15 Things Bali Is Famous For - Updated 2024

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Blessed with sea temples, volcanic mountains, coral reefs, gorgeous beaches, and verdant rice fields, Bali is a mesmerizing Indonesian island that every traveler aims to explore. Surfers visit this island for its legendary swells, hikers to trek up incredible volcanic peaks and explore jaw-dropping waterfalls, and cyclists to bike through lush greenery dotted with traditional hamlets and rice terraces. Magnificent sea temples, rich art scene, outstanding shopping venues, and rejuvenating spa treatments are other prominent factors that draw tourists to Bali. So, if you are heading out to Bali for your coming vacations, learning popular things on this fascinating island can make your travel experience here more enjoyable. You are more than welcome to plan ahead and check out some of the best Airbnb vacation rentals and beachfront villas for your upcoming vacation as well. Get to know this magnificent island, and read on to learn about the best things Bali is famous for.

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With all these beautiful sights, Bali is rightfully known as the Island of the Gods. It also has magical ocean views all around that will delight you.

1. Bali Safari and Marine Park

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One of the best places to visit in Bali that’s going to entertain all ages is Bali Safari and Marine Park. This wildlife and safari park on the island is located in Gianyar and features facilities like the waterpark, the Fun Zone, and the Amazing Bali Theatre, among others. Ganesha Park, a mini-park with a huge statue of the elephant-headed deity Ganesha, is found in this attraction as well. Tourists may come across elephants bathing in this area of the park. There is also a temple, Pura Safari, at the park where people of Hindu Dharma can worship.

Bali Safari and Marine Park

Address: Jl. Profesor Jl. Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra No.km 19,8, Serongga, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80551, Indonesia

Website: Bali Safari and Marine Park

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2. Bunut Bolong

Bunut Bolong
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An interesting attraction in Bali that you should pay a quick visit to is Bunut Bolong. It’s definitely one that you should bring out the camera for. Bunut Bolong is a banyan tree that is a few centuries old and has a hollow trunk that serves as a tunnel. This unique natural landmark in Bali is located in the idyllic village of Manggisari in Jembrana. Besides the fascinating photos that you will capture here, another great thing about visiting this site is that it is free! There are various roadside vendors, though, if you want to bring home a little souvenir.

Bunut Bolong

Address: Desa Manggisari, Manggissari, Kec. Pekutatan, Kabupaten Jembrana, Bali 82262, Indonesia

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3. Bali Swing

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Perhaps the one thing that Bali is most associated with, especially on social media, is the Bali Swing. It is one of the most Instagrammable sites on the island, and for such good reason! Where better to take scenic photos than this place where you can go high up in the air with the jungle landscape as your backdrop? This attraction is open until 5pm daily and is part of a theme park where you can participate in various tours such as rafting, quad riding, and even a romantic tour aboard a vintage Volkswagen!

Bali Swing

Address: Jl. Dewi Saraswati No.7, Bongkasa Pertiwi, Kec. Abiansemal, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80352, Indonesia

Website: Bali Swing

Opening hours: 8am - 5pm (daily)

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4. Ubud

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Ubud belongs to the list of the best tourist areas on the island. This town is nestled between rice terraces in Gianyar. It has served as a major arts and culture center of Bali, being home to the most number of art museums and galleries on the island. Some of the best things to do in this area are taking a scenic walk along Campuhan Ridge Walk, paying a visit to the quaint Pura Taman Saraswati temple, getting to know the textile culture ad Threads of Life, and just enjoying a tour of attractions like Museum Rudana, Goa Gajah, and Agung Rai Museum of Art.

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Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary Temple Of Penataran Agung Lempuyang

Ubud was our favourite place in Bali. It is not only full of culture but also offers fun activities and great food. We ate some delicious Balinese food at local warungs here (definitely eat at a local warung if you want a cheaper meal) and also had the best burger we've ever had in our lives! For an amazing photo op, I'd suggest taking about a two-and-a-half-hour drive to Temple Of Penataran Agung Lempuyang.

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Here are some other things you can enjoy in Ubud:

1. Visit the Tegallalang Rice Fields. There is so much to see here! You can walk around the rice terraces and explore the whole park, take photos in birds’ nests and beautiful platforms, swing over the rice fields, and even bike through the sky! Trust me, it’s so worth it!

2. Go waterfall hunting. There are many incredible waterfalls around Ubud. You should rent a bike or go on a private tour and take a day to explore the incredible waterfalls hidden in the Balinese jungle!

3. Check out the Monkey Forest! The Monkey Forest is truly a wonderful place. Monkeys are free to roam around and jump from tree to tree in the presence of visitors. Be careful though; remember that they are wild animals and not tourist attractions and be respectful of the rules.

