The 43 Best Things To Do In Bali in 2024🌴
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Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Bali is an amazing place and one of the best places I visited in Southeast Asia. This is why I created a list of the best things to do in Bali, and where to stay in Bali. Once you arrive in Denpasar, Bali you will see the madness of Bali tourism.
My first thoughts were “I don’t like Bali”. It was crowded, busy and horns beeping like it was a fashion. Nevertheless, my backpacking on Bali island, Nusa Penida and the Gili islands turned out to be an unforgettable adventure. The beaches in Bali, the friendly locals and so much more made this visit this Bali trip an unbelievable memory.
Get ready to visit one of the most luxurious destinations in the world (also see the best Bali travel guides)!!
1. Visit Nusa Penida from Bali island
A stunning and unforgettable island, which is a personal favourite of mine as the best thing to do in Bali. There are plenty of top things to do in Nusa Penida, including the unbelievable Kelingking beach (check out the Kelingking beach sunset) and the epic broken beach (you will love the Broken Beach Hike). I was shocked by how amazing this island is. This is an early morning tour – but a must-visit. And, one of the top activities to do in October.
I Never in a million years expected to see some of the unbelievable views on this new tourist-found island. You need to see Nusa Penida sooner rather than later as this island will become very tourist in the not-so-far future. You won’t want to visit the Secret Point beach if it’s covered in tourists running around like headless chickens with selfie sticks.
How to get to Nusa Penida?
You will have to get the Sanur to Nusa Penida ferry across to the island. Don’t worry though, ferry tickets are cheap, and it’s a quick journey!
Getting to Nusa Penida from Sanur Bali is easy and cheap and it is why it is on your backpacker things to do in the Bali list (don’t forget to check out the best ultralight backpacking gear list 2021).
The cheapest way how to get to Nusa Penida from Sanur is to pay for the local ferry from either Sanur or Padang Bai both of which are located on mainland Bali, the ferry takes about 1 and a half hours. Once you there you will be amazed at unbelievable picturesque scenery. Also, the food and accommodation on the Nusa Penida island are crazy cheap.
The ferry from Bali to Nusa Penida costs | $25
2. Visit the Gili islands
There are 3 tranquil Gili islands and your Bali bucket list should have at least one of the islands down for a visit. The Gili Trawangan and the other Gili islands are filled with romance, atmosphere and amazing spirit. You must visit Gili T. I loved Gili T, such a cool island with a sweet atmosphere. It’s crazy how it’s perfect for backpackers, but at the same time perfect for a luxury holiday. So whatever type of visit to Gili you want, there is something on this epic island for everyone
So how to get there?
You can visit the Gili islands by the same boat as the Nusa Penida journey which is from Bali mainland, it takes around 2 hours to get from Bali mainland to the Gili Trawangan.
The accommodation in Gili is cheap (a room for $9 a night), the food is cheap and snorkelling with turtles is free! You will have an amazing time no matter what type of holiday or backpacking journey you are on and don’t forget the action camera for the turtles.
The ferry from Bali to the Gili islands costs | $25
3. Drink local Bali coffee
I love coffee and if you enjoy a cup of the finest then you will enjoy a coffee in Bali. So make sure you try one. There is a range of coffee available in Bali’s caffeine-loving cafes like Balinese local espressos to sweet-tasting vanilla lattes. The expensive Luwak coffee is also available, but Bali offers free tasters all over the place and that is what we will go for. Also, it is not just a small cup taster you will be given a tray of all the different flavours to enjoy. I went back a few times for the free coffee, I drank too much.
Many coffee shops offer cheap food, therefore you can drink great coffee and dine for very low prices.
Pick a local coffee cost | $0.50
4. Visit Tegenungan Waterfall
The are many amazing waterfalls in Bali, you have to visit at least once when you’re in Bali. Visiting waterfalls is always a favourite for backpackers, it’s cheap, it’s fun and you get unbelievable scenery. This is why it’s one of the top things to do. But don’t go after 1 pm they can get crazy busy and everyone there is pushing and shoving around to get the perfect Instagram photo, it annoys me. Therefore, you should go early in the morning around 8 am!
