Planning a trip to Bali and don’t know where to start? This complete Bali bucket list is sure to give you some inspiration on the best things to do when visiting the Island of the Gods. Since Bali is one of the hottest places to be right now and you’ll find no shortage of travellers as you explore all parts of the island. Whether you’re a beach goer, party animal, nature lover or adventurer, there are plenty of things in this Bali bucket list that’ll interest you!
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1. Shop at Love Anchor Weekend Bazaar
The Love Anchor weekend market is a popular Canggu Market. One thing that we love about this market is that the items don’t look cheap or touristy. You can find plenty of coconut bowls and also cutlery which you could put in your house and would look awesome. Shopping in Bali is a perfect addition to your bucket list and you’re sure to find plenty of gems.
2. Spend the evening at a Beach Bar
Old Mans and Finns Beach club are two of the most popular beach bars in Canggu. They’re both the perfect place to grab a beer, chill out to live music as well as watch the sunset over the ocean.
3. Check out Old Mans Monthly Sunday Market
Old Mans Market is another popular market that is on the last Saturday of every month (dates sometimes change so check their Facebook for exact dates). Everything is sold at this market, including a variety of clothes, food and pastries as well as plenty of unique jewellery. There are also stalls selling organic skin care products and other random goodies.
4. Learn to surf
Learning to surf is another popular bucket list item that many travellers are looking to tick off in Bali. All along the main beach in Canggu you’ll find plenty of surfboard rentals. Canggu is a great place to learn to surf and there are plenty of teachers around to help you hit the waves as quickly as possible!
5. Have a beer and watch sunset on the beach
If beach bars are not for you, there are still plenty of places to chill out and watch the sunset. You can walk along the beach and find yourself a nice quiet spot with some beanbags or chairs to relax and also grab a drink.
6. Try the best pork sate in Canggu
If you love satay sticks, you definitely need to try this place! Sate Babi Street Food is near Love Anchor on the main strip of Canggu. Here you’ll find plenty of locals and tourists waiting in line to get their hands on some delicious pork satays.
7. Eat like a local at Warung Bu Mi
Warung Bu Mi is one of the best warungs in Canggu to get delicious Indonesian food. Bu Mi is also super cheap and you’ll often find plenty of expats and tourists eating here for lunch and dinner. Definitely try out the corn fritters. They are incredibly yummy!
8. Check out a black sand beach
Our two favourite black sand beaches near Canggu are Pasut Beach and Pig Stone Beach. Additionally, you can even take your motorbike onto the black sand beaches and cruise along the seaside. There’s nothing quite like it and it’s definitely one of the more unique and fun things to do in Bali.
Where to Stay in Canggu
Accommodation options in Canggu range from hotels, hostels as well as private villas. No matter your budget, there will definitely be an option for you. Canggu is famous for its exceptional and reasonably priced tropical villas.
Theanna Eco Villa and Spa – Luxury: Theanna Eco Villa is a luxurious stay with different villas for you to choose from. The villas have their own swimming pool and are incredibly modern, clean and also well maintained.
The Apartments Umalas – Midrage: The style of The Apartments Umalas is a combination of beautiful white Greek architecture combined with tropical Bali vibes. The rooms are large, clean and have everything you’ll need!
Riyuri Guesthouse – Budget: Riyuri Guesthouse is our go to accommodation when we’re in Bali. For roughly $17AUD per day, you’ll have your own private room with a patio, private bathroom and large glass windows so you can look out into the beautiful garden. The rooms are also very clean and are cleaned daily by the maid.
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9. Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Tegalalang Rice Terrace is one of the most iconic spots in Ubud and even in all of Bali, so be sure to put this at the top of your bucket list when visiting. The amazing rice terraces are set along the cliff where you can view the various levels. You can either walk through the stunning fields or enjoy the view with some coffee from the various cafe’s at the top!
10. Monkey Forest
Watch hundreds of playful monkeys from babies to big adults roam free in the Ubud Monkey Forest. It’s a great day activity to see all the monkeys relaxing and playing in a massive jungle sanctuary filled with overgrown trees and lush vines.
11. Ubud Art Market
Find everything you need at this fun and busy Ubud Art Market. Many of the goods at the market are locally made and hand-crafted. You’ll find plenty of unique Balinese items, as well as handmade woven bags, baskets and many other souvenirs.