4. Stay at a bamboo villa! It is the coolest experience ever, especially if, like me, your villa has the most incredible rice field as a view.

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5. Seminyak

Seminyak, Bali
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Bali sure is a hotspot for beach lovers. One of its best areas with luxurious beaches and accommodations is Seminyak on its southern end. It is a playground for those who want to splurge. Seminyak is home to various upscale hotels, villas, and spas. It is the perfect combination of old and new, with high-end and sophisticated restaurants and other shops located amongst the quiet nature. Here is where you’ll find the pristine and white Seminyak Beach as well as the enchanting Pura Petinget Temple.

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6. Kecak dance

Kecak Dance
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Kecan dance is a magnificent and traditional dance performed in Bali. It is often performed in the Uluwatu temple. Gaze at the sweeping views of the sunset from the temple area while you watch the performers. It is a fire dance portraying a story of the Ramayana, enacted in a dramatic manner. Kids love watching the character of Hanuman, and you are sure to enjoy watching this amazing dance, which portraits an ancient tale in the form of an appreciable performance.

Kecak dance at Uluwatu Temple

Address: Kecak dance, Uluwatu Temple, Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Website: Kecak dance

Opening hours: 6pm - 7pm (daily)

Price: 10 USD

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7. Kuta Beach

Kuta beach
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What is Bali known for that may appeal to most travelers? Kuta Beach! It is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. It gained popularity due to a great number of surfers visiting it and backpackers exploring it while traveling through Southeast Asia. The gentle and small waves and the soft sand make it an ideal beach for people to learn and practice surfing. Besides surfers, yoga enthusiasts, joggers, and groups of visitors playing volleyball and football often throng the beach. So, if you are a beach lover, make sure you visit Kuta Beach during your excursion in Bali.

Kuta Beach

Address: Kuta Beach, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia Kuta 80361, Indonesia

Website: Kuta Beach

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A view of Kuta Beach from Beachwalk Mall Sunset in Kuta Beach

Definitely go here for the sunset. What's good about Kuta Beach is that it is only a few steps away from malls, restaurants, bars, and stores. In fact, there are bars right at the beach area. Grab yourself a cold beer or a glass of fancy cocktail, pick a beanbag with the best, unobstructed view of the ocean, and just enjoy your afternoon. It doesn't even have to be a full day at the beach either. You can make Kuta Beach a quick stop on your shopping day.

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8. Ubud Art Market

Ubud Art Market
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Ubud Art Market is a famous, local market which sells exquisite artifacts, created by Balinese artists. You can find it across the Ubud Palace. Shop for interesting artsy stuff here. You can find intricate statues, multicolored T-shirts, beautiful rattan bags, accessories, hats, and many other wonderful things to buy for yourself and as souvenirs. So, make it a point to visit Ubud Art Market when vacationing in Bali.

Ubud Art Market

Address: Ubud Art Market, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Website: Ubud Art Market

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9. Mount Batur

Mount Batur
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Mount Batur is a magnificent active volcano situated in the northwestern part of Bali. Discover the amazing Lake Batur while there. The trip to the Batur Lake also takes you to Ulun Danu Batur temple, Toya Bungkah, and a number of hot springs. Capture panoramic views of the breathtaking Mount Batur between 10 am to 3 pm. Mount Batur is also famous for climbing and hiking. Enjoy exploring this Bali attraction on your upcoming holiday!

Mount Batur

Address: Mount Batur, South Batur, Kintamani, Bangli Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Website: Mount Batur

Opening hours: 24/7

Price: 20 USD

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If you're hiking up this active volcano, be aware that you'll have to wake up at 2 am to catch the sunrise. But the view at the top is painfully breathtaking.
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10. Goa Gajah

Goa Gajah Front
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Goa Gajah, which is also popular as the Elephant Cave, is a historical site. It is situated near Ubud on the island of Bali. Goa Gajah was constructed in the ninth century. Fierce faces, whose purpose is believed to have driven away evil spirits, are carved into the stone. A Ganesh stone statue is also present inside the temple. So, make sure you visit Goa Gajah when in Bali.

Goa Gajah

Address: Goa Gajah, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Website: Goa Gajah

Opening hours: 24/7

Price: 1.15 USD

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11. Rich culture (from USD 60.0)

Balinese culture is famous worldwide, and it’s known for its unique Indonesian art and culture steeped in an age-old tradition. Balinese culture is popular for its sculpture, dance, and drama. Even in the countryside and rural areas one can find magnificent temples and talented artists. You can perceive the outstanding skills of Balinese artists through their art and craft. You are sure to be impressed with art forms, such as painting, sculpture, woodcarvings, and performing arts. So, appreciate the rich culture of Bali as you tour through this fascinating Indonesian island.

