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Bali, referred to by many as the ‘Island of Gods’, is a stunning island in Indonesia and one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world. This truly unique place contains within it a special kind of energy, and a vibe which can be felt, but is difficult to describe. Whether you are looking for the perfect beach and surf getaway, a cultural trip, or a relaxing luxury retreat in the middle of the jungle, Bali has it all. Perhaps you dream of becoming a digital nomad, or experiencing a spiritual awakening. It’s no wonder so many people never end up leaving the island.

Bali has a rich and diverse culture with its predominant religion being Hindu. You can find magical temples as well as traditional music and dance performances all around. It is also a very popular destination for ocean lovers because of its great surf, snorkel and dive spots. Bali’s natural beauty leaves almost every traveller speechless. Iconic rice fields, idyllic beaches, beautiful waterfalls and glorious mountain views all make up the island’s incredible landscape. Bali’s picturesque scenery isn’t the only thing that makes the island special – so do the Balinese people. A warm, welcoming and friendly community who genuinely seek to make you feel right at home. A world-renowned culinary scene allows travellers to taste delicious traditional meals, street food, and cafés on the corner of almost every street.

Renting a scooter is a great way to explore the island, but make sure that you hold the appropriate insurance cover. We also recommend that you only rent a scooter if you are a confident driver because unfortunately, scooter accidents in Bali are all too common. Another option is to book a private driver, but this can become quite expensive and less sociable, especially if you’re a solo traveller. One of the best and most fun ways to get the full Bali experience is to do an organised tour. Not only does it allow you to meet new people and make friends for life, but also discover the most beautiful places and hidden gems.

Our GoTo Pick is Bali Bucket List Tours

Our Story

Bali Bucket List Tours is a small adventure travel company. The founders have been trotting around Asia for the past 10 years observing and collecting bits and pieces to create the ultimate travel experiences designed for real travelers. After many years on the road, we kept on returning to the mystical island of the Gods (Bali). Why? Because of its indescribable vibe that nowhere else in Asia has. We have been living here for over 4 years and know all the hidden gems! We absolutely love this island and we know that you will too. So come along and join us for the adventure of a lifetime!

Tours for the Adventurous

Bali Bucket List Tours is unlike any other Bali tour company. Why is that? It is because we strive to get you away from the tourist hot spots. We hate lines and selfie sticks. We think that your time is better spent swimming with turtles and manta rays or topping up your tan on beaches where there is no one else for a country mile. We believe it is these experiences that make travelling the most magical thing you can do. Our tours are very active. You will be on the go a lot of the time seeing all the amazing things that Bali has to offer. Most of the activities will not require a great deal of fitness, however, some of them will. For those slightly more strenuous activities, we promise a lot of water and a lot of breaks. Bali Bucket List customers are always encouraged to only partake in what they are comfortable doing. Your safety is our highest priority.

Canggu

Located on the southwest coast of Bali, Canggu is a popular paradise for many types of travellers and tourists. It is also a growing hotspot for a newly emerging class of digital nomads and expats.

Getting Around

Canggu is brimming with transport options. Choosing the right mode that is fit for your journey is vital.

  • Scooter

    The best way to get around Canggu is by renting a scooter. You can rent a scooter for around 60K-80K IDR per day and fuel is very cheap. However, Canggu’s busy road conditions often cause problems for unconfident drivers. It’s not unusual for drivers to pull out of nowhere, so you should take extra care whilst on the road. There are lots of accidents, so make sure you have the right travel insurance and always wear a helmet. You also need an international drivers licence which you can get in your home country.

  • Gojek & Grab

    An alternative to renting a scooter is using ride-hailing apps Gojek or Grab. They work just like Uber, but with the added option of being able to order a driver on a scooter rather than a car. Choosing a scooter will save you money and get you to your destination faster. One ride on a scooter in Canggu costs around 16K IDR. To use the apps, you will need an Indonesian SIM card. Gojek & Grab are also used to order food, groceries, send parcels and much more. In some areas, for example at Echo Beach, you may hear of the “taxi mafia”. They are against travellers using these apps and as a result can be aggressive toward other drivers, so it’s best to order your ride in front of a café or restaurant.

