The Top 10 Things To See & Do In Bali

A popular tourist destination amongst beach seekers, reveler, surfers and trekkers, Bali has something for everybody. One of the most naturally beautiful places on earth, it is known for its breathtaking scenery, diverse wildlife, Hindu culture and sights, and its thriving multiculturalism. Most travellers head to the beach resorts of Kuta, Legian Seminyak and Sanur, but there is much more of this island to explore, particularly on its eastern and northern coasts.

Tanah Lot Temple

One of Balis most iconic sights, before it became a Mecca for Instagrammers, the Tanah Lot Temple was a major Hindu pilgrimage temple, a function it still fulfills today. Built into a distinct rock formation, the temple was believed to have been built at some point during the 16th Century although there is some ambiguity surrounding this. Now one of Balis most recognisable cultural icons, one only needs to take one look at this jaw-dropping temple to see why.

Goa Gajah

More commonly known in the West as the Elephant Cave, little-to-nothing is known about the origins of the Goa Gajah, although it is believed to have been built at some point during the 9th Century. One of Balis many cultural gems, the Goa Gajah is a beautifully detailed complex adorned with both Buddhist and Hindu symbols, thereby adding to its mystique. Rediscovered in the 1950s by Dutch archaeologists, the complex is one of the islands most fascinating destinations, due to both its mystery and sheer physical beauty.

Mount Batur

A popular trekking site, this active volcano is one of Balis most spectacular sights. There are fewer more awe-inspiring activities to do on the island than a sunrise trek along the volcanos caldera. For those who can brave the excruciatingly early wake-up time to do so (around 2.30 AM!) this is an experience they are unlikely to forget.


Bali is widely and rightfully regarded as one of the surfing capitals of the world. There are a plethora of beaches around the island with top-quality surf tailoring to surfers of all different experiences. Dreamland is arguably the best known beach for beginners but for veteran surfers looking for a challenge, the beaches of Nusa Dua and Padang Padang are the places  to go.

Ubud Palace

One of the most recognisable buildings in Bali, Ubud Palace is the former residence of the areas real family. Built after an earthquake in 1917, the vast Palace Complex is the main centre-piece of Ubud and it is easy to see why. It is a great place to take a long, leisurely stroll. The complex is also known for its dance performances in the evenings, well worth seeing for first-time visitors.

Ubud Monkey Forest

Located in the village of Padangtegal, the Ubud Monkery Forest is one of the islands major tourist attractions, drawing an estimated 1 million tourists per year. An important conservation site dedicated mainly to the crab-eating macaques, the Ubud Monkey Forest is also one of the islands most spiritually significant locations. It is home to a complex of Hindu temples, the most notable of which being Puma Dalem Agung Padangtegal. 

Goa Gala-Gala

One of Balis stranger attractions is Goa Gala-Gala, an underground private residence built over a 15-year period during the mid-20th Century. Now open to the public, it is well-worth a visit as one of the islands more unusual yet nonetheless impressive sites. A real oddity on the paradise-like island.

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Another of the islands most picturesque and Instagrammable locales, the Tegallalang Rice Terraces have become increasingly popular with tourists. While there is little to them, they are a truly spectacular sight, and a great place to take a long leisurely stroll.

Taman Festival Park

One of the more morbid sites in Bali, Taman Festival Park is only for the brave! An abandoned amusement park, Taman Festival Park has become popular with urban explorers but it is a no-go area for many of the islands locals, who regard it with trepidation. For those brave enough to visit, it is a truly spectacular sight of urban decay. However, there are a number of dangerous animals which have since made it their home, so caution is advised.

Sekumpul Waterfalls

Another spectacular sight, Sekumpul Waterfalls has become a particularly popular hot spot for jungle trekking amongst tourists, and it isnt hard to see why. A spectacular sight to behold, it is the perfect place to end a long, arduous trek as a great place to swim and a scenic wonder.