Free Things To Do In Bali
Bali ticks all the right boxes for a tropical holiday. Balmy weather, Indian Ocean sunsets, bargain shopping opportunities, mouth-watering food, friendly locals and a night scene that ensures you never get home before dawn breaks. It’s a location that’s easy on the wallet too, with loads of free things to do.
Trek Through The Rice Fields of Ubud
Ubud is famous for its Monkey Forest, alternative culture and the shopping haven of Monkey Forest road. But, one of the most stunning aspects of the region is its rice fields and rivers, Sungai Wos and Sungai Agung. You can hike along paths by the river and through emerald green rice fields, discovering village life and soaking up the lush environment.
Discover Bali’s Artistic Side
There’s a wealth of art to be discovered in Bali, from sculptures to handicrafts, textiles and paintings. All over the island, you’ll find workshops and factories to watch artists at work. Ubud is particularly popular for painters and you’ll often find the artists in their shops, creating new master pieces, right in front of your eyes.
Stroll Through the Markets
Traditional markets are scattered throughout Bali, some offering fresh produce, some focused on clothing and craftworks and others that are shamelessly targeted at tourists, but fun to look at all the same. Visit the Samadi market in the Canggu neighbourhood for organic food straight from the farm, or the Biasa + eccentric art space market for coffee, paintings and art.
Visit a Different Beach Every Day
Bali’s beaches are known the world over as party spots, where surf breaks reign supreme and Bintang drinking sand-dwellers spend lazy afternoons by the sea. Kuta, Seminyak and Legian are hives of action. Nusa Dua and Sanur are family-friendly and Padang Padang Beach, made famous in the movie, ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, offers aqua water, white sand and lush cliff faces.
Nature lovers and hikers head to the Kintamani region to see the towering, active volcano perched above a serene lake. You can hike up Mount Batur for a bird’s eye view or simply take a picnic and spend a day admiring the dramatic scenery.
It used to be a quaint fishing village, but now, Jimbaran is home to luxurious hotels and a string of beachfront restaurants where you can eat your lobster with your toes in the sand. However, you don’t need to spend money to enjoy the atmosphere, especially on sunset. Take your beach gear, a picnic and settle in for the afternoon of people watching on the beach.
Watch the Sunset
It sounds like a cliché, but in Bali, watching the sunset each afternoon is an absolute must. The great, orange globe sinks slowly into the sea, the colours changing with the weather so that no two sunsets are ever the same. Watch it from Kuta beach to immerse yourself in the party vibe or head to Uluwatu and perch on a cliff with nothing but the sound of the waves crashing into the rocks below.
Enjoy Live Music
No matter the time of year, you’ll find bands and acoustic musicians setting up for a show, right on the sand or in a beach bar. For the price of one drink, you can settle into a colourful beanbag under a traditional umbrella and listen to smooth tunes with the waves as accompaniment.