BEST THINGS TO DO IN BALI

In Bali, the term ‘paradise’ is understandably used a lot. Pleasant, hospitable people; a magnificent visual and spiritual culture; and stunning surfing and diving beaches have made Bali Indonesia’s top tourist attraction. Bali is also renowned for its ancient Hindu temples, stunning rice fields, volcanoes and waterfalls. 

There are plenty of things to do in Bali that stretch across the island, but many tourists get so caught up in shopping, drinking and beach life that they skip the chance to learn and absorb at least some of this. You will not fail to see temples, come across regular rituals and witness offerings, and those who take the time and effort to appreciate what is happening around them will find their visit very rewarding.

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80 Best Things To Do in Bali

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35 Best Things To Do in South Bali

01 Jimbaran Beach

Formerly a small fishing village, Jimbaran was a relatively quiet place. Since the 1980s, with the opening of some luxurious world-class 5-star hotels & beach resorts, its reputation has significantly improved. On the west, Jimbaran Beach faces the Jimbaran Bay is within 10 km south of the airport. This pleasant grey sand beach is very safe for swimming. As it offers a truly beautiful sunset, the grilled seafood restaurants along the beach are a big tourist attraction in the evenings. – Best things to do in Bali with family.

02 Balangan Beach 

Balangan Beach or Pantai Balangan by locals is often touted as a hidden beach in Southern Bali. Previously, Balangan is not as crowded as Kuta or other surfing beaches in Bali, only surfers who know this place. Balangan Beach is no longer a spot for surfers but for professional photographers of newly wedded couples, as it offers clear blue waves, beautiful & unspoiled white sandy beach and easy access. This is also one of the best places for the stunning sunset. – Best things to do in Bali for couples. 

03 Dreamland Beach 

Dreamland Beach is surrounded by steep cliffs and large rocks around the beach. This is one of the best surfing locations in Bali, as it has only moderate wave breaks, particularly for amateur surfers. The beautiful beach is not only popular with surfers, but also with lovers of the beach. It is easy to reach and there are several shops nearby that sell BBQ seafood and cold beer, making it appealing to all tourists. There are also numerous nearby resorts and villas that provide a stunning coastal view from the top of the cliffs.

04 Bingin Beach 

Bingin Beach is another beautiful white sandy beach that lies in between Padang-Padang Beach and Dreamland Beach. As the cliffs are high, the beach here is not easy to reach, but the ocean views alone make it worth the visit. The cliffs are overgrown with greenery around the cove, so they look stunning from a distance. The beach is also surrounded by a numbers of surfer cafes, beach huts and shady shops that offer food, drinks and shelter from the sun. Visitors would certainly be fascinated by this beach’s uniqueness.

05 Padang Padang Beach

Padang Padang Beach is about 20 km from Ngurah Rai International Airport. It has only a short stretch of beach, but in Bukit Peninsula, South Bali, it is a popular surf & sunbath spot. Accessed on the north side of the obvious bridge from a stepped route 4 kilometers north of Uluwatu Temple going back towards Pecatu. Hollywood drama “Eat Pray Love” & one of the mtv of “Michael Learn To Rock” were filmed here as well. One of the best things to do in South Bali for surfers.

06 Blue Point Beach

In Bali, Blue Point Beach or Pantai Suluban is less prestigious than the other beaches. But if you have visited this beach, the exoticism of this place will certainly fascinate you. If you want to see the beach from the top, there is a café that offers excellent viewing points. But you can go down the steps to the beach if you want to enjoy the sensation of clear water. This is one of the most unique beaches in Bali, covered with a series of limestone rocks and is perfect for surfing and boat riding.

07 Uluwatu Temple

Situated at the south-western tip of the Bukit Peninsula, Uluwatu Temple (Pura Luhur Uluwatu) borders the Indian Ocean to the south. This famous Balinese Hindu sea temple is one of Bali’s nine key directional temples and a popular surfing spot. The temple is built at the edge of a 70-meter-high cliff or rock projecting into the sea. Although it was believed that this small temple existed beforehand the structure was substantially extended in the 11th century by a Javanese sage, Empu Kuturan. 

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08 Green Bowl Beach

Green Bowl Beach is located at the most Southern part of Bali. This secluded white sand beach is definitely a hidden gem and is less crowded compare to the other beaches in Bali. The southern portion of Bali Island’s terrain is mainly hills, and the lower part is a spectacular beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Owing to its great waves, Green Bowl Beach is well-known among surfers. It has recently drawn many non-surfers who enjoy the natural landscape and the chill of the beach.

09 Pandawa Beach

Pandawa Beach was formerly referred to as the secret beach because it lies behind two limited access cliffs that secluded its location from the unknown. The panoramic views with a quiet atmosphere can now be easily accessed by buses via a 1.5-kilometer flanking cliff-cut path. The beach is well known as a tourist attraction and its water sport use but it is also known as a seaweed algaculture farm. Many other activities, such as beach volleyball, jet skiing, and paragliding from Timbis cliff to the beach, etc.

