17 Unusual Things To Do in Bali

Discover Bali’s hidden gems, from abandoned parks to traditional healing, offering unique insights into the island’s culture and landscapes.

Healing at the Pyramids of Chi

Are you looking for unique experiences in Bali? 

Whether you are a Bali regular or a first-timer, if you are searching for something off the beaten track away from the usual resorts, beach clubs, restaurants and spas, read on for our list of unusual things to do in Bali! 

This list is full of out-of-the-box activities, from visiting haunted amusement parks to taking a detoxifying sauna in a giant turtle. You are guaranteed to see and experience the island like never before!

1. Pick fresh strawberries at the Hidden Strawberry Farm in Bedugul

A woman picking strawberries at strawberry corps bedugul

Address: Jl. Gatotkaca, Pancasari, Kec. Sukasada, Kabupaten Buleleng
Instagram : @strawberry_corps

There are plenty of fun things to do in Bali with the family, and strawberry picking in Bedugul is one that’s sure to be a hit with kids of all ages. Learn all about strawberry farming and enjoy picking fresh strawberries to take home with you – although most kids (and adults) will enjoy eating them straight off the vine! 

The gardens are well manicured with pretty flower beds and views of the rolling hills. Pay for strawberries by weight and also take the opportunity to enjoy a freshly squeezed strawberry juice, strawberry flavoured desserts and even some strawberry wine!

2. Visit an island and learn about the unique burial rituals of the Trunyan people

Shelf of skulls placed on a cliff at Trunyan Island

Address : Songan B, Kintamani, Bangli Regency, Bali

When it comes to unique experiences in Bali, Trunyan Cemetery Island is at the top of the list, although it may not be to everyone’s taste! Nicknamed ‘Skull Island’, Trunyan Island on the shores of Lake Batur is accessible only by boat from the lake’s docks. Unlike the majority of Balinese communities who create their dead, The Trunyan villagers instead choose to bury their dead above ground in a small bamboo cage. 

After the body decomposes, the skull is removed to make space for more burials, and placed on a rocky platform. On your visit, you will see skeletal remains positioned all around the island, including stacks of skulls. Spooky as it may seem, this is an interesting village with unique customs and beliefs that have formed due to their isolated location. You can take a private tour out to the island with a local guide who can help explain the unique rituals and beliefs of the Trunyan people. 

3. Immerse yourself in Balinese Village life

Balinese Village Experience Tour

Bali has a very rich culture, and traditional life is still very much alive in the island’s many villages. If you have fallen in love with Balinese culture and you are interested in learning more about the Balinese way of life, you can take part in a 1-day immersive village tour where you will have the opportunity to visit traditional Balinese villages with a local guide. After being invited into a traditional Balinese family compound for morning tea, you will then learn how to make an offering (canang sari) which will later be used in a blessing ceremony. For lunch you will be invited to try authentic Balinese dishes at a local warung, whilst enjoying endless rice field views and authentic Balinese hospitality. 

In the afternoon you will receive a purification blessing from a local priest at a holy water site. This tour is an enriching cultural experience where you will be able to get up close and personal with Balinese daily life.

Read more about our Balinese village experience here!

4. Spend a day enjoying the outdoor attractions at Alas Harum Ubud

Giant swing at Alas Harum

Address: Jl. Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Kec. Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar

Surrounded by tropical jungle and rice fields terraces that stretch as far as the eye can see, Alas Harum is a pool club, theme park and coffee plantation all rolled into one. For those looking for action you can enjoy fun activities like swing, sky bike and zip line. There is also a dancing bridge, glass floor platform and plenty of insta-worthy spots to capture memories from your trip to Bali. You are also invited to sit back on a daybed with some poolside bites and cocktails and take in the views of the fabulous surroundings at the pool club with a spectacular infinity pool. 

5. Take a creepy tour around Taman Festival Park – An abandoned amusement park

Taman Festival Park the abandoned amusement park

Address: Jalan Padang Galak No.3, Kesiman, Kec Denpasar Timur, Kota Denpasar, Bali

Taman Festival Park began construction around 20 years ago, and was set to become a major entertainment complex in the north Sanur area. These days, nature has reclaimed the area and it looks more like the set of Jurassic Park. There are many rumours as to why the project never reached completion. One being that lighting struck the property, causing irreparable damage that insurance companies would not cover. Balinese legend has it that spirits now roam Taman Festival Park, making it one of the most haunted places in Bali, attracting spirits from all over the island. You will find an abandoned cinema and overgrown buildings to explore, as well as what used to be a crocodile pit. The current whereabouts of the crocodiles cannot be confirmed, with some people suspecting that they are still on the loose. 

