You’re about to embark on your Bali tour but have no idea where to begin. All you’ve heard about things to do in Bali are the typical stuff about sand, sun and fun. But you’re looking to go beyond the typical tourist fare. Here’s a guide to help you out – these are the top things to do in Bali to fully embrace everything the Indonesian island has to offer!

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Must-Try Cafés in Bali

1. Parachute

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Relax at this laid-back cafe which gets its name from the huge vintage parachute that sits above the whole cafe. It is situated in the middle of rice paddy fields with a delicious menu and great coffee.

Address: Jl. Subak Sari 13 No.8-4, Tibubeneng, North Kuta

Operating Hours:  8 am – 12 am

Price range: IDR 10,000 – 180,000

2. Sea Circus

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A quaint place with a wide range of food, it offers healthy options like quinoa to sinful burgers and tacos. Sea Circus’ great murals make it one of the best places of interest in Bali for aesthetic bloggers.

Address: Jalan Kayu Aya No. 22, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung
Operating Hours: 8 am – 10:30 pm
Price range: 200,000 IDR for two

3. Revolver Espresso

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This cafe boasts a large range of all day breakfasts to suit your palate. Its burgers, sliders, tea and – of course – coffee are also great hits with its customers.

Address: Jl. Kayu Aya No 3 (Gang 51), Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung
Operating Hours: 7 am – 6 pm
Price range: 150,000 IDR for two

For the Foodies: Belly Good, Balinese Food

Bali is known for boasting some amazing Indonesian food and if you’re a foodie you’d be absolutely spoilt for choice. Here are some of the most highly-recommended food places in Bali!

4. Made’s Warung

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Made’s Warung is one of the most popular food places in Bali and rightly so. Other than the tranquil ambience, it serves amazing local and international cuisine that ranges from Indonesian food to Western and Japanese food. If you’re lucky, you’d even be able to catch the weekly traditional Balinese dance performances.

Address: Jl. Raya Seminyak, Banjar Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung
Opening hours: Sun – Thurs: 10 am – 12 am, Fri – Sat: 10 am – 12.30 am

5. Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka 3

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For the best Babi Guling in Indonesia, Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka 3 is recommended by tourists and locals alike.  It’s Babi Guling is served crispy with a generous serving of pork skin.
Address: Jalan Tegal Sari No. 2, Ubud, Kec. Gianyar
Opening hours: 11 am – 6 pm

6. Naughty Nuri’s Warung

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This place is famed for their amazing pork ribs in Bali, sometimes even touted the best! Dig in for some sweet and sticky pork ribs!

Address: Jln Mertanadi No. 62, 80361 Badung
Opening hours: 11 am – 10 pm

For the fine diners: Al fresco & Themed Restaurants

7. Pomegranate

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Since 2012, Pomegranate has been bringing its diners closer to nature by situating them amidst endless paddy fields. Don’t forget a handy flashlight if you’re heading over in the evening!

Address: Jl. Subak Sok Wayah, Ubud, Kec. Gianyar
Operating Hours: 10 am – 9 pm
Price: 300,000 IDR for two

8. Swept Away

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Get swept off your feet by the hundred candles on display along the river as you dine at dusk. This picturesque scene makes the restaurant one of the great points of interest in Bali.

Address: Jl. Raya Sayan, Sayan, Kecamatan Ubud
Operating Hours: 11 am – 10 pm
Price: 500,000 IDR for two

9. Cosmic Diner

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Cosmic Diner has much in store for your taste buds. Round off your meal of burgers, pastas and other mains with pancakes or waffles with absolutely sinful toppings. Triple chocolate, anyone?

Address: Pertokoan Sunset Star Blok C, Jl. Sunset Road, Kuta
Operating Hours: 10 am – 11.30 pm
Price: 250,000 IDR for two

10. Motel Mexicola

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As its name suggests, hit up Motel Mexicola to satisfy any Mexican food cravings. Quesadillas, creviches and tostada may sound like a mouthful, but you’ll soon be craving for a mouthful of these dishes.