10 Nusa Dua 

The name of the place Nusa Dua is rather ambiguous as it can be used in two ways: either it can refer to the entire Eastern side of the Bukit Peninsula, or it can refer to the tourist enclave on the Southeast side of this peninsula that is purpose-built, safe and rather clean. This is the most prestigious resort area in Bali, where visitors can find world-class luxury hotels, crystal clear water and stunning white sand beaches elegantly lined up. In absolute comfort, Nusa Dua really is about taking it easy and relaxing.

11 Water Blow

Water Blow is one the tourist hot-spots in Nusa Dua. Big waves of sea water from the Indian Ocean constantly smash against a cliff’s jagged limestone, producing a massive splash like “blowing up” water. The effect of this phenomenon is stunning, intermittent wave splashes that can reach several meters high. From a distance it appears like a huge white foam dancing to the top.The area offers a 240-degree view of a spectacular seascape bordered by guardrails. One of the best things to do in Nusa Dua, Bali.

12 Pasifika Museum

Pasifika Museum is a museum of art in Bali that is truly under-appreciated and poorly recognized. It is a wonderful museum and is highly recommended to those interested in the art of Bali, Southeast Asia and the region of the South Pacific. There are a number of art related artifacts in this museum where there are more than 10 galleries and 600 arts by 200 artists from 25 countries. Look for the exhibitions focused on European artists who made Bali their home, as well as renowned local painters.

13 Tanjung Benoa

The peninsula of Tanjung Benoa, which includes cheaper hotels as well as Benoa village, is at the north of the Nusa Dua enclave. It’s popular because of its beaches. This is a venue for various water sports, such as banana boat, scuba diving, parasailing, rolling donuts, seawalker, flying fish, snorkeling, etc. It is also home to the turnaround port of the Benoa Cruise International Terminal, acting as both a boarding and disembarkation point for cruise passengers. – Best things to do in Bali for water sport lovers.

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14 Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park (Taman Budaya Garuda Wisnu Kencana) is a famous tourist attraction in South Bali. The park is situated at an altitude of 146 meters above ground level or 263 meters above sea level and has a land area of around 60 hectares. It is also home to the giant statue of Garuda Wisnu Kencana, which has a total height of 122 meters (including the 46-meter base pedestal). The statue was built to be the tallest statue in Indonesia, approximately 30 m (98 ft) higher than the Statue of Liberty.

15 Waterbom Bali

Waterbom is a water theme park that is situated near several shopping centers on Kuta’s main street. Ngurah Rai International Airport is just 10 minutes away and the major tourist destinations of Sanur, Nusa Dua, Seminyak and Jimbaran are 20 minutes away. Over a dozen exciting water slides and water sports cover 3.8 hectares of landscaped tropical parks, providing children and adults with hours of fun and entertainment. – Best things to do in Bali with kids.

16 Kuta & Legian Beach

Kuta & Legian Beach were originally discovered by tourists as a surfing paradise. A long, large Indian Ocean beachfront, the most developed area in Bali by far. The surfers have not been kept away by rapid growth and an influx of tourists and Kuta still remains one of the best surfing beaches in Bali and a perfect place to enjoy a beach lifestyle. Kuta is a fun nightlife destination, with plenty of bars and clubs within walking distance of the main strip, along with several dozen low-end nightclubs and 50+ dive bars.

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18 Petitenget Temple

Petitenget Temple (Pura Petitenget) is a small, beautiful Balinese temple known for its haunted myths. This temple’s tale dates back to the 15th century. The area known today as Petitenget Beach was, at that time, a lush jungle. It was so dense that people assumed that ghosts were dwelling inside them. The fact that many people coming out of the jungle are afflicted with sickness of some kind was one of the facts that backed this argument. A coffin holding the spirit is believed to be inside the temple.

19 Berawa Beach

Berawa Beach is situated in Canggu region with stunning panoramic view to the Indian Ocean. Because of the great wave, strong and challenging every surfer to conquer and enjoy surfing experiences, this volcanic dark gray sand beach is a popular destination for intermediate and advanced surfers. This beach is also known to have a wide stretch of sand. It is more laid-back and non-surfer normally drop-by for dinner to enjoy the stunning sunset in the evening. This is one of the best things to do with family in Bali.

20 Canggu & Nelayan Beach

Canggu Beach is a dark grey volcanic sand beach located in Canggu Village. As a long-board-friendly surf spot, one of the few on the island, it has gained popularity among surfers. Canggu Beach’s facilities are also very complete. On the beach, you can find rows of cafés, villas, resorts or hotels. Interestingly, this beach’s beauty is no less than that of Kuta. Nelayan Beach (Fisherman Beach) is next to Canggu Beach, where you can get fresh fish, lobsters, and prawns every morning.