Fancy yourself a ghost hunter? Check out our blog on abandoned places with maximum creepiness in Bali that we have visited!

6. Silver Making Class

Silver Making Class at Bali Artika Silver

Address: Jl. Raya Celuk, Singapadu, Kec. Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar

If you love to wear silver jewellery, then this is definitely the activity for you! The Balinese are world renowned artisans of silver, producing intricately fine jewellery and other trinkets. At this silver jewellery making workshop at Bali Artika Silver located in the Ubud area, you can become a silversmith for a day and craft your own unique piece of jewellery. Take away more than memories from your time in Bali, as you leave with a special keepsake. You’ll also have the opportunity to delve into the creative process behind crafting silver jewellery and the history of silversmithing on the island.  

7. Tap into sound healing at the Pyramids of Chi

Sound Healing at The Pyramids of Chi

Address: Banjar Bentuyung Ubud, Jalan Kelebang Moding No.22, Tegallalang
Instagram: @pyramidsofchi

Experience a rejuvenating sound bath at the Pyramids of Chi, where you’ll be guided on a meditative journey using the vibrational power of sound to penetrate into deep levels of consciousness, facilitating a profound sense of release and inner healing. No prior experience with sound healing or meditation is necessary, you are simply invited to surrender to the experience and enjoy the sounds and sensations of the pyramid. 

8. Delight in authentic Indonesian food at a Long Table Lunch at John Hardy Boutique Seminyak

Dining setup at John Hardy Boutique and Gallery

Address: Jl. Petitenget, Kerobokan, Kec. Kuta
Instagram: @johnhardybali

The John Hardy Boutique in Seminyak celebrates Indonesian artistry on every level. Not just a boutique showcasing John Hardy’s high-quality jewellery collections inspired by the beauty of Indonesia, they also host a Long Table Lunch each day at their boutique and Jamu Bar. Feast on authentic Indonesian cuisine from all around the archipelago, served family-style in the middle of a long communal table, reflecting the traditional sharing customs of Indonesia.

9. Recreate the famous Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze moment around a pottery wheel

a couple clay making at Clay Craft Pottery Studio

Address: Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort, Jl Pantai Balangan I No.1, Uluwatu
Instagram: @claycraftpotterystudio

Want to learn how to throw a pot on the wheel and create your own pottery? Take a lesson from the highly professional team at Clay Craft Pottery Studio who specialise in crafting high-end ceramics. You will even be given the opportunity to carve your own design before throwing your creation in the kiln to take home with you. Use this Klook voucher to pay just $39AUD for a pottery class at Clay Craft Pottery Studio. 

10. Laugh till your cheeks hurt at a Laughing Yoga Class at Ubud Raya Resort

Laughing Yoga Class at Ubud Raya Resort

Address: Jalan Raya Sayan, Banjar Sindu Sayan, Ubud
Instagram: @ubudrayaresortgroup

Nothing lifts your spirits more than a good old laugh. It has even been scientifically proven that laughing makes you feel less stressed and helps to relieve physical tension. Laughing Yoga teaches you to put your inhibitions aside and laugh on cue, making you more resilient to stress, promoting optimism and a sense of wellbeing. It also can also boost your immune system and decrease your stress hormones. Laughing Yoga is guaranteed to be a real hoot!

11. Create bespoke custom body products at the Republic of Soap

custom body products at the Republic of Soap

Address: Jl. Gn. Tangkuban Perahu No.305, Padangsambian Klod
Instagram: @republicofsoap

At the Republic Of Soap, it’s all about experimentation and artistry to create one-of-a-kind products. Experiment with different top notes and base notes using their vast range of scents to make everything from perfumes, candles, body lotions, diffusers, room sprays, massage oil and more. Their skilled artisans are on hand to assist you with crafting unique and luxurious one-off creations at their distinctive mixing bar – making it an ideal activity for older kids who enjoy creating personalised gifts for friends and family.

