Bali Indonesia Travel Guide: 11 Best Things To Do 2024

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from sipping on an icy cold bintang to
letting the waterfalls drown out all
noise barley beckons you welcome back to
wonderfully lost a travel Community for
parents by parents we've rounded 11 of
the best things to do for your next
family vacation and Adventure travel in
Bali so ready to make memories in the
best backdrop Mother Nature can offer
number 11 coffee plantation what good is
a day without a cup of coffee well Bali
is the sole reason many become Avid
coffee drinkers there's more to this
wonderful Locale than beaches you can
head over to a plantation and sample
some local coffee and tea our pick
wanagiri coffee plantation is a modest
Charming family-run Plantation in bali's
Northern Hills near Dan albuyen Lake
this is also one of bali's most genuine
and ethical coffee Estates not to
mention Kobe Luwak is made from Wild
Blue AC beans it's hand crafted which
makes it pricey but this remote
Plantation in North Valley is worth it
feel free to buy a few bags that can
last you the rest of your trip or maybe
take it back home for friends and family
number 10. uluwatu beach now that you're
energized hitting the beach feels just
uluwatu Beach also known as Blue Point
Beach has it all wonderful eateries
breathtaking views and fantastic surf
restaurants and businesses along the
Cliffside overlooking the lake below
wander the trails see a few vendor
stalls then relax on the peaceful Beach
below if you enjoy surfing uluwatu Beach
features some of the greatest waves in
Bali just head on over to singlefin a
restaurant perched on the Cliffside that
overlooks the infamous uluwatu surf
break this beach bar is always packed
but make sure you try an icy cold
bintang after an afternoon filled with
activities or a cocktail while the sun
sets in the Indian Ocean number 9. the
Temple of Tana lot if your cravings for
Scenic Beauty aren't over then Tana lot
has a lot to offer it's a tiny
protrusion on the beach known for its
picturesque setting and sunsets at low
tide you can stroll out to the Temple's
base but tourists are not permitted to
enter despite this it has remained one
of bali's most popular sites and we
believe it is well worth the visit
viewers can enter a park that is perched
on the bluff above explore the cliff
Edge and take in the views of the Waves
crashing against the Temple's base come
here at sunset for some extremely good
photos but be wary of knocking elbows
with tourists number eight sanctuary of
the Sacred monkey Forest now it's time
for a little fun the sacred monkey
Forest sanctuary in Ubud is one of
bali's most renowned tourist attractions
hundreds of monkeys walk freely around
this Wildlife reserve's cluster of
forested temples getting up close and
personal with a handful of the monkeys
while accompanied by a park guide really
looks like a scene out of a movie the
monkeys will not hurt you unless you
give them a cause don't feed them and
watch what you bring into the park
they'll confuse paper or plastic bags
for food and attempt to steal whatever
is inside but it has more to offer than
just monkeys there are various temples
to visit much to our joy the carvings of
monkeys frogs and other strange looking
animals all of which appear terrible and
frightening are the centerpiece of the
temples their moss-covered bodies made
the temples appear ethereal and
otherworldly as if we were in the middle
of the Jungle while being in the heart
of Ubud number 7. Turtle ganga now it's
time for a little quiet the turtle ganga
Water Gardens are a one-of-a-kind site
that is frequently visited by tourists
this medieval Palace turn Sanctuary is
famous for its fountains and Stepping
Stones which have piqued the interest of
photographers in recent years although
it is a tourist trap a visit to
tertaganga may be worthwhile for you
it's a lovely Refuge that's also close
to other interesting places to visit the
place lies near bali's Eastern coasts
and a short drive from Mount aragong's
base if a patient come at a less busy
time of day likely when it's about to
open or close or are just incredibly
lucky you might just get lucky number
six turtle and Paul Temple next we've
got a great place for you to contemplate
and relax turtle is a sacred Hindu
Balinese water temple not far from
tagalalang the main attraction of this
Temple is its holy water pools and
spiritual effects visitors will travel
to the lake to wash and participate in a
cleaning ritual for self-purification
everyone is welcome in these pools
whether they are an active practitioner
or not the temple itself isn't
particularly vast and it may only take
you five minutes to go through it your
stay will be determined by whether or
not you participate in the purifying
ceremony if you want to swim in the
pools which will be highly encouraged
sarongs may be rented at the temple for
hey are you a Wanderer yet if not head
over to our travel blog at wonderfully number five to galalang
Rice Terraces now one of the star
attractions awaits you to galalang's
Rice Terraces are one of the most
stunning sites on the island a journey
to Bali would not be complete without a
visit to this tea at Valley if you go in
March near the end of the rainy season
the green color radiates and the rice
plants will be in full bloom there are
many areas into galalang that are worth
visiting some locations have spectacular
views While others may have a trademark
swing visitors are welcome to explore
this UNESCO site at their Leisure and
may be required to pay small admission
fees that help fund the local
infrastructure number four try one of
the many barley swings and there's one
activity that is every kids and adult
stream in recent Years photos of
individuals swinging out over the
countryside have grown popular on social
media there are several large-scale
facilities that offer a variety of
swings so in if you're thirsty for
instagramable photos this is for you
barley swing is in the town of bonkasa
around 20 minutes from Ubud center it's
best to take a taxi or rent a scooter to
get there the enormous swing bird's
nests zip lines seesaws and romantic
photo shoots are all available prices
vary depending on the length of stay and
the activities available so keep your
wallet ready on the go number 3.
chatillaway Rice Terraces okay there's
one more must-see spot that'll ring a
bell located in central Bali The
datilaue Rice Terraces may be one of the
most scenic locations on the entire
Island massive rice fields stretch out
as far as the eye can see framed by
several of bali's largest volcanoes in
the background jatilui is an underrated
site that doesn't get a lot of attention
from tourists which we find shocking due
to its stunning Beauty the greatest time
to visit is between February and April
when the rice stalks are in full flower
we recommend going at Sunrise or sunset
for the finest sites and the fewest
visitors take in the scenery and explore
the fields while you're here the area is
so large that you may spend hours hiking
through it number two water bomb Bali
okay enough with the sightseeing the
kids demand fun allow an entire day for
splashing fun at waterbomb Bali bali's
leading water park with world-class
waterslides and water-based activities
over a dozen spectacular watersides and
water games for all ages are set across
38 000 square meters of tropical gardens
and pools at the water park it's a must
do for a family day out in Bali after
you've worked up an appetite visit one
of water bomb bali's many on-site
restaurants where you can sample a
variety of Indonesian Japanese and
Mexican Cuisine it's open till 6 PM so
feel free to end your evening with
thrilling rides number one twin
waterfalls of banumala finally we've
left the best for last visiting
banyamala will be game changing with a
height of about 26 meters this waterfall
is both spectacular and one of bali's
most instagramable sites because it
isn't as popular as some of the other
local Falls you can have the spot to
yourself banyamala is also made of two
waterfalls that meet in the same pool
there is a tiny parking lot about a 10
minute walk from The Falls you'll pass a
little refreshment Booth along the road
where you may pay the admittance charge
a steep staircase leads down to the
falls so watch a step either way having
the roaring sound of the waterfall
envelop you will help detox you from
your tiring and inspiring trip we hope
you're packing your bags all ready to
immerse yourself in these fun activities
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Welcome to Wanderfully Lost, where we take you around the world one blog at a time. And today, we are hopping on a direct flight to the Island of the Gods – Bali, Indonesia. Get ready for a memorable adventure as we explore the 11 best things to do in Bali.

