Things to do in Bali
Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, beach bunny, wildlife lover or night owl, you’ll never be short of things to do in Bali, because this stunning green island is rich with natural wonders and fascinating native critters to meet. Meanwhile, island life is yours for the taking on the coasts and rivers, with activities to challenge you and beautiful landscapes built for losing yourself in. And with temples and religious sites that can’t help but inspire wonder, you’ll be amazed at the range of things to do in Bali.
1.Catch of the day at Jimbaran Bay
Bali is full of great beaches, but this one’s a bit special. With white powder sand that stretches for a full 3km, Jimbaran Bay, just south of Kuta, is where local fishermen land their catches. Lively markets sell seafood fresh from the net, while cafés and restaurants wait to serve you the best fish you’ve ever tasted.
Of all Bali’s waterfalls, Sekumpul is thought to be the most beautiful. ‘Sekumpul’ means ‘group’ in Indonesian, and it’s so called because there’s more than one set of falls in the region. Seven, in fact. Why not trek to the spectacular twin falls and reconnect with the natural world?
3.Ubud Monkey Forest
The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, north of Danpasar, is where human history and primate survival meet. Here you’ll meet and greet a native monkey population numbering more than 700, in a forest with 186 species of tree. There are three important sacred buildings dating back to the 14th century on site too.
4.Tegalalang Rice Terrace
A few miles north of Ubud is this spectacular place that doesn’t take long to visit, but will definitely stay with you. See how the local people have farmed rice here for centuries, amid scenery that will take your breath away. It’s a tourist hotspot and it’s easy to see why.
5.Tanah Lot Temple
This 500-year-old Hindu temple on its own island, reached by a causeway at low tide, is just off the shore of Beraban village, 20km north west of Kuta. Here, locals and visitors lay offerings to the Hindu god of the sea, in centuries old tradition. With more shrines dotted along the coast, it’s a fascinating insight into life on Bali.
6.Rafting Bali’s rivers
If you’re looking for adventure while in Bali, white water rafting along the island’s rivers is something not to be missed. The Ayung is gentler and great for beginners, but the Telaga Waja is the place to be if you want to face serious rapids. Popular tours run daily from Kabupaten, Ubud and the capital Denpasar.