Bali Bucket List: 36 Exciting Experiences and Things to See in Bali

by Jackie
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Visiting Hindu temples such as Ulun Danu Beratan is one of the top things to do on your Bali Bucket List.

Whenever someone asks us about our top three places to travel to, Bali, Indonesia is on the list.

Bali has everything you can ask for – gorgeous landscapes, delicious places to eat, and plenty of sightseeing activities to keep you occupied on your Bali itinerary. If you’re in the planning stages of what to do or where to go in Bali, we have you covered!

With the help of our favorite travel bloggers, we’ve put together this awesome Bali bucket list of the best 36 things to do and see in Bali.

We’ve included plenty of adventures to do in Bali as we’re fans of the outdoors. Many of the bucket list attractions include an admission cost, so we’ve included the cost in Indonesian rupiahs (IDR) and U.S. dollar currency. 

Since there are so many incredible attractions and landmarks to visit in Bali, you won’t be able to see them all on your first trip.

Don’t worry. You’ll want to return to Bali many times. We’ve personally visited Bali for four days on our first trip and 2 weeks on a second trip, and recently returned with my mother-in-law.  

Before you dive into this Bali bucket list, check out our post of important Bali travel tips to know and how to travel around Bali on a budget. These tips will help you with your travel planning so you don’t make the same mistakes as us. 

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Must Do Experiences for the Bali Bucket List

When researching the top things to do in Bali, there are hundreds of activities to choose from. We’ve narrowed down the iconic and must do experiences to do in Bali.

1. View the gorgeous Tegalalang Rice Terraces.

Tegalalang Rice Terraces is one of the prettiest rice fields to visit in Bali. It’s easy to get to as it’s north of Ubud. Many people visit this place at sunrise as the sun peaks through the palm trees and shines on the rice fields. Yet, it’s equally as gorgeous throughout the day. 

You’ll need a minimum of an hour to walk through the many layers of the rice fields. Extra time is needed if you’ll stop by cafes or check out the swings. (More information on the swings is below.) Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes as you walk through the terrace. 

Even though this place is popular with tourists, the rice fields area is not too crowded. If you head to the upper terraces, they aren’t crowded so you can enjoy the empty rice fields for photos. 

Insider tip: Depending on your starting location, there may be a person sitting at an entrance to cross to the other side of the rice terrace. You can avoid this fee by reading our guide and going a longer way.

Tegalalang Rice Terraces is gorgeous to check out when you're traveling to Bali, Indonesia.

Aren’t the Tegalalang Rice Terraces gorgeous?! Visiting this place is one of the reasons that you need to go Bali! Photo credit: Life Of Doing

Address: Jl. Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Kec. Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia

Admission Cost: 25,000 IDR ($1.70)

2. Explore other gorgeous rice fields.

While Tegalalang gets the glory, there are so many rice fields scattered throughout the island that are well worth a visit.

If you’re visiting Ubud, check out the Kajeng Rice Fields and Juwuk Manis Rice Fields. It’s a fabulous spot to escape the crowds and take a relaxing 30-minute walk. 

Address: Jl. Kajeng No.88, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Admission Cost: Free

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is also another place to visit as it’s one of the largest rice fields in Bali. The subak is an important water irrigation system that flows through Jatiluwih and many rice fields, and is a UNESCO recognized World Heritage Site. It’s no wonder Bali’s rice fields are luscious and green. 

Jatiluwih has several walking paths that are easy to follow and you get the chance to talk to locals and learn more about the area and growing rice. You can also tour this area by electric bicycle.

Address: Jalan Jatiluwih No No.Desa, Jatiluwih, Penebel, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82152, Indonesia

Admission Cost: 40,000 IDR ($2.80 USD)

3. Shop at the local markets. 

Bali has incredible handicrafts to purchase as souvenirs. Popular handicrafts include wood-carvings, pottery, masks, jewelry, batik clothing, rattan bags, and ore. 

The best places to find these items are local markets such as in Canggu or Ubud Art Market. You can also find these souvenir items at kiosks in front of local attractions, such as Tanah Lot.

Many of the items are not marked with a price, so don’t forget to bargain to get the best deal. 

Rattan purses, handicrafts, and souvenirs available for purchase at the Ubud Art Market in Bali, Indonesia

Buy souvenirs at the Ubud Art Market when you explore Ubud. Photo credit: Life Of Doing

4. Take a photo of Handara Gate.

By Kerrie & Woody, Just Go Travelling

The Handara Gate has become a phenomenon on Instagram as hundreds of tourists flock there every year to snap their picture to bless their feed.

It’s an entrance to the Handara Golf & Resort, but many people opt for admiring the views from the outside. The lush green forest in the background accompanied by mountains draws everyone there.

A man and woman run towards the entrance of the Handara Gate in Bali

Visiting Handara Gate is one of the top things to do in Bali. Photo credit: Just Go Travelling

It’s located in North Bali and will take a few hours via taxi from places such as Ubud and Canggu.

An alternative is renting a motorbike and driving yourself as a cheaper and more fulfilling experience. You’re rewarded with beautiful scenic views and the ability to spot random monkeys hopping around closer to the destination.

Due to Handara Gate’s popularity, locals have put a price on taking pictures there. The ticket is called a “selfie ticket.” 

Officially, the opening times are 6:00am–10:00pm, but nothing is stopping you from viewing it outside of these times as it’s just located off the side of the road.

This traditional beautiful Balinese gate is not to be missed and should be on everyone’s bucket list for Bali.

Address: Jl. Raya Singaraja-Denpasar, Pancasari, Kec. Sukasada, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81161, Indonesia

Admission: 30,000 IDR ($2.00)

5. Enjoy the views from the Bali swings.

By Gabi, Under Flowery Sky

One of the most exciting things to do in Bali is to go on swings that give the feeling of flying through nature with fairy tale landscapes. 

