We've hand-picked the best things to do in Indonesia.
15 Attractions in Indonesia:
Waterbom BaliA world-class waterpark spanning 3.8 hectares. Thrill-seekers will revel in hair-raising waterslides like The Climax, the steepest water slide in Asia before wiping out on the FlowRider.
Ubud Wildlife Park$$$$$
The Sacred Monkey Forest SanctuaryAlongside Ubud's urban center is a section of pure jungle, home to over 1,000 Balinese monkeys. The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is located on spiritually-significant ground, constructed around 3 Hindu temples dating back to the 14th century. While tourists delight in watching the furry critters frolic and get into all sorts of mischief, measures are in place to protect visitors and also preserve the monkeys’ natural way of life.
Kuta BeachA popular holiday destination attracting visitors from as close as Southeast Asia and Australia and as far away as Europe and the USA. This is undoubtedly one of the busiest beaches on the Island of Gods.
Ubud PalaceThe definitive example of traditional Balinese culture and art located within the heart of Ubud. The palace is the traditional home of the Sukawati royal family who still reside in the rear of the compound today. The front of the compound is open for visitors to wander and marvel at the Hindu-inspired architecture, sculptures and landscaped tropical gardens.
Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave)An 11th century place of meditation, now made of 2 parts. 1 man-made cave contains small offering alters. Continue downstairs to a Hindu temple. Discover relics of stone carvings, bathing pools and water fountains. The site is full of moss-covered rocks with Indiana Jones vibes.
Tegallalang Rice TerracePart of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Bali Province Cultural Landscape. Stunning views with plenty of photo opportunities on giant swings and bird nests. Watch farmers and see the traditional irrigation system, Subak, at work.
Campuhan Ridge WalkUbud's jungle-like greenery, deep valleys, trickling rivers, and wooden chalets are best admired from Campuhan Ridge Walk, a 1.7-kilometer-long (1-mile) trail. The walk is inclusive for all fitness levels, with the most difficult section being the steep southern steps up the Wos river valley to the start of the ridge. The trail winds above two jungle-filled valleys as the East and West Wos rivers rush towards their confluence with the Cerik River, below the beginning of the trail.
Ubud Art MarketArtisan markets selling locally-made products. Items include clothing, jewelry, homewares, and souvenirs. Venders never offer their best price first, expect to have barter for a bargain.
Alas Harum BaliA 1-stop-shop for Bali’s most iconic tourist attractions. The upper level is a coffee plantation, specializing in Luwak coffee, made from coffee beans discarded in the droppings of civet cats. Visitors can see the coffee-making process from plant to roasting to sampling a range of hot beverages. The café area looks out over an Instagrammer’s playground, with giant swings soaring over traditional rice terraces, large stone sculptures, and even a zipline course.
Nusa Dua Theatre$$$$$
Devdan ShowFeast your eyes on this award-winning 90-minute dance performance at the Nusa Dua Performing Arts Theatre. Devdan: Treasures of the Archipelago is a fun-filled way to absorb Indonesian culture as tradition-inspired dances unfold to choreographed music and lighting effects. Around 40 dancers dressed in intricately designed costumes and authentic headdresses depict folklore stories originating from Bali, Sumatra, Java, Borneo and Papua.
Bali ZooBali’s first zoo, established with the aim to protect Indonesian wildlife and educate the island’s locals. Bali Zoo is constantly expanding with recent developments including semi-open or interconnected enclosures, on-site accommodation, and guided activities where visitors can interact with animals.
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Mount Batur (Kintamani Volcano)This active volcano is the second most sacred mountain in Balinese Hinduism. The mountain’s beauty and uniqueness earned it a place on UNESCO’s Global Geopark register in 2012 and draws thousands of tourists each year to catch a glimpse up close.
Breakfast with Orangutans at Bali ZooStart the day with a hearty breakfast and close encounter with Bali Zoo’s orangutans and elephants. While you’re enjoying the breakfast buffet, 4 friendly animals will be brought out to join the feast. 2 elephants, 2 orangutans and their keepers remain near the dining area for photo and feeding opportunities until the end of the program.
Elephant Mud Fun at Bali ZooGet up close and personal with endangered Sumatran elephants in an ethical manner. Bali Zoo’s Elephant Mud Fun program enables visitors to feed elephants their favorite food then bathe them in mud, just like they’d do in the wild. There’s plenty of opportunities for photos with the elephants, both in and out of the mud, before enjoying a buffet lunch.