Planning a trip to Bali? Check out these 25 fun things to do in Bali for a once-in-a-lifetime unforgettable experience!
1. Eat your catch at Warung d’Dangin
If you and your partner love fishing, eating them or both, then let the chefs at Warung d’Dangin cook it into a delicious meal for you. Dine at Warung d’Dangin fish pond and a “lesehan” restaurant located in the city of Badung.
“Lesehan” is a Balinese term that defines a way of dining. It means eating on a low dining table while sitting on the floor. A Lesehan restaurant is a perfect place for you and your partner to relax, fish and eat the very fish you catch at the pond.
2. Become a master chef! – Take the Payuk Bali Cooking Class
This is different experience than the Warung d’Dangin. Take the Payuk Bali cooking classes to learn how to cook mouth-watering Balinese food together. To take the classes, you’ll have to travel to Laplapan Village from Ubud in a bemo (minibus) or a taxi. Laplapan is just 3km North of Ubud.
The class costs 60$ per couple. After shopping for grocery in the traditional market, Chef Ketut will take you to his home compound to teach you how to create several yummy Balinese appetisers and main dishes.
You can also learn how to prepare food commonly prepared at traditional ceremonies, or experience the traditional way to grinding spices in a stone cooking mortar and pestle called “ngulek”!
3. Take couple photos in Balinese royal wedding costumes
If you are fond of taking photos or selfies, then you will surely enjoy this fun, yet unique activities. Deck up into traditional Balinese royal wedding costumes. From the make-up, costumes to the poses and photo-taking session by a professional staff and photographer.
After the photography, you can have a back-up in a CD and take it home. It will be a great memory to remind you of your romantic date in Bali. You can find such photo studios all around Bali. You can also contact a tour agency for costume photo tour.
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4. Make a wish at the Giant Banyan Tree
A wishing tree in the village of Gesing, in northern Bali is certainly a place where you’d like to bring your spouse. This incredible tree is supposed to be 700 years old and 85-metres tall. Explore and walk around the maze of roots of this giant Banyan tree. You can also climb the twining roots if you are seeking adventure.
Did you know that the Balinese believe that the banyan tree is a home of spirits, and legend has it that locals used to hide in the tree during the Dutch occupation. The giant tree is located in the Gessing village, which is just 5 kms away from Munduk.
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5. Take a beautiful horseback ride in Tegalalang
Embrace the gorgeous landscape around Tegalalang village by embarking on a private horseback ride. Since this is for beginners, you don’t need to know horse riding. Quietly enjoy the simple and beautiful setting of the village and trot along paddy fields, palm trees and patches of bamboo forests.
You’ll begin from a traditional Balinese house and ride to Tegalalang Village, crossing bamboo forest, calm rivers, and lush rice fields. Visitors can make a pit stop at one of Tegalalang, Pura Dalem, or spend some time exploring the centre of Ubud.
6. The Goa-Gala-Gala – the famous underground house
This house has its inspiration from Indian epic Mahabharata. The owner of the house Made Byasa was inspired by one of the chapters in the epic in which the Pandavas hide in a cave to escape persecution by the Kauravas. This inspiration soon became an obsession, and in 1976 this underground house became a reality.
Situated on the Nusa Lembongan Island, the ‘Goa Gala-Gala’ is an underground house made of limestone and is labyrinthine featuring connected chambers. The house is located in Lembongan village on West Nusa Lembongan Island and has a kitchen, bedrooms and a living room.
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7. Village of The deaf
Located in the district of Kubutambahan, Buleleng regency, north Bali is the Bengkala village. It is not just another village on the island. This village is popularly known as the ‘village of the deaf’ because more than 2% of its population are congenitally deaf.
This high incidence of deafness spans over seven generations, because of which people here have their own sign language known as ‘kata kolok’. The villagers here also have their own form of performing arts, ranging from deaf dances to martial art. All the people here pray to the deaf god.
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8. Watch the magical Devdan Show
A theatrical tribute to Indonesia, the Devdan Show is full of quirky activities that will keep you entertained. Partly designed by stage and artistic director of Cirque du Soleil, the Devdan Show offers a dance with a twist.
During this 90-minute show, the modern and traditional elements combine to form a tribute to Indonesia. It has everything ranging from fire to colourful kites. The best part of this show is that the performers communicate their stories on the stage through physical signs.