Warning: It’s scarier than it looks. You may want to scream loudly as you’re up in the air. 

The original Bali swing is located near Ubud in the village, Desa Bongkasa Pertiwi. It offers the most epic view of the river and jungle which includes a small waterfall. This place has 15+ various swings and costs $35 per person.

Another spectacular place for the swings is at the popular Tegalalang rice terraces. The swings have dreamy landscapes of rice terraces in front of you. It costs $10 for a ride. You can also rent a dress to complete the look.

In the area, you can find swings for couples, take photos in bird nests, and go on a sky bike, where you ride a bicycle along a wire while suspended in the air. Tegalalang is a great place to discover the authentic Bali tradition of rice fields, an integral part of Bali culture.

At an unexpected place, there is a dreamy swing at the Diamond Beach on Nusa Penida, south of Bali. You can rent a dress for a small price and have an adventurous experience from this cliffside beach area. 

Woman on a swing at Diamond Beach, Nusa Penida

Check out the swing when you’re at Diamond Beach on Nusa Penida. Photo credit: Under Flowery Sky

Take a tour of Instagram worthy places in Bali here.

6. Take the perfect IG photos at Hidden Hills Wanagiri. 

By Amanda, Bucket List Seekers

Bali is famous for being one of the most Instagrammable destinations in the world.

It’s hard to scroll through your Instagram feed and not stop when you see an amazing photo of an influencer ‘posing’ from a Bali jungle swing, the Tegalalang Rice Terraces, or one of the many stunning waterfalls. But few places in Bali are more “grammable” than Hidden Hills Wanagiri.

Located in a stunning mountainous region in North Bali, Hidden Hills Wanagiri is a series of swings, birds’ nests, and Instagram photo-worthy lookout platforms made of bamboo, overlooking the spectacular Lake Danau Buyan.

Hidden Hills was created by the locals of Wanagiri to bring tourism dollars which provides much-needed support to the local villages in the area.

The best time of day to visit is early in the morning to beat the crowds and have the place to yourself. The admission fee allows you to spend as long as you’d like to explore the platforms and swings and taking photos. 

A woman wearing a flower skirt is on a swing that overlooks Lake Danau Buyan at Hidden Hills Wanagiri in Bali, Indonesia

Hidden Hills Wanagiri is one of the places to add to your Bali bucket list due to the awesome views. Photo credit: Bucket List Seekers

You can visit this place as a day trip from Ubud or Canggu. Alternatively, book a room at the spectacular Munduk Moding Plantation and use it as a base to explore the area.

Address: Jalan Munduk – Wanagiri, Wanagiri, Sukasada, Pancasari, Kec. Sukasada, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia

Admission Cost: 100,000-150,000 IDR ($6.80-$10.20)

7. Wander through the water palaces. 

Bali has several water palaces that are incredible to explore. What is unique about these water palaces is that they have well-manicured gardens along with beautiful Balinese-European architecture. 

The two water palaces to visit are Tirta Gangga Water Garden (Taman Tirta Gangga) and Ujung Water Palace (Taman Soeka Sada Ujung). Both are worthy to visit.

Tirta Gangga is smaller yet has a photogenic area where you can walk along the stone walkways and see giant koi swim around your stone. (Hint: They are waiting for fish food!)

Ujung Water Palace is larger as there is the main building in the middle of the palace which is now a museum of the royal family. You can also walk up the stairs to see an aerial view of the ocean. 

Since these two palaces are a bit far from Canggu and Ubud, you can also visit the water palace in the center of Ubud, Saraswati Temple (Pura Taman Kemuda Saraswati), which is free to access.

Tirta Gangga Water Garden Address: Jalan Raya Abang Desa Adat, Ababi, Abang, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia

Admission Cost: 50,000 IDR ($3.10 USD)

Taman Ujung Water Palace Address: Br. Dinas, Tumbu, Kec. Karangasem, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80811, Indonesia

Admission Cost: 75,000 IDR ($4.60 USD)

Take a full day tour of Ujung Water Palace, Candidasa, and Sideman

8. Take a side trip to Nusa Islands. 

Need some time away from mainland Bali? Head to Nusa Islands via a 20-minute speedboat ride for the perfect getaway. Located south of Bali, Nusa Islands consist of three islands – Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. 

Nusa Penida is the largest island and has jaw-dropping landscapes of the cliffside and ocean.

The top attractions include the iconic overview of Kelingking Beach with the T-rex cliffside views, Diamond Beach, Car Temple (Pura Paluang), the Rumah Pohon treehouse, Broken Beach and Angel’s Billabong, and other gorgeous views. While you can visit Nusa Penida on a day trip, it’s recommended to spend 2 days on Nusa Penida

Jackie Szeto and Justin Huynh, Life Of Doing, stand on the stairs leading to Kelingking Beach, Nusa Penida

You can continue the hike down to reach Kelingking Beach. Photo credit: Life Of Doing

Nusa Lembongan is the second-largest island with dozens of beaches to relax and see the rushing waves of Devil’s Tears. 

Tip: If you stay close to the edge of Devil’s Tears, you will get wet! 

Nusa Ceningan is the sleeper island and has the gorgeous Blue Lagoon. 

You need to rent a motorbike to travel throughout the islands, yet exhibit extra caution on Nusa Penida’s roads. They are a pothole mess and the hills are very steep. Newbie riders will get into accidents!

Read our Nusa Penida 4 days itinerary to help with your planning.

Bali Bucket List Waterfalls 

Considering the size of Bali, there are several dozens of waterfalls to experience on your next trip. You can go waterfall hopping and check out several waterfalls in a day or spread out your waterfall visits over several days. They are gorgeous and worth the time to swim around and relax. Whether you visit the popular or smaller and hidden falls, you’ll have a fabulous time! 

