There’s no shortage of incredible things to do in Bali, with its amazing array of attractions and activities. For a complete perspective of the island, talk to your hotel tour desk and arrange a Bemo (a car and driver) to show you this beautiful place in its entirety, including some of the lesser known spots loved by locals! Or alternatively you can do it on your own, there are plenty of other transport options around. Regardless of how you choose to explore this magical destination, here’s our top five things to do in Bali:
Despite being a small area, Bali’s local cuisine boasts an unbelievable depth in variety and flavour – not to mention being home to some of the best chefs in the world. You can’t miss heading over to Jimbaran Bay where the local seafood markets are loaded with exotic and mouth-watering delicacies. For that real ocean to plate experience, buying some seafood and dining on the beach is unbeatable. But if that’s not your thing, check out Sundara, where you’ll enjoy incredible customised dining.
Another awesome culinary experience is the Aussie owned and operated, Bali Food Safari. Let your taste buds celebrate Balinese culture as you visit a selection of purpose chosen mystery restaurants, making your night an adventure through a three or four course meal. With transport included, this is a truly unique and incredible way of exploring Bali’s local food offerings.
Seminyak beach at the end of Jalan Dhyana Pura hosts a tonne of bars and cocktail lounges. Whether you’re into an upbeat vibe, or just want to sit back and watch the sun set across paradise’s horizon, there are plenty of spots to do it all. With some of the more relaxed bars letting you lounge out on bean bags on the sand, starting the night or ending the day with a cold drink here is an experience in itself.
Shopping in Bali is a retail adventure unlike any other. For the local flare, take your time and stroll through the numerous village markets where you’ll find anything from plates and cook-ware through to traditional clothing items. For a more contemporary vibe, make your way over to Oberoi Street where the newly constructed Seminyak Village is rife with gorgeous boutiques and brand carrying shops. There’s also the local flea market in the same area which offers an extensive variety of unique items perfect for souvenirs.
Once you’ve seen all that’s on offer at Oberoi Street, hire a Bemo for the day and head over to Ubud for a wander around Monkey Forest Road. Just a casual stroll through this area will show you an impressive variety of shops, art galleries, boutique stores and spots to eat!
Bali is home to many day spas, with each providing the services of massage therapists to melt away any stress your body may have. We’d recommend treating yourself to an experience in truly relaxing luxury at Bodyworks in Seminyak. It’s been around for more than 20 years and is guaranteed to leave you feeling truly peaceful and stress-free.
Explore: Wherever you’re staying, take a long walk and explore the local areas at your own pace. If you’re staying in Kuta, Legian or Seminyak, it’s a simple case of wandering out your hotel’s front doors to find a myriad of local flavours, sounds and experiences. Look through shops, stop by a local warung (restaurant/bar) for authentic food or get yourself a drink and enjoy a chat with some friendly locals.
However, while it’s incredibly easy to find your own highlights, we’d say that Bali’s Echo Beach is something you can’t miss. Do yourself a favour and catch a taxi to this well-known surf spot – just make sure you tell him to come back because finding a cab home can be a little tricky! Once there, enjoy watching Echo Beach’s wave riders carve the ocean over some lunch and a Bintang. Or if you’re up for hitting the surf yourself, there are plenty of places to rent or buy surfboards.
If the surf scene isn’t your thing, then there’s no better option than signing up for a local-led day tour. From action packed tours like white-water rafting or mountain biking, right through to a chilled out cruise with Bali Hai to visit a nearby island, there’s options for everyone.
If you’ve done all these things and still need ideas or holiday booking options, just get in touch with us. We’d love to show you and your family the Bali holiday of a lifetime!