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9. Visit Pod Chocolate Factory and Cafe
We’ve all grown up watching the famous Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory. In Bali, you’ll find something similar: Pod Chocolate Factory and Café! Set up by Australian Toby Garritt, the café is set within an elephant camp.
Visitors come here to taste some of the best chocolates in the world, and as crazy as it may sound, get a hug from honey bears. There are three rescued bears that live on the premises. The tour of the place costs only $10, and you’ll get a tour showcasing how cocoa beans are harvested and turned into chocolates.
You can also try making your very own chocolates!
10. Enjoy the biggest percussion orchestras in the world
Balinese Gamelan is the world’s biggest percussion orchestras and is the backbone of the Balinese culture. The performance comprises a variety of string instruments along with bronze percussion instruments like gongs and cymbals.
This performance is available everywhere in Bali as it is extremely common. Gamelan performances are also held during traditional ceremonies, festivals, and even at hotels!
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11. Become a Balinese farmer for a day in Tabanan
This is a truly unique activity in Bali and it explains the immense effort that goes behind harvesting rice. Become a rice farmer for a day in Tabanan. Enjoy a complete farmer experience: from a scenic meal in the rice farm, planting seeds to transplanting little shoots.
After all the toil, enjoy the traditional Balinese bathing ritual and sit back for a relaxing massage.
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12. Take a walk in the sea
We’ve all heard about moonwalking, but how about taking a walk in the sea, and that too, without oxygen cylinder? This unusual activity is possible in Bali! Take a Seawalker helmet and walk on the seabed to explore the ocean life like a resident.
It is a wonderful alternative to diving where you won’t have to carry those heavy equipment. And the best part, the water doesn’t even touch your hair, so there is not a single chance of getting flattened hair once you are out of the sea!
13. Create your own jewellery at Studio Perak
If you or your partner love jewellery then this place is for you. Studio Perak is a locally run jewellery store owned by Pak Ketut. It is known for making amazing, contemporary art pieces inspired by nature.
The jewellery here is created with silver and semi-precious stones. Learn how to create jewellery inspired by environment and nature around. The staff is friendly and you can take home some fine pieces to take home as a souvenir.
Make your very own scent at L’atelier Parfums et Creations
Indonesia is a common name when it comes to perfumes, with high-end brands such as Yves Saint Laurent using Indonesian essences in their perfumes. If you want to make your own customized perfumes because you think some perfumes are too flowery, woody or buttery, then L’atelier Parfums et Creations can help.
L’atelier Parfums et Creations provides a 90-minute and 3-hour workshop to teach perfume lovers how to create scents according to their own taste. They also provide a 30ml bottle of your own perfume and a diploma.
While you might still not be Versace or Gucci of the world, but this workshop will make you feel a step closer to becoming a superstar.
15. Be a saviour: Adopt a turtle family
Fancy being a Dad or Mom to a baby turtle?
Head down to the Turtle Conservation and Education Centre in Pulau Serangan, where it’s possible for you to “adopt” a baby turtle before setting it free back into the sea.
Not only is it a pretty romantic thing to do with your partner, it also helps to save the lives of the baby turtles, who may become territorial as they grow up and end up attacking each other.
This initiative aims to combat plummeting turtle numbers and is now an extremely popular activity amongst tourists.
Turtle adoption is also available at the Gili Meno Turtle Sanctuary, on the neighbouring island of Gili Meno, so if your first turtle-freeing experience was memorable for you, why not do it again?
16. Sink into the deep: Ride a submarine
Even if you’re not an outdoors person and walking amongst fish isn’t really your cup of tea, surely you can’t refuse the idea of observing them from the absolute safety of a ship.
Better yet, in a submarine.
While riding a submarine used to be a pipe dream for normal folks (unless you’re in the Navy), it’s now possible to enjoy underwater life from within the Odyssey, an air-conditioned submarine that can take as many as 36 people to a depth as great as 150 feet.
The submarine will take you on a 45-minute trip, setting off from Amuk Bay and diving into the colourful world of coral reefs and underwater life.
Now you’ll be able to have your cake and eat it too – enjoying the life of a sporty kid without having to give up on your comfort.
17. Learn about seaweed farming: Nusa Lembongan or Geger Beach (Nusa Dua)
Before kimchi, there was seaweed. Haven’t you wondered about the origins of your favourite Tao Kae Noi seaweed snack?
