Discover 10 things to do in Bali including monkey forest, amazing beaches, and temples! I recently joined We Are Travel Girls to their first ever retreat in Bali, Indonesia with 12 amazing women for an amazing week. The founders, Becky and Vanessa along with villa retreat manager Ryan, put together an action-packed week plus seminars about blogging. While being a part of the We Are Travel Girls retreat, you won’t have to worry about transportation, food, and things to do because it is all planned out for you before you arrive! It was so refreshing to sit back and relax and enjoy Bali. Keep reading to explore 10 things to do in Bali in one week!
Here 10 things to do in Bali:
1. Ulun Danu Beratan Temple in North Bali
Some history of the temple is that Ulun Danu Beratan is a major Shaivite water temple that is located on the shores of Lake Beratan in the mountains near Bedugul. This beautiful temple was built in 1633 and was used for offering ceremonies to the Balinese water, lake and river goddess Dewi Danu.
When visiting the Danu Beratan Temple, you will see beautiful views of Lake Beratan, amazing gardens, and beautiful Hindu temples. There are also boating and wild animals around the temple which makes this place very insta worthy! Check out my Instagram to see pictures here.
Admission: Adult Tourist – IDR 50,000 ($3.70 USD)
Parking: Car – IDR 5,000 ($0.40 USD)
2. Handara Golf and Resort (FREE)
When scrolling through Instagram at Bali pictures, you’ll see these amazing images of people taking pictures of 2 tall statues with awesome backdrops. Well, if you head north from the Danu Beratan Temple you will come across one the top greatest golf courses in the world, according to Golf Magazine. The Handara Golf and Resort’s entrance is so beautiful with the rolling hills, trees, and gardens fixed in the background. Snap a picture, and head North to Wanagiri!
3. Selfie Parks in North Bali (Wanagiri)
The drive from Handara Gold Resort to the selfie parks is incredible. Take in the views of this drive if the weather is in your favor! You will be driving up a mountain, so weather can change quickly. We were lucky to have sunshine all day!
When you reach the village of Wanagiri, you will start to see the famous Selfie Parks that are lined up on the side of the roads. There is a stretch of road that has about 4 different stations that you can stop and snap photos overlooking the gorgeous Lake Danau Buyan! We stopped at the very last selfie spot on the road where there was no tourist in sight! This station had the famous birds nest, boat, and swing!
Admission: IDR 10,000 ($0.70 USD)
4. Air Panas Banjar
Air Panas is a hot springs pool of Benjar that consists of 3 pools and 1 private pool. This is located in the midst of the jungle and is surrounded by tropical gardens (my favorite) and is close to Lovina Beach! The water in this hot spring is of volcanic origin and has warm temperatures of about 37 degrees Celsius (98-degree Fahrenheit). It is said that this hot spring is ideal for people suffering from the rheumatic disease.
The water in the pools come out of the mouths of 5 stone dragons. There is also a restaurant and spa located on the grounds of this hot springs. The best time to visit is in the morning, but we visited around 1 PM and it was not very crowded by tourists. All the girls on the retreat actually had the bigger pool to ourselves at one point!
Admission: IDR 3,000 ($0.20 USD)
5. Git Git Waterfall
Located in Singaraja, Indonesia, and the Git Git Village is a hidden waterfall that consists of an easy trek to get too. The Git Git Waterfall was one of my highlights from the We Are Travel Girls retreats because it was amazing to actually swim in its pool. The waterfall pours into a very rocky and a very cold pool. No exaggeration! The water is freezing cold, but worth it! Once you start swimming around you will get used to the water temperature in no time. All us girls on the retreat had the waterfall all to ourselves for over an hour, and even brought along a watermelon float! Check my Instagram to check it out!
Admission: IDR 5,000 ($0.40 USD)
6. Sunday’s Beach Club
Take a drive to Uluwatu to check out the #1 beach spot in Bali! The walk to the beach club was breathtaking. Your eyes will immediately go to the view of the ocean from a top of a mountain. Get a few amazing photos with the view before heading down the stairs to the beach. Once you get your ticket, enjoy a short cable car ride down to the beach where you’ll find bean bag chairs, restaurant, toys, and incredible views of the ocean.