12. Amaze yourself with your own artistry at a Basket Weaving Workshop 

A woman weaving traditional basket

Address: Lodtunduh, Ubud, Gianyar

Join Ibu Nyoman, a Balinese artisan who specialises in traditional lontar leaf weaving, for a 2-hour basket weaving workshop in Ubud. Enjoy crafting one or more small baskets, similar to those used by Balinese families in everyday life, and surprise yourself with your creation under the gentle guidance of Ibu Nyoman!

Find out more about what to expect here!

13. Visit the Ogoh-Ogoh Museum and marvel at mythical creations

Ogoh Ogoh Museum

Address: JI.Ayodya No.1 Taman Ayun., Desa Mengwi, Mengwi

On the eve of Nyepi, known as Bali’s annual Silent Day, a parade takes place where youths from each Banjar parade giant demons they’ve created out of papier mache and bamboo, in the lead up to Melasti and Nyepi. While experiencing the parade firsthand is ideal, if you aren’t in Bali for the dates of Melasti and Nyepi, you can still admire the large papier mache figures created by the youths of each banjar at the Ogoh-Ogoh museum in Mengwi. The Ogoh-Ogoh are mostly modelled on demons from Hindu legends and can be up to a staggering 20 feet tall! These creations offer a fascinating glimpse into Balinese mythology, as well as the deep-rooted culture and traditions ingrained into Balinese society from an early age.

14. Receive spiritual healing with one of the island’s traditional healers

Traditional healing at Tirta Empul temple

Even non-believers can’t deny that the Island Of The Gods has an enchanting spiritual energy. For many decades, Bali has been a magnet for foreigners looking to heal from mental and physical traumas amongst its breathtaking natural beauty, traditional healing methods and the spiritual energy of the Hindu religion. Ancient wisdom, traditional healing practices, as well as herbal elixirs are used by Balians (traditional healers) to facilitate healing techniques. The process is very personal and you will find that different practitioners offer different methods, so it is important to show respect and an open mind. Your accommodation will often be able to assist you with finding a local healer who can assist you with your specific needs.

15. Do your bit and take part in a beach clean-up

Cleaning up the beach in Bali

It’s no secret that Bali’s beautiful beaches are swamped with trash that gets washed down the riverways and blown back onto the beach by seasonal winds. There are several beach clean-up communities that you can follow for the latest info on beach clean-up days, such as the Zero Waste Center, Trash Hero Canggu and Sungai Watch. Of course, you don’t need to attend a formal beach clean-up to make a difference. Why not make a habit of picking up 5 pieces of rubbish every time you are at the beach – even this small action can go a long way!

16. Take enchanting Insta snaps in a sea of orange at a Marigold plantation

A girl in the middle of marigold field in bali

Address: Unnamed Road, Besakih, Rendang, Karangasem Regency

Our list of 15 unusual things to do in Bali concludes with a trip to the marigold fields in the Besakih Hills of East Bali. The vivid orange fields of marigold flowers are a heavenly sight and you will be able to snap a killer shot for the gram. Women work the fields, chopping the flowers and placing the marigolds in large woven baskets, ready for distribution around the island. The flowers are usually harvested right before big ceremonies so it’s best to be aware of key ceremony dates. The plantation is private property, so you will be asked to pay IDR30k or around $3AUD to enter. 
Heading to East Bali? Check out this list of 18 other places to visit while you are there!

17. Break away from the usual tourist trail and explore Bali’s wild side with Alasan Adventures!

Nestled within a lush 25-hectare jungle oasis near Ubud, this experience takes you deep into the heart of Bali’s natural beauty, uncovering hidden corners steeped in local legend. Alasan Adventures are the pioneers of ATV rides on the island, and offer three exhilarating options to get your adrenaline pumping.

Take on their most challenging ATV adventure, the 850cc “The Beast”, or opt for “The Savage”, a thrilling ride through off-road terrain. But the excitement doesn’t end with ATVs – Alasan Adventures also offer a range of outdoor activities. Start your day with an eco-friendly electric E-Bike tour through the scenic Tegalalang rice fields, with cycling experiences that cater to all levels. Whether you’re seeking heart-pounding thrills or picturesque explorations, Alasan Adventures promises to add a dash of excitement to your Bali hols.

Website: https://alasharum.com/alasan-adventures 

Instagram: @alasanadventures

Final Words

Have you been inspired by our list of unique experiences in Bali? There are so many fun things to do in Bali, we hope you have found an experience to try, so you can get off the beaten track and create some unique memories of your time in Bali.

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