8 Bali Activities To Make The Most Out Of Your Trip

By |2024-04-17T09:34:21+10:00March 4th, 2019|

Here's a big welcome to Bali! The world’s one and only ‘island of the Gods’ also nicknamed as ‘the island of a thousand temples’ – it is a wonderous, utmost exotic place with a unique culture and the most breathtaking sceneries of rice paddies, active volcanoes, black and white sand beaches and waterfall valleys.

A trip to Bali is inspiring and fun and it's bound to give you a great blend of cultural attractions and modern-day entertainment. Stay in a private villa in Seminyak, where it's all about catching the best surf-able waves, clubbing, shopping till you drop and getting pampered at one of the many spas.

But why not also spend at least a couple of nights in a quieter part of Bali where the sounds of nature are louder than anything else? Pure bliss!

Here are some ideas for your next island trip and the very best things to do in Bali.

The 8 Best Bali Activities

#1 Sunset On The Beach

Tropical places like Bali are all about beaches and palm trees, even more so during sunset time when the island’s magic is just unreal and you will truly know just why they call Bali ‘the island of the Gods’.

This is also exactly the reason why watching the sunset in Bali should be in your top 3 of things to do. Stroll down the beach in the late afternoon, have a seat and get comfy, order a cocktail and brace yourself to get stunned away.

#2 Sunrise From The Summit Of Mount Batur

Having mentioned the magical sunsets, the sunrise in Bali won't disappoint either. Early birds will love rising at the break of dawn, watching the island of Bali wake up slowly with the first gentle and warming morning sun rays.

The most amazing place for a spectacular sunrise is at the summit of Mount Batur in the central highlands of Bali. Hiking up there means waking up in the middle of the night (just after midnight) for an arranged pick-up at your private villa (preferably around Ubud, otherwise your trip can be very long).

Put on your hiking shoes and get those legs of yours to climb this active volcano. You’ll reach the summit just before sunrise and as the sunrise strikes, you will believe me that this easily one of the most memorable moments of your Bali trip.

#3 Surfing In Southern Bali

Surfing In Bali

Everybody knows Bali is a surfers paradise. Especially in the south of the island around Uluwatu, but also in places like Seminyak, Canggu, Uluwatu and neighbouring Nusa Lembongan and Lombok, the waves are perfect for beginners as well as pros.

Board hire and surfing lessons and even surf and yoga camps, can be found around the island aplenty – no excuse to not to go surfing! Start paddling out to sea and ride those waves back to shore – it is very addictive!

#4 Snorkelling And Scuba Diving In Bali

Snorkelling in Bali

As much as I love surfing those waves and all that island beauty above the surface of the sea, I also adore the underwater world too!

Coral gardens, manta rays, reef sharks, turtles, yellow, green, blue, orange, you-name-it-coloured fish – the marine life is utterly exotic and absolutely beautiful around Bali.

Highlights include Manta Point and Crystal Bay at Nusa Penida, Menjangan Island in the West of Bali and Amed and Candidasa in the east of the island.

#5 The Stunning Temples Of Bali

Bali is also known as ‘the island of a thousand temples’ and the huge amount of shrines and temples in every village surely have something to do with this.

The ancient temples, the shrines at local houses, the street offerings and prayers, it is all part of what makes Bali so immensely mystical and exotic. Bali is only a small island but you sure can go temple hopping all over the island, till you drop!

Clifftop temples, sea temples, lake temples, water temples, cave temples and those temples sitting on the slopes of Bali’s sacred volcanoes, there are temples everywhere. Indeed, and they are interesting and truly alluring.

The most famous and iconic temples in Bali are Pura Tanah Lot, Pura Uluwatu Temple, Pura Ulun Danu, Pura Besakih (the mother temple on the slopes of Mount Agung), Pura Lempuyang and Pura Tirta Empul. Make sure you visit one or a few of those while in Bali.

#6 Rice Field Trekking To Campuhang Ridge Walk In Ubud

As iconic to Bali as those beautiful temples are, so are the endless sceneries of rice paddy fields. When driving around the island, the views of the emerald-coloured rolling rice terraces are breathtaking but to really take in these scenic rice paddy surroundings, one must get out the car and start walking or cycling through the paddy fields.

In Ubud, awaits the celebrated Campuhang Ridge Walk, easily accessible from the cultural city centre. It is an easy trek and on the way, you can shop at some local artisan shops and then have lunch at Sari Organic, serving fresh organic meals and juices.

Another cool thing is to book a down-hill cycling tour through the rice paddies and local villages of central Bali. It is a wonderful ride, also great for families with children.

#7 Clubbing, Shopping & Dining In Bali

Seminyak Bali

If you are one of those travellers who love to explore nature and culture of far-away places but who also enjoys some good, guilt-free shopping, dining and clubbing in buzzing towns, you have to at least spend 2 nights in fashionable and happening Seminyak.

This town is home to chic designer and fashion boutiques, art galleries, contemporary coffee bars and quirky cafes, outstanding dining venues and world-famous beach clubs with international DJs. You are bound to love it!

#8 White Water Rafting

Want to have a great adventure on the river, going white water rafting in Bali? You've got two options: Choose Telaga Waja River in Karangasem or the Ayung River in Ubud.

Both are fun and beautiful river rides, with rapids and places where you can do some ‘body rafting’, plunging into the refreshing cool water of these streaming rivers. The adventure ends with a warm shower and lunch before heading back to your island accommodation.

Great fun and it is a safe and unforgettable adrenalin experience in Bali.

When are you off to explore Bali?

This post is brought to you in collaboration and written by Stephanie Anais from Villa-Finder.com.

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About the Author:

Carolin is a travel expert born in Germany. She has been travelling around the world since 2014 and now lives in her adopted soul home Australia. Her travel advice has been featured on Forbes, Daily Mail, News.com.au, Tour Radar, Expedia and she's also been named one of the top travel bloggers you need to follow by Tourism Queensland.