Best Tours in Bali in 2023
Bali is a beautiful destination to explore and has become many holidaymakers’ favourite holiday destination and is known to attract many visitors from all over the world.
There are so many things to do and see in Bali depending on where you want to go, what you want to do, and what you want to see.
There are a few things you should know if you are travelling to Bali which we have listed below on some of the tours you may be interested in.
We have created a list of the Best tours in Bali which will help you explore the best places when you travel to Bali. Okay, so let’s go through some of the well-known areas of Bali and some of the best things to do.
Explore some of the most stunning waterfalls in Bali on a tour to the waterfalls at one of the most scenic drives you will find on the island. These waterfalls are famous for their natural beauty, serene viewing points, and amazing hiking trails.
For those seeking their very own Instagram photo or video blog then there is no better place than finding yourself at one of these waterfalls, this is definitely the place for you!
You will find a lot of waterfalls in Bali. In fact, we have an article just on waterfalls in Bali which has over 20 waterfalls you could explore.
Do make sure to pack comfortable walking/hiking shoes (ones that can get wet) as some of the hikes down to the waterfalls can be quite a trek. Stay hydrated and pack plenty of water.
Most of these waterfalls are located a couple of hours from the main towns of Bali, such as Kuta, Seminyak, and other cities. Ubud is an ideal location to stay especially because the waterfalls are located closer compared to other towns.
For waterfall tours in Bali, you can check tours here.
You can also hire a car with a private driver in Bali for a full-day waterfall tour. You can check the price here.
2. Rice Terraces
The Rice Terrace tour takes you through some of the most iconic serene places you will find while visiting Bali, located in a beautiful picturesque area filled with stunning views of the rice terraces that are surrounded by coconut trees.
The tour not only takes you through the scenery side of Bali but visitors are also able to experience the rich culture and tradition of the Balinese people. There are three main rice terraces to visit: Tegalalang terrace (which is a short drive from Ubud and the most popular), Pejeng village and Campuhan village.
3. Seminyak, Kuta and Surrounding Area
Hire a driver for the day for tours and sightseeing in Seminyak and have them take you around to some of the popular areas of Bali.
Seminyak, is another popular destination most people think about when they visit Bali. If you are looking for a more relaxed laid back environment yet still located amongst the trendy bars, cafes, and restaurants, then Seminyak is the place to be.
Seminyak has some of the best trendy day bars (Finns and Potato Head) and restaurants and the town is known for its hip and sophisticated ambiance making it the ideal place to walk around and soak up the atmosphere.
There is a great selection of luxurious hotels and villas and day spas located in Seminyak as well as offering some of the most high-end shopping, becoming one of the most well-known areas in Bali.
You can do a few day trips from Seminyak to places around the town area. One of the places you can visit is Kuta.
Kuta, is one of the most well-known areas of Bali. Kuta is a popular area for the younger crowds and budget travellers, especially for those seeking a vibrant nightlife atmosphere at a more convenient location.
It is an area where you will find a great selection of cafes/restaurants, bars and nightclubs, making it an ideal location to party. Take extra care as the crowd can get a bit rowdy toward the end of the night. Tours in Kuta will suit you if you want to enjoy a few drinks and have a good time in the Bali town area.
If you are planning to experience some of these trendy bars and clubs over a few drinks then why not hire a driver for half a day or a full day and not worry about finding a taxi and having them drive you around? You can check out the price of drivers here.
You can hire a driver for a full day and explore Ubud and its surrounding area. Not only will you experience visiting well known landmarks but also on this tour, you will also experience the culture and traditions of Bali.
Ubud is located north of Denpasar. Ubud is a popular place and is known as one of the most iconic places to visit especially to experience the more traditional and spiritual side of Bali.
The atmosphere is much quieter and calmer filled with greenery surrounded by nature compared to the business and crowd of Kuta and Seminyak.
There are a lot of things you can do in Ubud. If you are not staying in Ubud, you want at least one full day. You can spend time in Ubud market, go visit the rice terrace or Monkey Forest, take yoga classes, visit the Royal Palace or simply just walk around the streets of Ubud.
You can check out tours in Ubud with a private driver here
5. ATV ( All Terrain Vehicle ) Quad Bike Tours
For the adventurous people wanting to experience Bali on a whole new level, seeking a bit of an adrenaline rush rather than the ordinary sight-seeing then the quad bike tour is for you.
