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One of the best ways to explore Bali’s many amazing sights is via a tour or day trip booking - allowing visitors to discover the best that the island has to offer.

Bali is a small Indonesian island of only 5,780 km², yet it's renowned for its diverse and vast landscapes. Visitors to Bali could easily spend up to two weeks here discovering and exploring high and low, from the cliffs of Uluwatu to the terraced valleys of inland Ubud. 

The multitude of day trips and tours in Bali provide a convenient and exciting way to explore the island. While you won’t always have as much control over your Bali itinerary as if you organised it yourself, signing up for a tour or day trip has several advantages. Firstly, it provides a curated experience based on local knowledge and expertise. Secondly, it exposes travellers to fun and unique experiences they may not have otherwise discovered on their own. Thirdly, day tours typically include transportation, eliminating the need for visitors to navigate unfamiliar roads or public transport systems on their own.

The 11 best Bali day trips and tours in Bali are outlined below. 

  • Ubud Day Trip: The immersive Ubud Day Trip takes you through the heart of Balinese culture in Ubud, with highlights including the Tegallalang Rice Terraces and the bustling Ubud Traditional Market.
  • Nusa Penida 2-Day Tour: Experience the breathtaking beauty of Nusa Penida with this two-day adventure covering both the west and east sides of the island. 
  • Bali ATV/Quadbike Tour & Whitewater Rafting: Designed for thrill-seekers, the Bali ATV and rafting tour combines quad biking and descending Bali’s river rapids into one amazing day. 
  • Coffee Plantation and Chocolate Tour Tasting: The Coffee and Chocolate Tour is a peaceful day trip that allows you to explore coffee and cocoa plantations and enjoy many tastings in between. 
  • Multi-Day Surf Tour: The Multi-Day Surf Tours available in Kuta, Uluwatu and Canggu offer packages for all skill levels, from beginner 3-day courses to week-long camps. 
  • Gili Islands Snorkelling Tour: The Gili Islands Snorkelling Tour offers an underwater adventure around Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. Discover vibrant coral reefs, spectacular fish, and sea turtles. 
  • North Bali Day Trip: The North Bali Day Trip takes you to lesser-known areas of Bali that are nonetheless amazing to visit. Highlights include Gitgit Waterfall, Lovina Beach, and Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple. 
  • Bali Waterfalls Day Trip: A day trip to Bali’s many waterfalls like Tukad Cepung and Tibumana, with plenty of time to stop for a dip in the natural swimming pools and take plenty of pictures for Instagram. 
  • Bali Swing and Tegallalang Rice Terraces: The Bali Swing and Tegallalang Rice Terraces tour offers a chance to explore stunning rice fields, enjoy thrilling swings, experience the serene rural landscape, and sample local food while learning about Balinese culture.
  • Bali Cultural Village Tour: Delve deep into the heart of Balinese tradition with the Cultural Village Tour. Visit local schools, farms, and homes to uncover the art, cuisine, and craftsmanship that define Bali.
  • Bali Spa Day: A day trip to the best of Bali’s spas invites you to a sanctuary of relaxation and rejuvenation. Embrace the healing traditions of Balinese massage, indulge in fragrant flower baths, and entrust yourself to the skilled hands of therapists. 

1. Ubud Day Trip

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One of the best excursions available in Bali is an immersive tour through the artistic, natural, and cultural treasures of the Ubud region, considered one of the best areas of Bali. Ubud is not a coastal town - it’s located in the central part of the island where visitors will find green hills, traditional villages, and deep-rooted spirituality. Highlights of a day trip to Ubud typically include iconic attractions such as the Tegallalang Rice Terraces, the Ubud Traditional Market, Tegenungan Waterfall, Goa Gajah Temple and Tirta Empul. 

Below is more information on the highlight locations of the Ubud Day Tour.  

