Written by Elsa Marie
Co-written by Jiayi Ng
Edited by Candice Neo
Versi Bahasa Indonesia: /id/bali/tempat-wisata/
Do you have a bucket list?
Watch the sunset on the Eiffel Tower – checked. Paraglide over the hills in Nepal – checked. What else do you want to fulfill?
Though every country has its own specialties you must definitely try before you hit the bucket, did you know that you can actually find dozens of unique attractions just in Bali alone?
Yes, and this hinges on Bali’s fascinating culture, and a penchant for harbouring some of the strangest things in the world.
From testing your courage across deep ravines, a visit to the island of the dead or simply enjoying a day or two in some of the strangest villas ever built – it’s time to get all geared up and explore our 76 exciting suggestions on extraordinary things to do in Bali!
Looking to swim or laze around in a pool that goes on for as long as you hope to stay in Bali?
Check out these stunning infinity pools that will take your ‘Bali day’ from ordinary to extraordinary.
What’s bringing clifftop infinity pools to a different level?
A crystal blue glass-bottomed infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean, that stretches all the way out from the cliff 500 feet high, creating a gravity-defying concrete-encased lagoon with a million-dollar view – the highlight of One Eighty, a new sophisticated bar and restaurant that’s a recent addition to The Edge Villas at Uluwatu.
Before you know it, you’ll be floating in mid-air with the sweeping waves crashing beneath you.
These dramatic 180-degree ocean views extend all the way to your rooms. Isn’t it simply therapeutic to sip a cocktail while gazing out at the endless deep blue vistas ahead?
Your villa comes with a private plunge pool and personalised butler service, so you will be pampered from head to toe!2. Swim in the sky at Munduk Moding Plantation
Have you always dreamed of reaching out to touch the sky?
It’s no longer impossible.
At the edge of the 18-metre-long infinity pool at the Munduk Moding Plantation, you can almost feel heaven at your fingertips.
Spread out in front of you is a sea of cloud, that partially shields the surrounding coffee plantation from your sight.
This magic extends beyond its signature view.
Designed by an award-winning Bali architect Popo Danes, the traditional Balinese interior has been dabbed with a blend of modernism in this secluded resort that only has nine villas and three suites.
From your room, you can open the glass panel doors to take in the breathtaking view of the coffee plantation nestled in the lush foliage of the jungle.
What better place to spend some quiet and romantic moments with your loved one?
Bali is not only home to pristine beaches, but also to dramatic volcanoes – both active and extinct.
And how indulging would it be to wake up to a climatic view of the volcano?
You can do just that at Villa Sidemen, where guests are not only treated to the majestic view of Bali’s tallest volcano, Mount Agung, but also to a peaceful scene of its fertile foothills and rice paddies.
With the large windows, you can be sure to be able to enjoy the view from the living room, or even while you’re still snuggling in bed!
The majestic view of Bali’s tallest volcano, Mount Agung, and peaceful scenes of its fertile foothills and rice paddies awaits.
If you’re dreaming of Bali from your desk, you might imagine heavenly waterfalls, endless flora, and impressive landscapes.
The best part – we’re recommending gorgeous hidden ones so you don’t need to squeeze with hordes of tourists!
4. Step down into the rarified beauty of Tukad Cepung Waterfall
You must have heard all about Bali’s majestic waterfalls. Unknown to most people and only recently discovered by travellers, Tukad Cepung Waterfall stands almost virgin and unexplored.
This is as close to nature as you can get! You will have to climb a flight of steps to get to this beauty, so gear up accordingly.
Very importantly, do be gentle with and respectful of the natural space around Tukad Cepung as locals strive to maintain the area. Once you walk down the steps, remember to look up – cliffs encircle your surrounding with the waterfall flowing from a river above.
We’ve heard some mixed experiences from the few tourists who have travelled to Tukad Cepung. Since the waterfall remains a relative secret, there is no official entrance fee. However, in recent expeditions, travellers have been told to pay Rp. 10,000 (USD 0.75) to enter the area.
Be very careful though, it’s important to be aware of the river water levels before you head for the falls. Rapid flooding may occur if the water table begins to rise during rain so do check ahead before descending the stairs!
5. Marigold fields forever at Desa Temukus
Desa Temukus (also known as ’Temukus Village’) is not green but orange. The place blossoms with pretty yellowish-orange flowers!
If you’ve ever wondered, there’s one particular flower used in religious rituals in Bali – the marigold flower, or locally known as ‘Gemitir’. It’s easy to imagine how wonderful it could be to be in the middle of flower fields full of marigold!
Desa Temukus is a quiet village in East Bali, close to the holiest (but sadly most commercial) temple in Bali. Many of its inhabitants grow flowers, so you can find many flower fields here. But don’t forget to ask for permission from the locals before entering their fields!
Another good news for travellers – the area also has a flower field of Kasna. And one crucial tip: it’s better to visit the place before the harvesting season, so you can see the lushest flower fields ever (usually before a major religious day, so do check with your local Balinese friends about the dates, as Bali uses a lunar calendar so the dates change every year).
6. Watch the sun rise over Mount Batur at Pinggan Village
Mount Batur (1,717m) is the most visited volcano in Bali, but most visitors usually join the tourist hordes at Kintamani village for views of the majestic fire-breather.
For a view of Batur that’s arguably more spectacular, we suggest you head to the more isolated village of Pinggan.
