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Awesome 15 Things to Do in Bali

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Oct 14, 2019

Catalogue

  • 1. Pura Lempuyang Luhur:
  • 2.Spa at Maya:
  • 3.Black Sand Beach:
  • 4. Cabina Bali:
  • 5. Tulamben:
  • 6. Dtukad River Club Bali:
  • 7. Kuta Beach:
  • 8. Seminyak:
  • 9. Bedugul:
  • 10. Bali’s Highest High Tea:
  • 11.Menjangan Island:
  • 12. Lovina Beach:
  • 13. Odyssey Submarine:
  • 14. Ubud Monkey Forest:
  • 15. Devil’s Tears:
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Being one of the most famous islands in Indonesia, Bali finds a special place in the wish list of every traveler planning a trip to South Asia and looking for things to do in Bali. With its pristine beaches, ornate temples, scenic rice terraces, and delectable cuisine, it is not a surprise why this is so. Bali is situated to the east of Java, and the province is made up of the main island as well as several smaller neighboring islands. Tourism makes up the majority of the economy of Bali, contributing close to 80% of it. Needless to say, there are many things to do in Bali for the adventurous traveler in you. We have listed down some of the best experiences that this jewel of the Indian Ocean has to offer.

Pura Lempuyang Luhur is a temple at the peak of Mount Lempuyang, which in itself is a holy mountain. The temple is a part of a temple complex, which consists of six temples, called Sad Kahyangan Jagad or the “six sanctuaries of the world.” The walk up the temple complex is in itself a great experience and is one of the best things to do in Bali. You see the Candi Bentar, or the Split Gate when you climb up the stairs. The view this gate offers is spectacular when you look back to the other side. It covers a view of the nearby Mount Agung through the structure of the split gate. Above this, with flights of stairs with dragon-like Naga statues on both sides, is the first temple of the complex called Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang. The sanctuary of this temple has small pagoda-like structures as shrines. The next temple is just a few 100 meters above the first temple. This temple is called the White Temple and stands out as a beautiful structure built completely out of white stone. The trek to finally reach Pura Lempuyang Luhur is around 1100 meters high and is dotted with stairs that seem like a tunnel due to a cover of rich foliage above and statues beside the stairs. This temple complex and Pura Lempuyang Luhur is considered the most sacred place in Bali and has a part of the mountain devoted to each of the three biggest Hindu deities - Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva.

Awesome 15 Things to Do in Bali

A visit to Maya Spa in Ubud is much more than just a day at a Balinese spa. It is an experience. This is one of the rare places on the planet where you can get a refreshing massage in the laps of nature, on the banks of the river. The massage can be followed by a flower bath. Post this, and you can chill and spend a rejuvenating day at the pool, with delicious Balinese cuisine for you to try at the poolside restaurant. The best part is that you get 20% off at the restaurant with the massage package. The staff is very friendly,ensuring you a great service, and all this at an extremely reasonable price. The Spa at Maya is one of the most relaxing things to do in Bali.

Awesome 15 Things to Do in Bali

Another one of the amazing things to do in Bali is a visit to Amed Beach Town. Amed is a quaint little beach town close to the active volcano, Mount Agung. The beach in Amed has been formed by the black volcanic rocks being washed up by the sea for many years, forming the black sand beach that it is today. Although the black sand makes the beach look dirty, this is one of the cleanest beaches on the planet, covered with seashells that stand out on the black background. The good part is that the town and the beach are not heavily commercialized, making it pristine and untouched, more or less. The beach also has a great coral reef cluster and excellent marine life, making the beach suitable for snorkeling in the right weather. There are two ATM’s, single-storied shacks and restaurants for stay and food, one small convenience store and a few diving schools, other than the beach in Amed for the convenience of travelers.

Awesome 15 Things to Do in Bali

Cabina Bali is one of the best restaurants in the Kerobokan region of Bali. Serving American, European, as well as Indonesian street food, this great restaurant is not only famous for its culinary delights, but for the experience, it provides to travelers. Cabina Bali is famous for its floating breakfast or brunch, where you get your breakfast floating in a clean pool inside the restaurant. The chicken and waffles are delectable here, and the portions are generous. The restaurant also has a collaboration with Livingstone Cafe and Bakery Bali to serve up some of the best juices and smoothies you can have for brunch. The restaurant also serves gluten-free and vegetarian options for those who prefer that. Being one of the coolest things to do in Bali, it is advisable to book for a breakfast slot early, around 8 AM, to avoid the hassles of waiting for your turn to be seated (or floated). Not a breakfast person? No problem. Cabina Bali metamorphoses into a happening pool discotheque from 3 PM to 8 PM, which is open 364 days a year.