We’re providing a snapshot of the bucket list-worthy waterfalls for you to consider on your visit. 

For a complete list of the must-see waterfalls in Bali to experience, read our post. 

9. Sekumpul Waterfall

Sekumpul Waterfall is one of the prettiest waterfalls that you’ll see in Asia!

Located in North Bali, this waterfall has large cascades at 80 meters (260 feet) high. The waterfall is surrounded by the jungle so it’s peaceful to walk around and take in the gorgeous nature. Plus, it isn’t crowded so you can take plenty of photos and also swim or wade in the refreshing waters. 

To reach Sekumpul Waterfall, you’ll drive along a narrow and windy pathway. From the registration area, walk 15-20 minutes to the base of the waterfalls. You will cross two streams to get to the base of the falls. The water height varies so take your time. The hiking trail is also slippery and muddy.  

Justin Huynh, Life Of Doing, is on a rock at Sekumpul Waterfall in Bali

Sekumpul Waterfall is a gorgeous waterfall to see in Bali. Photo credit: Life Of Doing

If you have another couple of hours, check out the neighboring, Fuji Waterfalls. You will need to climb up a hill to reach this waterfall. 

Check out our Sekumpul Waterfall post for more helpful tips and how to avoid the entrance fee scams. 

Address: Sekumpul, Sawan, Buleleng Regency, Bali 81171, Indonesia

Admission Cost: It’s now required to take a tour for either a medium or longer trekking route. Price starts at 150,000 IDR ($9.30) per person.

10. Tibumana Waterfall

By Samantha, Sam Sees World

A short drive from the popular town of Ubud sits one of Bali’s most beautiful attractions, Tibumana Waterfall. This waterfall has yet to reach its peak popularity, which makes it slightly less busy than the other waterfalls in the area. 

Insider tip: If you go here in the morning, you can get an almost private waterfall experience which is a dream in Bali.

One of the things that makes this waterfall so magical is due to its location in the dense, lush jungle. To get to it, you have to walk around 10 minutes through a stunning jungle path and then you stumble upon the roaring waterfall. 

At Tibumana Waterfall, people are permitted to swim in the pool of water that collects under it, which makes the experience all the better! If you’re looking to add a magical and beyond memorable thing to your Bali bucket list, schedule a visit to Tibumana Waterfall. 

A woman is in front of the Tibumana Waterfall in Bali, Indonesia

Visiting Tibumana Waterfall is one of the best attractions to visit in Bali. Photo credit: Sam Sees World

Address: Jl. Desa Apuan, Apuan, Susut, Kabupaten Bangli, Bali 80661, Indonesia

Admission Cost: 20,000 IDR ($1.40) and is paid at the parking lot

11. Leke Leke Waterfall

By Odette, Omnivagant

Leke Leke Waterfall, situated roughly an hour north from Ubud, is undoubtedly one of Bali’s most picturesque waterfalls.

The journey to this waterfall will take you through the busy streets of Bali, filled with markets and shops, followed by quiet roads with endless views over green rice fields, a long but rewarding journey. 

Once you reach the waterfall you will be in for a surprise, unlike other waterfalls in Bali the entry to the Leke Leke Waterfall is home to not only a ticket booth, but also a shop, a restaurant, toilets, and a swing. 

After buying your entry ticket, it’s time to make your way down the path leading you down through the jungle to the lush Leke Leke Waterfall.  

The small dirt path is well maintained but can get slippery from time to time. Be careful and pace yourself.

After a 15 minutes walk down, you’ll reach the waterfall and now it’s time to simply enjoy and relax. Take some photos of the beautiful scenery and perhaps even take a dip in the refreshing water before making your way back up to explore all the other sights that Bali has to offer!

A woman in a yellow dress sits at the base of the Leke Leke Waterfall in Bali, Indonesia

Leke Leke Waterfall is a bucket list-worthy attraction to visit in Bali. Photo credit: Omnivagant

Address: Antapan, Baturiti, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82191, Indonesia

Admission Cost: 50,000 IDR ($3.50)

Bali Bucket List Temples & Experiences

Bali has thousands of temples across the island. We’re sharing a snapshot of the best temples to visit in Bali and unique experiences for you to try! 

12. See a temple procession.

By Kristin, Adventures with Ensuite 

In contrast to the rest of Indonesia, which is mainly Muslim, Bali is predominately Hindu. It’s a religion that comes with many Gods and lesser divinities whom all have special days with processions at the local temples. 

The first sign of these colorful local religious rites is a long line of women in traditional dress balancing a tower of offerings on their heads. This is followed by people carrying umbrellas decorated with tassels, a few golden shrines, and some mythical animals like the divine monkey and Barong, the lion-dog.  

Indonesian women hold offerings on top of their heads as they participate in a Bali procession.

Watching a temple procession is an exciting experience in Bali. Photo credit: Adventures with Ensuite

Ceremonies at larger temples have set dates that you can look up in advance but several smaller processions take place across the island, especially during the full moon.

Ask the locals and someone will likely know about a local event. The area around Ubud is probably your best bet due to the numerous temples.

Remember that it might seem like you’re witnessing a vibrant local performance but religion is an important part of life for the locals. Most processions are free to watch but some ceremonies are sacred and tourists are not permitted.

If you’re going to a ceremony, ensure that you’re appropriately dressed – wear a sarong and sash and cover your shoulders. Men also need to wear a Balinese headcloth.

13. Lempuyang Temple 

Lempuyang Temple (Pura Lempuyang) is a famous landmark in Bali.

It’s one of the oldest temples in Bali and has seven temples to visit. The first temple area is the most popular one, which is known as “Gateway to Heaven.” If the weather is clear, you’ll have an awesome view of Mount Agung towering in the background of the gate. 

