So, you’re planning the trip of a lifetime to the “Island of the Gods” and want to know where to go and what not to miss in Bali? Well, look no further. This ultimate Bali bucket list features all the best places to visit in Bali including location, how to get there, and how much.
Whether you’re visiting Bali for the first time, on a solo trip, honeymoon, or traveling with the kids in tow, you’ll be sure to find something to do on this list of 30 things not to miss in Bali!
From visiting the famous Tegalalang Rice Terraces to chilling out at a Bali Beach Club, or eating your way around Ubud, or discovering Bali’s best secret spots. There are so many amazing bucket list things to do and places to visit in Bali. In order to see everything on this list, we highly recommend you plan at least 2 weeks in Bali (or longer).
But even if you don’t have that much time while visiting Bali, you can pick a few experiences from this post and create your very own Bali bucket list! (Tip: our bucket list template might come in handy).
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Bali Bucket List Summary
Here’s a quick summary of all the recommended activities you’ll find in this post. Read on to find out more about each activity, including location, how to get there, entry prices, and recommended tours.
Plus, if you stick with us till the end, we’ve also got you sorted with a handy printable list of all these bucket-list-worthy things to do in Bali, plus more! In fact, we even have a Bali map that shows the exact location of over 250 places to see, eat, and stay in Bali!
- Tegalalang Rice Terraces
- Mount Batur Sunrise Hike
- Visit Nusa Penida
- Ubud Art and Craft Markets
- Diving in East Bali
- Pura Lempuyang
- Jungle Fish Ubud
- Surfing Lessons
- Handara Gate
- Balinese Healer Experience
- Tukad Cepung Waterfall
- Swim with Manta Rays
- Watch Traditional Barong Dance
- Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort
- Ubud Monkey Forest
- Stay in a Luxury Pool Villa
- Campuhan Ridge Walk
- Pura Bratan Temple
- Uluwatu Temple & Kecak Fire Dance
- Wanagiri Hidden Hills
- North Bali Road Trip
- Banyumala Waterfall
- Nyang Nyang Beach
- Flower Bath
- Sekumpul Waterfall
- Charlie’s Chocolate Factory
- Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
- Balinese Village Experience
- Snorkeling in the Gili Islands
- Sunset at Tanah Lot
30 Bucket List Places to Visit in Bali
#1 | Wander through the Tegalalang Rice Terraces
Number one on most people’s Bali bucket list is a visit to the famous Tegalalang Rice Terraces. So, it’s no wonder it also made number one on our list.
What a lot of people don’t realise before they visit Bali, is that there are actually rice terraces dotted all over the island. But the Tegalalang Rice Terraces are by far the most impressive and picturesque.
The Tegalalang Rice Terraces are located near Ubud town. We highly recommend spending at least 3 days exploring this region of Bali because there are so many amazing things to do and see around Ubud.
The best time to visit the rice terraces is early in the morning when you will get to see the sun rays pour through the palm trees. There are also fewer tourists around during this time of day. The tour buses from Kuta usually begin to arrive around 10 am.
Visiting the famous Tegalalang Rice Terraces is one of the things not to miss in Bali!
Location: Tegallalang Rice Terrace
How To Get There: From Ubud, you can hire a motorbike or private car with a driver (tip: plan your own day trip with some other items from this list).
Entrance Fee: 10,000 IDR to enter the rice terraces, plus you also have to pay the farmers as you wander through their section of the rice terraces (usually around 5,000 IDR each).
Recommended Tour: The Best of Ubud Tour includes a stop at Tegalalang Rice Terraces.
Where to Stay: We recommend staying in Ubud. Check accommodation in Ubud.
Read More: Guide to Visiting Tegalalang Rice Terraces
#2 | See the Sunrise from the Top of Mount Batur
Recommended by Vrushali from Mumbaikar Mom
Mount Batur is an active volcano situated in the heart of Bali. The best way to visit it is by hiking to the top of it to witness a glorious Balinese sunrise.
Depending on which part of Bali you stay in, you will be picked up from your stay location anytime between 1 am and 2:30 am. From here you will be driven to the base of Mount Batur. From here, a local guide will accompany you all the way to the top. Climbing up an active volcano in the middle of the night is challenging but at the same time a lot of fun. The memories that this fun activity will create will last you a lifetime.
Once you reach the top, make sure you secure a place with a good view and keep your cameras ready to capture the magical sunrise that will make the challenging hike and the effort of waking up in the middle of the night completely worth it.
Where to Stay: We recommend staying around Ubud, which will allow a later pick up time. Check out these Hotels around Ubud.
#3 | Take a Trip to Nusa Penida
Recommended by Krisztina from She Wanders Abroad
Nusa Penida is the biggest and most developed island of the three Nusa islands, located only a 45-minute ferry ride away from Bali. There is a saying among local Balinese people that Nusa Penida is exactly like Bali was 20 years ago before it became a tourist hotspot. The raw beauty of the island is absolutely breathtaking and since it’s not so touristy yet, the island is quieter and more relaxed than Bali.
