30+ Best Things to do in Bali

Bali is a true paradise for tourists, with its beautiful beaches, stunning temples, and lush rice terraces. From the iconic Tanah Lot Temple to the breathtaking Tegalalang Rice Terraces, Bali has so much to offer for travelers of all interests. And let’s not forget the delicious local cuisine and vibrant nightlife!

Whether you’re a beach bum, a culture vulture, or just looking for a relaxing getaway, Bali has something for everyone. So pack your bags and get ready for the vacation of a lifetime in this magical Indonesian destination!

Here are some must-see tourist spots and top things to do in Bali that you won’t want to miss out on during your holiday season.

Bukit Campuhan – Campuhan Ridge Walk

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This natural attraction in Bali has been gaining popularity on Instagram recently due to its stunning views. The green hills are filled with tropical trees, complete with rice paddies and valleys. Due to its romantic and exotic location, Bukit Campuhan is also nicknamed “Love Hill.”

Unfortunately, due to its somewhat hidden location, not many tourists visit this place. But that’s what keeps it so natural and preserved. There are plenty of activities you can do here, from jogging, trekking, to taking the best photos at Bukit Campuhan.

Pandawa Beach

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Pandawa Beach with its white sand is quite popular lately because it offers an exotic and stunning view. Located in Kutuh Village, Kuta South District, Badung Regency, this beach has a flat, clean, and wide beach line, making it perfect for a family vacation.

There are many activities you can try here, ranging from swimming, canoeing, visiting the 5 Pandawa warrior statues, surfing, relaxing with traditional massage, and many more.

Waterbom Bali

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The Waterbom Bali is an amazing water park located on the island of Bali. It has received the title of the best water park in Asia for three years in a row, and the second best in the world! With all of the thrilling water rides and attractions, it’s easy to see why.

If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, be sure to check out the Super Bowl, Jungle Rides, Ace Track, Boomerang, and many more. But it’s not just the rides that make Waterbom Bali a must-visit destination. The park’s tropical garden setting is truly breathtaking and will leave you in awe. Open every day from 9am to 6pm WITA, this 38-hectare park is a must-see.

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The Garuda Wisnu Kencana

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The Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park is a popular tourist destination located in South Bali. It is home to the impressive Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue, created by I Nyoman Nuarta and recently completed.

Not only can you admire this amazing work of art, but you can also take in the beautiful limestone hills surrounding the park. In addition to the statue, the GWK Cultural Park also has an art theater where you can watch various forms of Balinese art and dance performances every day.

Kuta Beach

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Who doesn’t know about Kuta Beach? This beach destination feels like an icon of Bali’s tourism. The charm and exoticism of Kuta Beach are undeniable. So it’s no wonder that Kuta Beach is filled with local and foreign tourists every day.

That’s why, if you want to visit Kuta Beach, you can try using a motorcycle or walking from certain spots because the area is quite busy. There are many interesting activities you can do while at Kuta Beach, ranging from sunbathing, playing beach soccer or volleyball, surfing, sunbathing, and many more. Kuta Beach is open to the public and visitors are not charged admission.

Besakih Temple

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The largest Hindu temple is located in Besakih Village, Rendang District, Karangasem Regency, exactly at the foot of Mount Agung, which is the highest mountain on the island of Bali. The Besakih Temple complex has 1 Basukian temple and 17 other temples. It can be said that Besakih Temple is the center of activity for all temples on the island of Bali.

Besakih Temple is not only rich in religious atmosphere, but also has a beautiful view with Mount Agung as the background. No wonder this temple, which was built in 1007 AD, is on the World Heritage List. Because it is a very sacred place, make sure to wear proper attire when entering this area. Women who are on their period are not allowed to enter the Besakih Temple area.

Bali Bird Park

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This family attraction was first opened in 1995. Covering an area of 2 hectares, Bali Bird Park is one of the largest bird parks in Indonesia. There are approximately 1,000 animals from 250 species of birds at Bali Bird Park.

Not only can you see various interesting birds up close, but visitors can also experience the thrill of being in a 4D theater. This attraction is open every day except on Nyepi Day, from 9am to 5:30pm WITA.

