27 Unmissable Things to Do in Bali: Creating Your Dream Bali Bucket List

Why do so many travellers from around the world flock to Bali? Well, the Bali bucket list can be summed up in three words: TROPICAL, CULTURAL AND AFFORDABLE! It can be honestly said that of Indonesia’s cities, The concentration of travel activities is the attractions in Bali.

Whether you’re a culture buff, thirsty surfer, waterfall lover, island-hopping hipster, party hunter, or sun-seeking beach dweller, you can truly find tropical palm tree perfection at every turn – truly the best of Bali.

There is a place to visit in Bali for every type of traveller and what I most love is that it’s a lot easier on the pocket than other island destinations like Mauritius and Maldives!

From the must-see temples to wandering lush emerald rice terraces, the Bali bucket list is a collection of moments that are the best things to do in Bali Indonesia.

This is a map of Bali with some of these incredible Bali Bucket list locations

1. Try a Bali Floating Breakfast

Swarming the Instagram feeds for the last few years, the Bali floating breakfast is honestly a bucket list item that I strongly recommend you tick off. As a result of its growing social media popularity, many accommodations in Bali now offer this luxurious experience.

MY TOP BALI FLOATING BREAKFASTS ARE:

KAMANDALU RESORT (1ST PICK)

Ubud is considered to be the epicentre of the floating breakfast craze, most likely because’s the area surrounded by the lushest, jungle and rainforest atmosphere.

KAYON JUNGLE RESORT (2ND PICK)

Whether you’re ballin’ on a budget or living the champagne lifestyle, you’ll find luxury and affordable options. This is now one of the most coveted things to do at Bali hotels!

SAMSARA UBUD (3RD PICK)

Thankfully the craze has expanded to the rest of the island. Below I’ve listed some of the most popular places to stay to get your Bali floating breakfast:

SEMINYAK

🍳 The Daya

🍳 Ziva A Boutique

🍳 Villa Kayu Raja

CANGGU

🍳 Sense

🍳 Shore Amora

🍳 Kalapa

📖 RELATED READ: 35 Fabulous Floating Breakfast Bali Hotels with Pricing and Details

TRAVELIST TIP: Want to get others lusting after this experience? Make it a photographic event! Don’t be shy to ask politely for your accommodation staff to take your picture, they’ve become quite used to this request, but if you know your angles, giving them direction is key.

Want to try a FLOATING BREAKFAST WITHOUT A HOTEL STAY?  Try these awesome Combo Tours:

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➡️ Ubud Floating Breakfast & Hot Air Balloon Tour (4.4/5 star rated + 38 Reviews) >> BOOK

2. Explore the Fifty Shades of Green at the Rice Terraces

Tegalalang Rice Terraces in Bali – Bali Bucket List

Of the many (many) sights to see in Bali, this is one of my favourites. Sometimes the bustle of the party scene and crowded beaches makes you crave a bit of solitude and serenity and this is truly the place to find it. There are two main rice terraces to visit in Bali, the first (and more popular) is:

1) Tegalalang Rice Terraces (Ubud)

2) Jatiluwih Rice Terraces (North West Bali) 📖 READ THE FULL POST

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There is an enchanting and calming nature to being surrounded by vast green rolling hills. Best visited first thing in the morning or late afternoon, it sets a gorgeous background for peace and stillness in refuge from the city.

TRAVELIST TIP: This is high on the Indonesia Bali tourist attractions list because both are equally beautiful, but if you’re looking to avoid the crowds a tiny bit more, then choose Jatiluwih Rice Terraces for a visit.

