Things to do in Bali

Things to do in Bali

Things to do in Bali

Below is a quick reference list of things to do in Bali along with recommended accommodations, restaurants and surf breaks.  Either myself and/or my friends personally experienced each of the recommendations below.  

Booking Accommodations:

Most most of the accommodations mentioned below can be booked on Agoda.com or Booking.com.

 

Transportation:

Transportation in Bali is widely available and inexpensive.  You may rent a motorbike for about $5/day or $45-$65/month.  Blue Bird Taxis (http://www.bluebirdgroup.com/, phone: 0361-701-111), and Canggu Taxis are reliable and inexpensive.  If you need help booking transportation ask your hotel or homestay.  Bali has a lot of paved roads but they are not maintained as well as those in developed countries.  Traffic can also be very congested especially in busier areas such as Kuta and Seminyak.  Take great caution if choosing to ride a motorbike as driving conditions can often be haphazard and unpredictable.   

 

Cell Phone Service:

If you are staying in Bali long term, getting a local SIM card for your cell phone can be very helpful, allowing you to make local calls, navigate with GPS, and access data services inexpensively.  You may need to request that your cell phone carrier unlock your phone prior to installing the local SIM.  SIM cards are readily available from cell phone shops and some mini marts.  

 

Visas:

Visa rules change all the time so be sure to research this extensively before traveling. As of this writing, US an EU citizens could get a 30 day Visa on arrival.  If staying longer than 30 days, one could request a 30 day Visa with a 30 day extension from the immigration officers upon arriving in Bali. For even longer stay, consider a 6 month social Visa.  Visa agents in Bali can be exceptionally helpful in saving time and making sense of the ever changing Visa rules.  The Visa agent I used was https://www.facebook.com/rolly.extensionbali .

 

Ubud: Yoga/Meditation Community

Ubud is considered the cultural center of Bali and a yoga mecca.  It is located towards the middle of the island.  Surfers take note: the ocean is at least 45 minutes away with the closest break being Keramas (an advanced hollow wave).  

Places to Stay

Budget:

Higher End Accommodations:

Restaurants:

  • Bali Buddha Cafe

Places to visit / things to do in Bali – Ubud:

  • Monkey Forest
  • Tegalalang Rice Terraces
  • Tegenungan Waterfall
  • Pura Gunung Kawi Temple (more info here )
  • Pura Tirta Empul
  • Campuhan Ridge Walk
  • Jegeg Bali Cycling Tours 
  • Yoga Barn

You can google all of these for more info.

Night Life:

  • CP Lounge
  • Shisha Lounge

 

Canggu

Canggu is a mellow surf and yoga town with a strong culture in art, music, food and fashion.  Characterized by hipster sensibilities, Canggu has a large expat community.  Canggu residents love their custom longboard surfboards and motorcycles.  Check out our Youtube video of Canggu here.

Budget Places to Stay:

For further information, check out our blog post: Canggu Bali Hotels and Homestays – Top 6 Midrange

Restaurants:

  • Betelnut Cafe
  • Grass Terrace
  • Bumi (local food)
  • Gourmet Canggu
  • Seafood BBQ at sunset on Echo Beach
  • Avocado Cafe
  • Crate Cafe (Breakfast/Brunch)

Important Places:

  • ATM in Canggu Club (Hotel) gives up to 5M Rupiah

Places to Visit/ things to do in Bali – Canggu:

  • Tanah Lot Temple (about 30 minutes north of Canggu)

Surf Beaches:

  • Old Man’s/Batu Bolong, beginner to intermediate break, rolling/crumbly/slab wave, lots of longboarders
  • Berawa Beach, intermediate break, faster than old man’s but not as fast as Echo Beach.  Some longboarders, but primarily a shortboard wave
  • Echo Beach, hollow expert wave

Night Life:

  • Old Man’s Bar for the Wednesday night and Friday night parties
  • Deus Ex Machina for the Sunday Party and Free Tattoo (yes free tattoos) Taco Tuesday
  • Sand Bar after party after the Deus Sunday Party

 

Uluwatu (Pecatu)

The area of Uluwatu, which is also referred to as Pecatu, is a surfer town for the serious surfer.  It also has some of the most beautiful beaches in Bali.  Even if you don’t surf, Uluwatu Beach, Padang Padang Beach, Bingin Beach, and Uluwatu Temple are worth checking out.

