To help travelers plan their ideal vacations now that Bali is open, we’ve produced a list of the greatest things to do on the “Island of the Gods.” The pandemic has altered how people work, live, plan for the future, and move around the world. As nations and tourism-centric regions reopen, travelers must understand what has changed and what has remained the same.
Bali is more lovely than ever after a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic. While some businesses have closed, others have reopened, and yet others have transformed into something new. Let us introduce you to some of the most beautiful sites and great experiences that Bali has to offer as it reopens.
1. Go Snorkeling or Diving at Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan
The reefs in Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan are more magnificent now that Bali is accessible than they were before. The absence of tourists visiting these lovely islands off the coast has had a significant impact on the tourism business and local people’s livelihoods, but it has also provided much-needed rest to the usually visited reefs.
It’s a perfect time to go snorkeling at popular spots like Crystal Bay, where tourists may view Moray Eels, Angel Fish, multicolored corals, electric Mandarin Fish, and even a sea turtle. A journey to Manta Point in pursuit of the spectacular Manta Rays is a must for the more daring.
2. Hike Mount Batur Without The Crowds
3. Visit Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang (aka The Gates of Heaven)
Guests can now take pictures in front of the iconic Gates of Heaven without having to wait in line for three hours in the blazing sun now that Bali is open. Lines snaked across the whole facility prior to the pandemic, leaving people feeling cramped, overwhelmed, or simply frustrated.
This iconic temple rapidly adapted to Bali’s new normal, but its remote location away from tourist hubs like Seminyak and Kuta keeps it relatively vacant, especially when compared to pre-pandemic days. Visitors may admire the temple’s beautiful stone carvings and soaring staircases while perched high above the surrounding jungle.
4. Make a Reservation at one of Bali’s Famous Restaurants
There is plenty of wonderful food to enjoy, including Indonesian nasi campur, spicy Bangkok-style Thai food, Japanese fusion, high-end modern Australian plates, and Mediterranean sea-to-table cuisine.
Pre-pandemic Without considerable planning, it was often difficult to acquire a table at several notable restaurants in Bali. However, because tourist numbers are still low, many eateries are empty. For a night of lavish luxury, we recommend booking a seat at Aperitif for one of the tasting menus and sipping a 1920s-inspired drink at the bar.
Seeds Eatery offers real Thai meals for individuals looking for a spicy taste, although it is now popular with domestic tourists. Sensorium, Cabanon, and Nook are some other places that are sure to satisfy your palate.
Reserve a table at Asri Dining to try the nasi campur, a delectable Balinese delicacy that consists of a scoop of rice covered with a variety of curries, stewed meat dishes, seasoned veggies, tempeh, and, of course, spicy sambal.
5. Attend a Class
Many local artists and craftspeople suffered immensely due to a lack of business during the pandemic, but now that Bali is open, visitors can acquire a skill or artform while on vacation.
Adults and children can take classes in batik printing, eco-dyeing using natural plants, ceramics, Latin dance (salsa, bachata, kizomba, and zouk), Balinese cookery, macrame and weaving, traditional Balinese dance, acrylic painting, and silversmithing. Taking a class while in Bali is a terrific opportunity to learn something new while also supporting the local artists who contribute so much to the modern and traditional cultures of the island.
Book a silver jewelry-making class with Master Agung at Agung Silver while in Sidemen. Guests from all over the world come to Master Agung’s cozy studio to produce rings, earrings, and necklaces while learning about Balinese culture.
6. Relax at a Beach Club
While many beach clubs were closed during the pandemic, sunbathers may now enjoy spectacular vistas of Bali’s white sand beaches, mouth-watering seafood platters, cool sea breezes, and pools that beg to be jumped into on scorching afternoons now that Bali is open.
To entice visitors, several beach clubs offer lower minimum spending and excellent deals than they did before to the outbreak. La Brisa in Canggu ticks all the boxes for those looking for an elegant “Robinson Crusoe” vibe, with treehouse cabanas, driftwood-inspired furnishings, and sea glass blue accents.
El Kabron, located on the craggy cliffs of Uluwatu, is an intimate beach club that combines Mediterranean flair, Spanish gastronomic delights, and Bali’s never-ending sunsets. You will not be disappointed regardless of the beach club you choose.
Ulu Cliffhouse in Uluwatu, Potato Head Beach Club in Seminyak, Sandy Bay Beach Club in Nusa Lembongan, and Catamaran Beach Club in Ungasan are some other beach clubs to visit.
7. Experience the Luxury of a Private Pool Villa
Despite the fact that Bali is open, many resorts and luxury accommodations remain unoccupied, giving tourists the opportunity to enjoy fantastic vacations without the crowds. While there are numerous 5-star resorts, eccentric lodgings, and wild treehouses to choose from, staying in a Balinese private pool villa is a genuinely sumptuous experience that is best enjoyed by two.
Couples looking for a romantic getaway in the jungle can enjoy a tropical flower bath while listening to birds and the rush of the breeze through the tree limbs. Those who long for the sea can swim in full seclusion, with the aroma of salt on the breeze and the soft crash of waves below.
8. Take a Daytrip to Leke Leke Waterfall
Without having to fight the crowds, take in the beautiful views of Leke Leke Waterfall, one of Bali’s most famous and dramatic waterfalls. Leke Leke Waterfall, which is frequently featured in tourism brochures and is well-known among Instagram users, is as stunning as its photographs suggest.
Visitors will be greeted by a narrow yet spectacular waterfall that plummets into a shallow pool after walking a well-maintained 3-kilometer route bordered with weaving vines and lush ferns. Instead of standing in long lines to take photos, visitors can take their time and appreciate the natural beauty of the area.
Those on their way to Munduk or Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Bali’s most famous lakeside temples, might stop at Leke Leke Waterfall.
9. Take an Evening Walk along Campuhan Ridge
Campuhan Ridge Walk is the most well-known tourist attraction in Ubud, and it is once again open to international visitors now that Bali is open. Despite the fact that the trip is only 2 kilometers long, trekkers can extend their adventure by wandering along tranquil village roads or trails through the rice fields.
The Campuhan Ridge Walk, elevated above the surrounding rainforest and split by two rushing rivers, offers broad views of Ubud, a winding trail through the grasslands, and a refreshing breeze that rustles the palm fronds. Prior to the pandemic, the ridge walk was so popular that it was often difficult to travel the trail due to the crowds, but that all changed seemingly overnight. As Bali gradually opens up, lucky travelers will be able to enjoy this lovely place.
10. Watch Dolphins Play at Sunrise in Lovina
Lovina, located in North Bali, was mostly ignored during the pandemic, but now that Bali is accessible, this serene fishing zone cannot be missed. While many fisherman complain that dolphins take mackerel from their nets, fishermen in Lovina have learnt to coexist with these intelligent mammals by giving dolphin watching excursions and following pods to schools of fish.
Wearing a snorkeling mask, your boat driver will slowly move you through the water, allowing you to watch dolphins swimming and hunting fish below without disturbing these amazing creatures. Visitors report seeing many more dolphins in their natural habitat because there are less boats in the waterways.
These are just a few of the numerous hidden beauties in Bali that you might discover now that the island has reopened. Bali will take your breath away with its towering volcanoes, calm lagoons, and craggy cliffs standing against pounding surf. We cordially welcome you to lovely Bali and hope you enjoy everything “the Island of the Gods” has to offer.