Before planning for your Bali tour, you must know that nowhere on earth will you find a place as diverse and contrast as Bali. The Island of Gods rife with natural beauty has a list of unending idyllic beaches, vivid green terraced rice fields, lush rainforest, and stunning sunsets. doesn’t end here as there are so much more to see and experience in this magnificent island paradise! Visitors can expect water-based adventure, stunning temples, creative arts, trekking, yoga, meditation, exotic cuisine and fantastic nightlife here. Going to Bali feels like a never-ending adventure as there is an activity to suit every soul.
The island of Bali might be small in size, but it has plenty of points of interest and incredible things to do, which cannot be covered in a single visit. By knowing the unique offerings of Bali, you can plan a more efficient Bali trip.
To help you figure out what to do and where to go, here is a list of some of the island’s best highlights.
Beaches in Bali
The Island of Bali has some of the best beaches in the world, each of which is a favorite destination on its own. The island’s beaches range from palm-fringed soft white sand coasts on the island’s south such as Kuta to cliff-guarded hidden shores of Uluwatu and Padang in the south-west, and the upscale Seminyak and Nusa Dua.
Kuta Beach : One of the most popular tourist spots in Bali, Kuta Beach is known for its long sandy beaches and excellent surfing waves, as well as its nightlife. It is popular with younger travelers and budget travelers for affordable accommodation, and cheap cafes and bars that it has to offer. The gentle waves of Kuta Beach make it a popular place to learn and indulge in surfing. If you love shopping, then there are vendors along the beach selling a wide variety of local souvenirs.
Seminyak Beach : A holiday destination in itself, the sun-kissed Seminyak beach is host to several miles of sandy beaches. Seminyak Beach unfolds on the outskirts of Kuta and trail up to the coastal corners of Canggu. You will find beach clubs and bars aplenty, and five-star hotels and the best restaurants in Seminyak lining the golden sands. It is also an excellent place for surfing in the gentle waves or soaking up the sunshine.
Sanur Beach : This beach suited for a leisurely day out at the seafront. Sanur beachside is a never-ending stretch of white sand, dotted with resorts, cafes, wooden fishing boats, few elegant old villas. This beach is best enjoyed during the early morning for spectacular sunrises, cycling with the family or a romantic stroll with your partner.
Nusa Dua Beach : It is an ideal destination for a fun-filled family day out in Bali. The waters are calm, the beaches are clean, and the shoreline is filled with family-friendly restaurants, water sports and an upmarket shopping complex.
Adventure in Bali
Bali has a great variety of challenging and fun activities waiting to be discovered that will fuel your adrenaline rush. There are options from white water rafting, volcano hiking, surfing, snorkeling and much more.
Surfing in Padang Padang and Kuta : Surfing is a highly popular pastime in Bali, helped along by especially gorgeous breaks in the beaches of the island. Located on the north-west coast of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, Padang Padang Beach is one of Bali’s most famous surf spots. Its iconic waves attract sea surfers from across the world. It is also a regular spot for international surfing events of the likes of the Rip Curl Cup Padang. Beginners or intermediate surfers can head to the Kuta Beach, the first choice among most travelers, as it has numerous surf schools here. Its popular beach breaks with a sandy bottom are just perfect for beginners.
Sunrise trek to Mount Batur
An early morning hike up Mount Batur is one of the most popular adventure activities in Bali. The reward is spectacular views of the sunrise! Mount Batur is among the active volcanoes in Bali, but it is worth a visit accompanied by a certified local guide. The last eruption of the mount happened in 2000 when ash emissions reached 400 m (1312 ft) in the sky. Standing tall at 1706 m (5,600 ft), this volcanic marvel is also home to the largest crater lake in the island – Lake Batur.
White water rafting in Ayung River : Enjoy a challenging white water rafting on the Ayung River near Ubud, which is Bali’s longest and largest rapids. Set to a backdrop of wild unspoiled jungle, towering gorges and scenic rice terraces, this thrilling roller-coaster rafting journey encounters swirling foamy water, natural ramps, refreshing waterfalls and sudden drops.
Nature in Bali
Balinese landscape is packed with some of the most beautiful creations. Its natural wonders range from the central highlands with active volcanoes to hidden waterfalls, peaceful lakes, forested mountains, coral gardens and abundant marine diversity.
Discover Tegallang Rice Terrace : One cannot afford to miss the scenic Tegalang Rice Terrace in Ubud that has extensive terraced rice paddies. You are in for the most spectacular sight when you visit these paddies between October to March, right during the monsoon when it turns into an intense sea of greenery.
Explore Nusa Penida island : A largely untouched island getaway in the south-east Bali, at Nusa Penida you can explore the island, go swimming in waterfalls and trek to the rugged coastal cliffs. This place is also an island-wide tropical bird sanctuary. A wide range of marine life takes shelter around the coast of this tiny island. The island has beaches with soft white sands and world-class diving opportunities. Nusa Penida offers the ultimate escape into nature on a Bali tour package.
Tour West Bali National Park : Find Bali’s national park in the north-western part of the island. Located approximately 100 km from Bali’s capital city Denpasar, this park is habitat to a large variety of flora and fauna including coral reefs. Menjangan island – a popular diving destination in Bali – is part of this national park and you can take a boat ride to cross over to this tiny island.
Walk through the sacred Monkey Forest : Often part of most Bali holiday packages, Ubud Monkey Forest, also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest, is a place of natural forest sanctuary. Its residents, a horde of long-tailed grey macaques, are major crowd pullers. Besides watching the playful and cheeky monkeys, visitors can see the beautiful ancient temples with statues and relics covered in mossy foliage throughout the forest, giving a mysterious and antique feel to this place.