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces in North East Bali – Bali bucket list

3. Go Island Hopping on the Nusa Islands

woman sitting on ledge of Kelingking cliff Nusa Penida west day trip to Nusa Penida from Bali Indonesia
Kelingking Cliff on Nusa Penida Island – Bali Bucket list

The Nusa islands hold some of the most photographed unique landscapes in Indonesia and are a short speed boat ride away from Bali. The Nusa Islands are comprised of:

🏝️ Nusa Penida

🏝️ Nusa Lembongan

🏝️ Nusa Ceningan

Instagram-worthy Places to Visit in Nusa Penida include:

📸 WEST: Angel’s Billabong, Broken Beach and Kelingking Cliff

📸 EAST: Atuh Beach, Diamond Beach, Crystal Bay and Rumah Pohon Treehouse

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I strongly recommend staying on Nusa Penida and doing a two-day tour with a sprinkling of snorkelling with manta rays too.

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TRAVELIST TIP: If you only have a day to visit Nusa Penida, I recommend the Nusa Penida West tour with snorkelling at Manta Bay, Crystal Bay and Wall Point. If you have the opportunity to stay overnight then you need to check out the East attractions of Nusa Penida too- Jaw-dropping!

NUSA PENIDA RELATED POSTS:

📖 READ: Is Nusa Penida Worth Visiting?

📖 READ: 20 Amazing Things To Do in Nusa Penida: Bali’s Beautiful Neighbour

📖 READ: 15 Gastronomic Treasures: The Best Nusa Penida Restaurants to Visit

📖 READ: The Best Places to Stay on Nusa Penida – All regions and budgets covered

📖 READ: Picking the Best Nusa Penida East Tours

📖 READ: A Guide to The Best Nusa Penida West Tours

4. Get Jiggy at Gili Islands

The Gili Islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air) are also definitely worth mentioning. The three islands each have their own inciting activities if you’re looking for amazing parties, beach lounging, incredible diving or even snorkelling with turtles- All can be done on these stunning pieces of paradise!

🏝️ Gili Trawangan: Party Central – plenty of bars, cafes, restaurants and very touristy

🏝️ Gili Meno: Home of the sculpture (yes the one you see all over the ‘gram). A quieter vibe with plenty of snorkelling and hotels

🏝️ Gili Air: Quiet Seclusion -For those seeking relaxation and romance (plenty of honeymoon hotels and resorts)

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Although Nusa Islands are closer, some prefer to add visiting the Gili islands if you’re visiting Lombok too, the next big island East of Bali. Regardless of whether you visit one or both, this needs to be added to your activities to do in Bali

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This is one of my favourite Indonesia Bali places to visit because I absolutely am in awe of the underwater wildlife and the untouched island’s natural beauty.

5. Experience Sunrise with an Active Volcano in Bali

Mount Batur volcano sunrise hike viewpoint – Bali bucket list

Trekking to the summit of Mount Batur is truly one of the once-in-a-lifetime Bali activities.

Okay, now a 4 am start might not be for everyone, but gosh, the reward is an experience that will stay etched in your soul forever.

In the stillness of pre-dawn, you will watch as the dark gradually transforms to a hazy pink before the first gilded glow ascends from the horizon. After the Batur sunrise, you’ll witness the sea of clouds engulfing your surroundings which is unlike anything you can compare to in the world.

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TRAVELIST TIP: Dress in layers, despite the rest of the island being extremely tropical and humid, at a summit height of approximately 1700 metres above sea level, it’s going to be rather chilly before sunrise.

This is definitely for those looking for more adventure activities in Bali, but it’s totally worth the early wake-up and trek! It was one of the most fun things to do in Bali – for me at least!

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6. Find Peace at a Bali Water Temple

Regardless of your religious background, visiting temples in Bali has been high on the travellers’ Bali Places to visit list for years!

📖 RELATED READ: 15 Incredible Temples in Bali: Exploring Bali’s Spiritual Essence

Tanah Lot temple perched on the ocean rocks – Bali Bucket list

Why? Because these are honestly some of the most unique water temples in the world. The two water temples I recommend you top your list with are Tanah Lot Temple (above) and Ulun Danu (below).

Tanah Lot Temple is great for sunset viewing as its located on the ocean shore and watching the tide come in and engulf the base to create the illusion of the temple floating on water is simply gorgeous.