Places to Stay:

Restaurants:

  • Jiwa Juice
  • Single Fin
  • Nalu Bowls at Single Fin (Acai Bowls)
  • Cashew Tree
  • Padang Padang Breeze
  • Bali Budha

Surf Beaches:

  • Padang Padang (Baby Padang and Big Padang).  Baby Padang is a beginner to intermediate break and Big Padang is an advanced break
  • Uluwatu Beach – Advanced surf break, hollow world class left, shallow reef
  • Bingin Beach – Advanced surf break, hollow left, shallow reef
  • Dreamland – Advanced surf break, hollow
  • Balangan – Advanced surf break

Places to Visit/ things to do in Bali – Uluwatu:

  • Uluwatu Temple
  • Uluwatu Beach at Sunset (especially at low tide), have a cocktail or beer at Single Fin and take in the amazing view

Night Life:

  • Cashew Tree Party
  • Saturday Reggae Party at Padang Padang Beach
  • Sunday sesh at Single Fin

 

Seminyak

Seminyak is the Rodeo Drive of Bali.  It is characterized by high end retail shops, fancy restaurants, hotels and beach bars.  

Budget Places to Stay:

Restaurants:

  • Shelter

Places to Visit/ things to do in Bali – Seminyak:

  • Seminyak Beach
  • Potatohead Beach Club for sunset at the infinity pool and beach bar

 

Kuta

Kuta is party central.  If you miss the big city or huge nightclubs then Kuta is the place to be.  

Budget Places to Stay:

Restaurants:

  • Mojo’s Flying Burritos

Places to Visit/ things to do in Bali – Kuta:

  • shop for surfboards or grab a drink on Poppies 2
  • learn to surf on Kuta Beach
  • go to the mega night club Sky Garden
  • go shopping at the Mal Bali (huge shopping mall)
  • go shopping in Kuta Square

 

Nusa Lembogan

Nusa Lembogan is an amazingly beautiful island about 30 minutes boat ride from Padang Bay (Padang Bai) with clear blue waters and white sand beaches.  

How to get there:

  • You can book a boat ride from Marina Srikandi – an airconditioned fastboat.   Some of the boats have rooftop decks where they play music and sell Bintangs (the local beer).  The roof top deck can often become a popping mini day club, making your boat ride so much more fun and interesting.  
  • You can get to Padang Bai via taxi, motor scooter, or transport booked through your hotel/homestay. 

Places to Stay:

Surf Breaks:

Consider wearing booties at these surf breaks as the reef is sharp

  • Playgrounds (beginner to intermediate)
  • Shipwrecks (Advanced hollow)
  • Lacerations (Advanced)
  • Ceningan Point (Advanced)

Places to Visit/ things to do in Bali – Lembogan:

  • Snorkeling tour with Manta Rays
  • Blue Lagoon, cliff jumping
  • Sunset and cocktails at Dream Beach Huts infinity pool overlooking Dream Beach
  • Sunset and cocktails at The Palms Ceningan infinity pool overlooking Ceningan Point

 

The Gilli Islands

The Gilli Islands are three small islands, Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, and Gili Meno.  They are about a 2.5 hour boat ride from Padang Bai.  The Gilli Islands have clear blue waters, vibrant coral reefs, and beautiful white sand beaches.

How to get there:

  • You can book a boat ride from Marina Srikandi – an airconditioned fastboat.   Some of the boats have rooftop decks where they play music and sell Bintangs (the local beer).  The roof top deck can often become a popping mini day club, making your boat ride so much more fun and interesting.  
  • You can get to Padang Bai via taxi, motor scooter, or transport booked through your hotel/homestay. 
  • Gili Trawangan: this is considered the “main” island and is also the most inhabited.  It has a large party scene with at least one night club going off each night of the week.  There’s also a huge diving community with several outfitters running tours and offering certification.
    • Place to stay:
    • Places to Visit/ things to do in Bali – Gili Islands:
      • Diving
      • Snorkeling with Sea Turtles
      • Sunset at Sunset Point
      • Swings at Om Bak Sunset
      • Bicycle around the island
      • Dinner at the night market
      • Clubbing at night

Surf Breaks:

There is one surf break on Gili Trawangan but it is fickle.  It can be absolutely flat some days, or huge, fast barrels or other days.  You’ll see a surfboard rental shop directly in front of the break.  Consider wearing booties as the reef it sharp.

  • Gili Air
  • Gili Meno
By |2018-09-18T11:07:42+00:00February 22nd, 2018|Bali, Surf and Travel|Comments Off on Things to do in Bali