Top 10 Things To Do In Bali, Indonesia

“The mere mention of Bali evokes thoughts of a paradise. It’s more than a place; it’s a mood, an aspiration, a tropical state of mind.” – Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Lonely Planet.

Top 10 Bali Popular Beach Clubs
Top 10 Bali Popular Shopping Places
Top 10 Bali Popular Tours
Top 10 Bali Must See Attractions
Top 10 Bali Spa & Massage Places
Top 10 Bali Family Friendly Activities

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TOP 10 BALI POPULAR BEACH CLUBS

1. Karma Beach Club – Set in Bali’s most stunning cove, Karma Beach Bali is a breathtaking tropical oasis at the southern tip of Bali (Ungasan). A crescent of white sand leads to a tranquil blue lagoon. Great Food, and Music. Luxury at its best.

2. KOMUNE Beach Club – The club for environmentally conscious travelers who love to chill & surf. Four surf breaks right out the front. At low tide the rock pools and lagoon are perfect for swimming & snorkeling. Floodlight night surfing.

3. Sundara Beach Club – Perfect mix of five-star, relaxed beach-club vibe. Sundara at The Four Seasons includes a restaurant, air-conditioned bar, open-air terrace & beach-front daybeds by the 57-meter Infinity Edge Pool.

4. Sundays Beach Club – Stunning stretch of white sandy beach on the Bukit Peninsula in Ungasan. Beauty, Style and comfort merge gracefully. Relax to the cool tunes and enjoy friendly Balinese service, excellent cuisine and the perfect beach.

5. Byrdhouse Beach Club – Byrdhouse offers the complete club experience with trendy music, great food & cocktails, a spa, games center, kids’ playground, 30-meter pool and Jacuzzi bar.

6. KU DE TA Beach Club – The hospitable spirit of the Balinese, the stunning world-class Seminyak beachfront location of KU DE TA, its inimitable fine dining, and cutting edge design are at the very foundation of what makes the venue so magical.

7. Potato Head Beach Club – this club has fast gained popularity as one of the most happening venues in Seminyak, joining the array of world-class hotspots that line this upscale, cosmopolitan coastal village. Frequently visited by DJs and celebrities around the world.

8. Azul Beach Club – one of the best spots in Legian to enjoy laidback lounging with drinks, sea breezes and views by day, and chill-outs at sunset. There are semi-open dining sections, a bar and lounging spaces set over three levels, all designed under rotundas and towering thatch-roof domes.

9. Cocoon Beach Club – Cocoon is a striking venue on the corner of Jalan Double Six, the legendary beach street famous for its hangouts and nightlife in southern Seminyak. A cool pool retreat with sea views and embroidered traditional Balinese parasols by day, Cocoon serves Asian fusion and Mediterranean cuisine

10. Surf and Turf Beach Club – a great beachfront venue to head to in Nusa Dua for some light bites, beers, cocktails and hours of fun thrills at its waterpark, which is also home to Bali’s first flow rider.

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TOP 10 BALI POPULAR SHOPPING PLACES

1. Kuta Beachwalk – a fresh addition to Kuta’s leisure alternatives. Occupying 3.7 hectares of land and a 250-meter street side near the end of Jalan Pantai Kuta, this striking complex houses numerous shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities boasting international brands and franchises.

2. Ubud Art Market – located opposite the the Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace and is open daily. Here you can find beautiful silk scarves, lightweight shirts, handmade woven bags, baskets or hats; statues, kites and many other hand-crafted goods.

3. Mall Bali Galeria – is among the largest shopping centres in Kuta. Arcades comprise various restaurants, bookshops, fashion outlets, a Hypermart, the Galeria 21 cineplex, souvenir shops, duty free shop, Planet Hollywood Restaurant and more.

4. Discovery Shopping Mall – the only mall with a beachfront view, is located in Kuta’s prime area. This mall has facilities such as banks, restaurants, cafés, bookstores, opticians, pharmacies, amusement arcades, home accessories, jewellery and international brand outlets such as Sogo, Guess, Esprit, Giordano and many more.

5. Sukawati Art Market – is the biggest market in Bali to purchase handicrafts and traditional handmade products, and is located on the main road of Sukawati.