  • Tegallalang Rice Terraces: The Tegallalang (or “Tegalalang”) Rice Terraces provide stunning views of green terraced landscapes, showcasing the traditional Subak irrigation method, which is fundamental to Balinese rice cultivation. The Tegallalang area is renowned for its meticulously arranged rice paddies and is ideal for photography given its supremely picturesque scenery.  
  • Ubud Traditional Art Market: The Ubud Art Market is a two-floor, indoor market offering an array of hand-crafted goods, including beautiful silk scarves, handwoven bags, and intricate carvings. Located off Jalan Monkey Forest road, it was featured in the Julia Roberts movie “Eat, Pray, Love” and is a popular spot to stop for tourists looking for a great bargain.   
  • Tegenungan Waterfall: Tegenungan Waterfall is an awe-inspiring cascade in a tropical setting in Bali’s Kemenuh Village. Widely considered one of the best waterfalls in Bali, it has a natural pool at the base which is perfect for a refreshing dip, with exotic plants all around and dedicated photo areas. 
  • Goa Gajah Temple: Known as the Elephant Cave, Goa Gajah Temple is an archaeological site of significant historical value in Bali. Built in the 9th century, the complex’s main feature is its intricately carved entrance, depicting menacing creatures and demons. 
  • Tirta Empul Temple: Tirta Empul Temple is a Balinese Hindu water temple,  renowned for its holy spring water drawing locals and tourists alike to partake in ritual purification under spouting water. The beautiful and historic Presidential Palace of Tampaksiring (Istana Kepresidenan Tampaksiring) is located on the same site overlooking the temple. 

Some of the lesser-known destinations included in the Ubud Day Trip packages include Celuk Village, renowned for its silver and goldsmiths, the Pura Puseh Batuan, a stunning 11th-century Hindu temple located south of Ubud, and the historical Puri Saren Palace.

A full-day tour of Ubud typically lasts around 8 hours, ensuring you have ample time at each location to soak up some beautiful experiences and learn about Balinese customs and traditions. The cost of an Ubud tour is usually between 500,000 IDR  (~$50 AUD) and 1,500,000 IDR  (~$150 AUD) depending on the number of participants, the itinerary, and whether you opt for an established tour provider or book your own private driver for a custom tour. Included in the price of formal tours are the entrance fees to each site, transportation in a private, air-conditioned vehicle, and oftentimes, a meal at a local restaurant or warung (traditional eatery). Most Ubud tours offer pickup and drop-off services from various locations around Bali including Sanur, Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Canggu, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua and Ubud. 

To make the most of your Ubud Day Trip, bring comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and a phone or camera to capture the unforgettable moments. Remember to dress modestly, especially when visiting temples, as a sign of respect for the local Balinese religion and culture. As a majority Balinese Hindu province, the locals are conservative so it's advisable to cover shoulders and knees in these sacred sites. Usually, a sarong is provided to you at the temple or by your tour operator. 


2. Nusa Penida (2-Day Tour)

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The Nusa Penida 2-Day Tour is a comprehensive experience designed to explore the spectacular landscapes of Nusa Penida, an island located southeast of Bali in the Klungkung Regency. Famous for its dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches, and vibrant marine life, Nusa Penida offers a unique experience of natural beauty that visitors to Bali flock to. A Nusa Penida tour typically divides your adventure into two distinct days. The first day covers the west side of the island, while the second day explores the east.  

Below is detailed information on the highlights of a 2-Day Nusa Penida Tour. 

 Day 1 of the Tour: 

  • Broken Beach: While known as “Broken Beach”, this iconic landmark is less of a beach and more of a natural attraction. Broken Beach is a unique geological formation that encircles turquoise waters, with a natural archway creating a bridge to the open sea. It’s one of the most popular spots in Bali for photographers.  
  • Indonesian Lunch at a Local Restaurant: After a morning exploring, your tour guide will typically take you to a local restaurant to enjoy an Indonesian lunch, where you'll experience local dishes such as nasi goreng, satay, gado-gado, and rendang, , all included in the tour cost. 
  • Kelingking Beach: Famous for its T-Rex-shaped cliffside, Kelingking Beach is one of Nusa Penida's most iconic sights. The view from the top of the cliffs showcases an unforgettable panoramic view of turquoise blue water and the sweeping beach below.  
  • Crystal Bay: Ideal for adventurous travellers, the pristine waters and vibrant coral reefs of Crystal Bay make it an excellent spot for underwater exploration. Typically a Nusa Penida tour will stop here for snorkelling, with equipment provided free of charge by your tour company.  

