Top 7 Things to Do in Bali

Rachita Verma

Last updated: Apr 3, 2017

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Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, a water temple situated on the banks of river Bratan


Surfing at Kuta and Legian beaches


Handicrafts, wooden frames, and jewellery at Nusa Dua Beach


Tanah Lot Temple is famed for its unique offshore setting and sunset backdrops
Trek to Mount Batur for the gorgeous views overlooking Batur lake


One of the most expensive Balinese coffees, Kopi Luwak is made from seeds of coffee berries defecated by Asian Palm Civets

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Any vacation that you remember for years includes one thing – new experiences. Be it a new adventure or a unique dish, events like these make the best memories. And when you’re in a place like Bali, here are the seven experiences that you simply cannot miss out on!

1. Sunrise Trek at Mount Batur

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Enjoy breakfast atop an active volcano!


An early morning trek to capture the sunrise from an active volcano, who wouldn’t want an adventure like that? Yes, the active volcano is Mount Batur itself! You can follow the rim of the volcano to explore the craters, pass by steam fissures, and have breakfast atop the mountain. The ascent of about two hours gives you enough opportunities to click beautiful pictures along the way. Post the trek, you can head to one of the nearby restaurants and enjoy a meal with a view encompassing the volcano and the majestic Lake Batur, a few hours’ drive from Ubud.

2. Balinese Cooking Class

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Learn to cook some mouth-watering Balinese delicacies


As a fellow foodie, I would highly recommend the cooking class, having tried it for the first time a few months ago on my Bali vacation. The hotel arranges this and the class starts with a morning visit to the local market with the chef. It is amazing - warm smiles everywhere, fresh local produce and Balinese food lessons. After coming back to the resort, you’ll get a chance to make dishes like Nasi Goreng (Indonesian mixed rice), Satay etc. The icing on the cake (besides eating the fabulous spread of course), is the certificate and the recipes to make your own treats back home!

3. Nightlife at Kuta

The Kuta BeachWalk area, famous for multi-brand boutiques to shop in during the day, is transformed into a party destination at night. Popular with tourists and locals alike, the BeachWalk offers a plethora of dining and clubbing options. You can also head to high-end hotels like Harris Resort Kuta Beach, Samabe Bali Suites and Villas. The best part, though, is that it’s safe to party here till the wee hours of the morning! Whether you’re alone or with your friends, a night out in Kuta is guaranteed to be one of the high notes of your Bali vacation.

4. Kecak Dance at Sunset

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Enjoy traditional Kecak dance followed by a dinner by the ocean


Seeing the story of Ramayana unfold in the form of a Balinese dance is a unique cultural experience. The setting is perfect – an amphitheatre overlooking the ocean and Uluwatu Temple on a cliff. Everyone who attends the Kecak and Fire Dance is handed a sheet with a scene by scene summary prior to the performance. As the sun sets in the backdrop, the men start chanting and keep you captivated through the dance. After the performance, you can head to the nearby Jimbaran Beach and have dinner by the ocean!

5. Bali Hai Cruise

There are few things better than setting sail on a cruise to an unknown island. Although the day cruise from Nusa Dua, which includes water sports, is an amazing experience, the sunset dinner cruise is equally good. One of the top things to do in Bali, a barbecue lunch at Lembongan Island with activities like banana boat ride and snorkelling will cost you around 100 USD.

6. Shopping at Bali Collection, Nusa Dua

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Handicrafts, wooden frames, jewellery, the shopping complexes at Nusa Dua Beach are a treasure trove of fine arts


Three massive entertainment complexes off the Nusa Dua Beach, Bali Collection is perfect for shopaholics and those keen on purchasing traditional handicrafts like paintings, wooden frames, silver jewellery, Batik print clothes, kitchen items made from shells, bamboo etc. The shopping complex is a treasure trove of fine art and offers international brands too. It takes a day to cover the area, provided you don’t end up shopping from every store!

7. Experience the Unique Luwak Coffee

One of the most expensive coffees in the world, Kopi Luwak is a Balinese drink made from…wait for it…seeds of coffee berries defecated by cats known as Asian palm civets. It may be a strange concept to few, but the coffee is worth trying! Head to one of the coffee plantation in the volcanic highlands, Ubud and enjoy tasting sessions that include flavours including Gensing Coffee, Bali Cocoa and Rosella Tea.

Photo Credit:

Kecak Dance: muhd rushdi samsudin/Wikimedia Commons

Bali Cooking Class: Everett Harper/Wikimedia Commons

Also read:

Bali Travel Guide - MakeMyTrip

Things to Do in Bali - Lonely Planet

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