Although many people visit Nusa Penida only for a day trip, there are so many things to do on the island that you can easily spend 2-3 days there without getting bored. Apart from seeing the famous T-rex-shaped Kelingking Beach, you can swim with manta rays, go snorkeling, relax on Diamond Beach or admire the amazing views at the Thousand Islands Viewpoint.
If you want to visit Nusa Penida, you can opt for one of the many organised day trips but you can visit the island by yourself as well. Whichever you choose, I’m sure that Nusa Penida will steal your heart away!
How To Get There: The ferry to Nusa Penida departs from Sanur Harbour several times a day. A ticket usually costs between 10-15 USD per person for one way. Upon arrival, you either need to rent a scooter or hire a private driver to be able to properly explore the island.
Recommended Tour: Nusa Penida Day Tour via Speed Boat
Where to Stay: Check accommodation on Nusa Penida.
#4 | Visit Ubud Art & Craft Markets
Recommended by Katherine from Tara Lets Anywhere
If you’re visiting Ubud, one of the things you shouldn’t miss is visiting the Ubud Art Market. This local market is open daily, and it sells products made in Ubud and other neighboring towns. You can find everything – from the souvenir items like Bali shirts and tops to woven arts & crafts such as rattan bags, wooden home displays, and even paintings. If you explore the inside shops, you may even see unique items such as intricately woven chess sets featuring Balinese figures.
Visiting the Ubud Art Market is a cultural experience in itself. You can shop or just stroll around to look at the products. If you’re into street photography, this is also a great place to practice your craft.
Location: Ubud Art Market is located at Jalan Raya Ubud No. 35, opposite the Royal Ubud Palace. It’s also close to the Monkey Forest and great restaurants and cafes.
Opening hours: 6 am to 6 pm daily
Recommended Tour: The Best of Ubud Tour includes a visit to Ubud Markets, Rice Terraces, Monkey Forest, and more.
Where to Stay: Check Accommodation in Ubud.
Read More: Top 10 Things to do in Ubud, Bali
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#5 | Go Diving in East Bali
Recommended by Oksana & Max from Drink Tea & Travel
One of the best but lesser known bucket list things to do in Bali is to go diving from its eastern shores. The port of Padang Bai is the gateway to some of the best diving in Bali and the surrounding area offers a much more authentic experience when compared to major tourist hubs like Ubud, Kuta and Canggu.
You can find dive sites for all levels and abilities of divers. Everything from shallow reef dives, to drift dives and wreck dives are available from Eastern Bali. The reefs are generally alive and well, brimming with marine life which range from big to small.
You can find large marine life like sharks and manta rays as well as macro life which take some time to get to know. One of the most famous dive sites is Manta Point. It is a Manta Ray cleaning station where you can swim alongside these graceful creatures.
The best way to experience diving in Eastern Bali is by staying in the area and going on multiple dives throughout your stay. However, accommodation is limited so if you do want to stay in Candidasa and the surrounding area we would suggest you book your hotel in advance.
Location: East Bali – Candidasa
Where to Stay: View and book accommodation in Candidasa.
#6 | Stand at the Gates of Heaven at Pura Lempuyang
Recommended by Cazzy from Dream Big Travel Far
If you’re looking for one of the best views in Bali, then a visit to the “Bali Gates of Heaven” is a must-do on your Bali bucket list. Officially known as Pura Luhur Lempuyang, this beautiful temple is located in East Bali and has soared in popularity thanks to its iconic view of Mount Agung, and that famous water-effect photograph.
Located on the highlands of Mount Lempuyang, this is actually a temple complex that houses seven different temples/areas. Most people go for the Bali Gates of heaven, but it’s definitely worth visiting the others whilst you are there. If you’re feeling adventurous you can aim to visit the steepest temple which sits atop a mountain that requires climbing 1,700 steps!
If you want to get that famous picture of the volcano sitting behind the gates, then it’s going to be a combination of luck and good weather. Also, there isn’t any actual water located at this temple, the famous reflection picture is an illusion created by a mirror, but it’s still pretty cool! You’ll be sure to leave with one of the most iconic and memorable photos of your trip to Bali.
Location: West Seraya, East Bali
Best Time to Visit: Visit as early as you can, as you’ll need to queue for a photo. Even if you’re among the first in the queue you could be waiting 1-3 hours.
Cost: Entrance is “free”, but you’re expected to give a donation fee, which will cover the cost of renting out a sarong style piece of clothing that will cover all the necessary bits of your body when visiting a religious temple such as this one.
Recommended Tour: See the majestic Pura Lempuyang on a Private Day Tour.
Where to Stay: We recommend booking accommodation near Candidasa.
#7 | Chill Out at Jungle Fish in Ubud
Recommended by Harshi & Aman from Trot.World
One of the most popular things to do in Bali is a visit to one of the many beach clubs, but here’s one with an even better twist to it. How about swimming in a jungle pool instead? This has to be one of the top experiences to add to your Bali bucket list.