Tip: This is a very popular spot, so we recommend that you visit this temple early in the morning. Otherwise, you may wait in line up to 3 hours to take a photo of the gate!

Since there are a total of seven temples in the complex, consider visiting all of them. You’ll need at least 3 hours to visit them as they’re up on a hill and will need to climb 1440+ steps. To reduce your walking, you can hire a driver to take you from the first temple to the base of the second temple area by motorbike.  

During your hike up, you’ll see locals trekking up and down the stairs and making offerings at each of the gates. You’ll see monkeys in the trees, but these are very shy towards people. There are a few shops along the path selling cold drinks. 

Read our complete Lempuyang Temple guide for more tips.  

Address: Bunutan, Abang, Seraya Bar., Kec. Karangasem, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia

Admission Cost: 100,000 IDR ($6.20 USD)

If you’re interested in taking a tour, check out this option. 

14. Uluwatu Temple

If you’re visiting Uluwatu, south of the island, you must visit Uluwatu Temple (Pura Uluwatu).

It’s one of the best places to see the sunset as the temple area is 70 meters (230 feet) on a cliff. The temple has plenty of areas to walk around the cliff. Be careful as there are monkeys who will take your belongings! 

Another main reason to visit Uluwatu is to see the iconic Kecak fire dance. The one-hour evening show depicts a traditional story of the battle of Ramayana. The show provides more insight into the Balinese culture and this story. The chanting, music, and costumes are so unique to experience. 

Watching the Kecak Fire Dance at Uluwatu Temple in Bali, Indonesia

One of the highlights of visiting Uluwatu Temple is to see the Kecak Fire Show. Photo credit: Life Of Doing

The show doesn’t have much dialogue so refer to the piece of paper that you received when buying your show ticket. The paper translates each of the acts and provides more information on the story. 

Otherwise, enjoy the show while seeing the sunset in the background. 

Address: Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Admission Cost: Uluwatu Temple: 30,000 IDR ($2.00); Kecak Show: 100,000 IDR ($6.75)

Consider visiting Uluwatu Temple via a tour.

15. Tirta Empul Temple

By Rose, Where Goes Rose

Tirta Empul (Pura Tirta Empul) is a holy water temple that is a 30-minute drive from Ubud. It’s best to visit early in the morning. If you can arrive by 7:00am, you’ll have the place to yourself. 

The locals see Tirta Empul as one of the most spiritual and important places on the “Island of the Gods.” The alleged history dates back to a battle between King Mayadenawa and God Indra. The king poisoned the spring using black magic in a plot which killed many of Indra’s men. Instead of retaliating, India turned the poisoned water into holy water which cured and healed those who washed in it.

Balinese people believe that the water still possesses healing powers today. By arriving before other tourists, you can wash in the calm serene pools and watch the locals at worship.

A woman performs the purification ritual at the Tirta Empul Temple fountains.

Experience the purification ritual when visiting Tirta Empul Temple in Bali. Photo credit: Where Goes Rose

Afterward, wander around the large temple site and admire Balinese architecture and shrines dedicated to the Hindu gods.

It’s important to dress conservatively in this holy complex. Sarongs are available for rent at the front. Wear a t-shirt that covers your shoulders and chest. Shoes are not allowed in the pools. There are lockers available for your valuables and non-waterproof items.

Abide by the rules, show respect for the locals, and this will undoubtedly be one of your most immersive cultural experiences traveling!

Address: Jl. Tirta, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia

Admission Cost: 50,000 IDR ($3.50)

16. Gunung Kawi Temple

By Rai, A Rai of Light

Gunung Kawi Temple (Pura Gunung Kawi), a unique archaeological site carved into rocks and set within a valley, is one of the most important places on the island that should not be missed. There are 10 shrines total that are over 7 meters (23 feet) high.

Believed to have been built as far back as the 11th century, it serves the purpose as a house of worship, a memorial to members of the Balinese Royalty of the time, as well as a social place for the locals to gather and meet. 

Located in Tampaksiring, it can be reached by motorbike, minibus, or taxi from Ubud or from anywhere on the island.

Once at the entrance, it’s quite the walk to reach the main temple site located in the valley below. Despite being physically demanding, it should not deter you in any way. 

Gunung Kawi Temple in Bali has a row of carved rocks.

Gunung Kawi Temple needs to be on your bucket list when visiting Bali. Photo credit: YuliyaKirayanoakBO via

This Bali bucket list is not complete without a visit to Gunung Kawi Temple. Hidden away from the usual tourist trail, it’s well worth the time and effort.

Address: Banjar Penaka, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia

Admission: 50,000 IDR ($3.50)

17. Ulun Danu Beratan Temple 

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple (Pura Ulun Danu Beratan) is a small temple complex surrounded by Lake Beratan.

Most visitors view the Lingga Petak Temple, a famous water temple that contains holy water, from the main walkway area. Unfortunately, you cannot walk to the temple as it’s located in the lake.

Yet, the temple is a magical spot to see the sunset. Consider renting a wooden boat to kayak around the lake to get a closer view of the water temple. (See the featured photo)

Address: Danau Beratan, Candikuning, Baturiti, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82191, Indonesia

Admission Cost: 75,000 IDR ($5.20) adults, 50,000 IDR ($3.50) children

Sign up for a tour of Ulun Danu Beratan and Jatiluwih Rice Terrace.

18. Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot, also referred to as the “Land in the Sea” is a unique temple to visit. The temple is on a rock and is 300 meters from the mainland of Bali.

To get to the temple, you have to wait until the tide is low to walk across. Otherwise, it’s impossible due to the ocean waves. The Security people will blow their whistle at you if you get too close to the water. 