Here you can experience the fierce splendour of the active volcano in a more solitary, meditative setting.
Batur is at its most photogenic at sunrise and sunset, and even makes for impressive night photography – with the lights of Pinggan village spread out at the foot of the mountain, and a sky full of stars twinkling above the peak.
7. Explore sacred spaces at the Secret Canyon of Sukawati
Near Pura Beji Guwang in Sukawati, there’s a sacred, secret canyon that’s so incredible, it’s sure to inspire anyone and everyone.
For any artist, photographer, creative, or simply anyone who wants to be wowed by a real life view of nature’s masterpiece – this secret canyon is a must-visit.
The craziest thing about this canyon, is if you look hard enough – it is so uniquely shaped, one can even see a crying skull and other faces (lions?!) in the abstract landscape.
And if that’s not enough, the colours around make for an amazing visual feast too.
Sit on the flat of the canyon rocks, and dangle your feet while admiring the view – or get a little crazy and see how much deeper you can go into the canyon. (Make sure you’re as safe and careful as possible, of course!)
When getting here, do be ultra careful as you will have to pass several rivers with a sticky muddy floor, and you might also have to climb some big slippery rocks.
Other than that feel free to explore to your heart’s content and fully appreciate this magnificent find!
8. Swing above the lake at Puncak Danau Buyan Wanagiri
If the huge scenic swing at Zen Hideaway is not thrilling enough for you, you can challenge yourself at this huge one that brings you right over the treetops and Lake Buyan, one of the twin lakes in Bedugul.
This whimsical swing hangs from a huge, sturdy tree, but swing out at your own risk! If you are light enough, two of you can go on it!
In case you are wondering how on earth to get up the swing, there’s actually a ledge where you can climb onto.
If you are feeling less adventurous, simply chill and Instagram at this bamboo lookout spot right beside it!
If you drive on for around five minutes, you’ll come by this giant Instagrammable bird’s nest!
Now you know how it feels to be on the top of the world!
9. Visit Nusa Islands, the Maldives of Bali
What happens when you find a paradise within a paradise?
That’s exactly what you will find in Bali!
If all the beach vibes on the main island is not enough for you, venture to the offshore islands, such as Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida, where you can truly find a slice of heaven!
When it comes to Nusa Lembongan, consider going for one of the day cruises with a waterslide, discover an underground house on an archeological adventure, visit the natural wonders of Devil’s Tears, Mushroom Beach and Pura Puncak Sari.
You can’t miss the yellow bridge that connects Nusa Ceningan with Lembongan. At Ceningan, you can go cliff jumping at Mahana Point, head out to the Blue Lagoon, and sneak a peek at Swallow’s Cave.
When you’re in Nusa Penida, you should snorkel or scuba dive if you’d like to meet a giant manta, descend into Giri Putri Cave Temple, hike around scenic areas like Angel’s Billabong, Pasih Uwug and Bukit Teletubbies, and spend a day at Kelingking Beach.
10. Bathe in the cascading spring fountains of Peguyangan Waterfall, Nusa Penida
Peguyangan Waterfall on Nusa Penida isn’t a towering vertical torrent of water like the jungle falls in central Bali.
Instead, it’s a series of short, cascading spring fountains that eventually make their way over a steep ravine and into the sea.
Away from the ravine, the cascades make a great place for all to enjoy a ‘natural spa’, and a massage from the fast flowing waters as they burble over the shallow ledges and pools.
Reaching the springs involves a descent down narrow stairs against the wall of the ravine. After some 460 steps, the gorgeous sight of the cascades is both exhilarating and relieving.
Check this amazing adventure from Travel Life Love!
11. Uncover the Secret Gardens of Sambangan
Hidden away in the far north Bali is the village of Sambangan. Only the locals and a handful of savvy tourists have experienced the breathtaking splendour of the jungles and waterfalls near Sambangan, known as the Secret Gardens.
The gardens are a chain of natural pools and cascading waterfalls hidden within the lush Balinese rainforest. There are seven falls in total and it takes a three hour trek deep into the jungle to explore most of them. Remote and unspoiled, the scenery here is among the most beautiful in Bali.
The pools are filled with cold spring water, perfect for cooling off after the long jungle trek, and some of the waterfalls even serve as natural waterslides for the daring!
12. Daydream in a whimsical treehouse, Batu Molenteng
Located right smack on Nusa Penida and looking out at Atuh Beach – this beautiful treehouse is the latest unique addition to the island, providing stunning sights of the dramatic Balinese landscape.
Once you’re up in the treehouse and looking out, you’ll be able to see glorious, glorious sights. From the pretty Atuh Beach and small surrounding islands like Raja Ampat in Papua, to the many cliffs, ravines and hills that paint Bali’s landscape – it’s a sight not to miss!
Thankfully, the treehouse was built with a ladder, so you don’t have to literally climb the tree just to get to the treehouse! Just bring a picnic along and make it a stunning memory atop a tree, complete with crazy views and delicious food!
How’s this for an Instagrammable moment?
In Bali, you can say goodbye to cookie cutter hotels.
Creative juices abound and you can make these unique stays your special holiday nest! How about a luxurious overlarge glamorous camping tent? Or a villa completely surrounded by water?
Ever wanted to dine with the rhinos?
Now you don’t have to fly halfway across the world to have an African safari adventure – you can get it at the Mara River Safari Lodge.