Imagine swimming in an infinity pool surrounded by the lush jungles of Ubud, perched among the hills with flowing Wos river underneath, sipping on delicious cocktails while swaying on swing beds. This is what Jungle Fish in Bali offers its visitors and more. An experience that will leave you rejuvenated and energized for all the things lined up to explore on your Bali getaway.
Jungle Fish has it all, two restaurants, a pool bar, scrumptious food/drinks, excellent service, and a picturesque facility that make it more than just a place to visit and rather an experience you must not miss out on. To turn this experience up a notch you can even indulge in some treatments al fresco at the adjoining Spa.
Opening hours: 9 am to 6 pm daily
How to get there: Hire a motorbike or take a taxi from Ubud.
#8 | Try Surfing Lessons
Recommended by Danny from What’s Danny Doing
Surfing is without a doubt one of the most popular things to do in Bali…Period! And for good reason. With endless expanses of stunning shoreline and waves well-suited to beginners and pros alike, it’s the perfect place to grab a board and get going.
Brand new to surfing but keen to give it a shot? Well, the ‘Island of the Gods’ is an awesome location to learn. Walk along any beach and you’ll find vendors renting out boards and offering one-to-one and/or group lessons! You’ll pay around USD$35 a pop, but the talent level among the locals means you’ll definitely get your money’s worth. They’ll show you the ropes, teach you the etiquette, and have you riding waves in no time. Then, when the lesson’s over, you can shower off the saltwater (try these portable showers), grab a beer, and chill out on the beach!
Best Time To Go: For the very best waves (and weather) you should head to the western side of the island in the dry months of April to October.
Location: Particular hotspots for new surfers include Dreamland (north of Uluwatu), Medewi (southwest coast), and Kuta Beach.
Recommended Tour: 2.5 hour surfing lessons from Seminyak, Canggu, or Kuta
#9 | Snap a Photo at the Handara Gate
Recommended by Kerrie & Woody from Just Go Travelling
The Handara Gate is a very popular tourist destination and has been made famous on Instagram.
It is easy to forget that the gates are the entrance to a golf resort where you can stay the night, however, probably 90% of the people that go there are not interested in golfing.
Instead, many people flock to the gate for the magnificent views which can be seen. The Handara Gate is a beautiful piece of Balinese architecture that has a background of lush greenery with tall mountains. Despite its popularity, it is still iconic and one of the things not to miss in Bali!
- Cost: Due to its popularity, the locals have decided to take advantage of the situation and charge people a ‘selfie ticket’ costing around 30,000 IDR.
- Location: The Handara Gate is located in North Bali and it will take a few hours to drive from other destinations such as Canggu, Seminyak, and Ubud.
- How to get there: The best way to get there is by scooter, you will see some amazing views winding through mountains on your way up through the mountains. It’s also likely you will spot wild, mischievous monkeys.
- Our Pick: This North Bali Day Tour includes a stop at the Handara Gate.
- Where to stay: The Handara Gate is located at the entrance to the Handara Golf Resort.
#10 | Visit a Local Balinese Healer
Recommended by Lucile Hernandez Rodriguez
Bali is the perfect place for a wellness getaway or a self-discovery trip. One of the most unique things to do there is to visit a local healer or Balian. You’ve probably seen it in the movie Eat Pray Love, which portrayed as a mix of energetic and spiritual healing. It is still a very local experience that will grow your understanding of the Balinese culture and you will need to come with a translator.
One of the best ones on the island is through an Airbnb experience in Taman Punggul. You will first take part in a Balinese purification ceremony in a sacred waterfall before receiving the healer’s insights. Come with a specific intention or question to ask them. Their advice will range from stress-management techniques to plants, to even doing more yoga to feel better.
You are sure to gain something from this once-in-a-lifetime experience that will bring you new perspectives and will have you understand yourself better.
- Location: Healers reside in various locations around Bali
- Our Pick: Balinese Purification Ceremony or Eat Pray Love Tour
Read Next: COMO Uma Ubud: A Luxury Resort in Bali
#11 | Admire the Beautiful Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Recommended by Sarah from Hotels & Hand Luggage
Tukad Cepung Waterfall is a total hidden gem and a must-visit in Bali, especially if it’s a bright, sunny day. The waterfall is in a cave, and if you time your visit right, you’ll see spectacular light rays streaming into the cavern.
It takes about 15 minutes to reach the waterfall from the entrance. It’s an easy descent down through the jungle. Once you reach the bottom there is lush, green foliage everywhere you look. As you head to the waterfall, you’ll pass huge boulders before the cave opens up, and you’ll see Tukad Cepung Waterfall cascading into the cave.
Tukad Cepung Waterfall is such a unique setting and one of the most beautiful places to visit in Bali! If you’re lucky enough to see the light rays, it makes this experience even more memorable.
- How to get there: Tukad Cepung is only an hour’s drive from Ubud. Take a motorbike, or taxi, or book a private car with a driver (tip: plan your own day trip with some other items from this list).
