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7 essential things to do in Bali

There are many places of interest to visit in Bali, known as Island of the Gods and an earthly paradise to which we are sure you will not stop returning if one day you visit. The Island of Bali with its thousands of temples, its beautiful rice paddies, its wild nature in the form of lakes, waterfalls and volcanoes, its beaches, together with the friendliness of the people and its healthy and rich gastronomy, will make your days fly by.

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1. Luhur Uluwatu Temple

The Luhur Uluwatu temple, located on a cliff 75 meters high in the south of the island, is one of the most beautiful and one of the essential places to visit in Bali. Built in the 10th century to scare away evil spirits, it stands out for its location and for the thousands of tourists who approach to see its spectacular sunset over the Indian Ocean.

A little more than two hours drive from Ubud, if you are staying in this town it is advisable, for traffic and queuing issues, go with plenty of time before sunset and also take the opportunity to visit some of the best beaches in Bali which are closer like those of Balangan, Padang Padang or Bingin, which although they are not as paradisiacal as those we usually see on postcards, are worth a visit.

Luhur Uluwatu Temple
Luhur Uluwatu Temple Photo: travellingbali.com

2. Ubud

Ubud, our favorite corner of the Island of the Gods, was the place we chose to stay during our trip to Bali. Located in the central part of the island, it is the perfect place to visit all the points of interest of Bali if you do not do a circular route and prefer to fix your residence only in one place.

There are many things to see in Ubud, with a good mix of the traditional with the modern and that go through the Monkey Forest, the temples, the market, enjoy the hiking trails through rice paddies, the traditional houses, the massage and yoga centers, the galleries of art, craft centers and of course, spend hours in their cafes and restaurants full of charm enjoying their delicious cuisine.


3. Rice terraces

Rice is the main crop of Bali and is present in most of its cuisine, so rice terraces are something present throughout the island. Located on hillsides, they are one of the idyllic postcards of the Island of the Gods, especially when they are at their best, full of water and with an intense green.

Around Ubud, there are several very beautiful rice paddy areas, although we would opt for the Tegallalang rice fields, the most beautiful on the island, and those of Jatiluwih surrounded by a great environment, the two best rice paddies in Bali.

Rice Terraces
Rice Terraces

4. Pura Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot, located in the south of the island about an hour from Ubud and built on a rocky islet in the middle of the sea, is another of the best temples to visit in Bali. Arriving at sunrise or sunset to see this particular lighting with the temple in the foreground, the waves breaking on the rocks and the ocean in the background, is one of the best things to do in Bali.

Pura Tanah Lot
Pura Tanah Lot Photo: shazactravel.com

5. Volcanoes

Bali, one of the most essential places to visit in Indonesia, has several volcanoes to be located in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area with great volcanic and seismic activity. The 1717 meter Batur volcano is the highest on the island and the best known and although it remains active, its last eruption was in 1964. Climbing the crater is one of the best excursions you can do in Bali, its panoramic views at sunrise or Sunset of the valley and Lake Batur are incredible and you can also see small smoke coming from the caldera of the volcano.

Plawangan Senaru Crater
Plawangan Senaru Crater

6. Pura Besakih

Located at the foot of Mount Agung and closed these days by a possible eruption of the Agung volcano, it is the most important temple and one of the essential places to visit in Bali. Considered the most sacred temple and recognized as the mother temple of all others, it is a huge complex consisting of 22 temples. Its most prominent temple is the Penataran Agung, built on 7 levels of terraces that represent the layers of the universe, in which only the followers of this religion can climb its grand staircase.

It is not necessary to hire a guide to visit it and it is not advisable to buy souvenirs from children, as we will be giving parents a reason to keep them there and not at school. We recommend traveling to Bali always responsible and leave only our footprints on the earth.

Pura Besakih
Pura Besakih Photo: honairesort.com

7. Waterfalls

Bali, located in Southeast Asia, has its rainy season or monsoon from the end of October until April, although they are not as strong as in other countries, that a large amount of water makes it a paradise full of vegetation, rivers, and lakes. In addition, there are several recommended Bali waterfalls :

- The Git Git waterfall, the highest on the island, easily accessible and perfect for a swim.

Git Git Waterfall
Git Git Waterfall

- The Sekumpul waterfall, located in northern Bali and one of the most impressive in Bali, which can only be accessed by motorcycle.

Sekumpul waterfall
Sekumpul waterfall

- The Goa Batu waterfall, located near the Git Git and which to get there you have to walk a good section along a path through the jungle, although the effort is worth it and we will see many locals bathing.

The Goa Batu waterfall
The Goa Batu waterfall

- The Aling Aling waterfall, one of the best known on the island where you can jump from its top.

Aling Aling waterfall
Aling Aling waterfall Photo by Mamun Srizon on Unsplash

- The Nungnung waterfall, with a large waterfall and where you can bathe in addition to having easy access.

Nungnung waterfall
Nungnung waterfall