Lempuyang Temple
- 11 Tirta Empul Temple
- 12 Tanah Lot Temple
- 13 Bali Seashores
- 14 Seminyak Seashore
- 15 Bias Tugel Seashore, Padangbai
- 16 Balangan Seashore
- 17 Lovina Seashore
- 18 Bali Rice Terraces
- 19 Tegalalang
- 20 Jatiluwih
- 21 Islands close to Bali
- 22 Nusa Penida
- 23 Nusa Lembongan
- 24 Nusa Ceningan
- 25 The Gili Islands
- 26 Different issues to do in Bali
- 27 Discover The Monkey Forest
- 28 Hike a Volcano
- 29 Get a therapeutic massage
- 30 Watch a dawn or sundown
- 31 Stroll across the outskirts of Ubud
- 32 Keep in a lodge surrounded by rice fields
- 33 Rafting the Telaga Waja River
- 34 Road artwork in Canggu
- 35 Purchasing in Bali
- 36 Consuming and Consuming
- 37 Trunyan Cemetery
- 38 Sit back in Munduk
One in every of my favorite issues about travelling in Bali is the abundance of waterfalls. I’ve visited fairly a couple of of them — listed here are my favourites.
That is truly a few totally different waterfalls which have banded collectively to create an superior brief stroll / waterfall vacation spot within the north of Bali. It’s a troublesome stroll again up the hill, and also you’ll need to scramble over moist rocks and a dodgy bridge to get to the primary waterfall, nevertheless it’s value it to see two of Bali’s greatest waterfalls.
This massive waterfall within the north is a brief stroll from the automotive park and is a simple little add-on to a day’s touring round northern / central Bali. I visited very first thing within the morning and it was empty — that will not all the time be the case although.
Waterfalls in Munduk
Munduk, the small city in Central Bali, sits proper subsequent to a collection of waterfalls. It’ll take you a few hours to stroll between all of the waterfalls in Munduk — it’s pretty straightforward (with some exhausting uphill sections) and there are some small locations to eat and drink alongside the best way. It truly is the right brief hike in Bali.
This waterfall within the south of Bali is near the favored seashore resorts, which clearly means it will get actually packed. It’s a cool place to go to however simply don’t anticipate a unspoiled paradise. There are outlets and eating places alongside the best way and you will get proper down into the water (if you’ll find a spot). I think about should you go to this place very first thing within the morning it’d be a totally totally different expertise.
They don’t name Bali the Island of the Gods for nothing. The robust Hindu presence in Bali has led to quite a few fascinating temples. They aren’t almost as previous because the temples in close by Java however they’re nonetheless cool to see.
This little cave temple simply outdoors of Ubud is greatest recognized for the carvings on the entrance to the cave. It makes for a enjoyable little cease for those who’re exploring the world round Ubud.
Ulun Danu Bratan Temple
This picket temple by Lake Bratan might be Bali’s hottest temple and it has the crowds to show it. I think about it to be a bit overrated, however I assume it’s value a fast look (the encompassing surroundings is good and one a part of the temple, surrounded by water, does look cool).
Temples in Ubud
There are a number of small temples in Ubud, my favorite being Saraswati Temple. There’s a small backyard to loosen up in and it’s proper subsequent to a Starbucks (which is simply an fascinating reality, not a cause why I loved it).
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Situated in East Bali, Lempuyang Temple has a particular aura when you step foot within the space. After getting splashed with holy water getting into the primary temple, you’ll see the beautiful “Gateway to Heaven.” It’s the preferred spot to take photographs because of the lovely views of Mount Agung via the gates. If in case you have extra time, discover the opposite six temples which can take Three+ hours to finish and has over 1440+ stairs to climb.
Tirta Empul Temple
In case you want a blessing (or identical to to have water run over you whereas sporting a gown and being watched by vacationers) that is the place for you. Vacationers and locals alike flock to this place to be blessed by the holy waters — in fact you’ll be able to simply watch although. The temple itself is fascinating sufficient. It’s typically included in day excursions of the inside from Ubud (or one of many seashore cities).
Tanah Lot Temple
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30 kilometers from Denpasar on the west coast of Bali sits Pura Tanah Lot, some of the necessary temples in Bali. Tanah Lot temple was constructed to worship Bhatara Segara, or the God of the Sea. The temple sits within the sea, so the primary temple can solely be accessed at low tide, however a number of smaller temples might be reached at any time. For a particular expertise, attempt to go to in the course of the Galungan and Kuningan festivities when households deliver choices to wish on the temple.