Sea diving is one of the most interesting things to do in Bali, given the great beaches and marine life. And if you can see the remains of a famous American ship just off the shore, diving is a great option. This is what the beautiful coastal village of Tulamben in the North-Eastern part of Bali has to offer. This village is known for the diving it offers to the wreck of USAT Liberty, a US Army transport ship that was sunk by Japanese troops off the coast of Tulamben during World War 2. Tulamben’s name is derived from “Batulambih,” which means “many stones” in Indonesian. The name is a reference to the volcanic rocks formed hereafter the eruption of Mount Agung in 1963. After the eruption, the Liberty wreck moved close to shore and merged with the coral reef ecosystem at Tulamben. The beach here does not have any sand, but it is covered with smooth stones. The dive is also great to experience the rich marine life in Tulamben, like whale sharks, coral, and other rare fishes.

Awesome 15 Things to Do in Bali

Dtukad River Club is located by the side of Blangsinga Waterfall, located around 10 minutes from Ubud. It is the first river club in Bali, offering a variety of adventure experiences like swing and swim, swing and lunch, and floating breakfast. The tropical resort in the middle of the jungle beside the waterfall paired with nice, ambient music makes this club a “do-not-miss” kind of things to do in Bali. The food is delicious at the club, and the prices are very reasonable. The biggest highlight is the Kecak Dance every Thursday and full moon days by the side of the Blangsinga Waterfall, which is a feast for the eyes. This is a great place to spend a day of a romantic getaway with your significant other.

Awesome 15 Things to Do in Bali

One of the most famous beaches in Bali, Kuta Beach is the best spot to enjoy a sunset in Bali. This is the reason why it is also called Sunset Beach. Many resorts, pubs, and restaurants are available along the perimeter of the beach on the two main beach roads (Jalan Kartika Plaza and Jalan Pantai Kuta). There are ample options for tourists to dine and have fun at Kuta Beach. The beach is also famous among surfers, as the waves break long here. The beach is suitable for both experts as well as amateurs surfers. Apart from surfing, it is also great for sunbathing, swimming, and playing beach football. There are many shopping options like Discovery Shopping Mall and Kuta Art Market for people traveling to Kuta. You do not find any food hawkers on the beach due to a drive towards a cleaner Kuta Beach. With its fame among tourists, Kuta is a bit commercialized and is one of the most common things to do in Bali as a tourist.

Awesome 15 Things to Do in Bali

Seminyak is one of the most upmarket tourist destinations in Bali. Seminyak is mainly known for the Seminyak Beach, Petitenget Temple, Berawa Beach, and Petitenget Beach. Seminyak Beach is the perfect place for a lazy holiday, enjoying sunbathing, surfing, kite flying, and playing beach sports. The Pura Petitenget Temple is the epicenter of culture in Seminyak, with the temple’s 210-day festive anniversary celebration turning the area into a carnival-like atmosphere. People pray to the local deity for protection against famine and diseases. Berawa Beach is situated around 5 kilometers from the center of Seminyak in Canggu. This beach has the largest lagoon along the coastline, where you can see local fishermen at work catching fish. This light brown sand beach is suitable for horse riding, meditation, and yoga. Petitenget Beach is a quiet, tranquil beach named after the Petitenget Temple. Although it is very close to the hub of Seminyak, it is very peaceful owing to the tranquil neighborhood that it is a part of. There are many other experiences that you can take at Seminyak like a visit to the Primo Bali Chocolate Factory or a picture-perfect moment at the Dream Museum Zone Bali 3D Art Gallery, or a massage at the many spas in the region. There are many things to do in Bali, but a visit to Seminyak is something you should not miss as a traveler to Bali.

Bedugul is a mountain lake area in the center-north region of Bali. This magical place is full of mountains covered with greenery and 3 mirror-like reflecting lakes in the craters between the mountains. A visit to Pura Ulun Danu, Bali Botanical Garden, and Handara Golf Resort are among the best things to do in Bali, especially in the Bedugul region. Pura Ulun Danu is a beautiful Hindu temple for Goddess Dewi Danu, built in the 17th century to ensure water for farmers to do agriculture at all times. This picturesque temple is made on two small islands on Lake Bratan. With the lake throwing reflections of this beautiful temple and the surrounding mountains, this temple is picture-perfect in the morning. Other attractions like the Botanical Garden and Handara Golf Resort are also must-visit places.

