Bali, the magical island, is set in the middle of Indonesia. It is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. It should be on every travellers’ bucket list. This island welcomes you with its emerald rice terraces, captivating rainforests, volcanic peaks, enthralling golden beaches and timeless tradition. It is the one of the best choices for a beach holiday.
Bali has its share of other attractions like, waterfalls, caves, temples, museums, markets, to name few. You can try adventure activities like water sports here.
Our guide on the top 10 things to do on this magical island, Bali.
This white sand beach with its silk blue water and palm trees on the foot of an enormous limestone cliff is in the island of Nusa Penida. It is one of the most stunning places to visit in Bali.
Visit the waterfalls
Everyone likes to visit waterfalls and jump into the enchanting jungle water-pools. You can discover these magical spots in the northern-central tropical forests of Bali. For an amazing taste of Balinese nature, you must visit Git-git, Sekumpul and Tukad Cepung.
Temples in Bali
The locals here believe that the sacred water flowing at the Tirta Empul Temple has the power to heal and cleanse your body and soul. Travellers must not miss this opportunity to soak themselves in the spring water in this serene, beautiful temple.
At the edge of Baratan Lake in Bedugul in Bali is the Ulun Danu Temple. Dedicated to the goddess of the lake it is one of the quietest places on the island. Check out the different shrines, and don’t miss the ornate architectural touches such as the intricate carved gates.
Another most famous attraction in Bali is the Tanah Lot Temple that sits on a large and picturesque rock formation. It is one of the most amazing sights in Indonesia, especially during sunset.
Get ready for jungle treks
The town of Ubud, offers travellers plenty of choice for jungle treks and adventure. You can explore the area of Munduk, where the twin lakes of Tamblingan and Buyan will mesmerize you with paths cutting through the rainforest, an abode for exotic birds and giant trees.
Paddy fields are a must visit
Delicate rice terraces encircled by palm trees and tropical greeneries makes Tegalalang a sight to behold. You can also head towards Tabanan where rich paddies sparkle with an emerald hue under the sun. Ubud’s rice terraces are said to have been built to assist effective use of water resources.
Tourists can also explore the custom and lifestyle of people who created and sustain the glorious rice terraces. You can also get to learn how rice is produced and harvested in Bali.
It is a century-old tradition and basic element of the local culture. There are several types of dance, with some features of trance and possession. If you happen to be in the mood to watch this head to the town of Ubud. You can also visit the Ubud palace to watch the Ramayana ballet.
The Yoga Barn
A well-rounded experience of healing, wellness and community lies in the heart of the island. The Yoga Barn is positioned in central Ubud. Along with yoga it offers Ayurvedic treatments, astrology sessions, acro yoga jams, ecstatic dance, kirtan concerts, monday movies, etc. They offer delicious vegan and ayurvedic food of the Garden Kafe.
Go surfing on the beaches
Not everybody is a surfer. However, when you are in Bali, you cannot leave this place without trying to ride a wave. So, head to Seminyak or Canggu beach and rent a board and ask the owner to give you a lesson. And if you happen to be a pro, Uluwatu is the place to be, as the best surfers’ bars are found there.
If you are just looking for some gentle waves, then Kuta Beach is the place for you. You can watch the sunset and relax on the sand with a cold beer and drink in the atmosphere.
Bebek Bengil restaurant
Bebek Bengil is one of the most loved restaurants in Ubud. Duck being the main specialty here it comes in a variety of different dishes. Bebek Betutu is one of their signature dishs. It is boiled in a broth made with aromatic herbs and then rubbed with local spices. The duck is then crispy fried until the skin is blistered and then served with rice and vegetables.
A visit to the silverware stores
Celuk, in Sukawati is known for its silver smiths. It is just 30 minutes away from neighboring Ubud. You can take a walk along the main street of Jalan Raya Celuk where you will find an array of silver studios with ornamentally designed silverware for sale.
So, if you are looking for traditional or custom made souvenirs, this is the place for you. You can even choose to bargain here so don’t be afraid to haggle if you see something you like.