You are thinking about visiting Bali, but you don’t know what to do there and where to go? We got you. The options on this little island can be overwhelming, so here are 10 activities for your Bali bucket list, that you can’t miss. Most of these spots are less crowded and a little bit off the path. So, if you want to explore the hidden and authentic Bali, this is your blog post.
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Go surfing at Canggu Berawa Beach
This is actually one of the main things you just have to do in Bali. Canggu can be crowded, but there is a reason for that. The sunsets are just breathtaking. Once you have seen them in real life, you just can’t forget the vibrant colors covering the sky and the whole area shining in orange hues. Especially, going for a surf during sunset gives you a very special feeling. We would recommend to lend a surfboard at the beach around 4 pm, so you have around 2 hours to surf until the sun starts setting. As an alternative, if you don’t like surfing you can just lay on the beach, chill, and talk to other travelers. Just feel the vibe of Canggu.
Adress: Jl. Pemelisan Agung, Tibubeneng, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesien
Catch the sunrise at Tegalalang Rice Terraces
When you are coming to Bali, you probably have heard about the Tegalalang Rice Terraces. The view over the rice fields surrounded by palm trees is unique and breathtaking. In the morning for sunrise is the best time to visit, before all the tourist groups arrive. It’s the only time of the day where you can appreciate the beauty of this place without hundreds of people walking around. That is the reason why it is totally worth to wake up very early to experience the sun rising over the fields.
Adress: Jl. Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Kec. Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesien
Skinny dipping at a secret waterfall
In Bali there are hundreds of waterfalls. Literally, in every little corner you can find small and even big waterfalls flowing down the rocks. And let’s be honest – there is something magical about the water rushing and the green leaves blowing in the wind. However, many spots in Bali are overcrowded. That is the reason why we were hunting hidden small waterfalls on little paths off the road. And spoiler alert…we were lucky and found some amazing secret waterfalls, that you just have to tick off your Bali bucket list. This one is near the famous Git Git Waterfall in the north of Bali. We didn’t want to pay for the entrance to Git Git, so we drove a little bit down the road and we found this hidden gem. And what is better than jumping in the water topless, when there’s no one around?
Adress: Air Terjun Bertingkat Desa, Gitgit, Sukasada, Buleleng Regency, Bali 81161, Indonesien
Enjoy the beauty of nature at Bangkiang Djaran Waterfall
Another lost waterfall we found during our Bali trip is the Taman Bangli Waterfall. When we came there, we had the area completely to ourselves. That made this a very special experience. The spot actually contains many waterfalls and a little temple, where later on some local children started playing around. Even though this waterfall may not be the biggest or most spectacular, it has a very special vibe to itself. You must visit this one!
Adress: Br Jelekungkang, Taman Bali, Kec. Bangli, Kabupaten Bangli, Bali 80752, Indonesien
Get an adrenaline kick at Seganging Waterfall, Nusa Penida
Everybody wants to see Kelingking Beach at Nusa Penida, but honestly, I’ve never seen such a big crowd of people climbing down to a beach…The Klungkung Beach is the perfect alternative. There are fewer people (nearly no one), since nobody wants to climb down the wall to get there and it’s less famous. Actually, it is not that safe to climb down the cliff, as the wall is very steep. However, if you are up to a little adventure and exploring, this is your thing. Climb down the cliff to reach a little spring, that flows directly into the ocean. This place is full of energy and the view is insane!
Adress: Bunga Mekar, Nusapenida, Klungkung Regency, Bali 80771, Indonesien
Watch the sunset at Selong Belanak Beach, Lombok
If you are in Bali, you should definitely also check out Lombok. It’s basically Bali in a quieter version. We loved exploring this island, especially the beaches in Lombok have a lot to offer. Blue hues as wide as you can see and white sand along the coast. One beach you can’t miss is the Selong Belanak Beach in Lombok. This one is so special, because every evening at 6 p.m a farmer with his cows is walking by. The herd of cows give this experience a very special vibe. You just have to see this in real life to know what we mean.
Adress: Selong Belanak, West Praya, Central Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara 83572, Indonesien
Drive a badass motorcycle on a black beach
In Bali, you can get around by either renting a scooter or, if you want to look badass you can also get a custom motorcycle. It’s not only ten times more fun driving around with these, but it also looks pretty cool, to be honest. Of course, you need to have a license for driving a motorbike. However, if you manage to get your hand on one of these, the best thing to do is driving to a black beach and playing around in the sand. We rented ours at Leo Custom Bikes, here’s their Instagram. The best option, if you are in Canggu, is to check out Pasut Beach. It’s a 40 min drive from Canggu and we would recommend going in the evening around sunset.
Adress: Jalan Raya Pasut, Tibubiu, Kec. Kerambitan, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali, Indonesien
Watch the pro surfers in Uluwatu
Bali is full of surfers. Many travelers take surf lessons or are renting boards at the beach. However, the best (aka. biggest) waves in Bali you can find are in the South. Not only is the South full of beautiful beaches, but you can also watch the real pro surfers there. And we can tell you, this is so incredible to see them owning the wave and doing the craziest stunts. The surfer scene in Bali is definitely a point for your bucket list.
We hope you liked our Bali bucket list activities and maybe try some of them the next time you are visiting the island. Let us know if you liked the spots of if you have found some new ones in the comments!
If you want to know how we traveled trough Bali, Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan/Lembongan, Gili Air and Lombok, here you can find our Bali travel guide.