A Local's Epic Bali Bucket List - 50 Things to Do Story

By Febriana R


A Local's Epic Bali Bucket List - 50 Things to Do Story

Bali, the island of the gods, houses the right balance of modern entertainment, natural wonders, and cultural locations. It’s also... Read more

Thing to do 1

See the beautiful sights at Tanah Lot Temple, Beraban

Located an hour away from Ngurah Rai Airport, Tanah Lot is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist attractions in... Read more

Thing to do 2

Party at the hottest beach club in Potato Head, Seminyak

Many locals and frequent visitors of Bali might say you have not officially been on the island if you haven’t... Read more

Thing to do 3

Hunt for arts and crafts at Toko Pasar-Pasaran in Uma Seminyak

On the lookout for novelty souvenirs to bring back home? Make sure to visit Toko Pasar-Pasaran in Uma Seminyak. This... Read more

Thing to do 4

Have brunch while furniture shopping at Kim Soo, Seminyak

The minimalist decor in this Seminyak restaurant is what makes it one of the hottest brunch spots in the area.... Read more

Thing to do 5

Swim in a saltwater pool at Mrs. Sippy, Seminyak

It’s safe to say that Seminyak is abundant with beach clubs, but this particular one is unlike any other. Mrs.... Read more

Thing to do 6

Get your groove on at Motel Mexicola, Seminyak

Just like its namesake, Motel Mexicola stays true to its Mexican influences. This hip bar plays Latin music, serves Latin... Read more

Thing to do 7

Have a family fun-day at Shooters, Seminyak

When you think of an amusement park, you may think of roller coasters and other thrilling rides. Shooters is not... Read more

Thing to do 8

Feast at Warung Babi Guling Pak Malen, Seminyak

Aside from the cafes and restaurants perfect for a photo op, Bali’s local culinary scene is also unparalleled. Warung Babi... Read more

Thing to do 9

Try vegan smoothie bowls at Kynd Community, Seminyak

It’s always good to indulge in the local cuisine when visiting a place, but it doesn’t hurt to try to... Read more

Thing to do 10

Experience an ayurvedic spa at Prana Spa, Seminyak

After a hard day of exploring and partying, pamper yourself at Prana Spa, a Moroccan-themed massage parlor. It offers various... Read more

Thing to do 11

Release your inner yogi at Samadi Yoga, Canggu

Out of all the activities in Bali that you can do, yoga is one of the most popular. Since the... Read more

Thing to do 12

Join the local skating community at Pretty Poison, Canggu

For those looking for a more laid-back vibe, check out Pretty Poison in Canggu. Pretty Poison is not your average... Read more

Thing to do 13

Become one with the surfing community at Old Man’s, Canggu

Situated right at Batu Bolong Beach, Old Man’s club is considered a surf haven by many. With a vibe similar... Read more

Thing to do 14

Relax in seclusion at Sundays Beach Club, Uluwatu

If you want to experience a Bali beach club without the rowdy crowd, the Sundays Beach Club is the perfect... Read more

Thing to do 15

Chill in a cliffside lounge at Savaya Bali, Uluwatu

For something with a little more energy, the Savaya is considered the hottest beach bar in town. Previously known as... Read more

Thing to do 16

Revel in the grandness of Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Uluwatu

Other than Tanah Lot Temple, Garuda Wisnu Kencana is also a must-see as it is one of the UNESCO sites... Read more

Thing to do 17

Watch the sunset Kecak fire dance at Uluwatu Temple

This Bali bucket list activity is a must-see because where else can you see this traditional dance if not on... Read more

Thing to do 18

Surf sickening waves at Nyang Nyang Beach, Uluwatu

While you can surf on any beach in Bali, Uluwatu is home to some of the best waves on the... Read more

Thing to do 19

Learn surf tricks at Padang Padang Surf Camp, Uluwatu

If you want to rip it on the waves but you’re not confident enough in your surfing skills, you can... Read more

Thing to do 20

Take part in sacred rituals at Tirta Empul Temple, Ubud

Pura Tirta Empul is not only known for its ancient architecture and the intriguing legend behind the construction. This Hindu... Read more

Thing to do 21

Observe monkeys at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Ubud

Catch the Balinese long-tailed macaque in their natural habitat in this Ubud monkey forest. Covering 27 acres of ground, this... Read more

Thing to do 22

Hike down the Tegalalang Rice Terrace, Ubud

You may have seen this tourist hotspot all over your Instagram. The Tegalalang rice fields are not just your typical... Read more

Thing to do 23

Get crafty at Pasar Seni Ubud

While many might visit Ubud mainly for the temples and the rice terraces, the North Bali region is also known... Read more

Thing to do 24

Learn how to make batik in Ubud

Batik is the traditional fabric of Indonesia, and it is made by hand-drawing patterns on cloth using wax and dye.... Read more