Day 2 of the Tour: 

  • Thousand Islands Viewpoint: The second day of the Nusa Penida Tour usually starts with a visit to the breathtaking Thousand Islands Viewpoint, a prime location for soaking in the vastness of Nusa Penida's seascape. From this vantage point, you'll be treated to an awe-inspiring sight of rugged coastline, numerous small islands and pristine blue waters dotted with lush, green islands. 
  • Diamond Beach: Famous for its white sands and clear waters, Diamond Beach is accessible via a newly carved stairway. The descent offers stunning views of the beach and dramatic surrounding cliffs, making it a must-visit spot for breathtaking scenery. 
  • Teletubbies Hill: Located in the eastern part of Nusa Penida, Teletubbies Hill is named for its resemblance to the rolling green hills from the much-loved kids TV show of the same name. This iconic and scenic spot offers a panoramic view of the island's interior landscape, making it an ideal location for a photo session. Beyond capturing stunning photos, visitors typically enjoy a leisurely hike through the undulating hills or the chance to sit down and simply enjoy the landscape. 

A two-day tour in the paradisiac Nusa Penida Islands typically costs between 1,000,000 IDR (~$100 AUD) and 1,800,000 IDR (~$180 AUD) per adult. This price includes admission to all attractions, lunch on both days and accommodation for one night. Departure and return points for Nusa Penida Tours usually leave from major ports like Sanur Harbour, with transportation provided by boat between Bali and Nusa Penida and by car or bus around the island. 

While packing essentials like comfortable shoes and sunscreen is important, don't overlook your swimwear. The crystal-clear waters at places like Crystal Bay are just too tempting, especially on a hot day!


3. Bali ATV/Quadbike & Whitewater Rafting Tour 

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Are you ready for a mix of exhilarating activities and breathtaking scenery that takes you from the Ayung River's rapids to the rural beauty of Ubud? The Bali ATV & Whitewater Rafting full-day tour offers a unique way to experience Bali's natural wonders and cultural highlights. This tour is broken up into two parts. Firstly, begin your adventure navigating the challenging currents of the Ayung River, unveiling hidden waterfalls, and cooling off in its waters under the guidance of an expert. Secondly, gear up after lunch for an ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) adventure, allowing you to experience Bali's the beautiful rural outskirts of Ubud while motoring along on a quadbike.  

Morning Half of the Tour: White Water Rafting on the Ayung River 

The day starts with an electrifying journey down the river, where roaring waters test your spirit and teamwork. The whitewater rafting adventure immerses you in the wild, pushing you to navigate twisting, untamed waters for an unmatched rush. Following a comprehensive safety briefing, you'll tackle rapids amidst the lush Balinese jungle, feeling the river's dynamic pulse beneath your raft. This thrilling ride not only challenges you but also guides you through breathtaking landscapes, making for an unforgettable experience. 

Highlights of the White Water Rafting Trip: 

  • Enjoy an adrenaline-pumping rapids ride that puts your stamina to the test. 
  • Sit back and take in the stunning backdrop of dense jungle as you make your way down 
  • Cool off in serene waterfalls hidden along the river. 
  • Examine the delicate craftsmanship of Balinese artists with riverside carvings. 

Afternoon Half of the Tour: Quadbike Adventure in Ubud: 

After savouring a local lunch at a surprise restaurant, embark on an ATV adventure across Bali's diverse landscapes. A quadbike, also known as an ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle), is a four-wheeled vehicle designed for off-road adventures, offering both excitement and a unique way to explore the natural surroundings. From verdant rice fields to dense jungles and mysterious tunnels, the ATV ride showcases the island's beauty from a thrilling perspective. Just be sure to wear your helmet and exercise caution!  

Highlights of the Quadbike Adventure: 

  • Take an exhilarating ride through the rice fields, offering insights into local farming practices. 
  • Check out the dense jungles and flowing rivers which showcase Bali's natural diversity. 
  • Explore deep canyons and mysterious tunnels. 
  • Witness the beauty of cascading waterfalls. 

This 6-hour, two-part adventure is suitable for individuals aged 6 to 65. Starting at approximately 400,000 IDR (~$40 AUD) per adult, the package includes comprehensive insurance, optional hotel transfers, and guidance from experienced instructors. 

Given that the activities on this tour involve physical exertion and a moderate level of risk, make sure to listen carefully to the safety briefing and follow the instructions of your guide. Always wear a life jacket and helmet provided by the tour operators. Note that this tour is not suitable for pregnant women. Participants are advised to bring extra money for personal expenses and a change of clothes. 


