The island’s thriving cultural culture is another lure, and if you’re looking to unwind, Bali’s shopping and spa services are both fantastic – and inexpensive. Spirituality adds to Bali’s attraction, and viewing the majestic temples and attending solemn Hindu rites are among the top things to do in Bali.
The tourist masses have certainly swelled since the renowned book and film Eat, Pray, Love spotlighted this lovely island, but if you go off the main path, you may still experience ancient Bali. With this list of the top attractions in Bali, you can discover the greatest locations to visit as well as some of the island’s hidden secrets.
Nusa Dua Beach
Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Bali’s city life? The solution is Nusa Dua Beach. Listen to the soft splash of waves on silky, white beaches while relaxing on a comfy sun lounger with a refreshing drink in hand. You won’t get the cultural experience you’d receive elsewhere in Bali — after all, this is a gated resort enclave on its own private peninsula — but if serenity and reasonably clean sands are what you’re looking for, you’ll find it here, at one of Bali’s greatest beaches.
This wide stretch of beach is home to some of Bali’s greatest luxury beach resorts, and resort workers work hard to keep the sand clean and free of garbage. Walking for kilometres down the beach, swimming, surfing, parasailing, and sunbathing are all popular activities, although you may have to pay a charge or dine at one of the resorts to utilise their sun loungers.
When you’ve had your fill of the beach, relax at a luxurious resort spa or explore the stylish stores at Bali Collection, an open-air shopping mall. Between the resorts and attractions, a paved promenade borders the coast, allowing for off-sand walking.
The Nusa Islands
The Nusa Islands are the place to go if you want a slower-paced Bali without the crowds, traffic, or tourist touts.
Nusa Lembongan is the most popular of the three islands, located approximately 20 kilometres off the coast of Sanur and readily accessible by speedboat. The primary activities here include surfing, snorkelling, diving, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding, and the top attractions are Dream Beach, Mushroom Bay, and the Devil’s Tears rock outcrop, which offers vistas of smashing surf bursting over the cliffs. Many people still rely on seaweed farming for a job, and you may see them gathering it along the beach.
Nusa Ceningan, a nearby island with a stunning blue lagoon, is only over a bridge from Nusa Lembongan.
Nusa Penida, the largest of the three islands, is only a short boat trip away. Nusa Penida’s major attractions include rock formations, caves, and a bird sanctuary, and diving is one of the most popular activities, with the possibility to view manta rays, sunfish, and turtles. Don’t miss the steep trek down to Kelinking Beach, also known as T-Rex Bay, where you can relax on your own private stretch of golden sand surrounded by soaring sea cliffs – it’s one of Asia’s best beaches.
Yes, it’s busy, and there are relentless hawkers on the beach, but this famed length of sand, along with the nearby Legian and Seminyak Beaches to the north, is one of Bali’s most exciting spots. You’ll have a great day here, especially whether you’re a beginning surfer or just want to take it all in.
Surf lessons may be booked and surfboards, boogie boards, sun loungers, and umbrellas can be rented straight from vendors set up on the sand, and the beach is lined with cafés and restaurants. A courteous “no thank you” to a beach seller might easily be dissuaded, but an icy cold coconut gushing with juice brought right to your sun lounger can be a gift on a hot day.
Head to the soft sands of Sanur, Jimbaran Beach, or Nusa Dua for a more tranquil stretch of coastline on the island (Geger Beach here has public access).
Dreamland, Canggu, Balangan, Bingin, Padang-Padang, and Uluwatu’s cliff-fringed secret coves are also recommended for surfers.
The Sidemen Valley
The emerald-hued Sidemen Valley, some 90 minutes northeast of Ubud, captures the atmosphere of Old Bali, before the tourist hordes came on the island. Sleepy settlements nestle in the valley amid cascading rice terraces, while cloud-capped Mount Agung watches over them like a benign sentinel.
A stroll through the little villages, surrounded by farmland and rice paddies, where the inhabitants still engage in their traditional occupations, is a highlight of a vacation here. Hike to the peak of Mount Agung through the countryside, or stroll through rice fields and beautiful countryside through cocoa and coffee plantations.
Rafting the rivers, going on yoga retreats, and participating in cultural activities like dance, carving, or traditional weaving are all popular activities here.
In this region, homestays and B&Bs are very popular, although there are also some luxury villas with views of the rice fields.
Sekumpul Waterfall, located in the Singaraja area approximately 66 kilometres north of Ubud, is often regarded as Bali’s most beautiful waterfall. The waterfall is really a succession of around seven falls that cascade over the edge of a beautiful, jungle-clad cliff like long foggy veils.
If you drive yourself here, be aware that locals may try to stop you long before the gate and demand excessive entrance and parking fees. Hiring a local guide who understands how to navigate these barriers and get to the right trailhead for the falls is a smart option.
The three- to four-hour round-trip hike travels through deep tropical jungle and rice terraces, as well as indigenous communities surrounded by rambutan and durian trees. It can be hard at times, as you must down slick steps and wade across a river, but once you reach, you can cool off with a nice dip at the base of the falls.
This is a fantastic trip for nature enthusiasts looking for a taste of Bali away from the tourist traps.
Tirta Empul Temple
Tirta Empul Temple (Pura Tirta Empul), amid the beautiful tropical jungle of Central Bali, dates from approximately AD 960 and provides a peek into a holy purifying rite.
Three courtyards make up this significant temple complex, which is a national cultural heritage monument. Locals gather to worship and soak in the therapeutic waters that flow from a succession of carved spouts in the huge, rectangular pool, which is supplied by a sacred mountain spring.
If you want to participate in the cleaning process with the natives, it’s important to consult an experienced guide prior to ensure that you follow the rules. You must enter the water fully dressed, wearing a sarong and sash, and it is preferable to visit the temple complex first, as water drips in the courtyards.
Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to visit the temple to escape the tourist buses.
Waterbom Bali is a fun-filled water park in the heart of Kuta that offers something for everyone in the family. Splash in the pools, float down the Lazy River, or speed down one of the numerous twisting water slides and attractions, including the Python, Green Viper, and Super Bowl.
Relax with a reflexology treatment, manicure or pedicure, or fish spa therapy for moms and dads. The grounds are landscaped with large, shady trees and beautiful tropical gardens, making this a refreshing respite from the heat on a hot tropical day. Restaurants and cafés cater to a variety of diets, and the grounds are landscaped with large, shady trees and beautiful tropical gardens, making this a refreshing respite from the heat on a hot tropical day.
Have you ever wanted to experience wakeboarding, waterskiing, kneeboarding, or skurfing (a hybrid of surfing and waterskiing) in a somewhat safe setting? Bali Wake Park is the place to go for these and other thrilling water park activities. Aqualand, a large inflatable obstacle course on the lake, will be a hit with the kids.