12. Sunrise at Campuhan Ridge Walk
Campuhan Ridge Walk is an ideal place to spend a morning or afternoon admiring the amazing Ubud scenery. The walk isn’t incredibly strenuous either. The trail will take you along the mountain ridge beside the rice fields. You’ll be able to view the surrounding valleys and also have a great view of the sunset or sunrise!
13. Tibumana Waterfall
Tibumana Waterfall is another little gem and is the perfect waterfall if you’re looking for somewhere peaceful to relax. This waterfall is an easy walk down some stairs with a perfect swimming spot close to the waterfall. You can easily spend hours relaxing while listening to the sound of the waterfall.
14. Tukad Cepung Light Rays
Witness some of the most incredible light rays at Tukad Cepung Waterfall. The view is stunning, although you’ll have to walk upstream through a small canyon to reach the waterfall. Be sure to visit at the right time to see the light rays peak through the top of the waterfall.
Where to stay in Ubud
Ubud is another popular area to stay in Bali. It’s known for its jungle accommodation and villas made entirely out of Bamboo. You’ll also find plenty of shops, bars, and also restaurants nearby.
The Four Seasons – Luxury: If you’re looking for ultimate luxury, you can’t skip The Four Seasons. They’re one of the best rated hotels in Ubud and have incredible facilities from rice fields to a breathtaking rooftop pond which even looks over the whole hotel.
Bambuh Indah – Midrange: If you’re after a jungle hideaway made of Bamboo, then check out Bambu Indah. It’s a once in a lifetime experience to sleep in a home made entirely out of bamboo! They also have incredible views from their villas.
Kememai Hostel – Budget: If you’re looking for a hostel, you can check out Kememai Hostel. Kememai Hostel is a popular hotel located in central Ubud, and they also have a beautiful rooftop restaurant.
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15. Wanagiri Hidden Hills
Visit the popular attractions at the Wanagiri Hidden Hills like the giant birds nest, as well as the swings and lookouts overlooking the stunning lake. There are a variety of nests and swings to choose from so you’ll be sure to get plenty of good photos for Instagram.
16. Gitgit Waterfall
Gitgit Waterfall is another powerful waterfall that is popular amongst tourists as well as families. Here you’ll find plenty of rock pools for you to take a refreshing dip and cool down from the sun.
17. Fiji Waterfall
Fiji Waterfall is the only triple waterfall in all of Bali. It’s just around the corner from Sekumpul but many visitors seem to overlook it. The wall of cascading falls is beautiful and should definitely not be missed!
18. Ulun Danu Bratan Water Temple
Ulun Danu Bratan is a unique temple structure. It sits on a small bed of grass floating on a lake high up in the mountains. The best part about this temple is that you can rent out an Indonesian style paddle boat and glide along the lake surrounding the temple.
19. Famous Handara Gates
A trip up north wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the famous Bali Handara Gates. Although it’s just the entrance to a golf course, many tourists visit here to grab a photo of the iconic Balinese gate structure.
20. Munduk Waterfall
Munduk Waterfall is an easily accessible waterfall that features a unique bamboo bridge leading to the falls. The path to get there is easy to follow and you won’t have to climb around slippery boulders or walk through streams to reach this waterfall.
21. Sekumpul Waterfall
Sekumpul Waterfall is a must and definitely one of the most epic Bali bucket list items. This is one of Bali’s most recognised and famous waterfalls. The sheer height and power of the waterfall is sure to leave you speechless. If you make the trip up north, this will be one of the most memorable waterfalls you’ll see.
22. Banyumala Twin Waterfall
The unique and stunning Banyumala Twin Waterfalls are a sight to see! Unlike most of the other powerful waterfalls in Bali, Banyumala is perfect for swimming since the water only runs down the rocks which creates a calm and pristine pool to swim in.
Where to stay in North Bali
Many people visit north Bali to explore some of the best waterfalls on the island. Munduk is a great central location to explore all the best attractions in North Bali.
Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort & Spa – Luxury: This beautiful villa has some of the best views in the area. The property features an infinity pool that hangs off the edge of the jungle which provides an exceptional view.
Amartya Puri Green Cottages – Midrange: This property offers cosy rooms as well as a terrace where you can enjoy the beautiful garden views. The natural swimming pool is also set amongst the rice fields, making it a super peaceful environment to unwind and relax.