Located in the heart of the Bali Safari and Marine Park, this resort will definitely make your stay a memorable and unforgettable one, with its quirks and unique activities.
Not only will you get to feed carrots to zebras, rhinos and elephants right from the comfort of your own balcony…
You’ll even get to watch the rhinos and zebras graze together while you are dipping yourself in the pool.
You can dine with lions at the in-house Tsavo Lion Restaurant too!
From honeymoon to family-friendly getaways, this resort is suitable for all. Couples will enjoy the romantic atmosphere at the restaurant in the evenings, while thrill-seekers can quench their thirst for adventure at the night safari, where you can come into close contact with predatory animals.
On a similar vein, young children will love the petting zoo, informational performances and the vibrant Disney-esque Bali Agung show, which also features props that are completely handmade by the staff!
We’d love to say more, but you’ll have to make a personal trip there to experience the wonders of this place. This we’ll say – you won’t regret it.
Read our fun-filled experience at Mara Safari Lodge here!
Built by native Indonesians over 100 years ago, Bambu Indah will transform you city dwellers into real jungle men and women!
If you want to live the village life, these quirky themed houses may be what you’re looking for.
You can climb up to your own treehouse and swing over the natural pond!
Or enjoy a sunset cocktail on the Afrika deck, with a majestic view of the rice fields and distant mountains.
There are eight different themed houses, and each is more beautiful than the next – the pictures say it all. Deciding where to stay will be a blissful dilemma indeed!
The term Glamorous Camping perfectly defines the experience you will get when staying in one of these charming tents in Sandat.
Connect with nature without giving up the comfort and luxury of sophisticated furnishings – and of course, wifi.
Hardcore campers might frown at the concept, but hey, that’s how you ‘camp’ in style, isn’t it?
Do you love water? Is soaking in cool calm water your favourite pastime, and you wish you were born a mermaid?
If so, you’ll love this exotic water villa, one of the rare villas you’ll find in Bali that’s completely surrounded by water.
In fact, the first thing that greets you upon entering the villa is the pool!
You also get two huge comfy beanbags for nights when you just want to soak your feet in the water and admire the starry night sky.
Weekend markets, boutique shops and more!
Who says Bali is only about gorgeous scenery and food?
You’re missing out on the island’s hipster trends if you haven’t been to these photogenic weekend markets and boutique shops that sell everything from unique souvenirs to homeware to textiles!
17. Find whimsicality and romance at Love Anchor
Canggu is hipster enough and you know it.
If you walk along Jalan Batu Balong after the sun sets, you can’t miss this exciting Instagrammable market made up of a complex of restaurants, bars and shops, decorated with dreamy fairy lights and illuminated with a cheery vibe as the crowd pours in for their after-dinner drinks.
And on Sundays, the area is transformed into the most happening bazaar with pop-up stalls.
Here, you can find trendy and whimsical island fashion, accessories, homeware, dreamcatchers, trinkets and even old school artwork. And if you keep an eye out enough, you can even discover some hidden gems for your kids.
Or if you are here for a drink, don’t miss the daily Happy Hour!
One tip from us – although this is one of Canggu’s most photogenic markets, the shopping here may be a little overpriced, but it’s worth a look (and many snaps!) if you haven’t been to Bali’s weekend bazaars before!
18. Find quirky-cool homeware at Rose Avenue Bali
You don’t have to like floral prints and roses to want to visit Rose Avenue. Known for its rose-laden facade (and we’re talking about a wall full of red and pink roses), Rose Avenue offers beautiful homeware items from a pineapple shaped bottle opener to rattan swings.
So if you’re new in Bali and are shopping for home items, drop by this store and simply be stunned by everything.
Want to take a sweet Instagram selfie with a bed of roses as your backdrop? You’ll be able to do that if you visit Rose Avenue.
Another thing to note? Their paper bags have “Stop and smell the roses” written all over them. And why wouldn’t you? If you aren’t drawn by this unique facade, we don’t know what else will. Shopping will literally be a walk in the park.
If you think that pastel is the only color palette Rose Avenue has. You’re wrong. They have neon colors, as seen in their flamingo coat/towel hook – and in the apples, pineapples, and other tropical fruits that can be used as decorations or paper holders.
You can even get design inspiration through their dining table set-up, or pick through the different types of dinnerware, placemats, table cloths, and anything you fancy.
Even if you’re just looking for one eccentric piece, such as a rattan swing, or a bright pink chair that opens up like a flower – you’ll definitely be in the right place.
19. Find authentic art at Sukawati Art Market
When we were here, we were blown away by the sheer size of Sukawati Art Market.
Walking around Sukawati Art Market can be a little tricky in the sense that it may feel like a maze. But if you’re out to discover really unique things in the hidden shops off the alleys, then you’re in for a ride.
Here, you will find an extensive range of items. Handmade bags, wooden ethnic bowls, crockery, those popular comfortable batik pants, dresses, and insanely gorgeous shell items. (2-3 times cheaper than Ubud central)
Of course, if you’re on the hunt for some art to bring home, there are many shops with paintings available, and wooden sculptures too!
Be warned though, you will find plenty of similar paintings of the mass produced variety. However, if you do spend a little more time (and dedication) going through the shops and their paintings, you are bound to find something unique that will sit pretty in your home.
Tip: If you intend to explore the market fully, make sure to set at least half a day aside for this!
