I have been to Bali a few times now and definitely have my favourite things that I absolutely must do, of course this list is growing all the time but here’s what I have so far… Im not really a Monkey Park or Waterbom Park kind of gal so here you will find all Caitlin approved activities that I try to squeeze in between the Mojitos each and every time!
- Go shopping at Poppy’s Lane in Kuta- Think market stall after market stall, its hot, its sweaty and you need to barter hard… in short, its fabulous. If you love market shopping this is where you go.
- Take a day trip- Ubud, Uluwatu, Nusa Dua take your pick, hire a driver and stay for the day.
I have been to Ubud many times, my fav spots are Tirta Empul temple, the Ubud Markets, Sedona Spa, the Ubud shopping strip – Shopping strip isn’t really the right word, its a few roads and the shops are pretty spaced out as they are where the handicrafts are actually made, generally you are buying from the maker themselves!
I would recommend hiring a car to take you and make sure he knows there is going to be a lot of stopping/ starting.
I bought the most beautiful leather handbag here for $18 and my most priced Bali purchase of all time and my shell chandelier for the bargain price of $40… I was chuffed! Think more unique arty type purchases. Oh and Lunch in the rice fields is pretty much mandatory.
This is me taking part in the ceremony in the Holy Mountain Springs at Tirta Empul up in Ubud… other wise known as my Eat, Prey, Love moment…
- Go Quad bike riding- This is pricey, about $170 AUD per person but it is so worth it! I went with Aussie Bali Adventures and the tour included 2 hours of Quad bike riding on the beach and through the rice fields, lunch or dinner at a beautiful warung pictured below and transport to and from your hotel. It was honestly one of our best experiences, so much fun! **Be sure to book in advance
Quads for life guys, I live for the adrenaline now
The Aussie Bali Adventures website says they provide a sausage sizzle afterwards… imagine our surprise when this restaurant has now been added to the tour as a replacement… I wish I could remember the name but it was stunning!
- Have a fancy spa treatment- I went to 2 spas in my 7 day stay, the first was more of a beauty place where I took care of the mani/ pedi scenario the 2nd was full on relaxation station. Massage, full body scrub followed by a bath in an outdoor copper tub filled with exotic flowers… Bliss.
At Sedona Day Spa in Ubud
- Go to Motel Mexicola– this place is always on my to do list. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is on par… definitely go and check it out. It seems weird to have Mexican food in Bali but honestly the food and drinks are to die for! **Be sure to Book in advance.
- Dine at La Lucciola– This is an Italian restaurant on the beach front next to Potato Head. It is a bit pricier than most other restaurants – more like Australian prices but the quality is top notch. The food is to die for and only beaten by the ocean views… Oh and they have Australian and New Zealand wines… that alone is a big selling point for me! I’m not much of a Vodka or beer gal so the absence of wine really does hit me hard when I go to Bali. **Be Sure to Book in advance.
- Have sunset drinks on the beach bean bags in Seminyak. Get down there around 5pm and snag your spot ready for the sunset. Choose from the many different colourful bars with bean bags for seats, colourful umbrellas and acoustic music playing in the background right there on the sand. The hawkers can be pretty full on here but will leave you alone if you politely decline. Price wise it is pretty reasonable, dinner here is on par with a Warung. No need to book, just rock up!
Probably my all time favourite Bali thing to do
- Do a Balinese Cooking class. The class I did was offered at my hotel the Niksoma in Legian but there are many different ones offered around the places. I know cooking is the last thing on most of our minds when we are on holidays but learning a different cuisine from a local chef is a fun and relaxing experience… plus you get to eat what you made once you’re done!
- Shop at Geneva and Krishna’s. These are both cheap fixed price stores where you can shop in air-conditioned comfort. Geneva is more homewares and Krishna’s is more clothing and jewellery almost with a Bali Kmart feel. These places are great for stocking up on gifts for the poor suckers back at home. Both of these places I would get your taxi to wait for you while you shop, it’s the one place in Bali where taxis are hard to come by… Especially Krishna’s.
- Have your tarot cards read. I went to the Tarot reader at Nirvana Bar in Seminyak, whilst I liked the actual reading and the guy doing it – I probably wouldn’t go here again…. The room was a bit dingy, it smelt heavily like stale cigarette smoke, was loud from the patrons drinking downstairs and had a tattoo parlour in the corner… Now on a Saturday night out on the town none of these things bother me in the slightest but for something like a tarot reading, it does. If I had thought about it ahead of time I would have made a booking with one of the highly recommended tarot readers based up in Ubud. That’s what I’ll be doing next time! In saying that it was a good reading and only cost $30 so maybe I should just stop my whining!
- Laze about at one of the big resorts like Potato Head, Ku de ta, Rock Bar or The W… Stay all day, lay on the sunbeds, drink cocktails and swim in the luxurious pools… Just remember to bring your credit card, these places are pricey and those $14 Mojitos add up quickly.
This is just a snippit of course but these are things I have done whilst over in Bali and loved…Im already planning my next trip!
What about you, do you have any “Bali must see’s” to add to the list?