The best activities to do in Bali!
There is SO MUCH to do in Bali and it can be overwhelming researching every activity there is. Luckily, your Bali Buddies are here to help and inform you about the best activities for your trip to Bali!
Make the most of your time in Bali
Bali is not just a popular tourist destination because of the good weather and beautiful beaches. The island has so many fun, exciting and interesting activities to do, that will make your vacation adventurous and unforgettable! Therefore, you should make the most of your time while visiting our favorite island. Choose the activities you want to do while in Bali and make an itinerary based on the location of the activities. We are listing the best and most popular things to do on the island to make your trip planning easy! Some of these book up in advance, so be sure to plan and book your favorite Bali activities so you don’t miss out on any.
List of the best activities in Bali:
Balinese village experience
At the top of our list is the Balinese village experience, and it should be at the top of your list too! The culture of the Balinese is unique and experiencing it first hand is something magical that will stay with you forever. This day trip is the perfect way to connect with the people and culture, while everything is taken care of for you. You can expect to experience the culture and learn about the way of life and religion of the locals. You will experience making Canang Sari, the daily offerings made by Balinese Hindus while enjoying a traditional morning tea consisting of Balinese pastries, fruits, fresh coconuts and Bali Kopi. For lunch, you will visit a local Warung, nestled among the rice fields, and taste traditional Balinese and Indonesian dishes, while enjoying endless views of the rice fields and warm local hospitality. After lunch, you will visit the Village Holy Water site, the only Holy Water site in Bali that has a waterfall and Hidden Canyon. Here you will receive a blessing and experience a full cleansing ritual in the Holy Water which is believed by Balinese Hindus to help cure illnesses and purify aura and past life karma.
This experience is an opportunity to immerse yourself deeply in the culture and foundations of this magical island while accepting and respecting their way of life and their beliefs. We can confidently say that this will be a highlight of your Bali trip, and you will leave with great appreciation and an unforgettable experience.
Find out more and book the experience of a lifetime here. Please note that Balinese Village Experience by Bali Buddies must be booked at least 72 hours in advance.
Nusa Penida Day Trip from Bali
While Bali itself is a place filled with endless beauty and fun-filled activities, you won’t want to miss out on experiencing Nusa Penida, an island of majestic cliffs, unrivaled underwater life, and immense beauty, located just a 40-minute ferry ride from Bali. And the good news is that all you need is 1 day in your Bali itinerary to make it happen. If you book the Nusa Penida day trip, expect to see famous spots like Kelingking Beach and Angel Billabong, and get a chance to spot manta rays on a snorkeling trip! The tour company will take care of you throughout the day, from picking you up to dropping you off.
Find out more and book your Nusa Penida day trip here.
Private car rental in Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida is such a great destination that you may want to spend more than 1 day there, or maybe you just want the freedom to choose your spots and experience the island on your own time. The best way to do this is by reserving a private car rental to take you around the island! It’s the most relaxing and safest way to get around the island, and a great way to check off everything on your Nusa Penida bucket list.
There are so many amazing experiences on Nusa Penida including Kelingking Beach, snorkeling trips, Angels Billabong, Diamond Beach and many more beautiful viewpoints, beaches and stunning nature. So many things to do and places to explore – this is sure to be a day to remember!
Find out more and book your private car rental in Nusa Penida here.
Looking for a fun-filled day for both kids and playful adults? Then Waterbom Bali is the perfect activity for you to try. Waterbom is Bali’s most popular water park, and for good reason. The park offers something for everyone, from numerous thrill rides to kiddie rides. Adults can even enjoy massages or a tropical drink at the swim-up bar, while the kids can head to the waterslides and wet play areas. Take on the pride of the park, a 70 km/h ride called the Climax. There is certainly something for everyone, and it’s guaranteed to be a FUN day in the sun!
Waterbom Bali is located in the center of Kuta, making it easily accessible. Learn more and book your ticket here!
Mount Batur Sunrise Hiking Experience
Another very exciting experience to spice up your Bali vacation is the Mount Batur sunrise hike! Hike to the top of an active volcano, Mount Batur, which is part of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network. You’ll hike to a height of 5,633 feet (1,717 meters) above sea level and be rewarded with mesmerizing views. Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the top against the backdrop of stunning Balinese mountain scenery. On your way back, you will stop at a coffee plantation and taste Luwak coffee, the world’s rarest and most expensive coffee, marking another experience off your Bali Bucketlist.