If you’re looking to spoil yourself silly, breakfast, lunch, or dinner with a view is a must.
From cliffside restaurants with dramatic crashing waves to exotic cave dining, you can find extraordinary restaurants with unforgettable views on the island. Let yourself be awestruck!
20. Order wood-fired pizza in paddy fields at Gong Jatiluwih Restaurant and Lounge
Dining should be a relaxing affair, and that’s exactly what you’ll get at Gong Jatiluwih Restaurant and Lounge. Overlooking lush, sweeping rice terraces, this laidback lunchtime reprieve is full of delicious options.
Stop by for a delicious customer favourite – wood-fired pizza! Thin, crispy, and oh-so-satisfying, this menu option is a popular choice among both foreign and domestic visitors, with international tourists coming back for more!
If pizza doesn’t tickle your fancy (or your tastebuds!), you still have multiple options if you choose the Balinese lunch buffet, which costs only Rp. 100,000 per person and is full of traditional Balinese favourites and regional dishes.
You can enjoy both Western and Balinese cuisine here, which makes it a great stopover for both adults and kids!
21. Gaze across countless candles on the river at Swept Away
Let’s bring it back to basics with this informal and fresh experience. A beautiful wooden deck by the riverside creates a relaxing and tranquil dining area at the heart of the Samaya Resort.
Feel your stresses melt away as the soothing babble of the river washes over you. The tall palms and lush vegetation will truly make it feel like you are in a world of your own.
Whether you visit for a cold beer or light lunch, you simply must try the Asian Tapas. These delicious little morsels set the scene for the rest of the tasty and adventurous menu.
Only as dusk falls will you realise how easily the day slips by as you relax in the cool river breeze. Time to leave? No way, order another cocktail and take a look at the dinner menu!
Swept Away comes alive in the evening with the 100-candle dinner service. The river transforms as 100 gently flickering candles are lit and create a truly special ambiance.
Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the decking and the comfortable lounge furniture. Swept Away serves a varied, ambitious and totally eclectic menu suitable for all tastes.
Sit back, unwind and let your worries get Swept Away.
Have you ever thought of dining in a cave at a secluded private beach?
You can do so at Samabe.
Hide from the world together with your loved one, and watch the sun set over the ocean from your secret cave hideaway – it’s an experience you’ll never forget.
Dedicated chefs and waiting staff will serve a stunning five-course set menu while you relax to the sound of the waves breaking on the shore.
Dinner includes specially created dishes such as a ‘Sweet Love Symphony’ – a combination of two secret recipes.
Perfect for two lovers sharing this special evening.
If we really can’t convince you on cave dining, the Samabe Bali Suites & Villas still boasts two fantastic restaurants.
Try the Crystal Blue Ocean Grill for a relaxed al fresco setting.
If pure luxury fine dining is what you want, Rempah Main Dining Room is perfect for you.
You would think with the immense popularity of Bali, everywhere on the island would have been discovered. Well, there are still two unexplored beaches where you can enjoy the peace and quiet of a private island!
23. White sands and lush cliffsides, live a waking dream at Nyang Nyang Beach
Care for a beach all to yourself? That’s Nyang Nyang for you!
The white pristine sands of the beach are lined by a towering green cliff, which keeps it away from prying eyes. If you are quite the explorer and looking for some solitude, this secluded beach in Southern Bali is perfect for a little adventure.
To get to the beach, you need to follow a dirt track close to Uluwatu Temple and keep a lookout for a sign saying “Nyang Nyang Surfing Beach”.
Next, you cross a field where you will find a drinks stall (the only one in the area as the beach is devoid of all shops and stalls also) before alighting the 500 flights of steps that finally open up to the beach.
So yes, getting there might be an adventure in itself, but we’d say it’s definitely worth the effort.
Especially with the parts of an abandoned vessel laying around the beach – perfect for a photo-op, or even a quaint little exploration.
And if you’re looking for more photo-ops, you definitely have to check out the secret wild garden by the beach – it’s blooming with a plethora of sunshine flowers that’ll provide an amazing backdrop with a cheerful pop of yellow!
24. Marvel at a beachside waterfall at Melasti Beach near Tanah Lot
Want more than just a regular sunset picture at the beach?
Along the sandy Melasti beach lies a hidden treasure – a waterfall.
Capture a shot from the shoreline of the sun setting as the water streams back into the ocean.
Now, your “once in a lifetime” picture is worthy to be used as your Facebook cover!
A 15-minute walk away from Tanah Lot, head over to the beach after visiting the Tanah Lot temple.
You’ll be safe from the crowd as Melasti Beach is one of Bali’s best kept secrets (until now).
Note: Take note not to mistake this Melasti beach with the one near Ungasan!
Chilling with a touch of artistry
Who says bars are only about drinks and chilling in a room? Just like anything in Bali, these creative bars will challenge your imagination.
25. Float on the sea at Puri Santrian Bar
If the stunning view of the sea from the beachfront Puri Santrian Bar by the Sea is not enough for you, you can try this:
Swim out to laze on a floating platform in the middle of the ocean, right after you’re done with your drink.
You’ll be the envy of all the other holidaymakers.
26. Get spooky if you dare… at Frankenstein’s Laboratory
Are you a horror junkie?
If so, you’ll love Frankenstein’s Laboratory, which not only has a unique theme but is also possibly the scariest bar in Bali.