📖 RELATED READ: Witness the Stunning Tanah Lot Sunset (with 4 Insider Tips to Dodge the Crowds)

Ulun Danu Temple
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple floating on the lake – Bali Bucket list

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is another illusionist temple that appears to float on a lake, coupled with a mountainous landscape as its backdrop, this 350-year-old gem is nothing short of mesmerizing.

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7. Spoil yourself with a choice of Scenic Bali Sunsets

There are honestly countless places to enjoy a magical sunset scene in Bali. Whether you’re looking for the ocean view, beach vibe, utter silence, cliffside landscapes or lush forest vibes; there is something for everyone!

Here are a couple of awesome choices to see the fiery ombre of reds intertwined with the cotton candy clouds:

🌅THE LAWNTrendy cocktails and beach bar with an infinity pool

🌅MUNDUK MODING PLANTATION – to be in line with the sunset whilst dipping a toe in the infinity pool is simply magical

🌅LA BRISLA BALI – Brushing the brilliant volcanic sands of Echo Beach, A tropical dream, that invites you to slip away into the sea breeze whilst taking in the sunset

TRAVELIST TIP: Try a different place every day if you have the opportunity, As mentioned above the temples of Tanah Lot, Ulun Danu and Pura Lempuyang are also stunning for a sunset viewing of Bali’s best sights!

🌅 PEMUTERAN BAY – isolated, tranquil and serene. This is the absolute height of finding peace in Bali.

🌅SAYAN HOUSE UBUD – tucked into the lush rainforest, the islandy decor and moreish dishes are one of the best places to enjoy a sunset cocktail in Ubud

🌅LA PLANCHA – possibly the most popular and easily accessible place for first-time Bali beachgoers

TRAVELIST TIP: Beach clubs are bars are the most popular sunset viewing spots so if you’re planning to visit you may have to call and book ahead of time or get there early.

8. Stay in a Jungle Forest Villa

If nature therapy is your kind of holiday, a forest hotel is exactly what you need in Bali. As much as some love the ocean view, this island is more than just gorgeous beaches.

Imagine waking to the sounds of chirping birds and becoming engulfed in lush greenery while breakfast is served floating in your private pool. – Could it get any better?

Leave the city madness and enjoy luxurious jungle retreats. Reconnect with nothing but lush green jungles, and rich plantations – truly one of Bali’s best things to do.

CHECK OUT THESE GREAT BALI JUNGLE VILLA OPTIONS:

Nandini Jungle Resort

Bambu Indah

Desa Hay

Camaya Bali

Amarta Pesagi Eco Retreat

Bali Jungle Camping

TRAVELIST TIP: Staying at these truly encapsulates the feeling of nature with the luxury of hotel-style accommodation. It really is one of my must-do things in Bali given its affordability. Check to see if your villa has a pool or floating breakfast option. These accommodations are also great for drone shots but check with the villa first regarding drone regulations.

9. Swing into Nature with the Bali Swing

Bali Swing bali bucket list

One of the first major attractions in Bali for Instagrammers was the Bali swing. This shot and video are still highly coveted by social media influencers in the travel sphere. It is still one of the must-see places in Bali!

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Swinging into the vast lush green atmosphere of the rice fields or rainforest is really one of the fun things to do! Bali has really brought up its Instagram game!

AFFORDABLE JUNGLE SWING-ONLY TOURS WITH ADD’S ON:

➡️ Bali Swing Pioneer in Ubud (7K Booked, ⭐4.5 Star rated, 📝519 Reviews)

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TRAVELIST TIP: If you’re really looking for the ‘ultimate Bali look’ make sure you’re wearing the right attire. A long flowing dress or skirt looks great in the videos. You’ll find that there are dresses for hire at pretty much all swings. You can literally slip it on over your clothes, double-check before booking!

10. Play Hide and Seek with Monkeys at the Monkey Sanctuary

The Ubud Monkey Forest is the home to not one but three temples which are entwined and woven with jungle growths, vines and mystique! Cohabiting this area with the overgrown jungle temples are 100’s if not 1000’s of grey Balinese macaques monkeys. Watching these little guys jump from tree to tree and swing along the vines has become one of the top attractions in Bali!

