Things to do in Bali

While the resorts of Bali will happily keep you occupied all day with pools and onsite spas, try and resist the urge to merely flop and drop. This is Southeast Asia after all, and you didn't take that medium-haul flight to enjoy a resort that could easily be found at home.

Beyond the resort pool is a Bali of temples and rice terraces, safari parks and lush green jungle. One of the island's biggest attractions is Tanah Lot Temple, an ancient Hindu sea temple spectacularly perched on top of a huge rock by the ocean. While a visit to the temple is a must, it's the view of the temple (ideally at sunset) that will stay with you long after your flight back home has landed.

A hangover may also follow you home from Bali, especially if you overindulge in cheap Bintang beer and nights out in Kuta. But it's not all in vain. In addition to hangovers, you can also leave Bali with a newly acquired skill gained from a cooking or surfing class. Or bring home a bunch of souvenirs from market handicrafts to modern Balinese art.

And then there are the experiences that will last you a lifetime; wildlife watching in Uluwatu's Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, exploring the Elephant Cave, whitewater rafting in the Telaga Waja River, and having way too much fun at Water Bomb Park. Plenty of things to keep you occupied outside of the resort pool! Here are our top picks:

Tanah Lot Temple

One of 7 ancient sea temples, Tanah Lot has great significance to Bali's Hindu population and is estimated to date back to the 15th century.

Kuta

Chances are if you're staying at a popular resort, you'll find yourself in Kuta already. While many will choose to simply stay in their resort, it's worth exploring all that Kuta has to offer, especially the beach. 

Legian

If you're not staying at Kuta then you're probably staying at Legian, Bali's other popular resort town. Located on the west coast, Legian still offers a stunning stretch of beachfront but is a lot more low-key and relaxed than its southern neighbour of Kuta.

Waterbom Bali

While Bali is a fantastic destination to experience spectacular scenery and culture, sometimes on your holiday you just want to have fun (and cool down!), and the place to do that in Bali is at the Waterbom Bali water park. 

Ubud

Voted one of the top 10 cities in Asia by ‘Condé Nast Traveler’ along with being the place Julia Robert’s character finds love and happiness in ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, it’s no wonder Ubud in central Bali is a sought-out destination for travellers worldwide.

Jimbaran

This once tiny fishing village in the south used to be known as Bali’s backwater town. A couple of decades ago however, that all changed and Jimbaran became home to several world-class 5-star beach resorts, fancy hotels and high-end villas. 

Mount Batur

A Balinese massage will have you feeling like you’re walking on air, but a trip to Mount Batur in the Kintamani region of East Bali will literally have you up in the clouds.

Seminyak

Seminyak is located in the south of Bali and is naturally kitted out with amazing beaches, stunning sunsets and plenty of places to sip on tropical cocktails in a lounge chair.

Uluwatu

Uluwatu is located along the Bukit Peninsula and is the southernmost point of Bali. A large, rugged limestone peninsula, ‘the Bukit’ is famous for the cliff-hanging temple at Uluwatu and a well-known destination for surfers from around the world.