If you decide to go for a bike ride in Lembongan, be sure to look out for the seaweed farm, where you can observe the rare sight of the local farmers caring for their crops and heaps and heaps of seaweed laid out to dry. You’ll even get to take a boat ride through the mangroves into the seaweed farm itself!
The awesome taste of freshly harvested seaweed certainly can’t be found anywhere else.
Although Nusa Lembongan houses the largest seaweed farm in Bali, if you want to stay on the main island and get a taste seaweed farming as well, you can head on to Nusa Dua’s Geger Beach, a hidden beach paradise in Bali.
18. Get into a mud fight: Mepantigan Balinese Mud Games
Craving for some mud fights? And no, this isn’t just for kids!
Mepantigan is one of the Balinese cultural games you can play in the rice fields, and get very dirty and muddy.
Other traditional local games you can enjoy include Eel/frog Catching, Mud Horse Riding, Love and kiss duck, Mud Tug of War, Mud Pillow Fight, Kecak Body Painting, Mud Gamelan and dance, and Massage in the mud.
19. Sign up for laughing yoga
In Bali, where spirituality is as prominent as culture and breath-taking scenery, yoga sessions are one of the most indulged activities. Zen-searchers can find many yoga studios with different concepts all over the island.
But perhaps the most interesting (and entertaining) yoga session is the laughing yoga. Laughing yoga at the Ambar Ashram is exactly what it sounds. Participants will do yoga and laugh—two of the most healing and relaxing things. Join locals and foreigners as they giggle on their yoga mat and go home more refreshed than ever.
Ambar Ashram, Nyuh Bojong No. 5, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
20. Learn to make batik
Batik is Indonesia’s original cloth-decorating technique which produces sophisticated patterns of dots, lines, and other objects. Different locals have different ways to batik, therefore creating varying results and patterns. It has a long history and has been a part of Indonesia’s culture for centuries.
Batik has even made its way onto international fashion runways. Luckily for visitors, Bali has many batik courses to join, where tourists can learn the history, techniques and philosophy behind the textile style. One to try is Widya’s Batik Studio.
21. Visit a traditional healer
Balinese traditional healers may only have gained popularity among tourists after the late Ketut Liyer’s appearance in the movie Eat, Pray, Love, but locals have been counting on traditional healers for centuries.
The Ubud area in Bali is home to many experienced traditional healers known as Balians. Although Liyer passed away in 2016, Wayan Nuriasih—also portrayed in the movie—is still an active healer in Ubud. Most Balians offer both physical and spiritual health consultations, on to try is Balinese Traditional Healing.
22. Surfing in Kuta
Kuta beach is the best place to surf whether you’re an expert or have just fancied your chances at it. Kuta beach is one of the most popular beaches in Bali and is known for its gentle waves and pristine water.
The beach has a rolling surf that is devoid of any sharp reefs. Tourists can rent a surfing board or a body board and can even register for surfing lessons. The Kuta beach is frequented by tourists and locals alike for the picturesque sunset and to have a gala time with some chilled beer.
23. Visit Ulun Danu Temple
Located on the edge of Baratan Lake, Ulun Danu Temple is in Bedugul. The temple is dedicated to the goddess of the lake and is one of the most serene places in Bali. This beautiful building is home to different shrines each one dedicated to a different god. Do look out for some of the ornate architectural touches such as the meticulously carved gates.
24. Visit Treetop Adventure Park
If you are fond of adventure rides, then head straight to Bali Treetop Adventure Park. The park is located amid lush forests and is the perfect place to be with family or friends. Treetop Adventure Park has various rides for children as young as 4 years old as well as different circuits that are situated high up in the trees.
There are nets, swings and flying foxes at the park so that you fly through the air and take a spellbinding view of over the forest and its canopy.
25. Strap On a Jetpack
Tanjung Benoa is a popular water sport destination in Bali. It offers a range of activities, including the exciting water jetpack. Strap on the jet to fly up into the sky to a height of as much as 10 meters. The jetpack session usually lasts around 20 minutes.
One of the highlights of the jet packing is an opportunity to view the beauty of Bali from the air. Don’t be afraid if you are a first timer. There are dedicated instructors who will teach to how to fly in a safe and controlled environment.
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