MONKEY FOREST COMBO TOURS:

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As adorable as these critters are, they are equally mischievous. We also have to remember they are wild creatures. Visiting really has become one of the more unique things to do in Bali, but none of the monkeys are tame or to be touched.

The sanctuary also makes sure they are fed regularly but there is the option to buy some peanuts to feed them too, it really has become one of the top things to do in Bali.

TRAVELIST TIP: Don’t wear anything that isn’t securely attached to you, things like sunglasses, hats, loose jewellery etc. are easily grabbed and taken by the more mischievous monkeys. The monkey’s keen sense of smell is also a target to things that you may in your bag or backpack so leave your snacks behind unless you want to end up in the middle of an aggressive monkey food fight

11. Go Chasing Waterfalls

Bali sightseeing wouldn’t be complete without visiting a waterfall or two. On this stunning island, you’re spoilt for choice with 11 different waterfalls to choose from.

Sekumpul Waterfall
Munduk Waterfall
Aling Aling Waterfall

Depending on where you’re located there are great waterfalls near Ubud as well as in North and Central Bali. Tourist attractions like these are not often as frequented which is great because you can sometimes have the entire area to yourself, awesome for swimming, jumping off rocks and general photography.

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There is nothing better than trekking through some jungle foliage and gently hearing that rush of water.

BALI WATERFALLS NEAR UBUD

BALI WATERFALLS IN NORTH BALI

WATERFALLS IN CENTRAL BALI

Tegenungan Waterfall

TRAVELIST TIP: I know that if your trip is short you’re not going to be able to visit all of them but a waterfall visit should be at least one of your activities in Bali. Sightseeing Bali just wouldn’t be complete without a waterfall trip. Definitely try to check out Sekumpul Waterfall if you can only see one! If you have a free day, try a waterfall tour to tick a couple of these off your Bali best-of list!

📖 RELATED READ: Madakaripura and Tumpak Sewu Waterfall in East Java

12. Try a Nourishing and wholesome Bali Smoothie Bowl

I fell in love with the vibrant smoothie bowls in Bali! They’re not just delicious and healthy, but also a feast for the eyes. Many of the places to get them lie in Canggu, where you’ll find a plethora of cafes serving up these colourful delights topped with fresh fruits and granola.

These are some of my favourite Bali Smoothie Bowl cafes:

🍓Give (Canggu)

🍓Pels Supershop (Canggu)

🍓Kynd Community (Seminyak)

🍓Cafe Organic (Seminyak)

🍓The Loft (Uluwatu)

📖 RELATED READ: 15 Best & Beautiful Smoothie Bowls Bali: Taste, Price, Location and Instaworthiness

13. Enjoy the Harmony of Handara Gate

The Handara Gate, with its majestic Balinese architecture set against the backdrop of lush mountains, is an Instagrammer’s dream. I couldn’t resist taking a few snaps myself! It’s truly one of Bali’s most iconic lan

The gate is open from sunrise to sunset, but there’s a small entrance fee of IDR 30 000 (approximately $2). – BRING CASH

TRY THESE COMBO TOURS that include the HANDARA GATE:

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TRAVELIST TIP: Try to visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds and get the best light for your photos.

14. Find blue fire and a sulphuric lake at Mount Ijen Volcano

woman at Mount Ijen  standing at kawah ijen crater rim
An epic sunrise of Kawah Ijen volcanic crater lake

One of the most unforgettable experiences was my trip to Mount Ijen volcano to see the sulfuric lake at sunrise. The trek up the mountain wasnt challenging (literally just a steep uphill walk on a paved road).

The sight of the turquoise sulfuric lake, illuminated by the first rays of the sun, is truly magical. And if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the elusive blue fire!