Get more information and book your sunrise hike on Mount Batur here.
Personalized Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking Experience
If you are planning to do Mount Batur Trekking, you may want to combine it with other activities, making the most of your day. Then this Personalized Trekking Experience is for you! Start the day by hiking to the top of the majestic active volcano, on a group or private tour. You will be provided with everything you need, such as a light breakfast and the right equipment. If you don’t feel like hiking or looking for a different experience on Mount Batur, you can go in a 4W Jeep or even motocross! In addition, you can combine the experience with other activities such as visiting a natural hot spring or a Balinese swing.
Find out more about the Mount Batur Customized Trekking Experience and book here.
Private car rental in Bali
There are so many beautiful places to see in Bali, including temples, beautiful waterfalls, rice terraces, and much more! And the best way to fit as many activities into a day as possible is to hire a private car to take you around the island. This way, you can do the things that are at the top of your list at your own pace. It is undoubtedly the easiest, most comfortable and safest way to get around Bali.
Learn more and reserve your private car rental here.
ATV and Ayung River Rafting Combo with Lunch
Looking for an exciting adventure and adrenaline rush to spice up your Bali itinerary? Then this is the activity for you! Start the day with rafting on the Ayung River, discovering hidden waterfalls along the way. Then the ATV ride takes you through the picturesque countryside and you will experience the lush green nature of Bali. This experience includes an Indonesian lunch, giving you the chance to try the delicious local cuisine. This will make for such a fun day with lots of laughs and beautiful scenery!
Find out more and book your combined ATV and rafting experience here.
Quad Bike Adventure
If you don’t feel like trying river rafting, you still have the chance to try ATV adventure on ATVs. You can choose a tandem bike or ride solo. Let your guide know how adventurous you’re feeling and he’ll adjust the route accordingly. You will ride through the jungle, rivers, rice terraces and more. It’s a great way to see the different landscapes while having fun and an exciting time driving the ATV! We highly recommend this experience, it is one of the most fun activities we have tried in Bali.
Get more information and book your ATV adventure here.
breakfast with orangutans
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so start your day off right with an unforgettable morning surrounded by orangutans at the Bali Zoo! In addition to having a delicious breakfast at the zoo, you can also interact with the animals in the zoo. You can interact with the elephants and even experience a fun elephant mud bath! This activity is also very kid-friendly and you will get to experience the animals up close.
Learn more about having breakfast with orangutans at the Bali Zoo and book it here.
Uluwatu Kecak fire and dance show
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Have you ever heard of the Kecak fire and dance show? At the Uluwatu Temple, at sunset, you can watch this mesmerizing performance. You can watch the locals put on an enchanting show with traditional and hypnotic Kecak dances with swirling flames and vibrant cultural costumes, all while enjoying the sublime sunset; the show is perfectly timed just in time for it. This will surely make your trip to the island more memorable. Arrive a little early so you have time to walk around the beautiful temple, take in the ocean views, and watch for the sneaky monkeys that live in the temple.
Learn more about the Uluwatu Kecak Fire and Dance Show and book here.
Fast boat between Sanur and Nusa Lembongan
Image by Madan Kumar
Visiting Nusa Lembongan should be on your Bali itinerary for many reasons. First of all, it is only a short 30 minute ferry ride from Sanur. The ferry is modern and air conditioned and will get you to the beautiful island in no time. There is a lot to do in Nusa Lembongan like diving, visiting beautiful beaches, free swings, mangrove forests, and if you cross the yellow bridge you are in Nusa Ceningan, another small island with a lot of beauty to discover. The islands are calmer than Bali with chill vibes, making them the perfect getaway destination.
Book here your speedboat ticket to Nusa Lembongan.
Klook Bali Pass
If your list of Bali activities you want to do is already long, you might want to consider getting this Klook Bali Pass! It is valid for 30 days and allows you access to up to 20 different activities and up to a 45% discount. This is a great money saver if you want to try several of the experiences listed in this article.
Find out about the Klook Bali Pass and book here.
We hope this article has inspired you to plan Bali. If you’re bringing the kids to Bali, you might also want to take a look at our favorite kids’ activities on offer on the island.
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