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Best Things to do in Tabanan

Where is Tabanan, Bali exactly? This place is creeping more and more into our Bali vocabulary these days with tourism sprawling further and further up the north coast beyond Canggu. Just a few beaches north of Echo Beach is where Tabanan Regency starts, stretching inland to the picturesque hills and rice field landscapes of the Jatiluwih and Bedugul areas, as well as covering the black sandy coastline of Balian Beach and beyond.

There are plenty of interesting things to do in Tabanan, as well as accommodation options to suit every style and budget. The Tabanan area makes for a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of south Bali. With less crowds and beautiful landscapes, it’s a popular spot for yoga retreats and people who are looking to ‘get away from it all’.  It’s easy to take a day trip to visit Tabanan’s attractions from Canggu, Seminyak or Ubud with a driver. Check out our recommendation on the best things to do in Tabanan.

Looking for a driver to help you explore the Tabanan area? Using this Klook voucher, you can book a driver for 6, 10 or 12 hours and even select a preferred language starting at just AUD$42!

Have a totally reimagined beach club experience at Luna Beach Club

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If you’re looking to redefine your regular beach club experience, you’ll have to head to Luna Beach Club to find out for yourself what it’s all about. Your senses will come alive as you experience gastronomy and design in a stunning, sun-soaked beach club environment, that turns to hedonism as the night falls. Their stunning bamboo and glass designed structure paired with vibey beats, makes for a spectacular sunset experience. Not just your typical beach club, Luna Beach Club is a multi-faceted beach club experience with their Utopia Cave Club, Luna Beer Garden, and a gelato and cocktail bar to choose from, as well as incredible tree pods to explore and lounge in. 

Instagram: @lunabeachclubbali
Address: Jl. Kayangan, Beraban, Kec. Kediri, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82121

Aussie Bali Adventures

Four people riding ATVs on a sandy beach, wearing helmets, with a setting sun and clouds in the background at Aussie Bali Adventures
A person wearing sunglasses and a white tank top sits on a red all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on a beach with ocean waves and blue sky in the background

This 100% Aussie-owned adventure tour company, Aussie Bali Adventures makes the most of a day out with action packed activities like ATVs on the beach, white-water rafting and watersports. As it’s Australian owned, you can rest assured that all of their activities and safety standards are superior. You can book an ATV tour along the black sandy beaches of Tabanan where you will explore miles of Tabanan’s coastline, drive through the World Heritage listed Jatiluwih rice fields, jungle tracks and past traditional villages. There are many photo opportunities along the way and not only is it a fun adventure, it is a comprehensive tour of Tabanan, Bali. 

Want to get in on more of the action with Aussie Bali Adventures? They also offer snorkelling tours and white-water rafting throughout other regions of Bali!

Instagram: @aussiebaliadventures
Address: Tibubiu, Kerambitan, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82161

Tanah Lot Temple

The Aerial View of Tanah Lot Temple Bali
Tabanan Bali Aerial

One of the most striking and photographed temples in Bali is Tanah Lot Temple. This iconic temple is an ancient Hindu shrine dating back to the 1600’s, which sits on top of a rocky island just off the beach. It is one of Bali’s seven sea temples, and also one of the most visited along with the famous Uluwatu Temple. 

We recommend getting there in time for sunset, grabbing some snacks and drinks from the local vendors and watching the sun set over the majestic water temple. There are also snake caves on the beach to explore, as well as markets in the area. The temple is especially interesting when a Hindu ceremony is taking place!
Address: Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82121

Balian Beach

A person walks along a deserted, sandy stretch of Balian Beach in Bali, with palm trees in the background under a bright blue sky dotted with scattered clouds
Balian Beachs

An exotic black sand beach worthy of a postcard, Balian is a small, coastal village in the Tabanan area with rice fields and volcanoes as the backdrop. A river-mouth creates sandbanks, making it a popular spot for surfers looking for an uncrowded beach break. The beachfront Pondok Pitaya Restaurant is a nice day time hangout where you can use the pool, as the beach can at times be a little too wild for swimming. Balian Beach still has a local feel, with just a few cafes and restaurants. You can visit Balian as a day trip from Canggu, or you might choose to stay a few nights to revel in the peace and beauty of Balian Beach. 

