5 Interesting Things to do in Bali this Summer

Bali is so diverse and amazing that I often feel it’s a country in itself. From beaches to countryside, parties to peaceful locales, temples to monkeys – Bali truly is a one stop for travelers of all interests. You will most definitely find your kind of activities, retreats or locales here.

Even though this was my third time in Bali and having spent over a month here already, I still found lovely new things to do in town. Here’s what I did and something you need to experience when in Bali.

Cool Stuff to do in Bali during Summers

Interesting Things to do in Bali

Ayung River Rafting

Rafting in Bali, who would’ve thought? Not me! I always knew Bali was a hub for surfers but I never really connected it to rafting, especially since I had not been to Ubud a lot nor seen the lovely river Ayung. This river is full of grade 2 and 3 rapids and is excellent for rafting. Dense, lush forests on either side makes this a perfect place to enjoy a laid back, fun rafting experience.

Rafting on river Ayung, Ubud

Rafting on river Ayung, Ubud

Our rafting trip lasted around 3 hours, followed by a hot shower and a heavy lunch. Apart from the treacherous ascend and descend, it was a pretty moderate adventure which can be enjoyed with family and friends. The rapids were kind and the tour guides were entertaining.

lazy river

Enjoying the lazy stretch

Sea Turtle Release in Kuta

Kuta sea turtle release project was initiated in the year 2001 and still runs successfully with over 40,000 eggs hatched and released in the year 2012.

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New born baby sea turtle – ready to swim away with the waves

The “Turtle rangers” are the ones who protect mother sea turtle at night when she lays her eggs. Then they are responsible for safely taking these eggs to the hatchery. After 45+ days, when the eggs hatch, the baby sea turtles are released in the ocean at Kuta beach at sunset.

baby sea turtle

My very own baby sea turtle, if only for few mins

Tourists are welcome to pick a tiny new born turtle from the hatchery and release it. This is free of cost and is encouraged as long as you are careful and don’t touch the turtles or use flash while taking pictures. I truly enjoyed this experience as I watched my baby turtle swim with the waves into the horizon. I silently wished him good luck and hoped that he made it in the vast underwater world.

Releasing this little one into the vast ocean

Releasing this little one into the vast ocean

VW Safari

Picture this – You step out of your hotel and see 10 vintage Volkswagen cars in the driveway. You smile and wonder who are the lucky bastards getting to enjoy this sweet ride today. Within minutes, you find out these classic cars are for YOU!  Noooo way!

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Our jazzy classic VW’s for the day – Bring it on!

I was so pumped up to find out we were going from Kuta to Ubud in these classic convertibles. We kept the top open all the time, screamed with glee, sang our hearts out and felt like rockstars as we zipped around Bali in our fancy wheels. Now, this is one heck of an experience and a definite “must-do”.

These VW's make for excellent photo backdrops too

These VW’s make for excellent photo backdrops too

Visit Monkey Forest in Sangeh

Amazing forest at Sangeh

Amazing forest at Sangeh

Sangeh money forest is known for its less aggressive long tail macaques, compared to its counterpart Ubud monkey forest.

monkeys at Sangeh, Bali

The cute monkeys at Sangeh, Bali

Sangeh also features a lovely hindu temple ‘Pura Bukit Sari’ inside the small forest complex as an added attraction.

The more intimidating monkeys at Sangeh!

The more intimidating monkeys at Sangeh!

This attraction is open everyday from 0730 – 1800 hrs with a small entrance fee of IDR 5000. 

High Tea at Kupu Kupu Barong

Kupu Kupu Barong Villas and tree spa is one of the most exotic locales I have seen in Bali. Set amidst lush greenery with a view of the flowing Ayung river and dense forests, Kupu Kupu makes for stunning views as you sip your refreshing tea.

Enjoying the view as we arrive for evening tea at Kupu Kupu

Enjoying the view as we arrive for evening tea at Kupu Kupu

Enjoying the view as we arrive for evening tea at Kupu Kupu

Romantic dining option for couples at Kupu Kupu

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Helping in lighting candles at another romantic cabana at kupu kupu

High tea is a nice excuse to take a grand tour of this amazing place and surrender to the scenic views it offers.

View from a villa at Kupu Kupu

View from a villa at Kupu Kupu

Disclaimer – I was a guest of ministry of tourism, Indonesia for this wicked 12 day trip of wonders. All opinions are unbiased and my own, as always!

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  • Wow, love the view from Kupa Kupa! This is great, we are headed back to Bali next week so we will check some of these out. We did the water rafting last time and were so close to getting our faces smashed into a giant rock that I have been too spooked to try that again! haha

    • Its Kupu Kupu – I also got confused first time 🙂 hehe, its like a tongue twister but such a lovely place. Oh no, where did this rafting incident happen and what grade were the rapids?

  • I told a friend recently that I have never done rafting and hope to tick it off my list, but I never thought about Bali as a location to do it. The Ayung Rivr seems like a good place to start. I like the scenery especially the lush forests and of course the lazy part of the ride will probably help me get back my nerves … :-). The Sea Turtle Release in Kuta and Monkey Forest in Sangeh are two other activities I would definitely be interested in.

    • I agree – I never thought of Bali for rafting either, So happy the tourism board took us to all these awesome spots and now I can share them with my readers 🙂

  • I would love to visit Bali! That is so cool that you got your own baby turtle to release into the ocean. We have been to turtle releases, but to be able to release your own turtle would be an amazing experience! I think I could have sat all day and drank tea with a view like that!

    • I know it was fantastic – I almost missed my chance as I was a bit late and turtle release was over. Luckily, this little guy was still not released (maybe waiting for me :)).

  • I’ve never been to Bali, but of all of these listed, I’m most intrigued by the monkey forest and turtle release. How could would those places be to visit?!?

    • They were pretty awesome. As an animal lover, I jumped on the opportunity to do these two for sure, so I feel ya 🙂

  • Been to Bali twice but didn’t have a chance to ride in those colourful Volkswagen cars, that sounds like so much fun! Also, I’d love to have a high tea at Kupu Kupu. Stunning view.

  • I love places you’ve been to numerous times yet can always return to and find new things to do! Bali is high on my list, thanks for sharing. Happy travels 🙂

  • Claire

    That VW safari sounds incredible, actually I’ve never thought of doing any of these in Bali so thanks for a great post! I always forget Bali isn’t a country haha, I agree with the crazy amount of things to do! I haven’t made it there yet but I’ll be hopefully checking some of these off soon!

  • WOW! What an amazing trip. I would love to release those baby turtles into the wild – I’m definitely planning a trip to do this kind of thing in the future. I love seeing the beautiful nature and the animals that live there. My exact kind of trip!