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Bali Bucket List: 8 Unforgettable Experiences

February 7, 2017 22 Comments
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From what I’ve seen, Bali, Indonesia may very well be the most beautiful place on this earth. It doesn’t take much to have an “unforgettable experience” there. Just sit outside as the sun goes down and you’ll have one.

But aside from the beauty of the Indian Ocean and the 7 color sunsets, there’s so much to love about Bali. There are a million things you could add to your Bali bucket list, but if you only have a week here are some ideas:

 

1. Take a Sunrise Hike to the top of Mt. Batur

Don’t be turned off by the fact that you’ll have to wake up around 1am for this. Then drive about 2 hours to the base of the mountain (from Jimbaran Bay). Then hike straight up another 2 hours. In pitch darkness with only a flashlight… Over hardened lava rock…

Anyone still here? You might have some serious bags under your eyes, but I promise it will be worth it. Did I mention that Mt. Batur is an active volcano? If this sounds thrilling instead of exhausting—you want to do this.

The fact that you can’t see a thing while you hike is part of the magic. We got to the top just in time to lay out a blanket and have breakfast while the sun came up—with a view of Mt. Agung (the highest peak in Bali).

Mt. Batur volcano sunrise hike Bali Indonesia

Mt. Batur volcano sunrise hike Bali Indonesia

Once we had some daylight, we hiked around to the open crater of Mt. Batur. You can literally see the steam coming out of the hole, and in some places even feel the heat.

Mt. Batur volcano sunrise hike Bali Indonesia volcanic steam

The hike back down isn’t boring in the least, since you didn’t see anything on the way up! To end the trip, you’ll wind down the mountain and through a small village. The people are friendly and all smiles.  No better way to start the day!

 

2. Experience a Kecak Dance

What is a Kecak Dance? In a nutshell, it’s a traditional form of Balinese dance where the chants you’ll hear resemble the name. And if you go see one, bring your camera. Because you probably won’t ever see anything like it anywhere else.

They are hosted by a variety of locations, and we had one that was held right at our resort. Don’t be afraid to seek them out though. They’re performances—so they’re for a crowd.

The chants will signal the beginning of the Kecak Dance (you’ll hear a bunch of “kakakakakak” which creates the “music” for the performance). After a little while, the performers will come out—you’ll know them when you see them. Don’t forget to look up the story behind the Kecak Dance before you go!

Bali Indonesia Kecak Dance Ayana Resort

 

3. Visit Rock Bar @ Ayana Resort

Normally, I don’t recommend hotel bars or restaurants when you’re in a new place. They can be nice, but if you really want to experience the area you’re in, they don’t contribute much of anything new or unique.

BUT. This is one HUGE exception. If you’re already starting to write this one off, stop what you’re doing and Google “Rock Bar Ayana Resort”. Or check out Ayana Resort here. My pictures can’t ever do this place justice. It’s an open air bar set out on a huge slab of rock that juts out into the Indian Ocean. And you have to take a private tram down to the entrance—the views from that alone are enough to make you pass out.

If you don’t stay at the resort, come WAY early (like 4pm). It’s not surprising to see a long line for outside guests.

Ayana Resort Rock Bar sunset Indian Ocean Jimbaran Bay Bali Indonesia

Ayana Resort Rock Bar sunset Indian Ocean Jimbaran Bay Bali Indonesia

 

4. Taste Coffee made from Luwak Poop

I know what you’re thinking, and it doesn’t actually taste like that. It tastes like the most expensive cup of coffee in the world—because that’s what it is. It sells for up to $50 A CUP. It’s dark and rich, and if you’re a coffee addict like me you’ll want to buy some to take home. Regardless, this should definitely be on your Bali bucket list just for the novelty factor. Where else in the world can you find this?

Kopi Luwak coffee plantation Bali Indonesia

If you don’t have a thing for coffee, Indonesia has a huge variety of teas that are amazing too. I highly recommend touring a coffee plantation (we toured one that was just few shacks literally out in the jungle). They’ll let you sample the coffee and all of their teas for a small price. I’m not a huge tea person, but every single one of them was so good.

Kopi Luwak coffee plantation Bali Indonesia

coffee plantation tea Bali Indonesia

 

5. Do Sunrise Yoga overlooking the Indian Ocean

If you can’t tell, we’re huge fans of getting up early and taking advantage of the day. When I found out that they offered sunrise yoga at Ayana Resort—I wasn’t about to turn down the chance. Even though it was January in Bali, by the end of our one-hour session the sun was out and it was hot. But really who can complain with these views?

Obviously the bucket list part of this experience isn’t the yoga. It’s the view. Go find a place where you can look off the cliffs and out at the deep blue sea!

Ayana Resort sunrise yoga Indian ocean Jimbaran Bay Bali Indonesia

Ayana Resort sunrise yoga Indian ocean Jimbaran Bay Bali Indonesia

 

6. Visit Private Kubu Beach

Kubu Beach is one of my favorite beaches in the world. Stunning panoramic views from the cliffs above. Beautiful rocks spotting the clear turquoise waters. Wild monkeys popping out of the forests behind you. Private cabanas with whole watermelon & coconut drinks. I mean it really has no downsides. Maybe the stairs back to the top when you’re sun-drained?

