Our Bali to-do list for when its borders open next year

Sophia Dyer
Aug 12, 2020

Bali have announced they’ll be keeping their borders shut until next year, but that hasn’t stopped us prepping our to-do list for the minute they open

The decision to open Bali’s borders has been postponed until next year. Originally tourists were set to return in September 2020 but Bali Governor Wayan Koster announced the government are unable to open until next year.

Koster implemented a Programme of Cleanliness, Health, and Safety (CHS) in order to keep cases of coronavirus at bay. And although they’re not able to reopen when planned, Bali is keen to welcome visitors back to its idyllic settings. So, although we may have to wait a little longer for our holiday than expected, that won’t stop us dreaming up ways to spend our first days back in Bali…

Visit Ulun Danu Temple

Sitting on the verge of Baratan Lake in Bedugul this photogenic temple appears to be floating on the water. Dedicated to the goddess of the lake, the temple is a relaxing place to visit being surrounded by lush green mountains and flower gardens. It’s a 2.5-hour drive from Seminyak but well worth a special trip – and a must-see for fans of creative Balinese architecture.

Indulge in some traditional Balinese food

A spread of traditional Balinese dishes
A spread of traditional Balinese dishes by Warung Biah Biah

If you’re anything like us, you’ll be missing the delicious foodie experience that comes hand-in-hand with travelling to a new (or familiar) place. If you’re new to Balinese food, Nasi Goreng is their unofficial national dish. For traditional flavours we rate Warung Biah Biah in Ubud where locals and tourists alike flock to eat the dishes served on banana leaves.

Go snorkeling in Amed

A school of fish under the sea in Amed
A school of fish under the sea in Amed. Credit │ Milos Prelevic via Unsplash

The coastline of Amed is one of the best places for spotting sea life under the waves of the Indian Ocean. With Mount Agung as your backdrop, start out around Camessa hotel and snorkel out to the coral blocks to spy some fish. For best visibility it’s recommended you get into the water first thing in the morning or early afternoon.

Give back by picking up some unique gifts

Boho Balinese bathroom
Pick up some Balinese inspired decorations like these ones from Filosophic

With the bohemian trend here to stay, Bali is filled with a host of independent shops where you can pick up some unique gifts. You can head to Love Anchor in Canggu, a trendy bazaar that puts on a Sunday market or pick up some pastel homeware bits from Rose Avenue in Seminyak. And for those who can’t wait to hit the boutiques, you can order some handcrafted items online at Filosophic Goods who donate part of their sales back into Bali’s ethical elephant sanctuaries.  

Ride to Bamboo Forest At Penglipuran Village

Motorcyclist in Bali by Treasure Garage
Bali is a hot-spot for motorcyclists. Credit │@treasuregarage via Instagram

Ok – this one is little a niche, but for fans of riding atop tropical hills, Bali certainly hits the spot. Head to Treasure Garage and rent a bike (a Kawasaki W175 is a sound choice) then ride to the Bamboo Forest At Penglipuran Village.

Salute the sun at Intuitive Flow

Utthita Trikonasana or the triangle pose at Intuitive Flow
Utthita Trikonasana or the triangle pose at Intuitive Flow

With spiritual practice at the heart of Balinese culture, it’s no wonder that the island is teeming with meditation centres and yoga studios. So, whether you’re a dedicated yogi or a beginner, you’ll be hard-pressed for choice when choosing your flow space. One of our favourites is Intuitive Flow which is situated on the Penestanan Kaja hill. The indoor-outdoor shala overlooks the treetops and is the perfect spot to watch the sunrise through your asanas.

Bask in the sun at Tegenungan Waterfalls

Jalan Tegenungan Waterfall in Bali
Serene scenes at Tegenungan Waterfall. Credit │Khamkeo Vilaysing via Unsplash

Nearby to Ubud, the Tegenungan Waterfall beckons with its scenic fall and waters. A great spot for taking photos, you’ll want to get here early to avoid the crowds that gather in pursuit of the perfect gram.

Planning a trip to Bali? Read about Liz Edward’s experience finding paradise amongst the tourists here or check-into this Balinese spa for a life altering zen moment.