21 Tanah Lot 

Tanah Lot also means “Land in The Sea” by locals ,is a high cliff overlooking the sea on the island of Bali. In millions of years, these cliffs were formed as a result of erosion during ocean tides. This is the home of the famous Tanah Lot Temple (Pura Tanah Lot), which is said to have been built by a monk called Nirartha in the 15th century and has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries. This unique temple is one of the most sacred places of worship for Hindus. The sunset view here is spectacular as well.

22 Serangan Island

Serangan Island or Turtle Island is a small island to the south of Denpasar that is linked by a causeway to the mainland. Before the road bridge was built, the island was only accessible from Bali by boat.  If you’re looking for a quieter stretch of beach with only a few basic shops and a nice surf break, head to the island of Serangan. This island is known mainly for its turtles and Pura Dalem Sakenan which is one of the six most sacred temples in Bali and it was built in the 10th century.

23 Sanur

Sanur is one of the largest traditional villages in Bali, but it is one of the most established tourist areas as well. It was the first beach resort in Bali, but its Balinese character and old-style village atmosphere are still preserved. The beach is covered against the waves by offshore reefs, making it famous for windsurfing, boating, diving, kite surfing and other water sports. Facing the Indian Ocean to the east, Sanur is also an excellent place in the morning to see the sun rising. – Best things to do in Bali with friends & families.

24 Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan & Nusa Penida

Nusa Lembongan, a small island (approximately 8 km²) in the Badung Strait between Bali and Nusa Penida, is the ideal holiday destination with few tourists and pristine, untouched beaches. This island paradise is a world away from South Bali’s hustle and bustle, and is becoming one of Bali’s most popular attractions. Excellent crystal-clear waters with plentiful marine life and healthy coral, known for its fantastic surf, also make it a perfect location for snorkeling and diving. – Best things to do in Bali for snorkelers.

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Nusa Ceningan is another beautiful isle located between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. The island offers all types of activities such as water sports, photography, natural exploration, and sightseeing. Some scenic roads and paths are offered by the island, and the westward views back to Bali over Nusa Lembongan are impressive. It is well worth the effort to see the sunset over Bali from the central Ceningan ridge. The island is also home to many seaweed farms and pristine mangrove forests.

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Nusa Penida is the largest among the 3 islands with total about 200 km2. Tourist infrastructure, however, is not as good as Nusa Lembongan, but offers outstanding rough natural beauty. The north shore is the island’s most heavily populated part and is where the majority of tourism is centered. This is also where the beaches and the farms for seaweed are. This is an island that is wild, rugged and largely untamed, offering plenty to anyone with an adventurous spirit. – Best things to do in Bali for adventurers.

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25 Le Mayeur Museum

Le Mayeur Museum is the former home of Belgian artist Adrian Jean Le Mayeur (9 Feb 1880 – 31 May 1958), which is now a museum dedicated to his works. In 1932, Le Mayeur arrived in Bali and immersed himself in the island’s culture, marrying a noted Balinese Legong dancer. Most of the house is just as it was when he died in 1958, and tourists will gain an insight into what it would have been like to be one of the very first expats in Bali, apart from seeing his works. This is one of Bali’s true hidden treasures.

26 Bajra Sandhi Monument

Bajra Sandhi Monument is located within a beautiful park in front of the Bali Governor’s Office in Denpasar. In 1987, this historical monument was built to commemorate the Balinese people’s struggles for independence from the Dutch Colonial. It consists of three sections: 1) Utama Mandala (the main building in the center of the monument), 2) Madya Mandala (the inner courtyard surrounding the Utama Mandala), 3) Nista Mandala (the outer courtyard surrounding the Madya Mandala).

There is a spiral staircase leading up to the top of the monument providing panoramic views of Denpasar City. It also contains 33 dioramas that cover various incidents in the history of the Balinese, including the Balinese Kingdom, the introduction of Hinduism, the Majapahit era, Dutch colonialism, and the struggle for independence.

27 Bali Museum

Originally opened in 1910, the Bali Museum was destroyed in the earthquake of 1917 and languished until the resident German artist Walter Spies sparked a significant revival in 1932. This museum is a place that is under-patronized by tourists, offering an insightful introduction to all Balinese items, both historical and current.

Bali museum has 4 separate pavilions, with a great selection of ancient stone, bronze and wooden objects in the main pavilion. Many textiles are located in the southern pavilion, the northern pavilion focuses on the history of Balinese performance art, and the central pavilion is dedicated to Hinduism and ritual Balinese.

28 Pura Agung Jagatnata

Pura Agung Jagatnatha is the island’s largest temple and is one of Denpasar’s most serene places to visit. Established in 1953, this beautiful Balinese state temple was dedicated to Sanghyang Widi Wasa, the supreme deity. The unique & colorful structure reflects monotheism and is an eclectic venue for tourists.This temple is open without restriction to all worshipers, as it is a public temple. There are grand ceremonies here twice a month at full moon and dark moon. 