Thing to do 25

Eat bebek betutu at Bebek Tepi Sawah, Ubud

Aside from their suckling pig, Bali is also known for the bebek betutu. It’s a dish of roasted duck cooked... Read more

Thing to do 26

Discover raw vegan dishes at Alchemy, Ubud

Bali is no stranger to veganism, as seen with the Kynd Community. Alchemy is a little different; it only offers... Read more

Thing to do 27

Go white water rafting on the Ayung River, Ubud

Ayung River in Ubud is the go-to destination for avid white-water rafters. Located in Ubud, this river is known for... Read more

Thing to do 28

Take cooking classes in a village at Paon Bali, Ubud

Paon Bali cooking classes set themselves apart thanks to their immersive nature. When you take their morning classes, you will... Read more

Thing to do 29

Trek along the Campuhan Ridge Walk, Ubud

If you’re looking for ways to get away from the fast-paced scene of Kuta, Canggu, and Seminyak to reunite with... Read more

Thing to do 30

See the picture-perfect Tibumana Waterfall, Ubud

Aside from beaches and temples, the island is also rich in beautiful waterfalls. Tibumana is one of the many stunning... Read more

Thing to do 31

Bask in the beauty of the highlands at Lempuyang Temple

If you ever find yourself in the northeastern part of the island, visiting this temple is one of the best... Read more

Thing to do 32

Taste the most expensive coffee in Gianyar

Luwak coffee, also known as civet coffee, is often deemed the most expensive coffee due to the extraction process. Bali... Read more

Thing to do 33

Watch the sunset at Rock Bar, Kuta

There are many bars on the island, but one thing you should do when in Bali is to watch the... Read more

Thing to do 34

Eat decadent satays at Sate Babi Bawah Pohon, Kuta

Keen to discover more of Bali’s street food? Then, head on over to Sate Babi Bawah Pohon in Kuta. Aptly... Read more

Thing to do 35

Enjoy a Sunset Cocktail at UNIQUE Rooftop Bar, Kuta

Even if the nightlife is not your cup of tea, check out this rooftop bar at least once when you’re... Read more

Thing to do 36

Dine with a rustic view at Lawar Kuwir Men Koko, Kuta

Aside from bebek betutu, another popular traditional Balinese duck-based dish is lawar kuwir. It refers to a mixture of vegetables,... Read more

Thing to do 37

Indulge in seafood at Pantai Jimbaran, Kuta

Your trip to Bali is not complete without tasting their exceptional seafood dishes. Visit Jimbaran Beach in Kuta to have... Read more

Thing to do 38

Immerse yourself in the local community at Penglipuran Cultural Village

Bali city center is well modernized, but many places still uphold traditions, just like in the olden days. Penglipuran Cultural... Read more

Thing to do 39

Go scavenger hunt for abandoned planes across Bali

Bali might have a myriad of temples, beaches, and pubs, but a unique fact is that it has many abandoned... Read more

Thing to do 40

Trek along the Mount Batur Volcano in Kintamani

This activity to do in Bali is perfect for adrenaline junkies. Mount Batur is an active volcano situated in the... Read more

Thing to do 41

Explore the Danau Batur crater lake, Kintamani

Right at the foot of Mount Batur sits the volcanic crater lake of Danau Batur. There are many activities you... Read more

Thing to do 42

Enjoy the lake side view at Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Bedugul

I've recommended visiting a temple on a mountain, a temple on a cliff, and a temple by the seaside, so... Read more

Thing to do 43

Have a romantic getaway in Lovina Beach, Lovina

Lovina Beach is nestled in the northwest part of the island. Those who seek a quiet and romantic getaway should... Read more

Thing to do 44

Bathe in the mineral waters of Banjar Hot Springs

Banjar Hot Springs is located 5km to the south of Lovina Beach. The water in this ancient bathing complex contains... Read more

Thing to do 45

Go scuba diving in Nusa Lembongan

Running out of ideas on what to do in Bali? Why not hop over to its neighboring islands instead? Nusa... Read more

Thing to do 46

See the T-rex-shaped cliff in Nusa Penida

This hotspot is an absolute must-see if you’re ever in Nusa Penida. Kelingking Beach is known for its natural rock... Read more

Thing to do 47

Snorkel and swim with manta rays in Nusa Penida

Swimming with manta rays in open water is not an easy feat, but luckily for you, the seas around Nusa... Read more

Thing to do 48

Visit the car temple in Nusa Penida

Another site you must visit while you’re in Nusa Penida is the Pura Paluang Temple. This temple has an interesting... Read more

Thing to do 49

Take a boat to Gili Trawangan, Lombok

While it may be easier to reach the Gili Islands from Lombok, you can also get there by boat from... Read more

Thing to do 50

Scuba dive in Menjangan Island

Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan might be the popular choices for divers due to its proximity to the south of... Read more



Considering how much Bali has to offer its visitors, it’s no wonder why many call it the island of the... Read more