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Things to Do in Bali, Indonesia by a Local

The next addition to the hometown series will take us to Indonesia to discover the best things to do in Bali with Victoria from Guide Your Travel. The series is designed to spark appreciation for your own hometown and encourage you to be a “tourist” in your own backyard. The series has taken us to beautiful destinations around the globe, from the small towns of West Linn, Oregon and Yreka, CaliforniaSeattleDublinMexico CityTel Aviv in Israel, and Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Bali, often referred to as the “Island of the Gods,” is a tropical paradise in Indonesia that offers a myriad of experiences for travelers. From stunning beaches and ancient temples to lush rice terraces and vibrant cultural traditions, Bali has something to captivate every visitor. If you’re planning a trip to this enchanting island, here are the top things you must do to make the most of your time in Bali. Whether you’re only in Bali for a week or staying longer, this magical island is guaranteed to impress.

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10 Best Things to Do in Bali

1. Explore Ubud

Nestled in the heart of Bali, Ubud is renowned for its lush landscapes and vibrant arts scene. Visit the Monkey Forest Sanctuary, explore the Tegalalang Rice Terraces, and immerse yourself in traditional Balinese arts and crafts at the Ubud Art Market.

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2. Visit Tanah Lot Temple

One of Bali’s most iconic landmarks, Tanah Lot is a picturesque sea temple perched on a rocky outcrop. Witness the spectacular sunset views and soak in the spiritual ambience as you explore this sacred site.

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3. Relax at Seminyak Beach

Seminyak Beach is located on the southwestern coast and offers a perfect blend of sun, sand, and surf. Unwind on the golden sands, indulge in beachside dining, and catch breathtaking sunsets from beach clubs like Ku De Ta, Potato Head, or Cafe del Mar.

4. Discover Uluwatu

Situated on the Bukit Peninsula, Uluwatu is known for its stunning cliffs, world-class surf breaks, and the famous Uluwatu Temple. Catch a traditional Kecak dance performance against a mesmerizing ocean sunset and stay ocean-front at some of the best resorts in the world.

5. Trek Mount Batur

Embark on a sunrise trek to the summit of Mount Batur, an active volcano in the northeast of Bali. Enjoy breathtaking views from the top and reward yourself with a soak in the natural hot springs after your descent.

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6. Experience Water Temples

Bali is famous for its water temples, which are architectural marvels and play a significant role in Balinese Hindu rituals. Visit the stunning Ulun Danu Bratan Temple and the Tirta Empul Temple for a spiritual experience.

7. Discover the Tegenungan Waterfall

Located in the village of Tegenungan, near Ubud, the Tegenungan Waterfall is a captivating natural wonder. Follow the trail through lush greenery and descend to witness the impressive cascade of water. Take a refreshing swim in the pool at the base of the waterfall. Capture beautiful photos and immerse yourself in the serene ambience of this hidden gem.

8. Experience a Balinese Cooking Class

Delve into the vibrant flavours of Balinese cuisine by joining a cooking class. Learn to prepare traditional dishes using fresh ingredients and aromatic spices under the guidance of experienced local chefs. Discover the secrets behind Balinese recipes, such as Nasi Goreng (fried rice), Satay (grilled skewers), and Balinese sambal (chilli paste). Enjoy the satisfaction of creating your own delicious Balinese meal and take home the recipes to impress your friends and family.

9. Explore the neighbouring islands

Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida are just a short ferry ride from Bali and offer the perfect getaway for a few days. You can do several day trips on both islands to numerous popular landmarks such as Kelingking Beach, Angel’s Billabong or Broken Beach.

10. Dive or Snorkel at the Gili Islands

Explore the crystal-clear waters of the Gili Islands, where you can swim with sea turtles and see various fishes. For diving enthusiasts, the islands offer various reefs, a shipwreck, and other nice sunken objects to explore.

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Where to eat in Bali?

For an authentic local food experience, head to Warung Local in Canggu. Savour traditional Balinese dishes like Nasi Campur (mixed rice) or Mie Goreng (fried noodles), prepared with fresh ingredients and flavors. Furthermore, the perfect way to end your day is with a remarkable dining experience at Sa’mesa in Canggu or Seminyak. This unique restaurant offers Italian cuisine and free flow limoncello all night long.

Where to stay?

When choosing where to stay in Bali, there are several fantastic options. If you’re seeking a bustling atmosphere with vibrant nightlife and a trendy dining scene, Seminyak is the place to be. This upscale area is known for its luxury resorts and fantastic beach clubs.

Berawa and Canggu are also popular choices among surfers and expats. They offer a mix of surf breaks, rice field views, and great restaurant and café culture. Charming boutique hotels, cozy guesthouses, and private villas are nestled amidst the picturesque surroundings.

Ubud is perfect for those seeking an immersive cultural experience and a tranquil retreat. Surrounded by lush greenery, Ubud offers a range of accommodations, from budget-friendly guesthouses to luxurious resorts with stunning views of the rice terraces.

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About the Author

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Victoria is a travel blogger and writer from Germany who loves to explore the world, although she currently spends most of her time in Bali, Indonesia. Her blogs My Australia Trip and Guide your Travel focus on budget travel and discovering hidden destinations.

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