When it comes to things to do while on holiday, Bali is not short of activities. With so much to do and see, you can experience Bali which ever way suits you best; from foodie, to thrill seeker to yoga enthusiast. If you are adventurous and daring or just looking to find peace, Bali has something to offer everyone.
Best Bali Beaches
The best way to experience Bali is by visiting a plethora of beaches. Bali is home to some of the top beaches in the world. From built up tourist beaches, to national parks, to surfers paradise, Bali has a beach for just about everyone. A few of my favorite Bali beaches are: Padang Padang Beach, Seminyak Beach, Jimberan Beach, and Sanur Beach.
Padang Padang Beach
Located on Bali’s south western coast, Padang Padang Beach is a protected park, and my favorite beach experience in Bali. Picture perfect with no filters, this beach is one of the most beautiful I have ever visited. Following a winding stairwell carved through the side of a cliff, you discover a hidden cove that is Padang Padang beach.
At Seminyak Beach, you can grab a chair at one of the many warungs (small Indonesian cafe) that line the beach. Renting a chair from these warungs, for about $10 USD for 4 hours. You can order food, beer, fresh coconuts and more. Most of these warungs will take credit, but always ask, because the nearest ATM is about a half mile away from the beach. Bring Sunscreen, even though there were many beach vendors renting surf boards, and selling beach things, they didn’t seem to have sun screen. You will also get a lot of people along the beach soliciting massages, hair braiding, selling art and more.
On Bali’s south eastern coast, sits Sanur Beach, a relaxing fishing village. Since the majority (if not all) the world renown waves are on Bali’s west and southern coast, Sanur Beach is quiet, with an older and laid back crowd. The beach is lined with colorful fishing boats, and a litter further out is some of the best diving sites in the world.
Similar to Sanur Beach, Jimberan Beach is very laid back. Due to the curvature in Bali’s western coastline, Jimberan Beach does not get the waves that almost every other west coast Bali beach gets. Lined with warungs, Jimberan is known for the its dinners on the beach ,offering up amazing fresh seafood platters for cheap.
Top Bali Beach Clubs
If you are looking for clean beaches, no soliciting, with quality service and actives, you should definitely check out some of Bali’s top beach clubs. Some of our favorite beach clubs are: Potato Head Beach Club, Sundays Beach club, and Finn’s Beach Club.
Potato Head Beach Club
Potato Head Beach Club is north of Seminyak Beach. The beach club consists of a large pool with views of the ocean, an outdoor stage and viewing area, surrounded by seating and bars. Potato Head is a great place to go if you love to party, listen to live dance music and are not traveling with kids.
Sundays Beach Club
Much different than Potato Head, Sunday’s Beach Club is located on Bali’s Southern Tip at the Luxurious Unsung Cliff Resort. About $50 a person, you get towels, chairs on the beautiful pristine beach, about $30 USD of the fee is credited back for food and drink, and access to their activities such as paddle boards, surf boards, volleyball, massages, and more. This is a much more relaxing vibe, and good beach club to bring kids to.
Finn’s Beach Club
Finn’s Beach Club is a mix of Potato head and Sunday’s. Further north of Potato Head, Finn’s Beach club is located on Berawa Beach. Finn’s is more laid back then Potato Head, with a similar set up but without stage.
Rice Terraces in Bali
Experience Bali by exploring one of the major rice terraces located on the island. Test your endurance walking up the winding, steep terraces. The Balinese will undoubtedly show you up, as they are able to walk up and down these steep terraces with ease, even with baskets of rice weighing them down. The rice terraces and fields in Bali are jaw dropping beautiful;also listed as UNSECO world heritage sites. Our favorite rice terraces and fields in Bali are: Jatiluwih Green Land, Tegalalang Rice Terrace, and the Campuhan Ridge Walk.
A twisty, long narrow road, sometimes paved, sometime dirt, Mount Batur is about a 2.5 hour drive north of Seminyak Beach. Along the drive you pass through villages, palaces, temples, rice fields, jungles. Once on top, there are breathtaking views of Lake Batur, which sits in the volcanic crater below.
Sacred Monkey Forest Temple
The Ubud Monkey Forest is home to over 600 Balinese long-tailed monkeys, and a sacred Hindu temple. This is an unique experience, even though it is a tourist trap; the good thing is the money goes back into conservation. This is listed under high intensity because you are surrounded by monkeys who may fight each other and tourists who antagonize them. Warning: do not taunt the monkeys, they will attack you.
Experience Bali by Food
Take an authentic Balinese cooking class. Learn how to make traditional dishes and why they eat the food they do. If feasting is more your route, enjoy an amazing seafood dinner on Jimberan Beach.
Top Temples in Bali to See
Bali is one of the most sacred places in the world, and home to over a million temples. Get a sense of the Hindu culture and customs by visiting one of the million temples in Bali; please be resceptful of the rules and dress code. Some of our favorite temples are: Tanah Lot, Uluwatu Temple, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Saraswati Temple, Pura Lempuyang, and Tirta Empul.
Surfing in Bali
Bali is world renown for its surfing surfing. Grab your board, hang 10… but be careful. Bali is also known for having some of the world’s strongest undercurrent. If you are going to surf in Bali, make sure you are a strong swimmer. If not, go to a beach with tame waves, like Jimberan Beach.
Scuba Diving in Bali
Bali has as much to offer underwater as it does above water, with some of the best dive sites in the world. Go scuba diving and experience Bali by discovering the hundred of varieties of fish, watch the manatees gather together, or explore a sunken ship. Some of the best dive sites in Bali are: the USS Liberty shipwreck at Tulamben, Candi Dasa (Amuk Bay), Lembongan Island – Nusa Penida, and Menjangan Island.
Bali Yoga Retreat
Isolate yourself deep in the Jungle or on the coast. Relax your mind, breath, stretch and build. Bali offers some of the best and oldest yoga schools and retreats for any level yogi and any size group.
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