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.
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 Seminyak–Canggu 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.
While here’s an example of categorizing the places:
|Surf||Family||Party||Body and Soul|
|Bukit Area (South Bali)||Sanur||Canggu|
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
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!
Here’s the list of the best of Bali restaurants for lunch/dinner taken from many sources:
|North Kuta Area (Seminyak-Berawa-Echo Beach||Ubud Area||South Kuta Area (Jimbaran-Nusa Dua)|
|Merah Putih||Swept Away||Sundara|
|Metis||Fair Warung Bale||Kayuputi|
|Betelnut||Luxe Cafe||Fat Chow|
|Macan||Pica South American Kitchen||Cuca|
|La Finca||Who’s Who||Bloem'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.
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
But before that, you may want to check tripper.net for every option you can have while visiting Bali. Ok; Here we go:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Mount Batur offers a challenging yet not too troublesome track you can hike.
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.
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:
2. Kumpul Co-working Space
Location : Sanur
Address : Rumah Sanur, Jl. Danau Poso 51A, 80228 Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
Monday – Saturday 09:00 – 18:00
3. Lineup Hub
Location : Seminyak
Address : Jl. Sunset Road, Sunset Permai 3, Denpasar 80361
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
Location : Ubud
Address : Jalan Raya Nyuh Kuning, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
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
Monday – Sunday 08:00 – 23:00
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.
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!