8 Bali Bucket List Ideas

Bali is an Indonesian island and is known for its beautiful white sandy beaches, colourful culture, delicious seafood and un-bali-evable sunsets.

If you’re planning a holiday to this enchanting destination then here’s some serious inspo for your Bali bucket list.

Nusa Penida  

This is an island southeast of mainland Bali and has the most truly stunning sights. It’s a little slice of real island life away from the touristy side and shows off the authentic side of Bali and all its natural beauty.

A 30-minute speedboat from Sanur will get you to this serene island. There’s no pier at Sanur harbor so you’ll literally be thigh-deep in the ocean as you climb aboard.

There’re lots of different tour companies that offer day trips to Nusa Penida or alternatively you can go solo by booking your own transportation and activities.

However, having a tour guide is essential because they know all the key places to visit. Plus they’ll chauffeur you around in a nice cool car with AC. If you go solo and decide to hire a scooter then be warned that the roads are super steep, rocky and bumpy with a quite a few blind bends and hills.

There are numerous scenic spots to see in Nusa Penida including:

The Kelingking Beach

This is by far one of the most beautiful sights in Bali. The limestone cliff has been dubbed the T-Rex because of its unique formation which looks like the famous dinosaur itself. The secluded beach area is surrounded by glistening, turquoise water and it’s just the most majestic view.

Angel’s Billabong

This is a incredible lagoon set in between black volcanic rocks with crystal clear water. It looks like an infinity pool thanks to the natural formation of the rock which also allows you to see the patterns and textures beneath the surface.

It’s like a mini pool above the ocean but if you’re thinking of getting in for a swim then do it when the tide is low. When huge waves crash in they can be really dangerous and apparently people have died here.

Broken Beach

This is just a few minutes walk, from Angel’s Billabong and despite its name it isn’t actually a beach. This was once a large cave that collapsed over the years and now it’s a bridge with an archway that lets the beautiful blue ocean waters in and out. It’s a truly stunning spectacle and as like the rest of Nusa Penida, it shows off the island’s raw, natural scenery.

Crystal Bay Beach

The perfect way to end your day trip is at this beach where you can relax and sunbathe or if you’ve still got some energy left why not go for swim. As the name of the beach gives away, the water is crystal clear and it’s a popular spot for snorkeling and diving.

Uluwata Temple

What makes this temple so special is it’s breathtaking location. Perched on top of a steep cliff approximately 250 feet above the Indian Ocean it’s a spectacular sight to see.

At the entrance of the temple there’s a small forest which is home to lots of monkeys. They are believed to guard the temple from bad influences but you have to be careful around them, they’re known to grab sunglasses and cameras off visitors.

An important point to be aware of is that both females and males must have their legs covered when they enter the temple. There’re sarongs you can hire for free at the temple gates but remember to put them back when you’re leaving.

If you can catch the sunset at this temple then you’re in for a real treat. It looks absolutely UNREAL.

Mesari Beach

This beach is absolutely buzzing with vibrant colours, music and has a super chilled out vibe. There are various restaurants and bars along the beach and places that sell sheesha too. There are seating areas inside but you can also grab a beanbag on the beach.

You’ll also find plenty of henna artists going round asking people if they want a design and they have a portfolio full of patterns for you to choose from. This beach is so cool and a great way to unwind after a day out doing activities.

Tegalalang Rice Terrace

You can’t go to Bali and leave without seeing a rice terrace. Wth is a rice terrace you ask? Well… It’s basically where Balinese farmers grow their rice and have been doing for over a thousand years.

They developed the intricate system of terraced rice fields, governed by a subak (water sharing community) and it’s a pretty awe-inspiring sight to see.

The amazing handwork that has gone into creating the rice terrace, the harvesting and the planting that takes place daily is just incredible.

There’s also a swing here which gives you a beautiful view of the rice fields and unlike other swings in Bali this one is a two-seater. It’s quite romantic swinging in the trees with your other half holding your hand, gazing into the distance, it’s definitely an experience you won’t forget.

Waterbom Bali

You can’t go on holiday and not visit a waterpark right? Well Tripadvisor rates Waterbom Bali as Asia’s number one water park and the third best waterpark in the world! Pretty impressive ey. But did it live up to its reputation? Hell yeah it did.

The water slides are aaaamazing. The Constrictor is the longest water slide in the world at a staggering 250 metres in length. The other slides include the Python, the Green Vipers, the Boomerang, the Superbowl, the Pipeline and Climax.

Apart from the slides the waterpark also has a nice pool area, a lazy river, tropical gardens and plenty of places to eat after you’re done splashing around.

Release Baby Turtles Into The Sea 

The release is organised by the Bali Sea Turtle Society, who are a conservation group working to protect turtles. The release happens at Kuta Beach during the months of April to October.

You join the queue to collect your baby turtle in a small plastic tub containing seawater. Everyone then walks towards the sea and you wait in a line until you are told to release your baby turtle.

It’s so adorable as you see them walking towards the sea and as the waves come higher onto the beach some turtles are swept in and you can see them swimming away.

Being able to be actively involved in the release of a baby turtle is an unforgettable experience for sure.

Kemenuh Butterfly Park

This park is set up so beautifully with plenty of plants and flowers and lots of vibrant coloured butterflies fluttering around. If you didn’t know much abut butterflies before your visit you certainly will do once you leave.

You get to see their full life circle as eggs, caterpillars, cocoons and butterflies. You can’t help but be in awe of these extraordinary creatures.

Potato Head

This beach club is overlooking the Indian Ocean and consists of three restaurants, three bars, an infinity pool and a large lawn. The pizza from the Potato Head Restaurant is delicious so if you plan to go here definitely order it! To catch the sunset you HAVE to come super early on in the day to get a space as it gets super busy.

Bali has so many wonderful things to offer, aside from the incredibly beautiful views, the locals are so friendly and it’s definitely a country that you can visit time and time again and never get bored of.


                                Good to know 

Language - Indonesian

Currency - Indonesian Rupiah

Time Zone - (GMT+8)

Country Code - +62


  1. September 19, 2018 / 3:53 pm

    Bali has never been a place I have considered adding to my bucket list but after seeing the beautiful landscapes in the photos it’s definitely on there now!
    Sarah x

  2. venusaby
    October 10, 2018 / 11:49 am

    Bali looks like such a beautiful place to visit! All these bucket list ideas sound amazing too! You especially had me at releasing baby turtles to the sea, turtles )and tortoises) are my favourite animals and it’ll just be so cute to watch little baby turtles going to sea!!!

    venus | https://venusaby.blogspot.com

    • October 10, 2018 / 9:17 pm

      Hi, thank you for your comment. Awww yeah it was SOOO cute, they just looked adorable. xx

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