The Ultimate Bali Bucket List – A Go To Guide

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If you’re planning a trip to Bali and wish to visit all of the iconic spots, here’s your ultimate Bali bucket list guide.

The Ultimate Bali Bucket List – A Go To Guide

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Getting Around Bali + Tips
Learn To Surf
Shop The Markets
Eat Tempe In An Indonesian Warung
Explore The Nusa Islands
Swim With Turtles
Trek An Active Volcano – Mount Batur
Visit The Temples
Dolphin Watching In Lovina
Tegalalang Rice Terraces
Campuhan Ridge Walk
Indulge In The Canggu Cafes
Shop Till You Drop In Seminyak
Ubud Monkey Forest
Hidden Canyon
Take A Cooking Class
Visit The Waterfalls
Wanagiri Hidden Hills
Sunrise At Bukit Cinta
Visit The Bali Beaches
Sunset At Karang Boma Cliff
Visit The Abandoned Aeroplane 
Visit A Coffee Plantation
Go Crazy At Waterbom Bali
Stay At Hideout Bali
Where To Stay In Bali

What To Pack? We’ve put together our Ultimate Travel Packing List for every type of trip.

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GETTING AROUND BALI + TIPS

Getting around Bali couldn’t be easier. There are generally 3 options:

RENT A SCOOTER:

We always choose to rent scooters, which start at around 50,000 IDR per day, and explore ourselves. 

However be sure to read up on our Renting A Scooter In Bali guide beforehand!

Most accommodations will allow you to store your big bags with them, even after checkout.

So if you’re comfortable on two wheels, and looking for somewhere to rent scooters from, you can book a trusted scooter rental here.

HIRE A DRIVER:

Another option is to rent a driver, which is pretty popular for day trips around Bali, and they start at around 500,000 IDR per day (8 hours).

You can opt for standard 5 seater vans, or larger minibuses for bigger groups.

This is a great option for those looking to design their own itinerary. Simply jump in, tell you driver exactly where you wish to go, and he’ll navigate the most efficient route.

If you’re looking for for a reliable service, you can book a private car with a driver for the day here.

TAKE A TOUR:

Some of the best days out we’ve had in Bali have been on private tours.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

There’s even a Bali: Full-Day Instagram Highlights Tour, for those looking to photograph its most recognisable locations.

From sunrise hikes, to waterfall treks and island hopping, there’s plenty to keep you busy on the bustling island!

Book your Bali Tours: Bali: Top Tours & Activities

WHAT TO PACK

DSLR Camera: Canon EOS 90D

Tripod: Zomei Z666 Tripod

Day Bag: Manfrotto Manhattan Mover-50

Sunscreen: Banana Boat Sunscreen SPF-50

Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle

Rain Jacket: Columbia Lightweight Rain Jacket

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Stay safe on your scooter in Bali!

Learn To Surf

Of all the places in the world to learn how to surf, Bali was up there for us.

The best place to learn in Canggu is at Echo Beach, where beginners tend to head daily.

We couldn’t not take a surfing lesson. It was such a fun experience and made us really want to rent our own board and get out and practice more and more.

Most board rentals start at 60,000 IDR for 2 hours, or you can grab a 2 hours lesson for 350,000 IDR (including board rental).

Definitely add it to your Bali bucket list is you haven’t already!

Click HERE for our full Echo Beach Bali – A Complete Guide blog.

Book your Canggu Surf Lesson: Canggu: 2-Hour Surf Lesson

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Having the best time surfing!

Shop The Markets

There are many different markets scattered across Bali, selling everything from handcrafted goods, to coconut bowls and yoga pants.

Our favourite markets are held in Canggu and Ubud. Canggu host a few different markets throughout the month, however the famous Art Market In Ubud is on every day of the week.

Get lost in the culture and crazy hustle of the local Bali life.

Click HERE for our full The Best Canggu Markets – A Complete Guide blog.

Click HERE for our full Ubud Art Market Bali – A Complete Guide blog.

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The Ubud Art Market

Eat Tempe In An Indonesian Warung

Tempe is a traditional Indonesian soy product, that is made from fermented soybeans. ‘Warung’ basically means ‘restaurant’ in Indonesian so you will find an infinite amount of warungs.

Some will be modern and some will be super local and by local, we mean a guy selling soups and Nasi Goreng from his wheeled cart down the street.

Our favourite Warung in the whole of Bali is Warung Bu Mi. Run by a lovely local family, they are absolutely killing it with their home-cooked goodness and we often visited for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Click HERE for our full Best Warungs In Canggu – A Complete Guide blog.

