10 things to do in Bali Indonesia

Bali is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations in Indonesia, and the second most visited city in south East Asia. This best 10 things to do in Bali will help you make your trip easier. Bali has a unique atmosphere. You will feel it once you land in Denpasar.  You will meet lots of different people here, travellers, honeymooners, surfers, and digital nomads. I used to live in Bali for one year back in 2015. Le me show you the best things to do in Bali Indonesia.

In addition to the abundant attractions that Bali has to offer, here are a few more reasons to solidify your decision:

  1. AFFORDABILITY: Bali provides excellent value for your money, especially when compared to destinations like maldives.

  2. HEALTH-CONSCIOUS CUISINE: The island boasts a wide range of options for vegans, vegetarians, and those seeking nutritious meals, ensuring a plethora of choices for health-conscious individuals.

  3. FRIENDLINESS: The people of Bali are renowned for their warm and welcoming nature, creating an atmosphere of kindness and hospitality.

  4. NATURAL BEAUTY: Bali captivates with its breathtaking landscapes, from stunning island vistas to ancient temples, as well as its lush jungles and rainforests.

1. Visit Diamond Beach

things to do in Bali

With its white sandy beaches, crystal clear blue waters, and towering limestone cliffs, Diamond Beach in Nusa Penida Island could easily earn the title of the “most beautiful place in Bali”. It’s a destination that simply must be visited!

Travel tip

If you find yourself with just a day to explore Nusa Penida, I highly recommend the Nusa Penida West tour, which includes snorkeling at Manta Bay. However, if you have the luxury of staying overnight, make sure to also explore the captivating attractions of East Nusa Penida.

2. Explore Tegalalang Rice Terraces


Tegalalang Rice Terraces located in north of Ubud is one of Bali’s most photogenic and most-visited destinations. The UNESCO World Heritage Site contains wide, undulating layers of rice paddies, kept alive by an ancient, sophisticated irrigation system and farmers who tend the terraces just as previous generations have done for millennia. You can explore this area freely. Take a short stroll or navigate its entire length; descend to some of the lower slopes (if the farmers don’t mind) for a different vantage point; or grab a seat at an open-air cafe when you need a break. Make sure you add it on your 10 Things to do in Bali Indonesia list. 

Travel tip

if you prefer a slightly less crowded experience, go early in the morning or go to Jatiluwih Rice Terraces.

3. Sekumpul Waterfalls

waterfalls nature in Indonesia

One of Bali’s hidden gems is the Sekumpul Waterfall, which is located away from the other tourist attractions. To reach the foot of the waterfall, you’ll need to take a 40-minute hike through the lush jungle. Once you arrive, you’ll be greeted by the breathtaking sight of a powerful and enormous waterfall. This is a must-do activity and should be at the top of your 10 Things to do in Bali list.

4. Monkey Forest in Ubud

Things to do in Bali

Explore the kingdom of Monkeys in the heart of Ubud. It is a forest where monkeys roam free. the Sacred Monkey Forest should be part of your itinerary in Ubud. Almost 600 monkeys live at the Bali monkey forest! This is a 12 hectare (30 acre) jungle area surrounding an old 14th century Hindu temple, located in the heart of Ubud. Discover Serenity at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary by adding it on the 10 Things to do in Bali Indonesia. 

Travel tips

Avoid having sunglasses, hats, loose jewellery etc... they can be easily grabbed and taken by the monkeys. The monkeys can smell food and can target the things you have in your bag or backpack so leave your snacks behind.

5. Kecak Fire Dance

kecak dance in Bali

The Kecak Fire Dance is a traditional Balinese dance performance that tells a story through dance and a group of 65 human vocals acting as instruments. The performance is a mesmerizing sight to behold and should definitely be on your list of things to experience in Bali. You can witness the dance at sunset in a cliff-top amphitheater at Uluwatu Temple or in the center of Ubud town. Don’t miss the chance of the best 10 Things to do in Bali to witness this unique cultural performance during your Bali trip.

6. Uluwatu Cliff

uluwatu cliff in south Bali

Located on the deep south tip of Bali, the Uluwatu Cliff, also known as Karan Boma Cliff, is a stunning natural wonder where the limestone cliffs drop straight down into the ocean. With a height of 70 meters, it offers a breathtaking panoramic view that is particularly stunning during sunset. This is amongst one of best thing to do in Bali, so make sure to include it in your itinerary.

7. Hike to the top of Mount Batur for sunrise

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If you like physical challenges and beautiful scenery, Mt. Batur is a great place to trek. The mountain has two summits: one called South Peak (1,717 meters) and one called North Peak (1,731 meters). Both are active volcanoes; South Peak last erupted in 1992, while North peaked most recently in 1985. You can choose a guided or non-guided tour. Guided tours generally use minibuses up and down while non-guided tours hike up and climb down on their own. Trekking Mt. Batur isn’t overly difficult physically if you are acclimated to higher altitudes; make sure to put it on your best 10 things to do in Bali, Indonesia.

Travel tips

When visiting the summit, it's advisable to dress in layers. Although the majority of the island is characterized by a tropical and humid climate, at an elevation of approximately 1700 meters above sea level, the temperatures can be quite chilly, particularly before sunrise.

8. Ride down the waterslides at Waterbom Park, Nusa Dua

nusa dua bali

Spend a day with your kids (or let out your inner child) at Waterbom Park, Nusa Dua. It’s got everything you’d expect from an all-day waterpark: nine waterslides ranging from family-friendly leisure rides to heart-pounding speed slides; a wave pool; and fun-filled kid’s activities. As for price, foreigners are required to pay IDR200k for an adult ticket and IDR100k for kids aged 1 – 11 years old. You can save some money by purchasing tickets online on their website or via KTPassport before you arrive.

9. explore Goa Gajah

Goa Gajah bali

Also known as Elephant Cave Temple, Goa Gajah is a Hindu temple and is believed to have been built back in 16 century by King Airlangga. The monument became famous because of its elephant-like appearance. Aside from providing good photo opportunities for tourists, it also functions as a meditation and prayer site for some locals who come here seeking salvation. 

10. Thomas Beach

Thomas Beach, located in the south of Bali not far from Uluwatu, is a long, sprawling, white-sand beach flanked by willowy palm trees. It’s managed to keep itself a well-guarded secret, drawing only the most curious travelers. The steps down to the beach put some visitors off—those who do manage them will find all the more space to spread out and sip on fresh coconut water from one of the vendors.

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