📖 RELATED READ: The Magic of Mount Ijen: An Adventure to a Blue Flame Volcanic Crater Lake

This is an overnight trip from Bali, You’ll leave in the evening, travel to the port and cross over from there. Its an awesome experience and one of the more adventurous things on the Bali Bucketlist

TRAVELIST TIP: DRESS FOR THE COLD! As humid as Bali gets, when you’re up at 1000+ metres above sea level, the chill is real! Dress in layers, cause you definitely will get warm from the walk-up. Then you’ll add them back on as you wait for sunrise.

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15. Take a Dip with an Epic View in an Infinity Pool

There’s nothing quite as luxurious as lounging in an infinity pool with views of Bali’s lush landscapes. Some of my top picks include the Hanging Gardens of Bali, The Edge, and Munduk Moding Plantation. Each offers a unique perspective of Bali’s natural beauty, from verdant rainforests to rolling hills and vast oceans.

Here are a few more of my favourite Bali Infinity Pool Hotels/Resorts

Komaneka at Tanggayuda

ALILA VILLAS ULUWATU

SUARGA PADANG PADANG

16. Get Your Surf On with Affordable Lessons

The island’s diverse surf spots cater to all levels, from beginners to seasoned pros.

Kuta, with its sandy bottom and consistent breaks, is a fantastic spot for beginners, under the watchful eyes of the friendly local instructors. Canggu, with its mix of reef and beach breaks, offers a bit more of a challenge. My favourite spot there is Batu Bolong, known for its long rides and chilled-out vibe.

Then there’s Legian, located between Kuta and Seminyak, which offers fun, manageable waves and a vibrant beach scene. But it’s not just about the surf – it’s the stunning sunsets, the warm Balinese hospitality, and the post-surf Bintangs at the beach bars that make surfing in Bali truly epic!

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17. Pura Lempuyang Temple (Gates of Heaven)

Pura Luhur Lempuyang Temple in Bali Pura Lempuyang Gates of Heaven Temple
Pura Lempuyang (Gates of Heaven Temple) – Bali Bucket list

Nestled on the slopes of Mount Lempuyang, this ancient temple is a place of serene tranquillity and unmatched beauty. However, this Bali attraction has felt the heat from tourists over the last few years as a result of exposing the ‘Instagram vs Reality’ versions of the temple.

Now I’m not one to judge, whether you want the coveted shot or are more inclined to see the more ‘natural beauty’ of Bali without the edit – Its totally up to you 🙂

Regardless of the above, The temple’s exquisite architecture is a sight to behold, with captivating dragon heads and long tails descending from the top. But what truly takes your breath away is the ‘Gates of Heaven,’ an internet legend that frames the majestic Bali volcano in a picture-perfect view.

TRAVELIST TIP: Dress modestly when visiting Pura Lempuyang out of respect for the local culture. Yoga poses where your feet are high off the ground are also considered disrespectful. a sarong to cover your legs would be appropriate. As for the waiting time, arriving later in the afternoon is said to have a slightly shorter wait than an early morning start.

Pura Lempuyang Entrance Fee & Opening Hours: The temple is open from 7 am to 5 pm. The entrance fee is IDR 100 000 (approximately $7), If you want to take a shuttle to the top, instead of climbing over 200 stairs it’s an additional IDR 50 00

How long is the wait at Pura Lempuyang (Gates of Heaven Temple): Ok, so there’s no beating around the bush here, Pura Luhur Lempuyang Temple Bali is one of the most popular and busiest spots in Bali. It’s an estimated minimum 2-hour wait to take the photo between the Gates of Heaven. It could be shorter or longer depending on what time of year you visit as well as the time of day.

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18. Revelling in Bali’s Beach Clubs

As a beach lover and social butterfly, I must say that no trip to Bali is complete without a day spent at one of its iconic beach clubs. These tropical paradises are the epitome of Bali’s laid-back luxury, offering everything from beachfront lounging and sunset cocktails to world-class dining and vibrant nightlife.

First up is Sunday’s Beach Club, tucked away on a pristine white sandy beach in Uluwatu. Here, you can spend your day exploring the crystal-clear lagoon, lounging under the sun, or simply enjoying the live acoustic music by the bonfire at night. The vibe here is intimate and relaxed, making it the perfect place to unwind.