6. The Bali Collection – is a high-end department store featuring mega brand names, international retailers as well as the most famous local marks. Food and beverage outlets, spa centres, and much more are all clustered together in a hassle-free open-space shopping square.

7. Celuk Village – Further along the road towards Ubud, famous for being a village of gold and silversmiths. The village offers a multitude of gold and silver jewellery including rings, bangles, chokers, earrings, tusuk konde (hair pins), broaches and many other accessories. Located approximately 4km southwest of the Sukawati District.

8. Ubud’s Monkey Forest – is a famous landmark in central Ubud, and its one-way thoroughfare caters well to visitors with good quality restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels, homestays and shopping venues. Along the street you may easily find international brand stores, sophisticated shops selling local designs, beautiful painting stores and handicraft and antiques outlets.

9. Kuta Square – is a shopping centre approximately 50 metres from Kuta Beach, some 200m north of the Kuta Art Market. Designed in boulevard style, Kuta Square is packed with a lot of international and local brands from surf wear outlets, dining areas, a hypermarket and fashion stores, such as Billabong, Quiksilver, Hurley, Giordano, Reebok, Nike and Levi’s, and two famous local brands – Milo’s and Animale.

10. Tegallalang ‘Handicrafts Village’ – specialises in the carving of softwood figures. Brightly painted flowers, signboards, fruits, frogs, tokay geckos, ducks, cats and animal figures all feature heavily. All the way along the 12-kilometre road shops also sell furniture and handicrafts made from glass, wood, bamboo, ceramics and shells. Located at the north of Ubud in the centre of Bali.

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TOP 10 BALI POPULAR TOURS

1. Taman Ayun, Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot – This half-day tour brings you closer to bits of the island’s nature, culture and history, with stops that include the ancient royal temple of Pura Taman Ayun, the Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest, and the most iconic sea temple in Bali: Tanah Lot Temple. The tour concludes in time for a memorable sunset over this temple’s silhouette against the rolling surf of the Indian Ocean. Explore more and book Bali tours.

2. Highlights of Bali (Full Day Tour) – Enjoy a wonderful full day out to discover Bali’s vibrant cultural heritage and scenic natural surroundings. This tour includes visits to traditional villages, coffee and clove plantation walks; panoramic outlooks over the Mount Batur volcano, and hilltop stops for coffee or tea with sweeping rice field panoramas Explore more and book Bali tours.

3. Ubud, Kintamani & Barong Dance – Go on a full day of exploration to see Bali’s cultural and natural highlights. This tour includes a visit to the artistic town of Ubud, its neighbouring village that is home to Bali’s gold and silversmiths, and Batubulan to view the mythical Barong dance performance. Then, you’ll journey further north to marvel at the scenic Batur caldera lake Explore more and book Bali tours.

4. Whitewater Rafting at Ayung River – This exhilarating ride lets you rush down Bali’s famous Ayung River, a Class III rapid that combines scenic highland nature views with an adrenaline rush. In between exciting obstacles and thrilling sections of the river, you paddle along with an expert guide through lazy pools and waterfalls. The ride concludes with a delicious buffet lunch overlooking the valley. Explore more and book Bali tours.

5. Sunset Dinner Cruise – Enjoy a soothing cruise on board the Bali Hai catamaran, over the calm waters off Bali’s southern coast. Then, be served a delicious dinner while taking in the serene seascape as the sun sets over the distant harbour. Also complementing your dinner are an entertaining cabaret, live bands and small disco on the lower deck. Explore more and book Bali tours.

6. Private East Coast Tour – Go on a private journey of exploration to Bali’s secluded eastern region, which includes a sightseeing visit to the island’s grand ‘mother temple’ of Besakih at the slopes of Mount Agung, a layover at a local plantation to discover a wide variety of exotic tropical fruits and spices, and an after-lunch stop at Tenganan, one of Bali’s most well-preserved traditional villages. Explore more and book Bali tours.

7. Dolphin Cruise – This high-speed ocean cruise allows you to get up close with native dolphins that swim freely in the waters off Bali’s southern peninsula. The ride starts around early morning, which treats you to spectacular seascapes at sunrise. Then, out at sea, your magical encounters with dolphins begin as they breach the surface, sometimes in pods. Explore more and book Bali tours.

