Non Typical But Still Essential ‘To Do List’ in Bali

13 September 2019

Some people come to Bali to celebrate their honeymoon, others for self-discovering trips, survive the winter, and forget about cold weather and snow. Others for yoga tours or just relaxing. But honestly, you do not even need a reason to come to Bali. The Indonesian island always waits for you with open arms. It is a truly magical island, which appeals to billions of people.

We have completed a to-do list in Bali. It includes a lot of activities, so you can experience some new emotions and leave a pleasant aftertaste about Bali.


One of the main reasons why people come to Bali is this extreme activity — surfing. On the island, almost every person has a surfboard and a wetsuit. It’s a shame not to try it when you have ideal surfing conditions and a fantastic ocean.

If you’re a ‘newbie,’ we recommend starting with the Kuta coast. The foam which washes up after the wave makes it much easier to stand up on the board for the first time. If you are feeling more confident, you should go to Canggu. Both have plenty of surfing schools so that you can find something for yourself.

Diving in Amed

Once you’ve explored the surface of the water attractions, you shouldn’t miss seeing what it looks like to be below. If you like discovering the underwater world, you should visit Amed — its breathtaking coral reefs and a variety of extraordinary creatures deserve your attention.

Diving sites in Amed:

  • Jemeluk and Uyah Reef — coral reefs, inhabited by various animals
  • The Pyramid — a unique project of growing artificial reef on pyramids dropped around 20 years ago, after the real reef dying due to water temperature changes
  • Bunutan Reef — site situated in the quiet bay with lots of blooming corals, famous for its garden eels. It’s well highlighted by the sun, so the view is breathtaking
  • Lipah Bay or Japanese shipwreck — the crash site of the Japanese craft during World War II. Its reasons remain unknown

Sometimes, if you are lucky enough, during the diving, you can see larger fish like tuna, mackerel, reef sharks, Napoleon fish, also often turtles.

Manta points at Nusa Penida

Manta — means ‘coat’ or ‘blanket’ in Spanish — is the most significant type of ray in the world, the actual “sea monster.” It was believed that manta wraps people like in a blanket, chokes, and drags them to the bottom. These legends horrified even fearless pirates.

Actually, despite its formidable look, it is the most harmless one of the ray species. It’s like playing with the tiger, who has been domesticated a long time ago and acts like a kitten: not dangerous at all, but still so extreme.

Visiting Monkeys in Ubud

Monkey Forest in Ubud is where they feel themselves, full-fledged owners, so you came to visit their home. It is a funny and cute sight. They enjoy posing when you take pictures. You can feed monkeys with bananas or nuts and be careful and don’t play with them.

Relaxing after the activities

You’ve probably heard that Bali is all about health. You should try the REAL message here, because (believe us) you’ve never had one before. It’s truly a magical massage ritual that boosts your physical health, but even psychologically. Two massage places we recommend you visiting — Karsa spa and Ubud Bodyworks. Your body will thank you later, for sure.

Volcanoes and Waterfalls

Crucial to remember:

  • If it’s the wet season, waterfalls will be more powerful
  • If Comfy footwear that is firmly fixed
  • It would be best if you visited volcanoes and waterfalls before the sunrise
  • You shouldn’t climb to an eruption by yourself if you’re not prepared. It can be dangerous

Bali has 12 waterfalls, Gitgit is the most known of them. Another must visits are: Aling Aling, Kroya, Gitgit, Jembong, Sekumpul, Tegenungan, Nung Nung, Lemukih.

Bali has two active volcanoes — Agung and Batur — and dozens of sleeping (Batukaru is the most visited).

After the 2000 eruption, the Balinese covered its creature with a considerable sarong to prevent future catastrophes. Since then, there were indeed no eruptions.

Agung is the highest peak of the island — 3142 m above sea level. It is considered extinct, but a 4 km distance around the crater is closed due to safety reasons.

Romantic sunset dinner at the beach

Probably this one doesn’t even need much explanation — dinner in a fish restaurant on the coast of Jimbaran. It’s the most romantic dinner spot ever — the freshest seafood. Tables on the beach, sunset, and cozy music. No bad reviews on this one because it is just perfect. We recommend choosing meals right near the ocean, so the view is better, and waves can tenderly touch your feet.

Yogyakarta temples

Yogyakarta is situated on Java island and famous for its variety of Buddhist temples. The most notable is Borobudur, Prambanan, others are Plaosan Temple, Mendut, and Sambisari.

Borobodur and Prambanan are considered to be a UNESCO World and have wealthy historical value, which we’ve mentioned before in our blog. They’re are full of legends and interesting facts, are a spiritual center of the island. These temples saved their ancient bas-reliefs and still attract thousands of pilgrimages from all over the world.

You can easily combine the Yogyakarta trip with visiting Java island active volcanoes. We recommend going to the Ijen and then to the Bromo. It’s comfortable to get to Yogyakarta from there by train.


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