4. Coffee Plantation and Chocolate Tour Tasting  

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Bali’s famous coffee plantations offer visitors the opportunity to taste local coffee, tea, and chocolate, making them a must-do activity for immersing themselves in Balinese culture. Many of these plantations are located in the central highlands, particularly in Kintamani and Bedugul. The volcanic soil and climate in these highlands create ideal growing conditions. 

Coffee plantation tours are an immersive experience, combining a guided walk through the grounds showcasing various plants with a tasting session where you can sample their products. One particular caffeine-fuelled delicacy in Bali is “Kopi Luwak”, a unique type of coffee made from coffee cherries that have been partially digested by civets, a cat-like animal native to Indonesia. Kopi Luwak has a smooth texture and chocolatey flavour.  Besides Kopi Luwak, you get to enjoy other local coffee varieties like Cascara coffee, Kintamani coffee and Plaga coffee.  

Those with a sweet tooth will be pleased to learn that many coffee plantations make artisanal chocolate as well. After learning about coffee-making, witness the process of chocolate-making, from the cacao bean to the final product, and enjoy tasting a variety of handmade chocolates. These chocolates often feature unique Balinese flavours and ingredients, providing a delicious complement to the coffee tastings. 

Highlights of the Coffee Plantation and Chocolate tasting tour include:  

  • Enjoy breathtaking views over the valley 
  • See how the famous coffee, tea and chocolate is made 
  • Taste a wide variety of chocolates, coffees and teas 
  • Learn about Balinese delicacies from a knowledgeable tour guide 

The cost of a coffee plantation tour in Bali ranges from 600,000 IDR (~$60 AUD) to 1,200,000 IDR (~$120 AUD), depending on the tour operator. Some of the coffee plantations in Bali forego an entrance fee, but visitors are expected to tip their tour guide or purchase some of the products instead. Coffee plantation tours in Bali accept tourists of all ages (as long as the visitor is able to walk comfortably), take groups of 4 to 6 people and last up to 10 hours including pit stops in the villages surrounding the plantation.  

Many coffee plantation tours offer a pickup and drop-off service for visitors, often in an air-conditioned minivan, eliminating the worry of planning an itinerary or working out how to reach far afield locations. Bring some local currency (Indonesian rupiah), as there are no ATMs in the rural areas of Bali, and carry water and something to eat. While the guides are great at recommending warungs and restaurants, they aren't obligated to provide snacks! 


5. Multi-Day Surf Tour 

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Experience the thrill of surfing in Bali's top spots with a multi-day surf tour that caters to all skill levels. These tours take you to some of the best places for surfing in Bali, from the powerful reef breaks of Uluwatu to the open beaches of Kuta. You'll encounter everything from gentle rolling waves ideal for learning to surf, to powerful, barrelling waves that challenge even the most experienced surfers. The variety provided by the multi-day surf tours ensures that every day brings a new adventure and an opportunity to improve your skills in different conditions. 

A multi-day surf tour involves registering with a surf school and selecting a package tailored to your experience level, from 3-day beginner courses to week-long advanced camps. The best time to surf in Bali is from May to October during the dry season, offering optimal conditions. However, surfing is possible year-round due to the island's prime location, which ensures a steady supply of waves and an average water temperature of 28°C. To avoid the peak of the wet season, plan your visit between January and March. 

Highlights of a surf tour in Bali include: 

  • Experienced Instructors: One of the major advantages of taking a surf tour with a local Balinese surf school is the quality of the instructors. Most instructors are experienced surfers who know the local waves well and are delighted to offer valuable tips tailored to your skill level. 
  • World-Class Surf Spots: Bali is home to some of the most epic surf breaks in the world. Taking a surf tour with one of the local schools provides you inside access to the best spots. For example, you get to visit Uluwatu, which is famous for its powerful reef breaks and is perfect for advanced surfers seeking thrilling rides. Kuta Beach, another amazing spot included in the tour, is known for its gentle rolling waves, making it an ideal location for beginners to practise and gain confidence.  
  • Bali Surf Community: One of the most enjoyable aspects of a surf tour in Bali is the vibrant surf community you become a part of. Your tour mates often become friends, and together you explore not just the waves but also the local nightlife at beach clubs like Finns Beach Club, which is popular for its youthful and lively atmosphere. 

Surf tours, often called surf camps, combine a surf school and a hotel into one seriously fun holiday. Typically, the surf tour starts with free pick up from Ngurah Rai airport, dormitory accommodation in a beachside hostel, surf lessons and surf expeditions from local guides, and a taste of Balinese nightlife in the evenings.  