- Best Time to Visit: If you get there for around 9:00 am you should beat most of the crowds! If you get there even earlier, you could visit one of the local warungs situated on the way down to the falls and have a delicious breakfast in a peaceful, tropical setting.
- Where to Stay: We recommend staying in Ubud. Book one of these Airbnbs or Hotels around Ubud.
#12 | Go Swimming with Manta Rays
Recommended by James from The Travel Scribes
An island renowned for its Instagram prowess, the small island of Nusa Penida – just a short 45-minute ferry from Bali’s mainland – is crammed with captivating attractions. The dinosaur-shaped outlet of Kelingking beach, the rickety staircases (yet brilliant white sands and azure waters) of Diamond Beach, and the picture-perfect Rumah Pohon treehouse to name a few.
But it’s the bucket list experience of snorkeling with manta rays that makes this island slice of paradise one of the things not to miss in Bali, with the chance to swim alongside the mighty mantas.
While island’s snorkeling boasts everything from colourful corals and turtles to the moon fish, ‘mola mola’, it’s mantas that are the drawcard. These giants of the ocean have large, triangle-shaped fins and huge gaping mouths, a sight to behold as they glide elegantly through the underwater utopia that is Penida’s surrounds.
With many a place to spot mantas on the island, you’re almost spoilt for choice. Head to Crystal Bay for a quiet beach, Gamat Bay (although best for scuba rather than snorkel) for secluded sands or the more famous spots like Manta Point, Manta Bay or even Mangrove Point.
- Location: Nusa Penida
- Our Pick: Swim with Manta Rays Day Tour
- Where to Stay: Spend more than one day on Nusa Penida and check out these Airbnbs or Hotels on the island.
#13 | Watch a Mesmerizing Traditional Barong Dance
Recommended by Nisha & Vasu from Lemonicks
Bali Barong dance drama is a storytelling dance, narrating the fight between good and evil with richness of styles and eloquent drama. It is quite different from other Balinese dances.
It has two main characters Rangda and the beast Barong. Barong is a guardian angel in animal form struggling against Rangda. He often becomes a lion with red head, white thick fur. He is accompanied by two monkeys.
The dance starts with a priest offering blessings on the masks worn by Barong and Rangda.
The dance opens with the monkeys and Barong in a peaceful environment. In the next scene while soldiers perform “Keris Dance”, Rangda appears and creates havoc. A fight ensues and Barong is called for help. Barong comes but Rangda casts a spell upon soldiers and orders them to commit suicide. They go in a trance and stab themselves with their own poisoned keris. You need to see the Barong dance drama to know how Barong saves the soldiers and the evil is defeated.
- Location: A Barong Dance can be experienced just about anywhere in Bali
- Our Pick: Bali Cultural Tour with Barong Dance
#14 | Swim in the Clouds at Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort
Recommended by Cecily from Groovy Mashed Potatoes
In the north of Bali, there is an incredible infinity pool that seemingly shoots off into the clouds. Perched on the side of a mountain at the Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort, it feels like you are swimming on the edge of the world.
The eco-luxury resort sits within an organic coffee plantation and offers luxurious private villas with panoramic views. It’s the ultimate spot to relax after a day of hiking to a waterfall or canoeing on the lake. Unwind and enjoy the sensation of swimming in the clouds.
The mountainous region of Munduk is still a relatively untapped oasis compared to the chaos and heavy tourism of the south. It’s easy to add two days in Munduk as an extension to your trip to Bali, since it’s located just 1.5 hours north of Ubud. Take a break from the heat and enjoy the cooler temperatures up in the mountains. It is the perfect place for a tranquil nature escape.
- Location: North Bali – Munduk
- Where to Stay: Book a night at the Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort and enjoy breakfast with a view over the clouds!
#15 | Play with the Cheeky Monkeys at Ubud Monkey Forest
Recommended by Mal from Raw Mal Roams
A visit to Ubud wouldn’t be complete without exploring Ubud Monkey Forest, which is one of the best things to do in Ubud and one of the most interesting places in Indonesia. The park covers a large area and is home to various species of trees and plants. There are three temples and a charming bridge in the middle of the forest that cuts through a rocky stream. The forest is a natural habitat to over a thousand Balinese long-tailed monkeys and an important conservation center.
At the entrance, you can buy some bananas for the monkeys and watch their social interactions which are very interesting to observe. The little monkeys are the cutest but watch them from a distance to keep their protective mums happy.
Leave your shopping bags and plastic drink bottles in your hotel; they are triggers for the monkeys and are not allowed inside the park. It is also possible to leave your shopping bags at the ticket office where you’ll get a receipt for them and can collect them on your return.
Also, put any loose objects such as sunglasses and hats inside your rucksack because monkeys are cheeky and may try to snatch them off you.
- Opening hours: Opening times are between 8:30 am and 6:00 pm
- Location: In the center of Ubud town
- Cost: The entrance fee is $6
- Where to Stay: Check out these Airbnbs or Hotels near the Monkey Forest.
- Our Pick: The Best of Ubud Tour includes a visit to Ubud Markets, Rice Terraces, Monkey Forest, and more.
