In the wonderful country of Indonesia is an island known for its breathtaking beaches, majestic temples, and lively thoroughfares. Bali has everything a tourist is looking for in an adventure—endless sights to see and activities to enjoy, coupled with its rich culture and traditions.
The entire province is warm in every sense, coming from both the tropical weather and the friendly locals. Not to mention the vibrant colors that fill the streets, perfect for those who want to relax and satisfy their wanderlust. Whether you want to lounge by the beach and watch the sunset or dance the night away, Bali boasts of versatility and remarkable ambiance. To save you the trouble of choosing what to do on your first visit to Bali, we've narrowed it down for you:
1. Dare to try Bali’s swings.
This is the perfect time for you to conquer your fear of heights! Swing like a chandelier at Bali’s famed Uma Pakel Swing, which gives an uninterrupted view of the lush greens from up above. You can finally get that photo you’ve been eyeing for years, and also make your heart beat like crazy while you’re up in the air.
2. Book your accommodation in a hotel with an infinity pool.
Bali’s extensive list of hotels set the standard when it comes to accommodation; even their Airbnbs come with infinity pools that offer a slice of paradise.
3. Channel your inner Master Chef and enroll in a cooking class.
Curious as to what makes Balinese food one-of-a-kind? You can buy fresh ingredients from the local market and learn from experts in cooking classes that will show you how to whip up your favorite dishes from scratch.
4. Eat to your heart’s content.
Balinese food will open your taste buds to a whole new world of flavors. Their dishes use a handful of herbs and spices that are not only foodstagram-worthy but also a gastronomic treat.
5. Check out the shrines and temples.
A Bali getaway is never complete without visiting shrines and temples, like the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, which is also imprinted on the country’s 50,000-rupiah bill. Be sure to dress modestly, and come early as these tourist locations tend to get super crowded later in the day.
6. “Seas” the day and take part in water activities.
Bali’s beaches are not just a sight to see, but a venue for a lot of water adventures, too. Dive into fun-filled activities like a banana boat ride at the Tanjung Benoa Beach, or go surfing and parasailing at the Seminyak Beach. Nothing like an adrenaline rush in a scenic spot!
7. Watch the sunset by the beach and party like there’s no tomorrow.
There’s a reason why Bali is one of the best places to observe the sunset: Everything feels authentic yet magical. It’s like you’re transported to a different setting that’s peaceful and comforting one minute, and then the next thing you know, everything is already full of life! Aside from its dramatic sunset, Bali is also known for beach clubs and bars where you can pop the champagne, cheers to the good life, and dance the night away under the moonlight.
8. Tour the town in a scooter.
A way to explore the nooks and crannies of Bali is by riding a scooter. Although it’s a quick transportation option, it’s not for the faint of heart since you'll need to muster enough courage (and put safety first, of course)! Hit the road and appreciate the place from a different perspective when you rent a scooter and ride with your friends.
9. Trek the mountains.
The adventure seeker in you will thank you for doing this! While the beach is ideal for watching the sunset, Bali’s mountains offer a great view of the sunrise. Once you reach the summit and see it for yourself, the long trek will be worth it.
10. Go shopping.
Come home with lots of shopping bags! Bali is home to many shopping districts, like the Kuta Square where you can score cheap but great finds. Put your bargaining skills to the test before making a purchase, and you might be surprised by how many items you'll end up bringing home from the trip.