Bali boasts a bewildering amount of beauty. It’s on most, if not every wanderluster’s bucket list and there’s a BIG reason as to why… It’s a stunning paradise that you can enjoy on every budget. Check out the top 10 un-BALIievable experiences for the best things to do in Bali that have got us all craving for more.
Cool off in the Blue Lagoon
Not to be confused with the cocktail containing blue Curaçao and vodka, the Bali Blue Lagoon is an even tastier treat. As you may have guessed, the lagoon is named after its stunning aqua blue colour, meaning you can most certainly use the #nofilter hashtag when posting on Instagram. It’s a popular spot for cliff-jumping too; so don’t forget your bathing suit and armbands. To get there you’ll need to head to Nisa Ceningan, an island off mainland Bali. If you plan to make your own way there on your nippy rented scooter, be prepared to overcome a few rather steep hills.
Experience the crazy monkey forest
Welcome to the jungle forest, where there definitely will be fun and games. Monkey Forest is a natural reserve, conservation and home to over 700 cheeky monkeys. Hold onto your hats, and everything else, because these little rascals are not shy! It’s certainly a memorable experience but not for the faint-hearted. Be prepared for your new little furry friends to get very up-close and personal, and remember not to panic if they jump on you. You’ll have a blast once you get used to them.
Gaze at the awe-inspiring Nusa Penida
Want a top-secret tip that most tourists don’t know about yet? Thought so. Hop aboard a boat and discover the Nusa Penida. Although Bali is generally pretty cheap, this 30 minute trip can be pricey if you don’t do your research, so shop around to get the best fare. Once there you’ll be treated to unforgettable scenery and beautiful untouched coastline. One of the highlights has to be Kelingking Beach, which you can scramble down to via a steep, rocky pathway. If you don’t fancy the trek, you will still not be disappointed by the epic screensaver views from the top.
Visit the holy temples
Bali is known for having loads of grand temples. As the locals are multi-religious, there are many options available to add to your temple run list. Visiting them is a great way to get an authentic insight into the local culture and religious ways. One thing to remember is that all temples have their own certain dress code that you must abide by. When visiting, your knees and shoulders must be covered. If you don’t have this when arriving, don’t worry, as you may be able to rent appropriate clothing from the temples for a very small fee. For those of you who want to know more fun facts and real history, it’s well worth paying for a guide to show you the ropes.
Stand under incredible waterfalls
We hate water falling from the sky, but we LOVE water falling down a cliff. In Bali, you’ll be spoilt with numerous epic waterfalls where you can swim, recreate various shampoo adverts. Our favourite would have to be the less touristy Sekumpul waterfall. Once again, it’s a slight challenge to reach, but a trusty guide can show you the way and it will be well worth the climb.
Sample Balinese culinary delights
Talking about Balinese food is a difficult subject for us… salivation and hunger reach dangerous levels. If we were to describe it in 3 words we’d go for ‘healthy’, ‘colourful’ and just ‘mmmmmmm!’ Another thing we love about Bali cuisine is it often served on banana tree leave plates or in a banana leaf wrap. Who needs crockery! For our vegans out there, you’re also in for a treat, with a great variety of dishes on offer. You’ll find all sorts of soy-based dishes, variations of tofu and tempeh etc. to satisfy your plant-based cravings.
Experience the rice paddies
Keen for a bit of local culture and some truly epic views? Then it’s a no grainer to visit Tegallalang rice paddies. Go down around 5am just before the sun comes up, meet the locals, grab a coconut leaf hat and sip coconut water as you explore the phenomenal emerald-green fields. The stunning sight is a must-do whilst in Bali and a cheap day out.
The easiest and most convenient way to get around Bali is by renting a scooter. Hit the road and see the sights, but be prepared for utter madness! There are no real rules, so you will really need to keep your wits about you. If you can cope with that, then it’s well worth it as prices start from just 2.50 Euro per day and possibly even lower if you rent for a longer period. Petrol is also super cheap (and don’t be alarmed if you see a tank being filled from a vodka bottle and funnel!)
DUDE! Whether you’re a pro or a beginner, Bali is a dream destination to grab a board and catch a wave. You’ll be spoilt for choice with options of beautiful white-sand beaches offering all shapes and sizes of waves and swells. For the newbies, Canggu Beach is a top spot for a fun lesson and (hopefully) you’ll be riding those sweet waves in no time.
Party on the Gili Islands
The Gili Islands are a group of three tiny but very tempting islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. If you like to party, then Gili T is the island for you. If you want more of a chillaxing time, then drift on over to Gili Air. The best bit about the Gili Islands is turtle spotting and swimming amongst the beautiful coral reef. There are plenty of places to grab snorkels and goggles from for as little as 2.50 Euro per day. If you’re less keen to splash around you can always just cycle around the islands on a rented bike, test out the delicious local food or browse the boutique clothes and jewellery shops.