One Homestay and Warung – Budget: We stayed here for one night as a cheap place to rest while we explored the north Bali waterfalls. The homestay has a nice view of the surrounding hills and volcanoes. The rooms also have their own small balcony and guests can make use of the warung located on the property. The food was cheap and also tasted pretty good!
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23. Balangan Beach Viewpoint
View the pristine turquoise water at the stunning Balangan Beach Viewoint. The viewpoint is a popular spot to watch the sunset as well as admiring the beach below. You’ll be able to spot the surfers and beach goers in the distance.
24. Sunset at Karang Boma Cliff
Karang Boma Cliff is one of the most scenic and incredible Uluwatu cliff top viewpoints in Bali. If you visit in the evening, you’ll be sure to witness one of the most beautiful sunsets ever! However, this spot isn’t for the faint hearted as it’s an unfenced cliff edge with a big drop to the ocean below.
25. Suluban Beach
Suluban Beach is completely hidden and enclosed by tall rocky cliffs which is what makes it so special. The beach is also very popular among surfers and tourists. Suluban Beach is a beautiful natural gem and one you have to check out for yourself!
26. Melasti Beach
Melasti Beach should definitely be at the top of your Bali bucket list. It is one of the most beautiful and pristine beaches on the island. Here you’ll be able to enjoy the calm crystal clear waters as well as the untouched clean sand.
27. Check out the shipwreck at Nyang Nyang Beach
Nyang Nyang Beach is well known for its multiple shipwrecks which make for a perfect photo opportunity. The walk down is a little steep and can be a challenge which is why you won’t find many other people around, but having the whole beach to yourself sure is worth it!
28. Tegal Wangi Beach
Watch the sunset from inside a little cliffside cave at Tegal Wangi Beach. The beach is very popular due to its gorgeous cave formation which is the perfect spot to catch a sunset photo. You can also relax on top of the cliff for a perfect view of the sunset and grab yourself a beer or some snacks from the nearby local stalls.
29. Thomas Beach
Thomas Beach is another quiet little gem. It’s one of the lesser known Uluwatu beaches, but it’s equally as beautiful as the rest. You’ll find a variety of cute cafes and sun beds, making it the perfect place to spend your day.
30. Bingin Beach
Bingin Beach is popular for its surf, unique rock formations, luxury villas as well as restaurants that overlook the ocean. This beach is most commonly known to instagrammers for having large rock formations which look great in photos. It’s a perfect beach to spend the day as well as watching a sunset from the many clifftop bars.
Where to stay in Uluwatu
Uluwatu is a popular area for surfers and beachgoers. It’s also the perfect place to stay to check out all the beautiful beaches. There are a variety of villas for you to choose from close to shops and cafes.
Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort – Luxury: This place offers a true 5-star experience with a beautiful infinity pool and a delicious buffet breakfast. The modern clean rooms also come with a TV and even stunning terrace views.
Dreamsea Bali – Midrange: Dreamsea Bali is a beachfront resort that offers its guests beautiful and comfortable rooms. If you’re after a beach getaway, this place is perfect. It’s located right on the beach and the rooms have incredible ocean views.
Bali Beats Guesthouse – Budget: This guesthouse has great backpacker vibes where you’re sure to meet other travellers. The property features a garden, free WiFi as well as a terrace.
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31. Bukit Cinta Mount Agung Viewpoint
Bukit Cinta is a more natural and less touristy view of Mount Agung. This secret viewpoint is perfect for those that want to experience an unforgettable sunrise all to themselves. You’ll be able to see a distant stretch of local rice fields as well as the incredible volcano towering over the horizon.
32. Visit the gates of heaven at Pura Lempuyang
Admire one of the most mesmerising views of a stunning volcano at Pura Lempuyang. You’ll be able to witness an unforgettable view of Mount Agung through the traditional Bali temple gates. Visiting Pura Lempuyang is one of the most famous things to do and certainly shouldn’t be missed from your Bali bucket list.
33. Taman Ujung Water Palace
Taman Ujung Water Palace is different to most temples in Bali and it’s also unknown to most travellers. The complex consists of pools and a large stunning garden which you can also view from above. You won’t find many other tourists around, making the relaxing scenery a great way to escape the chaotic side of Bali.
