Bali

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.

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 the most decadent ways to spend an afternoon on the island.

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

This stylish antique-and-housewares shop, across from The Four Seasons in Sayan, sells elegant furnishings, carpets, textiles, and objects that reflect the Southeast-Asian expertise of English treasure-hunter Deborah Gardner.

More than 250 bird species—including hornbills, scarlet macaws, cassowaries, peacocks, and various birds of prey—are housed in more than 60 walk-in aviaries at this park.

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

George Clooney, Liz Hurley, and Richard Branson have all shipped furniture home from this two-tiered showroom in Seminyak.

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.

Known for its modern, affordable ceramics.  Pick up stylish tableware at this Bali standout.

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

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 plane seating six) run an array of over-the-top tours (pun intended) from Ngurah Rai Airport.

Textile gallery and emporium that supports local women's weaving cooperatives.

American owner (and art historian) Susi Johnston and her Italian partner Bruno Piazza make regular treasure-hunting trips through the Southeast Asian outback for one-of-a-kind artifacts—which wind up in their shop. Susi focuses on 18th-century textiles; Bruno on tribal art and ancient jewelry.

The Sayan Valley, along the Ayung River, is one of the island's most stunningly beautiful places - perfect for a quiet walk.

Public tours of the 23-acre campus are held on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Waka’s Land Rover tours (led by charismatic, knowledgeable, Indiana Jones-esque guides), allow guests to explore some of Bali’s most far-flung and magical places.