4 Fun Things to Do in Bali

  December 18, 2019 travel posts 🕑 3 minutes read

Me at a Balinese wedding




The Island of the Gods.


Been too long, my friend.


Kelli and I visited Bali for like 3 or 4 or 5 trips. I honestly forget. We love the place. I advise all travelers to visit it once to experience an island unlike any on earth. Forget dazzling beauty, friendly locals and rich culture. The place FEELS different than any spot I have visited during my 8 years of circling the globe.


Do you plan to visit Bali soon? Enjoy these fun things to do.


Rent a Motorbike and Ride Around the Island


Rent a motorbike. Cruise around the island. Bali is motorbike friendly, with its narrow roads, lax laws and generally sunny, fair weather. I usually rent bikes through folks we rent homes from or house sit for. $5 a day is reasonable. But pro-rated per month, expect to pay $75 to $100. Maybe a bit more since we last visited in 2015. Ride, ride and ride some more to feast on stunning natural beauty. Mini petrol stations – gas in bottles – dot the island; Balinese got ya covered.


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I am no blond-locked beach boy but surfing seems popular in Bali. Surfing seems particularly attractive on the Bukit, with its lovely breaks. This is the southern portion of the island. From Uluwatu to Balangan, the surf rocks. Surf schools teach newbies in places like Seminyak. Experienced surfers, grab your board and catch some swells.


Walk Around Ubud Rice Field Villages


One favorite past time of mine involves walking around rice field villages, particularly around Ubud. People say villages outside of Ubud present you with the real Bali. Code for, Bali felt like this decades and decades ago, before mass tourism overtook towns like Ubud and Kuta. Park your motorbike. Walk. Bring some ruppiah to buy a cold drink and rice field paddy hat at local warungs, or, corner stores. Smile. Friendly locals love friendly tourists. Kelli and I were invited to a wedding after knowing folks for two days. Balinese adopt you as one of their own if you have an open heart, warm demeanor and a willingness to ask about their fascinating culture.


Attend a Kecak Dance in a Sleepy Village


Kecak Dances definitely make the tourist circuit of things to do. I attended a dance in Uluwatu. Fun time, but overcrowded with hordes of tourists. Not my gig. I did see a Kecak Dance in a sleepy, off the path village outside of Ubud. What a different experience. We saw about 8 tourists seated beside us. Everybody else was Balinese, between the show actors and the crowd. Fire dances warm the soul; literally and figuratively. I even had a picture taken with one of the pretty Balinese women who performed the dance.


Enjoy Bali


Balinese people are genuinely some of the kindest, most inviting people on earth because they LOVE and APPRECIATE you visiting their country. Genuinely. I feel their hearts bursting with pride when I tell them Bali is about my favorite place in the world. Visit Bali, have fun and don’t forget to send your thanks to the Island of the Gods.

  1. Rhonda Albom says:
    at 3:43 pm

    I’ve only been to Bali once and loved it. When I return, I will keep your recommendations in mind as I love to meet people and learn about their culture.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 5:09 pm

      Cool Rhonda. I love this place too. So much to do and see in Bali.