Besides the touristy things to do, Bali has quite a few interesting things for offbeat travelers too. If you want to do more than visit historical sites and water parks or the beaches, try some of the interesting activities listed below and spice up your trip.
1) Trek Up Mount Batur
This active volcano is as off the beaten path as it gets! Go on a trek up to the top of this sacred mountain for some majestic views and a feeling of accomplishment. Viewing the sunrise from this spot is a mind-blowing experience and one of the top offbeat things to do in Bali. And if all this wasn’t adventurous enough, try sampling a breakfast cooked with steam from the volcano!
Timing: It takes about 2 hours to get to the summit, so an early start is advisable.
2) Pura Besakih
Located 3000 feet above, on the slopes of Mount Agung, this Hindu temple survived the devastating volcanic eruption of 1963. The event is considered nothing short of a miracle as the shrine remained untouched despite being at the top of the volcano! Getting to the temple is an adventure in itself.
Timing: 7 am to 10 pm
3) Hidden Canyon of Beji Guwang
This canyon has been formed over years of erosion by the river flowing through. Beji Guwang is located near the village of Sukawati Guwang and figures on the list of offbeat tours in Bali.
Timings: There is no fixed schedule, but it is advisable to visit when the weather is pleasant and during daylight hours.
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4) Celuk and Mas Villages
Celuk is a hamlet of artisans and is renowned for its gold and silver handicrafts while the residents of Mas are known for their wood carvings and sculptures. The main street in Celuk is lined with galleries selling such souvenirs, jewelry, and culture symbols. These two villages are popular with a good number of offbeat Bali visitors.
Timings: Most visitors prefer morning or the afternoon.
5) Peguyangan Waterfall, Nusa Penida
This beautiful natural attraction on the southern side of Nusa Penida does not figure on the must-see lists of regular travellers. It is a spring waterfall and you have to descend around 700 steps hugging the ravine wall to get to the spring. Well worth the effort and adventure if you are up to it!
Timings: Ideally early in the morning as the sun can get harsh as the day progresses.
6) The Bat Cave Temple of Goa Lawah
This eerie sounding attraction is exactly what the name says—a Balinese Hindu temple that has been built around a cave opening which is a favourite haunt of numerous bats at sundown. This 11th-century temple is said to house a secret passage to Besakih Temple which is about 25 km away.
Timings: Dusk is the best time when the nectar bats throng the area.
This is just a very short list of some of the offbeat activities in Bali. The island has a lot more to offer the enthusiastic traveler who believes in living the experience rather than just seeing it!