Bali Safari and Marine Park

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Bali Safari and Marine Park is another interesting attraction you can visit while in Bali. It is Indonesia’s third Safari Park and a place for the conservation of endangered animals. The concept of Bali Safari and Marine Park allows visitors to experience a safari starting from modern Bali and then entering ancient Bali, providing some education about history, myths, philosophy, and other aspects of wild life.

The animals living in Bali Safari and Marine Park are from three regions: India, Indonesia, and Africa. There are approximately 400 animals ranging from sambar deer, Sumatran tigers, honey bears, white storks, Himalayan bears, black bucks, one-horned rhinoceroses, and many more that you can see.

Sanur Beach

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Who doesn’t know about Sanur Beach? This beach is located in the east of Denpasar, and one of its special attractions is the beautiful sunrise. Because it’s open 24 hours, you can come whenever you want. Just sitting and relaxing while enjoying the atmosphere at Sanur Beach is also a great way to spend your time.

To enter Sanur Beach, visitors do not have to pay an admission fee. Visitors just need to pay for parking for motorcycles at IDR 5,000 and for cars at IDR 10,000.

Uluwatu Beach

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Uluwatu Beach is another must-visit destination when you’re on the island of Bali. Although this beach is quite hidden, the natural beauty within it is like a hidden treasure. Also known as Blue Point Beach, visitors must descend a few narrow stairs to get to Uluwatu Beach.

Despite this, the view of the ocean offered here will not disappoint you. Interestingly, most people who visit Uluwatu Beach are foreign tourists. It’s rare to find local tourists playing on this beach. Most visitors come to Uluwatu Beach to sunbathe or surf. To enjoy the beauty of the beach, you just need to pay a parking fee of IDR 2,000 – IDR 5,000.

Monkey Forest Ubud

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Take a trip to Monkey Forest Ubud and get up close and personal with long-tailed macaques! These cheeky creatures roam freely in this forest, where locals consider them sacred and untouchable. Not only can you interact with the monkeys, but you can also soak up the serene natural surroundings. Just be sure to leave any flashy belongings at home – these mischievous monkeys are known to snatch them up! The forest is open from 8:30am to 6:00pm WITA.

Desa Penglipuran

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Don’t miss out on the charming village of Penglipuran on your trip to Bali. Located in Kubu, Bangli, this traditional village sits at an elevation of 700 meters above sea level, making for a refreshing escape. Here, you can see traditional Balinese customs in action and witness the unique architectural similarities among the houses – from their roofs, walls, and doors. Penglipuran is definitely a must-see for a truly authentic and interesting vacation experience.

Lake Batur

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Welcome to the exotic Lake Batur, located in the Kintamani area of Bali. The name “Batur” refers to the nearby Mount Batur, and the lake itself is situated on the slopes of the mountain at an altitude of 1,050 meters above sea level. The cool air and peaceful, blue-green waters of the lake make for a truly peaceful experience. The stunning natural surroundings only add to the appeal, making it easy to spend hours at Lake Batur.

In addition to simply enjoying the beauty of the lake, visitors can also go sailing in the middle of the lake or try their hand at fishing. And for a panoramic view of the entire Lake Batur Kintamani area, head to the Penelokan village. From this high vantage point, you’ll have a beautiful view of the lake with Mount Batur as the backdrop.

Lovina Beach

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Now let’s head to the lesser-known Lovina Beach, located in north Bali near the city of Singaraja. This beach is home to a resident population of dolphins, which can often be seen swimming and jumping in the water. If you want to catch a glimpse of these playful creatures, try visiting in the morning when they are known to frolic near the shore.

Melasti Beach

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Looking for a unique beach destination on the island of Bali? Look no further than Pantai Melasti! Nestled in the south of the island, this beach is accessible via winding roads that lead you through towering limestone cliffs. These cliffs, with their rugged beauty, make for a popular spot for pre-wedding photoshoots. Once you reach the beach, you can relax and take in the stunning views. The waves here are relatively calm, making it a safe spot for swimming or playing in the water. Snorkeling enthusiasts will also be pleased to know that the clear waters offer breathtaking underwater views along the coastline.

