G’day Travelers! For today’s blog post I thought I’d revisit my trips to Bali and come up with my top 10 things to do there. I’ve been lucky enough to get over to Bali twice, and I’ll no doubt head back there again. It’s a great little place to explore, with all sorts of different travel experiences.
So without further ado, here are my top 10 things to do in Bali.
10. Monkey Forrest in Ubud.
Also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, the Monkey Forrest in Ubud should be on everyone’s list of things to do in Bali. While there are plenty of Monkey/Temple experiences in Bali, the Monkey Forrest also offers some unique and impressive carvings and statue areas to explore. Unlike some of the other temples you’ll be absolutely guaranteed to see the monkey’s. It’s also a good starting point for exploring the rest of Ubud.
9. Bali Safari & Marine Park
Bali Safari & Marine Park is a great way to spend a day in Bali particularly if you’re with a group or your family. It has a wide variety of things to keep every one happy. While it’s labelled as a Safari and Marine Park, it also includes a local cultural zone, showcasing the local Balinese culture, and fun zone featuring rides and a water park. But the Safari is definitely the key attraction with a wide variety of animals to get up close too. It’s also a great place if you’d like to try riding an Elephant.
For more information visit the Bali Safari & Marine Park website – http://balisafarimarinepark.com/
Shopping is definitely not my thing. However in Bali, in particular the Kuta area there are some great places to pick up some good deals on popular brand names, in particular surf and sports brands. Keep any eye out for sales and specials in the brand names stores and outlet centers. Always keep in mind the exchange rate, and what the real prices for these items are at home, but you can nab yourself some really good deals. And that works for me.
7. Get A Massage
Massages are one of those things that don’t really go out of my way to do, but the Balinese are famous for their massages. You wont have any issues at all find massage places in Bali, and they are really cheap. I have friends that will get a massage every day. I tend to get one once a trip.
6. The Volcano
Mount Batur or Kintamani as its know is an active volcano on the island of Bali. Last erupting in 1999, the volcano is one of the highest points on the island and has some interesting scenery. The adventurous can get up in the early hours of the morning and hike to the top for the sunrise (not something I’ve done, but its on my to do list for next time), or for the less adventurous you can stop by and take in the views from one of the many restaurants that over look it.
5. Waterbom Park
Bali is hot year round and usually quite humid. Waterbom Park (or Waterbom Bali as it’s known locally) is a great place to just chill out and cool down for the day. You don’t have to spend all day on the water slides (which are good fun I might add), you can book a gazebo and relax by the pools. Or alternatively the swim up bar is always a good option as well. Or you can do what I do and spend the majority of the day slowly lapping around the lazy river.
For more information visit the Waterbom Park website – http://waterbom-bali.com/
Surfing is one of those things on my bucket list, even though I’ve spent my entire life living by the beach, I’ve never actually learnt to surf. That said though, Bali is famous for surfing, in particular its reef breaks. It also has plenty of learn to surf schools, who’ll happily teach you how to surf. Next time I’m over there I’ll definitely going to be learning how to surf (I didn’t do it last time as I was still recovery from a knee injury).
3. Rice Terraces
The Tegallalang Rice Terraces is another one of Bali’s unique experiences. If you are feeling adventurous you can have a wander around and explore the rice terraces. Alternatively there are plenty of cafes and restaurants lining the road where you can sit down, have some food and enjoy the great view. You can also find the places to try the famous Kopi Luwak or cat poo coffee.
2. Catch the Sunset
Sitting on the beach and watching the sunset is one of my favourite things to do in Bali. But there are so many places in Bali are ideally located to watch the amazing sunsets that Bali puts on almost everyday. There are some great temples, restaurants and bars located up and down the coast that you shouldn’t be able to miss the great sunsets.
1. Uluwatu Temple
If there is one thing I highly recommend everyone do, it’s Uluwatu Temple. It’s a little less touristy/gimmicky than the other major temples and on a cool day the resident monkey’s might be about to see. But it offers up a different side of Bali, with its large temple complex and its dramatic cliffs. It’s a great place to explore, and walk freely along the spectacular cliff tops and well as enjoying some traditional Balinese culture.
That wraps up my top things to do in Bali. Have you been to Bali? Feel free to leave your suggestions or tips of your own, either with a comment below or get in touch via the contact page.