The price of a multi-day surf tour in Bali ranges from 3,450,000 IDR (~$345 AUD) to 10,000,000 IDR (~$1000 AUD), from 3-day tours to camps lasting more than a week. Surfboard rental is included in the price of multi-day tours, but remember to bring your own swimwear and sunscreen. 

Some of the best surf schools in Bali include Malu Surf School at Kuta Beach, and Bali Surf Camp which has locations in Canggu, Uluwatu and Seminyak. These schools provide personalised instruction based on your level and objectives, and they both have friendly, supportive instructors. 

For those bringing a surfboard with them from overseas, it's recommended to make sure the surfboard is covered and that the fins are removed. For more information, consult Virgin Australia’s Guide to Oversize Items. 

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6. Gili Islands Snorkelling Tour (Swim with Turtles!) 

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The Gili Islands are located a few hours by boat from Bali. Consisting of three small islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air), the Gili Islands is a veritable paradise when it comes to underwater scenery. Renowned as one of the best places for snorkelling in Bali, the Gili Islands serves up perfect underwater conditions filled with vibrant coral reefs, schools of spectacular fish, and groups of sea turtles. Book a snorkelling tour to travel around the islands by boat and discover the wonders each spot has to offer. 

Highlights of the Gili Island Snorkelling Tour include:  

  • Turtle Point: Snorkel at the famous Turtle Point spot near Gili Meno, where it's common to see green sea turtles and hawksbill turtles in their natural habitat. 
  • Shark Point: Located off the coast of Gili Trawangan, Shark Point offers the chance to see blacktip reef sharks and other marine species. 
  • Meno Wall: Dive deep to find the Meno Wall, a vibrant coral wall teeming with colourful fish, octopuses, and eagle rays.  
  • Bounty Wreck: Explore the underwater Bounty wreck near Gili Meno, home to various species of fish and soft corals. 

Snorkelling tours around the Gili Islands range in duration. Two-hour tours cost around 300,000 IDR (~$30 AUD), while full-day tours with a private boat cost upwards of 1,550,000 IDR (~$155 AUD), excluding lunch. Tours depart from any of the three Gili Islands. The fastest way to reach the Gili Islands from mainland Bali is by boat from Sanur, Serangan, Padang Bai, or Amed. Snorkel equipment and life jackets are included, along with a bottle of water. Be sure to bring your own towel and cash for lunch. 


7. North Bali Day Trip 

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Ready for a glimpse into a quieter, more traditional side of Bali? Relatively unexplored compared to southern areas of Bali, the pristine North Bali area offers a serene adventure covering areas like Singaraja and Lovina. A North Bali day trip allows you to explore the region's beautiful countryside, stunning waterfalls, hot springs, and unique coastal experiences.  

Highlights of the North Bali Day Trip typically include:  

  • Gitgit Waterfall: Hidden amidst lush tropical forests, the Gitgit Waterfall cascades down from a height of 35 metres, creating a cool mist environment featuring natural pools that is perfect for relaxing and reconnecting with nature. 
  • Banjar Hot Spring: Banjar Hot Spring is set in a tranquil garden and features stone-carved pools where you get to soak and unwind. The mineral-rich therapeutic waters are believed to have healing properties. 
  • Lovina Beach: Lovina Beach is a tranquil black sand beach, famous for its early morning dolphin watching tours. Lovina offers a unique coastal experience where you embark on a traditional outrigger boat at dawn to witness playful dolphins swimming in the calm waters. 
  • Iconic Temples: Visit temples like Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, which offers insights into Balinese spirituality. Located on the shores of Lake Bratan, this iconic site is one of the best temples in Bali and appears to float on the water, creating a stunning reflection. The temple complex is surrounded by beautiful gardens and mountains. 

The best way to explore North Bali is by hiring a local driver for the day, which costs around 800,000 IDR (~$80 AUD). While there are many 'warungs' (small traditional restaurants) to enjoy, it's a good idea to pack snacks and water. Wear comfortable workout clothes for physical activities and bring a swimsuit and towel for the hot springs and waterfalls. This trip offers a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion. 


8. Bali Waterfalls Day Trip 

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Bali is home to more than 30 breathtaking waterfalls, from well-known waterfalls like Tegenungan to smaller waterfalls found in the hills of Munduk. For those who come to Bali to feel the embrace of nature, a day trip to the surrounding waterfalls is a must-do on the island. A driver will transport you to the various locations, provide information about the sights, and recommend local spots for food along the way. 

