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Best things to do in Bali

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Cocktail Bar
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“Five years ago Dutch selector Young Marco put his spin on our island’s journey from day to night with a five-hour set for our first-ever Sun Down Circle event. A club night that we approach more like a mini festival, SDC is a celebration of both the music we love and the glorious point each evening when the Bali sun transforms into a neon ball that drops from the sky behind the horizon line on the Indian Ocean. This SDC marks our 5th anniversary and we’ve come, well, full circle. Young Marco is back and joined by Melbourne’s CC: DISCO! as well as local favourites Dea Barandana and Belda, who will take the helm from 5-7pm during our video livestream with NYC indie station The Lot Radio. And that’s just the music! For this edition we’re taking SDC to new dimensions by starting at sunrise with a mystical exploration of the circle. Join us on the beach for an early morning sound bath led by the gong experts at Pyramids of Chi, followed a communal breakfast with Lawrence Blair. The celebrated explorer will lend his knowledge on sacred geometry to reveal the true symbolism of the ancient symmetric shape. The daytime activities then move to Sustainism Lab where the team from Green School’s Innovation Hub will investigate the connections among sound, art and nature in a cymatics workshop for kids. Whether you’re more sunrise or sunset—or a magical balance of both—we hope to see you for this very special 5th anniversary of Sun Down Circle.”
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Temple
“Uluwatu Temple is a Balinese Hindu sea temple located in Uluwatu. The temple is regarded as one of the sad kahyangan and is dedicated to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in his manifestation as Rudra”
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“La Favela Bar and Restaurant in Bali welcomes you to a different kind of bar and dining scene on Seminyak’s main Kayu Aya road. Whether you come to dine, drink or dance, La Favela is one of Seminyak’s oases where you will be able to relax with an international crowd. ”
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Forest
“As part of your Ubud day-trip, take a wander through the Ancient Monkey Forrest, maybe spend an hour here and then make your way up to the Ubud Art Market.”
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Restaurant
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“Watching the sunset from here is a really nice. What a way to watch the waves!”
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Hindu Temple
“Take a half-day trip, or combine it with a trip to other corners of Bali for the day.”
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Shopping Mall
“Kuta Beachwalk is a premier leisure destination in Kuta. Occupying 3.7 hectares of land and a 250-meter street side near the end of Jalan Pantai Kuta, this striking complex houses numerous shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities boasting international brands and franchises. The Beachwalk is a first for Bali, sporting a unique design that is to some extent a major departure from the typical mall. International visitors will find familiarity with the new restaurant franchises, while locals will enjoy additional choices to that available elsewhere. Fixed tenants include the new XXI Cineplex, which answers the high anticipation for more quality cinemas on the island. ”
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Art Gallery
“The Third highest statue is here in Bali, named Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park or GWK is a cultural park located at Ungasan, Badung in the island of Bali, Indonesia about 10–15 minutes driving from Ngurah Rai International Airport. It is devoted to the Hindu god Vishnu, and his mount, Garuda, the mythical bird who became his companion. Planned to be established as a landmark or mascot of Bali, construction of the giant statue of Vishnu riding his mount Garuda, as high as 120 metres was completed in August 2018. Designed to be the Indonesia’s tallest statue, Garuda Wisnu Kencana was inspired by Hindu mythology about the search for Amerta (the elixir of life). According to this myth, Garuda agreed to be ridden by Lord Wisnu in return for the right to use the elixir to liberate his enslaved mother. The idea for the monument was not without controversy, and religious authorities on the island complained that its massive size might disrupt the spiritual balance of the island, and that its commercial nature was inappropriate, but some groups agree with the project, because it will be a new tourist attraction on barren land.[3] The 75-m tall, 65-m wide statue was designed by Nyoman Nuarta.[4] It sits atop a pedestal to bring the total height of the monument to 121 m (397 ft), which is nearly 30 m (98 ft) taller than the Statue of Liberty in the United States. The completed monument is about as tall as a 21-storey building. It weighs 4000 tonnes, making it the heaviest statue in the country. The statue is made of copper and brass sheeting, with a stainless steel frame and skeleton, as well as a steel and concrete core column. The outer covering measures 22000 m2 in area. The crown of Wisnu is covered with golden mosaics and the statue has a dedicated lighting arrangement. The monument was completed on 31 July 2018 and inaugurated by Indonesian President Joko Widodo on 22 September, 2018.”
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Beer Garden
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“If you want to have some drinks and dance thats the place to be. Its always very crowded and is usually the last place to close.”
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French Restaurant
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“The 350 seat restaurant, bar, lounge and private dining offers diners in Bali exciting French Mediterranean cuisine passionately crafted by Chef Nicolas ‘Doudou’ Tourneville together with Executive Chef Dove Sudarsana. They bring their legendary talent and culinary artistry to the table with a masterful combination of French Mediterranean cuisine. Flawless service in one of Bali’s most elegantly sophisticated settings is just the beginning of this seduction into the depths of the five senses. MÉTIS is as fresh and sumptuous as the cuisine that graces its tables ”
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Beach Bar
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“Finns Beach Club is Bali's premium beachfront venue. Featuring 4 pools, 9 bars, 5 restaurants and amazing sunsets. It truly is the World's Best Beach Club.”
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Shopping Mall
“Seminyak Square offers a one-stop shopping and dining experience, with various stores and restaurants, and open-air market stalls offering typical Bali-made items and souvenirs. Here you'll find a large arcade with two levels lined with shops, restaurants and cafés. At ground level, an open-air art market welcomes you after a large parking space. Sports and fashion outlets, a batik store and a leading bookshop, as well as a children's, souvenir and jewellery outlets come together to provide a full shopping experience under one roof. ”
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Motorcycle Shop
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“Iconic (also slightly touristy) “landmark” of Batu Bolong. Worth a visit to know what the hype is about. ”
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Beach
“Beach is a fun, chill place to lounge at. You can rent 2 beds or bean bags with an umbrella and a table for 50k (25k each). You can order food and drinks from your spot.”
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Restaurant
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“Ubud for the a day trip has an amazing array of things to see and do. Contact us at 5starbalivilla to arrange a custom made tour with our uniformed driver”
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Cocktail Bar
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“An absolute colorful beach shack, La Plancha is a beachfront restaurant and bar nestled on the shore of the famous Seminyak's surf break & best sunset point.”
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