Anything goes is probably what best describes travelling Bali. There are several things you can do, but if you are just up for sunbathing at the beach all day long, that’s fine too.
Want to chill at Kuta Beach for a week and watch surfers? Go ahead! Or start surfing yourself? Welcome! Or want to connect to your inner spirit during Yoga classes and try ecological food? No problem!
7 things you could do, but don’t have to:
Even if you are not interested in neither history not spiritual culture of Indonesia, do see at least one or two temples while in Bali. They are wonderful. The most important one is Pura Tana Lot. Popular mostly due its location directly in the sea. Even though mostly crowded, it’s worth to put up with hundreds of other tourists trying to take the perfect selfie.
Alternatively, and if you want a change from the sea for a day, go to Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, located in the north in the middle of Lake Beratan. Equally magical.
Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali and has been home to many European and American artists and writer. It’s the number one destination for shopping and eating, as the centre is littered with small shops and restaurants. Many local artisans offer their handcrafts in small stores lining the streets.
Ubud is rather known as a place to relax, than a party place, night life winds down around nine. Other than Kuta, this city does sleep at night.
3. RICE PADDIES
You will not be able to miss them. And you really don’t want to. Be amazed by the iconic, neverending green, go for a stroll, get lost and take endless pictures.
While Yoga is not necessarily linked to Indonesian Culture neither is there any other historic nor cultural reason why Bali has become one of the number one locations for Yogis all over the world. But now that its here, try it! Whoever choose the incredible view, warm and cosy climate and laid-back Indonesian culture as the perfect Yoga spot, did definitely not have a bad taste.
Most Yoga Studios do drop-in classes, just check the schedule online, and pay as you go. One class should be about 6-10 €/ class. The majority can be found in Ubud and Seminyak. Check out a few suggestions here.
5. KUTA BEACH
The most popular beach in Bali. It’s where the night life takes places, where discos, bars and surf schools are, and one beach resort closes up to the other.
Bali’s coasts are blessed with swell coming directly from the antarctic, turning mostly the south-west and south-east beaches into surfer’s paradise. Especially between April and October you will hardly find a spot, that has not yet been invaded by the cool crowd with their board under their arm.
Just walk down Kuta Beach and you will inevitably find surf school offering classes for beginners to pros, or if you can already stand up on your own, board rental is just as ubiquitous.
7. TAKE A BOAT TRIP TO NUSA LEMBONGAN
Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan, three little, hardly populated islands in the east of Bali offer a nice variation to the normally black or grey beaches of the main island. White sand beaches and a spectecular submarine landscapes with several coral reefs, invite to snorkel and dive. A return tickets costs about 35-45 € per person. Boats leave in the morning and bring you back for the afternoon. Pick up points are normally Sanur, Kuta or Seminyak.
Alternatively, you can go to Nusa Dua beach, which on off season is quite deserted and offers endless white sand.