Highlights of the Bali Waterfalls Day Trip include: 

  • Swim in Natural Pools: The Bali Waterfalls Trip invites you to Immerse yourself in the refreshing natural pools of waterfalls like Tukad Cepung, Tegenungan, and Tibumana. Tukad Cepung, for instance, is known for its stunning cave setting where sunbeams illuminate the waterfall, while Tegenungan features a powerful cascade and a spacious pool perfect for a revitalising swim. 
  • Explore Multiple Waterfalls: Bali boasts a diverse range of waterfalls, each offering unique scenery and experiences. Visit Sekumpul Waterfall, often regarded as Bali's most beautiful. This waterfall features a collection of cascades that flow through a lush valley in the northern part of the island. Explore the hidden gem of Kanto Lampo in Gianyar, where the water cascades down a stepped rock face. Visit Banyumala Twin Waterfalls, nestled in the hills of Munduk, which provide a peaceful retreat with their twin streams and pristine pools. 
  • Take Scenic Hikes: The Bali Waterfalls Tour takes you on scenic hikes to secret clearings and trek through lush forests. The journey to Aling-Aling Waterfall, for instance, involves a short trek through a tropical forest, rewarding you with a series of natural slides and jumps for the adventurous.  
  • Enjoy an Authentic Balinese Lunch: Pause for a delicious, authentic Balinese lunch at a traditional warung. Savour local specialties such as Nasi Campur, Babi Guling, and fresh seafood while enjoying the rustic charm and hospitality of these local eateries. 

A day trip to the waterfalls in Bali typically involves hiring a driver who will pick you up from your accommodation, take you to each of the falls and rest spots, and drop you back at the end of the day. The cost to hire a driver for the day is around 800,000 IDR (~$80 AUD). The tour lasts up to 7 or 8 hours, so make sure to bring a swimsuit, a towel, a change of clothes, and snacks to ensure you don’t get hungry while exploring Bali’s breathtaking waterfalls. 


9. Bali Swing and Tegallalang Rice Terraces 

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One of the shorter but nevertheless fun tours available in Bali is a trip to the Tegallalang Rice Terraces to explore the rice paddies and ride on the Big Swings. The Tegallalang Rice Terraces are one of the best rice fields in Bali, offering a stunning panorama of cascading rice fields. Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Tegallalang is considered a must-visit when in Bali. 

The Bali Swing and Tegallalang Rice Terraces tour caters to various ages, offering the serenity of sweeping rice field views and the adrenaline and fun of a Bali swing experience.  

Highlights of the Bali Swing and Tegallalang Rice Terraces include:  

  • Experience the serene rural landscape of Bali 
  • Swing high above the rice fields on no less than 4 Bali Swings  
  • Relax in an infinity pool at Tis Cafe with a view of the terraces 
  • Take stunning photographs from dedicated viewpoints 

Bali Swing and Tegallalang Rice Terraces tours are accessible by scooter or taxi with parking just off the main road. The entrance fee to the Tegallalang Rice Terraces varies. Entering from the east through Raya Cebok costs 10,000 IDR (~$1 AUD) whereas entering from the south through Ume Ceking costs you 50,000 IDR (~$5 AUD). The Tegallalang swing complex has four different swings for visitors to try, costing 200,000 IDR (~$20 AUD), so plan to spend around 3 hours exploring the rice terraces, having a go on the swings and sampling local food. Make sure to bring some local currency (Indonesian Rupiah) to pay for lunch in one of the cafes and to tip the farmers whose terraces you have to pass through. It is important to bring water to stay hydrated in the Balinese heat, but don't worry about bringing a towel for the infinity pool because Tis Cafe provides them.  


10. Bali Cultural Village Tour 

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The Bali Cultural Village Tour lets you escape the busy tourist areas and gain authentic insight into how locals live. You'll visit schools, farms, and traditional housing compounds in villages around the major cities. This tour includes stops at Tenganan Pegringsingan Village, Carangsari Village, and Penglipuran Village to immerse yourself in the essence of Balinese daily life.  