The Quad Bike Tour is a guided tour with your very own instructor taking you through some of the most beautiful places on the island surrounded by nature.
If you are looking for some fun in Bali then you should try ATV.
6. Rafting Tours
Go on an adventurous rafting tour in Bali and have your very own instructor take you along the Ayung River, located in Ubud, at some of the best and most beautiful scenery in Bali passing through rainforests, villages and rice fields.
This rafting experience is suitable for everyone who is beginners as well as for those who are experienced rafters.
For those wanting to go out further and experience a different rafting experience, then there is the Telaga Waja River rafting located in the eastern part of Bali.
This rafting is best suited for people who are adventurous and those seeking more of a challenge compared to the Ayung River.
The Telaga Waja River rafting is known as one of the longest river trails in Bali with different rapid ratings suitable for all kinds of experienced rafters and ideal for adrenaline seekers.
You can expect to pay around $40 per person for a driver and a pass for rafting on our website which are some of the cheapest tours online. Check out our deals here.
To hire a car for a full day, it will cost around $40 for a full day and pay for a rafting pass once you arrive at your destination. You can check out our private driver deals here.
7. Nusa Penida
An island off Bali known for its beautiful white sandy beaches and turquoise clear water, a true paradise is the best word to describe Nusa Penida. Nusa Penida can be accessed by a 30-minute speedboat ride or the local boat which will take around 1.5 hours from Sanur harbour.
Nusa Penida is a big island so there is plenty to do and see according to how long you plan to stay there. If you have a couple of days to spare and are wanting to explore the island then consider spending a couple of nights as we highly recommended it and enjoy relaxing at some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Having said that, day trips can be done as the boat ride is only 30 minutes but do remember to check the time of the last boat that will depart from Nusa Penida.
One of the best beaches in Nusa Penida has to be Kelingking Beach. Kelingking Beach was awarded 25 best beaches in the world by TripAdvisor Traveller Choice in 2019.
Tours of the island are also available. Have your guided tour explore some of the most beautiful beaches and swimming spots on the island such as Broken Beach, Angels Billabong, Pohon Cinta and Crystal Bay.
For the Instagrammers and Youtube bloggers, Nusa Penida has been a popular destination in Bali, which has been seen on social media as a great place to take snaps and videos for your social media profile and so be ready to explore the island.
Check out Nusa Penida tour price here.
8. Tanah Lot Sunset Tour
Tanah Lot is a famous temple known as the “Land in the Sea” located on the west coast of Bali.
This temple is unique as it sits on top of a rock located on the Balinese coast which overlooks spectacular views of the temple, the ocean and its surroundings. The temple is stunning during the day and even more beautiful during the sunset.
You can also experience the traditional Kecak dance performance by the Balinese people held at night at the temple, a truly breathtaking experience under the stars.
For tours to Tanah Lot Temple, check out the price here.
9. Uluwatu Temple
Uluwatu Temple, one of the most iconic temples in Bali located on a clifftop overlooking spectacular views of the Indian Ocean especially during the sunset. Worshippers and tourists come to visit the temple and experience the rich Balinese culture.
You can also experience the traditional Balinese dance known as Kecak dance performed by the Balinese people and this performance is based on the story of Ramayana which is held outdoors at Uluwatu Temple every evening.
The temple is also surrounded by monkeys and is known as the local guard of the temple. Do take extra care of your personal belongings as the monkeys are known to be quite aggressive.
10. Elephant Safari Tour
This one is for the animal lovers who specifically love Elephants, one place you must visit is Mason’s elephant safari. This park is around 40 minutes north of Ubud where you will be able to find more than 30 Sumatran elephants in the park.
The safari tour includes a tour guide who will take you around and visitors will be able to interact with the park’s elephant and will learn a lot more about these beautiful animals, their way of life and where they came from.
This park is set on 4 hectares of the tropical landscape set in a similar natural environment where the elephants would live in.
Please check the price here for Elephant Safari Tour in Bali.
11. Mount Batur ( Kintamani ) Volcano Tour
Mount Batur also is known as Kintamani is an active volcano located around 1.5 hours north of Ubud elevated at 1717m above sea level.
Mount Batur is known to be a popular attraction for hiking, especially to the top of the mountain. The hike roughly takes around 2 hours depending on the weather conditions and how to fit you are.
