What to do in Bali

Activities, attractions and tours
Nusa Dua Beach which includes a sandy beach and tropical scenes

Bali Tourist Attractions & Activities

There are places in the world that seem almost too good to be true. Surrounded by epic views, delectable dining, and incredible wildlife, these magical destinations are sought after by those in need of rest and relaxation. Bali is one of these otherworldly places. Once you get a taste of the island life, you may very well never leave, but even for those who only temporarily call this Indonesian island home, there is something extraordinary about it. Upon arrival (most often via plane or cruise ship), visitors will notice the underwater reefs and emerald island-dotted waterways. Each of these small land masses provides beautiful natural landscapes and countless opportunities for adventure. If you’re wondering what to do in Bali, you’ve come to the right place.

Things to Do in Bali

From zip lining over the jungle past hidden temples to excursions atop a slowly swaying elephant, there are plenty of Balinese tours to fit your fancy. Try your hand at surfing one of Bali’s famous southern breaks, or dive beneath the waves on a scuba diving adventure the likes of which you’ve never seen. Home to a wide variety of marine plants and animals, Bali’s waters are teeming with life. Make sure your waterproof camera is ready to capture images of manta rays, reef sharks, sea turtles, and many more. Chartering a boat to explore the surrounding islands is another popular option; you’ll be amazed at the diverse variety of reefs that surround Bali’s shores.

For those who prefer a land excursion, strolling through one of Bali’s many markets admiring the local handicrafts is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Balinese artistic traditions range from ancient metalworking techniques to authentic leather goods, making it a treasure hunt of sorts to find the perfect souvenir (or two) to take home. After exploring the streets or a long day of diving, it’s time to enjoy a traditional kecak dance as you dine on Bali’s famous seafood to the sounds of local musicians.

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Top places to visit

1. Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach is one of the most visited attractions in Bali. Its white sand and warm water attract millions of visitors who come to relax with drinks and massages or get active swimming, snorkelling and surfing. Enjoy your preferred activity in a laid-back party atmosphere.
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Kuta Beach featuring a beach

2. Nusa Dua Beach

Nusa Dua Beach is a stunning stretch of sand along a scenic peninsula in southern Bali. High-end resorts and rows of palm trees decorate the back of the beach, while the warm blue-green seawater laps the shoreline. Sunbathe on this postcard-pretty beach to enhance your tan.
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Nusa Dua Beach featuring a sandy beach as well as a small group of people

3. Seminyak Beach

Seminyak Beach is a picturesque and idyllic stretch of sand situated on the west coast of Bali. Here, you can really relax in peace, as Seminyak village is more upmarket and attracts fewer visitors than the neighbouring villages of Legian and Kuta. Its upmarket nature makes it the perfect destination for those who prefer to holiday in style and comfort.
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Seminyak which includes a day spa and a beach as well as a large group of people

4. Ubud Monkey Forest

The Ubud Monkey Forest is a site for Balinese Hindu worship and every aspect of the grounds has sacred meaning, from its trees and temples, to its long-tail macaques. This site is also a research centre where you can learn more about the monkeys and some 115 species of trees. The site is also known as the Padangtegal Monkey Forest because it is owned by the village of Padangtegal, one of Ubud’s communities.
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Ubud Monkey Forest which includes zoo animals and cuddly or friendly animals

5. Legian Beach

Legian Beach is an island paradise with soft white sand and clear, warm water. Lie back on a day bed or get active in the surf away from the massive crowds of nearby Kuta Beach.
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Legian Beach featuring a beach and a luxury hotel or resort

6. Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot is one of Bali’s most iconic attractions. The rocky cliff is home to Pura Tanah Lot, a small temple perched precariously above the Indian Ocean. Join the crowds in the late afternoon to capture one of Indonesia’s most captivating sunsets.
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As one of Bali’s most photographed and mythological natural features, this unusual island temple is one sight you won’t want to miss.

7. Double Six Beach

Double Six Beach is a beautiful sandy beach located on the west coast of Bali. It is a more peaceful spot than many of the other beaches in the surrounding area, particularly during the daytime, making it perfect for relaxation. If you visit early in the morning, you will almost certainly be able to enjoy the beach in peace. Lie back and relax on a sun lounger or indulge in a Balinese massage while listening to the sound of the waves gently lapping against the shore. Later on in the day, enjoy a delicious fruity cocktail or a beer while gazing out over the Bali Sea. Make sure you sample Indonesia’s own bestselling brand of beer, Bintang.
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Double Six Beach showing surfing and waves as well as an individual child

8. Sanur Beach

Tourists flock to Bali in their droves to experience its beaches. The problem with this is that coastal resorts often become overrun, making it difficult to relax. This is not the case with Sanur Beach. Though it's only 15 kilometres from the buzzing Kuta Beach, Sanur exudes a relaxed, tranquil quality. If you're a couple or family looking for quiet beach time, Sanur should go straight to the top of your list.
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Sanur Beach showing boating, a beach and tropical scenes

9. Jimbaran Beach

This beach just south of Kuta is known as a quiet alternative to the bustling tourist hub. Jimbaran Beach is a secluded fishing village where fishermen still sell their catch at the market and brightly coloured wooden boats dot the bay. The safe swimming waters attract families while the restaurants and bars along the waterfront are good for a night out.
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Jimbaran Beach featuring night scenes and a sandy beach as well as a small group of people

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