Address: Lalanglinggah, Selemadeg Barat, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82162

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

Terraced rice fields at sunrise with mountains in the background, showcasing lush green vegetation and reflecting water patches, evoke the timeless beauty of Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
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Jatiluwih Terraces

Former US President Barack Obama brought his family here on their visit to Bali in 2017. Thousands of hectares of emerald green rice fields make up the World Heritage listed Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, with terraces cascading from the slopes of the volcanoes through the valleys of the Tabanan Regency. The peaceful atmosphere, fresh air and impressive agriculture makes the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces an important part of Bali’s cultural landscape. You will also find that the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces are less crowded than the famous Tegallalang Rice Terraces which are found in the Ubud area.

Looking for a cool, eco retreat to stay at in the Tabanan area? Klook has just the spot for you! Stay at Amarta Pesagi Retreat from just AUD$170 per night!

Address: Lalanglinggah, Selemadeg Barat, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82162

Bali Butterfly Farm

Bali butterfly park

One for the families with young kids! A nice place to stop at when taking a day trip to explore the inland areas of Tabanan, here you will see rare species of butterflies as well as other insects and creatures of all sorts. Not only will you be able to spot colourful butterflies fluttering about the sanctuary, you also will be able to interact with cocoons and learn more about the lifecycle of a butterfly.

Instagram: @balibutterflypark
Address: Br.Sandan Lebah, Jl. Batukaru No.76, Sedandan, Kec. Tabanan, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82115

Jungle Gold Chocolate Factory

Two people sit among cacao trees, gathering ripe cacao pods into a woven basket from Jungle Gold Choco factory
A person in a workshop is pouring a large amount of Jungle Gold Chocolate from a mold onto a countertop

Jungle Gold Chocolate Factory

Previously known as Pod, Jungle Gold Chocolate Factory is another great stop to make when exploring inland Tabanan. You can learn more about the cacao plant harvesting process as well as chocolate making, but best of all you can sample all of Jungle Gold’s incredible and original chocolate flavours for free!

Instagram : @junglegoldbali
Address: Jl. Denpasar-Singaraja No.29, Werdi Bhuwana, Kec. Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351

For more things to do in the Bedugul area, check out our Guide to Bedugul and Munduk!

Witness the breathtaking nature of Blahmantung Waterfall

Blahmantung Waterfall cascades down a tall, lush green cliff surrounded by dense vegetation, creating a picturesque scene
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If exploring waterfalls is one of your favourite things to do, make sure you put Blahmantung Waterfall at the top of your to-do list. This tall, jungle-clad waterfall cascades from an impressive height of 95-metres into a small rock pool at the bottom. Reached by a casual 1-kilometre hiking trail, the waterfall is serene and much less visited than many of the other waterfalls on the island. You can spot 3 separate waterfalls when you visit Blahmantung and enjoy stunning jungle scenery all around. 

Address: PX2X+6H3, Pujungan, Pupuan, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82163

Soothe your body, mind and soul at the Angseri Hot Springs

A circular, stone-bordered pond reminiscent of the Angseri Hot Springs Bali, surrounded by lush, tropical foliage and a small wooden

Soaking in hot springs is soothing for the body and soul, especially when surrounded by nature! The Angseri Hot Springs are well-maintained and there are private tubs, as well as a communal hot spring with a small waterfall. Take a short walk through the Tabanan jungle, where you can then enjoy a tranquil plunge in the hot springs.

Address: Angseri, Baturiti, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82191

Visit the Buddhist’s worship place, Vihara Dharma Giri

A large white reclining Buddha statue under a clear blue sky, with flowering plants in pots in the foreground, creates a serene atmosphere at Vihara Dharma Giri Tabanan Bali

A Buddhist place of worship, the main attraction at Vihara Dharma Giri is the large sleeping Buddha statue which stretches 10-metres horizontally. The biggest Buddha statue in Bali, you will need to climb quite a few stairs to reach the peacefully sleeping Buddha. Surrounding views of mountains, jungle and agriculture make Vihara Dharma Giri a calm and sacred spot, which is great for sight-seeing and enjoying quiet meditation. Buddhist and Hindu elements come together here making it especially unique. You must wear a sarong to enter the temple, which you can borrow at the entrance. Donations are also encouraged and greatly appreciated.

Instagram : @dharmagiri.vihara
Address: M2J9+53J, Jl. Raya Pupuan, Pupuan, Kec. Pupuan, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82163

Final Words

After reading our top 10 list of things to do in Tabanan, has Tabanan entered your radar as a place to visit in Bali? Whilst it may be lesser known for now, keep an eye on Tabanan as an up-and-coming tourist destination in Bali!

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