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Our favourite Warung

Explore The Nusa Islands

The Nusa Islands are a huge hit with tourists thanks to it’s beautiful beaches and iconic spots. They are three small Indonesian islands just a 40 minute fast boat ride from Bali. 

They consist of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan and are all so easily accessible from the mainland.

An absolute MUST visit if you’re heading over to this area of Indonesia. Add it to your Bali bucket list!

Click HERE for our full Nusa Islands Bali Guide – Where To Go? blog.

Book your Nusa Penida Tour: Best of Nusa Penida Full-Day Tour by Fast Boat

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The incredible dinosaur head at Kelingking Beach

Swim With Turtles

The most popular of the things to do on Gili Trawangan is to take to the waters.

It’s known for its beautiful fish, turtles and underwater statues so a snorkelling trip is a must.

If you’re in Bali, you’re already so close to the Gili Islands, so adding ‘snorkelling with turtles’ to your Bali bucket list is an absolute no brainer!

Click HERE for A Guide To Your Gili Trawangan Snorkelling Tour blog, including prices and how to get there.

Click HERE for our Top 9 Things To Do On Gili Trawangan + 1 DON’T! blog.

Book your Gili Islands Snorkelling Trip: Gili Trawangan, Air & Meno Island: Snorkeling Day Trip

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A once in a lifetime experience!

Trek An Active Volcano – Mount Batur

Mount Batur is the second largest active volcano in Bali after Mount Agung, and Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking is one of the most popular things to do on the island. 

Standing at 1717 metres tall, due to Mount Agung’s consistent eruptions, it is the highest Volcano hike accessible to the public.

There is no need to worry however, as trekking Mount Batur is monitored daily by seismologists and the last eruption was in the year 2000. 

Click HERE for Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking – A Complete Guide blog, including prices and how to get there.

Book your Mount Batur Sunrise Tour: Mount Batur Sunrise Hike and Natural Hot Spring

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The rewarding moment after reaching the top

Visit The Temples

A few of the most visited temples are Tanah Lot, Uluwatu Temple, Ulun Danu and Pura Lempuyang.

The famous Pura Lempuyang Temple is definitely an iconic spot in Bali not to be missed, especially for sunset.

At some temples, you can even get personally blessed by a monk and learn a little about the Hindu culture during your visit.

Just be sure to watch out for the monkeys when you’re visiting most temples too!

Click HERE for Pura Lempuyang Temple Bali – A Complete Guide blog, including prices and how to get there.

Book your Pura Lempuyang Tour: Mother Temple of Bali and Lempuyang’s Gates of Heaven Tour

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The beautiful Tanah Lot Temple

Dolphin Watching In Lovina

Dolphin watching off the coast of Lovina is the main attraction of this laidback coastal town in North Bali.

There are many tours where you can expect frequent sightings of pods that favour these calm waters.

A typical morning at the coast starts before sunrise . You’ll have to get up early as the tours are usually on-time, waiting on shore with their boats.

After preparing life vests, you board and head out into the bay. The boats can often get you out within minutes.

At sea, the engines are stopped and the waiting game begins. At times, you can see breaching dolphins right after your boat reaches the open waters.

Book your dolphin watching tour: North Bali Sunrise Tour with Dolphins, Waterfalls & Temples

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An incredible bucket list experience

Tegalalang Rice Terraces

Tegalalang Rice Terrace is one of Bali’s most popular attractions. Offering the most stunning sunrise and a real rural experience.

It is located slightly North of Ubud and sits at 600m above sea level. This makes the air a tad cooler for the rice farmers.  

You can also find beautiful souvenir shops selling handcrafted goods as a token of your visit to Bali.

There are many cafes and restaurants scattered along the road overlooking the rice terraces, so you can grab a Nasi Goreng and enjoy the view!

Click HERE for our full Tegalalang Rice Terrace Ubud – A Complete Guide blog, including prices and how to get there.

Book your Best Of Ubud Tour: Best of Ubud: Waterfall, Rice Terraces & Monkey Forest

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Sunrise At Tegalalang Rice Terraces In Ubud

Campuhan Ridge Walk

Campuhan Ridge Walk is a free and easy trek along a beautiful block pathway in Ubud. It’s the perfect place to grab some fresh air  and catch a stunning sunrise or sunset. 

The full walk is a smooth 2km trek. There’s no need to dress in your hiking gear as it can be just a simple stroll, that takes as long as you choose.

Campuhan Ridge Walk Ubud is also super family friendly.