Taman Nasional Bali Barat

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If you’re interested in visiting Taman Nasional Bali Barat, be prepared for a bit of a process. This national park is protected by the government, so you’ll need permission from local officials to enter. Established in 1911, the park serves as a research site for wildlife. If you’re coming from Gilimanuk, you can visit the Balai office in Desa Gilimanuk. But if you’re coming from Denapasar and hoping to visit Pulau Menjangan, you’ll need to go through Teluk Labuhan Lalang.

Lake Beratan

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Lake Beratan, also known as Danau Bratan, is a lake located in the Bedugul region of Bali. Located at an elevation of 1,240 meters above sea level, it’s no surprise that the air around the lake is refreshingly cool. As the second largest lake on the island, Lake Beratan serves as a primary source of irrigation for areas in the central part of Bali. But don’t let its practicality fool you – the natural scenery surrounding the lake is breathtaking and has earned it a spot on the list of the top 20 most beautiful lakes in the world. One standout feature of the lake is the Pura Ulun Danau Berayan temple located at its far end. The combination of the lake and temple is a sight to behold.

Lake Tamblingan

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Lake Tamblingan is the smallest of the three lakes in the Bedugul region. From a distance, it may not seem particularly striking. However, as you get closer, you’ll find that it has a charm all its own. Many visitors to Lake Tamblingan enjoy the serene atmosphere by camping or going on a hike. The quiet, peaceful surroundings make for a refreshing change of pace. You can also try your hand at fishing or take a boat ride around the lake, but it’s probably best to avoid swimming in Lake Tamblingan.

Tegal Wangi Beach

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Located just 30 minutes from Ngurah Rai airport, Tegal Wangi beach is a hidden gem located in the village of Adat Jimbaran. To get there, you’ll have to navigate a rocky, limestone path, but trust us, it’s worth it. The views of the towering cliffs adorned with lush greenery are breathtaking and only serve to enhance the beauty of the sandy white beach and crystal clear, green-blue waters.

Seminyak Beach

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If you’re looking for a more well-known beach destination, Seminyak beach may be more your speed. Located along the same stretch of coastline as Legian bach and Kuta beach, Seminyak beach is popular for its large waves, perfect for surfing. The soft, white sand and stunning sunsets also draw in crowds. In the surrounding area, you’ll find plenty of entertainment options like bungalows, hotels, malls, and more.

Canggu Beach

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You might already be familiar with Canggu beach, a black sand beach that’s a hit among both local and international surfers. In fact, it’s often the site of the international Indonesia Surfing Championship. But Canggu beach offers more than just big waves – you can also take in views of the rice fields and flocks of birds flying overhead across the coastline.

Sukawati Market

If you’re in Bali and looking to bring home some souvenirs, you won’t want to miss Pasar Sukawati. This market is a great place to find traditional Balinese art and crafts, and the haggling is half the fun! Just be sure to go in the early morning (around 8:00-10:00 AM) after the sellers have finished their morning prayers. Prices are usually lower during this time.

Uluwatu Temple

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Pura Uluwatu, located in the southern part of Bali in the village of Pecatu, is a temple that’s always packed with visitors. Standing at a towering 97 meters, the temple offers stunning views of the Indian Ocean from atop its cliffs. Pura Uluwatu is open daily from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, but the best time to take in the views is at sunset. If you’re interested in seeing a traditional Balinese kecak dance performance, be prepared to shell out around IDR 85,000.

Mount Batur

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Looking for the best spot in Bali to catch a sunrise? Head to the top of Gunung Batur. The trek up the mountain typically takes about 2.5 hours, but the beautiful surroundings make it worth it.

Elephant Safari Park

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At the Elephant Safari Park, you can experience the thrill of riding an elephant, feeding them, posing for photos, watching them play soccer and paint, and much more. This 2-hectare park is open every day from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Tanah Lot Temple

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Another must-see destination in Bali is Pura Tanah Lot, known for its breathtaking views, particularly at sunset. This temple is located on a large rock by the sea, and when the tide is high, it becomes surrounded by water, making it inaccessible. When the water recedes, you can see some docile sea snakes, which are believed by the local people to be the guardians of the temple. In the Tanah Lot area, you can also hold a non-venomous sacred snake.

Amed Beach

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Pantai Amed is a lesser-known beach in Bali with black sand, unlike the more popular beaches on the island with their typical white sand. However, the underwater beauty of Pantai Amed is truly breathtaking. If you’re looking for an alternative vacation destination in Bali, consider visiting Pantai Amed.

