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Things to do in Bali

Intrepid travelers have long been attracted to Bali—for its natural beauty, colorful culture, and deep spiritual traditions. Just one of literally thousands of islands in the Indonesian archipelago, Bali stands out for its luxury beach resorts, countless Hindu temples, fine handicrafts, great spas, impressive nature parks, and exceptional adventure tours. There’s no lacking for things to do in Bali.

Peruse Travel + Leisure’s guide for the best attractions and activities on the island—we’ll show you what to do in Bali, where to go, and how to make the most of your island vacation. We highlight don’t-miss experiences, like a sunset visit to the 11th-century Uluwatu Temple, a silk tented safari along the banks of the Wos River, and air tours of the lush landscape by helicopter. Less ambitious things to do in Bali include shopping for Balinese sculpture and brightly colored textiles, attending a traditional dance performance, and taking a guided day trip by car to Mount Batur, a still-active volcano. Whether you just want to float in the warm Indian Ocean waters or take in the island’s rich history and culture, T+L’s Bali travel guide has the listings you need.

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  • Air Bali

    A literal Bali High ensues when you see the island from up above. Air Bali’s aircraft (a Bell 206 helicopter seating four, and a Piper Cheyenne pla... More
  • Ayung River Rafting

    A two-hour white-water rafting tour on the rushing Ayung is easily the most exciting way to see Bali’s inland jungles and waterscapes. You’ll paddl... More
  • Backroads

    Active travel (cycling; walking; sea kayaking; rock climbing) paired with unexpected cultural experiences (storytelling in Ireland; a game of boule... More
  • Bali Bird Park

    More than 250 bird species—including hornbills, scarlet macaws, cassowaries, peacocks, and various birds of prey—are housed in more than 60 walk-in... More
  • Bali Spirit Kafe

    Organic café selling indigenous foodstuffs, including local Big Tree Farms' sea salt and spices. More
  • Beaded Boudoir

    This glittering salon, which partially occupies the Kerobokan property of owner Sandra McArthur, is filled with fabulous custom-beaded handiwork. M... More
  • Diane Embree

    Years as agent: 36. Specialties: Indonesia. Consulting fee: Varies. More
  • Esprite Nomade

    A tented safari-style picnic may sound more Out of Africa than Balinese, but an excursion with Esprite Nomade in the hills outside Ubud is one of t... More
  • Gallery Macan Tidur

    American owner (and art historian) Susi Johnston and her Italian partner Bruno Piazza make regular treasure-hunting trips through the Southeast Asi... More
  • Goa Gajah

    Set deep in the Petanu River valley, Goa Gajah—better known as “The Elephant Cave”— houses an ancient (circa 11th-century) Buddhist and Hindu templ... More
  • Green School

    Public tours of the 23-acre campus are held on Mondays and Wednesdays. More
  • Gunung Kawi

    Steeped in mystery, this extraordinary 11th-century monument—just northeast of Ubud—is a true don’t-miss. The parking lot is crammed with hawkers, ... More
  • Hu'u Bar

    Nightclubs in Bali tend to open and close like wind-beaten shutters, but this all-in-one restaurant/bar/party venue has stayed popular for years, m... More
  • Icon Asian Arts Gallery

    One of the best spots on the island to find Balinese art and sculpture. Shelves are filled with vibrant textiles from across Java. More
  • Janet Moore

    Years as agent: 27. Specialties: Middle East, India, Bali, Asia. Consulting fee: None. More

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