#16 | Spend a Night in a Luxury Pool Villa
Recommended by Kristen from Adventures with Ensuite
Ubud has numerous hotels with private pool villas and gorgeous infinity pools. Many look out over the rice fields or the rainforest that Ubud and the surrounding area is so well known for.
Private pool villas come in price ranges from the very top end to more mid-range options. A night in one of these fabulous villas should be on your bucket list of what to do in Bali. The luxury of spending a day sunbathing, swimming and lazing by your own private pool is something you will never forget.
Whilst staying at one of these hotels you will be able to tick off another of Bali’s must-dos – having a ‘floating breakfast’. This involves enjoying your breakfast served on a floating tray so you can have a swim in between your coffee and toast.
Whilst staying at one of these hotels you will be able to tick off another of Balis must-dos – having a ‘floating breakfast’. This involves enjoying your breakfast served on a floating tray so you can have a swim in between your coffee and toast.
- Location: Ubud
- Where to Stay: For the ultimate relaxation, book a night (or two) at the Natya Resort Ubud
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#17 | Campuhan Ridge Walk
Recommended by Lauren from The Planet Edit
For those who enjoy walking in the outdoors, the Campuhan Ridge Walk is a very popular place to visit in Ubud and an ideal addition to your Bali Bucket List.
The walk is easy to access, as it’s situated very close to the center of Ubud town, tucked just behind some of Ubud’s hotels on the busy main street. Despite this, it surprisingly feels rather far away from civilization and makes for a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the town center.
The walk will lead you along an easy-to-follow paved trail, amongst rice fields, palm trees and beautiful green hills, rewarding you with peace, tranquility, and scenic vistas. It’s also not particularly strenuous at just 2km, making it a great option for people of most fitness levels.
The Campuhan Ridge Walk is quickly becoming one of the most popular things to do in Ubud, so it’s recommended that you come for sunrise in order to beat both the crowds and the Balinese heat. The trail officially finishes at the Karsa Cafe, so you can reward yourself with a fresh coffee once you’ve completed the walk!
- Location: Ubud
- Best Time to Visit: Sunrise or sunset
- Where to Stay: Check out these Airbnbs or Hotels near the Campuhan Ridge Walk.
- Our Pick: This Ubud Walking Tour will take you along Campuhan Ridge, as well as the Ubud Art Markets and Monkey Forest.
#18 | Visit the Temple on the Lake (Pura Bratan Temple)
Recommended by Mariza from HoponWorld
Pura Ulun Danu Beratan Temple (or simply Pura Bratan as the locals like to call it), is an important religious site located in northern Bali with a deep-rooted history dating back to the 17th century.
Besides its obvious historical and cultural significance, there is yet another reason to add this gorgeous temple to your Bali bucket list – and that’s it’s setting. You see, Pura Bratan is not just any temple! It sits right on the edge of Lake Bratan, and the majestic Bedugal Mountains form a beautiful backdrop. What’s more, if you visit during high tide, the temple appears to be floating in the lake! While the temple is the star attraction, it’s also worth strolling around the courtyards to admire the lush gardens, pavilions, and shrines.
- How to get there: Pura Bratan is roughly 1.5 hours’ drive from Ubud, so make sure to factor traveling time into your itinerary. If you want to catch the epic sunset and explore the complex at your leisure, it’s best to hire a private driver.
- Our Pick: This Northern Charm Tour includes a stop at Pura Bratan Temple
- Where to Stay: Most people stay in Ubud. If you wish to stay near the temple, here is a list of Airbnbs or Hotels near Ulun Danu Temple.
#19 | Watch a Traditional Kecak Fire Dance at Uluwatu Temple
Recommended by Cass from Cassie the Hag
Visiting Uluwatu Temple is a great item to add to your Bali bucket list. Just a short ride from Seminyak or Kuta, this coastal gem is more laidback than its touristic counterparts, while still providing a great array of activities.
Not only is Uluwatu Temple a great way to explore the Hindu history of Balinese culture – the 11th-century temple was an important Hindu sea temple – but its magnificent views will make it incredibly memorable too. It was built upon a 70m clifftop and you can walk along the coastline, marvelling at the crashing waves below.
There are other amazing beaches and cultural activities to visit on an Ulutwatu day trip, such as the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, and Padang Padang Beach. However, the temple has to be one of the best places to visit at dusk. At 6 pm, you can watch a traditional Kecak fire dance, which usually takes place just after sunset, creating a beautiful meeting of natural and cultural performance, complete with inspiring costumes, beautiful movement, and dazzling fire.
- Location: Uluwatu
- Our Pick: Book a traditional Kecak Fire Dance performance at Uluwatu Temple
- Where to Stay: We recommend booking one of these Hotels or Airbnbs in Uluwatu.
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#20 | Capture the Perfect Instagram Photo at Wanagiri Hidden Hills
Recommended by Larch from The Silver Nomad
One of the ultimate places to take selfie photos for your Instagram feed with dramatic backdrops and beautiful swings is at Wanagiri Hidden Hill.