Next is The Lawn Canggu, a favourite of mine due to its breathtaking ocean views and hip, bohemian atmosphere. Whether you’re chilling on a daybed, sipping cocktails by the infinity pool, or dancing barefoot in the sand, you’ll definitely feel the Canggu cool here.

Finns Beach Club in Seminyak is another must-visit for its stunning bamboo structure, multiple pools, and epic sunset views. Their daily DJ sets and regular parties make it a hotspot for those looking to let loose.

La Brisla, located on the vibrant Seminyak beach, offers an equally laid-back vibe with its stylish decor, delicious tapas, and extensive cocktail menu. It’s the perfect spot for a chilled date or a girls’ night out.

Lastly, there’s Potato Head Beach Club, arguably Bali’s most famous beach club. With its quirky design, infinity pool overlooking the ocean, and impressive line-up of international DJs, it’s a place where unforgettable memories are made.

TRAVELIST TIP: Bali beach clubs often have either an entry fee or a minimum spend depending on where you want to sit/hang out. Daybeds and pool access will also depend on the pricing option you go for. If you go in a group it’s obviously easier to split the costs for a bigger area to chill in. These places also get super busy so be sure to look into booking ahead, especially for weekends!

Visiting these beach clubs should definitely be on your Bali bucket list. They perfectly embody Bali’s ‘work hard, play hard’ ethos, offering a unique blend of relaxation and revelry against the backdrop of Bali’s stunning natural beauty. So, get ready to soak up the sun, sip on a cocktail, and live it up, Bali-style!

19. Tirta Gangga Water Palace

Tirta Gangga Temple
Tirta Gangga – Bali Bucket list

Tirta Gangga, a former royal water palace, is an absolute gem. The garden’s intricate stone carvings, beautiful koi ponds, and tiered fountains are a testament to the island’s rich cultural heritage. Walking on the stepping stones amidst the koi fish was a surreal experience!

TRAVELIST TIP: Visit early in the morning to avoid the crowds and get the best lighting for your photos. You can also buy fish pellets to get the koi swarming for some pretty photos

Entrance Fee & Opening Hours: Tirta Gangga is open from 7 am to 6 pm daily. The entrance fee is IDR 30 000 (approximately $2).

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20. Relax and Unwind in a Stunning Bali Flower Bath

For a truly indulgent experience, you can’t miss a flower bath at one of Bali’s luxurious spas. Soaking in a tub filled with fragrant flowers and essential oils, overlooking the lush Balinese landscape… it’s the ultimate relaxation.

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Apart from taking some absolutely beautiful shots for the gram’ the benefits of the bath are pretty lovely too, especially for those with dehydrated skin, fatigue and looking for a general timeout from bustling Bali.

These are my top Bali flower bath picks:

🛁 THE UDAYA

🛁 WAPA DI UME SIDEMEN

🛁 PURI GANGGA

21. Take an Authentic Balinese Cooking Class

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Delicious Balinese and Indonesian delights- Bali Bucketlist

Even as a not-so-foodie, one of the most rewarding and immersive experiences I’ve had in Bali was participating in an authentic Balinese cooking class. It’s not just about learning to cook; it’s a deep dive into the rich culinary traditions of this beautiful island that will tantalize your taste buds and enrich your understanding of Bali’s vibrant culture.

Some of the tours actually begin with a trip to the local market, where you’ll experience the lively hustle and bustle of daily Balinese life, Surrounded by the vivid colours and enticing aromas of fresh produce and spices, you’ll handpick the ingredients for your cooking session under the guidance of your local chef. It definitely gives a deeper appreciation of the freshness and diversity of Balinese cuisine.

BALINESE COOKING CLASS TOURS

But the best part? Getting to devour your culinary creations at the end! There’s a unique sense of satisfaction in enjoying a meal that you’ve prepared yourself, especially when it’s bursting with the exotic flavours of Bali.

Why should a Balinese cooking class be on your Bali bucket list? Because it’s more than just a cooking class. It’s an enriching, sensory-filled journey that connects you with the heart of Bali – its people, its traditions, and of course, its delicious food. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you!