Click HERE for our Campuhan Ridge Walk Ubud – A Complete Guide blog, including prices and how to get there.

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The iconic walkway of the Campuhan Ridge Walk

Indulge In The Canggu Cafes

A foodies heaven! Just up the road from Seminyak but completely different! This is where you see the smoothie bowls and avocados everywhere and is home to some of the best restaurants in Bali.

Canggu has a very laid back vibe and is popular amongst the surfing and digital nomad communities. This is the place where many people extend their stay because it has a certain homely feel to it.

They run beautiful markets in Canggu selling all kinds of chic and start up fashion labels. We guarantee you won’t walk away with your hands empty.

Click HERE for our full Canggu Cafes Guide – The Best Cafes In Canggu guide.

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Enjoying breakfast at Crate Cafe, Canggu

Shop Till You Drop In Seminyak

The flashy side of Bali!

The first stop for most holiday makers and your Bali bucket list!

Good for its night life and high end restaurants. You won’t really get a feel for Bali here as it’s very built up and a popular holiday destination amongst tourists. This will most likely be your first stop and most expensive one.

Although they do have some awesome little cafes!

Click HERE for our full Best Restaurants In Seminyak Bali blog.

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Shop shop shop!

The Ubud Monkey Forest Bali

The Ubud Monkey Forest is situated in the heart of the hippie town Ubud and is one of the most popular things to do on the island. 

It’s is a great place if you want to get a real feel for the true culture and nature of Bali. It is home to a horde of grey long-tailed macaques and is also one of Ubud’s most popular attractions

Some may say that you haven’t had a true Bali experience unless you’ve seen monkeys. So definitely add this one to your Bali bucket list.

Click HERE for our Ubud Monkey Forest Bali – A Complete Guide blog, including prices and how to get there.

Book your Best Of Ubud Tour: Best of Ubud: Waterfall, Rice Terraces & Monkey Forest

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Having a great time with the monkeys

Hidden Canyon

The Hidden Canyon is an upcoming tourist spot on the island. So for those that are ready for an adventure, add it to your Bali bucket list.

It’s a tranquil, natural destination with pools, waterfalls & carved rocks.

The Hidden Canyon is no joke when it comes to climbing, jumping and clambering. With chest high water from the get go, be prepared to get wet and for your feet to go through the trenches on this adventure.

Click HERE for our Hidden Canyon Bali – A Complete Guide blog, including prices and how to get there.

Book your Hidden Canyon Tour: Hidden Canyon, Waterfall & Temples Small Group Tour

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A day to remember!

Take A Cooking Class

Taking part in a traditional cooking class is a must in Bali. You can attempt to make many different local foods such as Tempe, peanut sauce and pumpkin curry.

You can also be super specific to what your taste buds are craving. If you have dietary requirements or simply prefer certain foods, you can find many different cooking classes that will cater to your needs.

We took a cooking class in Ubud and really enjoyed the local experience and techniques.

Click HERE for our Paon Bali Cooking Class Ubud – A Complete Guide blog, including prices and how to get there.

Book your Balinese Cooking Class: From Ubud: Balinese Cooking Class at an Organic Farm

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Trying the local techniques

Visit The Waterfalls

We’ve made some of our most amazing memories at the waterfalls in Bali. A few being, Sekumpul Waterfall, Tukad Cepung, Tegenungan and Nungnung Waterfall

After spending a long time exploring deep in to the jungle and discovering these incredible forms of mother nature, we’ve put together a HUGE waterfall guide. 

You will find all the best waterfalls in Bali in this guide, so be sure to pick your favourites for your Bali bucket list.

Click HERE for our The Best Bali Waterfalls – A Complete Waterfalls In Bali Guide blog.

Book your Ubud waterfalls tour: Ubud: Spectacular Waterfalls Tour

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Sekumpul Waterfall – One of the most epic waterfalls in Bali

Wanagiri Hidden Hills

You can’t miss the bamboo made platforms and photogenic swings when you arrive in the Wanagiri area.

You’ll see the competition lined up waving you into their tourist traps. Although as cheesy as they are, these impressive works of art are an incredible way for the locals to make a living thanks to tourism.

Click HERE for our Wanagiri Hidden Hills & The Famous Bali Swing blog, including prices and how to get there.

Book your North Bali Tour: Northern Charm: Lake Bratan, Handara Gate, Waterfall & Swing

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The iconic Wanagiri Hidden Hills swing

Sunrise At Bukit Cinta

Bukit Cinta is the Mount Agung sunrise viewpoint that everybody’s photographing.