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And with that, let’s take off to Bali.

1. Explore the Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Your Bali adventure is always incomplete without a visit to the Tegalalang Rice Terrace. These stunning terraced fields offer a peek into Bali’s agriculture and farming traditions.

As you walk along the narrow pathways that wind through these terraced fields, you’re not just treated to the mesmerizing landscape but also have the opportunity to engage with the warm and welcoming locals tending to their crops.

The vibrant shades of green that paint the landscape are nothing short of spectacular, and the intricate irrigation system, known as subak, showcases the timeless agricultural traditions of Bali. Don’t forget your camera, as every turn reveals a postcard-perfect scene that’s basically begging to be captured. This is a haven for both nature enthusiasts and photography buffs.

2. Take a Stroll through the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Prepare to embark on an enchanting journey through the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, located in the heart of Ubud.

Home to approximately 1,200 long-tailed macaques, this lush jungle sanctuary provides a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with these mischievous creatures.

Marvel at the intricate temples scattered throughout the forest, where moss-covered stone carvings create a mystical atmosphere.

And remember – As you follow the winding trails, be very, very careful with your belongings. The monkeys here can be playful and may even try to snatch your sunglasses or belongings. It has happened before.

3. Visit Waterbom, Bali’s Original Waterpark

For a day of aquatic fun and excitement, head to Waterbom Bali, the island’s original waterpark. This family-friendly destination offers an array of thrilling water rides, lazy rivers, and pools for visitors of all ages.

Here’s a fun tip to enhance your Waterbom experience – Arrive bright and early in the morning when the park opens its gates. This gives you a chance to dodge the crowds and get the finest sunbathing spots and shorter lines at the most sought-after rides. It’s basically like having your very own water playground!

Whether you’re a thrill-seeker in search of heart-pounding adventures down adrenaline-pumping slides or simply yearning for a relaxing day basking in the warm Bali sun, Waterbom has something to offer everyone.

4. Relax at Uluwatu Beach, Known for Iconic Surfing

If you like more natural water fun, this is the place to be!

Uluwatu Beach is a fantastic spot for beach lovers and surf fans. This beach is famous for its stunning views of the Indian Ocean and world-class surf breaks.

Surfers flock to Uluwatu Beach for its smooth waves, especially during the dry season when they can reach impressive heights of over 12 feet. The Uluwatu Left, a very famous surf break, offers thrilling long rides and powerful barrels, making it a top choice for experienced surfers looking for an adrenaline rush.