What is fabulous about this temple is that it’s easy to get to if you’re in the Kuta or Denpasar area. You can even visit this spot after you land from the airport or take a day tour. It’s also a good spot to view the sunset. 

Address: Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82121, Indonesia

Admission Cost: 60,000 IDR ($4.00 USD) adults, 30,000 IDR ($2.00) children

19. Besakih Temple

Besakih Temple (Pura Agung Besakih) is the largest and sacred Hindu temple in Bali. It’s also referred to as “Mother Temple.” Many Balinese people make the pilgrimage to Besakih Temple for various occassions such as celebrations and burials. 

Since this temple area is large, you’ll need to hire a tour guide (which is a part of the admission cost). The temple has over 80 smaller temples and many will not be open due to ceremonies. Therefore, your tour guide will let you know which temples are open to explore. 

Jackie Szeto and Justin Huynh, Life Of Doing, stand in front of Besakih Temple with Mount Agung in the background

Pura Besakih is a beautiful temple to visit in East Bali. Photo credit: Life Of Doing

From the top of the temple area, you’ll get an awesome view of the East side of Bali. If you’re visiting this temple on a clear, beautiful day, you’ll have a pretty view of Mount Agung towering in the background. Mount Agung is 3,031 meters (9,944 feet) high!

Address: Jl. Gunung Mas No.Ds, Besakih, Rendang, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80863, Indonesia

Admission Cost: 60,000 IDR ($4 USD), includes a guide, one-way motorbike ride to the entrance, and sarong rental

20. Brahma Vihara Arana Monastery

One place that may not be on your radar is a Buddhist monastery, Brahma Vihara Arana. This place is a hidden gem since it’s the largest Buddhist monastery in Bali. Since it’s tucked away in the hills of North Bali, you won’t encounter any crowds here. 

As you walk around the temple grounds, check out the Balinese and Tibetan architecture stupas, pagodas, and Buddha statues. You’ll also see people meditating on the temple grounds. 

The best part about visiting Brahma Vihara Arana is the miniature version of Borobudur Temple. If you haven’t had a chance to visit this gorgeous UNESCO site near Yogyakarta, Java, then you can see the replica here!

Tip: Please wear appropriate clothing to cover shoulders and legs. Remove shoes when entering places to pray.  

Address: Gg. Sahadewa, Banjar Tegeha, Kec. Banjar, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81152, Indonesia

Admission Cost: 20,000 IDR ($1.40)

Adventurous Experiences for the Bali Bucket List

Bali has so many incredible outdoor adventures for the bucket list. We encourage you to try a new activity, such as surfing, or go on a hike to embrace nature. Here are suggestions for you to add to your itinerary.

21. Trek Mount Batur to see the sunrise.

Itching to go on a trek/hike? One of the adventurous things to do in Bali is to trek Mount Batur (Gunung Batur) in the wee-morning to see the sunrise.

Mount Batur is an active volcano with the highest peak at 1,717 meters (5,633 ft). It’s an early start as you get picked up at your Ubud accommodations at 2:00am and then you start hiking between 4:00-4:30am. Yes, you’ll start hiking in the dark.  

Don’t worry. The trekking difficulty isn’t strenuous and is perfect for beginner hikers. Since you’re with a hiking group with 20 other people, everyone travels together in a slow-moderate hiking pace. Plus, there are guides available so you won’t get lost. 

By the time you reach the summit, it’ll be around 6:15 so you can see the sunrise around 6:30am. Hopefully, you have a clear morning so you can see the sun peeking from the layers of clouds. It’s a breathtaking view of the caldera lake and worth the experience.

Justin Huynh and Jackie Szeto, Life Of Doing, did the Mount Batur sunrise trek and saw the sunrise from the inactive Batur volcano.

Hiking Mount Batur to see the sunrise is an exciting way to start your morning. Photo credit: Life Of Doing

On your way back to your accommodations, your tour will either stop at a coffee plantation so you can try weasel poop coffee (kopi lewak) or a hot spring. 

Check out our experience trekking Mount Batur at sunrise here. 

Address: South Batur, Kintamani, Bangli Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Admission Cost: Varies. You can either book a tour at one of the tour agencies in the main Ubud area for 300,000 IDR – 400,000 IDR ($21-$28) per person or pre-book a tour

22. Walk through a peaceful canyon at Hidden Canyon.

Hidden Canyon (Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang) is truly hidden as you can’t get there by yourself.

Located in Guwang of Sukawati area, it’s an undiscovered place in Bali where you can walk through the serene canyon surrounded by the dense forest. You’ll have a guide who will take you through three peaceful canyons.  

While you won’t get to rappel down the sides of the canyons, it’s an exhilarating journey to walk through the waters. It may sound easy to walk in the water, but it’s much harder than expected! The water level can be between ankle up to hip level high. You’ll also get the chance to walk over huge boulders. 

Since this place is off the beaten path, you’ll have the canyon all to yourself. It’s a fabulous spot to cool off from Bali’s humidity. 

Insider Tip: Before you start your tour, change into swimsuits or clothing that can dry quicker. You’ll be in the water for most of the time. Also wear water shoes since the rocks are sharp. 

Read our post on what to know about visiting Hidden Canyon here. 

Address: Jalan Sahadewa, Banjar Wangbung, Guwang, Sukawati, Guwang, Kec. Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia

Admission Cost: 300,000 IDR ($21.00) for 2 people

23. Walk across bouncy suspension bridges at Houses Tree Hill Lemped. 

Shh.. this off-the-beaten-path place is a secret between us. House Tree Hill Lemped (Bukit Lemped) is a fun place to channel your inner child and have an adrenaline rush. 

You’ll have the opportunity to climb up ladders to treehouses and walk across suspension bridges. The treehouse entrances are tight so tall visitors will have difficulties getting in and out of them. Otherwise, children will love this place!