You can only gain access if you stay at Ayana Resort or Rimba Jimbaran (and hands down, you totally should), but I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Ayana Resort Kubu Beach Indian ocean Jimbaran Bay Bali Indonesia

Ayana Resort Kubu Beach Indian ocean Jimbaran Bay Bali Indonesia

Ayana Resort Kubu Beach Indian ocean Jimbaran Bay Bali Indonesia

Ayana Resort Kubu Beach Indian ocean Jimbaran Bay Bali Indonesia watermelon

 

7. Ride an Elephant in Ubud

If this isn’t on your Bali bucket list, it should at least be on your Asia bucket list. Elephants are just fascinating animals, and its not every day you get to be up close and personal with one.

Ubud is known for being the area with all the elephant treks in Bali, so we took the long car ride there—and spent maybe an hour and a half total at the park (including lunch). The ride itself is pretty short, but you’ll go into the water with them and also get to feed them afterwards. As far as we could tell, the animals seemed to be treated pretty well. Funds (at least in part) go towards providing food and land to make sure the Sumatran elephants remain protected.

Elephant Ride Ubud Bali Indonesia

 

8. Have Dinner at Rimba Jimbaran in the Rainforest

Or any other restaurant that sits high up in the treetops. Rimba was easy access for us, but really the experience can be had at plenty of places in Bali. While the ocean views are incredible, there’s also something to be said for being completely surrounded by the vastness of the Indonesian jungle. Good food is a plus, but looking out above the treeline as you eat is great on its own.

Rimba Jimbaran Unique Restaurant pool Bali Indonesia

Rimba Jimbaran Unique Restaurant Bali Indonesia sunset

 

Hope this was helpful + you guys enjoyed! Let me know what’s at the top of your Bali bucket list 🙂

22 Comments

  1. Reply

    Flavio

    February 8, 2017

    Great bucket list Ashlyn. Bari is definitely on my plans and I loved the idea of hiking to the top of Mt. Batur and watch a Kecak Dance. That watermelon also made very thirsty, I really wanna try it when I go there! 🙂

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      Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoul

      February 9, 2017

      Glad you enjoyed the ideas! If you’re ever there, Mt. Batur is a must!

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    Bhushavali

    February 9, 2017

    Bali is most definitely in my wishlist! Hope to visit the place soon… OMG!!! Hiking atop an active volcano with just flash lights!!! That’s some serious adventure!!! Kubu beach is definitely a paradise!!!

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      Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoul

      February 9, 2017

      Yes, I loved the fact that you finally get to see how far you’ve gone once the sun comes up! Hope you make it there!

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    travelwithtarah

    February 9, 2017

    I am headed to Bali in a couple of weeks and am starting to plan my itinerary. I’m so glad I found this post because just about everything on it looks like something I NEED to do! Also, love your pictures!

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      Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoul

      February 9, 2017

      Thanks a ton lady! Hope you have a FANTASTIC trip 🙂

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    davide utravelshare

    February 9, 2017

    Wowww, this a wonderful top 8 things to do in Bali and some of them are off-the beaten path too!! Nice to know there are somebody that don’t follow the normal “mass of people” doing the same things almost everyday! Kubu beach is pretty nice, thanks for sharing it! Really interesting and you guys are so cute 😀

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      Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoul

      February 9, 2017

      Thanks so much, Davide! We had a blast during our time there! Kubu was fantastic—if we ever go back, I think i’d explore the Gili islands next!

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    Monika

    February 9, 2017

    #1 appeals to me so much while #4 sounds super gross!

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      Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoul

      February 9, 2017

      Haha, I promise it wasn’t gross! 🙂 I honestly would have never known how it was made had they not told us beforehand!

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    JONA | BACKPACKING WITH A BOOK

    February 9, 2017

    I’ve been to Bali but I have never done any of these lovely activities! But Bali is pretty big, and I’m definitely coming back with this list in mind!

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      Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoul

      February 9, 2017

      Yes it is! I feel like we just touched the tip of the iceberg and we were there for a week!

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    Revati

    February 9, 2017

    That Mt. Batur hike sounds like it’s super-rewarding. Not sure I’m fit enough to do it, but I would certainly love to!

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      Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoul

      February 10, 2017

      It was! Definitely worth taking a few breaks along the way to get to the top!

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    Joanna

    February 10, 2017

    I would love to experience a Kecak Dance performance. I have a friend who lived in Indonesia for a year and she always tells me about this particular Balinese Dance and how beautiful it is.

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      Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoul

      February 11, 2017

      That’s so awesome Joanna! We watched for an hour, and it never got boring!

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    Arni

    February 12, 2017

    All 8 activities you have mentioned here sound wonderful! Waking up at 1am and then hiking on rocks in the dark? Wow, I’m not sure if I can do it, but the way you described it –not seeing anything before you reach the top, must be extraordinary. My sister and her husband also highly recommended Bali after a trip there last year and I remember they mentioned enjoying an evening at the Rock Bar. We dream of visiting Bali in the near future and we’ll definitely keep these in mind.

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      Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoul

      February 13, 2017

      Glad to hear they enjoyed Rock Bar as much as we did! Bali is a beautiful place, and we only just touched the surface!

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    Revathi

    February 13, 2017

    Didnt know that there was so much to do at Bali. Each and every one sounds like so much fun. Dinner at Rimba Jimbaran would certainly be my favorite 🙂

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      Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoul

      February 13, 2017

      Rimba Jimbaran is so beautiful! We ate on the rooftop and my pictures don’t even come close to capturing the view!

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    Johna

    February 14, 2017

    Wowww sounds like you had such an amazinggg time in Bali! My friends and I are actually planning to go here soon. Ahhh got me so excited now hehe 😝😝😝

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      Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoul

      February 14, 2017

      I’m so glad! Hope you and your friends have a fantastic trip 🙂

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