Bali’s combination of surfing, spirituality, and sun-kissed sybaritic enjoyment is unparalleled anywhere else in the world. The Island of the Gods is a kaleidoscope of civilizations and influences, where new ideas emerge in waves. The Slow in Canggu and Bambu Indah in Ubud are two of the many options for lodging in Bali. It may be hanging out with the nomads of Canggu, the surfers of Seminyak, or the intellectuals of Ubud, who roll their eyes at the thought of Eat, Pray, Love. It doesn’t matter who or what you are. Book Now on Viator
The unwritten rule in Bali is that wherever there are iconic ancient Hindu temples and tropical panoramas, there will be an influx of tourists. However, don’t let this prevent you from discovering the island’s plethora of cultural riches; monuments such as the cliffside Uluwatu Temple and the sacred lakes of TirtaEmpul retain their enrapturing charms regardless of the number of visitors. If you’re looking for a primer on Bali’s must-see attractions (together with insider advice for avoiding the madding crowds), as well as a few hidden and up-and-coming jewels, you’ve come to the right spot.
Top 10 Activities In Bali!
If you look hard enough, even on a populated island like this, you can still find the particular, untouched spots that have long drawn utopia seekers. The following are some suggestions for the best times of year to visit Bali: August should be avoided at all costs. The Australians enjoy their winter break, while the rest of the developed world enjoys their summer vacation. Temperatures range from 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the wet and dry seasons, respectively, in Bali’s tropical environment. Nyepi, the Bali New Year (which falls on March 7 in 2019), is hailed as a life-altering experience by those who attend. You’ve never seen stars this bright, according to legend.
Whenever you visit and no matter what you want to look at, here is a list of things you can do that you will most definitely remember and reminisce:
- Nyang-Nyang Beach: In Bali, the phrases “south” and “secluded” are rarely used in the same sentence; however, NyangNyang Beach, in Uluwatu, is one of the few places where the two words are used together. If you’re determined enough to search for it, you’ll find yourself surrounded by white sands, greenery-lined cliffs, and a surprising lack of people. Who knows, you might get lucky and find yourself with the entire coast to yourself. If you’ve been complaining about how crowded Bali’s main beaches have become in recent years, NyangNyang is the oasis you’ve been yearning for.
- Sukawati Art Market: It is a less expensive and more peaceful alternative to the adjacent Ubud Market and other popular tourist destinations in southern Bali and other parts of the world. Handcrafted artworks are available for purchase in various sizes and styles, ranging from framed paintings of rural life to enormous wooden sculptures of Hindu deities. Without the overwhelming crowds, it’s a great place to test your negotiating talents on a variety of vibrantly patterned outfits and accessories, home products, and tote bags to suit every taste.
- Banyu WanaAmertha Waterfall: The Banyu WanaAmertha Waterfall, a freshly opened tourist attraction in Northern Bali, is a little difficult to find. You’ll need to travel at least 90 minutes from Ubud and then climb through a banana plantation for 20 minutes to get there. However, once you’ve completed the adventure, you’ll be rewarded handsomely with a thick forest that conceals a quartet of magnificent waterfalls that, for some reason, are not inundated with tourists. One of the most impressive features is the main waterfall, a verdant rock amphitheater with misty streams tumbling down to a shallow pool.
- TukadCepung Waterfall: TukadCepung, located in East Bali, is one of the most attractive falls on the island, a modest sight that leaves a big impression on those willing to ascend the countless steps and crossings to witness it. The drawcard here is the natural light show that occurs in the early part of the day. Arrive in the late morning or early afternoon for less crowded encounters, as snap-happy tourists begin to throng the area around noon.
- Ubud Monkey Forest: The Ubud Monkey Forest is a holy site with a 1000+ band of long-tailed Balinese macaques in their native habitat. The primates are sacred to Balinese Hindus who visit the complex’s three old temples.
- BejiGuwang Hidden Canyon: BejiGuwang Concealed Canyon, a sacred Balinese landmark in Sukawati, is hidden in plain sight. Get ready to climb, wade, swim and scale your way through a rocky-tropical landscape not seen anywhere else on the island. The canyon closes when the currents are hazardous; thus, guides are required.
- Menjangan Island: A sliver of land eight miles off of Bali’s northwest coast, Menjangan Island is a lesser-known jewel of Bali’s West Bali National Park. It is undeveloped and relatively uncrowded, and it has some of the best coral reefs in Greater Bali for diving and snorkeling. The island is known as “Deer Island” because of the enormous number of Javan rusa deer that can be seen wandering around. Wild deer roam the island and swim chest-deep in the beach water of their own accord.
- Tegalalang Rice Terrace: Tegalalang Rice Terrace, 20 minutes north of Ubud, is a popular photo spot. An old, sophisticated irrigation system and farmers who cultivate the terraces as past generations have done for millennia keep the UNESCO World Heritage Site alive. You are free to roam here. Take a stroll along its length, descend to the lower slopes (if the farmers don’t mind) for a new perspective, or stop at an open-air cafe for a breather.
- Uluwatu Temple: Uluwatu Temple, in Pecatu Village, Bali’s extreme south, has been protecting Hindu islanders from evil spirits since 900 AD. Its setting is appealing to tourists: 230 feet up a cliff, with Uluwatu Beach’s fierce surf lapping at its base. The sunsets here are spectacular. The daily Kecak dance performances (about $7) with chants, costumes, and fire rings add to the enchantment.
- TirtaEmpul: TirtaEmpul (“Holy Spring”) is a 1,000 years old sacred water temple with shrines, gates, courtyards, and purifying pools where Balinese Hindus “baptize” themselves beneath a series of waterspouts. The temple requires a 15,000 rupiah ($1) entry fee and the wearing of a sarong.
There’s no shortage of places to visit and things to do in Bali, Indonesia is all you can imagine and then some more. You have to pick and choose what you like and what you would like to do on your Bali visit. We hope this list helps you and intrigues you in your travels.