Address: Jalan Kayu Jati No. 9X, Petitenget, Kerobokan Kelod, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung
Operating Hours: 11 am – 1 pm
Price: 250,000 IDR for two

11. La Favela

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If you’re oddly in the mood for Mediterranean food, La Favela’s one of the best places in Bali for that. Apart from an extensive bar menu, their main courses are also to die for, be they from the garden or bakery.

Address: Jl. Kayu Aya No. 177X, Seminyak, Kuta, Seminyak, Badung, Kabupaten Badung
Operating Hours: 11 am – 10 pm
Price: 300,000 IDR for two

For the party-goers: Bali’s Beach Clubs

12. Potato Head Beach Club

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Clubbing activities in Bali are everywhere, but how often do you come across a club whose entrance is a show-stopper?

Tip: visit in the day for family fun on its expansive field and in the pool.

Address: Jl. Petitenget No. 51B, Seminyak, Kuta, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung
Operating Hours: 10 am – 2 am
Price: 700,000 IDR for two

13. Mirror Lounge & Club

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If the Potato Head Beach Club stood out for its eccentric exterior, the Mirror definitely shines through for its interior. Complete your Bali trip with strobe lights, great music and a European Gothic flair.

Address: Jalan Petitenget No.106, Seminyak, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung
Operating Hours: 11 pm – 5 am
Price: 500,000 IDR for two

For the Tranquil: Yoga in Bali

14. Yoga Barn

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Get your bags packed right this instant because you’ve yet another yoga destination in Bali to seek out! Head over for a great day of classes, working out and unwinding with fellow yoga enthusiasts.

Address: Jl. Hanoman, Pengosekan, Kecematan Ubud, Kabupaten
Operating Hours: 6 am – 9 pm
Price: 130,000 IDR per class

15. Gaia-Oasis

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Join in on the Gaia-Oasis Abasan Mountain Retreat to refocus your energies as a yogi. Be surrounded by greenery and take in calming, serene atmosphere of nature.

Address: Jalan Raya Singaraja-Amlapura, Dusun Tegal Sumaga, Tejakula
Price: 400,000 IDR (single room), 600,000 IDR (double room)

For the thrill-seekers: Get physical in Bali

16. Canyoning at the Aling Gorges

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The Aling Gorges are beautiful natural formations that will astound any climber. Abseil down a cliff 40 metres in height and swim through a waterfall during your expedition.

Address: Jl. Raya Mas, MAS, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
Operating Hours: 11 am – 6 pm
Price: 230 USD

17. Canyoning at Tamata

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For another great canyoning experience, grab a few friends and try conquering Tamata together. Tamata is another great spot to immerse yourself amidst lush greenery and to push your body to the limit.

Address: Jalan Raya Mas, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
Price: 260 USD

18. Water sports at Tanjung Benoa

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Tanjung Benoa is a great place if you’re looking for that adrenaline rush. There’s something in store for the whole family here, from banana boats to parasailing and scuba diving.

Address: Tanjung Benoa, Badung Regency
Price: 25 USD – 66 USD

19. Bali Wake Park

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Visit the one and only Wake Park in Bali for a thrilling day of wakeboarding around the huge expanse of blue. You’ll be happy to know that equipment is available for both beginners and experts alike.

Address: Jl. Raya Pelabuhan Benoa No.7X, Pedungan, Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Operating Hours: 9 am – 6 pm
Price: 1,000,000 IDR (day pass)

20. High Flyer Trapeze School

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Defying gravity is definitely wicked fun – there’s a reason why there’s an entire song about it. Get off your feet and pull off mid-air feats at one of High Flyer Trapeze School’s many classes.

Address: Bali Dynasty Resort, Jalan Kartika Plasa,, Kuta, Tuban, South Kuta, Badung Regency
Operating Hours: 3 pm – 6 pm
Price: 450,000 IDR per lesson

For the nature-lovers: Flora and Fauna of Bali

21. Green School

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Since its completion in 2007, the Green School has been catering to students of kindergarten age to high schoolers. Do visit this marvel, made entirely out of bamboo with the expertise of local builders.

