Bali is one of the greatest places on earth and perfect for all types of travellers. And with it less than a nine hour direct flight from Auckland – we’ve created the ultimate Bali bucket list for all the adventurists. Here are 21 of the best things to do in Bali this year.
1. Explore Nusa Islands
The three stunning islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan are a must-visit in Bali. Relax at Dream Beach or The Blue Lagoon and even swim in one of the most instagrammable locations in Asia – Angel Billabong ocean pool.
2. Kelingking Viewpoint
Located in Nusa Penida, this stunning white sand beach and clifftops is one of the most famous photographed places in Bali. The hike is very steep but it’s worth the trek to snap the most rewarding photos on earth.
3. Climb Mt.Batur for sunrise
This is the second largest active volcano in Bali popular with hikers to experience the most authentic sunrises. You can go with a tour guide or group to trek the two hour hike to the top which is almost 6,000 feet above sea level. Certainly, a romantic and instagrammable thing to do in Bali. The last volcanic eruption was in 2000, so we don’t think you need to worry.
4. Tegalalang Rice Terraces
This valley of green rice fields situated on a terraced hilltop in Ubud is a must-visit on your Bali vacation. The famous rice paddies are innovatively planted in terraces which offers a unique dreamy setting to admire.
5. Bali Swing
While visiting the Tegalalang Rice Terraces, you must get your picture on the famous Ubud Swing. It remains one of the most popular instagrammable places on earth. Swing above the green jungle on a range of different swings including a one-of-a-kind nest. Indeed, a tourist trap but we’ll do anything for a gram-approved picture.
Another one for your Bali bucket list. See over 1,000 cute monkeys at this beautiful forest and temple sanctuary in Padangtegal Ubud. However, the monkeys may look cute but beware as they are known to steal from visitors, so be sure to bring only essentials.
7. Handara Gate
This dreamy entrance to a golf course has become a hotspot for tourists in recent years. It’s the perfect place to capture an insta-worthy shot amongst nature.
8. Snorkel with turtles
Discover adorable green sea turtles on Gili Trawangan which is one of the world’s best snorkeling experiences. Plus, the Gili Islands are one of the best islands escapes in Asia.
9. Rumah Pohon Treehouse
This surreal treehouse is located at Atuh Beach in Nusa Penida. The hike is a little steep but the views are unbeatable when you reach the top offering the perfect backdrop for pictures. Beware the queues for this treehouse are often long and it is a little pricey.
10. Stay in a luxurious villa
Surprisingly, Bali has a host of lush accommodations for cheap whether you’re travelling solo or with a big group. Think jungle treehouses, seaside bungalows and romantic huts with pools, to name a few. Expect to pay at the very least $30 per person a night. Check out Airbnb for inspiration.
11. Visit a market
With hundreds of markets across Bali, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Expect to find gems like authentic clothing, handcrafted goods, fresh cuisine and much more.
12. Wanagiri Hidden Hills
Another one of the rarest instagrammable places in Asia. If you’ve seen this famous tourist attraction on social media, we bet you’re dying to visit. There’s a variety of swing sets overlooking the lake that are essential for selfies. Conveniently, this is near the rice fields.
13. Experience a Balinese sunset
Bali is known for its magical sunsets. Luckily, there are hundreds of peaceful places to admire a Balinese sunset. Particularly, travellers love Rock Bar for cocktail with a sunset view, along with Sumberkima Hill, Uluwata Temple and just about any beach is superb.
14. Visit the famous waterfalls
Why not chase some of the greatest waterfalls on earth? For instance, Tegenungan is the largest waterfall in Bali and a popular tourist attraction. It sits near a brand new day club where you can relax with a drink if you get bored.
15. Stay in the jungle
Spend one night sleeping in the jungle for the ultimate Bali experience. For example, the Hideout Bali boasts gorgeous bamboo huts that are like something out of fairytale and offer the perfect respite for couples or solo travellers.
16. Visit a temple
Indeed, no visit to Bali would be complete without seeing a cultural temple. Think Ulun Danu Bratan Temple where it looks like it’s floating on Lake Beratan or Uluwata Temple which is wonderful for sunsets.
17. Eat in Canggu
This hipster community is home to a laid-back collection of popular eateries serving delicious breakfasts, those famous smoothie bowls and much more. Definitely, a must-visit for foodies in Bali.
18. Learn to surf
Bali is one of the top destinations globally for surfing. Particularly, Echo Beach at Canggu is perfect for learners. Meanwhile, there’s a range of water activities to keep you entertained.
19. Swim with Manta Rays
Both Nusa Penida and Lembongan offer the opportunity to swim with breathtaking Manta Rays. Indeed, a magical experience for ocean lovers.
20. Order a floating breakfast
Almost every hotel and resort will offer you a delightful floating breakfast as Bali is where it was birthed. Alternatively, there is lots of brunch restaurants such as the exotic Cabina Bali whipping them up too.
21. Get a sunset photo at a beach
Make a silhouette with your bestie or bae at the world-famous Ombak Sunset beach swings and Gili Island hammocks. Obviously, this is unmissable for photo enthusiasts.