8. Lembongan Island Leisure Day Trip – Cruise out to the most popular among the three Nusa Islands in Bali’s southeast, where fun on-board activities include a whirlpool tub and waterslide where you can plunge straight into the sea. Other activities include sea kayaking, banana boat rides, snorkelling and ‘sea walks’ using special oxygen-fed helmets. A buffet lunch is served on board. Explore more and book Bali tours.

9. Quad or Buggy and Canyon Tubing – For adrenaline junkies, this tour takes you to the rainforests of Payangan in central Bali, where you can rev through muddy rice field tracks on special quad bikes or buggies. It’s perfect for those looking for a mix of high-octane action and natural scenery. Afterwards, cool down with a tubing excursion down the Siap River, in personal-sized inflatable tubes for a totally different kind of rafting sensation. Explore more and book Bali tours.

10. Devdan Show – This show takes you on a 90-minute journey through the Indonesian archipelago, showcasing the cultural diversity across the islands from Bali to Sumatra, and Borneo to Papua. Stunning lighting and visuals, intricately designed stage props, and well-rehearsed dance choreography complement its captivating story of adventure and discovery. Explore more and book Bali tours.

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TOP 10 BALI MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS

1. Tanah Lot – must be the island’s most iconic temple. This temple is perched on top of a huge rock, and surrounded by the sea with waves constantly crashing on to its base, as well as good for sunset photos.The temple is located in the Beraban village of the Tabanan regency, an approximate 20km northwest of Kuta. Explore more and book Bali attractions.

2. Uluwatu – is among the Bali’s most important sea temples, perched on a cliff edge in the southwestern Bukit peninsula. Uluwatu also features an open amphitheatre close by, where sunset kecak fire dances can be enjoyed. A monkey forest also borders it. Located at Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Jimbaran Explore more and book Bali attractions.

3. Besakih Temple – also known as the ‘mother temple’ of Bali sits on the slopes of Mount Agung, at a lofty 1,000m. Besakih is the largest of all the Balinese temples. It has eighteen separate sanctuaries surround the three main temples dedicated to Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. Located in the village of Besakih on the slopes of Mount Agung in eastern Bali, Indonesia Explore more and book Bali attractions.

4. Tegallagang Rice Terraces – Ubud is famous for its scenic expanses of rice fields. And the paddies with the best vantage point are just up north from the main Ubud centre, along the road of Tegallalang. Here, roadside stalls and art shops offering items of all kinds, as well as small restaurants offering diners great views Explore more and book Bali attractions.

5. Ubud Monkey Forest – is one of Bali’s several grey long-tailed macaque-inhabited forests and perhaps the best known. Ubud Monkey Forest is a place of scientific research as well as a site of spiritual and cultural aspects with temples sanctified by the local villagers Explore more and book Bali attractions.

6. Ubud Art Market – locally referred to as ‘Pasar Seni Ubud’ is located opposite the the Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace and is open daily. Here you can find beautiful silk scarves, lightweight shirts, handmade woven bags, baskets or hats; statues, kites and many other hand-crafted goods. Explore more and book Bali attractions.

7. Kintamani & Mount Batur – located in the Karangasem Regency, is home to Mount Batur and the Caldera Lake. A favourite stopover on tour itineraries to this region is Penelokan, which aptly means ‘scenic stopover’. The still-active Mount Batur volcano has erupted about 24 times since 1800. Explore more and book Bali attractions.

8. Bali Safari & Marine Park – Bali’s largest animal theme park. The park is home to over 60 species, all roaming freely within their enclosures built to closely mimic their natural habitats. Explore more and book Bali attractions.

9. Jatiluwih Rice Terraces – cover the region of the namesake upland village in West Bali, most famous for its landscapes that are both dramatic and truly exotic. The site is one of the island’s must-see natural panoramas on par with Mount Batur and the caldera of Kintamani. Explore more and book Bali attractions.

10. Goa Gajah ‘Elephant Cave’ – located on the cool western edge of Bedulu Village, six kilometres out of central Ubud, you do not need more than an hour to descend to its relic-filled courtyard and view the rock-wall carvings, a central meditational cave, bathing pools and fountains. Explore more and book Bali attractions.

