Things to do in Bali

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Things to do in Bali

23 Jun , 2016   Gallery

There are many things to do in Bali, the Island of the Gods, of eternal sunshine and  beautiful beaches; of countless man-buns and yoga pants, both come in all sizes, shapes and colors;  of Eastern European chicks and bro-cultures; custom bikes and healthy foods; of wild parties and serene meditations.


Bali has so much to offer. While haters gonna hate, everyone is still welcomed to this island (even the haters) to have their own personal view of the place.

Meanwhile, here are some reasons why people go to Bali.

One Quora user put it nicely:

Bali is not about a place, food, or person. It’s about a feeling.

  • The tranquility of doing yoga over a verdant rice paddy with the trickling sounds of a small river.
  • The rush of surfing a 2 meter pipeline barrel.
  • The exuberance of roaming with friends bar-hopping through Kuta.
  • The cool sophistication of an afternoon DJ and champagne cocktail in a Seminyak beach lounge.
  • The opulent luxury of an ocean-view infinity edge villa right by the beach.
  • The mysticism of a Balinese Hindu cremation with fire, incense and gongs.
  • The belonging you feel when a local village girl looks over and flashes one of the biggest smiles you’ve ever seen.
  • The magic of watching fireflies lift off over a broad swath of rice paddies at dusk.
  • The relaxation of a four handed massage, flower bath and yogurt scrub.
  • The thrill of para-sailing over ocean-blue coral reefs in Nusa Dua.
  • The delight of finishing a 5-course degustation menu at a fancy French restaurant and finding it costs less than a family pizza back home.


Check this video if you don’t believe me abut the tranquility stuffs.

When to go?

With +12 millions tourists projected to visit Bali in 2016, it may be a good idea to avoid summer and end of year’s peak seasons for no other reason than to avoid the hustle and bustle when getting around.

The incentive for that is that you can get cheaper rates on anything, especially for bookings. Not only that, with no other tourists around, you can really get that best pic you can boast to your Instagram followers. Showing off mode: on!

How to go around the island?

Scooter/motorbike is the best option for devouring short-to-medium distance in some areas, especially in the SeminyakCanggu vicinity. It gives you a kind of versatility no cars can offer. With all those secret shortcuts and a serious ability to navigate through even the most ridiculous traffic jam, riding on a two-wheeled vehicle can give you a really awesome sense of things. Cost to rent a scooter (IDR 500.000-IDR 650.000/month or IDR 50.000-70.000/day)

For long distance, you can rent a car on daily basis (IDR 600.000 to IDR 850.000/day with driver), or hire a chauffeur for longer term.

Check this video out to see how wonderful and varied Bali’s landscapes are. Because, you know, things to do in Bali can also means things to see… Here in Bali, you can just do nothing, gulping your beer or sipping your coffee lazily, driving alone enjoying the scene right in front of your eyes and it counts as a productive time.


Where to stay?

Well, it really depends on the value that you seek. The easiest way to determine where to stay is by dividing Bali into several categories. From there, you can decide which one represents your interests the most.

Here’s what you will get if you search for “things to do in Bali” in Google, point of interests-wise.

Things to do in Bali Google Search Result

Things to do in Bali by Google Search Result

While here’s an example of categorizing the places:

SurfFamilyPartyBody and Soul
CangguNusa DuaPetitengetUbud
Kuta CangguKutaNorth Bali
Bukit Area (South Bali)SanurCanggu

Where to eat?

Bali has all the best restaurant there is–and not so good ones to be frank–so pick each one carefully by thoroughly looking at what other reviewers have said on the internet. From the cheapest to the most expensive. From western foods to local ones. Beware, foodgasm imminent.


In North Kuta area you’ll never find yourself short of healthy food to devour at breakfast. You know, like those gooey substance served with slices of tropical fruits, top with granola and I don’t know what else? You can find it in places like

  1. Cafe Organic Bali
  2. Nalu Bowls
  3. Milk and Madu
  4. Monsieur Spoon
  5. Peloton


It’s time for something greasy, gravy and down right decadent. Meat. As in the-reason-why-our-ancestors-weren’t-vegetarian-meat. Seared. Grilled. Stir fried. You name it. When it comes to the juicy, grilled well-seasoned piece of meat, I always feel relieved I’m not a vegan.

By vegan I mean the hardcore type as with this guy…I mean come on, man!

A graffiti in Berawa. Yeah man, as if "that" is not meat.

A graffiti in Berawa. Yeah man, as if “that” is not meat.


Here’s the list of the best of Bali restaurants for lunch/dinner taken from many sources:

North Kuta Area (Seminyak-Berawa-Echo BeachUbud AreaSouth Kuta Area (Jimbaran-Nusa Dua)
Merah PutihSwept AwaySundara
MetisFair Warung BaleKayuputi
BetelnutLuxe CafeFat Chow
MacanPica South American KitchenCuca
La FincaWho’s WhoBloem's Waroeng

Where to party?

While Kuta-Legian is more for younger, wilder crowds, all the clubs from Seminyak to Petitenget are classier in nature. See below for details.

Where to shop?

1.Krisna (Sunset Road) and Erlangga (Denpasar) offer the cheapest Indonesia/Balinese souvenirs you can buy, from those quirky bottle opener, cute beach sarong to that ugly but popular Bintang wife-beater.

Bintang. The most famous singlet/wife-beater. Period.

Bintang. The most famous singlet/wife-beater. Period.

2. Bali Galleria near the Simpang Siur (the underpass with big statue of Bhima of Mahabharata Epoch) Bali Discovery or Beach Walk, both in Kuta. They sell both basic and branded stuffs over there.