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Volcano Unveiled Tour In Kintamani Batur Volcanoes

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12. Silver in Celuk (from USD 47.0)

Silver in Celuk, Bali is quite popular. Celuk village on an Indonesian island is known for amazing crafts in silver which you can then get at quite affordable prices. You can find beautiful silver articles here. In fact, Celuk village in Ubud is widely popular for its production of exquisite jewelry. Craftsmen create magnificent silver crafts in their shops and home, and the skills have been carried over through generations. So, don’t miss visiting Celuk when in Bali. Buy your choice of silver craft or jewelry from here.

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Ubud Make Your Own Silver Jewelry Small-Group Half-Day Class

Duration: 3 hours

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13. Rice terraces (from USD 64.0)

Bali is also famous for its emerald rice terraces, which every tourist in Bali should visit. Rice paddies here are a crucial part of the heritage of the people. Subak, which is a centuries-old traditional Balinese irrigation system, can be found here. One of the prominent rice terraces here is Jatiluwih, has also been included by UNESCO in its list of world cultural landscapes. Tegallalang features spectacular rice terraces across the valley. Sidemen, Rendang, Pererenan, Papuan, Munduk rice fields, and Soka rice fields are other popular rice terraces in Bali which you should definitely visit.

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Working by Ubud's rice terraces

I love Ubud's peaceful vibe. I usually pick a cafe by the rice terraces, order one fresh young coconut, and just sit there with my laptop to work. These rice terraces are owned by locals and are authentic, so you would occasionally see cows and ducks roaming around. Better not forget to bring your camera!

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Ubud Village, Rice Terrace and Ubud Swing with It Bird Nest

Duration: 7 to 8 hours

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14. Temples (from USD 93.0)

Ancient temples in Bali are prominent attractions that dot the coastline and highlands. Bali is home to more than 10,000 religious places. You can find magnificent temples in this Indonesian island with exotic backdrops, and they feature beautiful ancient architecture. You can also find incredible sea temples in Bali. Tanah Lot and Uluwatu are some of the marvelous temples which you simply can’t afford to miss. Besakih Temple, Goa Gajah, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Gunung Kawi Temple, Taman Ayun Temple, and Batukaru Temple are some of the mesmerizing temples which you should visit when touring through Bali.

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Inside Taman Ayun Temple The Main Gate of Taman Ayun Temple

I have been to many temples in Bali, and I recommend Taman Ayun Temple near Denpasar if you want to experience the genuine vibe without having to travel too far from the city. From my own experience, this temple has never been so packed with tourists as they prefer other more popular temples such as Tanah Lot and Uluwatu. By itself, it is an architectural gem. And my main reason to keep coming back here is the tranquility of this temple. I like having a picnic with my family in one of their gazebos next to the river. 

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Full-day Balinese Culture and Temples Tour of Bali

Duration: 8 hours

15. Ubud Monkey Forest (from USD 60.0)

Ubud Monkey Forest is a wonderful sanctuary, a tranquil natural habitat of the Balinese long-tailed monkeys. The forest is in Padangtegal, Ubud in Bali. It is home to about 749 monkeys and the monkeys are divided into six different groups, namely the forest conservation group, Michelin group, in-front-of-the-main-temple group, eastern group, cemeteries group, and central point group. Villagers of Padangtegal regard the Monkey Forest as a crucial spiritual, educational, economic, and conservation center of the village. So, make sure you visit this amazing sanctuary. You can also visit Tegalalang Rice Terrace after visiting it.

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Experience the true spirit of Bali

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Bali is a mesmerizing Indonesian island which is world famous for its beautiful places, rich culture, history, arts and crafts, gorgeous beaches, and many more things. So, when you visit Bali during your vacation, do check out this list of famous things in Bali, Indonesia.

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Bali Handara Gate Balinese cooking class Flower bath at the Aduya Resort Balinese food

If you're planning a 10-day stay in Bali like us, check out some more recommendations below:

- Relax in a flower bath at the Aduya Resort

- Take part in a Balinese cooking class

- Go coffee tasting at Intan Sari Luwak Coffee ⁣

- Explore the Gili Islands and see the underwater statues at Gili Trawangan

- Swim at Banyumala Twin Waterfalls

- Get your IG photo at Handara Gate

- Go temple hopping - one of my favourites was Pura Tirta Empul

⁣- Party by the pool at Finns Beach Club

- Have a floating pool breakfast at Cabina Bali

- Dance in one of the many clubs in Canggu (We went to Shishi and they served free cocktails from 9 pm to 11 pm)⁣

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