The Lab is where you can get your cocktails (we mean strange concoctions served in beakers, test tubes, syringes and IV bags).
You can order off the menu, or if nothing suits your dark desires, you can even ask the mad scientists to cook something up for you.
Get some Monster Bites at the restaurant or be entertained by the Dancing Dead Cabaret, which consists of comely blood-splattered undead women, Dracula, and of course Frankenstein himself.
27. Swing about a bamboo playground at The Bamboo Bar
The Bamboo Bar is an entire work of art.
Designed by a Balinese architect, it’s built completely from bamboo – ingenious and environmentally friendly.
The best thing? The swing seats surrounding the bar – you can relax in these bamboo cradles while sipping a cocktail, sort of like an alcoholic baby.
Mocktails, thin crust pizzas and the strong wifi connection are other good reasons why you should come here.
Since the bar is on the beach, you can laze on the sun loungers too.
Or you can just take a tipsy walk on the beach, splash a bit in the sea, or swim if you are not too drunk!
Your vacation in Bali isn’t complete without that mandatory stay in a villa with jaw-dropping dramatic views of the island’s majestic scenery.
The latest find we’re obsessing over, Morabito Art Cliff is here with their very own version of Santorini.
Yes, there’s no need to pay a hefty price for a flight to Greece – all you have to do is head to Bali for a taste of Greece’s famed island!
Laze the day away in a jacuzzi tub facing the sapphire oceans by day, and by night enjoy the cool tropical ocean breeze in the LED-lit tub.
Great for couples who’re longing to truly get away, Morabito Art Cliff indulges your senses in every way.
And just so you know, they also have accommodation that transports you to Marseille (France), and more!
From every room at the Saranam Resort & Spa, you can wake up every morning to mesmerizing views of rice paddies and surrounding mountains.
As each room is equipped with its own balcony, the first thing you’ll see are lush, emerald-hued hillsides spreading out far and wide. These delectable mountain view rooms offer a classical touch of elegance, with a luxurious feel and rich colour schemes.
Located in mid-northern Bali, this stunning location provides cooler and more refreshing temperatures than the south. The hotel is nestled on a steep hillside, with a funicular to take guests up and down the incline.
If you’re feeling peckish, L’Altitude Restaurant provides sweet treats at their afternoon tea setup. You can also try Café Toya’s succulent selection of tapas, snacks, fresh juices, and special wellness diets.
Daily activities are not in short supply – the Royal Tulip is located less than than 10km away from unforgettable adventures such as the Bali Treetop Adventure and Ulun Danu Bratan Temple!
TripCanvas Tip: This hotel is currently undergoing major revamp, so some parts of the property might still be under construction. Please contact the hotel to check before you book to ensure that your room is far from the construction.
Whether you have kids, or are a child at heart, some of the best theme parks in Indonesia happen to be in Bali. So what will it be, a sun and water-soaked day at one of Asia’s most thrilling water parks, or a wild adventure with animals from around the globe?
Waterbom is a must-go for any Bali traveller who’s also a theme park fan. From extreme water slides like the snake-themed Constrictor to gentle lazy rivers, both the young and old can spend a fun day at this water park.
So what if theme park ride aren’t really your thing?
You can always sneak off for the park’s reflexology session, fish spa therapy, or go for a mani-pedi session.
This adventure will guarantee that you are the coolest parents around. With over 60 species of wild animals, exciting animal and cultural shows, and getting to stay up way past their bedtime – it’s every kids’ dream and you won’t be bored either.
If animal shows bore you, how about a night safari?
Once darkness descends, go on a guided walk around the park when most of the animals really come to life.
Watch the komodo dragons roam below you, visit the bat cave, and meet the owls and lemur in the Bali theatre. But the highlight of the night is the safari! You will be perfectly safe in a cage as you spend 20 minutes journeying through the African Savannah.
Top off the evening with a traditional Balinese fire-dancing show, and a delicious BBQ in the N’kuchiro Bar & Grill.
With this much excitement after bedtime, you are going to have some grumpy overtired little monkeys of your own the next day!
Read our fun-filled experience at Mara Safari Lodge here!
Dining in Bali is as unique as staying in a creative villa.
You might have had some local food and even seen a cultural dance, but at these themed restaurants, you’ll have the opportunity to experience entirely different worlds without leaving Bali!
32. Dine in an abandoned plane in the paddy fields at Keramas Aero Park
There are several abandoned places in Bali. And some of the most absurd of all are the abandoned planes.
And for this one, it’s found in the middle of the paddy fields. Can anything get more ridiculous than this?
Although we have no idea about the origins of the plane, the area is actually a restaurant and bar called ‘Keramas Aero Park’, located not far from the Keramas Beach, which has been regarded as “the next Kuta”.
If you notice that the color of the plane has changed, it’s due to reconstruction that had taken place before the restaurant officially opened its doors to customers. It was originally white with a budget airline logo when it was transferred to the area, while the blue one is the most recent.
33. Go Greek at the Slippery Stone Bali
Find yourselves in Greece when you visit Slippery Stone, a “Greek oasis” where patrons are welcomed to sit back and lounge in elegant Grecian comfort.
Its ethereal settings combine sculpted pillars reminiscent of old Greece, with a dash of greenery and modern comforts.
There’s even a garden ceiling that provides the perfect mix of ‘picnic under the setting sun’ – every nook and cranny of the restaurant screams picture perfect!
