The Ultimate Bali Bucket List
Since I will be heading off to Bali in less than a week, I thought it was a good time to put together a Bali Bucket List of all the incredible things you can do while in the area. So, here are 33 activities to add to your own Bali Bucket List:
1. Take a Flower Bath
Flower baths are notorious in Bali and are just as relaxing as they look. You can find these baths at spas all over the place.
2. Head to The Hot Springs
Some of the most popular hot springs in Bali are Batur Natural Hot Spring, Air Panas Banjar Hot Spring and Toya Devasya. However, I’m positively sure you can’t go wrong with any of the options.
3. Gates of Heaven
Gates of Heaven is a must-see attraction when you visit. Located at Pura Lempuyang temple, this breathtaking architecture awaits your Instagram.
4. Make Coconut Oil With The Locals
Coconut oil has tons of uses, everything from fat burning to hair moisturizing to acne clearing. What better way to spend your time than relaxing while making pure coconut oil with the people who know how to do it best. You can read more about my experience here.
5. Visit The Marigold Fields
While taking the drive from Kintamani to Bendugal, you’ll be able to see rows and rows of marigolds. Take some time to frolic in the flowers.
6. Sekumpul Waterfall
Sekumpul Waterfall was named the most beautiful waterfall in Bali. However, it can be tricky to get to. Check it out online before going, or have a guide bring you to this amazing spot.
7. Go Rafting on the Telaga Waja River
Rafting on the Telaga Waja River is exactly how it looks: Adventurous, Exhilarating, and Exotic. It’s also an activity that surprising doesn’t break the bank in Indonesia.
8. Yeh Mampeh Waterfall
Yeh Mampeh means ‘flying water’ in Balinese and is an untouched beauty situated in a village called Les in the northern part of Bali.
9. Visit Blemantung Waterfall
Bemannung Waterfall is about a 2 hour drive from Denpasar. It’s hidden between two cliffs and surrounded by coffee plantations.
10. Go on the Eat, Pray, Love Tour
Follow in the same footsteps that Elizabeth Gilbert did in the film Eat, Pray, Love. From cleansing yourself in a sacred water temple to speaking with a Balinese healer, you’ll feel like a whole new person after this journey.
11. Take Surfing Lessons
There are two types of people: Those who surf and those who wish they knew how to. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get some lessons in on one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
12. Visit The Sacred Monkey Forest
Ubud Monkey Forest is located in the village of Padangtegal and is home to a natural habitat of Balinese long tailed Monkey. About 750 monkeys live in this sanctuary.
13. Swing In The Tegalalang Rice Terraces
Tegalalang Rice Terraces are one of the most famous attractions in Bali. The sunrise, especially, is on everyone’s itinerary as the views here are fantastic.
14. Visit Diamond Beach
Diamond Beach is said to be the most beautiful beach on Nusa Penida in Bali. It’s full of white sand, blue water, limestones and palm trees. What more could you want?
15. Rent A Scooter
There’s no better way to explore this beautiful island than by scooter! You can rent these practically all over the island and it truly is the best way to get around.
16. Do Yoga On The Beach
Yoga is a spiritual workout that anyone from beginners to experts can learn to love and practice. And the most calming place to practice? The beach.
17. Get a Balinese Massage
You’re on holiday, RELAX. Massages in Bali are fairly inexpensive and you can get masseuses to come right to you without having to even leave your cabana. There are also places where you can buy package deals on flower baths and massages so you can kill two birds with one [hot] stone. I ended up just finding a place near the beach and it was $5 total for an hour long full- body massage.
18. Make Your Own Perfume
There are quite a few places in Bali where you can create your very own perfume. An expert will help you choose which kind of scent you are going for and then you can finish up your essential oil and flower concoction yourself. However, if you can’t be bothered on vacay, you can just purchase an authentic Bali scent from Bali in a Bottle!
19. Visit a Traditional Temple
There seems to be an endless amount of temples in Bali and it would be a sin to not visit one while you are there. The oldest, holiest and largest temple in Bali is the Mother Temple of Basakih.
20. Take A Dip In An Infinity Pool
Infinity pools here are insane and drop-dead gorgeous because, like infinity, the view never ends.
21. Have A Bonfire On The Beach
Bonfires are a great way to stay warm as the sun goes down and drink and laugh and tell stories about your amazing lives. And, as always, everything is better on the beach.
22. Swing Through The Trees
If you go to Bali, and don’t get a picture on the swing, did you even go to Bali? There are a quite a few scattered across the island, so I’m confident you’ll run into one while on your journeys.
23. Visit the Bali Botanic Garden
Bali Botanic Garden is located in the cool central upland part of the island and is the largest botanic garden in Indonesia. Come here for a great escape filled with views and epic scenery.
24. Watch The Sunrise From The Top Of Mount Batur
This is one of the sunrises you will never forget; it was my favorite activity during my week in Bali. Starting your adventure extremely early in the morning (I left at 2AM), you will see pinks and blues and oranges scattered across the sky. Once you reach the top of the active volcano, you’ll also make a lot of new friends (or enemies) depending on how hungry the monkeys are.
25. Explore The Goa Gala-Gala Underground Labyrinth
The Goa Gala-Gala is essentially a 500-square-meter hole in the ground that used to be an underground home from the early 1960s to mid 70s. There are 2 kitchens, 2 bedrooms and a sitting well and it’s up to your imagination to figure out which part is which.
26. Check Out The Ubud Palace
The Ubud Palace is one of the most prominent historical places in Ubud and is located on the main Jalan Raya Ubud road and intersection. Most of its structures were built after the 1917 earthquake.
27. Watch the Kecak Fire Dance
While the sun begins to set over Uluwatu Temple, the men will begin to chant and the performance will begin. The Kecak Fire Dance is one of Bali’s most iconic art performances.
28. Visit The Abandoned Airplane
Near the southern coast of Bukit Peninsula in Bali is an abandoned plane. Little is known about how or why this aircraft is here.
29. Visit The Abandoned Amusement Park
The Taman Festival Bali is an abandoned amusement park in Sanur that was never completed. Locals call it a ghost town because of the unstable buildings that are left after they fled from the crocodile pit that was situated there over a decade ago.
30. Explore The Cave Under Uluwatu Beach
After entering the Single Fin entrance, follow the steps down until you reach the hidden cave beach. Keep in mind that during high tides, the beach and cave access may be closed.
31. Release Sea Turtles at Kuta Beach
Bali Sea Turtle Society relocates sea turtle eggs laid on Kuta and the surrounding beaches to a central hatchery, where they take 45-60 days to hatch naturally and then you can help release them back into the ocean!
32. Explore the Alley of Art at Legian Street
Legian Street is home to some small shops selling arts, crafts, gift shops, massages, etc. This is a good place to waste some time.
33. Go to Sky Garden
Sky Garden is a rooftop lounge in Bali and is your one-stop-shop for amazing food, beverage and entertainment. It’s a great place to let loose after a long day on the beach.
Hope these locations gave you a good idea of where to begin on planning your trip, which will be incredible no matter which path you choose to holiday on. If you come across any other must-see-or-do’s while in Bali, feel free to comment them below!
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