The Tegenungan waterfall is one of the best waterfalls in Bali!
Where is a great waterfall in Bali?
Visit waterfall cost | free | however, it’s 0.30 cents for parking
5. Climb Mount Batur in Bali
This is amazing if you like hiking and stunning views like me. You will get to see the Bali island, from the top of a volcano at sunrise. It’s a moment that will live with you forever. And I’m glad I did the Mount Batur sunrise tour.
Sorry if you don’t like early mornings, but you will leave your hotel at 2 am to venture out on this unique active volcano of Mount Batur hike.
We loved every minute from turning on our torches to accent the volcano to looking out over Bali from above the clouds. A truly memorable experience and worth the low cost, plus you get a friendly guide in the cost to guide you up the mountain.
Climb with a guide, transportation, breakfast and coffee cost | $25
6. Visit the Hindu temples in Bali
If you didn’t already know, the locals of Bali are very religious and take great pride in showing the world this. Therefore, this is why you can discover plenty of cool and unique temples, dotted all over in Bali. The architecture of the Hindu temples is spectacular and worth a visit to understand the craftsmanship that goes into these buildings. Ulun Fanu is another top temple to visit in Bali. Eat pray love!
Most of the temples are free but you may have to pay a small parking fee. Also, make sure to get here early morning.
For a small price of next to nothing, visiting the temples of Bali is a must if you’re on a budget (or not on a budget).
Visiting this temple cost | free | parking $0.50
7. Do the white water rafting of Ubud, Bali
The white water rafting in Bali is, thrilling fun and memorable experience. I had a wicked time on one of Bali’s best adventure things to do. You can hop into a raft and fight the fast rapids of the Ayung River for 2 hours, then hop out and grab a free all-you-can-eat buffet dinner.
Make sure to check out the best 5-star Ubud resorts.
So much fun for a small price and the fact you can eat as much food as you like makes it worth the money (water is also free).
White water rafting of Ubud cost | $20
8. Talk to locals and learn some interesting history about Bali
I am always interested in the locals of foreign countries to see how they live and how well they can hold a conversation in English.
I couldn’t believe how friendly the people of Bali are, they will go out of their way to start a conversation with you and they are very friendly. Whether it’s the busy part of Ubud or in the middle of nowhere on Nusa Penida, the locals are always friendly. You will feel very welcome and at ease on a visit to Bali.
Start a conversation, learn about them and teach them something about your culture as they are always interested. Best of all this is FREE.
Genuine friendly chat cost | Free but worth a lot
9. Try Bali’s best yoga in Ubud
For the best place to visit in Bali, Ubud has got to be up there. The locals refer to it as the yoga centre hub of the world. We tried the yoga barn, unfortunately, it was yin yoga which is quite boring in my eyes. Nevertheless, there are still some epic yoga classes in Bali. If you like yoga, then you will want to try yoga in Ubud.
The yoga in Ubud Bali is a lot cheaper in “back street” classes, which is still yoga studio class – just not as fancy as some of the more popular yoga centres.
Where is the best yoga place in Ubud?
There are plenty of free things to do in Ubud. For example the picturesque walking ridge or visiting Ubud’s art market. If you’re looking for the best things to buy in Bali such as souvenirs, then you need to check out the market!
Yoga in Ubud Bali cost | $6
10. Eat local Indonesian food
Are you like me? Do you enjoy trying out different local foods? Even if you don’t. You have got to try the local foods of Indonesia, they’re bursting with flavour! It is usually rice or noodles with a mix of chicken or beef and mixed with a range of spices.
The local food is always the cheapest and in my eyes usually the tastiest. Bali restaurants sell westernised food as well but that comes at more of an expense. So be adventurous to try the local food and both your tastebuds and pockets will thank you!
