Bali tips

As a family we’ve spent a lot of time in Bali, and for us Buchanan’s, it is almost a second home. We often get asked for tips of things to do when visiting Bali, so here they are.

Hope they help, and let us know if you have suggestions!


  • Taman Sari, Pemuteran: Pemuteran is right up in the north west of the Island and has beautiful diving. (Mum and Dad have a place there)
  • Villa’s run by our friends Joan, Jane, Peter and Carolyn – ask for more info if interested in an immersed experience
  • Puri Taman Sari in Mengwi – the same group as Taman Sari, but in the mountains

Do / See

  • A couple of days in Ubud up in the mountains. The main st (monkey forest rd) can be fun to shop along, although it gets a little touristy
  • Mountain bike down the mountains
  • Check out the temple on Lake Bratan in Bedugal – you can probably find some nice hiking by the lake there, or even higher up in Munduk which is just a little town
  • Diving – there is a big US wreck in Tulamben which is cool. Diving up near Menjangan/Pemuteran is awesome, but that’s quite a long way to go to the north coast
  • Go and watch a dance – I like the kecak or barong dance
  • Uluwatu – there is a famous temple on the cliffs on the bukit there that is beautiful – its also the most famous surf spot…watch out for the monkeys Jacs says….they tried to steal her sunnies from her face but she grabbed them back quickly!
  • A few days around Seminyak (a little further along past kuta and legian) which is where a lot of the cool nightlife is (eg Ku De Ta)
  • Waterbom Park – kind of fun 🙂
  • Keramas Beach (and the Komune Resort hotel)
  • Walk through some rice padis
  • Kuta – you’ve got to check it out, although super touristy these days, so do it as a day trip
  • Tanah Lot temple – cool temple out on a rock
  • Check out the volcano – gunung agung, and maybe the Temple Besakih
  • Monkey Forest in Ubud – only to walk through for an hour or two but cool nevertheless
  • Check out some of the nearby islands which can be a slower pace, such as Nusa Lembongan or the Gilis
  • Do a drive to the beautiful Jati Luhur
  • Pura Taman Ayun ( a water palace in Mengwi)
  • Go white water rafting

Eat / Drink

  • Seminyak / Kuta and surrounds
    • Warisan – Delicious Tuna!
    • Sardine – Seminyak/Kerobakan rice fields
    • Mamasan
    • Metis
    • La Lucciola in Seminyak is a great italian place on the beach – awesome for sunset
    • I always love Ku De Ta in Seminyak for (pricey) cocktails but there are some new places there now too apparently
    • Made’s Warung in Seminyak or Kuta – a Bali institution
    • All the places on Jalan Legian or Jalan Dhyana Pura for drinks
  • Ubud and surrounds
    • Locavore in Ubud (mum’s current favourite)
    • Warung Batu
    • Cinta
    • Bridges -on Campuhan bridge but pricey
    • Fair Warung Bale – fun and funky and supports a health clinic which is a wonderful idea
    • Indus is a beautiful place for lunch on the ridge in Ubud and great cocktails
    • Elements (Penestanan) – Great food with lots of veggie options and a simple ambience
    • Kebun-Jln Hanuman, Ubud-great for  brunch
    • Jendela-same street as Fair Warung-fusion food, nice tapas and great cocktails

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