The seashores on mainland Bali aren’t fairly as spectacular because the islands close by, however you’re nonetheless spoiled for selection if you wish to sit back on a seashore for a number of days.
Considered one of my favorite issues to do in Bali is stroll alongside Seminyak Seashore at sundown. There’s heaps happening however you’ll be able to all the time discover a quiet spot to put out your towel and take within the colors. There are additionally heaps of bars lining the seashore, from small operations to large seashore golf equipment like Potato Head.
Bias Tugel Seashore, Padangbai
Bias Tugel Seashore in Padangbai is definitely top-of-the-line seashores in mainland Bali. The white sand, clear blue water and lack of plastic garbage belies the very fact it’s solely a brief distance from a busy port. In the event you’re heading to or from the Gili Islands you could move by way of Padangbai — it’s simply value staying for a few hours and heading out to Bias Tugel Seashore.
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Bali is blessed with so many beautiful seashores to select from, however Balangan is one you shouldn’t miss. To get there it’s a must to go to the very south of the island and cross via pleasant rural communities earlier than arriving at an enormous stretch of golden sand backed by a photogenic cliff face. The ocean is comparatively calm so it’s an awesome place to go for a dip, particularly atmospheric should you time your go to for sundown.
Contributed by Sharon from Dive Into Malaysia
Lovina Seashore is situated on the north coast of Bali and is a superb selection if you’d like much less vacationers and an awesome worth vacation spot in comparison with the extra touristy areas. The seashore is good however it’s a black sand seashore with some trash (though a lot decrease volumes than the southern seashores). Diving, snorkelling and dolphin journeys are fashionable. The evenings are the perfect time to hang around on the seashore when the locals come out.
Bali Rice Terraces
One among my favorite issues to do in Bali is discover the island’s unique rice terraces. There are a couple of to select from they usually supply up totally different experiences.
Situated a brief distance from Ubud, Tegalalang Rice Terraces appeal to a gentle stream of vacationers. It’s, nevertheless, giant sufficient which you could simply spherical a nook and really feel such as you’re in some unique, far-flung rice rising village. You’ll additionally discover numerous swings within the Tegalalang Rice Terraces — it’s a well-liked photo-op in these elements. Above the rice terraces you’ll discover plenty of outlets and small eating places which reap the benefits of the superior views.
This a lot bigger set of rice terraces is situated a bit farther from the vacationer motion, which means it’s quite a bit quieter than Tegalalang. You can spend hours mountaineering round these rice terraces and the views are rather more expansive. There are additionally locations to eat and drink above (and inside) the terraces. Select Jatiluwih over Tegalalang if you’d like a bit extra of an journey and otherwise you’d identical to to flee the crowds.
READ MORE: The place are the Greatest Rice Terraces in Bali? Tegalalang VS Jatiluwih
Islands close to Bali
Whether or not you’re visiting on a day journey otherwise you need to escape Bali for a number of days, I extremely advocate exploring a number of the islands close to Bali.
Nusa Penida is mostly visited as a day journey from Bali and is simply rising in reputation. It’s apparent why whenever you see pictures of Kelingking Seashore from above. It needs to be one of the best coastal viewpoint anyplace close to Bali — you’d should go to Komodo Nationwide Park to see higher. There are additionally another seashores / coastal rock formations to see and I’m positive new scorching spots will proceed to emerge. The easiest way to get round Nusa Penida is to rent a automotive / driver, or you can lease a scooter (though the roads are tough so take care).
I stayed on Nusa Lembongan for a few days and it’s a cool factor to do in Bali. The seashores aren’t superb (go straight to the Gili Islands for screensaver worthy seashores) however there are some fascinating issues to see, together with the Satan’s Tear and Dream Seashore.
Nusa Ceningan is joined to Nusa Lembongan by a bridge, so it’s straightforward to cycle over there for a few hours to take a look at the sights. The most effective place on Nusa Ceningan is the Blue Lagoon — such a pleasant shade of blue water!
The Gili Islands
In the event you’re a seashore aficionado, you’ll need to bounce on a ship headed for the Gili Islands as quickly as attainable. That is what tropical seashores are imagined to seem like. It’s virtually like a price range model of the Maldives with far more choices for consuming and consuming. I simply wrote a submit concerning the Gili Islands, so I gained’t go into an excessive amount of element — simply know that in the event you love seashores it’s essential to make time in your Bali schedule for the Gili Islands!
READ MORE: Which Is the Greatest Gili Island for You?