3. Shop your way through various boutiques or street peddlers around Seminyak area.

4. For your yoga needs, go to Dare2Wear in Jalan Batubelig or one of the Body and Soul shops you can find almost anywhere in Bali.

Now that we already cover the basics of what, when and where in Bali stuffs, we shall continue with

Things to do In Bali: The List

But before that, you may want to check for every option you can have while visiting Bali. Ok; Here we go:

Things to do in Bali #1: Get Married

Of course, what else? A place to fall in love is of course a place to tie the knot too, like Bali ever has been. From Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall to Ketut and Sarah (whoever they are), the wedding sign of which I saw on my way to work.

Things to do in Bali #2: Enjoy the Sunset/Sunrise

Happiness lies in the small things. Like watching the sun setting or rising in each coming day. Time slows down in Bali… don’t fight it. It’s all designed this way by the gods. Noticing the mark of the day and meditate on it is like to receive a blessing from above.

Things to do in Bali #3: Write a Book

Bali or, more specifically Ubud, is a host for the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, a book’s glamorizin’, authors worshippin’ event that is a literary haven you just can’t miss.

The tranquility of Bali, the hustle of mundane live and the balancing act you need to do to keep both worlds in perfect harmony is a great catalyst to start writing.

Things to do in Bali #4: Party Like a MF!

Starter 4 pm-7 pm

  1. As a starter, head to Old Man’s in Batu Bolong Beach, just in time before sunset. You’ll be in time for their buy-one-get-two-happy hour beers.
Old Man's Batu Bolong

Have you really been to Bali if you don’t take a picture in front of Old Man’s? Pic by @fredounebedoun

2. Alternatively, you can go to Pretty Poison (for younger crowds) or…if you’re not that young wiser than that, let’s say that you’re my age and beyond, go straight to either

3. The Finns Beach Clubs. One in Ungasan (South Kuta) or the new one, in Berawa Beach or, of course, the hip

4. La Laguna nearby. It’s this gypsy-garden-by-the-beach kinda thing, complete with colorful and rustics caravans, where you can hang out with your friends, eat, drink and pretend to be a gypsy during the evening. A must-visited place to have some great Insta moments.

5. La Plancha in Double Six (or other nearby beach clubs over there).

6. AR Boon Bar in Berawa.

7. Or the fancy Potato Head in Petitenget.

8. If you’re in South Kuta area, Rock Bar and Blue Point are the places you don’t wanna miss.

9. Places where you can share drinks with the locals. You know, to hear their stories, which can be interesting from your POV as a traveller.

Second Round: 11 pm till barf

After some after-beers-dinner (see the list of restaurants above), get ready to make some serious damage, party-wise. The night has just began. Just go to Jalan Kayu Aya in Seminyak. It’s the same street as the eat street. There are a lot of hip places to party in 2 km radius from that street. You’ll see the scene changes pretty fast, from people having dinners to people ready to party. Choose from the following: Red Carpet. Jenja. Hu’u Bar. La Favela. The Mirror. Shanghai Baby.

Things to do in Bali #5: Go Hiking

Mount Batur Hiking

Mount Batur Hiking, with Mount Agung as the view

Mount Batur offers a challenging yet not too troublesome track you can hike.

Things to do in Bali #6: Custom Biking

Deus Ex Machina is the place for your inner biker. Their caferacer/custom bikes can make you feel like Brando or Steve McQueen. Other than Deus, the Malamadre Custom Bike has some cool beasts you can ride as well.

Malamadre Custom Bike, Canggu

Malamadre Custom Bike, Canggu

Things to do in Bali #7: Startuping

It’s no secret that in recent years, Bali has started to become a fertile ground to build a startup. The mushrooming co-working spaces around Bali, each offers access to resources, networks and community, is the driving force behind this. Join the Bali Startupers Community to start creating, networking or scaling up your startup idea.

Some cool places for startuping:

  1. Hubud
    Location : Ubud
    Address : Monkey Forest Road 88x, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

    Opening Hours:
    Monday – Friday     08:00 – 08:00
    Saturday- Sunday    09:00 – 00:00


2. Kumpul Co-working Space

Location : Sanur
Address : Rumah Sanur, Jl. Danau Poso 51A, 80228 Sanur, Bali, Indonesia 

Opening Hours:
Monday – Saturday    09:00 – 18:00


3. Lineup Hub

Location : Seminyak
Address : Jl. Sunset Road, Sunset Permai 3, Denpasar 80361

Opening hours:
Monday – Friday     09:30 – 01:00
Saturday         09:00 – 23:00


4. Dojo Bali

Location : Canggu
Address : Echo Beach Jl. Batu Mejan No.88, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday     24/7


5. Outpost

Location : Ubud
Address : Jalan Raya Nyuh Kuning, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Opening Hours
Monday – Friday    06:00 – 00:00
Monday – Friday    08:00 – 18:00    (Host hours)
Saturday – Sunday    08:00 – 20:00
Saturday         08:00 – 17:00    (Host Hours)


6. The Onion Collective

Location : Ubud
Address : Jl. Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Opening Hours
Monday – Sunday     08:00 – 23:00


Things to do in Bali #8: Surfing

This one is pretty obvious isn’t it? But yes. People are still coming to Bali just to surf, ride the tide, rip the waves, whatever you may call it, and below are five of the best places to do that.

  1. Uluwatu
  2. Padang-padang
  3. Impossible
  4. Bingin
  5. Balangan

Well, oc-fourse this is a non-exhaustive list. There are still many more things to do that I haven’t write about. However, the list above probably enough to give you idea about  things to do in Bali. Make sure you bookmark this post because we’re going to update the list regularly.

See you in Bali!

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