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Bali Bucket List: 25 Best Things To Do In Bali

The island of Bali is located in Southeast Asia and is one of the thousands of islands that make up the country of Indonesia.

Measuring just over 5000 square kilometres, it sits between the two islands of Lombok and Java and is home to over 4 million people.

Bali is renowned the world-over for its natural beauty, with spectacular beaches, waterfalls, ancient temples, volcanoes and an abundance of iconic landscapes.

In addition it offers a rich history, traditional culture, arts and crafts, delicious food and genuinely warm people. Making it one of the most popular island destinations in the world, attracting millions of visitors each year.

So, if you’re looking for things to do in Bali and want to visit all of the iconic spots, then here is a Bali bucket list guide.

1. Learn To Surf

Of all the places in the world to learn how to surf, Bali was up there for us.

One of the best beaches to learn in Canggu is at Echo Beach, where beginners tend to head daily.

We couldn’t miss out on a surfing lesson. It turned out to be such a fun experience it made us really want to rent our own board and get out and practice more and more.

Most board rentals start at 60,000 IDR for 2 hours, or you can grab a 2 hours lesson for 350,000 IDR (including board rental).

For the organised travellers you can even book a Canggu: 2-Hour Surf Lesson in advance.

Definitely add it to your things to do in Bali bucket list if you haven’t already!

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Having the best time surfing!

2. Shop The Markets

There are many different markets scattered across Bali, selling everything from handcrafted goods, to coconut bowls, yoga pants, silk scarves, hats, baskets and much more.

Our favourite markets are held in Canggu and Ubud. Canggu hosts a few different markets throughout the month, however the famous Art Market In Ubud is on every day of the week.

The items sold are typically Balinese, unique and some are unavailable elsewhere. They are locally made in the neighbouring towns, so this makes the market all the more special.

Shopping the markets has to be on your Bali bucket list to enable you to get lost in the culture and hustle of local Bali life.

Not only is the Ubud Art Market a great place for shopping but it’s also great for those who love street style photography.

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The Ubud Art Market

3. Eat Local In An Indonesian Warung

Tempe is a traditional Indonesian soy product, that is made from fermented soybeans.

‘Warung’ basically means ‘restaurant’ in Indonesian, so you will find an infinite amount of warungs.

Some will be modern and some will be super local and by ‘local’, we mean a guy selling soups and Nasi Goreng from his wheeled cart on the street.

Our favourite Warung in the whole of Bali is Warung Bu Mi in Canggu and has to be on the Bali bucket list.

Run by a lovely local family, they are absolutely killing it with their home-cooked goodness and we often visited for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Our favourite Warung

4. Explore The Nusa Islands

The Nusa Islands are a huge hit with tourists thanks not only to their beautiful beaches but also to plenty of other beautiful and iconic spots.

They consist of three small Indonesian islands, just a 40 minute fast boat ride from Bali and have so much to offer. From stunning viewpoints to waterfalls and lagoons, you won’t be disappointed.

They consist of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan and are all easily accessible from the mainland.

So, exploring the Nusa Islands is an absolute MUST visit if you’re heading over to this area of Indonesia.

Add them to your things to do in Bali bucket list immediately!

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The incredible dinosaur head at Kelingking Beach

5. Swim With Turtles On Gili T

The most popular of the things to do on Gili Trawangan is to take to the waters.

The water here is known for its beautiful fish, turtles and underwater statues, so a snorkelling trip is a must.

Green Sea Turtles are the most common species here and they graze on seagrass found in the shallow areas close to the shore.

So, if turtles are what you are looking for, Gili Trawangan is famous for being one of the best places to spot them right from the beach.

However, if you swim out into deeper water, you will also see beautiful reefs and the stunning marine life that inhabit the reefs.

If you’re in Bali, you’re already so close to the Gili Islands, so adding ‘snorkelling with turtles‘ to your things to do in Bali bucket list is an absolute no brainer!

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A once in a lifetime experience!

6. Trek An Active Volcano

Mount Batur is the second largest active volcano in Bali after Mount Agung, and Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking is one of the most popular things to do on the island.

Standing at 1717 metres tall, due to Mount Agung’s consistent eruptions, it is the highest Volcano hike accessible to the public.