29 Pura Maospahit

Pura Maospahit is the oldest Balinese Hindu temple or pura located in Denpasar, Bali. This ancient temple, believed to have built in the 14th century, has a long and glorious history. This is a temple that is mostly made of red brick, typical of the peak of the Majapahit period. Unfortunately, the early 20th century earthquake demolished most of it, although there are some original remains in the inner courtyard, including the guardian statues. This historical temple is definitely worth a visit.

30 Werdhi Budaya Art Center

Werdhi Budaya Art Center is located in the heart of Denpasar City. This museum is renowned for its cultural performances, history and essence of Balinese art. The architecture of the centre resembles that of traditional temples and the Royal Palace, and the effect is spectacular when combined with the beautiful gardens that surround the centre. The art center also hosts the annual Bali Art Festival, drawing thousands of tourists from all over the country and overseas to this event.

31 Bali Bird Park

In October 1995, Bali Bird Park was established with a total area of about 2 hectares, with a selection of more than 1000 birds from 250 species, of which a large number are rare and endangered, one of which is the Bali Starling. The park has been landscaped to create natural habitats. It contains a diverse botanical array that includes 52 different palm species, rare fruit trees, cycads, bamboos, and cactus species. There are 3 lakes that host different water bird species. – Best things to do in Central Bali with kids.

32 Bali Zoo

Bali Zoo is located in the village of Singapadu, Gianyar. The zoo has an area of approximately 12 hectares and is home to more than 350 animals, some of which are endangered species. The zoo has a number of adventure events, some of which in Indonesia are special experiences of their kind. Whether it’s a close and personal feeding experience, dining only meters from the jungle king and his pride, or joining in the Elephant Mud Fun & Night at The Zoo, Bali Zoo’s signature breakfast with Orangutan.

33 Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang

Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang is an upcoming tourist hot-spot on the island in the recent year even though it is still a relatively unknown attraction to most of the tourist. For thousands of years, this tropical gorge has been formed by the strong waters that flow through it during the rainy season, creating a spectacular and scenic ravine. Especially the shapes of the rocks, the whole environment makes for some amazing photos. This is truly a hidden gem and one of the best things to do in Bali for jungle trekker. 

34 Tegenungan Waterfall

Tegenungan Waterfall is located in Kemenuh Village , Sukawati District about 30 km from Denpasar City. This waterfall has a height of 15 meters. Although it is not so high, the water discharge is very heavy. The volume and purity of the site’s water depends on rainfall, but with fresh water that can be swum in, it contains green surroundings. The waterfall has different heights that can be climbed to reach it after the descent down the stairs, and many people enjoy jumping from the top of the waterfall.

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35 Bali Safari and Marine Park

Bali Safari and Marine Park is located near to the beach in Serongga Village, Gianyar. This 40 hectare park provides a special climate, a mix of wildlife and an ecosystem that intersects with Balinese culture in its natural habitat. It has become a breeding ground for endemic or endangered animals in Indonesia for several neighboring countries (Indonesia, India, and Africa). This marine park also provides many amenities, such as leisure area, waterpark, fun zone, theatre, cottages, bungalows and restaurants.

36 Best Things To Do in Central & East Bali

01 Taman Kertha Gosa

Kertha Gosa is the remains of the Klungkung royal family’s original palace in Klungkung city. The painted ceiling of the Kerta Gosa pavilion is especially noteworthy as this is the only surviving example of classical wayang art in the whole of Bali. The palace was built in the early 18th century. Sadly, when the Dutch battled in the early 20th century, most of the rest of the palace was demolished. Today, the court of justice, the Kertha Gosa Pavilion and the main gate bearing the date Saka 16222 are the fundamental remains of the palace (AD 1700).

02 Pura Goa Lawah

Pura Goa Lawah or Bat Cave Temple is a famous Balinese Hindu temple in Klungkung, Bali. Mpu Kuturan, who was one of the early priests who brought Hinduism to Bali, founded the temple in the 11th century. The temple is known to the public because of the main cave of this temple contains a large number of bats. This is also one of Bali’s six holiest temples and is generally referred to as the “six sanctuaries of the world”. According to Balinese beliefs, they are the pivotal points of the island and are meant to provide spiritual balance to Bali.

03 Bias Tugel Beach

Bias Tugel Beach is a picturesque white sandy beach, also called Pantai Kecil (Little Beach) or The White Sand Beach, and is the best beach in Padang Bai. This is a small secluded beach with about 130-meter stretch of white sand just south of the Padangbai Harbour (the main terminal for ferry to Lombok). This beach is ranked among the top 10 of the best-hidden beaches in Bali. The crystal clear water here is suitable for swimming, although sometimes the currents can be strong. 