The view from the top is spectacular including stunning views of Lake Batur.
There are tours that will show you Mount Batur without hiking. These are for sightseeing and good to see Mount Batur from a distance.
However, if you are adventurous you can also trek Mount Batur. Most of the tours will be an early start. The guide you trek along with you to show you, Mount Baur.
Read more about Mount Batur Sunrise trekking
12. Beach Tours
If you are looking for a Bali tour itinerary which involves water than you need to explore beaches in Bali.
You can find some of the prettiest beaches on the island offering white sands and clear blue water and is definitely worth visiting during your stay in Bali.
Depending on where you are staying and how far you are willing to travel, below are some of the beaches we recommend to visit with a private driver in Bali.
Nusa Dua Beach – One of the most popular beaches located in Nusa Dua especially for those staying in the area at one of many luxurious hotels/resorts situated on the beachfront.
The water is clean and calm making it the ideal location for water activities. Do get there early as the area does get busy with hotel guests. If you are considering tours in Nusa Dua, you will not regret it especially if you are with the family.
Seminyak Beach – A great location to walk around and soak up the atmosphere. Seminyak beach attracts a bit of a sophisticated crowd wanting to experience their trendy day bars/lounges and restaurants as well as to experience the evening nightlife located right along the beach.
Padang Padang – Perhaps you can also experience a slight “Eat Pray Love” moment as this beach is popular due to the movie itself featuring Julia Roberts.
There are so many fun things to do in Padang. Padang is a stunning beach located in a beautiful location that attracts mainly surfers as well as visitors who simply want to relax. The beach is not that big, but do be prepared to walk down steep steps making it worthwhile.
Legian Beach – If you are looking for a similar feel to Seminyak Beach then you should consider tours in Legian. Legian is more laid back, filled with white sandy beaches that have plenty of space and lounge areas to relax attracting more families.
Legian beach is also known as a popular beach attracting crowds especially during the evenings who seek a vibrant nightlife with many restaurants and bars to choose from.
White Sand Beach, Candidasa – A stunning beach with calm and clear blue waters, perfect for swimming. This beach is a lot quieter feeling remote compared to other beaches located in a well known area making it the perfect tropical paradise, simply to just relax and take in the beauty and its surroundings.
Canggu – Another popular spot for surfers but more known as a cool hip area again similar to Seminyak but more laid back with a relaxing atmosphere. The beach attracts mainly surfers especially at Echo Beach and also has great selections of dining and beach clubs.
Jimbaran – Jimbaran is popular to watch the sunset on the beach. You can order seafood and pick the fish you like. You will not regret tours in Jimbaran if you like sunset dinner on the beach.
You can hire a private driver in Bali to explore beaches. Check out the price here for a private driver.
13. North Bali Tour
The northern area of Bali has some of the most spectacular views you can capture in your camera.
Lake Bratan – One of the most peaceful places you will find in Bali, this water temple is dedicated to the Goddess of waters located on Lake Bratan near Bedugul. The temple itself looks like it’s floating on the lake and is surrounded by beautiful nature.
Handara Gate – Another popular destination, famous on Instagram is the iconic Handara Gate known as the pathway to serenity is the actual entrance gate to a golf resort. The Balinese designed gate is surrounded by the stunning scenery of greenery and mountains in the backdrop.
Banyumala Twin – Banyumala Twin is a waterfall located north part of Bali. This waterfall is not as busy as the other waterfalls located close by. It is known as “paradise on earth”, making it one of the most beautiful waterfalls to visit in Bali.
Wanagiri Hidden Hills – A spectacular viewing points overlooking Lake Tambingan and Lake Buyan. You can also enjoy the view while on a swing or in the nest with the backdrop of the stunning rainforest and the twin lakes.
You can check out some more ideas about what you can expect in the Northern part of Bali here.
14. East Bali Tour
Explore the east Bali Tour with your very own tour guide for one of the most memorable tours sightseeing some of the most iconic attractions in Bali.
Start the tour at one of six holiest Hindu Temple at Goa Lawah Temple (Bat Cave Temple) also known as “six sanctuaries of the world”. The temple is built around a cave, home to bats hence the name Bat Cave.
Then moving onto Tenganan, a village in Karangasem in Bali which is different from other villages and making it a unique experience for visitors. Here visitors will learn about the Bali Aga (are the indigenous people of Bali) culture and traditions of the Balinese people.
