What to do in Bali, Indonesia


Anvi Bhagavatula

A rice terrace in Tegallalag, Bali with rows of black, white, and brown rice.

Anvi Bhagavatula, Photojournalist

Bali, an island in the country of Indonesia, is a diverse stretch of land with fertile trees and flowers and a rich, long history. Indonesia has recently become a popular travel destination, especially during its summer months, which are our winter months. 


After exploring Bali from one end to the next, save the three islands scattered around Bali’s edges, I can say that the amount of things to see can appeal to practically anyone’s taste. 


I absolutely love nature, especially jungles and rainforests. When I visited Maui a few years ago, I was just as in love with the green fields as I was with the birds, squirrels, and countless of other animals scattered amongst the views. There are a few locations that encompass all the elements of Bali’s natural beauty. One of them is the rice terraces scattered throughout Bali. They’re all still in use and produce large amounts of Indonesia’s rice import. The rice terraces are grassy stairs that stretch for miles and are located right in the middle of the jungle. A lot of the terraces have swings where people can practically fly right above the terraces that go hundreds of feet deep. 


Bali as an island is almost 90% Hindu, which means there are many temples placed all throughout. One of the ones I saw was from 800 A.D. and every last structure was essentially the exact same that it was all those centuries ago.  


As mentioned before, there is an array of animals in Bali, so many in fact that there is a monkey sanctuary available to the public. The Ubud monkey forest allows for people to walk through a long stretch of jungle and see tons of monkeys going about their day and in their complete natural habitat. 

I haven’t been to Bali yet, but after I heard about all the hikes and food I realized that I need to put it on my travel list. It seems relaxing yet exciting simultaneously.

— Madison Ems (11)

Although I haven’t seen the rest of Indonesia, I can say that Balinese food is amazing. Even their coffee was fresh and smooth. Their cultural dishes include Gado Gado, a versatile salad with really flavorful sauces and healthy ingredients like tofu and green beans, nasi goreng, which is fried rice with eggs, meat and veggies, and finally, babi guling, which is quite literally an entire roasted pig eaten in group settings. Those three dishes barely scratch the surface on the amount of dishes Bali and Indonesia as a whole have created since their origins. 


Bali has so much culture and so many sights to see and write about that I wish I could go back right now and see every last thing I missed. Madison Ems (11) comments, “I haven’t been to Bali yet, but after I heard about all the hikes and food I realized that I need to put it on my travel list. It seems relaxing yet exciting simultaneously.” So, to whoever is thinking of going to Bali, this article is perfect in navigating the vast options of what to do and what to see.