04 Blue Lagoon Beach

Blue Lagoon Beach is another hidden gem just northeast of Bias Tugel Beach. It is regarded as an underwater paradise where there is clear water and plentiful marine life such as stargazers, the colorful scorpionfish, rays and the blue ribbon eel . This beach, surrounded by coral reefs, is one of the best places for snorkeling. You can choose a sunbathing spot right on the sand here, or opt for a place in the shade if you prefer, as the whole edge of the beach is lined with palm trees. 

05 Tirta Gangga

Literally, Tirta Gangga means water from the Ganges, and it is a place of certain Hindu Balinese reverence. Precisely, the name refers to the Water Palace that Gusti Gede Djelantik, the heir to the former Kingdom of Karangasem, constructed here from the late 1940s to the 1950s. The Tirta Gangga Water Palace, an amazing maze of pools and fountains surrounded by a lush garden and stone carvings and sculptures, is the main attraction in this area for tourists.

06 Pura Lempuyang Luhur

Pura Lempuyang Luhur located in the slope of Mount Lempuyang in Karangasem, is one of the oldest and the most revered temple in Bali. Actually, the temple is a series of several temples along the summit hiking route. At 1,175m above sea level, up to the summit of the namesake Mount Lempuyang, the main temple is also the highest, the Pura Lempuyang Luhur. The Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang is the most famous temple among tourists. From the temple gate, the entire landscape offers the best scenery.

07 Amed Beach

Amed has a long stretch of dark grey volcanic sand beach that runs about 14 km east from the village of Culik and includes the seven villages of Amed, Jemeluk, Bunutan, Lipah, Selang, Banyuning and Aas. The primary attraction here is its natural underwater marine life, such as coral reefs and exquisite fish. This makes Amed Beach a popular place freediving, snorkeling, and scuba diving. In addition, the pace of life here is slow and the coastal scenery is spectacular, making Amed the ideal place for a relaxing holiday in Bali.

08 Goa Gajah

Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) is an artificial cave built in ancient times in the 9th century that functions as a place of worship & a sanctuary. The name Elephant Cave is possibly derived from the carving of a giant face above the cave’s main entrance, thought to resemble the face of an elephant. The discovery of the Elephant Cave originated from a report by the Dutch East Indies official, LC. Heyting in 1923 who found the statues of Ganesha. This is now a famous tourists hot-spot in Bali.

09 Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA)

ARMA is one of Bali’s fine arts museums showcases various collections of paintings by well-known Balinese artists, as well as foreign artists such as Walter Spies, Adrian Jean Le Mayeur, Rudolph Bonnet and Arie Smit, who have made Bali their home. The buildings in the museum were designed in traditional Balinese architectural styles. The two main buildings, Bale Daja & and Bale Dauh both covering an area of ​​3,300 m2 and ​​1,200 m2 respectively, stand in the middle of trees, fountains and ponds & rice fields.

10 Ubud Monkey Forest

Ubud Monkey Forest or Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is a famous tourist attraction in Ubud. It is a sanctuary and natural habitat of the ravenous Balinese long-tailed Monkey. More than 1000 monkeys are known to live in this forest, with 186 plant and tree species covering a total area of 12.5 hectares of land. Be wary of the monkeys that occupy the forest here as they are experts in stealing possessions like glasses, cameras and even handbags, and have been known to attack people carrying food.

11 Puri Saren Agung (Ubud Palace)

Puri Saren Agung is a large historica palace located at the intersection of Monkey Forest and Raya Ubud roads. Up until the 1940s, this was the palace of the kings of Ubud, and some royal descendants live there to this day. The residence of the last reigning monarch of Ubud, Tjokorda Gede Agung Sukawati (1910–1978), is still held by the royal family. In its courtyard, dance performances and ceremonies are performed. The palace was also one of the first hotels in Ubud and opened its doors back in the 1930s.

12 Saraswati Temple (Pura Taman Saraswati)

Saraswati Temple or officially known as  Pura Taman Kemuda Saraswati was built in 1951 and was completed in 1952. This is a famous Hindu Balinese temple dedicated to Sarasvati, the Hindu deity of learning, literature and art, in Ubud. The most noteworthy aspect of the temple is its lotus pond and water garden. The edges of the pond are decorated by Plumeria (frangipani) trees, while the straight bridge-like access is decorated with paras (volcanic tuff) of Hindu mythological figures.

13 Pura Gunung Lebah

Pura Gunung Lebah is a Hindu temple surrounded by ornate carvings and colorful statues in the scenic jungle. This is a historic temple which was built in the 8th century on a protruded rock. It is now a popular attraction for tourists and a prominent landmark in central Ubud. There is a story inherent in this temple; it is said that there were two giants luh (woman) and muani (man) living in a cave in the vicinity of Gunung Lebah Temple. According to the myth, both giants were killed by the local community.

