24 Unforgettable Things to Do in Bali

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Things to do in bali - Sunrise at the summit of Mount Batur.
Sunrise at the summit of Mount Batur. Photo credit: Jill Kane

Bali, Indonesia’s most famous island, captured my heart so much that I stayed there for three months after traveling around other parts of Southeast Asia. During that time, I met many people from around the world who managed to have an amazing experience in a shorter two to three-week holiday.

Even after three months, there were still many things I didn’t get to do, so I would go back in a heartbeat. In this article, I’ll share my favorite things to do as a solo female traveler around Bali, along with some of my favorite places to stay and eat.

SheBuysTravel Tip: While Bali is generally safe for female travelers, it’s always important to take precautions. Be aware of your surroundings, avoid walking alone at night, and trust your instincts.

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1. Mount Batur Sunrise Hike

Experience Bali’s spirituality and witness one of the most breathtaking sunrises in the world with a hike up Mount Batur. This spiritual location is of great significance to the Balinese Hindu community. After the early morning hike, we relaxed at the top for about an hour as we drank coffee and watched the sunset, An absolute must-do for the best views on the island!

SheBuysTravel Tip: Bali requires that you have a tour guide for this hike, which is definitely for the best. Bali tour guides are known for their enthusiasm and abundant helpfulness, especially when it comes to taking the perfect scenic portrait. You can be sure they will go above and beyond!

2. The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

This is a must-visit attraction for animal lovers and offers a unique opportunity to interact with playful macaques in their natural habitat. However, visitors should avoid bringing any food or drinks into the sanctuary, as the monkeys are wild animals after all.

3. Art Markets and Museums

Art enthusiasts can explore the Neka Art Museum and gain insights into the rich local artistry. Ubud is the art capital of Bali and is home to at least four fantastic museums worth visiting and the local art markets are always a hit with visitors. You can find beautiful paintings and crafts here that make the perfect souvenirs to savor your holiday memories.

Things to do in bali - Tegalalang Rice Terraces.
Tegalalang Rice Terraces. Photo credit: Jill Kane

4. Tegalalang Rice Terraces

For those who enjoy outdoor activities, a visit here provides an opportunity to witness the stunning scenery of the rice paddies. One of the more popular terraces on the island, Tegalalang is where you will find the famous Bali swing and other fun photo opportunities.

5. White Water Rafting on the Ayung River

Such a fun experience for adventure-seekers! Less wild rapids and more stunning river views, this activity is suitable for everyone and be sure to include a stop in the jungle for a refreshing beer, It’s recommended to book with a reputable tour company for the best experience.

6. Have a Spa Day

Those seeking a more relaxing experience can indulge in a spa treatment at the Karsa Spa. It’s recommended to book in advance to ensure availability.

Things to do in bali - Melukat Pura Mengening Water Purification Ceremony.
Melukat Pura Mengening Water Purification Ceremony. Photo credit: Jill Kane

7. Melukat Pura Mengening Water Purification Ceremony

For those who truly want to experience Balinese culture, there are several water purification ceremonies you can take part in. My favorite was at Melukat Pura Mengening. This spiritual practice offers a chance to cleanse your mind, body, and soul.

8. Taman Beji Griya Waterfall

Discover inner peace and well-being at Taman Beji Griya Waterfall, a unique wellness center that combines natural beauty with holistic healing. This beautiful water temple is a must-visit for anyone seeking spiritual rejuvenation.

SheBuysTravel Tip: Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit to enjoy a refreshing dip in the waterfall.

9. Tirta Empul Temple

Experience the Balinese Hindu culture and its connection to spirituality and healing at Tirta Empul Temple. This sacred site is a place of purification and ritual bathing for Balinese Hindus and a must-visit for anyone seeking a spiritual awakening.

SheBuysTravel Tip: Always respect the Hindu temple’s customs and wear a sarong and sash, which are available for rent at each site.

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Things to do in bali - Pyramids of Chi
Pyramids of Chi. Photo credit: Jill Kane

10. Pyramids of Chi

This unique and fascinating destination in Ubud offers a diverse range of activities for solo travelers. You can participate in sound healing sessions, meditation classes, and yoga retreats, all designed to promote relaxation and healing. The pyramids themselves are also a sight to behold, with their impressive architecture, an on-site cafe, and stunning views of the surrounding rice paddies. Their Full Moon Cacao ceremony was a highlight of my trip!

SheBuysTravel Tip: Make sure to book in advance on their website (linked above) as this is a hot spot in Bali.

11. Surfing at Echo Beach

Renowned for its great waves, this surfer’s paradise makes it a perfect spot for beginner surf lessons and pros alike to catch a wave or two.

12. Shopping at Love Anchor Market

The Love Anchor Market is a fantastic place to unwind and discover some of the local shopping delights of Canggu.

13. Relaxing at Seminyak or Kuta Beach

If you’re seeking some more relaxation spots and white sand beaches, take a day trip to Seminyak or Kuta for the best beach vibe.

Things to do in bali - Snorkeling with turtles in Bali
Snorkeling with turtles in Bali. Photo credit: Jill Kane

14. Diving and Snorkeling in Amed

Amed is a far less touristy location in the far east of the island, known for its vibrant underwater world, and is a great place for diving and snorkeling. If you’re new to diving, take a beginner’s course before diving into the deep waters.

15. Exploring the USS Liberty Shipwreck

Experienced divers can explore the USS Liberty Shipwreck, which is home to a diverse range of marine life. This dive sight is stunning with the wreck being about 130m long. The shallowest part at about 5 m deep and the deepest point on the other side of the wreck is about 30 m deep.