From there the tour takes you onto the water palaces of Tirta Gangga and Ujung Water Palace. Tirta Gangga named after the sacred river of Ganges and was a former royal palace and now a popular tourist attraction in Bali.
Tirta Gangga is surrounded by lush green gardens, swimming pools, fountains and stone carved statues throughout the palace. And then the final stop at Ujung Water Palace, another beautifully kept water palace.
If you willing to travel for 1 and a half hours then you should consider tours and sightseeing in Candi Dasa. You will be able to visit a beautiful lotus lagoon which is full of water lilies. You should also go for a swim in the Amed beach.
You can check out some more tour ideas in the magical Eastern part of Bali.
This one is for the adrenaline seekers wanting an adventure on their holiday, and one activity is paragliding with your very own professional instructor.
Enjoy a day out paragliding flying over some spectacular scenery and having a birds eye view of the ocean.
You can check out the price of paragliding tour in Bali here.
Nusa Dua beach is known for its beautiful beaches offering white sands and clear blue water. It is a beautiful spot for water sport activities and swimming as the water is clean and calm.
The jet ski is a fun way to explore the beach for adrenaline seekers making it a fun filled day out on the water.
You can check out the price for some of the Jet Ski Tours in Bali here.
17. Instagram Tour
Bali has some of the most beautiful landmarks and has become a popular tourist destination for many.
You will recognise a lot of these places from people’s Instagram due to the places people go to visit and take beautiful pictures and videos.
For this reason, tour operators have now named their tours an “Instagram Tour” where tour guides take visitors to these iconic landmarks of Bali.
You can expect some of the tours to take you to Lempuyang Temple which is regarded as one of the holiest temples in Bali (Gates of Heaven). Gates of Heaven is by far the most recognisable landmark in Bali.
Visitors travel hours and early mornings to avoid crowds and get the best picture! Visitors take a picture in front of the Gates of Heaven with the beautiful Mount Agung in the background.
Another popular tourist destination for Instagram picture-worthy tours is to travel to Tirta Gangga and the waterfalls.
18. Night at the Zoo Tour
Not only can you visit the zoo during the but you can also encounter all kinds of different animals at night with your very own guide, and this is quite an experience.
Find yourselves exploring the zoo and taking lots of pictures and interacting with all kinds of animals and ending the night dining under the stars. This is a fun experience for the whole family.
You can check the tour price here.
19. Dirt Bike
You may have wanted to hire a dirt bike but never got to experience the thrill, then this is your chance to make your wish come true.
Dirt bike is best for adrenaline seeker wanting to explore Bali on a whole new level through stunning scenery of beaches, rice fields and rainforest with your very own personal instructor.
You can check out the price of Dirt Bike Tours here.
20. Bali Surf Tour
Bali is known to have some of the best surfing conditions attracting many visitors from all over the world.
You can learn to surf in Bali. It is never too late, if you always wanted to learn surfing then Bali could be the place for you.
You can expect to learn surfing in some of the best beaches for surfing and learn with professionals instructors.
You can check the price for the surf tours here.
21. Cycling Tour
Be active in Bali and go cycling. You can explore Bali in a whole new way and see places that you may have missed.
Cycling is a fun way to see Bali. If you are not fit then this may be a good way to start a work out routine and get fitter this year.
You can check cycling tour in Bali price here.
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22. Blue Lagoon Snorkeling
Snorkeling, a favourite water activity for those who love the water and one of the best ways to see the marine life underwater.
Snorkel at the Blue Lagoon a beach close to Padang Bay Harbour and swim along with the fish. The tour includes an instructor, all snorkeling equipment, lunch and all transfers.
You can check out snorkeling tour prices here.
Bali is truly a beautiful place to visit filled with so much beauty that is rich in culture and tradition along with stunning historical landmarks.
As mentioned in this article, the best way to explore this beautiful island is to hire your own private driver with your very own guided tour.
You can also read our guide on how to hire a private driver in Bali if you are looking for more information to hire a chauffeur in Bali.
In this article, we have mentioned some of the guided tours you can take during your trip to Bali. We have also included some of the best tours in Bali for you.
We hope this article been helpful and you will consider going on some of these tours and have your guide take you to some of the famous landmarks and locations that cannot be missed!
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Have a safe trip and happy travels!