It’s located on the side of a road, in Eastern Bali, and is one of the most insane views you’ll ever see in your life.

Bukit Cinta is a typical Bali photograph that consists of the active volcano, Mount Agung, Rice Terraces, Palm Trees and a misty sunrise.

Click HERE for our Bukit Cinta Bali – The Best Mount Agung Sunrise Viewpoint blog, including prices and how to get there.

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One of the best sunrises we’ve experienced

Visit The Bali Beaches

With Bali being an island, there are plenty of beautiful beaches to go around. As with all places, some are better than others.

We’ve spent a lot of time exploring the depths of the island, so have put together a list of all the best beaches in Bali. 

With black volcanic sand or powdery white sand to choose from, you can highlight all the favourites to add to your Bali bucket list.

Click HERE for our Best Beaches In Bali Guide – The Ultimate List blog.

Book your Uluwatu Tours: Uluwatu: Top Tours & Activities

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Powdery white sand and crystal blues at Nyang Nyang Beach

Sunset At Karang Boma Cliff

Karang Boma Cliff, also known as Uluwatu Cliff, has recently become a popular spot for photographers and Instagram fanatics across Bali.

Many people believe it’s the best viewpoint in Bali to watch sunset. Although we didn’t visit at golden hour, the views were still incredible and it’s one of the lesser known spots on the island. 

Definitely add this one to your Bali bucket list if you’re searching for a peaceful moment away from the crowds.

Click HERE for our Karang Boma Cliff – Visiting The Uluwatu Cliff blog, including prices and how to get there.

Book your Uluwatu Tours: Uluwatu: Top Tours & Activities

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No sunset for us, but an incredible viewpoint!

Visit The Abandoned Aeroplane 

The infamous abandoned aeroplane is one to add to your Bali bucket list!

Nobody knows the true story of why it appeared in a field in South Bali.

A lot of rumours say it was bought in pieces by a westerner and put together to be turned into a fully functioning restaurant. However, as you can see, the project was never finished but it still stands as one of the hidden gems of Bali.

You are not allowed to access the plane from the ground. It is fenced off with ‘no trespassing’ signs.

Click HERE for our The Abandoned Plane In Bali – A Complete Guide blog, including prices and how to get there.

Book your Uluwatu Tours: Uluwatu: Top Tours & Activities

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Eery vibes at the Abandoned Aeroplane

Visit A Coffee Plantation

A Bali coffee plantation is on most tourists itineraries, and where better to visit that Munduk Moding Plantation.

Munduk Moding Plantation has many daily activities available, the Bali coffee plantation tour being one of them.

In 2007, the current owners discovered this hidden gem situated high above the forest canopy. A dedicated team cleared old growth and planted shadow trees. They planted Arabica coffee seedlings, found fresh water sources, purchased necessary machinery and also created many jobs.

Click HERE for our full Bali Coffee Plantation – A Munduk Moding Tour blog, including prices and how to get there.

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Exploring the grounds of Munduk Moding Plantation

Go Crazy At Waterbom Bali

Rated the number 1 waterpark in Asia by TripAdvisor, Waterbom Bali is not your average water park.

The park is fun for adults, children, and also adults that want to act like children. With rides for everyone’s level of adrenaline, the fun doesn’t stop. You will walk out of the park at the end of the day, well and truly beat. 

If you’re looking for something a little different to do on your trip, make sure to add Waterbom Bali to your Bali bucket list.

Click HERE for our full Waterbom Bali – The Best Bali Waterpark Guide blog, including prices and how to get there.

Book your Waterbom Bali Tickets: Waterbom Bali Admission Ticket

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Our favourite slides at Waterbom

Stay At Hideout Bali

Hideout Bali is a unique set of eco villas, hidden in the mountains of East Bali.

With it being far from the city life, it acts as the perfect hideaway for all adventurous travellers. All-bamboo houses are surrounded by nature, next to a beautiful riverside among rice fields.

We stayed at Hide Out Beehive when it had just opened and had the most tranquil AirBnB experience.

Click HERE for our full Hideout Bali – Bamboo Heaven & Guide To Visiting blog, including prices and how to get there.

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Playing Tarzan & Jane at Hideout Bali

WHERE TO STAY IN BALI

Check out our Best Places To Stay In Bali blog for our selections in each area.

Or you can pre book all of your Bali accommodation and check the latest prices here.

MORE BALI

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Bali Waterfalls – The Best Waterfalls In Bali

The Best Uluwatu Beaches – An Ultimate Guide

The Only Nusa Islands Bali Guide You’ll Ever Need


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