Top 10 Places and Activities in Bali

The popular vacation island of Bali combines many attractions in a small area. Whether it’s beautiful beaches, breathtaking temples, lush rice fields, or even active volcanoes – Bali has something to offer of everything. Combined with the subtropical climate, you can really talk about a paradisiacal place. We have selected for you 10 places and activities that will make your stay in Bali unforgettable.

1. Kelingking Beach

Kelingking Beach is one of the absolute highlights of Nusa Penida, Bali, and probably one of the most beautiful places in the world. You will have an unforgettable view of the dream beach. Kelingking Beach is very popular with tourists and is therefore often shared on Instagram. It is recommended to arrive early so as not to be overwhelmed by the crowds and the heat. Kelingking Beach is located in the west of Nusa Penida Island. A tour to Kelingking Beach can be combined with Broken Beach, Angels Billabong, and Crystal Bay. A tour to Kelingking Beach is an absolute highlight and will remain in your memory forever. This place belongs to the absolute must-see on this planet.

2. Canggu Beach

Another must-visit place is Canggu Beach. Which is known for its 8 km of golden sand and is often called one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Despite its popularity, it does not feel crowded and still retains much of its rural charm. Popular pastimes include swimming and surfing. At sunset with breathtaking views, there are several places on the beach where you can have a drink and enjoy the sound of the waves.

3. Uluwatu Cliff

In the deep southern tip of Bali, the limestone cliff drops go straight down into the ocean. Uluwatu Cliff, officially named Karan Boma Cliff has a height of 70 meters! The sunset from this location is one of the things you must see in Bali.

4. Surfing in Bali

Surfing, an activitie that cannot be missing in such a tropical place. Bali is surfing. Whether you are an advanced surfer or a beginner, Bali has plenty of surf spots. Uluwatu or Canggu are more for experienced surfers. Whereas Kuta is especially suitable for beginners. You can rent surfboards and find instructors almost everywhere. So, let’s go surfing!

5. Tegalalang Rice Terraces

The cultivation of rice has an extremely long tradition in Bali. Rice serves primarily as a staple food and secures the livelihood of many Balinese. There are numerous rice farmers who have been cultivating rice for several generations through extremely strenuous and time-consuming work. It is not surprising that the landscape is dominated by rice terraces. Almost a quarter of the entire island is cultivated with rice. Particularly beautiful rice terraces are the Tegalalang rice terraces. They are located in the north of the capital Ubud.

6. Sekumpul Waterfalls

Away from all other tourist attractions lies the Sekumpul waterfall: a real paradisiacal oasis! It takes about 40 minutes hike down to the foot of the waterfall. When the sun shines, rainbows can be seen at the foot of this mighty waterfall. Truly a Paradise for every Tourist and worth a visit.

7. Monkey Forest in Ubud


When talking about the Monkey Forest in Bali you probably mean the best-known Monkey Forest in Bali, the Ubud Monkey Forest. Here the Javanese monkeys, also known as long-tailed macaques, are at home in a forest area of over 12 hectares. The Monkey Forest Ubud sees itself as a sacred cities with an educational mission to promote the coexistence of man and nature in harmony. More than 10,000 visitors come to this Balinese monkey forest every month. Despite the high number of visitors, travelers find themselves here in a fantastically relaxed and natural environment. You have the chance to walk through the magical forest and watch the monkeys. And even sometimes get a glimpse of the holy processions of religious locals.

8. Ubud Palace

The centerpiece and most important place in the city of Ubud is the Ubud Palace. This dates back to the 1800s and had to be rebuilt by the local Royal Family after an earthquake in 1917.  The complex includes the palace as well as beautiful gardens and ornate architectural elements. You can explore the palace during the day or wait until the sun has set to venture here. In the evenings, the palace comes alive with dance performances that are perfect if you want to catch some of the culture in a beautiful historic setting.

9. Ulun Danu Tempel

Temples are also part of Bali’s diverse attractions. there are many beautiful and massive temples on the island, but the Ulun Danu temple is one of the most beautiful. The temple is located on the edge of Baratan Lake in Bedugul, Bali. This pretty building is dedicated to the goddess of the lake and is one of the most peaceful and serene places on the island. Be sure to check out the various shrines, each dedicated to a different deity, and pay attention to the ornate architectural details such as the intricately carved gates.

10. Gunung Batur Vulcano

The Indonesian Island of Bali offers not only beaches and temples, but also volcanoes. Gunung Batur is one of the two volcanoes in the east of Bali. It is still active and from time to time spews a little smoke and ash. It is particularly popular with visitors to the island, because climbing the mountain at sunrise is a special experience.

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