Local Indonesian food cost | $1
11. Try surfing in Kuta Bali
Surfing is a BIG deal in Kuta Bali, if you go to any beach you will usually find a friendly local renting out surfboards (have you checked out Thomas Beach).
surfing in Kuta is mega fun and I’m glad I did a few lessons in England before backpacking to get ready for the waves. But don’t worry if you haven’t done it before, surf lessons in Kuta are also available for cheap (I would have preferred to do my surf lessons on the Kuta beach in Bali).
Surfboard rental in Kuta Bali costs next to nothing and it will give you hours of enjoyment.
Surfboard rental cost in Kuta Bali | $4
12. Enjoy the Bali sunsets
Grab a towel, head to one of Bali’s beaches and watch the sky fill with fire as the sun drops into the horizon. The sunsets in Bali are stunning and make the most perfect picture, this will get you a lot of likes on Instagram. The thing are that this costs absolutely nothing, a FREE night in the Sun. You can watch from a Bali beach club if you fancy a nice cocktail.
If you like drinking and partying, then you need to visit the amazing sky garden Bali which is a clubber’s dream.
Watch the sunsets in Bali cost | C’mon Free
13. Change accommodation in Bali
Finding places to stay in Bali is easy with services such as Booking.com and HostelWorld. These services will show you the best accommodation in Bali at very low prices. This is why I moved every 2 nights like a true travelling gipsy.
We were happy to keep moving around because of the low Bali Accommodation prices, why would you not want to stay in a new room every couple of nights? It’s like a new mini holiday in Bali every couple of days without the high expenses.
Top tip – Always pick accommodation in Bali with breakfast, this will save you a considerable amount of money in the long run.
Places to stay in Bali cost | room as little as $4 a night
14. Snorkel with turtles on the Gili islands (Gili Air, Gili Meno, Gili T)
Snorkelling on the Gili islands was one of the most surreal moments for me.
I got in the water to snorkel on Gili T for the first time and I was completely astonished at the size of the enormous turtles;
- The turtles go about their own business whilst you photograph them and even touch them (yes touch them, they don’t care as long as they can carry on eating). A truly magical experience. You can also see them on Gili Meno, and Gili Air
- This is free, get your snorkel and head into the water from the beach.
Where is the best place to see the turtles on Gili T?
Every time I left the store I found a turtle within 5-10 minutes, what a crazy experience and one of the most memorable things I did on Gili T. Gili is also a top must do!
Snorkelling cost | Free (if you do it yourself)
15. Scuba diving in Bali
Get down deep below the water’s surface and discover a whole other world. I’ve tried scuba diving and loved it, but I still need to work up the PADI qualification ladder. You can get this if you like in Bali.
This may cost the most out of everything, however cheap accommodation and food for a week should give you the budget for this mega underwater adventure.
Scuba diving cost | $80+
16. The Bali Swings
The Bali Swing is an adult adventure playground with amazing swings, climbing rocks, love nests and more. It is hours of fun jam-packed into this adventure playground and it is one of the top things to do in Bali.
We were a little unsure whether to try out this epic adventure due to the price as we were backpacking, but we never looked back after paying to join in the fun. The swings offer spectacular views over the vast jungle and also make for some memorable photos.
You can check out the Bali swing cost here!
Bali Swing cost | $35 for one then one free
17. Git Git waterfall
There are lots of top waterfalls in Bali and the Gitgit waterfall is one of the best you will get to see! Located in jungle scenery, this is one of the most stunning Instagram-worthy places in Bali. It’s in a breathtaking place and this makes it one of the best waterfalls in Bali. It is very famous for its calm and cool water and long bridge walkways.
18. Jungle Fish Ubud
The Jungle Fish Ubud is an amazing restaurant, hotel and infinity swimming pool in Ubud, Bali. The restaurant claims itself as a ‘Bali no beach, beach club’ restaurant. This is the most epic and the perfect place if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the Ubud town centre. It is one of the best Bali Instagram locations to visit. Also, it has got to be one of the best and most luxurious hotels in Bali, as well as the hanging gardens in Ubud. Like the Bali monkey forest, this is one of the places to see in Ubud!