There is no need to worry however, as trekking Mount Batur is monitored daily by seismologists and the last eruption was in the year 2000.

Hundreds of tourists head up to Mount Batur for sunrise to catch the incredible 360 degree views from the top.

Looking across to Mount Abang, it will be a breathtaking experience that you’ll remember for a life time.

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The rewarding moment after reaching the top

7. Visit The Temples

Bali is known as the land of a thousand temples but it actually has more than ten thousand!

Therefore, you are definitely spoilt for choice with there being so many of these spectacular buildings to see. A few of the most visited temples are Tanah Lot, Uluwatu Temple, Ulun Danu and Pura Lempuyang.

The famous Pura Lempuyang Temple is definitely an iconic spot in Bali, not to be missed on your Bali bucket list, especially for sunset.

At some temples, you can even get personally blessed by a monk and learn a little about the Hindu culture during your visit.

The Balinese people are happy for you to visit their temples, especially if you are respectful and dress modestly.

Also, be sure to watch out for the monkeys that appear when you’re visiting most of the temples!

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The beautiful Tanah Lot Temple

8. Dolphin Watching In Lovina

Dolphin watching off the coast of Lovina is the main attraction of this laidback coastal town in North Bali.

There are many tours to choose from and you can expect frequent sightings of the pods that favour these calm waters.

A typical morning at the coast starts before sunrise . You’ll have to get up early as the tours are usually on-time and waiting on shore with their boats.

After donning life-vests, you climb on board and head out into the bay. The boats can often get you out to the best spots within minutes.

Once at sea, the engines are stopped and the waiting game begins. However, at times, you can see breaching dolphins as soon as your boat reaches the open waters!

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An incredible Bali bucket list experience.

9. Tegalalang Rice Terraces

Tegalalang Rice Terrace is one of the most popular things to do in Bali. Offering the most stunning sunrise and a really rural experience, it’s easy to see why they are on everybody’s bucket list.

They are located slightly North of Ubud and sit at 600m above sea level. This makes the air a tad cooler for the rice farmers.

There are a few swings situated in and around the rice fields, as well as the famous ‘Love Bali Sign’ that might be worth a stop for a photo.

You can also find beautiful souvenir shops selling handcrafted goods to buy a memory of your visit to Bali.

There are many cafes and restaurants scattered along the road overlooking the rice terraces, so you can grab a Nasi Goreng and enjoy the view!

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Sunrise at Tegalalang Rice Terraces in Ubud.

10. Campuhan Ridge Walk

Campuhan Ridge Walk is a free and easy trek along a beautiful block pathway in the centre to add to your Ubud itinerary.

It’s the perfect place to grab some fresh air and catch a stunning sunrise or sunset.

You will be treated to a variety of scenery along the way. Including lush green valleys, forests, pretty streams and rice fields, as well as small settlements.

This peaceful walk definitely helps you to engage with the local culture. As along the route you pass through the small villages with local artisans and warungs offering souvenirs and refreshments.

The complete walk is a smooth 2km trek. There’s no need to dress in your hiking gear as it can be just a simple stroll that takes as long as you choose.

Campuhan Ridge Walk Ubud is really family friendly.

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The iconic walkway of the Campuhan Ridge Walk

11. Indulge In The Canggu Cafes

A foodies heaven! Just up the road from Seminyak but completely different!

This is where you see smoothie bowls and avocados everywhere and it’s home to some of the best restaurants in Bali.

Canggu has a very laid back vibe and is popular amongst the surfing and digital nomad communities. This is the place where many people end up extending their stay because it has a certain homely feel to it.

There are so many really cool cafes in Canggu, offering stunning food in equally stunning surroundings, that you are really spoilt for choice.

They also run some great markets in Canggu selling all kinds of chic and start-up fashion labels. We guarantee you won’t walk away with your hands empty.

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Enjoying breakfast at Crate Cafe, Canggu

12. Shop Till You Drop In Seminyak

The first stop for most holiday makers and one for your things to do in Bali bucket list!

Seminyak is one of Bali’s top shopping destinations, with an abundance of surf shops, designer boutiques and lifestyle stores.

This southern hotspot is good not only for its shops, but also its night life and quirky Seminyak restaurants.

You won’t really get a real feel for Bali here though as it’s very built up and a popular holiday destination for tourists. This will most likely be your first stop and probably the most expensive one!