The suspension bridges will test your fear of heights as they are very bouncy and may seem unstable. Yet, they are so much fun!

The longest suspension bridge connects between two platforms and hangs over a rushing river. While it may be tempting to dash across the bridge, it’s recommended to go slowly for your safety and the bridge’s stability. Plus, you can soak in the beautiful landscapes of rice fields from afar.

The bridge can handle 1-2 people at the same time. 

Jackie Szeto, Life Of Doing, stands on a long suspension bridge at Bukit Lemped. The bridge overlooks a rice field and a river underneath.

Visit Bukit Lemped to conquer your fear of heights via the suspension bridges and also wander through treehouses. Photo credit: Life Of Doing

This place also has Instagram-worthy photo spots with swings and bird nest swings.

Address: Jl. Raya Tirta Gangga, Padang Kerta, Kec. Karangasem, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80811, Indonesia

Admission Cost: 50,000 IDR ($3.50)

24. Learn how to surf.

By Chris, Stoked for Travel

Bali is one of the top surf destinations in the world and learning to surf in Bali should certainly be part of your Bali bucket list!

When it comes to surfing in Bali, there are plenty of surf spots to choose from on the island, including Uluwatu, Padang Padang, and Medewi. Beware as many of them are for advanced surfers only!

If you’re looking to learn to surf, stick to spots like Kuta, Seminyak, and Canggu. These areas offer beginner-friendly waves breaking on a sandy bottom beach.

Although Canggu is the hipster hotspot, the waves here can get super crowded. Despite its less favorable reputation with travelers, Kuta is the ideal spot for learning with heaps of budget friendly-local coaches and being far less crowded in the water. 

Or, you can book a surf camp experience. There are heaps of epic surf camp options to choose from which will take your skills to the next level.

If you don’t fancy learning to surf, head to the famous Single Fin bar in Uluwatu. Grab a sunset cocktail and watch the epic left handers roll through and the pros show you how it’s done.

Insider tip: The local bars just down the steps offer much cheaper drink prices with more personal space and the same epic views!

25. Get some fresh air along Campuhan Ridge Walk. 

By Lauren, The Planet Edit

Bali is not short of wonderful outdoor experiences. Campuhan Ridge Walk, located in the cultural heart of Ubud, is one of the most iconic short hikes in Bali. 

The Campuhan Ridge Walk is quite short at just 2 kilometers (1.2 miles), making it a great choice for everyone, including those who aren’t the most avid of hikers.

This doesn’t mean it isn’t rewarding, though, as it’s tucked behind the hotels of Ubud’s busy main street. It’s a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the town center. 

Greenery and palm trees surround the Campuhan Ridge walkway in Bali's Ubud area

Campuhan Ridge Walk is a fabulous spot to enjoy a walk when you’re in Ubud. Photo credit: The Planet Edit

Although the trail is situated very close to the center of Ubud, it surprisingly feels like another world. The walk will lead you along an easy-to-follow paved trail. You’ll pass rice fields, palm trees, and beautiful green hills which reward you with peace, tranquillity, and scenic vistas.

The walk is quickly becoming one of the most popular things to do in Ubud, so it’s advised that you come for sunrise to beat both the crowds and the Balinese heat.

The Campuhan Ridge Walk officially finishes at the Karsa Cafe, so you can treat yourself to a delicious coffee once you’ve completed the walk.  

Address: Kelusa, Payangan, Jl. Raya Campuhan, Sayan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Admission: Free

26. Ride bicycles near Ubud.

By Kate, Rolling Along With Kids 

If you’re looking to experience the villages of Bali and meet the local Balinese, a bike ride near Ubud is a fantastic choice.

When driving around the island of Bali in a car, you don’t get to experience the smells and beautiful smiles and waves from the locals going about their day. 

The bike riding company organizes a pick up from your hotel. Before your bike ride, you experience visiting a local school, seeing a waterfall, enjoying time at an organic family plantation, and best of all, visiting a local family compound. 

Next on the tour, you’re given a bike to ride through the local villages. The roads are easy to ride on as the bike company chooses quiet roads. All ages can join the ride so this is a kid-friendly activity. A bus follows the cyclists if anyone needs a rest. Don’t forget to bring your camera as there are many photo opportunities with beautiful rice field views. 

A family rides stops along a rice paddy field during their bike ride through Ubud

Riding a bicycle through Ubud is an exciting adventure to do in Bali. Photo credit: Rolling Along with Kids

After the ride, you’re driven to a local warung overlooking the rice paddies to enjoy a delicious lunch. Bike riding near Ubud is a fantastic day out that provides both a cultural and adventurous experience.

27. Go scuba diving or snorkeling at Manta Point (Nusa Penida).

By Becki from Meet Me In Departures

If you’re an ocean lover, then it’s 100% recommended to take the opportunity to swim with the beautiful manta rays.

The best place to see these ocean giants is at Manta Point, located in Nusa Penida. You can get here as a day trip from mainland Bali, where usually you’ll also spend some time in Crystal Bay. Alternatively, this experience can be booked from Nusa Penida itself.

There are two options to swim with the manta rays. You can see them from above and take a snorkel trip. Or for qualified divers and to get up close to them, then scuba diving with mantas is the better option.

You can spot manta rays in Nusa Penida all year round as this is a known cleaning station. The rays congregate to have tiny parasites picked off them by little fish that live on the rocks here. If you’re hovering over a rock, you might also get ‘cleaned’ by the tiny fish. 

Mantas also come here because of the food supply. The rays are called ‘channel feeders’ which means they swim about with their mouth open, taking in masses of zooplankton. 

Despite their sheer size, manta rays are harmless to humans, and swimming with them is an amazing experience.

