Welcome to the enchanting island of Bali, a tropical paradise where vibrant culture, stunning natural beauty, and adventure await at every turn! In this guide, we'll take you on a journey through the 'Island of the Gods' and highlight the 20 best things to do in Bali, ensuring that your visit is filled with unforgettable experiences. From seeking relaxation, cultural immersion, or adrenaline-pumping adventures — let's dive into the myriad wonders that make Bali a top destination on many travelers' bucket lists!

1  Relax on Bali's Beaches

Relax on Bali's Beaches -

Known as the Island of the Gods, Bali is a tropical paradise that offers an array of incredible experiences, and relaxing on its beautiful beaches is undoubtedly one of the best things you can do! With a diverse coastline, you can find a beach to suit every preference and mood. Sink your toes into the soft, golden sands, soak up the warm tropical sun while listening to the sounds of the waves..
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2  Catch Mount Batur’s sunrise

Catch Mount Batur’s sunrise -

Unlike coming home from a long night at the club, this one’s a completely different type of sunrise. This active volcano, located at the heart of the island, provides a challenging yet rewarding trek that begins in the early morning hours. The sight of sunrise from the summit of Mount Batur is truly magical and often described as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, making it at the top of the list for adventure seekers and nature lovers visiting Bali.
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3  Shop artisanal goods at Bali’s markets

Shop artisanal goods at Bali’s markets -

Don't forget to explore Bali's vibrant markets, an essential part of the island's cultural experience. These markets hold treasures of Balinese craftsmanship, handicrafts, jewelry, art, so much more. Beyond just shopping, these markets immerse you in the island's culture, whether you're looking for a memorable keepsake or just to soak in the atmosphere!
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4  Dive around Bali’s waters

Dive around Bali’s waters -

Calling out all underwater enthusiasts! Bali's pristine waters are a dream come true for you, where you'll find diverse marine life, vibrant coral reefs, and crystal-clear visibility. This island offers numerous dive sites catering to divers of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced. Diving here not only allows a chance to explore underwater beauty but also a deep connection with the island's natural wonders. Wish to learn more about diving.
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5  Explore 16 Amazing Rides at the Best Indoor Theme Park

Explore 16 Amazing Rides at the Best Indoor Theme Park -

Add Trans Studio Bali to your Bali itinerary for an unparalleled indoor theme park experience. The park is packed with 16 world-class rides across the Camera, Culture, Adventure, and Action Zones, catering to thrill-seekers of all levels. With an affordable entry fee of IDR 500,000, enjoy exclusive rides, captivating shows, and unique experiences like the 'Flying Over Indonesia' theater—all without worry of rain. The park also offers a kid-friendly zone, making it an ideal family destination. Don't miss the chance to elevate your Bali adventure by exploring the diverse attractions at Trans Studio Bali!

Trans Studio Bali

Jl. Imam Bonjol No.440, Denpasar - Google Maps
Opening Hours : 10 AM - 7 PM

Price : Entrance Fee : IDR 500.000 per person

Contact : www.transstudiobali.com

6  Discover water temples: Tirta Empul Temple and Goa Gajah

Discover water temples: Tirta Empul Temple and Goa Gajah -

Let’s talk about the two most remarkable water temples; Tirta Empul and Goa Gajah, each with its own unique history and significance. Tirta Empul is a sacred site renowned for its healing spring water, used for purification rituals which dates back to the 10th century. Goa Gajah, translated to english as the Elephant Cave, is an ancient archaeological site believed to have served as a meditation sanctuary, featuring a mysterious cave entrance with intricate carvings. A must-visit for those seeking to immerse themselves in the island's heritage.
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7  Go Island Hopping

Go Island Hopping -

Too many islands, not enough time? Island hopping is the way to go. Each of these islands has its unique charm and attractions, so island hopping is a thrilling adventure that enables you to explore the diverse beauty of Bali's neighboring islands. From Bali, you can embark on boat trips to nearby paradises like the Gili Islands, Nusa Penida, and Lombok. It's a fantastic way to add variety to your Bali experience and discover the stunning natural wonders surrounding this island

8  Take a spa day off

Take a spa day off -

A spa day in Bali is the epitome of relaxation and rejuvenation. The island is known for its world-class spas and wellness centers that provide a range of therapeutic treatments amidst lush tropical settings or luxurious resorts; Balinese massages to flower baths, a holistic wellness retreat or a simple spa day, everything is curated to soothe the body and mind, leaving you refreshed and rejuvenated.