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15 Sangeh Monkey Forest

Sangeh Monkey Forest is another popular monkey forest besides Ubud Monkey Forest. It is a fertile monkey forest that the group of macaques dwells in. Legend has it that these monkeys are descendants of the army assembled by the monkey king Hanuman. The monkeys here are as audacious as elsewhere in Bali so hang on to your belongings. There is also a historic temple in the heart of the forest, Pura Bukit Sari, which was established as an agricultural temple around the 17th century.

16 Taman Ayun Temple

Taman Ayun Temple or Pura Taman Ayun literally translates as ‘beautiful garden’ and is usually known as one of Bali’s most attractive temples. It was the Royal Temple of the Mengwi Empire, built as a family temple by the King of Mengwi in 1634 and restored in 1750. The temple’s terraced courtyards are set in very well tended grounds, surrounded and reached by man-made waterways over a bridge. The entire site is classified by UNESCO and it adheres to its criteria. There are several world language guides available.

17 Bali Butterfly Park

Bali Butterfly Park (Taman Kupu Kupu Bali in Balinese), located in Tabanan Regency, Central Bali, has an area of about 1 hectare. This beautiful park in Southeast Asia is said to be the biggest of its kind. It’s a conservation garden with a few hundred butterflies in the park that live and breed. There is also a small but well run center with some very rare & impressive species on display for butterfly study and education. It shows collections of dried butterflies and insect specimens set in glass frames that can also be souvenirs.

18 Tegallalang Rice Terrace

Tegallalang Rice Terrace is a famous tourist attraction area that offers spectacular views of terraced rice fields in Gianyar, Bali. The main view of the Tegallalang Rice Terrace is the steps of agricultural land, or what is commonly known as terraces. The number of trees around Tegallalang Rice Terrace makes the atmosphere even more beautiful and shady. Painters and nature lovers enjoy this venue, and there are numerous art kiosks and cafes nearby selling their wares. – Best things to do in Bali for nature lovers.

19 Pura Gunung Kawi

Pura Gunung Kawi (Poet Mountain Temple) is believed to be the burial complex of King Anak Wungsu and his several wives, dated from the eleventh century. The position at the bottom of a steep valley lined with paddy fields, reached by climbing down 371 stairs, is very breathtaking. Not easy to climb all those steps, but it’s worth it to see one of Bali’s oldest and biggest ancient monuments in this lush green river valley. The buildings are cut into the sides of a steep river gorge, with twisted trees and vines crossing the river.

20 Pura Mengening

Pura Mengening, one of Bali’s best-kept secrets, is a natural wonderland that every visitor to the island should explore. This Hindu temple is an ancient site that dates back to King Marakata’s reign in 1022 AD. This temple is now a place to conduct “melukat” (self-cleaning with holy water) and to make “tirtha” requests (holy water for ceremonies for Hindus). There are also ten “klebutan” or springs, that are used as showers, with each having its own purpose and name.

21 Pura Pegulingan

Pura Pegulingan is another popular tourist attractions located in Manukaya Village, Tampaksiring Subdistrict, Gianyar Regency which a place of worship for Hindus and also Buddhists. With our daily lives, this magnificent ancient temple offers a new sensation. It is thought to have been constructed during King Masula Masuli’s reign in Bali in the 11th century AD or caka 1178 and was discovered in 1982. This temple complex was designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012. 

22 Tirta Empul Temple

Tirta Empul Temple is the most holy place of worship for adherents of Balinese Hinduism in Indonesia. Balinese Hindus visit this water temple for ritual purification because of its sacred spring water which is said to have been created by The God Indra and possess curative properties. It was founded around a large water spring in 962 A.D. during the Warmadewa dynasty (10th-14th centuries). Tourists from all over the world also come to this place to marvel at its beauty and bathe in its refreshing blessed water.

23 Istana Kepresidenan Tampaksiring 

Istana Kepresidenan Tampaksiring (Tampaksiring Palace) is a palace built in 1957 and finished in 1963 after Indonesia’s independence. It was in modernism combined with elements of Balinese architecture. The palace is made up of 4 main buildings that are spread out over a 19-hectare area. The main palace buildings are situated on a higher ground with views of Mount Agung and Tirta Empul Temple. The conference centre, where official meetings are normally held, was another impressive feature of the complex.

24 Gunung Kawi Sebatu

Pura Gunung Kawi Sebatu is a Hindu Holy Spring Temple with some beautiful ponds and pools full of crystal clear spring water. The temple is dedicated to Vishnu, the Hindu God of Water, and was constructed in the 11th century. The spring water in this area has been used for purification rituals for centuries and is still in use today. These temples also have majestic ancient shrines and lush verdant gardens, making them one of the most peaceful and beautiful temple environments in Bali.

