The best 4 Bali day trips

4 incredible day-trips by The Leisure

Bali really has a little bit of everything on offer for the avid explorer, at just a stone’s throw away from your resort. Yes, days spent lounging poolside are a must, but with everything from temples and hidden beaches to the lush jungle and volcano hikes at your doorstep, there’s no excuse not to splice this pastime with a few expeditions to experience what else is on offer. Here are 4 of our favourite day trips on the Island of the Gods:

Ubud

Head inland to Bali’s jungle and health mecca, Ubud for a day of sightseeing and wellness combined. Brimming with world class yoga, organic and vegan food, beautiful natural (and highly Instagrammable) spots, this day trip offers a soul satisfying experience at only a 45 minute drive from the Seminyak area (but watch out for traffic in peak times). It’s best to hire a driver for the day and leave at the crack of dawn. Begin your day at the stunning Tegalalang Rice Terraces, visit Tegenungan waterfall, adventure to Beji Guwang hidden canyon (you will need a guide to show you – there are many waiting at the beginning of the track) or you might like to stop in at the Monkey Forest. Enjoy some healthy fare for lunch at Clear Café, Moksa or Alchemy, then unleash your Zen with a class at The Yoga Barn.

Ubud is also a popular shopping destination, with many beautiful artisan products from homewares to jewellery, which makes wandering around the main streets an activity of its own. Uluwatu / Bingin Beach is an ocean side sanctuary in Pecatu area of Bali, near the famous cliffs and surf spots of Uluwatu and is the perfect spot to spend a day in the sun, salt and sand. About an hour away from Seminyak and Canggu by car (again, you’ll need to leave at dawn before the traffic), this charming beach is situated at the base of a cliff, which you will walk down via winding steps and cobbled pathways, dotted with cute “beach-shack” style cafes and accommodation options, if you want to spend the night!

Relax on the beach, treat yourself to an ocean front massage, then cool off with a pink pitaya (dragon fruit) bowl from Kelly’s Warung. In the late afternoon, make your way to Single Fin on the Uluwatu clifftops where you can enjoy a fruity cocktail or chilled Bintang whist you sit back for one of the most breathtaking sunsets on the island.

Uluwatu / Bingin Beach

Bingin Beach is an ocean side sanctuary in Pecatu area of Bali, near the famous cliffs and surf spots of Uluwatu and is the perfect spot to spend a day in the sun, salt and sand. About an hour away from Seminyak and Canggu by car (again, you’ll need to leave at dawn before the traffic), this charming beach is situated at the base of a cliff, which you will walk down via winding steps and cobbled pathways, dotted with cute “beach-shack” style cafes and accommodation options, if you want to spend the night!

Relax on the beach, treat yourself to an ocean front massage, then cool off with a pink pitaya (dragon fruit) bowl from Kelly’s Warung. In the late afternoon, make your way to Single Fin on the Uluwatu clifftops where you can enjoy a fruity cocktail or chilled Bintang
whist you sit back for one of the most breathtaking sunsets on the island.

Nusa Lembongan

The island of Lembongan, located a short while southeast of Bali, is a picture perfect paradise of turquoise waters and palms, offering a welcomed segue from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. You will need to get from Bali to Nusa Lembongan by sea and the best way to do this is on the fast boat service. Scoot Cruises run boats from Sanur to Nusa Lembongan which only takes approximately 30 minutes, port to port.

Once on the island, make the most of activities such as snorkelling and other water sports. You can also make a short trip over to neighbouring Nusa Ceningan, with its picturesque and remarkably untouched beaches, plus the popular Le Pirate beach club.

Mt Batur

For the adventurous of spirit, hiking Mt Batur is one of the greatest delights in Bali and an experience not to be missed. You can either opt to leave the Seminyak area around midnight and drive to the base of the mountain or spend the night before at one of the local accommodation options (Black Lava Hostel is a great budget-friendly spot which has natural hot springs on site), which will allow you a few hours’ sleep before you set off.

The trek will commence in the pitch of night, around 4am, and is roughly a 2 hour journey on foot to the summit, for physically fit hikers. Rest assured, you will feel that it was all worth it when you arrive in the land above the clouds and grab a mountain top nook to settle in with your well-earned breakfast whilst the sun rises brilliantly above the vast lake below, against the backdrop of Mt Agung in the distance, making for a captivating vista.