Highlights of the Bali Cultural Village Tour include:  

  • Tenganan Pegringsingan Village: Discover the unique customs of this ancient village, renowned for its double ikat weaving, a traditional dyeing technique that comes from the verb “to bind” in local Bahasa Indonesia language.  
  • Carangsari Village: Gain insight into daily life as you explore rice paddies, visit local schools, and learn about Carangsari village's historical significance, including its connection to Balinese independence hero I Gusti Ngurah Rai (who gives Bali airport its name).  
  • Penglipuran Village: Wander through one of Bali’s cleanest and most picturesque villages, Penglipuran, noted for its uniform Balinese houses and lush bamboo forests. 
  • Balinese art, cuisine, and music: Participate in hands-on workshops and enjoy live performances to fully appreciate the island's rich cultural heritage. 
  • Local handicrafts: Observe artisans creating batik and wood sculptures, offering a glimpse into the traditional crafts that have been passed down through generations. 

A Bali Cultural Village Tour costs around 3,000,000 IDR (~$300 AUD) for the whole day, including travel between your accommodation and the village. There are also half-day excursions available for 500,000 IDR (~$50 AUD) to 700,000 IDR (~$70 AUD). Lunch is included with village tours, often with a cooking class hosted by a local villager, so it's not necessary to pack your own food. The tour typically includes pickup, transfer, and your return journey.  


11. Bali Spa Day: Massage & Pampering 

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Spas are incredibly popular in Bali, evidenced by the nearly 400 establishments on the island. We recommend scheduling a day trip to a spa at the start of your trip to Bali to relieve postflight aches and pains, or at the end of your visit to unwind after a packed itinerary. Some of the best spas in Bali include Ayana Resort and Spa in Jimbaran, Reborn Sunset Kuta Bali, and Zahra Spa in Nusa Dua and Uluwatu. 

Highlights of the Bali Spa Day Trip include: 

  • Indulge in treatments and wellness practices that facilitate deep relaxation and healing 
  • Unwind from city life in a thatch-roofed pavilion with a jungle view 
  • Receive traditional Balinese massage treatments from skilled local therapists 
  • Enjoy spa packages that include reiki, body scrubs, and flower baths 
  • Learn about the influence of traditional Asian medicine on Balinese massage 

Spa treatments typically last 1 to 3 hours, so a full spa day in Bali consists of several treatments, including reiki, a traditional Balinese massage, a body scrub, and a flower bath. Spa treatments in Bali cost anywhere between 100,000 IDR (~$10 AUD) and 1,200,000 IDR (~$120 AUD), so there are plenty of options for both budget and luxury travellers. Many spas in Bali offer herbal tea and fruit to customers spending a full day there, as well as complimentary hotel transfers. 


What are the best day trips from Ubud? 

There are so many incredible places to visit in Ubud, many of which are natural locations like waterfalls, valleys, rice fields and jungles. Some of the best day trips from Ubud include Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Tegenungan Waterfall, and Tirta Empul Temple.  

More information on the three best Ubud day trips is given below. 

  • Tegallalang Rice Terraces: Located just a short drive north of Ubud, the Tegallalang Rice Terraces offer stunning views of terraced landscapes and showcase the traditional Balinese Subak irrigation system. Subak is a cooperative water management system passed down in Indonesia from ancient times. This area is perfect for leisurely walks and photography, providing a glimpse into Bali's agricultural practices.  
  • Tegenungan Waterfall: Situated southeast of Ubud, Tegenungan Waterfall is a must-visit for nature lovers. Unlike many of Bali's remote waterfalls, Tegenungan is easily accessible, with a short walk down a well-maintained path leading you to the cascade. The waterfall plunges dramatically into a wide pool, perfect for a refreshing swim. The surrounding area has plenty of vantage points along the way to capture stunning photographs. 
  • Tirta Empul Temple: Tirta Empul is located in the village of Tampaksiring. It’s one of Bali’s most renowned temples, especially for its holy spring water. Tirta Empul is a sacred site where locals and visitors partake in ritual purification. The temple complex features a series of bathing pools and intricately carved stone structures, and it's considered a spiritual highlight of Bali to bathe here.  


What are the best day trips from Bali’s southern coast areas?  

Bali’s south coast is known for its nightlife, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have anything to do during the day! The three best day trips from south coast hotspots like Kuta, Seminyak and Nusa Dua include the iconic Tanah Lot Temple, Uluwatu Temple which has one of the best views in Bali, and the stunning Sekumpul Waterfall in Lemukih Village.  

