Bali Travel Guide: 10 Things that will Surprise First-time Visitors

There are some things that we shouldn’t be doing when traveling to Bali, Indonesia such as excessive drinking, exposing too much flesh on the beach, and ignorance of the Indonesian culture. That isn’t the real Bali. Bali is full of surprises and there are so many things to do that you’ll surely enjoy. This ‘island of the Gods’ is so wonderful that you would need a long vacation holiday to see it all. Beyond Kuta, there are plenty of things that will surely surprise and delight the first-time visitor to Bali. To make your stay a remarkable one, treat yourself and stay at one of these Bali villas for rent.

The 10 things listed below should be part of your bucket list of things to see, eat and do in Bali.

Trekking at Mount Batur

Standing at 1700 meters, the sunrise from the summit of Mount Batur is one of the most beautiful sunrises in Bali. You can access the summit by two different routes. The sunrise trek is the most popular trek in Bali, it’s an easy climb and an ideal trek for the first time climbers.

Cycle through Ubud’s Surroundings, its Ricefields, and its Villages

To experience the authentic side of Bali, cycling in Ubud is one of the best ways to try it. It doesn’t require you to be an athlete as most of the cycling tours in Bali are downhill. You’ll be captivated as you pass by Ubud’s fascinating countryside. Interact with some of the friendliest locals in Bali while appreciating the beauty of Tegallang ricefield terraces. Cycling through Ubud’s surroundings is surely a must-do in Bali!

Feel the thrill of Paragliding in Bali


Explore the landscape from the sky by trying the paragliding in Bali. Timbris flying site is one of the most popular destinations to experience paragliding in Bali. It is located in South Bali. Paragliding is definitely one of the best things to do when traveling to Bali. Admire the beauty of Bali from a bird’s eye view by drifting from the sky over Pandawa Beach. Do not forget to bring your camera or GoPro with you and shoot your best vacation holiday photos ever.

Bali Food Sarafi

Embark on the quintessential culinary adventure with Bali Food Safari. Some of the highlights here are the mystery progressive style dining adventure, tasting the signature dishes from 4 reputable restaurants around Seminyak. You’ll definitely enjoy an array of up to 12 beautiful tastings concluding with dessert. If you’re a food lover, modest diners, adventurous eaters, or simply looking for something different from Bali’s culinary landscape, Bali Food Sarafi is definitely a must-try.

Sip a cocktail at one of Seminyak’s trendy beach club

The coastline of Seminyak is a home to great chilling out spots in Bali. Try drinking a Bintang beer in one of Seminyak’s chilling spots.

One of the best spots in Seminyak is the Potato Head Beach Club. This beach club is home to three bars, two restaurants, an infinity pool and a 500 square meter lawn. Non-stop parties happen here on weekends.

Another must-try restaurant in Bali is the Ku De Ta. It is one of the most prominent restaurants in Bali. This place is filled up with tourists and expats enjoying some of the great parties on the island.

Learn Surfing in Legian and Kuta Beach

Known as the surf Mecca of Asia, Bali’s Beaches has some of the perfect waves, good parties and friendly locals which make it the top destination for all surfers.  Kuta and Legian beaches are perfect surfing spots for beginners and professional surfers alike. Enjoy a Bintang beer afterward!

Snorkeling in Amed

Snorkel your way through marine life, shipwrecks, and colorful corals. It’s undeniable that Bali is included in the list of top 5 snorkeling destinations in the world and you’ll understand why by having a closer look at its underwater world. The best area is the Amed where you can see the coral garden, Japanese shipwreck, Jemeluk beach.

Explore the wilder side of Bali in Ceningan and Lembongan

These beautiful islands of Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan, and Penida are less than an hour ferry ride from Sanur. These islands are home to world-class snorkeling and diving site, unspoiled nature, and a rich fauna and flora. Nusa Penida is still considered as a virgin island while Nusa Lembongan is tourist friendly. These islands are worth to be explored.

Explore Gili Islands

To experience everything Gili Islands offers, you should spend at least 3 days of your Bali itinerary. Gili Islands is located between Bali and Lombok and is surrounded by diving schools, restaurants, bars, and hip guesthouses. If you’re looking for fun night out, Gili Trawangan is a go-to place. While the islands of Air and Meno are coveted by honeymooners because of its natural quietness, white sandy beaches, and crystal water. These two islands are perfect for couples.

Make your own delicious Balinese dishes

One best way to learn the secrets of creating a variety of sumptuous Balinese dishes is to join an Authentic Balinese cooking class with professional Balinese cooks. It doesn’t matter if you’re a master chef or just a foodie, everyone will learn how to use a variety of traditional spices and will give you the perfect combination on how to cook in a traditional kitchen in Bali. The class usually takes 4 hours and you’ll teach how to make a coconut oil which is an essential ingredient in cooking a traditional Balinese dishes.