Indonesia or officially named the Republic of Indonesia is a country located in Southeast Asia and one of the popular holiday destinations in Asia. The country consists of more than seventeen thousand islands with 33 provinces dispersed in all of its archipelagoes. Bali is one of the islands and provinces that lies on the east side of Indonesia. The island got nicknamed as the most touristy area because of its popularity among the travellers. Tourists will usually go from beach to beach to surf/snorkelling/diving or even just swimming and enjoy the view. If you’re curious how is it like to be in Bali, check out all of the hot activities to do below!
1. SCOUR THE UNTOUCHED BEACHES
Known for its beaches, Bali surely has many of them. From the crowded one to the untouched. If you’re a real beach lover, it’s suggested to plan at least 2 days for beaches trip. South Bali has the most picturesque beaches while at the North Kuta, near the city of Denpasar, you’ll likely to find the crowded ones because of the beach clubs. For you, who’s still wondering where to start the exploring-beaches-day, here’s some recommendation :
• Blue Point (Suluban) Beach – known for the big waves, best for surfing, good for tanning
• Padang – Padang Beach – best for a picnic on the beach, swimming and surfing are feasible
• Green Bowl Beach – one of the untouched beaches with clear waters, best for surfing and see the sunset
• Nusa Dua Beach – a private beach, good for surfing, sunbathing and see the sunrise. Near to Black Stone Beach and Beach Club Bar at Peninsula Island
• Tanjung Benoa Beach – known for its watersports such as parasailing, banana boat, jet ski, snorkelling, diving and many more
• Kuta Beach – known for it’s surfing lessons, perfect for swimming, sunbathing and see the sunset, go for the temporary tattoo artists and hair braids on the beach
• Double Six Beach – best for enjoying the sunset until night time with many restaurants and beach clubs providing bean bags & acoustic music.
2. VISIT THE TAMPAKSIRING PRESIDENT PALACE AND HAVE A BATH AT TIRTA EMPUL
The Tampaksiring palace was once used by the first president in Indonesia, Ir. Soekarno. The palace is good to learn about the history of Indonesia. Going past the palace, you’ll find a Hindu-Balinese temple named Tirta Empul with a sacred spring. You have to use a sarong (long traditional fabric) that will be given upon your visit and join their ritual purification by dipping yourself into the holy water. You’ll feel like being born again. The palace and temple open daily from 8 AM – 6 PM with an entrance fee for 50.000 IDR per adult.
3. REVEL ALL-NIGHT AT LEGIAN, SHOP ALL-YOU-WANT AT SEMINYAK
Known as the most lively and busiest area in Bali and one of the popular tourist attractions in Indonesia, the Legian street has many shops, spa, lounge, pubs and bars. This area definitely never sleep from morning time until the dawn. Legian is also the district where a dreadful Bali bombing incident takes place at the year of 2002, so if you’re visiting Legian, make sure to drop a prayer for the victims at the Bali bomb monument right in the middle of the area. Tourists usually like to book a hotel at Legian as it’s strategically located in the nightlife centre and near the other area with many activities to do.
Therefore, if you like to be in the crowds and want to enjoy the night to the fullest, Legian is the best choice to stay. Neighbouring to Legian, you’ll come across the area of Seminyak. Unlike Legian, you’ll find more shops and markets there. Yes, it’s the best area for shopping. Some markets like The Flea Market that is good for souvenirs & apparels shopping, Seminyak square shopping mall to buy local gifts, local fruits and vegetables market near the Sunset Rd and many other shops along the Sunset Rd. including the famous Krishna souvenirs shop. Please ensure to drop by before you going back home!
4. PLAN FOR SCENIC TEMPLES TOUR
Recognized for it’s high Hinduism population made Bali has so many temples, especially the temples with an ocean view. So if you’re visiting Bali, don’t forget to include these famous temples below and experience something new! they are also well-known tourist attractions in Bali.
• End your day at Tanah Lot Temple, an old Hindu temple located in the middle of the small rocky island. Get a blessing from priests by the holy water and catch a Hinduism ceremony like Kuningan if you’re lucky. Visit the temple before sunset and you’ll get to see the stunning view from up above! This place opens daily from 7 AM – 7 PM with an entrance fee of 20.000 IDR each.
• Mingle with nature and make friends with the monkeys at Uluwatu Temple. You’ll find this temple on the uphill with a view of Blue Point Beach. This is the best place to take some pictures with a beautiful sunset background and to watch the Balinese Kecak dance. Beware of some naughty monkeys! They often steal your things such as hat/accessories/glasses. The monkey forests and the temple opens daily from 7 AM – 7 PM with an entrance fee of 30.000 IDR per adult.
• Go to Bedugul, precisely Ulun Danu Temple. This temple is located at Beratan Lake and is an icon for 50.000 IDR money. Rent a speedboat or a pedal boat to explore the cool-weather scenic lake. You may see the Balinese ceremony if you’re arriving on time! It is open daily from 7 AM – 7 PM with an entrance fee of 50.000 IDR per person.
5. WALLOW IN TEGALALANG RICE FIELDS
Indonesia’s main economic sector is focused on agriculture, so your trip is absolutely not perfect without visiting one of the farm and plantation. The Tegalalang Rice Fields may be the most visited paddy fields in Bali. Go there at the morning and you’ll get to see the farmers doing their activity at the beautiful rice terrace, taste the Luwak coffee and go all out at the popular giant swing that is also available at the site. Enjoy the natural cool breeze while taking some pictures there! The terrace opens daily from 8 AM – 6 PM and is subject to an entrance fee of 15.000 IDR per person.
