Indonesia is a big place with over 17,000 islands, and within that is the small island of Bali. Bali literally has it all from golden beaches to ancient temples; pristine waterfalls to active volcanoes, all jam packed into an island of awesomeness!

There are so many amazing ideas for things to do on a vacation to Bali, that you’ll be forgiven for not knowing where to start on your holiday. Luckily we’ve narrowed it down to help you find the absolute best things to do in Bali.

Things To Do In Bali

So stop what you are doing? Quit your job and get on that next plane to Indonesia!

Things To Do In Bali

1) Balangan Beach

Balangan Beach is renowned for being Bali’s most picturesque beach with one of the most jaw-dropping seascapes in Indonesia.

If you love to surf, this is the place to be! Surfing here is all year round with a constant swell making it ideal to spend your day planked on a comfortable beach side lounge or getting out and amongst it with surfers from all around the world.

If surfing isn’t your thing, be sure to try out a well-deserved massage at one of the local resorts.

2) Tanah Lot Temple

Located only 20 kilometres from Denpasar, Tanah Lot Temple is situated on a rock formation off Tabanan’s coastline making it a stunning location not just for a the epic sunsets which can be seen but the unique experience to learn about Balinese mythology and Hinduism revolving around Tanah Lot.

Over the years, Tanah Lot has been subject to weathering from the surrounding ocean where restorations have proved successful meaning visits to the ancient temple are a must!

60,000 rupiah (4.50 USD) entry fee to the temple is money well spent and a visit worth taking!

3) Uluwatu Temple

One can never get enough of temples perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the bluest ocean imaginable! Uluwatu Temple sits 70 metres above the sea and it is truly one of Bali’s must visits!

Uluwatu Temple is thought to be constructed in the 10th century and despite its precarious location, the temple is away from the hustle and bustle of Kuta making it a place to chill out and take the time to listen to the crystal clear wave’s crash below.

There’s pretty much a guarantee you will come across a group of monkeys (believed to protect the temple from bad influences) on your visit to the temple.

4) Tegallalang Rice Terrace

No visit to Bali is ever completed without witnessing the awe of Tegallalang Rice Terraces surrounded by a lush forest of palm trees.

Rice cultivation is Bali’s biggest agriculture sector where terraces are built into the hills in order to grow the rice and harvest with ease. Though there are many rice terraces within Bali, Tegallalang tops the lot for that epic photo opportunity and maybe a fresh coconut from one of the friendly local’s after the day’s adventure.

Keep an eye out for Garuda (Balinese mythical creature) as they are often carved out of natural elements within the town of Pakudui if you feel like venturing north of the amazing terraces.

Things To Do In Bali

5) Ubud Monkey Forest

Ubud Monkey Forest is located only 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of Ubud to a place where you can experience macaques in their natural habitat with a gorgeous backdrop of moss-covered temples.

This facility is known for its conservation efforts and the study of the macaques so just remember these guys are wild and will bite!

Monkeys at Ubud Monkey Forest are quite the cheeky monkeys you will find around Bali to which they will be interested in what jewellery you are wearing to jumping from tree to tree or simply lounging around feeding on bananas.

Things To Do In Bali

6) Mount Batur and Kintamani Volcano

Nothing is more of a hotter attraction in Bali than Kintamani Volcano!

Situated 2.5 hours’ drive north of Denpasar, Mount Batur provides an opportunity to put on your hiking boots and have your camera at the ready because the panoramas are just out of this world! Mount Batur rises some 1,717 metres above the sea and is considered as an active volcano!

From the town of Penelokan, a mix of colours becomes visible from recent volcanic activity to give you a unique transition of worlds from the volcanoes caldera to the gorgeous rainforests at the volcanoes slopes.

Things To Do In Bali

7) Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave)

Bali is all about spirituality and relaxation where Goa Gajah sets back to the 9th century built primarily for meditation purposes.

Unfortunately you won’t find any elephants here instead you will come across a cave entrance carved into the face of a demon once entered, the symbol of the Hindu god Shiva appears within the t-shaped cave.

From Goa Gajah, rice terraces of nearby Sungai Petanu reveal a series of weathering stupas of Buddhist belonging.

8) Lovina

Far from the crazy life of Denpasar, Lovina is the place you want to go to indulge in 12 kilometres of pristine beaches and cheap resort style accommodation.

Tourism in Lovina revolves around all things sand and sea with snorkelling becoming a major must or why not go for boat cruise to watch pods of dolphins play during one of Bali’s must see sunsets.

West of Lovina is Singaraja and Bali’s second largest city but don’t let that put you off your visit as the beach lifestyle continues to draw in those keen on a sun tan.

Things To Do In Bali

9) Besakih Temple

Perched on the slopes of Mount Agung, Besakih Temple consists of a staggering 86 temples in a place that is considered as the most holy of places in Bali to which is surrounded by rice terraces, old villages and Bali’s famous mountains.

The one temple you must visit is Pura Penataran Agung which contains how the Hindus perceive the 7 layers of the universe.

Given the large nature of Besakih Temple and its popularity with tourists is advised to visit the temple as soon as it opens giving you the chance to walk around the temple with peace of mind.

Things To Do In Bali

10) Sekumpul Waterfall

I never liked that song “don’t go chasing waterfalls” because Sekumpul Waterfall is one of Bali’s hidden gems and something worth chasing!

Sekumpul Waterfall (80 metres) almost looks to appear straight from the canopy of the rainforest above where both streams of water converge to create a paradise for those seeking the ultimate waterfall picture.

From the nearest town, a three hour hike is the only option in getting to Sekumpul which is certainly worth the sweaty effort because the water temperature is just perfect all year round.