Blanco Museum

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Another option for a day out in Bali is visiting the Blanco Museum, where you can admire beautiful world-class works of art. The museum and its surroundings also have a strong, authentic Balinese atmosphere.

Kebun Raya Bedugul

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Kebun Raya Bali, also known as Kebun Raya Bedugul, is a lesser-known but highly educational and beautiful tourist destination in Bali. This place houses a stunning collection of natural wonders, making it a great place for a vacation as well as to learn about botany.

Nusa Penida

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For a hidden paradise in Bali, visit Nusa Penida. This small island is home to many stunning natural wonders that are relatively unexploited. Unlike in Bali, the beaches here are clean and free from the hustle and bustle of tourists.

Gunung Payung Beach

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Looking for a serene beach getaway in Bali? Look no further than Gunung Payung Beach. This hidden gem is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of Kuta Beach and is a great alternative for those seeking a more peaceful vacation. Plus, it’s not too far from Pandawa Beach, so you can easily combine the two on your trip.

Nusa Lembongan

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Nusa Lembongan is one cool spot in Bali. It seems to be more popular with foreign tourists, as the majority of visitors are from overseas. If you’re looking for a change of scenery from the typical Bali tourist destinations, then Nusa Lembongan is the place to be.

Tirta Empul

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Tirta Empul is one of Bali’s holiest temples with a rich history. It is home to an active purification pool that is still used by the Balinese people. If you visit, be sure to respect the local customs and traditions.

Pura Lempuyang

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Pura Lempuyang is a popular temple among tourists in Bali. One of its most unique features is a gate with a breathtaking view. If you’re on vacation in Bali, Pura Lempuyang is a recommended spot to learn more about Balinese culture.

Blangsinga Waterfall

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The Blangsinga Waterfall may not be a household name for tourists visiting Bali, but it gained some fame after it became the wedding venue for the well-known Bali businessman, Ajik Krisna. This scenic village in Bali is home to many beautiful places, including the Blangsinga Waterfall. Check out our review of the Blangsinga Waterfall.

Balangan Beach

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Balangan Beach may not be as well-known as some other beaches in Bali, but it is slowly gaining recognition thanks to social media and promotion. Like other beaches in Bali, you can enjoy a beautiful sandy beach with a wide expanse of white sand.

Goa Gajah

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Goa Gajah, also known as the Elephant Cave, is a historical site and a place of worship that is still in use today. Here, you can see firsthand the well-preserved evidence of Bali’s ancient civilization.


What are some popular tourist attractions in Bali?

Some popular tourist attractions in Bali include:

  • Tanah Lot Temple
  • Ubud Monkey Forest
  • Uluwatu Temple
  • Tirta Empul Temple
  • Mount Batur
  • Kuta Beach
  • Seminyak Beach
  • Jimbaran Bay
  • Nusa Dua Beach

What is the best way to get around Bali to visit these attractions?

There are several options for getting around Bali to visit tourist attractions:

  • Hiring a private driver or car with a driver
  • Renting a car or motorbike
  • Taking a taxi
  • Using a ride-hailing service, such as Grab or Go-Jek
  • Using public transportation, such as buses or bemos (local minivans)

What is the weather like in Bali?

Bali has a tropical climate with warm temperatures year-round. The average temperature is around 27°C (80°F). Bali has two main seasons: the dry season and the rainy season. The dry season is from April to October and the rainy season is from November to March.

Is it safe to visit Bali?

Bali is generally a safe place to visit, with a low crime rate. However, as with any destination, it is always a good idea to take precautions to ensure your safety, such as staying aware of your surroundings and not leaving your belongings unattended.

Are there any cultural customs that tourists should be aware of when visiting Bali?

Yes, it is important to respect the local culture and customs when visiting Bali. Some things to keep in mind include:

  • Dress modestly, especially when visiting temples.
  • Take your shoes off when entering someone’s home or a temple.
  • Use your right hand for handing things to others and for eating, as the left hand is considered unclean in Balinese culture.
  • Be aware of any local customs or rituals that may be taking place during your visit and be respectful of them.

