Bali is a beautiful place to be when visiting Indonesia. The beautiful beaches with white sand make it feel like a paradise. If you are planning to visit here, be ready for different excursions, tours and activities. From the great dives on the coral ridges, or the amazing Second World War ship wreck to the artistic dances in different Bali villages. Each day is full of exciting things to do when in this city. Bali has something for every visitor and below a list narrowed down to the 10 best Bali activities, tours and excursions.
Taman Ayun, Tanah Lot and the Monkey Forest
Bali has an amazing cultural heritage that you can discover through day time tours. The Pura Taman Ayun gardens are the home to the complex ancient temple. The temple has a beautiful compound with lush gardens, stunningly renovated structures and magical water features. You will be blown away by the serenity of this water temple with the tiered shrines and beautifully lotus dotted pools. You can also watch the ever excited primates at Kedaton Monkey Forest. The gray macaques hop from one tree to another swinging swiftly and are always welcoming.
The sunset beauty is magnificent and you can view it at the Tanah Lot, which is a temple on a rock in the middle of the sea. It’s a pilgrimage site and during the day, you enjoy watching waves crashing around it.
Cultural Heritage exploration
Choose one day and spend it exploring Bali‘s cultural heritage and unique natural scenic surroundings. Visit the Blahbatuh traditional village and enjoy mingling with friendly locals. You will be surprised by the villagers’ gong-smith skills and their Balinese gamelan traditional orchestra.
The archeological museum exhibits the heritage, art and culture of Bali people. This is where you also get to see where the royal family’s coffins.
From there, go to Sri Batu village and participate in the walking tours. You can enjoy a fresh breeze full of vanilla, coffee, spices and fruits fragrance. Proceed to another great spot, Kintami and get a fantastic sight of the shiny lake Danau Batur volcanic crater and an amazing view of Barur Mountain.
The day should not end without visiting the Panglipuran village where you will learn about Balinese traditions.
Enjoy the traditional dances-Barong, Kintami and Ubud
There are traditional dances in Bali that will entertain you as you explore different villages. The best places to participate in the dances are Ubud, Kintami and Barong where they wear Bali dancing costumes and play traditional instruments. You also get a chance to buy some beautiful ornaments, which are handmade including necklaces, bracelets, rings and other shiny ornaments.
Ayung River- Rafting and other activities
Paddling in the Ayung River with a professional guide is fun. You also get to lazy pools where you can swim. All precautions are taken and no one is allowed in the water with a life jacket.
This is the best place to snap your photos with an amazing background of thick canopy of trees and stunning cliffs.
Sunset Dinner Cruise
If you are looking for a romantic destination, Bali should be your first choice. This is where you get a tasty dinner on the Bali Hai Cruise. You can enjoy your dinner in full view on the marvelous sunset. The dinner is accompanied by beautiful live music. You can also relax and have a good time as you listen to your favorite songs played live in a karaoke session that follows.
Private Coast Tour
The natural landscapes of Bali’s coast are breath taking. There is also the great Mother Temple of Besakih where you can feel the rich culture and the people’s heritage. The Alam Giri Plantation is a major producer of spices and fruits. It has different exotic fragrances that you will love including the lemon grass, the salak (a local fruit) and coffee.
The Dolphin Cruise gives an unforgettable encounter with dolphins. These native creatures are fascinating and visiting their habitat will refresh you. As you cruise in a high speed boat, you will see the dolphins swimming and jumping. They also communicate in a unique way. You are able to listen to their conversation using a transmitter, which is usually underwater connected with your boat. Its high quality and you hear clearly.
A Day Trip at Lembongan Island
Cruising on Lembongan Island shores gives you a chance to enjoy the sea. Through the voyage, you can visit the wildest parts of the sea and relax in the quietness and unique nature.
At the Lembongan Island, you will be taken to a private pontoon where you can enjoy lunch. Since its buffet, you have a chance to try out a number of foods. You can also go for kayaking or use a banana boat to have some fun. There are also snorkeling and diving spots where you can swim with colorful fishes. From here you will carry some great memories of Bali’s spectacular water.
Explore the forests
If you love adventures, Payangan rainforest is the best to begin with. You can also enjoy tubing excursion at the Siap River. You will find it interesting to walk in the paths where they are swaying palms. The paths are not smooth and you have to overcome obstacles and avoid many challenges. You can also stop in different viewpoints and just enjoy Bali’s expansive green fields of rice, which are beautifully framed by mountains.
You should not leave Bali without discovering the rich cultural heritage of Indonesia full of both traditional and contemporary dances, breathtaking acrobatics and dazzling illusions.