However, whatever you’re looking for you will probably find it in Seminyak and it will be beautiful!

They also have some awesome little cafes!

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Shop shop shop!

13. Ubud Monkey Forest Bali

Ubud Monkey Forest is situated in the heart of the hippie town Ubud and is one of the most popular things to do on the island.

It’s a great place if you want to get a real feel for the true culture and nature of Bali. It is also home to a troop of grey long-tailed macaques, one of Ubud’s most popular attractions.

You can explore the forest and observe the monkeys at ease. Some people are put off by stories of the monkeys biting but just remember that they are wild animals and follow the rules and you will be fine.

Some say that you haven’t had a true Bali experience unless you’ve seen some monkeys. So definitely add this one to your Bali bucket list.

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Having a great time with the monkeys

14. Hidden Canyon

The Hidden Canyon is an upcoming tourist spot on the island. So for those that are ready for an adventure, add it to your Bali bucket list.

This natural destination has pools, waterfalls and carved rocks to explore and clamber through and over.

You MUST take a guide, who will help you with where to walk, stand and what to hold on to. Prices include water, changing rooms and a locker.

The trek takes roughly 1-2 hours depending on speed/ability and we recommend taking some wet shoes with you.

If you don’t want to walk through the whole canyon there is a back entrance, via some rice fields, which we saw some families using.

The Hidden Canyon is no joke when it comes to climbing, jumping and clambering. With chest high water from the get-go, be prepared to get wet and for your feet to go through the trenches on this adventure.

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A day to remember!

15. Take A Cooking Class

Taking part in a traditional cooking class in Ubud is a must.

You can attempt to make many different local foods such as Tempe, peanut sauce and pumpkin curry.

You can also be super specific to what your taste buds are craving. If you have dietary requirements or simply prefer certain foods, you can find many different classes that will cater to your needs.

We took a cooking class in Ubud and really enjoyed the local experience and techniques.

We would definitely recommend this activity for your Bali bucket list.

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Trying the local techniques

16. Visit The Waterfalls

Bali is known for having plenty of beautiful waterfalls and who can resist visiting these natural wonders.

We’ve actually made some of our most amazing memories at the waterfalls in Bali.

A few of our favourites are Sekumpul Waterfall, Tukad Cepung, Tegenungan and Nungnung Waterfall.

After spending a long time exploring, sometimes deep into the jungle, and discovering these incredible creations of mother nature, we’ve put together a HUGE waterfall guide.

You will find all the best waterfalls in Bali in this guide, so be sure to pick your favourites for your Bali bucket list.

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Sekumpul Waterfall – One of the most epic waterfalls in Bali

17. Wanagiri Hidden Hills

You can’t miss the bamboo made platforms and photogenic swings when you arrive at Wanagiri Hidden Hills.

You’ll see the local competition lined up, trying to attract you into their tourist traps.

Although, as cheesy as they are, these impressive works of art are an incredible way for the locals to make a living thanks to tourism.

You will find stunning viewpoints scattered throughout Wanagiri Hidden Hills that offer the most amazing insta worthy shots.

For the perfect Bali Photo this is the spot for your bucket list.

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The iconic Wanagiri Hidden Hills swing

18. Sunrise At Bukit Cinta

Bukit Cinta is the Mount Agung sunrise viewpoint that everybody’s photographing.

It’s located on the side of a road, in Eastern Bali, and is one of the most wild views you’ll ever see in your life.

The perfect place to catch a sunrise, we arrived a little after 6.15am. Just in time to catch the sun waking up and sending rays of light onto the peak of the mountain, making the early start so worth while!

Bukit Cinta is a typically beautiful Bali photograph that consists of the active volcano, Mount Agung, rice terraces, palm trees and a misty sunrise.

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One of the best sunrises we’ve experienced

19. Visit The Bali Beaches

With Bali being an island, there are plenty of beautiful beaches to go around. As with all places though they are all different, with some better than others.

We’ve spent a lot of time exploring the island so have put together a list of all the best beaches in Bali.

You can choose from the busier tourist hot spots that offer plenty of activities. Or the quieter ones that offer a bit more peace and tranquility.

They also come with either black volcanic or powdery white sand. So depending on your preferences, just highlight all your favourites to add to your Bali bucket list.