Though our stay at Sunday’s was a little short, this beach club is open until 10 PM where you can enjoy nightly bonfires while watching the sunset, bar and restaurant, relaxing day at the beach, and live music. Sounds pretty amazing right? Definitely, go to Sunday’s Beach club and if their website doesn’t inspire you, then I don’t know what will.
Admission: IDR 300,000 ($22 USD)
Included in admission: Full beach access, towels, Wi-Fi, food and beverage credit of IDR 150,000 ($11 USD), kayaks, snorkeling equipment, and stand up paddle boards. (Only subject to tides and availability) Also, if you have big groups, call and make a reservation.
7. Tegalalang Rice Terrace in Ubud
Located north of Ubud (30-minute drive north) is Bali’s most picturesque rice terrace. The Tegalalang Rice Terrace is most famous for is most breathtaking views of rice paddies and is top 3 terrace landscape in the Ubud region. Located here is also the famous “Love Bali” sign with the swing overlooking the rice terraces. Another thing to note is that on a sunny day, walking down into the rice terraces can be very hot with no breeze! We experienced this but battled through the heat to get those amazing Instagram photos.
The last thing to note is upon arriving, you will be asked to pay an entrance fee of IDR 10,000 ($0.74 USD), but once down in the fields you will get asked for donations by the locals/workers every 30 steps. They will not let you go further without paying this donation. It was irritating at first but think about all the tourists walking all over their hard work on this working rice terrace.
8. Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud
You can’t go to Bali without going to Ubud, and visiting the monkey forest! When arriving at the ticket counter you will see warning signs of things to not do when in the monkey forest. Examples being, don’t look the monkey’s in the eye, keep ahold of your belongings, don’t touch the monkey’s, etc. Key phrase though: Keep ahold of your belongings! The monkeys will try and take things from you, and you won’t get them back because they are fast. I saw a man sitting on the ground, and a small monkey went to sit on his lap. So cute right? Well, the monkey played cutely and then snatched his drink and then ran off! Funny when it’s not you though.
Head little ways into the forest until you take a left to a temple. This is a good spot where not a lot of people will be, and you can buy (small price for a dozen) cut up bananas to have the monkeys jump on your head to get a photo. Having the monkeys jump on you is not scary at all. It is a little scary at first because you don’t see them coming at first, but you get used to it.
Admission: IDR 50,000 ($3.70 USD)
9. Tegenungan Waterfall
Tegenungan Waterfall is one of the nature lovers that is easily accessed if you’re staying close to Ubud. This waterfall is located between Ubud and Denpasar and is reachable within 30 minutes of Ubud. The Drive to Tegenungan falls is easy with paved roads with views of local rice terraces on both sides of the road.
When arriving, you will pay admission at the ticket booth and then take a walk to the stairs to get down that is lined with local markets. When you finally reach the bottom (about 75 steps back up), you have to pay to use a dressing room so just make sure you are wearing your bathing suit before arrival. Then, just enjoy a quick dip in the pool! But, this is not advised after heavy downpours because the water is bad and risk of flooding. The waterfall is usually at its heaviest during the wet season which is October-April.
Side note: the ticket counter did not tell us that the water was closed to swimming since it had rained the night before, so the water was bad to swim in. Other than that, the waterfall was beautiful and still picturesque you can say. We got some good photos though since there was no one in the water! Enjoy the walk back up!
Admission: IDR 10,000 ($0.74 USD)
10. Tresna Cooking School in Central Ubud
For those wanting to experience local Balinese cooking, then check out Tresna Cooking School! The school is brand new and was launched in 2016 by a local Balinese couple. Here, you will learn how to cook 5 different Balinese dishes fresh from their garden, and then eat what you made at the end of the day. All the meals are seriously Instagram worthy! You can get more information about Tresna Cooking School on their Facebook page here.
Admission: $45 USD – You will spend half a day here.