Can I use my credit card in Bali?

Yes, it is generally easy to use credit cards in Bali, especially in tourist areas. Many hotels, restaurants, and shops accept credit cards. However, it is a good idea to have some cash on hand as well, as some smaller vendors may not accept credit cards.

Are there any vaccinations required for travel to Bali?

There are no vaccinations legally required for travel to Bali. However, it is always a good idea to check with your doctor or a travel clinic for the most up-to-date recommendations for your specific trip. Some recommended vaccinations for travel to Indonesia (which includes Bali) include: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, chickenpox, influenza, and hepatitis A and B.

What is the currency used in Bali?

The currency used in Bali is the Indonesian rupiah (IDR). It is a good idea to exchange some money into rupiah before arriving in Bali, as it may be difficult to find currency exchange offices outside of major cities.

Are there any recommended restaurants or cafes in Bali?

There are many great restaurants and cafes in Bali to choose from. Some popular options include:

  • Naughty Nuris: a BBQ restaurant known for its juicy ribs and great atmosphere
  • The Fat Turtle: a restaurant and bar serving a mix of Western and Indonesian dishes
  • Warung Dua: a local warung (small family-owned restaurant) serving traditional Indonesian food
  • Revolver Espresso: a popular cafe chain known for its great coffee and baked goods
  • Gaya Gelato: an artisanal gelato shop with a wide selection of flavors made from local ingredients.

Is it possible to visit Bali on a budget?

Yes, it is possible to visit Bali on a budget. There are many affordable accommodation options, such as guesthouses and homestays, and there are also many local restaurants and street food vendors offering cheap and delicious meals. It is also possible to find inexpensive tours and activities, such as hiking, visiting temples, and exploring local markets. By planning ahead and being mindful of your spending, you can have a great trip to Bali without breaking the bank.

Are there any good snorkeling or diving spots in Bali?

Bali is known for its excellent snorkeling and diving spots, with a variety of marine life and coral reefs to explore. Some popular snorkeling and diving spots in Bali include:

  • Amed: a peaceful area on the east coast of Bali known for its clear waters and diverse marine life
  • Nusa Penida: a small island located just off the southeast coast of Bali, known for its crystal-clear waters and abundant marine life
  • Menjangan Island: a small island located in the northwest of Bali, known for its excellent diving and snorkeling, with a variety of coral reefs and colorful fish
  • Tulamben: a small village on the east coast of Bali known for its easy shore diving, with a variety of coral reefs and fish to see.

Are there any good surf spots in Bali?

Bali is known for its great surf, with a variety of breaks suitable for surfers of all levels. Some popular surf spots in Bali include:

  • Uluwatu: a world-famous surf spot on the south coast of Bali known for its long, hollow left-hand breaks
  • Kuta Beach: a popular spot for beginner and intermediate surfers, with a long stretch of sandy beach and consistently good waves
  • Canggu: a popular surf spot on the south coast of Bali known for its long, mellow lefts and rights
  • Padang Padang: a challenging and crowded surf spot on the south coast of Bali, known for its fast, hollow barrels
  • Impossibles: a challenging surf spot on the south coast of Bali known for its long, fast rights

Are there any good hiking or trekking trails in Bali?

  • Bali has a variety of hiking and trekking trails to explore, ranging from easy walks to challenging multi-day treks. Some popular options include:
  • Mount Batur: an active volcano in central Bali, with a popular sunrise trek to the summit
  • Tegalalang Rice Terraces: a scenic area in northern Bali with easy walking trails through the rice paddies
  • Sekumpul Waterfall: a series of beautiful waterfalls in northern Bali, accessible via a moderate trek through the rainforest
  • Mount Agung: the highest volcano in Bali, with a challenging multi-day trek to the summit
  • The Campuhan Ridge Walk: a scenic and easy walk through rice paddies and villages in central Bali

Is it possible to visit Bali with kids?

Yes, Bali can be a great destination for families with kids. There are many kid-friendly activities to choose from, such as visiting the Bali Safari and Marine Park, visiting the Elephant Safari Park, and going to the beach. There are also many family-friendly accommodation options, such as hotels and villas with pools and kid-friendly facilities. However, it is always a good idea to do some research and plan ahead to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip for the whole family.