Bali, Indonesia: Why and Where to Go on One of the Most Popular Islands in the World

There are a lot of reasons to visit Bali. Not only will the gorgeous landscape elevate your Instagram feed, but you’ll also feel great about unplugging to get some IRL relaxation, whether that be on the beach, in an exotic temple or dancing the night away at the clubs. In fact, with so much to offer on this island, it’s no wonder that Bali is the most popular holiday spot on the Indonesian archipelago.

Some Facts about Bali

• Bali is an island situated 1 mile east of the island Java.
• The population is just shy of 4 million, and its size is roughly 2,232 square miles.
• The island itself is mostly mountainous, and it’s the largest mountain, Mount Agung (aka “Bali Peak,” aka “The Navel of the World”) proved to be an active volcano when it erupted in 1963 after 120 years of dormancy.
• The two major towns are Singaraja and Denpasar, which is the capital.
• Best time to visit: April-October.

What to do in Bali


There are ancient temples everywhere in Bali – in fact, each village has their own. One of the more picturesque of Bali’s temples is Ulun Danu temple, which sits on the edge of Baratan Lake in Bedugul and dedicated to the goddess of the lake.

The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Yes, you read that correctly: There is a sacred monkey forest sanctuary, and it’s exactly what dreams are made of – if they consist of walking around nature with a bunch of monkeys who (you should be warned) will most certainly jump onto your shoulders and maybe try to steal your stuff. NBD.

The Ubud Art Market

Open every day; this outdoor market is jam-packed with locally made artistic goods of all kinds: silk scarves, handmade woven bags, statues, kites, clothing, and so much more. Plus, it’s located just outside of the Ubud Royal Palace!

The Ubud Royal Palace

Visit the palace, built in the early 1800s and meticulously maintained, and enjoy the charming gardens or, if you find yourself there in the evening, stay for the dramatic dance performances. Tickets to these performances, happen nightly, are sold in the afternoon, and they go quickly, so make sure you plan accordingly.


Bali is a surfer’s paradise. If you’re a beginner, there are plenty of classes available in Kuta. Regardless of your experience level, there’s no shortage of beaches in Canggu. Whatever your level, grab a board and get out there!


Clubbing in Bali starts around midnight, and the party lasts until sunrise. There’s no shortage of dance floors on the island. The main clubbing scene is The Sky Dome Super Club, but other popular destinations include The Bounty Discotheque, The Engine Room, and Jenja.

So now you’re ready to start planning your trip to Bali. The island, of course, has so much more to offer than what is on this list, but at Must Do Travels we know that the some of the best parts of traveling is the chance to discover, so what are you waiting for? Get out there and have an adventure!