Moving on to the food, when in Greece, you can of course expect Greek cuisine! “Diverse and healthy”, enjoy an authentic taste of Greece as everything is homemade the traditional Greek way.
If there’s one thing we love about Greek food, it’s how the simplest of ingredients can come together to create unexpectedly amazing flavours that explode on your tastebuds. From olive oil and olives, to lamb, beef and cheese, and homegrown greens, only quality ingredients are used!
All you need to know is that at Slippery Stone, one can definitely expect a hearty and delicious dinner surrounded by the beauty of Greece.
PS: For the health/weight conscious, no butter or fat is used in the cooking, and all of the meats are trimmed, making them very low in fat!
PPS: Every Sunday, be entertained as you dine with belly dancers, fire dancers and drag queens performing live!
34. Find the gypsies at La Laguna
Update: La Laguna is currently closed for renovations until further notice.
On that eclectic note, you’ve gotta check out this newly opened cafe that’s a 10 minute drive away from Seminyak, in Canggu.
La Laguna is simply electric in its boheme decor and all around stunning backdrop. (Gypsy caravans, anyone?)
Set right in front of the beach with its sapphire waters and white sands, this cafe has a cool mixture of quirky and organic – with bright pops of coloured plush fabric mixed with textured wood furnishings.
It’s probably going to be the new ‘in’ place to get shots to meet your Instagram quota with beautifully quaint gypsy caravans available for you to explore and take photos with.
Apart from the look and feel of this amazing new cafe, the food here will satisfy the foodie in you too. Treat yourselves to a yummy La Laguna Breeze Cocktail, and satisfy your hunger with tapas from the tapas menu!
Lastly, there are peacocks roaming the area, so do be careful to stay safe around these beautiful wild birds.
Bali is now a melting pot of cultures with many international travellers who now call Bali their home. While you can eat diverse cuisines, admire international art, peruse cosmopolitan shops, don’t miss basking in the authentic and traditional Balinese culture!
35. Visit the oldest Hindu temple, Pura Lempuyang
As the oldest Hindu temple in Bali, Pura Luhur Lempuyang is an amazing pre-historic religious temple complex that shares similar significance to Pura Besakih – the largest, holiest and most important Hindu temple in the whole island.
Perched on top of Bisbis Hill or Mount Lempuyang at Karangasem, this Hindu temple stands out due to its succession of 7 ascending temples along the mountain side.
You will need to climb 1,700 steps to reach for the glorious views of valleys, a volcano, and the distant seas.
This epic combination and the temple itself will put you at a loss of words. With the perfect bird’s eye view – fire shots from your camera and we guarantee any angle will give you the same stunning results!
Perched high atop a 70-metre cliff, with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, the Uluwatu Temple is one of Bali’s best sea temples you can’t miss during your trip.
It’s one of the six key Balinese temples that help to ward off evil, but that’s not its winning point as a prime tourist destination.
Every day during sunset, crowds gather at the temple for a breathtaking view of the orange ocean reflecting the setting sun. And at that time, don’t forget to catch the Kecak dance performance at the temple.
One of Bali’s most popular traditional dances, the spectacular Kecak dance makes use of fire and dance to present riveting stories to the audience. Sometimes, the performer is in so deep a trance that he can even kick hot charcoal without scalding his feet!
37. Tap into your inner musician with Balinese Gamelan
Touted as the world’s biggest percussion orchestras, the Balinese Gamelan plays a huge part in the music and dance-centric Balinese culture.
A typical gamelan performance consists of bronze percussion instruments such as gongs and cymbals, and some varieties also include string instruments.
Gamelan orchestras are actually extremely common in Bali, and can be found in any village who can afford it – so you can watch it anywhere!
Performances are also held during traditional ceremonies, festivals, and at most hotels in order to cater to tourists.
So next time you’re driving through a Balinese village, be sure to drop by one of these music clubs’ rehearsals!
38. Witness the ceremony that honors gods of war at a Makare-kare Festival
If you happen to visit Candidasa in June, you should make sure to participate in a ceremony known as Mekare-kare.
Also known as Perang Pandan, it’s an annual theatrical fight amongst Balinese men to honor the God of War as well as their ancestors.
This tradition is unique to the village of Tenganan, and the event lasts a month long. During this period, all villagers will dress in traditional Tenganan clothing.
All males, from young to old, will participate in Mekare-kare by fighting with an opponent. Dressed in just a sarong, two men at a time fight on a central stage…armed with (surprisingly sharp-edged) Pandan leaves and straw shields.
The purpose of the ceremony is to draw blood from the opponent, so as to honor the God of War. As they fight, there will be a cacophony of sounds – the excited cheers of the other villagers, the native Gamelan music of the Tenganan village, and the grunts of the men fighting…
This match usually lasts less than a minute, and the next match continues until all the males in the village have participated.
Boys, if you’re feeling up for it, you can also participate. Otherwise, sitting amongst the villagers and cheering is also quite the experience!
After the ceremony, all the wounds are treated with traditional medicine – made from turmeric, ginger, coconut oil and other herbs – which the villagers believe to have powerful healing powers. (These Tenganese villagers have really preserved their ancient traditions well!)
During this festival, there is also a traditional ferris wheel made entirely out of wood for children to play with. If you have children, this would truly be an extraordinary experience for them. Afterall, how many of us can say we’ve sat on a handmade ferris wheel?
