You probably have heard of the paradise island Bali. This little island has a lot to offer. It’s definitely more touristy than a couple years ago, but still worth a visit. I collected one of my favourites places and things to do in Bali.
A couple basics about Bali:
Money: The currency of Indonesia is the roepiah. You will find ATM’s in almost everywhere city. Make sure you always bring cash with you, in most places you can’t pay with a credit card.
Culture: The Balinese culture is unique and famous for its vibrant arts. Overall, Hinduism is the main religion and the major influence. If you like to visit the temples, make sure you bring a scarf or something that covers your legs and shoulders. In most places they offer sarongs as well, please wear it to respect the culture.
Transport: The easiest way to get around in Bali is using a scooter or a taxi. You have a lot of scooter rentals where you can rent a scooter daily, weekly or monthly. There are also different kind of taxies. You have bluebird taxis, the metre taxis. Or you can use apps for transport, like Go-jek and Grab Taxi. Go-jek and grab taxi is cheaper then bluebird taxis, but it’s not working in the north of Bali. They do work pretty well in the south of Bali. The island of Bali isn’t that big, but because of the traffic, it can take a long time to arrive at your destination.
Know we know our basics, let’s move on the fun part, the highlights in Bali you should check out!
1. Enjoy the hippie vibes in Ubud
Ubud is definitely a place to visit. This place is a bit hippie orientated, surrounded by rice fields and has a lot to offer.
5x Best things to do:
- Exploring the ricefields in Tagalalang and the Campuhan Ridge Walk
- Visiting the Monkey forest
- Visiting temples in Ubud
- Do some shopping at the markets
- Try out a yoga class (Yoga Barn, Ubud yoga house, Radiantly alive yoga)
5x Best places to eat:
- Garden Kafe: An amazing food cafe in the yoga barn that offers all kind of food, also a lot of vegan and vegetarian options.
- Lazy Cats: I would recommend this place for breakfast. It has a nice living room vibe, a perfect place to have a break.
- Sage: An awesome vegan restaurant and quiet located. Try there coconut cake, it’s amazing!
- Zest: This place is really nice, it’s a bit more expensive but you can taste it in the food. Also nice located!
- Folk (Pool & Garden): This place is the best for breakfast. It’s a garden and a pool, good music and the food are really good.
The best work cafes:
If your searching good work cafes to sit with your laptop check out my blog post!Awesome work cafes in Ubud
2. Explore the North of Bali
The north of Bali is probably one of the undiscovered. It’s not everywhere developed, nature is stunning and you will see a lot of locals living there. The best way to get around is to rent a scooter or have a driver with a car because public transport isn’t that good on the island. Make sure if you visit Bali during the rainy season that you will bring a dry back, raincoat and good shoes. It can be rainy for a couple of hours and then it gets really slippery. So, ready to see the must-visit places in the north?
5x best things to do:
- Discover the famous temple Pura Ulun Danu Bratan (Go in the morning if you want to avoid the crowd)
- See the dolphins in Lovina (during sunrise, is the best time)
- Climb the Batur volcano during sunrise
- Go and see Munduk (rice paddies and waterfalls)
- Explore the waterfalls: Gitgit Waterfall, Aling Aling Waterfall, Nung Nung waterfall, Sekumpul waterfall and the Banyumala Twin
3. Enjoy the surf vibes Canggu
Canggu is a really awesome place to see during your Bali trip. This place has a lot of things to offer. Its most famous for surfing (even the championships are here), yoga, rice fields and has a co-working environment. You will find a lot of hipstercafés with a bit higher food prices and more European Australian vibes. But, when you drive with your scooter a bit outside the Canggu main street (Batu Balong), you will find authentic places, more rice fields, farmers, small restaurants, temples and lovely people that will give you the best tips to explore the area.
5x best things to do:
- Try out a surfing lesson
- See the sunsets from the different beaches
- Taste amazing food in the cafes around Canggu
- Check out the street art
- Enjoy the nightlife, go to Oldmans for sure
5x Best places to eat:
- Satu Satu Coffee Company
This place is one of my favourites in Canggu. The coffee is good, the prices are cheap and the staff is really nice. Also, the service is fast, so if you’re in a hurry this is the place to be. Try the egg benedict, it’s really good.
- Canteen Cafe
This place is centrally located, close to the beach and offers a lot of good food. The portions are big and tasty. Try there Laksa, it’s amazing!
- Hungry Bird
This place is my go-to place for good coffee and cappuccinos with soymilk. Also, the breakfast is quite good!
This place is perfect for the morning, the afternoon can be quite busy.
- La Bandida
This place is beautifully located. The prices are a bit higher, but the quality is amazing!
If you’re curious for more info about Canggu, check out My Nomad Guide about living in Canggu!Digital Nomad Guide Canggu
4. Chasing waterfalls around Gianyar
This place isn’t that popular to stay for a long time, but I definitely can recommend this place to visit! This place has a stunning nature and a local vibe. Gianyar is a city, but if you drive a bit to the north you will see palm trees lanes, ricefields, locals and a lot of beautiful waterfalls!
5x Best waterfalls to visit:
- Tukad Cepung waterfall (My favourite one, it’s in a cave and really impressive!)
- Tibumana waterfall
- Kanto Lampo (This one is quite touristy, but still worth a visit. Go in the morning)
- Pengibul Waterfall
- Tegenungan waterfall
5. Relax at the beaches in Uluwatu
One of the biggest surprises for me in Bali was the place Uluwatu. It was really quiet, loved the vibe and waves were really good for surfing. I liked to see the Uluwatu temple (entrance fee is a couple euro), but make sure you pack your stuff good. The monkeys will steal it otherwise. When I was there, I was a monkey grabbing someone’s phone and hat.
Uluwatu is in general not that crowded yet. The roads aren’t all that good, so make sure you have a helmet and drive save.
The only downside I can think of is that you have to walk downstairs to see most beaches. So when it rains, it can be a bit slippery. Also, Uluwatu is a bit more expensive. For some beaches, you have to pay and the food is a bit more expensive and most of the time tax isn’t included. Still, it’s cheap! And the beaches are of the prettiest I’ve seen so far in Bali!
5x best things to do:
- See the Uluwatu temple
- Take a swim at Padang Padang beach
- Try out some surfing at Dream Beach (don’t forget to check out the amazing viewpoint to watch the sunset)
- Go snorkelling (Spot the turtles in the water)
- Enjoy the nightlife (Especially Single Fin is popular to go during Sundays, they have live music and happy hours drinks.
5x best places to eat:
- Kelly’s Warung:
This place is really nice located. It’s an amazing place to see surfers and relax.
- Bukit Cafe:
This is probably the best coffee around. Also, they have a lot of vegan options and the food is really good.
- Suko Espresso:
Again good coffee, central located, a bit pricey but overall a nice place to enjoy some food.
- Lands end Cafe:
This place is a nice place to enjoy some breakfast, the portions are not really big, but it tastes good.
- OM Burger:
If you’re hungry and looking for a good burger, this is the place to be. They offer vegetarian and meat burgers, serve big portions and you can make your own. The only thing I didn’t like that much was the fries, when I came there they were a bit dry. Still, a good spot to eat a lot of food!
6. Last but not least, check out Nusa Penida!
I wrote a blogpost about, check it out!Awesome things to do in Nusa Penida
I hope that I gave you some inspiration to discover Bali!