19. Monkey Forest Ubud
The amazing Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud of Padangtegal (Mandala Suci Wenara Wana) is a natural forest that is home to lots of long-tailed Balinese monkeys, which are also known as Macaca fascicularis. Also, this is one of the best things to do and you should check it out while visiting this top destination in Bali.
Tourists travel here from all over Bali to spend a day watching and feeding in the monkey forest. You’ll be surprised how many people ask if the monkeys in Bali have rabies and has there have been any attacks. So, this is discussed in this post along with the awesome Sangeh monkey forest which is another popular attraction.
20. Goa Gajah
Let’s dive straight in and clarify that the name Goa Gaja stands for elephant cave, which is an awesome tourist point in Ubud. The Goa Gajah Bali is the cool setting of a unique courtyard, awesome carvings upon the walls of the rocks, an amazing meditation cave (one of the best cave temples in Bali), cool fountains and of course bathing pools. This is a magical historic site that you need to check out. If you’re a fan of temples, you should try and visit the awesome Tanah Lot Temple on your travels.
21. Meditate at the Purah Tanah Lot
If you’re heading to Bali you need to take a stop off at the picturesque seaside Pura Tanah Lot Temple, famed for its unique location and stunning sunsets. Tanah Lot Temple stands for earth (Tanah) and sea (Lot), quite appropriate considering its spectacular setting on top of an impressive rock overlooking the sea. It is one of 7 sea Temples located on the Balinese Coastline. This is just one of the amazing temples in Bali and other favourites of mine are the Pura Tirta Empul and Uluwatu Temple. Then there’s Pura Gunung Kawi and Pura Besikah to visit! You can also stay at Nusa Dua if you’re visiting here. Nusa Dua is a very popular place to stay for backpackers.
22. Uluwatu Temple
There is a lot of history around this Uluwatu Bali temple and it’s an epic experience to just explore the lands and take photos. If you can stay for the sunset, then I highly recommend you grab the opportunity to see one of the best Bali sunsets. Make sure to take your camera. If you’re wondering what Uluwatu means, the name Uluwatu temple comes from ulu, meaning ‘lands end’, and water, meaning ‘rock.
23. Pura Tirta Empul
What is the Temple of Pura Tirta Empul Bali? This is one of the most visited tourist points in Ubud, by both tourists and locals. This place is the ultimate attraction of tranquillity and a truly amazing experience in Balinese culture. You can join in the water fountains’ blessings and throw yourself in the composure of holy waters of the Empul temple of Bali, Indonesia. If you have visited the Uluwatu Temple in Bali, then you will love this one. Furthermore, this is one of the epic things to do on your visit.
24. Tegelalang Rice Terraces
What is the Tegallalang rice terraces in Ubud? The rice fields originally named “Ceking rice terraces” are a stunning setting of rice paddies that visitors can pay an entrance fee to explore and also see the rice terraces swing. Also, the rice paddies are a UNESCO world heritage site and they should be on your list of things to do as it’s one of the most famous places to visit in Bali. The location of the rice terraces is just north of Ubud in the quirky little Tegalalang village. It is known the terraces stand 600 metres above sea level, so there are epic views up there. The Ubud rice paddies are amazing and should be on your bucket list if you are visiting Bali Indonesia.
25. Visit Diamond Beach Nusa Penida
The Nusa Penida Diamond Beach is one of the best beaches in Bali without a doubt! A stunning limestone Cliff surrounded by lush palm trees. Perfect for any Instagram Photo!
26. Sekumpul Waterfalls
Hidden from other Bali tourist attractions, the Sekumpul waterfall is a top place for any Bali itinerary! A 40-minute hike down to the foot of the waterfall, reveals a stunning powerful fall and when the sun shines, a rainbow appears at the foot. This is why it’s awesome for any Bali things-to-do list!
27. Climb Down To Kelingking Beach
The Kelingking Secret Point Beach is one of the most amazing places you will ever visit. A day tour to Kelingking Beach Secret Point is perfect to see the best things to do on Nusa Penida on your visit to this amazing island in Bali.