9  Experience a traditional Balinese dance show

Experience a traditional Balinese dance show -

Step into a world of enchantment and cultural richness through performances like Legong, Barong and the famous Kecak dances! These captivating performances are held in temples, palaces and cultural centers throughout the island, often accompanied by a gamelan orchestra. The intricate costumes, elaborate makeup, and graceful movements of dancers transport you to a mystical realm where ancient stories, myths, and legends come to life. An experience that shows a deeper understanding of Bali's history and artistic heritage, making it an essential part of any trip to this island Don't miss the must-see Kecak Dance in Uluwatu
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10  Visit art villages

Visit art villages -

Embark on an artistic journey as you enter Bali's art villages, witnessing the scene up close. Every village specializes in different forms of traditional craftsmanship. In Ubud you'll be greeted by skilled artisans. Celuk is a place where they transform precious metals into wearable art that shimmers. In Mas, you'll feel ancient traditions come to life through the mesmerizing craft of mask-making. These art villages are living, breathing showcases of Bali's artistic soul, inviting you to explore and take part in the island's cultural tapestry. If you're interested in visiting these art villages, consider joining this amazing trip.
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11  Pop in at Bali’s best beach clubs

Pop in at Bali’s best beach clubs -

Sip on refreshing cocktails while lounging in a beachfront cabana, or dance away to the tunes of international DJs at Bali's beach clubs. These havens offer the perfect blend of relaxation and excitement. Seminyak's iconic Potato Head Beach Club, the long-time loved Ku De Ta, and the trendy Finn's Beach club in Uluwatu are just a few of the renowned beach clubs that invite travelers with their scenic ocean views, delectable cuisine and lively parties. Visit this page to Find 37 of Bali's best beach clubs

12  Go Chasing Waterfalls

Go Chasing Waterfalls - Photo by @girlborntotravel
Photo by @girlborntotravel

This island is home to some of the most breathtaking and pristine waterfall settings you'll ever encounter. From the iconic Tegenungan Waterfall, surrounded by lush jungle, to the majestic Sekumpul Waterfall, actually a collection of several cascades hidden in northern island, Bali's waterfalls offer a refreshing escape into nature's beauty. Trek through lush greenery, swim in cool, crystal-clear waters and don't forget to bring your camera to capture the magic!
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13  Explore Rural Airbnbs

Explore Rural Airbnbs -

Who says Bali is always buzzing? Discover the countryside and the island's rural charm that offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of tourist areas. Booking a stay in a rural Airbnb allows you to experience authentic Balinese hospitality and culture. Just picture yourself waking up to the sound of a birdsong and the scent of tropical flowers in a cozy bamboo bungalow, or a modern villa surrounded by rice paddies, lush forest or by the beach, it's your pick.

14  Embrace the Yogic Lifestyle in Ubud

Embrace the Yogic Lifestyle in Ubud -

A transformative journey that allows you to connect with your inner self and find balance amidst the island's lush surroundings. Immerse yourself in daily yoga practice, surrounded by rice terraces and serene jungles, and experience the profound sense of peace and self-discovery that comes with it. Ubud also offers a plethora of vegan and vegetarian restaurants, spa treatments, and healing therapies to further enhance your journey toward holistic well-being. Whether you're a seasoned yogi or a beginner, Ubud's yogic lifestyle beckons you to explore the path.

