The Indonesian island of Bali is a must-do on every travelers’ bucket list. The top things to do in Bali include visiting towering volcanoes wrapped in a green canopy to sandy shores fading into turquoise waters and architectural marvels that have left the world amazed. Other than these reasons, this fun-loving island has also come in the spotlight for its world-class spas and lavish boutiques, however, you don’t need to burn a hole in your pocket to enjoy the activities here.
In fact, there are a lot of authentic experiences in Bali that are completely free and are better than the paid ones. From watching local artisans at work to local festivals, here are the Top things to do in Bali for free!
Cross the Gateway to Heaven at Mount Lempuyang
This ‘split gate’ is as close as you can probably get to heaven! Known as the ‘Gateway of Heaven’, it is located at the highly regarded Pura Lempuyang temple at the summit of Mount Lempuyang. It reflects the sacred boundary between the holy temple and the outside world. As you stand at this gate and ponder the teachings of the Balinese culture, enjoy a panoramic view of Bali from the top. This gate is also one of the most Instagrammed photos of Bali as photographers from all over the world travel to get a perfect shot of it with the sky reflecting in front of them through a photography trick.
Get a free diving lesson!
A paradise for adventure seekers, one of the things to do in Bali with friends is to try your hand at diving. You can check out any of the popular diving schools for a free 10-minute diving lesson in a pool first. Once you are comfortable with the feeling of being underwater, you can enroll yourself for courses that range from an hour to even a week to explore the amazing marine Bali is famous for.
Have your own Bollywood moment
Indulge the romantic in you by making your way through the sea of golden petals that captivate you at Desa Tumkus. Nestled in East Bali, this village is located near one of the holiest temples in Bali-Besakih Temple and hence many of these flowers are planted by the locals to be used in offerings. A few kilometres away, you can also witness another paradise of snowy petals at what is referred to popularly called the Edelweiss of Bali.
Relax in a “Jacuzzi” on the Tegal Wangi Beach
Ever wanted to soak in your own private bathtub with a mesmerising view of the ocean? Well, Tegal Wangi Beach lets you do exactly that, but for free! With little holes on the shore filled with seawater from the ocean, you can have your own beachy ‘jacuzzi’ experience. Spend some quality time with your loved one and make sure to take lots of pictures to celebrate this memorable moment.
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Enjoy a secret getaway at Nusa Penida’s natural infinity pool
One of the things to do in Bali with kids is to visit one of Nusa Penida’s best-kept secrets. With a natural infinity pool, Angel Billabong is the epitome of stunning. Crystal clear waters and the green floors of this particular infinity pool are so comfortable to walk on, that it actually feels carpeted.
Witness local artisans at work
Bali is best known for its art and culture. Painting, sculpting, jewellery-making and many more, you name it and they can do it all. Witness the magic of their hands while they work on their local crafts and create unusual artifacts. With their sacred value, it is no surprise that the crafts from Bali are sought after by art collectors.
Try food sampling at the local markets
Things to do in Bali Kuta can take you through a lip smacking culinary experience in the local markets. Take a stroll in any of Bali’s famous local markets to take in the sights, sounds and smells of delectable dishes from the island. The locals are more than keen to let you sample their delicacies before you buy what suits your taste. Pasar Sindhu Night market and Kuta Market are two of the most famous options for tasting these sensory delights.
Take a romantic walk at the Campuhan Ridge
Campuhan Ridge trek is one of the best things to do in Bali in October. It takes you away from the crowded restaurants and beaches to reveal a breathtaking valley. The trek reaches the beautiful village of Bangkiang Sidem where you can witness the Balinese way of living.
Even though this list highlights the most unique things to try for free, with such a vast landscape, it barely scratches the surface. The number of fun things to do in Bali is endless. So, if have been planning for a budgeted trip, wait no more and book your tickets to Bali soon!
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‘Curated by Neha Bhise’