28. Visit Nusa Lembongan
Nusa Lembongan is an awesome small island belonging to the province of Bali. Located 20 km south of the island of Bali, Nusa Lembongan along with Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan are 3 islands that stand out for their beauty, amazing culture and an epic hub for backpackers. Also, there are plenty of epic things to do on Nusa Lembongan island.
29. Explore and do the Ubud Tour
Enjoy one of the most popular sightseeing tours to Ubud Villages in Bali Islands with the Bali Ubud Tour package, for half a day.
What can you expect? You will see the best things to in Ubud, from the grand Celuk village with interesting handicrafts of gold and silver to the Monkey Forest, right in the heart of the village.
30. Stay at the Hanging Gardens Ubud
Nature connotes peace, quiet, and love. However, living in a city, you might hardly find the time or place to commune with nature and reap the benefits. Vacation is coming up! You can spend it surrounded by nature and your loved ones in the loveliest location. Hanging Gardens Ubud is one of the best places to stay for you and your loved ones to spend a honeymoon or vacation.
31. Enjoy a spa at the Ubud Village Hotel
If you’re looking for an elegantly contemporary ambience for your stay in Bali, you can book an epic accommodation at the Ubud Village Hotel. The Ubud Village Hotel is located on the Monkey Forest Road in Bali and is hands down one of the best places to stay You’ll experience everything that Urdu has to offer in this establishment. Such as the junior tea, afternoon tea, and beautiful deluxe rooms.
32. Enjoy a cocktail in Seminyak
This tourist centre in Bali is known for being one of the best party destinations. You can party from sunset to sunrise. Best of all, it’s all on a sandy beach with plenty of bars.
Don’t be fooled though. There’s more to Seminyak than just partying. It’s actually a nice setting with plenty of things to do, and a restaurant to eat at.
Don’t forget to check out Ku De Ta.
33. Explore Bali Treetop Adventure Park
Looking for something unique to do in Bali? Then why not have a great time at the Bali Treetop Adventure Park? This is also a top place to take the kids. It’s a must-do if you’re on a family vacation to Bali
The Bali Adventure Park also has rides for children as young as 4 years old.
34. Have fun watching the animals at Bali Zoo
The epic Bali Zoo is located in the Gianyar Regency. ere’s the good news, if you want to check out some unique Southeast Asian animals – then this is the place to do it.
Some of these include;
35. Relax on Bingin Beach
Bingin Beach (Pantai Bingin) is almost an unspoken about activity. However, if you’re a surfer, this is your paradise. The waves here are awesome. Don’t worry about not owning a surfboard, you’ll be able to hire one on Bingin Beach.
36. Check out La Plancha
Looking to enjoy a cocktail on a sunny Bali beach? Then you should visit this beachfront bar that’s located on Seminyak’s main beach. This is a backpacker’s heaven: relaxing on a beanie, drink in hand, and a perfect view of the sunset.
37. Go paddleboarding on Padang Padang
If you want to go paddleboarding in Bali, then Padang Padang is the place to do it! Paddleboarding is awesome, and it’s the best way to learn how to ride the waves. Also, you can hire paddleboards in Padang Padang.
38. Have a meal at Kellys warung
After riding the waves on Padang Padang, why not go for a delicious meal at Kellys Warung. A perfect spot for dining on classic Balinese food. Best of all, it’s super cheap. So, if you’re backpacking Bali on a budget, then this could be the best place to eat for you.
39. Have lunch at Bebek Bengil in Ubud
So what is the Bebek Bengil? Well, it means the ‘Dirty Duck’ in the Indonesian language, and guess what? People refer to this as one of the best restaurants in Ubud. Expect stunning views of a paddy rice field whilst you dine! If you’re looking for quality Balinese food, then check out the menu here.
40. Do some diving in Padang Bai
If you’re looking for awesome Bali nightlife then you need to check out the sky garden Bali, one of the most visited nightclubs in Bali. Not only does it have an awesome sky-deck bar, but there is mouth-watering food on offer on the restaurant menu, that you will want to set your taste buds free on. So, you have the option of amazing food and the chance to dance the night away at one of Bali’s best nightlife clubs.