16. Swimming with Dolphins in the Wild

A half-day trip to Lovina is a great opportunity to swim with dolphins in the wild. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience dolphins in their natural habitat, being pulled along by a sailboat with your snorkel in the water, you can be at one with the dolphins who freely come to swim and perform alongside you! This was a truly stunning day out.

17. Asia’s Best Waterpark!

I spent a full day at Waterbom on my own and it was so much fun, I was kept busy with the many slides and activities available. Perfect for kids and thrill-seeking adults, there should be no need to book in advance so this beautiful park in Kuta is the perfect last-minute day out.

Things to do in bali - Uluwatu Temple and Kecak Dance performance.
Uluwatu Temple and Kecak Dance performance. Photo credit: Jill Kane

18. Uluwatu Temple and Kecak Dance Performance

The cultural Kecak Dance performance is a fantastic way to experience some true Balinese entertainment. Although there is a variety around the island, Uluwatu temple is by far the best! Held every day at 6 pm in the temple’s open-air amphitheater, so make sure to arrive early to secure a spot. It is recommended to visit the temple in the late afternoon to enjoy the sunset view.

19. Visiting Finns Beach Club 

Bali’s most well-known spot that hosts famous DJs throughout the year, making it a perfect place to let your hair down and enjoy some great music.

Things to do in bali - Hindu Temples in Bali.
Hindu Temples in Bali. Photo credit: Jill Kane

20. Umah Bali Kuna

This vintage Balinese house provides a chance to explore Bali’s architectural and cultural history. You will get a tour of the property including not only the home and kitchen but also the gardens that provide vital ingredients for tea and coffee growing. You will also get a tasting of various traditional flavors of tea and coffee and will have the opportunity to relax over breathtaking views of the vibrant green rice fields.

21. The Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

From Amed, you can check out the UNESCO-protected Jatiluwih rice terraces. Located in Tabanan, these terraces are a must-visit destination for tourists looking to experience Bali’s natural beauty. The terraces are also a great place to take a scenic hike and explore the surrounding countryside.

SheBuysTravel Tip: Bring comfortable walking shoes and plenty of water.

22. Sekumpul Waterfall

Here you’ll find a cluster of several waterfalls that are considered some of the most beautiful and picturesque in Bali. The waterfalls are surrounded by lush green forests and rice paddies, which add to their natural beauty.

Things to do in bali - Sunset at Single Fin, Uluwatu.
Sunset at Single Fin, Uluwatu. Photo credit: Jill Kane

23. Single Fin Bali

With its unbeatable location overlooking the ocean, this bar offers an unparalleled experience that you won’t find anywhere else. While the prices may be higher than other bars in the area, the stunning views and relaxed atmosphere are well worth it. Just be sure to arrive early to secure a prime spot and soak up the beauty of Bali’s sunsets.

24. Savaya Beach Club

If you’re looking for an exciting day out by the beach, look no further than Savaya Beach Club! With a wide range of thrilling water sports activities on offer, you’ll never be bored. From jet skiing to stand-up paddleboarding, you can get busy having fun or relaxing with a drink in your hand late into the night.

Top Places to Stay in Bali

Bali offers a plethora of accommodation options for solo travelers. The Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is a luxurious choice, known for its stunning views of the Ayung River and yoga and meditation classes.

For a more budget-friendly option, the Taman Wana Villas & Spa is surrounded by lush greenery and offers a peaceful retreat.

The Home-Bience Hostel provides a free shuttle service and a chance to socialize with other travelers.

The Slow in Canggu blends luxury and comfort, while Pillow Inn Hostel Ubud offers a serene atmosphere away from the party scene.

Alaya Resort Ubud provides a peaceful retreat amidst lush rice paddies.

Top Places to Eat

Bali offers an array of culinary delights. Betelnut Café presents a culinary haven with healthy meals and a fantastic view. Casa Luna is a must-visit for scrumptious Balinese cuisine.

As Bali is very inexpensive to eat for most tourists, It allows splashing out on fancy places. For a more fine dining experience, you can visit Mozaic restaurant, which offers a unique blend of French and Southeast Asian cuisine. The restaurant is set in a beautiful garden and offers an intimate dining experience.

Another great option is Locavore, which is famous for its locally sourced ingredients and innovative dishes. It offers a 5 or 7-course tasting menu that changes frequently, ensuring a new dining experience every time you visit.

Where to Explore on an Extended Trip to Bali

If you have more than 2 or 3 weeks to spend in Bali, here are some key areas you should check out:

In addition to these areas, some unique islands are just a short boat ride away:

Bali is not just an island; it’s a paradise that welcomes solo travelers with open arms. From the serene landscapes of Ubud to the best beaches of Canggu, from the underwater marvels of Amed to the cliffside views of Uluwatu, Bali promises an experience that stays with you long after you’ve left this beautiful Indonesian island.

Introducing Jill Kane, a dedicated traveler and solo female adventurer with a background in film and television production. After years of balancing her career with weekend escapades from her hometown in Dublin, Ireland, all across Europe, she made the bold decision to embark on a year-long solo journey to fully immerse herself in her passion for travel. During her travels, she spent six exhilarating months exploring Southeast Asia, soaking in the diverse cultures and landscapes while forging unforgettable connections with fellow travelers. Seeking a tranquil retreat, she settled in Ubud, Bali for three months, where she indulged in her passions for writing, blogging, and working remotely as a freelance virtual assistant. Her adventure continued across the picturesque landscapes of Australia and New Zealand, adding the final chapters to her year-long odyssey. Apart from traveling, Jill has a great love for animals, arts and crafts, and educating herself on psychology and sociology. Read along and check out Jill’s instagram @jkjillkane as she continues to inspire and share the beauty of the world through her adventures! 🌍✨
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