5 Bizarre Things To Do In Bali

Indonesia is one of the largest groups of islands in the world with 18,306 in total. Bali is one of the most popular islands in the group and is beautiful all year round. You’ll enjoy tropical climate that averages between 70 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit from January to December.

Not only is it a great destination, but with cheap flights to Bali being offered more frequently it is becoming a holiday hot spot.

A Temple on The Muss Land, Bali, Indonesia
A Temple on The Muss Land, Bali © Riza Nugraha

#1: Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Balinese people hold monkeys in high regard. It is not unusual to be flanked by curious long tailed macaques as you explore the local temples and tropical forests. One of the best places to get up close and personal with these delightful primates is to visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud. This affordable attraction is great for the whole family, but keep in mind that the macaques are curious and like to take souvenirs so it is best to keep your sunglasses and jewelry at the hotel.

#2: Lovina

You can grab your fins and explore tropical reefs all over Bali, but one of the best places to go if you want to get away from the shore and out to sea is Lovina Beach on the north side of the island. Hire a Balinese fishing boat for a couple of hours and explore the outer reef which is only a couple of hours away.

Lovina is the only place to go if you want to get up close and personal with the dolphins. Every morning you can take a boat ride and watch as these friendly sea creatures hunt for their morning meals.

#3: Witness A Cremation Ceremony

It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you like to experience the bizarre in other parts of the world, make friends with the locals and get an invitation to a cremation ceremony. These ceremonies are held in different villages all over the country on the same day. They are usually held once a year, but some villages have five a year.

#4: Kecak Dance at Uluwatu Temple

Every day at 6:00 PM at the Uluwatu Temple you can witness a men’s chorus of up to 150 who chant the words Cak ke-cak ke-cak over and over again. While the men chant they form circles and dance to the rhythm. Also called the Ramyana Monkey Chant the dance is a dramatization of the Ramayana battle. Dressed in simple loin cloths the men present the dance-drama for hundreds of tourists at sunset. Although the choirs are traditionally made up of men, women have been known to participate.

#5: Buffalo Racing

One of the best things to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon during the dry season is to go and watch the water buffalo races. The track is located in Negara in western Bali. Spectators watch as the bulls are adorned with accessories and attached in pairs to a wagon that is controlled by jockeys. Buffalo racing is a tradition in Bali, and although it seems like a ridiculous spectator sport you will enjoy the family atmosphere and delicious local delicacies.

If you are tired of the same old activities when you go on vacation, head to Bali. You will be amazed at how affordable it really is.

6 Responses

  1. Johnny Cool

    Cremation ceremonies in Bali happen all-year round, NOT once a year on the same day. And it is NOT necessary to get an “invitation”.

    As for the buffalo racing in Negara, you’re right there – pretty bizarre. (All the other things on your list aren’t “bizarre” – just normal.) Actually getting to Negara can be very time-consuming and tiring.

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  2. Pinny

    Yeah, Johnny is correct, you can amost always find a cremation somewhere….. the times are governed by how long it takes for family to save the money…. where do you guys get your info??

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  3. Nala

    I still do not get it why the cremation ceremonies are promoted as a tourism event. How would Americans/Europeans/Australians etc. feel when a busload of tourists stop at their funeral ceremony and starts running around with no respect and in inappropriate clothes on the funeral place, taking close up photos of grieving people, disturbing praying family members and violate every little rule of decency?
    This is what Balinese friends constantly complain about and beside business people and webpage writing about “bizarre things to do on Bali” most Balinese do not find it “cool” or “bizarre” to have their cremations promoted as tourist attractions.
    Just to mention that none of your 5 things is very special or bizarre … every ordinary tourist coming to Bali has this in the program since 30 years.

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