This is also a great place to party without turning up to a certain dress code. Also, this top nightclub in Bali offers VIP bottle service to guests and you can party to big-name DJ’s such as; Afrojack, Steve Aoki and Axwell. These are just some of the DJs that play events here.
42. Swim at Rang Reng Waterfall
Goa Rang Reng Waterfall is a hidden gem in the hills of Bali. The waterfall is situated between gorgeous rice terraces, about four kilometres from the village centre. A leisurely ten-minute walk (if you like walks check out the best hikes in Bali) from the parking area to the falls, visitors can bathe in the large pool of cool water at the base of the waterfall. This is a local spot that’s especially loved by local women who come to do spiritual cleansing.
43. Watch a Tibumana Waterfall Wedding
Tucked into the verdant countryside of Bali, the Tibumana waterfall in Ubud is a majestic sanctuary for nurturing the mind, body, and soul. With its abundant natural beauty, luxurious accommodations, and extensive facilities set amidst a cascading waterfall, this legendary escape integrates traditional Balinese styles with modern amenities to create an unparalleled sense of harmony within your body and between you and nature. Face the challenge of conquering Mt. Agung with a trekking guide or embark on a spiritual journey around Bali. For those who prefer something more serene, fine-tune your game at Ubud.
How to get around Bali?
okay, so you’re going to have to get some sort of transport to be able to do all these epic things on the things to do in Bali list. So let’s look at your best options.
Getting around Bali can either be cheap or leave a big dent in your travel budget, for example, if you were on a 10-day Bali itinerary, you would want it to be as cheap as possible. If you’re renting a scooter in Bali it will save you a lot on your backpacking budget, however, I know not everyone is confident about riding scooters, especially on the busy Bali island roads so in this case, the best option would be to rent a scooter. However, I highly recommend getting a scooter to create your unique adventure, save money and discover how to do the best things in Bali on a budget.
Here is a couple of the best transportation ways in Bali;
- Scooter rental in Bali cost | $4 per day
- Taxi in Bali cost | Varies
Also here is a search form for 12GoAsia, one of the cheapest and best ways to travel around Bali;
Best time to visit Bali?
Bali is a tropical destination with a warm and humid climate throughout the year. The best time to visit Bali depends on your personal preferences and what you hope to do during your trip.
If you prefer warm weather and sunny skies, the dry season from April to October is a good time to visit. This is the most popular tourist season, so you can expect higher prices and more crowded beaches and attractions. The rainy season from November to March is generally considered the low season, with more rainfall and lower prices.
If you don’t mind some rain and are looking for a more budget-friendly trip, the rainy season can be a good time to visit Bali. The rain tends to come in short bursts, so you may still have plenty of sunshine during your trip. Keep in mind that certain areas of Bali, such as the mountainous regions, can be cooler and more prone to fog during the rainy season.
Overall, the best time to visit Bali depends on your priorities and preferences. If you want to experience the island’s beautiful beaches and enjoy plenty of sunshine, the dry season is a good time to visit. If you want to save money and avoid the crowds, the rainy season can be a good time to visit.
Where to stay in Bali?
You will never struggle to find a place to stay in Ubud. The number of guesthouses in Bali probably outnumbers the local private houses. I have stayed at some of the best budget places to stay in Bali and I’ve also stayed at some of better places to stay in Bali.
There’s also mega luxury accommodation in Bali, which is perfect for those looking to visit Bali on a romantic honeymoon. As a result, whatever type of trip you’re on, there are plenty of suitable places to stay in Bali.
Budget accommodation in Bali
Mid-range accommodation in Bali
Luxury accommodation in Bali
You can also check out the best area to stay in Bali for an awesome visit!
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Check out my list of the best things to do in Ubud!
You can also check out my other guides;
- Kamandalu Ubud
- Ubud Village Hotel
- Hanging Gardens Ubud
- Alila Ubud
- Best luxury villas in Bali
- Best family villas in Bali
- Best Bali honeymoon accommodation
- Best luxury spas