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Top 10 Things To Do And See In Bali
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Top 10 Things To Do And See In Bali

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Situated between Java and Lombok and a short hop away from the idyllic Gili islands, Bali is an integral part of any Indonesian travel itinerary. With a range of things to offer, from activities for the adrenaline-fuelled adventure seeker to traditional Balinese culture to beautiful natural scenery, Bali really does have something for everyone.
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Go surfing – Seminyak, Kuta, Uluwatu

For the sporty wave-riders out there Bali truly has a range of beaches to be proud of. Keenly attracting Australian neighbors from just across the pond, the west coast here boasts some of the finest surf on the planet. Kuta and Uluwatu are particularly renowned for their surf culture and have oodles of schools and operators to choose from. So, whether you’re a beginner or an expert, make sure you give it a go.

See the rice terraces

A far cry from your usual supermarket rice bags, the plentiful rice terraces situated all over Bali are a must-see when on the island. Different from any other crop field, these rice paddies form a pleasing step-like pattern. The rice plants are submerged in pools of water framed with green banks, the surfaces of which gleam in the sunlight. Take a tour to learn about the different types of rice and how it grows, or simply enjoy the view whilst strolling through the countryside around Ubud and other central towns.

Frolic underneath Tegenungan waterfall

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Tegenungan Waterfall
Tegenungan Waterfall | © Amelia Isa / Flickr

Frolic underneath Tegenungan waterfall

A symbol of Bali’s stunning natural scenery, Tegenungan waterfall is surrounded by beautiful greenery and boasts clear fresh water. Absorb the spectacular view overlooking the waterfall from above before descending the vast number of steps down to the water itself, where it is possible to enjoy a dip in the refreshing pools. The Tegenungan’s rushing strength makes for an exhilarating organic shower as the water plummets over your head. Isolated and picturesque, what better way is there to bathe in Bali’s backcountry?

Tegenungan waterfall, Kemenuh, Sukawati, Kec. Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

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Visit the Agung Rai Museum of Art

Founded by a local Balinese gentleman, Agung Rai, this museum showcases Bali’s richly artistic culture. The serene atmosphere at the ARMA resort makes for a peaceful and intriguing viewing experience; surrounded by well-manicured gardens and displayed in ornately decorated, traditional Balinese buildings. Mr. Agung Rai supports and aids the development of art and culture by putting on workshops, theater, music and dance performances at the resort.

Arma Museum & Resort, Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 975742

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Drink Balinese coffee

An essential activity for any caffeine addict, you can try Balinese coffee in most restaurants and cafés on the island. If a more immersive coffee experience takes your fancy then head to a plantation. Here you will be able to sample a range of coffees, teas, and chocolate in almost every flavor and shade of mahogany. To steer clear of controversial coffee farming, particularly regarding Luwaks, visit Munduk Moding Coffee Plantation situated in the north of the island, which works with local farmers and sources its beans ethically.

Munduk Moding Coffee Plantation, Banjar Dinas Asah, Desa Gobleg, Banjar Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia, +62 362 7005321

Watch a traditional Balinese dance

A truly unforgettable experience due to its contrast with other contemporary variations of performance art, a Balinese dance is not to be missed. A unique style of singing paired with bold exagge