The most popular tours in Bali cover various highlights across the island’s eight different regencies, from the cool uplands down to the coastal waters.
Here, we’ve narrowed them down to help you decide on the best options available so you can plan your stay in Bali ahead with a memorable day trip to experience.
Get cultured, artsy, or adventurous with our list of the best Bali Day Trips to explore!
1. UBUD FOR THE ARTSY AND ADVENTUROUS
Mapped amongst lush green rice paddies, lush forest and steep ravines in Gianyar regency, Ubud is one of Bali’s major arts and culture centres. A day trip to Ubud can keep you busy with so much to see and do! Adventurous souls might be interested to chase Tegenungan Waterfall, or stop for some lunch in gorgeous greenery at the Tegalalang Rice Terrace. Artsy can shop for paintings, watch the Barong and Keris Dance performance by or visit Ubud Celuk Village to see jewelry making. Another signature experience in Ubud is its dining scene, that are mostly revolving in healthy diet and life balance.
2. KINTAMANI AND BEDUGUL FOR THE NATURE’S WANDERER
If you feel like to get out of the hustle and bustle of the busy southern area, Kintamani can be an option. It has the most scenic areas that is worth a visit, like Lake Batur and Ulun Danu Beratan Temple – a temple dedicated to the goddess of the lake – which is located on the edge of a huge crater. Step into the lush jungle and check out Git Git Waterfall for an even more daring experience. A half day cycling tour around Lake Batur can also be an option for active people. The weather is much cooler here in this part of the island so maybe bag a light jacket or scarf just in case.
3. PAYANGAN NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED
Renowned for Bali Quad’s tour, Payangan is a rural area in the central part of Bali [approximately an hour’s drive from Sanur]. Here, you can spend the morning rushing through adrenalins with friends in the jungle on off-road cars or quad bikes! Discover authentic Bali by speed as you drive through lush green rice fields, cross the epic jungle, and drive through Balinese villages. Not daring enough? Spen the afternoon inside an inflatable and head off on a tubing adventure in a hidden canyon! Half way down the descent of the river, you will also get the chance to stop for an electrifying ride on the Flying Fox zip line!
4. LOVINA BEACH FOR DOLPHIN WATCHING
Ok, let us say this first: Swimming with the captivated dolphins should never be an option for us, nor our children. There’s a more ethical way in getting to know other creatures. Head to Lovina, the best spot to watch dolphins in their natural habitat. The calming sea water is the perfect place to see hundreds of dolphins that can be seen in the morning time around two kilometres offshore. You will head out on a traditional outrigger boat to get as close as possible to these beautiful creatures.
5. AYUNG RIVER FOR WHITE WATER RAFTING
River rafting in Bali is set to the backdrop of dense jungle canopy above our heads. Head down the river at different speeds, and look out for the beautiful waterfalls whilst you tackle the rapids with your group. At the end of tour, you will feast on a tasty buffet lunch that you can devour with no guilt (because you have burnt calories climbing through the stairs)
6. NUSA LEMBONGAN TO CRUISE
If you’re thinking about leaving Bali for the day, you can easily make a day trip a nearby island. Some tour operators offer a great excursion to Nusa Lembongan, including the journey over to the island on a catamaran with of a number of water activities to keep you busy all day like banana boating, snorkeling, diving and parasailing. Best to enjoy with the children!