Bali is one among thousands of islands that make up the republic of Indonesia. In the midst of the most populous Islamic country in the world, this small island has remained predominantly Hindu. In short, whatever you want to do, you will probably find it in Bali and you can easily spend a month here and still only see a fraction of the sights on offer. The hardest part of a holiday here is choosing where to go first and what you want to see.
Things To Do
Island hopping when in Bali is an absolute must – and luckily, some of our faves are just a hop, skip and a short boat ride away. Just 40 minutes from Bali’s mainland you’ll find Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and our favourite, Nusa Penida. It’s one of Bali’s most breathtaking islands, with pristine landscapes that look like they’re straight out of Jurassic Park.
Hike to the Top of Mount Batur
Sunrise hike up Mount Batur is something we highly recommend (and not just for the delicious breakfast you get at the top!). The hike only takes a couple of hours, and it’s not too challenging, meaning almost anyone can do it.
Explore the Island With Go-Jek
Go-Jek really is a godsend. We can’t remember how we ever survived before this all-in-one app fell from heaven. So, do yourself a favour and download the app as soon as you arrive – you’ll then have access to cheap transport, home-delivered food from all of your fave Bali restaurants, in-villa massages, on-call cleaners, at-home beauty services, personal shoppers, postal services and even home removal vans – all available at your fingertips!
Wild Water Sports
If you want to take your water sport experience to the next level, then Bali is also a great place to try kitesurfing, windsurfing and parasailing. With its warm waters and steady wind, this is the perfect place to get your adrenaline pumping. No matter what kind of water sport you're looking for, Bali has something for everyone. From relaxing stand-up paddle board trips to wild kitesurfing adventures, Bali has it all. So jump in, the waters perfect!
Hit Up One of Bali’s Best Beach Clubs
Bali knows how to do great cocktails, shaken and stirred at some seriously awesome and iconic bars that you simply cannot miss. The perfect place to do that is Finns Beach Club, located in Canggu. This beach club boasts some of the best views in Bali, with white sandy beaches and a stunning infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Must Eat While in Bali
Babi Guling - Suckling Pig
Babi guling, or suckling pig, is one of Bali’s most famous dishes. It is very unlikely to find this dish outside of Bali since a majority of the population in Indonesia are Muslim. The most popular place to eat babi guling is at Pak Malen in Seminyak.
Naughty Nuri’s is a Bali legend. They first opened in 1995 in Ubud and became known for their Indonesian barbecued pork ribs and martinis which the late great Anthony Bourdain famously declared the “best martinis outside of New York”.
Chandi Bebek Betutu
Bebek betutu is another Bali food classic. It’s a special Indonesian dish of steamed Balinese duck heavily seasoned with an Indonesian spice mixture called betutu.