Wanagiri Hidden Hills is located in the heart of the island on the road between Singaraja and Denpasar, and is one of the most unique places to visit in Bali!
High above Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan, there are a variety of different places to choose from along the road. You can sit on swings, pose in hearts or baskets or with wings behind you.
Wanagiri is very popular and can get quite busy but take the time to watch how other people are posing to get ideas for your own shoot. If you are on your own, the staff will help and take photos for you and give you tips.
If you want to change your clothing there are no private places to change, but if you are creative and have long skirts over shorts or dresses over t-shirts you can get a variety of looks.
- How to get there: Wanagiri is about 1.5 hours’ drive from Ubud. We recommend hiring a private car with a driver (tip: plan your own day trip with some other items from this list).
- Cost: The entrance fee to Wanagiri Hidden Hills starts from 40,000 IDR per person.
- Our Pick: This North Bali Day Tour includes a stop at Wanagiri Hidden Hills.
- Where to Stay: We recommend staying in Ubud. Book one of these Airbnbs or Hotels around Ubud.
#21 | Take a Road Trip to North Bali
Recommended by James from The Travel Deck
On the North-Western coast of Bali, a small seaside village named Pemuteran is an ideal retreat away from the busy streets in Ubud and Kuta. Although not as popular as nearby Lovina or Amed, Pemuteran still offers a decent amount of beachfront resorts, bungalows, and some amazing western and local restaurants.
From the Southern part of Bali there are a few routes to reach Pemuteran. The journey, amidst Bali’s stunning landscape takes around 3 ½ hours. All the way you will be cruising along tumbling rice fields and winding roads enclosed in jungle. This drive is enough for anyone to visit Pemuteran. For the best and most scenic route ask your driver to pass the Jalan Antosari way.
Pemuteran itself is limited in things to do, however it is a great location to base yourself. From here you could easily travel to East Java. Explore all the waterfalls in Central Bali about 1 ½ hours drive away. Take a snorkeling or scuba diving boat trip to the stunning reef around Menjangan island. And being on Bali’s Northern coast, Pemuteran boasts a beautiful beach and is home to the largest artificial Biorock reef in the world.
- Where to Stay: View and book Airbnbs or Hotels in North Bali
- Our Pick: See the best of North Bali on this Northern Charm Tour or North Bali Sunrise Tour.
#22 | Swim in the Banyumala Waterfall
Recommended by Vaibhav from The Wandering Vegetable
Located in the Wanagiri Hills in Sukasada, Buleleng is the incredible Banyumala Twin waterfall. It’s one of the best places to visit in Bali and has to feature on your Bali itinerary. It’s an off-the-beaten-path attraction that not many people know about. Hence, the place is pristine and possesses a raw natural beauty that will leave you mesmerized.
The reason why Banyumala waterfall is called a “twin waterfall” is because there are two cascading streams of water side by side falling down a steep grassy cliff. The water falls into a jungle pool where you can take a dip. What sets the waterfall apart from others is that it is located in the middle of a jungle and gives you a lovely tropical vibe.
Also, the water is cold, clean, and crystal clear – ideal for swimming. You can relax all you want because chances are high that you’ll be the only ones at the attraction besides maybe a handful of people. The sheer charm and exclusivity of the place make it one of the bucket list things not to miss in Bali.
- How to get there: The waterfall is a 1.5-hour drive from Ubud and requires a bit of a walk to get to. But the hike is worth it as the views more than compensate for the effort.
- Cost: Entry to the waterfall costs 30,000 IDR per person. There’s a small hut beside the waterfall where you have cubicles for both men and women to change their clothes. There’s also a western toilet facility available for visitors.
- Our Pick: This North Bali Day Tour includes a stop at Banyumala Waterfall
- Where to Stay: We recommend staying in Ubud. Book one of these Airbnbs or Hotels around Ubud.
Looking to discover hidden waterfalls in Bali? Check out our guide to the best Bali Secret Spots!
#23 | Relax on Nyang Nyang Beach in Uluwatu
Recommended by Emma from The World by Emstagram
Uluwatu is a popular tourist spot on the southwestern tip of Bali and it is home to the amazing Nyang Nyang beach. This 1.5km beach is so pristine is looks untouched. It is surrounded by cliffs and therefore a much more secluded spot. The deserted atmosphere makes it one of the most relaxing and peaceful places to visit in Bali.
Unlike a lot of other Uluwatu beaches that are overcome with surfers, Nyang Nyang is much quieter making it the perfect spot for sunbathing and swimming – although take care as the waters can get very choppy!
Along the beach you’ll find abandoned and graffitied boat vessels. The artwork on these is constantly changing due to regular visitors from local artists. These are totally individual and are part of the attraction to the beach, adding to its status as a unique bucket list attraction.
The walk back up the cliffs from the beach is much harder than going down, so prepare yourself. But make sure you check out the stunning views across the beach from up on the cliffs.
