Bali Travel Guide – Top Things To Do


Bali, known as Island of the Gods, is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Bali is famous for beaches, surfing, diving, Hindu temples, active volcanoes and wild jungle. From spirituality to nightlife, Bali has everything for everyone.

Top things to do in Bali:


Located in the center of the island, Ubud is the cultural capital of Bali. In Ubud you will discover a completely different atmosphere with colorful art markets, sacred temples and lush tropical forests. The highlight attraction of Ubud is Monkey Forest, a natural sanctuary, where you can see cute primates in their natural habitat.

Foodie lovers can enjoy an authentic culinary experience in the night market where delicious traditional balinese snacks can be tasted or enjoy some of the best fine dining restaurants in Bali.

You shouldn’t miss the opportunity to experience traditional balinese accommodation with genuine outdoor bathroom in the middle of the nature. You can experience authentic living in the middle of the forest or rice terrace.

Traditional architecture in Ubud
Bali’s Temples

No Bali holiday is complete without visiting the Balinese temples known for their spectacular architecture and structure. Surrounded by jungle, located top of the hill or by the sea, Hindu temples offer amazing landscapes and incredible photo opportunities. Remember that as a tourist, local rules should be respected. Some areas are considered sacred and accept no visitors and for the rest of them it is mandatory to respect temple dress code by wearing a sarong or a scarf tied at your waist.

Best known Hindu temples in Bali :

  • Tanah Lot
  • Ulun Danu Beratan
  • Tirta Gangga
  • Penataran Lempuyang
  • Besakih Temple
Bali Temples
Penataran Lempuyang
The rice terraces

The rice fields have a unique design with small terraces separated by narrow paths. You will have the opportunity to see Balinese farmers seeding or harvesting rice and enjoy the amazing panorama of the valley with the rice terraces surrounded by palm trees. A visit to the rice terraces will provide glimpse of the traditional and simple life of the Indonesian people.

Popular rice paddies :

  • Jatiluwih Rice Terrace (Unesco world’s cultural heritage)
  • Tegallalang Rice Terrace
Bali rice terrace
Jatiluwih Rice Terrace
Mount Batur

Mount Batur is an active volcano that can be hiked via sunrise trekking tour in safe conditions. You will have the chance to hike on an active volcano and enjoy the sunrise over the clouds. For the unique scenery dominated be the volcano caldera a 2 hours trail hike is needed. The adventure seekers can have a light breakfast, relax and take photos of the sunrise and incredible landscape.

Mount Batur - Bali
Sunrise at Mount Batur
South Bali

If Ubud is the spiritual center of Bali, the South area is perfect for party enthusiasts or surfers. Whether you choose to have fun on a beach with cocktails and a good view or in the local bars with beers and snacks, in Bali, you can party all day long. South Bali is the best place for surfing regardless if you are an expert or a beginner here are plenty of surfing spots.

For those looking for some chill days, they can just sit and relax on the beach, enjoy the sun, the sand and the ocean waves.

Beach in South Bali
Kuta beach
Massage and Spa

The best way to pamper yourself is experiencing the world renowned Balinese massage and spa. In the Paradise Island you can try a wide variety of massages from foot massage to full body and from essential oils to stones without having to pay ridiculous prices.

Diving and snorkeling

Bali is in South West of the Coral Triangle so it should be on everybody’s wishlist for scuba diving and snorkeling. Do not miss the occasion to try and explore the underwater wonders.
Read more about scuba diving in Bali.

Diving in Bali

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Official guide for Bali can be found here.

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Passionate snorkeler traveling around the world to find the best snorkeling destinations.

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