Different issues to do in Bali
Discover The Monkey Forest
Some of the enjoyable issues to do in Bali is a go to to the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud. You’d need to be fairly grumpy to not chuckle on the antics of the monkeys, from scrapping between themselves to climbing over vacationers with a view to steal their stuff. We even noticed one rip out a lady’s earring (fairly positive it was a clip-on although).
READ MORE: Take a look at my publish about issues to do in Ubud!
Hike a Volcano
Dawn hikes don’t get a lot better than the journey up Mount Batur. It’s a (barely difficult) uphill hike beneath starlight earlier than reaching the highest and seeing the solar slowly mild up this lovely space. The lake, the encompassing volcanoes, the monkeys on the prime — there’s a lot to see! There are another volcanoes to hike in Bali, comparable to Mount Agung and Mount Catur, however Mount Batur is by far the preferred (for a cause it appears).
Get a therapeutic massage
You will get a therapeutic massage just about anyplace in Bali, from fancy day spas to extra rustic operations. I went to an upmarket one a couple of years in the past and it was a soothing expertise. I used to be additionally propositioned by loads of ladies on the road in Kuta — I’m fairly positive that may have been a far totally different sort of therapeutic massage although.
Watch a dawn or sundown
There are many choices for watching sunrises and sunsets. You’ll see superb sunsets at seashores like Kuta and Seminyak and watching the dawn after climbing Mount Batur is a particular expertise. I additionally noticed an ideal dawn simply outdoors of Ubud.
Stroll across the outskirts of Ubud
You possibly can stroll from the bustle of Ubud to the tranquil surrounds of rice fields in a couple of minutes. There are eating places on this space and plenty of vast open inexperienced areas. You can even cycle or experience a scooter across the outskirts of Ubud.
Keep in a lodge surrounded by rice fields
Simply outdoors of Ubud (and different elements of Bali I’m positive) you’ll be able to keep in a lodge surrounded by rice fields. The one we stayed at — Solo Villas Resort and Retreat — is a brief stroll from Ubud (or a motorcycle experience — no automobiles can attain this space) however seems like a world away. When you’re in search of a singular place to remain in Bali I extremely advocate it.
Rafting the Telaga Waja River
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Rafting is considered one of many outside pursuits obtainable in Bali. Rafting the Telaga Waja River is a tremendous journey by way of farmlands, waterfalls and rainforests on grade Three-Four rapids. It ends with a hair-raising 5-metre drop over a waterfall earlier than disembarking for a well-earned lunch. No expertise is important, simply make sure you go together with a good outfit who’ve skilled guides.
Road artwork in Canggu
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Confession: I’m a Road Artwork lover so once we visited Bali, I made it my mission to seek out the most effective road artwork in Canggu. We employed a scooter to navigate again streets and seashore places and I used to be sincerely stunned on the amount and high quality of a few of the items. Probably the most well-known mural is at Previous Man’s restaurant at Batu Balong Seashore, a well-liked surf and sundown spot. My vote for the most effective piece of road artwork? Batu Balong seashore boardwalk; the colourful colors and superb expertise of the artist left me speechless, I hope you agree!
Purchasing in Bali
Purchasing is likely one of the prime issues to do in Bali (for a sure demographic no less than) and there are such a lot of issues to purchase. From carvings and statues to designer purses and garments, there actually is one thing for everyone. Small garments outlets in locations like Kuta promote knock-off gear, boutiques in Seminyak and Ubud promote fancy garments and equipment and there are additionally some malls for those who’re within the huge manufacturers.
Consuming and Consuming
Whether or not you’re consuming in small native eating places (warungs) or high-end eateries by the seashore, you’re sure to eat some memorable meals in Bali. I most popular the small native locations as they’re low cost, and the meals is usually good, however I additionally ate at a couple of fancier locations in Ubud and Seminyak. Dishes to attempt embrace nasi campur, rendang and satay (and clearly burgers — can’t beat a superb burger!). Low cost beer and cocktails are present in abundance in Bali, however be just a little cautious about what you drink. Individuals have died after consuming cocktails made with dodgy native spirits. Keep on with beer / drink at respected locations to be protected.
Trunyan cemetery, reached by a ship journey throughout Lake Batur, is a barely creepy place to go to. Individuals aren’t actually buried at this cemetery — they appear to be simply left there. There are stacks of skulls and different bones — undoubtedly a bizarre place to go to in Bali!
Sit back in Munduk
Munduk is situated on a ridge which options nice views on both aspect. There’s nothing higher than having a quiet drink / chew to eat whereas the solar units over close by hills. There are additionally some good walks in Munduk, together with the waterfall monitor I discussed earlier.
Have you ever been to Bali? What are your favorite issues to do in Bali? Let me know within the feedback under!
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