Things to see and do in Bali

An exotic province brimming with island attractions, there is no shortage of things to see and do in Bali.

Popular attractions in Bali

Tanah Lot

Watch the sun set behind Tanah Lot temple

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Tanah Lot temple is one of Bali's most recognizable landmarks, located off the coast of Tabanan, a 90-minute drive from Kuta. You can visit at any time of day, but it's best at sunset when the silhouettes of tiered shrines surrounded by crashing waves create an exotic view.

Low tide reveals rocky causeways to the base of the temple, and snakes dwell in crevices here, believed to be guardians of the temple. You can bargain for souvenirs at the local stalls lining the pathways leading to Tanah Lot temple, stay for a sunset dinner at the cliff edge, or book a seat for a Kecak performance nearby.

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Ubud Monkey Forest

Feed the cheeky monkeys at the Ubud Monkey Forest

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  • Sightseeing
  • Forest
  • Natural attractions
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Ubud Monkey Forest is one of the area's central landmarks and most popular attractions, just 10 minutes south of the Ubud Royal Palace and traditional art market. You can watch playful grey long-tailed macaques in their natural habitat, swinging through the trees, lazing around, or playing along the many paths that wind through the forest.

The forest is well-preserved by a local community-based management program, which monitors the health of the monkeys, including their diet, but you can still buy a small ration of bananas to feed the furry animals. Other highlights include ancient temples deep within the forest and statues overgrown by banyan vines.

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Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Enjoy wonderful valley views over the Tegalalang Rice Terrace

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  • Cafe
  • Eat and drink
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The Tegalalang Rice Terrace is one of Ubud's most famous scenic viewpoints, and is just a 10-minute drive north from Ubud central. You can take in wide valley views from the roadside, with rice terraces in shades of green or yellow spreading across the slopes of the valley.

The cool and breezy viewpoint overlooking Tegalalang Rice Terrace is a popular spot for snapping memorable photos, and you can also enjoy the view over lunch at the various restaurants. You can strike a good bargain for locally made artworks and souvenirs at the art shops that line the roadside.

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Uluwatu Temple

See memorable sunsets and friendly monkeys at Uluwatu Temple

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  • Sightseeing
  • Temple
  • Top attractions
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The 10th-century Uluwatu Temple is one of the main landmarks in Jimbaran, the famous beach resort area just south of Bali's Ngurah Rai airport. The temple is famous for its dramatic setting, 70 meters up on a limestone cliff, overlooking the crashing waves of the Indian Ocean.

The lush forests beside Uluwatu Temple are home to hordes of grey long-tailed macaques, which visit the courtyards and pathways throughout the temple grounds. It's a great spot to watch a memorable Bali sunset, particularly at the open amphitheater nearby, where Kecak dance performances are held with the temple's shrines and vast seascape as a backdrop.

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Ubud Traditional Art Market

Find Balinese paintings and sculptures at Ubud Traditional Art Market

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The Ubud Traditional Art Market is one of Ubud's central highlights, just across the road from the Ubud Royal Palace. The market is open daily and you can browse through many different shops and stalls, seeing anything from colorful beach cloths and silken batiks, to statues, traditional Balinese kites, woven homeware, and many other curios.

You can practice your haggling skills with most of the vendors at the Ubud Traditional Art Market, particularly those around the backstreets, behind the main market site. You can also combine your shopping tour of the market with a visit to the Ubud Monkey Forest, which is just a 15-minute walk south.

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Bali Marine and Safari Park

Enjoy an African safari at Bali Marine and Safari Park

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  • Sightseeing
  • Zoos and aquariums
  • Top attractions
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Bali Marine and Safari Park offers a full and fun day out for families. Its safari bus rides visit a series of large animal enclosures throughout the park's 40-hectare grounds, which mimic the natural habitats of the resident spotted deers, Himalayan bears, nilgai, black bucks, African hippos, zebras, wildebeest, and ostriches, to name a few.

The park features inspiring and educational elephant talent shows, and you can also take photos with some of the animals. An aquarium section is home to many marine and freshwater fish, including piranhas. If you're visiting with young kids, you can have an extra fun time together at the onsite water and amusement parks.

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Goa Lawah Temple

Witness the swarms of bats at Goa Lawah Temple

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  • Sightseeing
  • Temple
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The Goa Lawah Temple is one of the top highlights in East Bali. The large complex of Goa Lawah is set under a lush hill, by the main road that connects southern Bali to the popular coastal resort of Candidasa in the east. Behind the temple's main courtyard is a cave opening that's home to thousands of bats, from which the temple gets its name.

It's best to visit Goa Lawah Temple near sunset, when the bats swarm out into the skies to start feeding on airborne insects. Across the road is an exotic black-sand beach named after it, lined with kiosks selling refreshments.

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Denpasar Market

Shop for fresh produce and local souvenirs at Denpasar Market

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Denpasar Market, locally known as Pasar Badung, is Bali's largest traditional market, and is the local alternative to a supermarket for the people of the island's provincial capital. Here, you can find vendors selling household supplies, fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers from the farms in the island's central highlands.

Many different stalls open well before dawn and some others open after sunset, making it both a day and night market. The shopping scene at Denpasar Market is often hectic, with tight aisles and stalls selling different items. The wide variety of goods and fresh produce available for negotiable prices makes it a must-visit for bargain hunters.

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Beachwalk

Shop, dine, and have fun at Kuta Beachwalk

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  • Activities
  • Shopping centre
  • Shopping
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As Kuta's largest shopping mall, Kuta Beachwalk offers a modern mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment over 3 levels. The mall complex is spread over 3.7 hectares, and is just across the road from Kuta Beach, convenient if you need a break from the sun, sea, and sand.

Kuta Beachwalk's design and layout features ample open-air garden spaces. Its range of tenants include international fashion brands like Versace and GAP, as well as a collection of restaurants and fast-food franchises such as Tony Roma's and Burger King. Highlights for families include a Cineplex movie theatre, games arcade, and kids' playground.

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Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

Ride a Segway around the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

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  • Sightseeing
  • Temple
  • Top attractions
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Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, up in the hills of Jimbaran in south Bali, is home to Bali's largest monument-to-be, which depicts the Hindu god Vishnu and the mythical Garuda bird. The park is open to the public, so you can go for leisurely walks around the carved limestone grounds, where parts of the giant statue are on display.

An open stage at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park features regular Balinese dance performances. You can also find an art shop and exhibition gallery onsite, together with 2 restaurants offering panoramic views, and ATV and Segway rentals for a more fun alternative to walking.

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