Making a visit to to the ancient village of Tenganan in June to experience one of the most exciting village customs will definitely be an enriching experience – as well as indelible memory that you will not be able to replicate elsewhere.
39. Cleanse yourself in the holy waters of Tirta Empul (water temple)
If you want to purify yourself, be renewed and refreshed, head to the prominent Tirta Empul. It’s rumoured that the temple was built around AD 960, which means it has been around since the age of the Balinese Kingdom till today.
Tirta Empul literally means “holy spring water” in Balinese, referring to the spring that supplies water to the many baths and pools throughout the complex.
There are firm rules that go along with self-cleansing (“melukat” in Balinese), so please ensure that you are aware of the proper rituals before you go. You can consult either your guide or ask a temple authority for instructions. Don’t worry though, many tourists enter the temple for this holy experience so you won’t be alone.
There are three types of cleaning. The first is cleansing oneself of evil spirits. The second is for good fortune, and the third is to purify and cleanse the body, and more importantly, the soul.
Have you heard about lost airplanes, abandoned amusement park, and an underwater temple?
Pack an adventurous spirit and lots of courage if you dare to venture out to these abandoned (and sometimes spooky) destinations in Bali!
39. Step into the land of the dead at Trunyan Village
Not easily spooked by ghost stories? Try testing the true extent of your courage at Bali’s very own island of the dead: Trunyan Island.
The people there don’t bury and cremate their dead, so if you’re brave enough to make a trip there, you’ll find skeletons from ages long past, staring straight at you with their eyeball-less eye sockets.
Interestingly, you won’t smell the stench of rotting bodies on this island, as the perfumed scent from a huge Taru Menyan tree masks it perfectly.
Do you have it in you to visit the land of the dead?
40. Spot an abandoned Boeing 737 in Kuta
Planes – huge ones – seem to be all the rage in Bali right now.
Earlier, we found one carefully wedged between houses in Kuta, and guess what? Turns out that’s not the only “abandoned” plane in the vicinity – there’s another one in South Kuta, near the idyllic Pandawa beach.
The two planes bear an uncanny similarity to each other – both have people claiming to be their owners, with plans to turn these gigantic flying contraptions into restaurants.
These planes have yet to come to fruition, though for now, the abandoned plane serves as a unique attraction for adventure-loving seekers, who would love to attempt walking on a wing without risking their necks.
41. Welcome to the eerie abandoned amusement park, Taman Festival
Taman Festival is a large amusement park in Sanur that was never completed.
Since the park – and its crocodile pit – was abandoned 14 years ago, it has literally crumbled, a sad reminder of an abandoned potential that was never realised.
Now, with shaky buildings threatening to fall at any moment, missing roofs and treacherous steps, locals refer to the old park as a “ghost town”.
But it’s not just about the possible wandering spirits that will leave your hair standing in fear.
Rumour has it that the crocodiles left in the park eventually resorted to cannibalism, so if you ever visit, do take special care to avoid the old crocodile pit and pools filled with polluted, black water.
The reptiles might have been removed many years ago, but it’s better safe than sorry, isn’t it?
42. Photograph a curious spectacle of the sunken house in Lake Batur
If you’re planning to go to Bali for your honeymoon, or simply want to have a romantic trip with your significant other, why not bring him/her to Lake Batur?
The crater lake, situated on the active volcano Mount Batur, not only has clear, reflective waters that you can gaze at for ages, but it’s also home to one of the best views in Bali.
And can you find the tiny house in the lake?
43. Dive and uncover Pemuteran’s underwater temple
Bali may be famous for its numerous cultural sites, but have you ever been to an underwater temple?
This temple in Pemuteran lies hidden under the sweeping waves of the sea.
Although it was initially constructed as part of an underwater conservation programme, it has become a popular attraction for diving enthusiasts.
Little sea critters have also set up their homes in the area, creating a beautiful harmony between man and nature.
How can you miss this view?
Let’s bring it back to the heart of Balinese cuisine. Satay or Babi Guling (suckling pig) anyone?
44. Indulge in royal treatment at Gabah Restaurant & Bar
We mean it literally. If you can’t be king, well, you can at least eat like one.Now that you’ve tried almost all there is to try about Bali’s local fare, there’s one last experience to be had – the Balinese royal feast.
While Gabah also serves up other yummy Indonesian dishes with in both modern and traditional styles, what you’ll really want to try is their Royal Kingdom menu. It features the best of traditional specialties from around the island of Bali!
You’ll get to feast on 22 signature dishes that the royal family eats on the first day of harvest season, including traditional Balinese soup, grilled chicken and fish satay.
And it’s not just eating – you’ll also be having the full experience of being a king/queen for a day.
Put on your Batik headdress, which will immediately elevate your sense of self-importance, and sit back as your dinner is served to you on an intricate platter – along with some traditional live music and dances to whet your appetite.
45. Relish Bali’s best Babi Guling at Selingsing Cepaka
Anyone who has been to Bali will know that Babi Guling is THE local dish that you have to sample. A whole pig is spiced and spit roasted for hours over a coal fire – this is pork at its best!
Babi Guling used to be reserved for ceremonies and special occasions, but nowadays most restaurants and warungs serve it too (although it often sells out by early afternoon).
Our quest for the best babi guling took us all over Bali, some was good, some was great but eventually we found the BEST!