25 Bali River Rafting

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26 Tukad Cepung Waterfall

Tukad Cepung Waterfall is a true secret gem situated just outside of Ubud in Banjar Penida. This is a one-of-a-kind waterfall because it is sandwiched between two 15-meter-high cliffs. It was listed as a new tourist attraction because of the elegance of the waterfall, which has made this tourist attraction popular in recent years. The scenery in this location is breathtaking, and you can swim in crystal-clear water in a serene environment. Definitely one of the most Instagram-worthy location in Bali.

27 Besakih Temple

Besakih Temple also known as the “Mother Temple” is largest and the most important temple of Bali. The temple, which is situated about 950 metres above sea level on the southwest slope of Gunung Agung, was most likely built in the 8th century. The complex contains over 200 structures, including at least 86 associated temples, the largest and most prominent of which is Pura Penataran Agung. The stone bases here and several other temples resemble megalithic stepped pyramids, which date back at least 2,000 years.

28 Mount Agung

Mount Agung or commonly known as Gunung Agung by locals, is the highest peak on the island of Bali (approximately 3,100 metres above sea level) and Indonesia’s fifth highest volcano. The most recent major eruptions occurred in late November 2017, and it is still an active volcano. Mount Agung is home to the ‘Mother Temple’ of Besakih, which has great spiritual significance for the people of the island. It is part of the Bali backbone, which is made up of a series of volcanoes. Sunrise from the summit is magnificent. 

29 Mount Batur

Mount Batur or Gunung Batur (1717 meters above sea level) is another active volcano on the island of Bali, situated in the middle of two concentric calderas northwest of Mount Agung. According to the history, the first eruption, which occurred around 30,000 years ago, was one of the largest recorded volcanic events on Earth, and the most recent eruption occurred in the year 2000. This mountain is a renowned trekking destination with breathtaking views of Bali’s largest lake, Danau Batur (16 km²). 

30 Pura Ulun Danu Batur

Pura Ulun Danu Batur also known as “Pura Batur” or “Pura Ulun Danu” is considered the second most important temple in Bali after Besakih Temple. It was established in the 17th century and is dedicated to the god Vishnu and the goddess of the lake Dewi Danu. During the eruption of Mount Batur in 1917 causing thousands of casualties, the black lava flow stopped at the gates of this temple. Due to this reason, the Balinese people saw this as a good omen and decided to stay in the area. Following the destruction of the original temple compound, the temple was relocated and rebuilt in 1926.

31 Nungnung Waterfall

Nungnung Waterfall, in the Badung Regency of Bali, has become a popular stopover destination for many tourists. This 50-meter-high waterfall has been well-preserved, and the natural and beautiful environment here gives tourists a sense of peace. Aside from that, it is at an elevation of 900 metres above sea level, so it has a cool environment. Tukad Bangkung Bridge, about 5 miles away from the waterfall, is also worth a visit. It is recognised as Asia’s tallest bridge, with pillars that reach a height of 71.14 metres.

32 Jatiluwih Rice Terrace

Jatiluwih Rice Terrace is a well-known tourist attraction in Tabanan, Bali’s District of Penebel. It has a wide area of rice fields (over 600 hectares) with a spectacular panoramic view of terraced rice fields. This relatively cool highland offers fresh air & stunning scenery, and it’s conveniently close to the Batukaru mountains. Jatiluwih is one of the five rice terraces that describe the Subak (traditional water irrigation system) which has gain acknowledgement from UNESCO in 2019 as part of the world’s cultural heritage.

33 Pura Luhur Batukaru

Pura Luhur Batukaru also known as Batukaru Temple is a temple dedicated to the Mahadeva God. This is a particularly sacred site, which has been majestically situated on the slopes of Mount Batukaru (Bali’s second-highest volcano with 2,276 m height) since the 11th century. The temple is located high on the mountain’s slopes (1,300 metres above sea level), and the misty, drizzly microclimate here just adds to the temple’s unmistakably mystical atmosphere. This temple is also one of nine directional temples of Bali.

34 Pura Ulun Danu Beratan

Pura Ulun Danu Beratan is a famous temple in the Bedugul Highlands, located on the western shores of Lake Beratan (Danau Beratan). It is probably the most photographed temple on the island, and it is definitely one of Bali’s most iconic pictures. Built in 1633, this illusory floating temple is dedicated to Ida Batara Dewi Ulun Danu, the goddess of the lake. The mountains that surround this location lend it a mesmerizing, dreamy feel, making it a renowned photography and tourist destination.

35 Lake Tamblingan

Lake Tamblingan is the smallest lake within an ancient volcanic caldera after Lake Buyan and Lake Beratan. This lake is surrounded by thick rainforest and archaeological ruins from the Tamblingan civilization, which dates back to the 10th century.  Many small ancient temples dot the area along the lake’s shore and in the surrounding area. The main temple, Pura Dalem Tamblingan, was first mentioned in the 10th century and is located on the eastern shore of the lake.