34. Tirta Gangga Royal Garden
Tirta Gangga is the more popular water temple where you’ll find people getting a photo in the pond surrounded by giant Koi fish. The Temple complex consists of many fish ponds, pools, as well as fountains. Many people flock to the water temple to view its natural beauty and to feed the hundreds of giant fish.
35. Blue lagoon
One of the more hidden and tropical beaches out east is at Blue Lagoon. The pristine blue water, clear white sand and abundance of marine life is what makes Blue Lagoon beach so special. It’s also a popular spot for snorkelling and diving where you’ll be able to spot some pretty fish and coral.
36. Stay at Hideout
Staying at Hideout is one of the biggest bucket list items when visiting Bali and a trip out east wouldn’t be complete without staying at this beautiful Airbnb. The accommodation features an off-grid living space made entirely out of bamboo. It’s also designed to keep you in touch with nature and it sure is the perfect spot to unwind.
Where to stay in East Bali
Most tourists heading out east will stay at Amed Beach which is well-known for its popular diving sites. Amed has a variety of accommodation options available to suit all types of travellers.
The Griya Villas and Spa – Luxury: This 5 star resort is in short walking distance of the beaches. It’s set amongst the lush tropical gardens and also has a beautiful view overlooking the ocean.
Villa Sky Dancer – Midrange: Villa Sky Dancer is great value for money being situated right on the beach and each room also having its own balcony. Additionally, the property has a swimming pool, awesome breakfast, large garden as well as a bar.
D’uma Amed Homestay – Budget: D’uma Amed Homestay has incredible views of the surrounding rice fields and Mount Agung from your own balcony. They also provide daily breakfast, air conditioning as well as mineral water.
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37. Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung Waterfall is another one of our all time favourites in Bali! The incredibly large and powerful waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery and is also the perfect backdrop for a classic tropical jungle photo. The sheer height and power of Nungnung Waterfall will certainly leave you speechless.
38. Leke Leke Waterfall
Leke Leke Waterfall is another magical waterfall hidden in the jungle of central Bali. This hidden gem currently isn’t known to many and you’ll often find almost no one else around. This waterfall is tucked between two cliffs, surrounded by a crazy amount of greenery and is also incredibly photogenic!
39. Tegenungan Waterfall
Tegenungan Waterfall is a popular and easily accessible waterfall in Bali. It’s great for tourists and also families who are looking for a quick and easy adventure. This waterfall is incredibly powerful and has unique access points where you can view the rushing water from different perspectives.
The Nusa Islands
40. Hike down Kelingking Beach
The first stop and one of the most common things to do in Nusa Penida is to head to the famous T Rex shaped cliff, Kelingking Beach. If you’re up for the challenge, hike your way down to the secluded beach to enjoy the pristine water and incredible tropical views. Kelingking is another big Bali bucket list activity which you can’t miss.
41. Diamond Beach
Diamond Beach is one of the latest additions to Nusa Penida. Make your way down the cliff face and you’ll reach a little slice of paradise. There are also palm tree swings and crystal clear blue waters for you to enjoy.
42. Snorkeling with manta rays
Snorkeling with the Manta Rays at Manta Point is a once in a lifetime opportunity. These giant creatures are incredibly majestic to swim with and mesmerising to watch while they glide through the open ocean with their large black fins. Snorkeling with Manta Rays is the ultimate Bali bucket list activity!
43. Atuh Beach
Atuh Beach is another beautiful spot that provides some breathtaking views. A short hike down some stairs will lead you to this remote beach that is distinctively known for its unique archway rock formation not far from shore.
44. Nusa Penida Treehouse
Enjoy the incredible views of the Nusa Islands from your very own treehouse. They are uniquely placed on top of the cliffside where they offer spectacular panoramic views of the ocean.
45. Thousand Island Viewpoint
This scenic viewpoint got its name due to the number of small islands as well as unique rock formations that can be seen not far from shore. It’s also located right beside the treehouse so be sure to check it out while you’re there!
46. Angels Billabong
Angel’s Billabong is a natural rock pool located on the west side of the island. Additionally, the water is crystal clear allowing you to see right through to the bottom of the rock pool floor. It also features a natural infinity pool where the water flows off the edge and into the ocean.
