Bali’s must-see sights

Bali is bursting with a unique, and local culture . Extend your stay and relax in the island of paradise. We’ve picked out our top things to do in Bali to get a true flavor of the city’s culture and history. Bali, The Island of Gods.


The Insta-famous Bali Swing on Tegallalang Rice Terraces

The Insta-famous Bali Swing on Tegallalang Rice Terraces Ubud, Bali

Probably one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bali, flying high through the jungle on a giant swing is a must for every island adventurer (and every Instagram feed). The most famous is Alas Harum, overlooking the Tegallalang Rice Terraces. But there are plenty of other swings popping up all over Ubud and throughout the rest of the island. While there are often queues and plenty of photoshoots happening on a daily basis, once you’re swinging above the treetops, it’s definitely worth the hustle and bustle of the tourist crowds.

The swing offers you breathtaking views of jungle and river below as you soar through the air. The staff will take your guidance on high you’d like to fly. Don't worry about safety as you are strapped into a safety harness before taking on this thrilling ride!

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Pura Tirta Empul, The Bali’s Sacred Water Temple

Pura Tirta Empul, The Bali’s Sacred Water Temple Tampaksiring, Bali

Perhaps the most popular water temple in Bali, Tirta Empul is a sacred place for the Hindu community, located just footsteps away from the Presidential Palace of Tampaksiring. This temple is famous for its holy springs, where both residents and tourists can take part in a water purification ceremony (aka Melukat) – the ritual of bathing within the holy water to rid you of negative energy. Within Tirta Empul’s grounds, you’ll also find shrines dedicated to several Hindu Gods: Vishnu, Brahma, Shiva and Indra, as well as one for Mount Batur.

Tirta Empul was founded in 926 A.D and is still being actively used to this day. Although it is a sacred place of worship to the locals, tourists from all over the world are welcome to experience the beauty and participate in the purification rituals. In 2017, the former US President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia and Natasha, made Tirta Empul one of their selected sites to visit and experience.

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The Colourful Artwork at Ubud Art Market

The Colourful Artwork at Ubud Art Market Ubud, Bali

Ubud Art Market locally referred to as 'Pasar Seni Ubud' is located opposite the Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace and is open daily. Ubud Art Market is the best art market in Bali, where you can find beautiful silk scarves, lightweight shirts, handmade woven bags, baskets or hats; statues, kites and many other hand-crafted goods.

At the always-colourful Ubud Art Market, not only can you feast your eyes on intricate craftsmanship, you can also shop your way through all-things Bali to take home a little piece of paradise. This local market is decked out with boho souvenirs and cute keepsakes, like wooden decor and hand-carved knick knacks, rattan bags, handmade dreamcatchers, floaty beachwear and so much more. Browse through the stalls, and once you’ve seen it all, stroll a little further down Ubud’s backstreets to find other Instagram hotspots, like the famous pottery and terracotta workshop, Serayu Pot.

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The Temple in the Clouds

The Temple in the Clouds Karangasem, Bali

Bali wouldn’t be complete without visiting the island’s most famous temples, Pura Lempuyang – the oldest Hindu temple in Bali. Known as the “Gateway to Heaven”, this temple is perched on top of Mount Lempuyang in Karangasem, with a succession of seven ascending temples along the mountain side. You’ll need to climb 1,700 steps to view the breathtaking valleys, volcanoes and ocean views, but it’ll be oh-so worth it.

This is one of the most majestic sights in Bali—come for sunrise to get the best, least crowded results—and it’s also a significant Hindu temple. Other stunning temple destinations around Bali include Tanah Lot’s ocean temple, or Pura Luhur Uluwatu which sits high up on a cliff-face overlooking Uluwatu’s famous surf breaks.

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The Sunrise Views atop Mount Batur

The Sunrise Views atop Mount Batur Kintamani, Bali

Mount Batur is just one of many spectacular active volcanoes in Bali, and it is easily the most popular day trip for a sunrise hike. The trip begins early at around 3am, where you’ll be picked up and whisked to the base of Batur for a hike in the dark. By the time you reach the highest peak and crater, the sun will just be rising, which is when the beauty of this island adventure really unfolds. You’ll realize you’re right above the clouds, with Bali’s volcanic landscapes glimmering a golden hue below.

Mount Batur is an active volcano located at the center of two concentric calderas north west of Mount Agung on the island of Bali, Indonesia. The south east side of the larger 10×13 km caldera contains a caldera lake. The inner 7.5-kilometer-wide caldera, which was formed during emplacement of the Bali (or Ubud) ignimbrite, has been dated at about 23,670 and 28,500 years ago. The first documented eruption was in year of 1804 and the most recent was in 2000.

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The Sacred Bali Lakes

The Sacred Bali Lakes Bedugul, Bali

The lakes in Bali are simply magical – dead still and with breathtaking landscapes all around, which makes for some stunning reflections over the water. Our fave lake in Bali has to be Danau Beratan in Bedugul. It is the second largest lake on the island, and sits beside Mount Beratan and Mount Catur. But the main highlight here is the Pura Ulun Danu Beratan temple in the centre of the lake. When the early morning or late afternoon mountain fog creeps through, this sacred and spectacular temple looks as if it’s floating – it’s pure magic.

Situated west of Lake Bratan in Bedugul, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu trinity of Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva. Surrounded by the lake which gives it a 'floating' appearance, the temple is constructed in traditional Balinese style with tiered shrines to honour the Hindu gods.

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The View over Kelingking Beach

The View over Kelingking Beach Nusa Penida, Bali

There’s no question that Bali boasts some of the world’s most stunning beaches. Pristine white sands, clear sparkling water – all of those paradise must-haves. But there’s one beach in particular that’s garnered global fame – the ever-stunning Kelingking Beach. Could you visualize a place where white soft sands stretch along the coast, surrounded by pristine blue sea as well as otherworldly rock formations ornamented with greeneries? That’s exactly what you will find at Kelingking Beach! What’s more interesting, Kelingking Beach was just recently crowned as the Most Instagrammable Beach in 2021. Its popularity was proven by

We’ve all seen that iconic bird’s eye view of the emerald green cliff-line soaring into the sky from the turquoise waters below. Well, this Insta-famous spot is located on Nusa Penida, the neighbouring island to Nusa Lembongan and just a 40 minute boat ride from mainland Bali. Head to Kelingking Beach to get that all-important shot, but make time to explore the rest of the island too.

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The Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

The Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park Ungasan, Bali

One of Bali’s most cultural spots, the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park is truly a sight to be seen for fans of Balinese craftsmanship. Here you’ll find the sky-scraping GWK statue (one of the tallest monumental statues in the world) which depicts Wisnu riding Garuda. Throughout the day, you can also walk around the park and admire stone carvings, catch cultural events like the nightly Kecak dance, and the first ever collaboration between Kecak and Ogoh-Ogoh – a cultural parade featuring a gigantic Garuda puppet.

The central icon is the incredible monument of Garuda Wisnu Kencana, one of the tallest and largest modern statues with over 120 meters in height and 64 meters in width. The landmark depicts the Hindu God Vishnu riding aloft on his winged mount Garuda. Vishnu is considered a member of the holy trinity of Hinduism along with Shiva and Brahma. He is the most important God of Vaishnavism, the largest Hindu sect. Garuda is an eagle-like creature with human features in Hindu mythology.

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