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The 19 best things to do in Bali

The top things to do in Bali make it by far the most popular for visitors of Indonesia, and for many good reasons. The tropical hideaway manages to be an adventurer seeker’s paradise, a spiritual sanctuary, a family friendly getaway, a food lover’s paradise and a surfer’s oasis all at once. The locals’ warm and welcoming ways and connection to their rich cultural and religious heritage is complemented by landscapes that include rocky coastal cliffs, coral reefs within aquamarine oceans, steep volcanic mountains and emerald-green rice paddy fields. While its natural beauty is plentiful, you’ll also find an excellent and eclectic dining scene. Whether you want to get amongst the action of Seminyak, the relaxed vibes of Canggu, the beaches of the Bukit Peninsula or the idyllic neighbouring islands, there’s a lot to explore in beautiful Bali. Can't decide where to stay? Be sure to check out the best neighborhoods in Bali for top things to do, restaurants and hotels. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

The 10 best hotels in Bali

As you might expect from such a popular honeymoon destination, hotels in Bali abound. The island has plenty of accommodation options to choose from—indeed your only problem might be deciding where to stay (beach or hilltop?) or finding something that isn’t filled with loved-up couples if you’re not one of them! We’re here to help. If you’re chilling in surfers’ beach paradise Canggu you’ll find a great backpacking option at Serenity. Visitors to culture capital Ubud will appreciate the relative solitude of Komaneka, and those shopping and partying in and around Seminyak will love the peace of Kayana. And options for really getting away from it all include clifftop Alila Villas in Uluwatu, Alassari Plantation in Selemadag, or Sun Suko Boutique Resort in Pemuteran. A good choice for arrival or departure is Maya in Sanur, which is close to the airport, and has some excellent bars and restaurants. The number of amazing things to do in Bali is surely rivaled by the number of hotels to rest your head at afterward. We’ve picked our favourites below.

11 unforgettable Bali beaches

Bali beaches are a quintessential part of what makes this island such a breathtaking destination. No matter where you stay, this postcard-perfect Indonesian island has aquamarine waters, milk-white sands and tropical-treat weather in abundance; and beyond the beaches, vivid green rice paddies, jungle, forests, farms, nightlife hangouts and plenty of things to do await (plus world-class hotels). If, like the visiting yogis, you’ve come here seeking Nirvana, you might well find it. 

Where to stay in Bali

Figuring out where to stay in Bali boils down to whether you need to be near the beach. This Indonesian island has been popular with tourists for decades, but where you stay on the island will depend on what kind of holiday you’re after. Craving yoga retreats, smoothie bowls and rainforests walks? Head to Ubud. Needing to cut loose and party all night by the beach? That’s Seminyak. Here, we’ve put together a guide to the five hottest regions of Bali filled with things to do, including some lesser-known gems that might not stay that way for too much longer.

Nightlife in Bali: 12 best places to party

This destination in Indonesia embraces its warm weather so nightlife in Bali kicks in a little earlier in the day than what you're probably used to. Once you've figured out where to stay, you'll find luxe pool clubs dotted around the island where you can kick back on day beds and dip in and out of salt water pools before the lights get lower and things tick over into nightlife mode. Excellent restaurants and bars also embrace the party vibes after sundown, transforming from dining destinations into dancefloors when the kitchen closes. After a day well-spent at the beach or exploring other things to do on the island, head to these spots that combine a top-notch soundtrack with excellent vibes, great drinks and dancefloor antics.