A manta ray swims in the ocean waters

Diving to see the manta rays is a bucket list activity when you’re in Nusa Penida. Photo credit: Brad Flowerdew via Scopio Photos

Unique Things to Do in Bali for the Bali Bucket List 

If you’re looking for the coolest and most unique attractions to visit in Bali, then check out the recommendations below.

28. Relax at Jungle Fish Pool Bar in Ubud.

By Harshi and Aman, Trot.World

Relaxing on colorful beanies laid out on soft sandy beaches at sunset with the adjoining pool clubs is one of the bucket list things that Bali is famous for. Yet, let’s take a break from the beach and experience swimming in a jungle pool club instead!

Nestled in Ubud’s lush green forests and home to wild monkeys is this true oasis called Jungle Fish Pool Bar. It’s an infinity pool that is perfect for a swim while overlooking the endless greenery of Ubud. You can also sit by the huge yet stylish hanging beds and swing and sway with the breeze while sipping on some delicious cocktails from the bar. The food here is to devour as well, consisting of both Indonesian and International cuisine. 

Jungle Fish Pool Bar in Ubud area has an infinity pool and is surrounded by palm trees and greenery.

Visit Jungle Fish Pool Bar in the Ubud area to relaxing at a beautiful infinity pool. Photo credit: Trot.World

While you spend your day here at the pool club, head to the spa to break away your physical stress. Relax among the sweet aroma of lotions accompanying the shades of blue and green surrounding you. 

Spending a day at Jungle Fish Pool Bar is a rejuvenating experience for all your senses, and a refresh button for your mind, body, and soul. More information about this place is here

Address: Jl. Raya Sebali, Keliki, Payangan, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia

Admission: Free, for a limited time

29. Watch a Balinese gamelan show. 

By Casey, Carefree Compass

If you love culture, music, and the arts, you must not miss a Balinese gamelan show.

Although gamelan can be found on both the islands of Java and Bali in Indonesia, the styles differ in some ways with the Balinese version being more energetic and upbeat. 

Gamelan is an ancient Indonesia orchestra that uses a variety of gongs, drums, metallophones, tuned pots, and sometimes string or woodwind instruments. Singing and dancing usually accompany the orchestra and tells a story through words and movements.

In Bali, it’s common to see gamelan being practiced in all regions.

If you’re looking to attend a full gamelan performance, then there is no place better than Ubud. As the cultural capital of Bali, Ubud is chock full of artists of all kinds, and frankly, it’s hard to walk down the street in the center of town without hearing a gamelan practicing somewhere. Regular shows take place at the Ubud Palace, Ubud Water Palace, and other corners of the town. 

It’s also possible to take a gamelan class to learn a bit more about this fantastic art form and give it a try yourself. Either way, a gamelan experience in Bali is not to be missed.

Admission Cost: Around 200,000 IDR ($13.50)

30. Visit Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets.

By Soumya, Stories by Soumya

People often come to Bali for its amazing beaches and luxurious resorts. But if you wish to do something different and get a whiff of the exotic Balinese culture, head to the Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets in Sukawati.

Located at a 15-minute drive from the Ubud city center, Setia Darma museum is a treasure trove of marionettes from all over the Indonesian archipelago. There are more than 1,300 masks and 5,700 puppets here, all displayed beautifully in traditional Javanese houses. 

A mask from the Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppet Museum in Bali, Indonesia

Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppet Museum is a unique place to visit when you’re in Bali. Photo credit: Stories by Soumya

A visit to Setia Darma House is also a wonderful introduction to the world of Wayang Kulit, an Indonesian art form of shadow puppets. Wayang Kulit has long been an integral part of Balinese culture. Shadow puppet plays convey good values and bring society together. If you have some extra time, it’s not a bad idea to catch a Wayang play as well when you are in Bali.

The museum is open between 8:00am – 4:00pm every day.

Address: Jalan Tegal Bingin, Mas, Ubud, Kemenuh, Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia

Admission: Free. You’re highly encouraged to contribute a little something in the donation box.

31. Wander through the Sideman area. 

By Cazzy, Dream Big, Travel Far 

Picture Ubud 20 years ago. No crowds, fields and fields of rice fields, little traffic, very few shops, and restaurants….this is Sidemen. Located in East Bali, Sidemen is one of the untouched gems of Bali. This beautiful area oozes charm and beauty. 

There are quite a few great experiences in Sidemen. Some of the most popular activities include a rice field walk with a local farmer. You’ll learn all about the process of harvesting the rice, and be given the chance to take some beautiful pictures.

Overview of the rice paddy terraces in Sideman area of Bali

Sideman is one of the hidden gems to visit in Bali. Photo credit: Dream Big, Travel Far

Another great activity is to take a local village tour via bicycle and get to know more about the local cultures and traditions in Bali.

Or, why not take a ride on the Sidemen swing which is located high atop a hill between coconut trees and offers views of stunning rice fields, hills, and Mount Agung. 

Sidemen may not be as busy as other areas of Bali, but it’s still host to a bunch of beautiful hotels that are surrounded by the rice terraces in a secluded environment.

A stay in Sidemen is a truly magical experience and something you must do when visiting Bali. 

32. See abandoned planes in Kuta and Nusa Dua.

One of the unique attractions to check out are Bali’s abandoned planes. They’re located south of the island in Kuta and close to the Nusa Dua area. It’s unknown why the planes are on the island, yet there is some mystery behind them. We haven’t had a chance to visit this place, so it’s definitely on the bucket list.

Foodie Bali Bucket List

Bali has plenty of mouthwatering places to eat. From the delicious Indonesian cuisine to plant based cafes, you’ll have plenty of options to keep your bellies happy. 

33. Eat Indonesian food at warungs. 

One of the top reasons to visit Bali is to try the Indonesian and Balinese cuisines at the local restaurants, also known as warungs.