- How to get there: The best way to get to Nyang Nyang beach is by taking a short scooter ride your accommodation in Uluwatu, before taking a 15-minute trek through the cliffs down to the beach.
- Where to Stay: We recommend staying at one of these Hotels or Airbnbs in Uluwatu.
- Expert Tip: Hire a private car with a driver and plan your own day trip around Uluwatu with some other items from this list.
#24 | Relax with a Spa Treatment & Flower Bath
Recommended by Brittany from Life of Brit
Whether you’re visiting Bali on a honeymoon trip, a solo female traveling in Asia, or just looking for a tropical vacation, no trip to Bali is complete without taking advantage of the incredible and affordable spa treatments.
From Swedish massages to facials, you can find almost any spa treatment in this Indonesian paradise, but none compare to the total relaxation of a flower bath.
Offered by various spas throughout the island, a flower bath is exactly what it sounds. A hot bath is drawn with essential oils or skin hydrating treatment and then sprinkled with colorful flowers to cover the entirety of the water’s surface. After your massage and scrub, enjoy a leisurely, floral-scented soak for usually about 30 minutes or so.
For the best flower bath in Bali, head to Karsa Spa, a picturesque establishment on the end of the Campuhan Ridge Walk in Ubud, surrounded by rolling hills and palms. They’re known to be one of the best places, so check out their website and book in advance to make sure you get in!
#25 | Sekumpul Waterfall
Recommended by Mark & Mim from The Common Wanderer
“How is this even real?” is a question you’ll ask yourself again and again after visiting the incredible Sekumpul Waterfall, located in the heart of Bali.
Not much can prepare you for witnessing Sekumpul for the first time. As you approach, you’ll notice a layer of mist hanging in the air, shrouding the magnificent waterfall which drops 80m to the valley floor below. Deep-green forests cling to the hills as trees crane towards the sky in search of sunlight. And the noise is deafening as the water tumbles to the rocks below. It’s like a scene from Avatar, only this is real life.
To really get a sense of Sekumpul’s might, you need to hike to the valley below – a grueling 30-minute trek that burns the thighs but excites the mind. At the bottom, the view is just as incredible, with the powerful waterfall drenching everything (including you) in sight. But don’t fret, it’s totally worth it.
Although Sekumpul waterfall is one of the best attractions in Bali, it’s a little off the beaten track and quite hard to get to.
- Location: North Bali
- How to get there: Hire a scooter and ride to Sekumpul yourself, or hire a private car with a driver and plan your own day trip around North Bali with some other items from this list.
- Our Pick: Guided Sekumpul Waterfall Trek
- Where to Stay: We recommend staying in Ubud or North Bali. Book one of these Airbnbs or Hotels around Ubud. View and book Airbnbs or Hotels in North Bali.
Don’t get caught out – read out tips on What to Avoid in Bali
#26 | Visit Charly’s Chocolate Factory
Recommended by Inessa & Natalie from Through a Travel Lens
Located in the coconut grove of Karangasem, Charly’s Chocolate Factory is a great stop on any Bali itinerary.
A narrow path winds among the palms until it reaches the ocean and a small bamboo fence. Behind it are the two quirky-looking huts built for the factory and the shop, a souvenir store, a big swing (one of the few in Bali free of charge, too), and a ship-shaped treehouse, which is a small cafe.
The tale of the factory is an inspirational one. Many years ago, an American citizen Charly Esposito saw great potential in the natural resources that the island has. In a nutshell, he set a business, partnering with the locals, and also employing them.
Today’s factory is a cozy small and thriving business where Charly and his partner are almost always present, chatting with the guests. And when they’re not around, the goose named Agus welcomes the visitors.
The list of things to do in the factory includes the tour demonstrating how the local chocolate is produced, shopping at the soap shop, sipping on the hot cocoa in the ship-shaped tree house whilst looking at the ocean, and enjoying the giant swing.
- Location: East Bali
- How to get there: Hire a scooter or a private car with a driver and plan your own day trip around East Bali with some other items from this list.
- Where to Stay: We recommend staying in Candidasa. View and book Airbnbs or Hotels around Candidasa.
#27 | Visit the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
Recommended by Kristel & Gabriel from Chef Travel Guide
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is easily a bucket list item when visiting Bali. Spanning over 600 hectares, you will be treated to an impressive landscape of rice terraces unfolding from the foot of a mountain to the edge of the ocean.
While they are not the most famous rice terraces in Bali, that title goes to the Tegalalang Rice Terraces near Ubud. The Jatiluwih Rice Terraces are certainly a hidden gem in Bali where you’ll find fewer crowds than Tegalalang.
This UNESCO World Heritage site can be enjoyed in a couple of hours or so to hike some trails, ride bikes through rice fields and see different viewpoints. Make sure to stop at one of the warungs on-site to indulge in local Balinese food while admiring the breathtaking view of the terraces.
- Location: Central Bali near Gunung Batukaru
- Opening hours: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Cost: The entrance fee is 40,000 IDR per person.
- Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is around February to April when the rice stalks are tall and lush. Visit in June-July if you would like to see farmers harvesting their crops. Arrive either early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the heat.
- How to get there: Hire a driver or rent a scooter, or take a tour to get there. It will take roughly 2 hours from Seminyak, Canggu, and Kuta, or 90 minutes from Ubud.
- Where to Stay: Check out these Airbnbs or Hotels around Ubud.
- Our Pick: Bali UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour
Discover Bali’s most famous Rice Terraces – read our guide to the Tegalalang Rice Terraces in Ubud!
#28 | Balinese Village Experience
Recommended by Karlie from Bali Buddies
A big reason a lot of people fall in love with Bali is the gentle and welcoming nature of the Balinese people. Part of your Bali bucket list should be to take a look at what life looks like for the locals who live outside the tourist zones.
The Balinese Village Experience takes you into a traditional family compound home, where up to 50 villagers live. You will take a tour, enjoy a traditional morning tea with them, and learn the art of making Canang Sari (Hindu offerings). Lunch takes place in the middle of a rice field enjoying some traditional food.
After lunch you will visit a very scared and not well-known Holy Water waterfall, complete with a canyon. Here you will take part in a purification ritual and blessing. The Balinese do this ritual every six months to rid themselves of any negative energies in their lives. The ritual starts at the bottom of the canyon and you work your way up to the top of the waterfall. There aren’t a lot of stairs, don’t worry! This ceremony is very special and sacred and if often the highlight of a Bali trip.
#29 | Go Snorkeling in the Gili Islands
Recommended by Jasmine from Kiwi Talks Travel
Located three-hours east (by boat) off the coast of Bali you’ll find the magical Gili Islands.
The small, yet ever so beautiful islands are made up of Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan. They are all unique in their own way and are definitely worth the trip from Bali!
One thing that you must experience if you decide to holiday on one of these breathtaking islands is day snorkeling around the three.
Many places on all of the islands offer snorkeling boat trips that take you to each island where you can snorkel and marvel at their underwater world.
The reason why you have to do this? Simply because each island offers up a range of underwater sights to see while swimming in its crystal-clear turquoise waters.
On Gili Trawangan, you can swim with beautiful sea turtles, Gili Air’s stunning coral reef allows you to swim with thousands of colourful fish, and Gili Meno introduces you to spectacular underwater statues amongst its coral reef.
- Location: Gili Islands
- Our Pick: Full-Day Gili Islands Snorkeling
#30 | Sunset at Tanah Lot
Recommended by Bec from Wyld Family Travel
There are so many amazing places in Bali to see a brilliant sunset. Picking one will be hard, but Tanah Lot is definitely one of the most epic places to see a sunset in Bali.
You can get to Tanah Lot early to visit the Pura Tanah Lot (Tanah Lot Temple) and wander the grounds. If the tide is out, you can cross the small stretch of beach between the shore and the Temple to look inside. There will be signs on the beach to tell you if it is safe to cross or not.
If the tide is in take your time to look around the other sites that are in the complex before making your way to a large grassed area that overlooks either the Temple or the rocky outcrop that Tanah Lot is also known for.
Here you can get something to drink and eat while you wait for the sun to go down. Sitting on the grass you will find that many families come here with their children both locals and foreigners. If you are traveling with teenagers in Bali this is a great place for them to see Balinese culture and an amazing sunset all in one.
As the sun disappears into the ocean and the sky changes into so many different magnificent colors this is definitely one place to get your epic sunset pictures in Bali.
- Our Pick: Guided Tanah Lot Sunset Tour
- Where to Stay: View and book Airbnbs or Hotels near Tanah Lot.
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Best Tours in Bali
To make the most of planning your trip to Bali, we’ve put together a list of recommended activities and day tours to book before you arrive. These tours cover many of the items on this bucket list:
- Bali UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour
- Best of Ubud Tour
- Uluwatu Temple & Sunset Kecak Fire Dance
- North Bali Day Tour
- Bali Countryside Cycling Tour & Village Experience
- Mount Batur Sunrise Hike with Breakfast
- Eat Pray Love Tour
- Nusa Penida Day Tour via Speed Boat
- Swim with Manta Rays Day Tour
- Bali Cultural Tour with Barong Dance
- Hire an Airconditioned Car with Private Driver for a day (and create your own itinerary)!
Bucket List Bali Wrap Up
Bali truly is an amazing island to visit. One that is rich in culture, great food, and bucket-list-worthy things to do. If you’re looking for more luxury travel guides and information for planning a getaway to Bali, be sure to check out our other Bali travel blog articles:
- 6 Common Tourist Traps to Avoid in Bali
- Top 10 Things to do in Ubud, Bali
- The Best Hotels and Places to Stay in Bali
- The Ultimate Two Week Bali Itinerary
- 30 Bucket List Experiences Not to Miss in Bali
- A Guide to Visiting Tegalalang Rice Terraces in Ubud
- Bali Food Guide: 40 Places to Eat & Drink in Ubud
- 15+ Bali Hidden Gems & Secret Spots Revealed!
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