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TOP 10 BALI SPA & MASSAGE PLACES

1. Thermes Marins & Spa On the Rocks – offers a complete spa experience. Firstly, its ‘thalassotherapy centre’ is home to one of the world’s largest aqua-tonic seawater pools, complete with jets and comforting nooks for toning exercises and relaxation. Secondly, it has the most stunning spot to have a massage; literally set on top of a rock at the base of a high-rising limestone cliff, with the waves of the Indian Ocean crashing at its base serving as natural white sound. For most exceptional spa experience, an extravagant 2.5-hour Diamond Miracle with ‘diamond dust’ for facials and a feast of strawberries and chilled champagne. Explore more and book Bali resorts.

Location: Ayana Resort and Spa Bali, Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran

2. Riverside Spa at Maya – Walking to this spa is part of the experience, along wooden riverside boardwalks to treatment pavilions where you enjoy the sounds of nature and the rushing Petanu River below with your treatments. Couples and honeymooners can opt for the ultimate spa experience, such as the two-hour River Breeze that includes a soothing massage, body mask and refreshing earl grey body lotion, or to include herbal and flower baths in copper tubs that fit two, with semi-open air but private settings overlooking the secluded forest and river. Explore more and book Bali resorts.

Location: Ayana Resort and Spa Bali, Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran

3. Royal Kirana Spa – this spa by renowned Japanese beauty care company Shiseido is set against the tranquil Ayung River Valley. Cobblestoned footpaths through lush flowering gardens with water features dominate open spaces, while treatment villas have their own private swimming pools, hot and cold Jacuzzis, dry and herbal mist saunas, showers and a dedicated relaxation nook. The ultimate experience is the 330-minute Royal Retreat includes Balinese massage, facials, free use of the in-villa’s facilities, and a light meal at the spa lounge and garden. Explore more and book Bali resorts.

Location: Jalan Raya Kedewatan, Ubud

4. Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa – one of the best yoga retreats and wellness centres on the island. Options include Balinese inspired treatments such as a traditional ‘boreh’ body scrub using local herbs, and a luscious two-hour chocolate treatment that includes antioxidant cacao-almond scrubs, warm chocolate body wraps and massage using cacao butter. This sensual ‘Chocolate Love’ package is available for couples. Treatments start off with a floral footbath and finish with choice of herbal teas as you relax by the river. Explore more and book Bali resorts.

Location: Banjar Baturning, Mambal, Abiansemal, Badung

5. Lembah Spa – Lembah Spa presents short, half-hour treatments and up to 2.5-hour experiences. Several packages are catered to couples, while one its main signature treatments, the Feminine/Masculine package offers 150 minutes of pampering for men and women, differentiated by only the aromatic body scrubs used based on skin sensitivity. Following a full massage, a steam bath and Jacuzzi ensues, together with exfoliating scrubs and another round of massage using essential oils. Explore more and book Bali resorts.

Location: Jalan Lanyahan, Br Nagi, Ubud

6. Karma Spa – The spa features treatment ‘huts’ overlooking the Indian Ocean from the resort’s high cliff location, while an open-air platform serves as the spa’s centrepiece with a sauna and saltwater pool. 135-minute Traditional Balinese Spa Ritual that includes traditional Javanese inspired floral scrubs, an infrared detox sauna or steam ritual and Balinese massage, and you can alternatively head down to the cliff base at the spa tents on Karma Beach for wonderful massage sessions. Explore more and book Bali resorts.

Location: Jalan Karma Kandara, Banjar Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan

7. Mango Tree Spa by L’occitane – Uniquely named, the spa at Kupu Kupu Barong Villas features a set of six exclusive treatment rooms that are uniquely designed in the style of bamboo tree houses. They overlook the valley and are surrounded by leafy forests and mango tree canopies (hence its name). Also, a steam room carefully designed and considered the island’s largest. Try the signature one-hour Mango Tango  that incorporates Swedish massage combined with Chinese acupressure and the long strokes typical to Balinese massage. Treatments are delivered using L’Occitane’s own signature mango oil. Explore more and book Bali resorts.

Location: Kedewatan, Ubud

8. Soori Spa – The treatment menu features a mix of Asian and western therapies using Soori Spa’s own special line of ‘natural active’ spa products. There are treatments focusing on deep tissue, relaxing, nurturing and even special pregnancy massages for expectant mothers and treatments for kids. Each villa comes with their own private entrance with herbal steam shower and bathtub, and individually controlled sound system with personal music selections. Ladies will love the Balinese 120-minute Beauty Ritual, which includes Balinese ‘lulur’ scrub, Balinese massage, a skin-softening body mask and brightening facial. Explore more and book Bali resorts.