More information on the  4 best day trips from Nusa Dua, Kuta and Seminyak is below.  

  • Tanah Lot Temple: Located about 20 kilometres northwest of Kuta, Tanah Lot is an ancient Hindu shrine and one of Bali's most famous sea temples. Perched on a rock formation surrounded by the ocean, the temple appears to isolate itself from the mainland at high tide - providing one of Bali’s most spectacular sunset views.  
  • Uluwatu Temple: Situated on the southwestern tip of the Bukit Peninsula, Uluwatu Temple is found approximately 25 kilometres from Seminyak. This cliffside temple is renowned for its dramatic location, perched 70 metres above the Indian Ocean. Consider remaining into the evening, when the temple comes alive with a daily Kecak (fire) dance performance.  
  • Sekumpul Waterfall: Located in Lemukih Village about 76 kilometres north of Seminyak, the 80-100m high Sekumpul is one of the tallest and best waterfalls in Bali. In fact, with this destination you get seven waterfalls for the price of one! The journey to the seven falls offers a peaceful retreat from the bustling southern coastal areas, showcasing lush landscapes and the serene beauty of Bali's interior.  
  • Jimbaran Beach: Found about 15 kilometres from Nusa Dua and 25 kilometres from Sanur, Jimbaran Beach is renowned for its beachfront seafood restaurants, where you can chow down on the local catch-of-the-day during your day at the beach.  


What are some of the best activities available in Bali? 

Some of the best activities to do in Bali include exploring the Tegallalang Rice Terraces and visiting the iconic Tanah Lot Temple. Other standout things to do in Bali watching the mesmerising Kecak dance at Uluwatu Temple, and taking a day trip to Nusa Penida.  

The Tegallalang Rice Terraces near Ubud offer extraordinary scenery and a chance to see local farmers in action, while Tanah Lot Temple, perched on a rock formation, provides breathtaking sunset views. At Uluwatu Temple, the traditional Kecak dance performed by male dancers in intricate costumes is a must-see, especially during sunset. Lastly, a day trip to Nusa Penida offers the opportunity to dive and snorkel with Manta Rays and Mola Mola fish, as well as to explore the island's beautiful tropical beaches and dramatic cliffs. 


What are some day trip and tour ideas for couples in Bali?  

Three of the best day trips and tours for couples visiting Bali are listed below.  

  • Ubud Day Trip: A Ubud Day Trip blends cultural immersion and natural beauty, with visits to the Tegallalang Rice Terraces and Tegenungan Waterfall offering perfect backdrops for romantic moments and memorable photos.  
  • Nusa Penida 2-Day Tour: A two-day tour of Nusa Penida takes couples to serene beaches and breathtaking viewpoints, creating an idyllic setting for a romantic retreat. 
  • Bali Spa Day: Offers ultimate relaxation with traditional Balinese massages and luxurious flower baths, providing the perfect environment for couples to unwind and rejuvenate together. These tours and activities ensure that couples can enjoy the best of Bali’s romance and adventure. 


Is it cheaper to book through a Bali tour company or privately?  

It’s typically cheaper to book trips and guided tours through a local company rather than privately when visiting Bali, as company-booked tours are usually in a group which allows the cost to be distributed amongst the participants. That being said, booking a tour privately is still an economical option in many cases, especially if travelling with groups of friends.  

Balinese tour companies typically offer comprehensive packages that include hotel pickup, transport with a private driver, lunch and inclusive entry fees to the various attractions provided. Often these drivers double as expert guides, helping you to explore Bali and make the most of your tour.  


Do you need to tip drivers in Bali? 

No, tipping is not required in Bali in general. This principle applies to hiring a private driver as well, as the fee quoted by your driver or by your hotel or tour operator includes all associated costs. That being said, there is no harm in tipping your driver if you particularly enjoyed your day trip or want to show some appreciation to a driver who has gone the extra mile (perhaps even literally!) to make your Bali tour worthwhile. A tip of around 5-10% is typically enough. 


Which is better, Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan or Nusa Lembongan?  

Increasingly, visitors to Bali opt to extend their travel beyond Bali mainland, visiting places a bit further afield. Some of the best islands near Bali include the Nusa Islands, but which one to visit?Choosing between the Nusa Islands of Penida, Ceningan and Lembongan largely depends on what you’re looking for. Most visitors to  Bali opt for a visit to Nusa Penida, which is by far the most visited of the three options.  

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