1. Head to Ubud and spend the day taking in the magnificent views of Bali, from rice terraces to Ubud Palace. Make sure you include in this day trip a visit to the Ubud Monkey Forest and don’t pass by the local street artisans where you can pick up hand made local goodies and batik.
2. Lembongan Island is another popular day trip, this tropical island is a great place to soak up Balinese life. Most of the cruises to Lembongan offer an onshore visit as well as snorkelling, lunch and swimming activities if you’d rather stay on the water.
3. If you’re staying near Seminyak put Potato Head beach club on your hitlist. Located right on the beach, watch the sun go down as you listen to groovy tunes and sip on cocktails. Find a bean bag or a table and settle in for the day or night or both this is a great spot to people watch and the service is always excellent.
4. If you’re a keen surfer, Bali offers some great spots out of town, but if you’re a beginner surf lessons are offered on Kuta and Legian Beach, a great activity for the kids while you sit on the beach and enjoy a massage or pedicure!
5. For seafood lovers and food lovers Jimbaran Bay must be on your list! Grab a table and wait for the delicious barbeque smells as your prawns, crabs, squid, lobster and local fish are cooked to your liking. A great outing for the whole family, be sure to catch the sunset.
6. For keen photographers Tanah Lot Temple provides the perfect backdrop. Lying 300 metres off shore this temple sits on a volcanic rock and is transformed at sunset with the light creating the perfect backdrop for photos. It’s a popular activity so get there early to secure a spot!
7. Waterbom Park is a great day out for the whole family. Located in Kuta it’s said to be the number 1 water park in Asia. As well as super water slides there are rides and attractions, enough to make sure the kids will sleep well that night!
8. Animal lovers will enjoy the Elephant Safari Park where you can bathe one of these majestic creatures yourself. You can feed, ride and watch them interact in a beautiful natural environment.
9. A holiday to Bali is not complete without one or several massages! If you want really cheap just head to Kuta or Legian beach and you’ll be offered a back rub or foot spa in no time. For more of a spoil ask your hotel if there is a day spa at the hotel or nearby. Massages are cheap and the Balinese have a great knack for helping you relax and unwind!
The best months to visit Bali are May, June and September, it’s still dry and it’s not peak season, so it’s not too busy, and many hotels offer cheaper rates. High Season is July to August, Easter school holidays and December through to January.