22. Taking a Holy Dip at Tirta Empul

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Visiting Tirta Empul, one of Bali’s largest and busiest water temples. The centrepiece of the temple is its series of purification pools, filled with holy spring water where worshippers and visitors alike can participate in a cleansing ritual.

As you dip into the cool, clear water and allow it to wash over you, it’s hard not to feel a sense of peace and rejuvenation. Many visitors have described feeling ‘healed’ after this unique experience.

But beyond the spiritual aspect, Tirta Empul is also a feast for the senses. The temple complex is vast and beautifully maintained, offering a pleasant walk where you can observe the ceremonies and people.

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While Tirta Empul can get quite touristy, the locals are very tolerant and welcoming to visitors, making it a must-visit regardless of your religious beliefs. Just remember to respect the sanctity of the place and follow the local customs.

So why should visiting Tirta Empul be on your Bali bucket list? Because it’s more than just a tourist spot. It’s a place where you can connect with Bali’s deep spiritual roots, cleanse your body and soul, and gain a deeper understanding of Balinese culture and traditions. It’s an experience that will leave you feeling refreshed, enlightened, and deeply grateful for the privilege of being a part of it.

23. Take in the Views at Uluwatu Temple

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Stunning sunset views at Uluwatu Temple – Bali Bucket list

Perched atop a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean, Uluwatu Temple offers stunning views and a unique cultural experience. The temple is home to a troop of mischievous monkeys, who are known to snatch belongings from unsuspecting visitors. But the real highlight is the mesmerizing Kecak Fire Dance performed at sunset.

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The epic fire dance performance at Uluwatu temple at sunset

24. Enjoy a Fresh Seafood Dinner in Jimbaran (right on the beach)

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There’s nothing quite like dining on fresh seafood as you watch the sunset over the ocean. Jimbaran Bay is famous for its beachfront seafood restaurants, where you can enjoy a feast of grilled fish, prawns, squid, and more, right on the sand.

A seafood dinner could cost anywhere from IDR 150,000 to 1,000,000 (approximately $10-$70) per person. Most restaurants are open from late afternoon until late in the night.

Helpful Tip: Make sure to check the prices before you order, as some places can be quite expensive.

25. Discovering the Magic of Ubud Markets

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Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali, is renowned for its vibrant markets that brim with life, color, and an array of enticing goods. A visit to these markets is a must-do for your Bali bucket list, offering a glimpse into the island’s rich arts and crafts tradition and providing endless shopping opportunities.

First up is the Ubud Traditional Art Market, also known as Pasar Seni Ubud. Located opposite the Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace, this bustling bazaar sells everything from clothes to jewelry, bags, souvenirs, footwear, and more. The market is a kaleidoscope of woodcarvings, home furnishings, silver-hammered boxes, stone carvings, original paintings, and traditional ikat textiles. Be sure to bargain a lot – it’s part of the fun!

Another must-visit is the Sukawati Art Market, Bali’s most distinguished and long-standing art market. Here you can find beautiful silk scarves, lightweight shirts, statues, kites, and more. This market is also the perfect spot to pick up Balinese handicrafts and other attractive items.

For a more local experience, head to the Badung Market. As one of the most visited markets in the Ubud District, it offers an authentic taste of everyday Balinese life, selling everything from fresh produce to household items.

TRAVELIST TIP: 1) Bargain: Price negotiation is definitely a part of the market culture in Bali. Don’t shy away from negotiating the price, but remember to be respectful and actually pay what is fair. Remember the people selling in a market are there to earn money to put food on their tables – so be considerate in negotiating. 2) Timing: The markets are open daily, usually from 08:00 to 18:00, with some stalls open until late at night. It’s best to go early in the morning to beat the crowds and the heat. 3) Cash is king: Most vendors only accept cash, so bring enough local currency.