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Powdery white sand and crystal blues at Nyang Nyang Beach

20. Sunset At Karang Boma Cliff

Karang Boma Cliff, also known as Uluwatu Cliff, has recently become a popular spot for photographers and Bali Instagram spots.

Many people believe it’s the best viewpoint in Bali to watch sunset. Although we didn’t visit at golden hour, the views were still incredible. In addition, it’s one of the lesser known spots on the island.

You can look out as far as the eye can see into the Indian Ocean and round to other Uluwatu hot spots.

Definitely add this one to your Bali bucket list if you’re searching for a peaceful moment away from the crowds.

If you are keen on seeing the sunset and prefer an arranged tour the Uluwatu Temple and Karang Boma Cliff Tour with Tickets is a great option.

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No sunset for us, but an incredible viewpoint!

21. Visit The Abandoned Plane

The infamous abandoned plane in Bali is one to add to your bucket list!

Nobody knows the true story of why it appeared in a field in South Bali.

A lot of rumours say it was bought in pieces by a westerner and put together to be turned into a fully functioning restaurant. However, as you can see, the project was never finished but it still stands as one of the more unique spots in Bali.

You are not allowed to access the plane from the ground. It is fenced off with ‘no trespassing’ signs. However, you can get some great photos from the free viewpoint.

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Eery vibes at the Abandoned Aeroplane

22. Visit A Coffee Plantation

A Bali coffee plantation is on most tourists Bali itinerary and where better to visit than Munduk Moding Plantation.

Munduk Moding Plantation has many daily activities available, the Bali coffee plantation tour being one of them.

In 2007, the current owners discovered this hidden gem of an area situated high above the forest canopy. A dedicated team cleared old growth and made sure there were plenty of ‘shadow’ trees.

They planted Arabica coffee seedlings, found fresh water sources, purchased necessary machinery and also created many jobs.

This is great little tour to add to your Bali bucket list, especially for all coffee lovers.

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Exploring the grounds of Munduk Moding Plantation

23. Get Wet At Waterbom Bali

Rated the number 1 waterpark in Asia by TripAdvisor, Waterbom Bali is not your average water park.

The park is fun for adults, children, and also adults that want to act like children.

With rides for everyone’s level of adrenaline, the fun doesn’t stop. You will walk out of the park at the end of the day, well and truly beat.

We do recommend booking your Waterbom Bali Admission Ticket in advance to beat the queues.

If you’re looking for something a little different to do on your trip, make sure to add Waterbom Bali to your things to do in Bali bucket list.

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Our favourite slides at Waterbom

24. Stay At Hideout Bali

Hideout Bali is a unique set of eco villas, hidden in the mountains of East Bali.

All three eco bamboo homes, Hideout Bali, Hideout Lightroom and Hideout Beehive, are located within the same grounds.

Although there’s a separate entrance for each Hideout so, don’t worry, you won’t be sharing with your neighbours.

With it being far from city life, it acts as the perfect hideaway for adventurous travellers. The all-bamboo houses are surrounded by nature, next to a beautiful riverside among rice fields.

We stayed at Hide Out Beehive when it had just opened and had the most tranquil AirBnB experience.

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Playing Tarzan & Jane at Hideout Bali.

25. Drink Luwak Coffee

This might not be for everybody!

Luwak coffee is a very rare and expensive coffee, made from partially digested coffee beans that have been eaten by a Civet and then passed through excrement.

The beans are collected, thoroughly cleaned and roasted to make an apparently incredibly rich, luxurious tasting coffee. (I didn’t get to taste any.)

However, the traditional method of collecting the faeces from wild Civets has given way to some intensive farming methods. This has raised ethical concerns about the treatment of civets.

Therefore, whilst a lot of visitors to Bali will want to try this unique coffee, I would recommend trying to find Luwak coffee that has been ethically produced.

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The funny looking Luwaks playing around.
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Up close and personal.

Where To Stay In Bali

For pre-booking accommodation when travelling, we always recommend Booking.com!

From 5 star hotels, to budget backpacker hostels, it’s got everything and the site is super easy to use.

We’ve actually written a full Where To Stay In Bali Guide which covers a break down of each individual area on the island.

Otherwise you can pre book all of your Bali accommodation and check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight.

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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