6. HAVE A PORK LUNCH IN NUSA DUA
Going to Bali means you’ve gone to Indonesia since most people only know Bali instead of Indonesia and that’s the main reason why you should try babi guling or suckling pig that is a rare find in the other province, as Indonesia’s main religion is Islam (not a halal food). During your time in Bali, you may see many pork restaurants along the way and that means there’s one of them that is very popular among the locals and also tourists. It’s called Warung Babi Guling Bp Dobiel.
Located in Nusa Dua makes this place famous for travellers especially after a tired-watersports day. You often have to wait in the queue before you can get in and try the roasted pork rice with pork skin and delicious broth. Mix some spices into your food and be replete! The warung opens daily from 10 AM – 4 PM with a standard price of 45.000 IDR per full portion.
7. ENCOUNTER THE WAVES CRASH AT WATER BLOW
If you’ve ever wondered how great an ocean can be, come to The Waterblow. Located inside the Peninsula Island in Nusa Dua area, you’ll be amazed by how giant the wave is that its height can reach up to 8 metres above the water level! This is where large waves from the Indian Ocean crash against the jagged limestone edges. See the waves from a different perspective and be prepared to get wet! But be careful not to get too close to the verge. This place opens daily for 24 hours with no entrance fee. Be sure to check this because it may be one of your lifetime experience!
8. DEPART FOR A MONUMENTAL HINDU SCULPTURE, GARUDA WISNU KENCANA
Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) is one of the most monumental places in Indonesia. Along with statues made by Nyoman Nuarta, a famous Indonesian artist, you’ll also see some performances inside such as Barong and Kecak dance. GWK is a big park that you have to ride a shuttle bus/rent a segway to fully explore the place. Some of the attractions inside are Lotus Pond, Indraloka garden, amphitheatre and Wisnu Plaza.
The cultural park was also often used for many music concerts such as Soundrenaline and Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP) 2018. Upon entering the park, use of sarong is required if you use shorts and it’s included in your ticket. GWK opens daily from 8 AM – 10 PM with an entrance fee of 115.000 IDR per adult.
9. SPEND A PEACEFUL NIGHT IN UBUD
Do you need some tranquillity? Or are you in search of some natural surroundings? If it’s true, then Ubud may be your next destination! The town of Ubud is located in the middle of rainforests with many rice terraces. It isn’t too far from Tegalalang. Ubud is famous for its beautiful landscape with Goa Gajah as it’s famous tourists place. Goa Gajah is a cave that’s known for stone carvings of Hindu gods since the 9th century.
Beside Goa Gajah, you also have to visit the Ubud art market to shop some local crafts and clothing, go for the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, stroll at the scenic Saraswati temple with lotus pond, try Bebek Bengil (Dirty Duck Diner) -an original fried duck best mixed with local herbs and spices- for lunch and shop (again) at Sukawati Market on your way back to the city.
These days, you’ll likely to find many resorts that will take you closer to nature, such as Padma Resort Ubud that lets you bath with a view of the forest, Kayon Jungle Resort and Hanging Gardens of Bali with their popular infinity pool. You can get all of these in the one and only Ubud!
10. ESPY THE DOLPHINS AT LOVINA BEACH, NORTH BALI
Get to see the wildlife at the northern side of Bali, Lovina Beach. Famous for dolphins-spotting, the beach is also good to see the sunrise, snorkelling or even diving! Tourists usually go out before the sunrise because locals believe, it’s the best time to see the dolphins swimming and jumping around the sea. Look for Lovina sunrise dive tour and get to see the pretty underwater life or rent a boat to see the dolphins. You may get wonderstruck by seeing the beautiful Bali sunrise in the middle of the sea!
11. GET SOAKED IN AT GITGIT WATERFALLS
Head for an adventurous and beautiful Gitgit Waterfalls! Located in the northern side of Bali, not too far from Ulun Danu Temple and Lovina Beach, the waterfalls usually visited during the way to Lovina Beach from Denpasar city and vice versa. Some people believe they can see Bali with different view beside beaches, so when there’s a chance, they accept it immediately and Gitgit waterfalls is one of their best opportunity!
The trail to the lush greenery with wild monkeys and birds chirping around you and find the hidden gem! Once you get down, the cool breeze will greet you shortly. So why bother? Swim to the waterfalls or dip yourself into the pool! This 35 metres waterfalls won’t fail you. Go there before 10 AM and enjoy nature to yourself! The entrance fee for this place is 20.000 IDR each.
12. ADORE THE BEAUTIFUL SCENERY OF NUSA ISLANDS – NUSA LEMBONGAN, NUSA PENIDA AND NUSA CENINGAN
From Bali, more precisely starting from Sanur beach, you can cross the ocean with a boat to Nusa Islands. The Nusa Island are Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan which geographically located in between Bali and Lombok. There is some popular tourists spot like Crystal Bay, Broken Beach, Kelingking Beach and Angel’s Billabong in Nusa Penida, with Devil’s Tear in Nusa Lembongan to make your trip even more unforgettable. They are all beautiful and so picturesque.
The most unique part is when you swim in the scenic infinity pool at Angel’s Billabong and see the big waves at Devil’s Tear, but apparently you can only see that from far behind since it is dangerous to go too close. Book a day tour from Bali with a price starts from 1.330.000 IDR or spend a night at the island resort and go for scuba diving or snorkelling tour next day. The marine life will not disappoint you!
All these above activities, places, beaches, attractions made Bali one of the popular holiday destinations in south-east Asia.