47. Broken Beach
Broken Beach is a naturally formed archway where the ocean flows through. Additionally, you can perch yourself along the cliffs edge and watch the turquoise waves come crashing into the cove.
48. Crystal Bay
Crystal Bay is another popular beach known for its snorkeling and tall palm trees. Here you can view the beautiful coral that covers the ocean floor as well as marine life through the crystal clear water. This beach is also a perfect spot to watch sunset!
49. Check out the Blue Stairs at Peguyangan Waterfall
The blue stairs leading to Peguyangan Waterfall overlook the dramatic Nusa Penida coastline. You can also make your way down the incredibly thin and steep stairs which will lead you to a small waterfall and local temple at the bottom.
50. Devils Tears on Nusa Lembongan
At Devils Tears you’ll be able to witness large waves crash against the rocks with such force that they explode back out into the ocean. It is certainly a spectacular sight as giant waves and mist shoot up into the air, creating a loud rumble.
51. Cross the Nusa Ceningan Yellow Bridge
The iconic yellow bridge connects Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan together. The bridge is just wide enough to cross with a motorbike or by foot. It’s a unique sight that you should check out when visiting the Nusa Islands.
52. Cliff Jump at Blue Lagoon Nusa Ceningan
Cliff jumping at Blue lagoon is certainly one for the thrill seekers. The cove is filled with bright turquoise water and certainly lives up to it’s name as the water is a noticeably brighter aqua hue. It’s also a great spot to watch all the thrill seekers jump into the water below.
Where to stay on Nusa Penida
Most accommodation in Nusa Penida is located on the north of the island. There are a variety of accommodation types including hostels as well as small beach front hotels.
Semabu Hills Hotel – Luxury: Semabu Hills is the ultimate luxury getaway located in a quiet area of Nusa Penida. You can enjoy stunning panoramic views from the infinity pool and also indulge in their delicious Asian cuisine.
La Roja Bungalows – Midrange: La Roja Bungalows is another perfect place to unwind amongst their cute and cosy tropical bungalows. They also have a beautiful garden and terrace with a pool where you can relax and cool down.
Nibugi Guesthouse – Budget: This guesthouse is located only a short walk from the harbour so it’s very easy to access. The rooms are also huge and even have aircon. It has everything you need and is certainly the perfect place to stay if you’re on a budget.
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The Gili Islands
53. Dive the famous Underwater Statues
Exploring the underwater statues is definitely a Bali bucket list item you have to tick off! We found the underwater statues to be very unique and also a bit creepy, but it’s definitely something you can’t miss on the Gili islands.
54. Visit the turtle sanctuary
Aside from snorkeling with the turtles, you can also visit the turtle sanctuary located on the main strip of Gili Trawangan. Here they keep dozens of baby turtles which they then release into the ocean.
55. Chill in an ocean swing or hammock
You’ll find multiple swings in the ocean as well as hammocks along the west of the island. They are a great way to cool off and relax during the day. However, there is usually some competition during sunset as everyone tries to get their goals photo.
56. Rent bicycles and explore the island
Bike riding is the best way to view the island since it takes roughly 30 minutes to bike around the whole outside of the island. You can also access some beautiful beaches by bike so it saves you walking a long way.
57. Watch a moonlight movie on the beach
Many of the restaurants by the beach have an outdoor cinema where you can enjoy a movie by the relaxing oceanside. The movies are part of restaurants and bars so you can indulge in food and also drinks while you watch a movie!
Where to stay on Gili Trawangan
Gili Trawangan is full of beautiful resorts as well as cheap guesthouses. The island is so small so no matter where you stay, you can easily have access to anywhere you want to go.
Kelapa Villas – Luxury: Kelapa Villas consists of 10 beautiful luxury private villas located in a quiet area of Gili T. Additionally, each villa even comes with their own pool as well as living space. Kelapa is a dream getaway and one that we definitely recommend if you’re visiting the Gili Islands.
Ombak Sunset – Midrange: Ombak Sunset is also another great place to stay. It features a large pool as well as traditional beachside Balinese bungalows. Guests can also enjoy their own private section of the beach where they can relax and unwind.
Gili Desa – Budget: Gili Desa is the perfect budget accommodation. It includes continental breakfast, outdoor garden area with pool as well as clean rooms with their own patio.
↠ Check availability: Gili Trawangan accommodation.