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Best Things to Do in Bali, Indonesia

Rich in natural beauty, culture and history, this bewitching Indonesian island has something for everyone. From mountain villages and paddy fields to temples and beaches – the essence of Bali is captured in these must-visit attractions. Here is a list of best things to do in Bali, Indonesia.

Best Things To Do In Bali

1. Go surfing in Kuta

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If you haven’t surfed before or are just looking for some gentle waves then you have to come to the most famous beach in Bali which is Kuta Beach.

The beach sits across from a sand bar which means it has rolling surf that is free of any sharp reefs and you can rent a board here and sign up for a surf lesson, or rent a body board if you want to try something a little less strenuous.

Locals and visitors alike come here to watch the sunset and you can relax on the sand with a cold beer and drink in the atmosphere.

2. Visit Ulun Danu Temple

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple in Bali

Ulun Danu Temple lies at the edge of Baratan Lake in Bedugul in Bali.

This pretty building is dedicated to the goddess of the lake and is one of the quietest and most serene places on the island.

Make sure to check out all the different shrines, each one dedicated to a different god, and look out for the ornate architectural touches such as the intricate carved gates.

3. Explore Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot Temple is a religious and cultural landmark, cherished for its natural beauty. Perched on an offshore rock, it has an idyllic backdrop of ocean, and is itself a spectacular place for a selfie, especially at sunset. On this guided tour, you’ll get to explore the temple and see the best of Ubud though the eyes of a local.

4. Have lunch at Bebek Bengil in Ubud

Bebek Bengil means the ‘Dirty Duck’ in Indonesian and is one of the best loved restaurants in Ubud.

The restaurant backs onto a pretty rice field and the main specialty here is the duck which comes in a variety of different dishes.

The signature style here is the bebek betutu which is boiled in a broth made with aromatic herbs and then rubbed with local spices.

The duck is then fried until it is crispy and the skin is blistered and then served with some simple rice and vegetables.

5. Go muck diving in Padang Bai

Padang Bai diving I Dive trip in Bali with Bali Scuba

Padang Bai is situated in the east of Bali and is most famous for its diving.

There are seven different dive sites that can easily be reached after a short boat trip from the shore and whatever your diving experience there is something for everyone here.

You can get PADI certified and if you like muck diving then this is one of the best places to do it in Bali and you will find a range of underwater critters like the blue ringed octopus and pygmy seahorses.

There is also a good chance of seeing sharks, turtles, and waving fans and coral gardens.

6. Discover Tegalalang Rice Terraces

These Balinese sculptured rice terraces offer tourists a chance to enjoy nature and a valuable glimpse of local culture and customs. Tourists can explore the village and meet residents.

7. Strap on a jetpack in Tanjung Benoa

Tanjung Benoa is the place to come in Bali if you want to try water sports and you can find a range of different activities on offer.

One of the most exciting however is strapping on a water jetpack which will let you fly up into the sky to a height of 10 meters and sessions usually last around 20 minutes.

One of the big draws of going jet packing is the chance to take in the beauty of Bali from the air and even if you have never done anything like this before the dedicated instructors will teach you how to fly in a safe and controlled environment.

8. Spend time in Sidemen

Sidemen is often left of many traveler’s itineraries which is a shame as it offers you the perfect alternative to more crowded spots like Ubud.

The area is located amongst jade green rice paddies and lies in a cool valley and you can go trekking in the surrounding area and walk to secluded waterfalls and stunning vantage points that let you take in the majesty of the scenery here.