Awesome 15 Things to Do in Bali

After an exhausting day of having fun at the beaches and the other amazing activities and things to do in Bali, it is refreshing and rejuvenating to have a high-tea in one of the fancy places in Seminyak or Nusa Dua. Some of the best options in Nusa Dua include The Mulia and St. Regis. But Seminyak is a class apart with its options for high tea, be it Classic or Indonesian High Tea. You can enjoy your high tea with a view of paddy fields at Metis, in a straight-out-of-a-Victorian-setting at Jemme Bali, or in a 150-year old traditional Javanese villa (called Joglo) at Biku. There are several options to enjoy your high tea in Bali.

One of the untouched and pristine islands in North Bali, Menjangan Island, is the home of the rare Javan Rusa Deer, also called Menjangan, giving the island its name. The island is home to many wildlife and coral species underwater, making it a hotspot for wildlife enthusiasts. It is a part of the West Bali National Park, which can be reached by catching a boat and a park entry pass from Labuhan Lalang. The island also has a remarkable shrine to Lord Ganesha,called Segara Giri Dharma Kencana Temple, with its large Ganesha statue towering over the island. Diving in Menjangan Island is one of the best things to do in Bali as a diving and snorkeling enthusiast.

Awesome 15 Things to Do in Bali

If you do not like crowded, commercialized beaches, Lovina Beach will be one of the best things to do in Bali for the beach bum in you. Lovina Beach is a quiet, 2-kilometer stretch in the North Bali region of Buleleng, which is perfect for enjoying a peaceful sunrise and sunset, without the noise of nightlife that city beaches have. A towering dolphin statue near the Kalibukbuk Village stands as the main landmark of Lovina Beach. This is because of the frequent spotting of the dark-skinned spinner dolphins from the beach during the right time of the year.

Awesome 15 Things to Do in Bali

Odyssey Submarine at Amuk Bay is the only private submarine operator for tourists in Indonesia. Many times, you may wonder how you can explore the marine life under the water if you do not want to do deep-sea diving. Odyssey Submarine is the answer. This safe, battery-powered vessel can carry up to 35 tourists to explore the beauty that marine life has to offer to depths of close to 150 feet. An underwater submarine ride for civilians is available only in Amuk Bay and Hawaii in the world. So, the Odyssey experience is one of the do-not-miss things to do in Bali.

Ubud Monkey Forest is the natural habitat of the Balinese long-tailed Monkey. The forest is within the village of Padangtegal in Ubud, housing around 750 Balinese monkeys and over 115 species of trees. The forest has a lot of spiritual, economic, and cultural importance for the villagers of Padangtegal. It covers a vast area of 12.5 hectares within the village, making it a great source for fresh air. The forest has 3 temples inside its boundaries, namely the Dalem Agung Padangtegal Temple, The Prajapati Temple, and the Holy Spring Temple. The monkey forest in Ubud is one of the best things to do in Bali if you are a nature and wildlife enthusiast who likes to spend time in the laps of nature.

Awesome 15 Things to Do in Bali

Sunset on Devil’s Tears in Nusa Lembongan is one of the best sunsets that you can witness in Bali. A visit to this adrenaline-rising cliff area is one of the things to do in Bali that should be on your itinerary. With high tide pools and cliff jumping spots, the pursuit for adventure seekers in Bali reaches its epitome at Devil’s Tears. When you visit, you may be alarmed to see a decent number of tourists at Devil’s Tears. But the number of travelers who venture down to the tide pools is less, and this is the perfect spot to enjoy the sunset for those who love a bit of adventure.

Bali is one of the most beautiful islands of Indonesia, and it offers a variety of different experiences for the traveler seeking the best of nature. Bali is the perfect combination of human, nature and the Supreme - and you can experience it in every one of these things to do in Balilisted in this article. A visit to Indonesia is incomplete without a visit to this island, which is the closest thing to paradise on Earth. Make sure you experience these different places and activities and soak in the beauty that Bali has to offer you. Go ahead and pack your bags for your next holiday to Bali, Indonesia.

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