But even if you’re not a surfer, the views here are amazing. You can just relax on the beach, have a coconut drink, and watch the skilled surfers do their thing as the sun goes down. As the day winds down, the beach clubs and bars come alive. It’s a beautiful and peaceful place to visit in Bali, even if you’re not riding the waves yourself.

For a seamless day at the beach, full of fun and adventure, check out our Beach Essentials checklist here.

5. Visit the Uluwatu Temple

There is more to Uluwata than just the beach! So if you’re not much into water sports, head over to the Uluwatu Temple.

Located on the top of a rugged cliff, Uluwatu Temple, or as the locals call it, Pura Luhur Uluwatu, is like Bali’s crown jewel. It is one of the most fascinating and poetic places to go to, and here’s why.

The view alone is simply breathtaking from that high up. Imagine yourself standing on top of this cliff, with the Indian Ocean stretching out endlessly in front of you. The waves crashing against the rocks below create a mesmerizing soundtrack to your visit. It’s a view straight out of your dreams, and the best part is that you don’t need to enter the temple itself to enjoy this breathtaking panorama.

And that might be for the better because entering the temple might not be an option.

The temple itself is off-limits for visitors who aren’t there to pray. But take this – nearby grounds are like a mini adventure park. And the main attraction? Once again, the monkeys!

Fun Tip – Plan your visit to Uluwatu Temple in the late afternoon to catch the Kecak dance performance at 6pm. This traditional Balinese dance, set against the backdrop of the setting sun, adds an enchanting cultural dimension to your temple exploration.

6. Swim with Mantas around Penida Island or Nusa Penida

Bali isn’t just about its mainland, it’s also surrounded by smaller islands, including Penida Island, where you can embark on a thrilling adventure like never before —swimming with majestic manta rays.

These gentle giants glide gracefully through the crystal-clear waters, providing an unforgettable underwater experience.

Grab your snorkel gear, dive into the ocean, and witness these incredible creatures up close in their natural habitat. It’s a humbling encounter that will leave you in awe of Bali’s marine wonders.

7. Hike to the Top of Mount Batur

For those who crave adventure and spectacular vistas, a hike to the summit of Mount Batur is a must-do activity in Bali.

Rising at 1,717 meters above sea level, this active volcano promises a challenging yet rewarding trek. Your journey begins in the early hours of the morning, allowing you to witness a breathtaking sunrise from the top.

The hike takes approximately four hours, and it’s best to embark on a guided tour. As you reach the summit, the sweeping views of the surrounding landscapes and the caldera are nothing short of breathtaking.

Here’s a pro tip – Get a local guide! They are not only experts in navigating the trail but also offer valuable insights into the volcano’s history and geology, adding an educational dimension to your journey.

8. Dive into the Culture at Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

Embark on a journey to the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, where art and culture merge in a grand show.

The star of the show here is the enormous Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue, standing 75 meters high. This majestic masterpiece portrays the mythical eagle god Garuda and the revered Hindu deity Vishnu, creating a visual narrative that leaves you in absolute awe.

But that’s not all – the park’s open grounds are an open canvas of cultural wonders. You can wander through and discover an amphitheater that hosts mesmerizing dance performances and a host of cultural attractions.

Here, Bali’s culture takes the center stage like nowhere else on the island.

9. Explore the Iconic Pura Lempuyang Temple and its Gate of Heaven

Pura Lempuyang, known for its iconic Gate of Heaven, has become a sensation on social media for its stunning photographic opportunities. The gate frames the magnificent Mount Agung, creating a mesmerizing vista. However, keep in mind that the reflected pool seen in many photos is an optical illusion created through clever photography. Be prepared for crowds, as this spot has garnered immense popularity in recent years. For the perfect shot, visit at sunset or arrive early in the morning to beat the masses.

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10. Indulge in the Diverse Culinary Scene in Badung

Bali’s culinary scene is a delightful fusion of flavors, offering a wide array of international and local dishes.

Head to Badung, a bustling district, to explore a diverse range of dining options. From warungs (local eateries) serving delicious nasi goreng (fried rice) to upscale restaurants offering international cuisines, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Here, you can go on a foodie scavenger hunt! Challenge yourself to try at least one new dish each day. Whether it’s the savory nasi goreng from a local warung or the exquisite flavors of international cuisine at an upscale restaurant, make it a tasty mission to explore Bali’s diverse gastronomic offerings.

And of course, don’t forget to savor some authentic Balinese delights like nasi campur or babi guling to truly immerse yourself in the island’s culinary culture.

11. Explore the Trendy Area of Canggu

Last but not least, venture into the trendy neighborhood of Canggu, also known as Bali’s own version of Brooklyn.

This vibrant and laid-back area offers a mix of surfer chic, boutique shops, and a thriving arts scene. Explore the boho boutiques at The Jungle Trader, discover fashion finds at Magali Pascal, and browse for accessories at Bamboo Blonde.

Not sure Bali is the place for you? Check out our guide to the best places to visit in Vietnam here.

And there you have the 11 best things to do in Bali. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, cultural immersion, or culinary delights, the “Island of the Gods” has something special in store for everyone.

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