This little warung is actually located in someone’s house, down an alley in Buduk. There are no signs to direct you, but the tempting smell of roasting pork will guide you in the right direction. It’s also only open from 2am to 9am in the morning.
Everything about the Babi Guling here is perfect. The skin is so crispy, the pork so tender, and servings are more than generous.
We recommend that everyone try Babi Guling at least once. If it sounds like just the thing to tickle your taste buds, then you should absolutely get up early for this splendid ‘secret’ meal – you wont regret it!
Are you in Bali for some time? Bored of the regular touristy things to do? Why not pick up some new and creative skills?
46. Take an eco-tour through bamboo homes and school at Green Village
Yes we know – all the villages in Bali are green with all those rice fields and tropical vegetation, but this one is super special.
The Green Village was designed in 2006 by jewellery designer John Hardy, and later finished by his daughter. The result? A collection of bespoke, luxury bamboo homes all seamlessly integrated into the Ayung Valley nature.
Can you imagine a spectacular mansion made from only bamboo? You have to see it to believe it.
Take a tour of the village to learn more about this amazing eco project. Visit the bamboo factory and see bamboo being harvested, treated and crafted into building materials and furniture.
The Green School is where you can turn your hand to model workshops, building and joinery classes, and so much more.
Got green fingers and would love to find out more gardening tips and tricks? Stop by the Kul Kul farm to learn the art of permaculture and sustainable farming.
If you are blown away by what the village has to offer, you can always look at staying in one of the beautiful houses. They are all available to rent for the week, so you can wake up in the village every morning.
47. Design silver jewellery like a Balinese silversmith at Studio Perak
Owned by Pak Ketut, this locally run jewelry business boasts the making of stunning, contemporary art pieces inspired by nature.
Constituting of silver as well as semi precious stones, you can be sure that these Balinese treasures are as fine as they get!
In addition to selecting a piece for you to take home from Ubud, this unique technique of Balinese Silversmithing is also generously passed on to all willing customers/students.
So relax and learn a new skill in an inspiring environment with the friendly professionals of Studio Perak.
Pod Chocolate Factory and Cafe was set up by Australian Toby Garritt, in pursuit of the way to create the best chocolate in the world. He’s slowly but surely approaching his goal, considering the raving reviews that his chocolates have received.
If you visit the factory, located within an elephant camp, you’ll be brought on a tour detailing how cocoa beans are harvested, and later made into chocolate. If you want to, you can even try making your own chocolate!
Three honey bears also currently live on the premises after being rescued from hunters.
Editor’s Note: TripCanvas is strongly against animal cruelty. One of our writers have visited Pod Chocolate Factory and Cafe personally and found that the honey bears were well-taken care of and were not in any form of distress. However, in nature, wild animals are not suitable to be kept in captivity. But releasing them back into the wild without any form of rehabilitation might cause more harm than good. If anyone is currently in contact with any organisations that are willing to help to rehabilitate the bear and provide better care, please kindly let us know. Thank you!
49. Learn to whip up Balinese cuisine at Bali Farm Cooking Class
Have you fallen in love with Balinese cuisine?
Join the morning cooking class and get a hands-on cooking experience! You will also visit the local farmer market and get an apron and a cooking book!
Vegetarian and vegan menus are available too.
50. Make Indonesian batik!
As you walk around in Bali, you may notice some of the locals wearing bright, beautifully-patterned sarongs and shirts. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this print, it’s called batik.
Known as an ancient art form for many Indonesians, batik is made with wax and plant-based dye. There are two ways to apply the wax to cotton to create a batik design.
One method entails draping cloth over a frame and subsequently drawing with a canting (a copper and often bamboo-handled spout). The canting is dipped in heated wax and applied to the material as you draw out the print you desire.
The alternative method utilizes a stamping tool which simplifies the batik-making process. With the cloth on a table, the copper stamper is submerged in hot wax and ironed onto the fabric. This way, the design may be repeated for other garments at a much more efficient speed.
There are a few places on the island that teach how to make batik. Widya Batik in Gianyar (which receives particularly good reviews from guests) and Batik Popiler in Denpasar are two options you can consider.
51. Scooting across the seabed? Go for a ride with Bali Underwater Scooter
Have you ever seen or heard of an underwater scooter?!
Before we stumbled on this, we definitely hadn’t heard of this ourselves. It looks super fun and looks almost like your personal one-man submarine.
Imagine you and your friends all on your underwater scooters floating over the sea beds… Now wouldn’t that make an interesting photo for Instagram!
The underwater scooter is perfect for those who want a good scuba diving experience that’s not as demanding (read: no certification, experience, or troublesome gear attached required) as when you actually scuba dive.
All you need to do is sit, and you’ll be able to breathe comfortably in your personal ‘head bubble’ that thankfully provides very clear visibility and distortion-free views! The underwater scooter travels at up to 2km/hour, and it can go down to 20m depth so you’re able to access the shallow reefs!
And just like a standard motorbike, simply turn the handlebars to go where you want to go, and easily press the buttons for more speed or depth.
For those who always wanted to scuba dive, but might’ve been scared off by the requirements – here’s your chance!
52. Soar through the sky and over the sea with Abyss Zipline in Ceningan Island Resort
There are so many thrilling words in the title. ‘Gliding’, ‘sea’, ‘zip line’, and ‘cliffs’. And you can experience those thrilling things through one activity: The Abyss Zipline.
Photo Via Linafossaa