  • Taxi

    If you would like to take a taxi, go for Bluebird taxis, which goes by the meter. They also have an app. Make sure that your taxi has “Bluebird” written on it and remain vigilant of similar looking taxis pretending to be Bluebird, as they will try to rip you off.

  • Hire a driver

    You may want to hire a driver for a day, to pick you up from the airport or drive you from one city to another. Most of them also work as tour guides, so hiring one for the day is a great way to drive around and see the best parts of Bali.

Top things to do

  • Go surfing

    Canggu is popular among surfers as there are lots of different beaches suitable for surfers of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced. A 2hr surf lesson will cost you around 350K IDR. If you don’t like to surf, you can just relax at the beach and sip on a coconut.

  • Visit a Beach Club

    There are so many beach clubs in Canggu. The most popular ones are Finn’s Beach Club, La Brisa and The Lawn. During the day you can reserve a day bed, however, a minimum spend applies. At night, you can go out for dinner, drinks or to party and dance.

  • Go on a food tour

    Canggu is a great place for foodies to satisfy their tastebuds and offers something for everyone. It’s a safe haven for both vegans and vegetarians to enjoy plenty of options. There is no shortage of places to eat healthy, nutritious food, but don’t forget to try some amazing local cuisine like Nasi Goreng or Satay. You will love it!

  • Tanah Lot

    Tanah Lot is a Hindu temple and one Bali’s seven sea temples. The entrance fee is 60K IDR and stays open from 7am-7pm. We recommend visiting during low tide. Tanah Lot is not to be missed when you visit Canggu.

  • Watch the sunset

    Canggu is one of the best places to enjoy a spectacular sunset in Bali. Breathtakingly beautiful spots can be found at Echo Beach, Batu Bolong Beach and Berawa Beach. Take a picnic, grab a coconut but more importantly, bring your camera.

There are many different types of places to stay in Bali. Before you book, consider which type of experience you’re after, then use your answer to determine what might be the best type of accommodation for you.

Hostels are great to stay at if you’re on a budget or if you want to meet fellow travelers. In addition to dormitory-style rooms, some hostels offer private rooms. Many newer hostels offer beautiful pools, an onsite bar/café, and a communal area to relax. Guesthouses are like small hotels, usually ran by a local or ex-pat family. Most modern guesthouses offer a comfortable private room with a balcony/patio, private bathroom, and A/C.

Our GoTo Picks are:

You’ve arrived at your home away from home in Bali! At Dip & Doze Boutique Hostel, you are offered quality boutique accommodation at an affordable price. The hostel is an excellent choice for both solo and group travellers wanting to stay in a vibrant neighbourhood. Dip in the pool to cool down from Bali’s heat and doze off before hitting the town. Perfectly situated in Berawa, you will find the hostel surrounded by many cafes, beach clubs, shops, bars, and various attractions. Hop on a bike or go for a walk, and within minutes you’ll be basking in the sunshine at Berawa Beach. Their team of highly trained and experienced staff will ensure you are well looked after during your stay – from check-in to check-out.

Let Dip & Doze Boutique Hostel be the start to your Bali adventures.

Serenity Eco Guesthouse & Yoga Serenity Serenity Eco Guesthouse, Jl. Nelayan, Banjar Canggu, Badung, Bali.

Serenity Eco Guesthouse & Yoga is a family-owned business located in Canggu, Bali. Since its conception in 2000, Serenity has pioneered sustainable growth, where permaculture, yoga, eating healthy and eco-friendly accommodation play a key role in our everyday business.

The eco-guesthouse offers daily yoga classes, affordable yoga retreat packages, and multiple yoga teacher trainings throughout the year. Serenity is a smoke and alcohol-free guesthouse, and an official Vipassana meditation group sitting center that’s held every Monday & Wednesday at 5-6pm (for old students only). Alkaline restaurant, located inside Serenity, is 100% vegan with a broad variety of raw dishes. Our philosophy is “may our food be your medicine” and we have many diverse homemade meals, with no MSG or chemical enhancements added. Guests can also enjoy a deep relaxation moment at our in-house spa, which offers different massage styles, various treatments and consultations. Our simple motto is “grow your mind and body, go green, all with Serenity”.