Location: Banjar Dukuh, Desa Kelating, Kerambitan, Tabanan

9. The Spa at the Bulgari Resort Bali – offers a relaxing cliff-top spa experience, with luxurious treatments delivered by a team of skilled therapists, from deep massages using exotic oils and herbs, to hot stone massages using smooth, black volcanic stones. Inspired treatments are a combination of Balinese, Asian and European techniques, and treatments for couples include an ultimate three-hour ‘escape for two’. Enjoy pampering sessions at the ocean’s edge, with the soothing sounds of the waves crashing at the cliff base. Explore more and book Bali resorts.

Location: Jalan Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin, Uluwatu

10. Prana Spa – features a design with striking architecture strongly influenced by India and the Middle East. Try Simple Bliss, a package that gets you pampered from head to toe for two hours. Try  Shirodhara treatment that aids you into deep meditational sleep by dripping warm oil onto your forehead, while the therapist delivers soothing and slow massages. Also, the 180-minute Pampering of Prana that begins with a wade into hot and cold pools, foot reflexology and their signature body massage, facial, rhythmic scalp massage and hair cream bath. Explore more and book Bali resorts.

Location: Jalan Kunti, Seminyak

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TOP 10 BALI FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

1. Waterbom Bali – Bali’s premier water park, which is also considered among the best in Southeast Asia. The water park now has 17 exciting waterslides and water games for all ages, spread throughout 3.8Ha of tropical gardens and pools. Explore more and book Bali family activities.

2. Rip Curl School of Surf – Bali’s beaches are all about surfing, so why not take the kids to enjoy the waves with a fun session at a reputable surf school? There are courses available for kids under 13 years, specifically designed for the little rippers. Explore more and book Bali family activities.

3. Bali Safari & Marine Park – Bali has a great collection of animal parks and attractions featuring exotic species of fauna, and offer an awe-inspiring time for children of all ages. The largest is the Bali Safari & Marine Park in Gianyar which is also the most-visited animal theme park. Also try their onsite waterpark. Explore more and book Bali family activities.

4. Ayung River Rafting – one of the most popular rafting rivers in Bali that has accessible option for all skill ranges and children 7 years and up. Different adventure tour operators dot the 75km length of the river with varying starting points that allow you to experience a series of rocky and gentle rapids. Explore more and book Bali family activities.

5. Bali Wake Park – try wake-boarding sessions at the Bali Wake Park. The unique cable system enables you to not only wakeboard – but also kneeboard or any other tow-pulled water sport you can think of. Budding riders aged 6 to 14 can join an exciting kids club programme – perfect for young beginners. Explore more and book Bali family activities.

6. Kemenuh Butterfly Park – Bali’s second butterfly park after the Bali Butterfly Park in Tabanan. Families will enjoy an educational and recreational tour at the park, meandering through expansive flowering garden enclosures covered by netted canopies. Inside, over 500 butterfly specimens flutter with ease. Explore more and book Bali family activities.

7. Banana Boat Rides – Straddle up with the whole family on these bright yellow and funny-looking inflatables, for a splashing fun time out on the waves. Banana Boat rides can take up to five or six passengers, depending on the size of the craft. Explore more and book Bali family activities.

8. Bounce Bali Trampoline Centre – located in Canggu welcomes adults and kids to a great time out exploring motion through different challenges and trampolining circuits. It’s great for exercise and is simply fun as you bounce off walls, do some somersaults, and even dive into a pool filled with soft black foam cubes. Explore more and book Bali family activities.

9. Dream Museum Zone Trick Eye Gallery – trick-eye 3D galleries that offer great fun for the whole family. There are two such galleries in the Legian-Seminyak area, with the largest being the Dream Museum Zone bordering between Kuta and Legian, featuring a total of 120 unique artworks spread over three levels. Explore more and book Bali family activities.

10. Bali Treetop Adventure Park – kids have the chance to swing through the air like Tarzan, and parents can also get their adrenaline fix and enjoy an overall fun day out together at the Bali Treetop Adventure Park, through six main circuits stretching from tree to tree, featuring rope bridges and a flying fox zip-line of 160 metres. Explore more and book Bali family activities.

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