36 Banyumala Twin Waterfalls

Banyumala Twin Waterfalls is one of Northern Bali’s most stunning waterfalls. Despite its breathtaking natural beauty, this hidden gem has yet to attract the crowds that frequent Gitgit Waterfall. It only opened to the public as a tourist attraction in 2015. This falls is known as a “twin” because it has two cascading falls that are about 40 metres tall. The massive waterfalls cascade down a rocky boulder, creating a natural pool at the bottom where you can go for a refreshing swim. One of the best things to do in Northern Bali.

6 Best Things To Do in North Bali

01 Gitgit Waterfall

Gitgit Waterfall is one of North Bali’s best and most popular tourist attractions. It is known for its height (approximately 50 metres) as well as the lovely surrounding foliage and natural swimming pools, which are accessible through a rocky walking path. This is one of Bali’s largest waterfalls, and it’s difficult to appreciate its size when you’re up close and personal with the thundering mist. Large and small rocks are strewn around the waterfall, which is surrounded by crystal clear water.

02 Aling-Aling Waterfall

Aling-Aling Waterfall is just within 12 km from Gitgit Waterfall above. Since the environment in the surrounding area is still natural and well protected, this 35-meter-high waterfall is arguably a place that is still virgin and pleasant. The water flow is split in two, with the right-hand waterfall having a bigger water discharge than the left-hand waterfall. A pool with a depth of approximately 4 metres is one of the most popular spots for cliff jumping and water slides. – Best Things to Do in North Bali for Cliff Jumpers.

03 Lovina Beach

Lovina Beach extends for over 8 kilometres along the coast, with grey and black volcanic sand and a series of coastal villages. Lovina is now the hub of tourism activities in Bali’s northern region, with a wide range of hotels, restaurants, bars, cafés, shops, and transportation options. Diving, snorkelling, and early-morning boat trips off the coast to see dolphins are all common activities for tourists here. The trips to see dolphins normally last about two hours. – Best Things To Do In North Bali for Dolphin Lovers.

04 Singsing Waterfall

Singsing Waterfall is another hidden gem in Northern Bali. It consists of two waterfalls, both of which are just about 12 metres in height. The distance between the first and second waterfalls is approximately 100 metres. Follow the path shown by the sign from the carpark until you reach the lower waterfall (about a kilometre). Cross the stream and continue up the hill on another (steep) track to meet the upper waterfall. Continue up the stairs to the Sing Sing Resort, you will see stunning views of Lovina and the Bali Sea.

05 Banjar Hot Spring

Banjar Hot Spring is a natural hot spring, locally known as “Air Panas Banjar“, and consists of three public and one private pool set in the middle of the jungle in a beautifully landscaped tropical garden. In a lush garden area, this is an enchanting hot springs with stone carved mouths gushing water. The waters have a high sulphur content and are naturally a pleasant temperature. The whole experience is profoundly healing and purifying. On-site lockers and changing rooms are also available.

06 Brahma Vihara Arama

Brahma Vihara Arama or Vihara Buddha Banjar is the largest Buddhist monastery located on the mountains near Lovina in Northern Bali. The statues and architecture of this temple have a number of Hindu influences. This monastery began to be established around 1969 and was completed in 1970, and has since served as a holy pilgrimage site and a source of enlightenment for thousands of people. Meditation halls, libraries, numerous sculptures, orange roof, and lush gardens are among the complex’s features. 

3 Best Things To Do in West Bali

01 Pura Pulaki

Pura Pulaki is a Hindu shrine situated about 25 metres from the beach on a hillside. This temple is home to monkeys who are thought to be the descendants of Dewa (Gods). Pulaki has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and it may have been the core of a pre-Hindu religion that used a staged pyramid as a religious structure. In 1987, several stone axe-shaped tools were discovered in Pura Melanting, a temple nearby. The stunning beach in front of the temple, with calm seawater, is one of the attractions for visitors.

02 West Bali National Park

West Bali National Park with an area of about 190 km² is located in the most northwestern tip of Bali. When the council of Bali rulers declared the park as a nature park in 1917, it became the first official recognition of the park as a significant area. In 1941, it was designated as an Indonesian National Park. More than 160 bird species have been reported in the park, including the near-extinct Bali Starling, Bali’s only endemic vertebrate species and a major reason for the park’s creation.

03 Menjangan Island

Menjangan Island is a tiny island which is about 10 kilometres Northwest of Bali’s mainland. It is also part of the West Bali National Park Conservation Area. The island is inhabited by Menjangan (a type of wild deer) and considered to be an important part of the local tourism industry, because its marine fauna incorporates one of the best-preserved coral reefs in the area. The beauty of the underwater scenery is the main attraction here, and it is one of the best places on the island of Bali for scuba diving and snorkelling.

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