Tegalalang Rice Terraces is a valley of rice paddies, located north of Ubud. During the daytime, Tegalalang is an incredibly popular attraction in Bali but in the early morning it is one of our top things to do in Bali.
This monkey sanctuary and its 27 acres of protected forest are said to be home to around 7,000 monkeys, including babies – so you won’t have to look too hard to see them swinging among the trees. Just be sure to keep an eye on your belongings and avoid bringing snacks, as the monkeys are known to be expert pickpockets! Entrance to the forest is IDR 50,000* (USD 3.74) for adults or IDR 40,000* (USD 3) for children..
Though it may often be called the “Hidden Waterfall” of Tegenungan, this site is certainly no secret. In fact, the majestic waterfall at Tegenungan is often quite busy and is best visited during the early morning or late afternoon if you want to see it without the crowds. Take time to climb down the steep steps to the waterfall’s base, where you pop in for a swim if the water isn’t too powerful. Note that there is an IDR 100,000* (USD 8) fee to visit the falls.
4. Visit one, or a thousand, temples
Bali is sometimes called “the land of 1,000 temples,” but it has been estimated that there may be up to 20,000 temples of various sizes on the island. The biggest and holiest of all temples is Pura Beskih, the “Mother Temple” 3,000 feet high at Mt. Agung. Sunset at Pura Tanah Lot is one of Bali’s best photo opportunities with its perch on a rocky outcropping. The stunning temple is always crowded, even though access to it is limited to low tide. Pura Taman Ayun was built in the 1600’s and is a stunning example of a royal public temple. Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple, locally referred to as Pura Tirta Dawa Gunung Kawi Sebatu, is distinctly different, as it’s one of the least visited temple complexes. Beautiful and peaceful, it contains a petirtaan or bathing structure spouting fresh spring water for the Hindu ritual purification baths. Not to mention, just driving on the streets of bali, each individual family home, has their own small temple.
The #1 most expensive coffee in the world is made of the #2 of a jungle cat. Kopi Luwak, aka Bali jungle cat poop coffee, is produced in the jungles of Bali. After spending about a day and a half in the civet cat’s digestive tract, the partially digested beans are expelled in clumps through the defecation process, thus gaining the alias “cat poop coffee.” The collected beans are harvested, washed and roasted. Believe it or not, the coffee has a smooth flavor with just a tiny hint of caramel.
6. Get lost in Ubud Market
Bali is full of souvenir shops and Ubud Market is the place to go for clothes and merchandise. I found many trinkets and clothing for a great price. Make sure you barter. Ubud Market is actually a series of different markets throughout the day and may look familiar as it was used as a location for the film Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts.The market sells fruits and vegetables in the morning and in the afternoon you will find arts and crafts pieces on offer which can make great souvenirs.It gets rather crowded in the afternoons so it is best to get here as early as possible to get the best deals.
This is a short and very easy walk (well-paved) with an abundance of greeneries around the trail. It shouldn’t take more than an hour to go to the end of the ridge and then back, but you might end up spending longer time here if you’re taking pictures. There is almost no shade throughout the walk so I recommend doing this in the morning or late afternoon.
Obviously, if you are on Instagram, you have seen the epic Bali swing photos, so I of course had to try it. It was one of the most exhilarating things I experienced in Bali. Swinging high over the trees and river, you can’t help but smile at the incredible views you are getting.
9. Take A Flower Bath
I spent over two weeks in Bali, so I just had to do indulge in a flower bath more than once. The water was FILLEd WITH colorful Balinese flowers. I got to soak in this glory for a good 40 minutes and it was just as magical as I had imagined
The experience was the definition of complete and utter relaxation. In other words, it’s safe to say this Instagram fad lives up to the hype in my eyes.
10. Eat A Meal In The Pool
Drinks by the pool is always a great idea. And breakfast or brunch by the pool? Even better! But what if you had the opportunity to go one step further, and have your breakfast in the pool?
11. Visit Blueberry Guitars
Blueberry Guitars might not be the first name to come to mind when you think of guitar brands. Maybe you think of Fender or Gibson if you know electric guitars, or perhaps Martin or Taylor if you’re more of an acoustic person, but master luthier Wayan Tuges and his Blueberry guitars brand can match if not exceed any of these classic guitar houses when it comes to aesthetics, innovation and, most importantly, sound. An experience unique to Bali, make sure to take the short ride from Ubud to Wayan’s village of Sukawati. There, you can browse the local art market and, most amazingly, visit the home/guitar showroom of a true craftsman and artist to find some of the worlds finest looking and sounding instruments – each truly a work of art. For more on Wayan Tuges, stay tuned to COHLAB-NYC as my fiance will be writing a full post on the master Luthier!
12. Visit a Black Sand Beach
Since Bali is a volcanic island, some of the beaches are made from black volcanic rock.
13. See One Of The Active Volcanoes
Mount Batur is situated in the Bangli region on the island of Bali, Indonesia. For many years tourists have been hiking up Mount Batur (a volcano in Bali) to watch the sunrise over nearby volcanoes Mount Agung and Mount Agang, and it’s not hard to see why! If you can manage to wake up early for the drive to the mountain, you will be treated to an adventurous hike in the dark with an amazing sunrise awaiting you at the summit.