Depending on the location, warungs can vary in price and ambiance. We prefer low-key warungs as they have more flavor with the food. You can get an affordable and mouthwatering meal for $3.00-$5.00 per person! 

Try delicious foods such as nasi campur (rice with sides of meat, vegetables, and peanuts), nasi goreng (fried rice), beef rendang (spicy beef), gurami (freshwater carp), BBQ pork ribs, and more.

Plus, there are plenty of vegetarian items. Tempeh (fermented soybeans) is one of the best things to eat in Bali and everyone has their own tempeh recipe.

Add a side of sambal, spicy chili sauce, and your meal tastes magical. 

To find these warungs, ask a local person or use Google Maps. We’ve found some amazing warungs with private bungalow seating that overlooks rice paddy fields in the local areas of North and East Bali

Check out our food recommendations in Ubud and Seminyak

Warung Mina in Ubud is one of the best restaurants to try with fresh seafood of grilled fish and coconut drinks.

You’ll love trying Indonesian cuisine! Photo credit: Life Of Doing

34. Try delicious smoothie bowls at vegan cafés. 

By Nadine, Curls en Route

One of the things Bali is most known for is its heavenly smoothie bowls and tropical fruits, and there is no better place to try these out than at vegan cafés. The island boasts a variety of eateries that are also eye-candy for Instagram

Canggu, a popular surfing spot, has some of the coolest options. Check out Crate Cafe, Nalu Bowls (also in Seminyak), and The Shady ShackCheck out other cafes in Canggu to try here.

Kynd Community, located in Seminyak, is one of the most popular spots among travelers that you might have come across on Instagram. The place doesn’t just have some of the trendiest aesthetics in Bali, but it hands down serves one of the most delicious smoothie bowls there. Try Berry Tropical with dragon fruit, berries, and banana, or Green and Grind with banana, mango, spinach, and spirulina. Check out our post on cafes in Seminyak here.

Vegan cafés are perfect for breakfast or a quick snack. You’ll enjoy the mouthwatering, healthy dishes as well as the laid-back island vibes.

35. Learn how to make Indonesian food.

After filling your bellies with delicious Indonesian food, consider learning how to make the cuisine via a cooking class.

It’s one of the best travel experiences since you get to learn from a local on how to make your favorite foods.

Most of the cooking classes include a tour to a local market and hands-on experience in making a few dishes. The most rewarding part is eating your creation at the end of the class.

Register for a cooking class here. 

36. Enjoy a sunset dinner on Jimbaran Beach.

Jimbaran Beach is a go-to spot to see the sunset and enjoy a seafood dinner.

Our driver recommended this spot since you can choose your seafood and how you want it cooked. This is one thing that we haven’t had a chance to do yet so we can’t wait to try fresh seafood. 

Final Thoughts on Bali Bucket List

We hope you enjoyed reading this post and received some inspiration on a future Bali trip! Since we haven’t been everywhere on the island, we’ll continue to add to this list of the best things to explore in Bali.

How many of these bucket list attractions will you add to your next Bali trip? If you have other questions about what to do in Bali, please share it in the comment box below. 

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Sydney August 7, 2020 - 8:09 pm

Great post, I hope to visit Bali soon. I will keep your article in mind thank you for sharing!

Jackie August 11, 2020 - 3:59 pm

Thanks Sydney! Bali plans to reopen to international tourists in September 2020, so maybe you can visit the islands then! (Or whenever you feel safe to travel again).

Cathy August 10, 2020 - 9:38 pm

Bali is supposed to be my next travel destination after it’s safe to travel again. I will definitely save this post for when I go! Thank you so much for sharing! I love your photos!! 🙂

Jackie August 11, 2020 - 4:02 pm

Hi Cathy. You’ll love your time in Bali once it’s safe to travel again. The island plans to reopen next month if you’re itching for some paradise.

Stephanie Donaire Simpso August 10, 2020 - 11:20 pm

Wow! There seems to be an incredible amount of fun things to do! How long would you recommend a stay in Bali? I’m definitely saving your post to use these tips in the future.

Jackie August 11, 2020 - 4:08 pm

Hi Stephanie. Bali has so many attractions to visit. If you have time, we suggest that you stay for 2 weeks. Check out our 2 weeks itinerary here ( If you stay for 1 week, the time will go by very quickly and you’ll regret not staying longer.

Kristina August 11, 2020 - 11:16 pm

Would love to visit Bali one day!

Jackie August 13, 2020 - 2:57 pm

Thanks Kristina. You’ll love your experience at Bali! The island has plenty of activities for your children too.

molly August 13, 2020 - 11:41 am

Thanks for the detailed travel tips, especially about farmers asking for donations to walk thier rice fields. It is hard to know what to do when traveling! The snorkeling is on my list for sure! Biking in Ubud is also something that would fit our family well! I hope we get to do some traveling soon!

Jackie August 13, 2020 - 2:59 pm

You’re welcome, Molly. Bali plans to reopen to international tourists in September if you’re interested in some island life!

Cathy August 18, 2020 - 7:49 pm

I cannot wait to go to Bali!!!! 🙂

Jackie August 21, 2020 - 3:53 pm

Hi Cathy. Yay!! We love your enthusiasm for Bali. It’s such a fabulous place to travel.

Donna November 16, 2020 - 12:36 am

What a beautiful island. Those waterfalls are amazing!

Jackie November 16, 2020 - 12:35 pm

Thank you Donna. Bali has so many waterfalls to visit! You’ll need a few return trips to the island to see them all.

Mimi May 3, 2022 - 6:16 am

What a great list! Can’t wait for my trip next month!

Jackie May 4, 2022 - 11:23 am

Hi Mimi. Glad you enjoyed our Bali bucket list post! Hope you can visit a few of these places when you visit next month. If you have any questions about Bali, feel free to reach out.


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