Things to Do in Indonesia

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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... Read More

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. Paddle through... Read More

More than 250 bird species—including hornbills, scarlet macaws, cassowaries, peacocks, and various birds of prey—are housed in more than 60... Read More

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

Silk dresses in turquoise, crimson, and saffron, plus one-of-a-kind cashmere shawls, are the standouts. Read More

The world's largest Buddhist stupa. Read More

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Where It Is: Set in the Indonesian province of South East Sulawesi, the Wakatobi preserve spreads across hundreds of square miles of thriving coral... Read More

Where It Is: Four large islands and hundreds of smaller land masses make up the immense archipelago of Raja Ampat, set in the Pacific waters off the... Read More

Seminyak's stylish restaurants and bars are all located on a road parallel to the beach. Set apart from the upmarket beach clubs, this strip, known... Read More

Set right on the grounds of an elephant sanctuary 30 minutes north of Ubud, the Elephant Safari Park Lodge—opened in March 2008—allows... Read More

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... Read More

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

Set deep in the Petanu River valley, Goa Gajah—better known as “The Elephant Cave”— houses an ancient (circa 11th-century)... Read More

The Green School is carved out of the jungle, so wear appropriate walking shoes to scale the grounds. On the tour, you'll learn about the sustainable... Read More

Steeped in mystery, this extraordinary 11th-century monument—just northeast of Ubud—is a true don’t-miss. The parking lot is crammed... Read More

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, mostly... Read More

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

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

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

American husband-and-wife team Katherine and Rally Dupps create bold geometric patterns for their cheery line of pillows, table linens, and wall hangings. Read More

Dance on this Hindu island is, in itself, a religion and supplication to the gods. Accordingly, Balinese dances are as varied and intricate as the... Read More

Many tourists make a quick, guided daytrip to see this 5,000-foot, still-active volcano near the northwestern village of Kintamani—but it's a much... Read More

Head to the southernmost point of the to the island’s Bukit Peninsula for the views from one of Bali’s most sacred temples, Pura Luhur... Read More

Balinese Barong on Rangda dance performances take place at Pura Taman Saraswati (Ubud Water Palace). It's the hub of Ubud, and surrounded by crafts stalls. Read More

UNESCO lists Bali's rice terrace fields and subak irrigation system as a cultural landscape of Bali. Although not the protected World Heritage site ... Read More

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

The best place in Bali to catch some waves is at the surfer's paradise of Canggu, which has some of the best breaks on the island. Beginners should... Read More

Tanah Lot, Bali's most dramatically situated temple, poised on a rocky headland that becomes an island at high tide. Read More

This stylish antique-and-housewares shop, across from The Four Seasons in Sayan, sells elegant furnishings, carpets, textiles, and objects that reflect... Read More

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

One of the holiest temples on an island that is home to more than 20,000, Tirta Empul, in the small town of Tampaksiring, is a half-hour drive outside... Read More

A visit here is more than a shopping trip, it is a visual experience. Goldsmiths, both Balinese and international, sell their one-of-a-kind modern... Read More

Dance on this Hindu island is a religion and supplication to the gods. Accordingly, Balinese dances are as varied and intricate as the deities they... Read More

This beautifully maintained stable just outside Seminyak offers guided horseback rides twice a day—in the morning and at sunsest—on Seminyak... Read More

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

Designed to resemble a traditional Javanese house, this renowned home furnishings store is located in Kerobokan, about seven miles north of Kuta.... Read More

Bali is still a deeply spiritual island, with Hinduism playing a big part in the everyday lives of locals. As a result of this strong affinity, yoga—an... Read More

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