15  Seek a Traditional Healer

Seek a Traditional Healer -

Immerse yourself in Bali's rich healing traditions by seeking a traditional healer, known as a 'Balian' or 'Dukun'. These practitioners offer a holistic approach to wellness, addressing physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. A session with a traditional healer typically includes meditation, herbal remedies, massage, and spiritual rituals tailored to your needs. This ancient practice provides a unique glimpse into Balinese culture and spirituality, offering a chance for deep healing, insight, and personal growth. Remember to approach these experiences with respect and an open heart! Click [here] to discover more
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16  Unleash the Surfer in you

Unleash the Surfer in you -

Unleash your inner surfer in Bali, a renowned surfing paradise! With its consistent waves, warm waters, and surf-friendly beaches, Bali offers a fantastic playground for surfers of all levels. A beginner looking for lessons or an experienced rider seeking epic swells, Bali has it all. Some popular surf spots include Kuta Beach for beginners, Uluwatu for advanced surfers, and Canggu for a laid-back vibe. The island's surf culture, beachfront accommodations, and vibrant beach bars make it the ultimate destination for riding the waves and embracing the thrill of the ocean. Ready to catch a wave?
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17  Dive into Thrilling Water activities

Dive into Thrilling Water activities -

Dive headfirst into thrilling water activities in Bali, where the possibilities for aquatic adventures are endless. White-water rafting through lush canyons, or exploring the ocean depths with scuba diving. Bali offers a diverse range of thrilling water sports and activities suitable for all levels of expertise. Whether you crave the adrenaline rush of paragliding, the serenity of paddleboarding, or the excitement of jet-skiing, Bali's warm tropical waters and stunning coastal scenery make it an ideal playground for aquatic enthusiasts seeking excitement and adventure.

18  Get a new ink to remember!

Get a new ink to remember! -

If you're looking for a memorable and unique keepsake from your Bali trip, consider getting a tattoo. Bali has a thriving tattoo culture, with numerous professional and skilled tattoo artists offering a wide range of designs and styles. Just make sure to choose a reputable studio with experienced artists and adhere to proper hygiene practices to ensure a safe and memorable tattoo experience. Your ink can serve as a lifelong reminder of your Bali adventure and the meaningful experiences you've had on this enchanting island!

19  Experience a Purification Ceremony

Experience a Purification Ceremony -

Immerse yourself in Balinese spirituality by participating in a purification ceremony. Bali is known for its rich Hindu traditions, and these rituals offer a profound cultural experience. The most famous ceremony is the Melukat, a water purification ritual, often performed in sacred springs or temples. During Melukat, a priest will guide you through a series of prayers and rituals while you cleanse your body and soul in the holy waters. It's a unique opportunity to connect with Balinese spirituality, gain insight into local customs, and leave feeling spiritually refreshed and enlightened. Add this to your bucket list!
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20  Take a selfie with Ubud’s monkeys

Take a selfie with Ubud’s monkeys -

This lush and sacred sanctuary, officially known as the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, is home to hundreds of long-tailed macaques. As you wander through the serene jungle setting, you can observe these playful and curious creatures in their natural habitat. While visiting the Monkey Forest can be an exciting and memorable experience, it's important to only take selfies with the guidance and knowledge of the staff. Remember to respect the animal's space and not attempt to touch or feed them without guidance!

21  Eat like a local!

Eat like a local! - Photo by @md206
Photo by @md206

wLast but not least, let your taste buds go on an adventure. The island's vibrant culinary scene is a fusion of flavors, influenced by Indonesian, Balinese, and international cuisines. Head to local warungs (small eateries) to savor authentic dishes like nasi goreng (fried rice), mie goreng (fried noodles), and sate (skewered meat). Don't miss out on the traditional Balinese dish, babi guling (suckling pig), or the aromatic and spicy nasi campur (mixed rice). Bali's bustling food markets offer a chance to taste exotic fruits, freshly caught seafood, and mouth watering street food.