While Seminyak has plenty of sites and attractions to keep you entertained for days on end, there is also a world of beauty in the surrounding regions of Bali that mustn’t be ignored. Day trips from the southwest coast lead you to landscapes and cultural norms vastly different from those of Seminyak — bicycling rides through the rice paddies, temples jutting out into the ocean and world class water slides are just a few experiences that await you around the island. Here are what to do in Bali!
Cycling Tour in Ubud — 1.5 hours away
Evolving from the hippie hub of the 60’s and 70’s to the new age spiritual epicentre thanks especially to Julia Roberts and her Eat, Pray, Love quests, Ubud is one of Bali’s most popular tourist destinations, to say the least. Though the central town can be quite chaotic at times, there is still much to do in terms of cultural and outdoor activities. One of the best things you can do is join a cycling tour for a half-day ride through the outskirts of town.
Starting in the morning around 9am, you will pass through shady palm groves, endless rice paddies and the small villages of the Ubud district at large, and even get a chance to learn about traditional Balinese religion and lifestyle from your cycling tour guide. End the adventure with a well-deserved, home cooked lunch and a taste of the local Arak. There are many companies to choose between, but we have found Bagi and his team at Banyan Tree Bike Tours to be the most reputable and fun to follow.
Since a cycling tour is only a half-day journey, this leaves plenty of time to explore the other gems that Ubud has to offer. Check out an ancient temple — Goa Gajah, Tirta Empul, Gunung Kawi to name a few — or get a massage before going for a proper meal — Naughty Nuri’s and Hujan Locale will not disappoint.
Tanah Lot — 50 minutes away
A short drive north of Seminyak is the famous temple of Tanah Lot. Sought after for its setting in the ocean and its dramatic sunsets, Tanah Lot remains one of Bali’s most iconic sites, and it’s not hard to see why. The name ‘Tanah Lot’ translates literally to ‘Land in the Sea’ in the Balinese language, for the temple literally resides on a rock formation that juts out into the crashing waves of the sea. At high tide, it is completely inaccessible by foot. Dating back to the 15th century, this site has been idolised for many hundreds of years now, due to the healing powers of a Javanese priest according to local beliefs.
It is most common to only visit the outside of Tanah Lot, so there is no need to wear in traditional clothes if you do not plan on going inside the temple. Modest dress is still recommended when going to any temple, however. Long pants, skirts or dresses for women and nice shirts and shorts or pants for men are good.
The travel time from Seminyak to Tanah Lot (17 kilometres away) ranges generally between 45 minutes and one hour, depending on the time of day and amount of traffic. If you plan to be there for sunset, it is best to go around 3pm and have a chance to explore the temple before dusk draws in the crowds of people.
Admission fee: IDR 30,000 for adults, IDR 15,000 for children
Waterbom — 10 minutes away
Often described as a botanical garden instead of an amusement park, Waterbom Waterpark is like a tropical oasis within hectic Kuta. Not just a dream day trip for kids, this park is a paradise for adults too — sunken pool bars, drink shacks, lazy rivers and extreme slides offer something for visitors of all ages. Come early and spend the entire day alternating between water rides and inner tubes to poolside cabanas and food huts. Proudly rated the #1 waterpark in Asia by TripAdvisor and Top 5 in the world, Waterbom guests enjoy sleek features like a cashless payment system so you don’t have to carry money with you around the park, along with fully-equipped locker rooms, apparel shops, action photos and more.
Admission price: $33 for adults, $21 for children
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