Address: Jalan Raya Sibang Kaja, Banjar Saren, Abiansemal, Sibang Kaja, Abiansemal, Kabupaten Badung
Operating Hours: 8 am – 4 pm

22. Turtle Conservation and Education Centre

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Turtles are an endangered species, and continue to dwindle in numbers because of many reasons. You can learn about and help them at the Turtle Conservation and Education Centre on your Bali tour.

Address: Jl. Tukad Punggawa, Serangan, Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar
Operating Hours: 8 am – 5 pm
Price: 10USD per adoption

23. Dolphin watching at Lovina Beach

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Ever wanted to take a cruise out into the open to catch the dolphins in action? You can now do so at Lovina, one of the best places in Bali to get closer to wildlife and marine animals.

Address: Lovina Beach, Anturan, Buleleng Regency
Price: 100,000 IDR per person

24. Bali Safari and Marine Park

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The Bali Safari and Marine Park allows visitors to experience and intimate encounter with its animals, with hippopotamuses and zebras right outside your room window! Check out and into the Mara River Safari Lodge on your next Bali trip!

Address: Jl. Bypass Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra Km. 19,8, Serongga, Kec. Gianyar
Operating Hours: 9 am – 5 pm
Price: 800,000 IDR

25. Mount Batur

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Mount Batur is an active volcano that’s 1717 metres above sea level, and you can typically reach its peak after a two-hour trek. No Bali sightseeing expedition is complete without Mount Batur.

Address: Mount Batur, South Batur, Bangli Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Price: 60 USD

26. The Odyssey Submarine Ride

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It isn’t everyday that you board a submarine that allows you to get acquainted with sea creatures. The Odyssey allows you to do just that, making it one of the best things to do in Bali out at sea.

Address: Gang T. Arthayoga, Sidakarya, Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar
Operating Hours: 7.30 am – 10 pm
Price: 95USD per person, 250USD for family packages

27. Sea Walking at Sanur

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If you’ve given up the dream of ever perfecting your moonwalk or actually walking on the moon, why not try sea walking at Sanur instead? There’s even fishes and all sorts of sea creatures you can get close to.

Address: Puri Santrian, Sanur, Kota Denpasar
Operating Hours: 8 am – 2 pm
Price: 1,235,000 IDR per adult, 1,027,000 IDR per child

For the Campers: Glamping in Bali

28. Sandat Glamping Tents

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The Sandat Glamping Tents is a great option for luxury campers. These tents can comfortably accommodate up to three adults and are equipped with state of the art facilities for your convenience.

Address: Jl. Subak Sala, Banjar Sala, Pejeng Kawan, Ubud, Pejeng Kawan, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar
Price: 600 USD

29. Firefly Cottages

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These quaint cottages are situated right in the middle of rice paddy fields, and made entirely out of bamboo. You can spot fireflies, geckos, even the occasional mouse or snake on its premises – talk about adventurous!

Address: Geriya Mabian, Br. Ambengan, Peliatan, Ubud
Price: 80 USD

 

For family fun: Water parks in Bali

30. Splash Water Park

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Splash Water Park has tons of fun in store for everyone. Conquer the Super Bowl, Big Red, Crazy Creek and even the Giant Racer, which is a 90 metre-long water slide for a splashing-good Bali trip.

Address: Jl. Pantai berawa, Banjar Tegal Gundul, Jl. Raya Pantai Berawa, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung
Operating Hours: 9 am – 7 pm
Price: 300,000 IDR per adult, 160,000 IDR per child

31. Waterbom Bali

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Listen up – Waterbom is the third best waterpark in the world and arguably the best in Asia! Don’t miss one of the best places in Bali for fun in the sun for the young and young-at-heart.

Address: Jl. Kartika, Tuban, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung
Operating Hours: 9 am – 6 pm
Price: 1,050,000 IDR (package)

For the seekers of the unknown: Creepy abandoned places in Bali

32. Abandoned airplane

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Nobody knows how it got there, but one thing we know is that mysteries are just asking to be explored. Set foot in this bizarre aircraft and take some eerie snaps to show off to your friends!

