8 Unforgettable Things You Need To Do In Bali

December 30, 2020Tom Spruce

Bali is full of amazing adventures, but if you don’t do these 8 things then you’re not doing it right 

We know, we know, there’s loads more than eight things to do in beautiful Bali

In truth, we could’ve prepared a “101-point guide to visiting Bali”. But realistically your holiday in this stunning Indonesian paradiswon’t be long enough to do them all. Unless you’re Usain Bolt, if so, hello Mr Bolt – we’re big fans! 

But, if you want to ensure you experience a truly immersive and unforgettable stay in this incredible location, these activities need to be on your to do list.  

Beautiful temples in Bali
The scenery in Bali is simply unmissable

8 things you have to do in Bali

  • Beach tour
  • Tegallalang Rice Terraces
  • Puri Saren Agung
  • Tirta Empul Temple
  • Waterfall tour
  • Mount Batur
  • Munduk village
  • Bali Swing

Beach touring  

There are some epic beaches in Bali

Now you haven’t come all this way not to lounge on an incredible beach, right?

Luckily, Bali boasts an absolute miasma of stunning stretches of coastline. So much so, the internet is littered with jaw-dropping pictures of Bali which usually show off a dreamy beach or two.

But whether you’re looking for a soft, sandy & sunny place to chill, people watch, swim or just read your book with a couple of drinks, you can find every type of beach in Bali. Some must see spots though are Kuta, Jimbaran and Lovina Beaches. If you want perfect Bali in a nutshell, they won’t disappoint.  

Check out our ultimate guide to the best beaches in Bali now

Visit the Tegallalang Rice Terrace

Tellalang Rice Terraces in Bali
The lush rice terraces in Tegallalang

Away from the beaches though because, let’s face it, everyone knows how good this destination is for sand. There’s a whole world of other immersive experiences in Bali.  

The Tegallalang Rice Terraces are one such experience. Creeping up the lush hillside of Ubud the rice terraces and their unique irrigation system have been in operation for centuries. In fact, the system still used today was passed down by an ancient holy man in the 8th century.  

Head up to the village of Pakudui after you’ve admired the unrivalled scenery and grabbed a couple of obligatory snaps and be greeted by a world of indigenous craft. Talented local artists whittle and weave amazing ornaments, works of art and clothing which you can buy, wear or take photos of. All for a small fee, of course. 

Get cultural in Ubud 

The Royal Palace, Ubud Bali
The Royal Palace in Ubud is a special site

While you’re in Ubud you should take the opportunity to immerse yourself with the culture of Bali. Ubud is an extremely regal town and is dripping in amazing palaces and temples which demonstrate beautiful traditional Balinese architecture, arts and faith.  

The largest of the temples in the area is the incredible Puri Saren Agung or Royal Palace. This stunning ancient landmark is a hit with tourists and lovers of the Balinese art scene. Beautifully manufactured walls welcome the natural environment into the temple walls.  

Top tip:

the best time to visit the Palace is at night when you’ll be dazzled by authentic Balinese dance performances accompanied by brilliant gamelan percussive orchestras.

Get spiritual  

Tutra Empul Temple is has sacred water which is said to have curative properties
Tirta Empul Temple’s sacred healing pool

It’s not just Ubud that’s swarming in religious iconography and landmarksThe Balinese aren’t shy about their temples, in fact, they actively encourage tourists to come in and take a look around. Just a couple of points to be aware of though, there are small entry fees to most of the temples and you must wear the sarong they provide you.  

Tirta Empul Temple is a truly special site, located near the town of Tampaksiring in central Bali. This Hindu temple’s name translates as “Holy Water Temple” and with good reason. Within its walls lies a sacred natural spring fed pool which is said to have been created by the king of the godsIndra and possess healing properties.  

Take a trip to Tirta Empul and marvel at the incredible surroundings before bathing in the refreshing temple waters.  

Waterfall in love with the country 

a stunning Bali waterfall
There are many waterfalls to enjoy in Bali

Bali’s countryside is littered with hidden waterfalls. You can take tours of some of these secluded natural beauty spotsFour stunning examples you need to visit though are Kanto Lampo WaterfallCepung WaterfallTibumana Waterfall and Krisik Waterfall 

Grab some scroll-stopping pics for your timeline from inside the beautiful rocky coves or at the side of the flowing mass.  

Mount Batur 

Check out an epic sunrise at Mount Batur
Take in a spectacular sunrise once you’ve hiked up Mount Batur

Take your comfy shoes, with a couple of hours of hiking involved you’ll need to stay fresh. But you’ll be richly rewarded when you reach the summit.  

Be treated to breath-taking views of some incredible Balinese scenery including Mount Agung and Batur LakeIf you’re feeling more adventurous, and your dip in the cool water of Tirta Empul has left you thirsty for more religious culture, you could head on up Mount Agung where over 80 temples are waiting to be visited.  

Top tip:

If you set your alarm and head off on the hike on Mount Batur early, you’ll be in time to witness an incredible sunrise

Visit Munduk Village  

Many class Munduk village as one of Bali’s best-kept secrets. All we know is the mountain village in the centre of the region is a great day out if you want to venture somewhere a little cooler and experience everyday culture.  

Although it’s a village, there’s plenty to see and do in Munduk. From trekking tours and more pretty waterfalls, through to unique experiences like a walking through (that’s right, through) a giant Banyan Tree which is over 700 years old and measures over 70m wide. Here you’ll also find stunning Lake Tamblingan. It’s essentially a village full of instagrammable moments.  

If you head to Munduk between August & November, you’ll also be able to see the locals going through the yearly clove harvest. A symphony of incredible aromas fill the mountain air. 

Bali Swing

A beautiful Bali Swing
Get incredible views out over the jungle from the seat of a Bali Swing

More magic moments for the ‘gram. Situated over a vast canyon in the lush hills of Ubud, Bali Swing is an incredible way to spend a day.  

Choose what height you want to swing from then launch out over the canyon for unforgettable all-natural views and a few iconic snaps. Professional photographers are on-site if you want to go the whole hog and grab a quick photoshoot.  

Oh, and don’t worry, while the tallest swing may go up to around 75m you’re all buckled in safe.  

Top tip:

Again remember your comfy footwear, there’s a bit of a trek up to the site. 

Where to stay for a true Balinese break

Now you’ve heard about the incredible culture in Bali, you’re probably ready to start experiencing it first hand. 

A great place to stay in this Indonesian haven is Ayodya Resort Bali. Click the button below and we’ll tell you more about all the unforgettably immersive experiences you could have here.

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