Everyday is holiday in Bali. This is absolutely true since there are million things to do in Bali. This island is likely blessed by God in all elements. The vivid beauty of nature, heritage, cultural values, local wisdom, and touch of modernity. Every single thing of Bali could take your breath away. The charms come from every corner (from north to south and west to east). Surely each part has its own attractiveness, hence Bali has diverse beauty. Here the recommended things to do in Bali which are perfect for your dream vacation.
- Diving in Tulamben
Diving is kinda fun things to do in Bali. Tulamben is very popular spot among the divers, especially for the advanced diving. Let’s indulge in this tranquil aquamarine water and explore the wonderful life beneath the sea with beautiful corals, reef, and fishes. Besides, there is a signature view in Tulamben which is USAT Liberty Shipwreck as the part of World War II history. First you should take a boat to go to start point of diving because it is 40 meters away from the beach.
One of the vendors which provide Tulamben diving is Mola Mola Dive Center. It is located in Tulamben, Karangasem. It takes almost 3 hours from Nusa Dua, but you don’t need to worry because it also provides transport service. Perhaps the diving price is a bit pricey (approximately IDR 1,400,000 or $100-120), but it is really worth it for the fun experience it gives to you.
- Let’s Get Wet in Waterbom Park
Are you on holiday with the little ones? Waterbom Park is a perfect place to go and one of the things to do in Bali with kid. Amazingly, this is regarded as the best water park in Asia and second best water park in the world. Waterbom Bali offers fun rides for children and extreme rides for adult. Kiddos can enjoy tubing in lazy river with steady stream or have fun in Funtastic where they can play with water cannon and big dump bucket filled with water.
Waterbom Park is located in Kartika Plaza Street, Tuban, South Kuta. It is quite easy to reach because it is in strategic area or near Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel. You can go there by taxi. If you are from airport, just head to Dewi Sartika Street then continue to Kartika Plaza Street. It is open from 09:00-18:00. Ticket price is around $35 (IDR 490,000) for adult and $24 (IDR 325,000) for kids under 11 years old.
- Holy vibes in Uluwatu Temple
Uluwatu Temple or Pura Luhur Uluwatu is Bali’s spiritual pillar. Balinese is close to its spirituality. For foreign tourists who look for an authentic Balinese nuance, Uluwate Temple is the best place to visit in Bali. Furthermore, this holy temple has splendid view since it is situated on the top of a cliff and facing the Indian Ocean. The evening view with the golden sunset becomes more magnificent. Don’t miss Balinese Kecak Dance performance starting from 5-7 pm with the ticket price is IDR 85,000.
Uluwatu Temple is located in Pecatu, South Bali. It is approximately 25 km from Kuta. It is quite difficult to get there and you should rent a car if you are not familiar with the route. If you want to drive, just take bypass main road to Nusa Dua and to Jimbaran, then follow an uphill road to Uluwatu. The temple is open daily from 09:00 to 19:00. Entrance ticket for foreign tourist are IDR 20,000 (adult) / IDR 10,000 (child); while for domestic tourist are IDR 15,000 (adult) / IDR 7,500 (child).
- Downtown Ubud Center: Monkey Forest
Now we are heading north, Ubud, to meet our friendly mates. Yeah, exploring Monkey Forest is one of mandatory things to do in Ubud. This tropical forest with the “open” concept is kind of monkey sanctuary and even becomes the natural habitat for the monkeys. You can directly interact with those monkeys by feeding them bananas or throwing nuts. Sometimes they are so playful swinging from tree to tree or chilling with their families.
Monkey Forest is situated in Monkey Forest Street, Padangtegal, Ubud. It is open from 08:00-18:00 with the admission ticket is IDR 40,000 for adult and 30,000 for children. Here the tips to visit Monkey Forest: better you don’t wear or bring any glaring stuffs because it can trigger the monkeys to grab it from you. If you take it back from them, they may attack you. So, you should keep your stuffs very well such as sun glasses, camera, hand phone, etc.
- Budget Shopping at Pasar Sukowati
Pasar Sukowati, or also known as Sukawati Art Market, is a traditional market offering Balinese souvenirs and art works. In general, the stuffs sold here are not that good in quality considering the price is commonly affordable. However, bargaining is highly recommended. The perfect timing for bargaining is in the morning. The merchants just finished their early worship. There is belief among Balinese that the more goods they can sell in the morning (after worship) the more fortunes they can get.
Sukawati Market really suits the shoppaholic with limited budget. It is located in Sukawati Village, Gianyar. Its location is relatively strategic and only 8km from Ubud area. It takes 45 minutes from airport. You might rarely find public transportation in Bali. You can go there by taxi, rent a car, or order vehicle through on line application. This market is open daily starting from 08:00 to 18:00. It closes on Hindunese feast days, Nyepi and Galungan Day.
- Sea, Sun, and Sand: Sunday’s Beach Club
Generally speaking, Kuta seems the core of tourism and undoubtedly becomes the crowded area in Bali. Let’s move to the south and leave the razzle-dazzle of Kuta. Sunday’s Beach Club is truly a sweet escape and an alternative for cozy things to do in Kuta. Enjoy sunbathing on the clean sand with the view of crystal clear beach. Pamper yourself with tropical drinks, delightful dining in the beach club bar, and live music of course.