Exploring Ubud’s markets is like stepping into a living tapestry of Balinese culture. It’s an experience that engages all your senses, leaving you with vibrant memories and unique souvenirs. So, make sure to add a visit to these markets to your Bali bucket list – it’s an adventure you won’t want to miss!

26. Soaring High with Paragliding in Bali

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There’s nothing quite like the thrill of paragliding, and in Bali, you’ll find some of the most stunning locations in the world to try this exhilarating sport. One such place is Timbis Beach, a hidden gem located on the island’s southern peninsula.

Here at Timbis Beach, you can embark on an unforgettable paragliding adventure, soaring high above the breathtaking Indian Ocean, limestone cliffs, and even hidden temples. Operated by Timbis Paragliding Bali, one of the safest tandem and course paragliding operators in Bali, you’re in good hands as you take flight.

For a different perspective, why not try paragliding from the famous Uluwatu Cliff? This experience allows you to glide over the tropical Balinese landscape, offering a unique vantage point of the island.

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Whether you’re a seasoned paraglider or a first-timer, there’s something for everyone. Timbis even offers a 2-day introductory paragliding course for those looking to dive deeper into the sport. And don’t worry about age restrictions – Timbis paragliding welcomes thrill-seekers from 5 to 60 years old!

The best time for paragliding in Bali is during the dry season, from April to October when the wind conditions are favourable.

TRAVELIST TIP: This is a given but please only do this activity if you feel comfortable and have TRAVEL INSURANCE! Always listen to your instructors and follow all the instructions

Adding paragliding to your Bali bucket list is a no-brainer. It’s an adrenaline-fueled adventure that offers unparalleled views of Bali’s stunning landscape. So why wait? Take the leap and experience the magic of flight in Bali!

Embracing Serenity with a Yoga Retreat in Bali

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If you’re looking to add a unique, rejuvenating experience to your Bali bucket list, then immersing yourself in a yoga retreat or class should definitely be a consideration. The island’s tranquil settings and rich spiritual heritage make it an idyllic destination for both budding yogis and seasoned practitioners.

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Bali’s yoga retreats are more than just stretching and deep breathing; they offer a holistic journey into well-being. Whether nestled amidst lush rice terraces, perched on cliff tops overlooking the ocean, or hidden within serene forests, these retreats are havens of peace and tranquillity.

The benefits of a yoga retreat in Bali extend far beyond the physical. It’s an opportunity to deepen your yoga practice, explore meditation, and discover your inner strength. It’s a chance to detach from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy solitude, which can be incredibly healing.

And let’s not forget the community aspect. Attending a yoga retreat or class is a great way to connect with like-minded individuals from around the world. You’ll share experiences, exchange stories, and form bonds that may last long after the retreat ends.

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Bali Bucket List Frequently Asked Questions

Apart from the countless places to visit in Bali, here’s a few more reasons to seal the deal:

IT’S CHEAP (particularly when you compare it to the likes of Bora Bora)

IT’S HEALTH CONSCIOUS (there are now endless vegan, vegetarian and nutritious food options)

IT’S FRIENDLY (the people in Bali are kind and welcoming)

IT’S GORGEOUS (whether it’s the ridiculously stunning island landscapes, the ancient temples or the beautiful jungle and rainforest

IT’S JUST AWE-INSPIRING (many people describe a feeling when visiting Bali, I call it the island energy)

I easily fill this article with 100+ attractions of Bali, but that’s not the point here. These are the best things to do in Bali.

If you’re in Bali for a quick vacay, I wanted to give you the ULTIMATE BALI BUCKET LIST-WORTHY things you have to experience whilst being on the Island of the gods.

Here’s hoping it inspires you to return to experience the countless more Bali attractions this paradise has to offer.

I hope this has answered your questions about what to do in Bali, this is the coveted Bali things to see and do which you could easily fit into 1 week in Bali. I know there are plenty of tourist attractions, Bali truly has no shortage but I think that these are the ones that truly give you the essence of the island.

Do you think any other places of interest in Bali should be added to the Bali bucket list? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear about Bali Indonesia tourist spots you’ve visited too!

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