Address: Jl. Nusa Dua Selatan, Kutuh, Badung Regency

33. Underwater Shipwreck in Tulamben

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Bali does seem to have an affinity for the mysterious! Sate your curiosity and need for adventure by exploring the previously-elusive shipwreck in Tulamben.

Address: JL. Tulamben, Amlapura, Tulamben, Denpasar, Kabupaten Karangasem
Price: 30 USD

For the intellectually curious: Have a learning holiday in Bali

There are several places to get acquainted with traditional Balinese cuisine. Maria’s and Anita’s Cooking Classes are great ways to learn more about Indonesian food – and to try some for yourself!

34. Maria’s Cooking Class

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Learn how to cook local Balinese favourites like Beef Rendang, Chicken Bumbu and many more! You even get to join in the sourcing of ingredients at a local market.

Address: Jl. Juwet Sari 3A, Kuta
Operating Hours: 8 am – 3 pm
Price: 50 USD

 

35. L’Atelier Parfums et Créations

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If you’ve ever wanted to create your own scents and fragrances, but never knew where to begin, you can look forward to workshops at the L’Atelier Parfums et Créations to do just that.

Address: Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan Lot #3 Nusa Dua
Operating Hours: 10 am – 7 pm
Price: 90-125 USD

36. Pod Chocolate Factory

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Who doesn’t love chocolate? What’s more, who doesn’t love working on the fruits of your labour, then eating it immediately after? Create your own praline chocolate elephants as souvenirs from your Bali trip.

Address: Jalan Tukad Ayung, Carangsari, Petang, Carangsari, Petang, Kabupaten Badung
Operating Hours: 9 am – 4 pm
Price: 50 USD

37. Cantika Zest Spa

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Beauty lovers would be excited to discover that you’ll be able to make your very own face cream and scrub. The workshop with Cantika Spa employs natural ingredients for your regimen.

Address: Jalan Penestanan Kelod, Singakerta, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
Operating Hours: 10 am – 7 pm
Price: 80,000 – 150,000 IDR

For the chill islanders: Villas & Resorts in Bali

38. Alila Hotel

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The highlight of your stay in Alila Hotel has got to be the infinity pool. Overlooking endless expanses of green, this relaxing spot is one of those Bali activities you wouldn’t want to miss.

Address: Desa Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Melinggih Kelod, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar
Price: 278 – 585 USD

39. Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana

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You wouldn’t want to miss the view at the infinity pool at Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana, or simply Pullman Hotel for short. It overlooks a great view of the Legian beach – a must go for your any Bali tourist!

Address: Jalan Melasti No. 1, Legian, Badung, Kabupaten Badung
Price: 210 USD

For the cultural buffs: Temples and cultural sites in Bali

40. Taman Ayun

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Taman Ayun means ‘beautiful garden’, and it’s no wonder that the site was given its name. Built in 1634, the temple is rich in history, with traditional odalan ceremonies still being held every 210 days.

Address: Jalan Ayodya, Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia

41. Pura Gunung Kawi

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Pura Gunung Kawi houses ten beautiful shrines with complex, intricate stones carvings. This funerary complex was built in the 11th century and one of the definite attractions in Bali.

Address: Banjar Penaka, Tampak Siring, Manukaya, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar

42. Pura Besakih

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Situated amidst the slopes of Mount Agung, a 1000 metre hike up the mountain would bring you here. Pura Besakih features a six-storey high staircase for visitors to ascend.

Address: Desa Besakih, Kecamatan Rendang, Besakih, Kec. Karangasem, Kabupaten Karangasem

43. Devdan Show

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The Devdan Show offers a spectacular glimpse into all of the dance and music styles of each region. Be in awe of the performances from the Bali, Sumatra, Borneo, Java and also Papua regions.

Address: Jl. Nusa Dua, Benoa, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung
Operating Hours: 7.30 pm – 9 pm
Price: 100 USD


 

There are tons of other attractions in Bali that go beyond beaches and candlelit dinners?  Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for lesser-known activities in Bali the next time you visit the island. Happy travelling!

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