My Favorite Things to Do in Bali

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THERE IS SO MUCH TO LOVE ABOUT BALI. Yoga junkies, thrill-seekers, and everyone in between can find their niche and make memories they will cherish forever. I’ve listed just a few of my favorite things to do in Bali.

EAT

Eating Balinese food was definitely my favorite activity. The food was so fresh and affordable. I ate amazing meals that cost less than $4 USD.

A staple meal in Indonesia is the Nasi Campur. This dish is a mini buffet on a plate. It is a scoop of rice surrounded by a small portion of a number of other delicious foods. You can find the Nasi Campur in most Balinese restaurants. Of course, not all restaurants are created equal.

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I had my favorite Nasi Campur at Kopi Desa in Ubud. This plate was paired with chicken, veggies, satay, and shrimp crackers.

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Don’t forget dessert! Another favorite at Kopi Desa is the Dadar Gulung. This treat is filled with shredded coconut and brown sugar.

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I also loved the Nasi Campur at the Sunset Beach Bar on Gili Trawangan Island. The fried egg was too delicious!

YOGA

I went to Bali after watching one yoga video on Youtube. I left Bali committed to making yoga a regular part of my life. I spent most of my time learning about yoga in the yoggie haven that is Ubud. You can read more about how to create your own yoga experience in another post.

TANAH LOT SEA TEMPLE

Tanah Lot can not be missed. You can marvel at the scenery, witness the ceremonial traditions, and drink fresh smoothies as the sun sets.

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Day time at Tanah Lot

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Fishermen at Tanah Lot

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Tanah Lot Sunset

Did I mention there is a black sand beach near Tanah Lot?

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Man Collecting Shells for Tanah Lot Ceremony

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Entrance Fee: 30,000 Rupiah (approx $2 USD)

AGUNG RAI MUSEUM OF ART (ARMA)

The Agung Rai Museum in Ubud is by far the most scenic museum I have ever visited. Not only can you get lost by the artwork, but a  casual stroll through the grounds makes you feel as if you are walking through a masterpiece.

The museum supports arts education. It also hosts a wealth of cultural workshops and nightly performances.

Entrance Fee: 60,000 Rupiah (approx $5 USD). The fee includes complimentary tea or coffee in the cafe.

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Walking through the museum Grounds

ULUWATU SEA TEMPLE 

The cliffs at the Uluwatu Sea Temple are breathtaking. I spent an entire morning watching the stunning views at this site. Caution: Beware of the monkeys!

Entrance Fee: 20,000 Rupiah (approx $2 USD)

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MASSAGES 

I have gotten a massage in every Asian County I’ve visited. Balinese massages top the list. My favorite is the Esthetic Day Spa. Esthetic has locations in Seminyak, Kuta, and Uluwatu.

1 Hour Full Body Massage Cost: 206,000 Rupiah including tax (approx $16 USD)

Website: www.estheticasia.com

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FIRE SHOW

The Kecak fire show was one of my favorite cultural experiences in Bali. Sometimes the dance was tear jerking. Sometimes the dance was terrifying. Nonethless, the Kecak was one of my many Balinese experiences I will never forget. The fire dance is unique because it is accompanied by a choir of one hundred people performing a trance dance. The dance communicates an ancient Hindu story which involves trickery, lust, and ultimately victory over evil.

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TRIP TO GILI ISLANDS 

If you ever feel like you’ve had enough of the hustle and bustle of the motorbikes in Bali, the Gili Islands is a perfect getaway. Once in Bali, you can negotiate with tour operators for a roundtrip ferry ticket of no more than 700,000 Rupiah (approx $54 USD).

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Choosing which Gili island to visit is tough. 

Gili Trawangan is the most popular destination. It has a lively party scene, great diving locations, and many day excursions.

Gili Air is the best of best worlds. You can relax during the day and still enjoy a bit of night life. There is an ongoing debate that Gili Air has the best beaches of all the Gilis.

Finally, Gili Meno is the epitome of a remote island get-away. There isn’t much to do but bask in the beauty of the island. I’ve heard this spot is perfect for couples.

I chose Gili Trawangan. Next time, I will travel to all three!

GETTING AROUND BALI

Getting around Bali was my least favorite thing to do. Public transportation is all but non-existent. You could rent a motorbike to get around. Be careful! Although many travelers ride without a license, all motorists should have a valid license to use the motorbike. The roads are also a bit dangerous for riders who aren’t used to the crazy traffic. Another option is to pay for transport. You can negotiate with transport drivers to take you where ever you want to go for an entire day. You should pay no more than $500,000 Rupiah for a full day (approx $39 USD).

THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS to do in Bali. There is so much more to explore. If you have already experienced or are planning to try other things, please share! I’m already building my travel wish list for my next trip to Bali.

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