In the heart of Southeast Asia, lies the tropical paradise of Bali. Here, amongst the lush green rice terraces, rolling waves, and majestic volcanic landscapes, travelers, holiday-makers, and honeymooners revel in their favorite paradise on earth. And it’s no surprise that people love to visit. Thanks to its awe-inspiring nature, Bali is the perfect mix of sun, surf, sand, and sea. Both adventurers and seekers of serenity are treated to their favorite activities here.
Planning a honeymoon in Bali?
In this article, we do the planning for you. From hiking and surfing to sunset dinners and massages, we’ll share the best things to do in Bali.
Why honeymoon in Bali?
Congratulations! You’re getting married. And on top of that, you’ve chosen a honeymoon in Bali (that’s almost as exciting!). Although the final stages of wedding planning are taking up most of your time right now, there’s a whole lot to look forward to on the big day, and beyond it!
Blessed with a rich culture and spirited atmosphere, beautiful Bali has a lot going for it. Perfect for a honeymoon, Bali caters to quite literally all kinds of travelers. Luxury travelers and VIPs flock here for the island’s affordable 5-star resorts and hotels, where anything seems possible. Meanwhile, backpackers and digital nomads adore the quaint cafes and like-minded individuals on soul-searching journeys. Honeymooners are quick to say ‘yes’ to Bali too, due to its endlessly beautiful scenery, gorgeous resorts, and potential for romantic experiences with stunning backdrops.
And although Bali embodies romance in every sense, it is also adored for the sense of adventure it offers. The waves are simply made for surfing, the hills are waiting to be hiked and the waterfalls, rice terraces, forests and volcanoes are waiting to be explored. Want to know a little more about Bali before you head off on your honeymoon? Next, we’ll catch you up a little.
What you can expect from Bali
Nestled in the Indonesian archipelago, Bali is a captivating island renowned for its stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Its tourism industry has boomed over the years, making it one of the most visited spots in Southeast Asia!
It has a population of over 4 million. And if you’ve ever spoken to someone who’s been there, you may have heard about how nice they can all be! In fact, Balinese people are known for their warm hospitality and for being friendly and kind. Their religion might be partly responsible. Following a particular kind of Hinduism, Balinese people believe in the souls of all aspects of nature, giving them elevated respect for all living things.
Religion plays a big part in Bali – which is great for you as honeymooners – who will be treated to festivals at almost any time of year. Meanwhile, ancient Balinese temples adorned with intricate carvings and colorful offerings are truly everywhere, creating an otherworldly atmosphere. Balinese, the local language, is spoken alongside Indonesian, and traditional arts such as dance, music, and woodcarving thrive, showcasing the island’s artistic prowess.
And when it comes to the island’s natural landscapes, it’s just how you imagine it! Think lush rice terraces, pristine beaches, and majestic volcanoes.
Planning your honeymoon
Whether it’s your first time to Bali, or you’ve been three times already, a honeymoon in Bali is entirely different from your typical vacation. Traveling as a newly married couple, you’re likely to be taking part in different activities and perhaps treating yourselves to some little luxuries.
With that being said, here’s some helpful information that will help you start planning your dream honeymoon.
Traveling to Bali
Booking flights for your honeymoon is an exciting step! Wherever you are in the world, you’ll want to start by first knowing which airports to fly to.
Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport (DPS), is the main gateway to the island. Lots of international airlines offer direct flights here from major cities around the world. You could try airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines and more.
When you arrive at the airport, grab one of the many available taxis (use the official taxi counters to ensure a fair price). You could also try ride-hailing services like Grab and Gojek through handy mobile apps.
There’s no right way to travel during your honeymoon to Bali! Take into account your preferences, comfort level, and the spots you’re dying to visit, and you’ll find the best option for you and your new spouse!
In general, however, renting a car or scooter is a common choice for more flexibility and independence. However, traffic can be congested! Plus, driving can be challenging for those unfamiliar with the local roads. Hiring a private driver for some of your trips is possible, as is joining some organized tours and day trips. Plus, you could also consider hiring a bike for shorter trips or bicycle rides.
Looking to travel like a local during your honeymoon? Public transportation options in Bali are limited. However, there are some local shuttle services, known as bemos, that operate on fixed routes. These small vans or minibusses can be a super cheap option for short distances. If you’re interested, it’s worth asking some locals or your hotel which ones to take.
What to pack
When it comes to packing for a honeymoon, it’s not always obvious what you should bring, especially if you’re the kind of couple that’s willing to try a bit of everything! And if Bali is a totally new part of the world for you, the packing issue becomes even more confusing. So on top of your usual vacation packing list, here are some essentials for a tropical Balinese vacation:
- At least one hat
- Plenty of sunscreen
- Light clothing
- Bug spray
- Stylish surf Bikinis (you can check them out here)
- Modest outfits for and scarf for visiting temples
- Comfortable footwear (for the beach but also hiking)
- A handy first-aid kit
Bali is a popular and affordable honeymoon destination, attracting newlyweds from around the world. And unlike other popular spots like the Maldives, your savings won’t take quite the same hit here. Thanks to the island’s perfect blend of affordability and luxury, when it comes to accommodation for a honeymoon in Bali, you can really treat yourselves!
Hit popular booking sites and you’ll find a plethora of options that cater to every desire. From luxurious five-star resorts nestled amidst lush greenery, to private villas with stunning ocean views, Bali has it all.
Imagine waking up to the sound of waves crashing against the shore, enjoying breakfast on your private balcony, or taking a dip in your own pool. Many accommodations offer special honeymoon packages, including spa treatments, candlelit dinners, and personalized experiences.
So from the iconic 5-star options like the Viceroy Bali and the Four Seasons Bali at Sayan to Capella Ubud glamping in the jungle, you’ll find something that fits.
Things to do during a honeymoon
Are you the kind of couple that craves a bit of adventure? Not satisfied with a stroll on the beach? No problem! Read on to find some of the best activities for your honeymoon of exploration in Bali. From the hills to the waves, we’ll get you planning for a romantic adventure of a lifetime.
It’s no surprise that surfing tops the list of things to do in Bali for the adventurous. Bali has warm water, tropical vibes, and some incredible surf. With endless spots across the island known for their surfing scene, Bali is one of the most famous places in the world to hit the waves.
Across the island, you’ll mostly find perfect barreling left-hand reef breaks, however, there is also a vast range of world-class right-hand reef breaks. And with a long list of famous spots to visit, there’s something for beginners as well as experienced surfers.
Try a visit to Padang Padang (home to the yearly Rip Curl Cup and not for beginners), the not-so-secret but beautiful Green Bowl on the Bukit Peninsula, Keramas (home to competitions for Billabong and Oakley) or Nusa Dua and Canggu (better for beginners).
Join a surf camp or classes
Couples who surf together, stay together. If you’re serious about improving your skills, why not sign up for a class or surf school? In doing so, you’ll make the most out of your time and learn fast! You could even choose a couples’ class if you’re looking for something more private or exclusive. It’s worth noting that some of the surf camps in Bali offer other activities such as yoga, or massage, making it a great package deal!
Explore the Rice Terraces
The iconic rice terraces that exist across Bali are an absolute must-see for tourists exploring the island. Visit during your honeymoon and you’ll get some beautiful newlywed photos. Bali’s rice fields are scattered throughout the island’s countryside, showcasing the traditional Balinese irrigation technique. Take a trip to Tegalalang, Rendang, Jatiluwih or Sidemen to capture some of the best views.
Visit Tanah Lot Temple
You might have seen it on Instagram, but now you and your new spouse get to see it for yourselves! Tanah Lot Temple is an incredible sea temple perched on a rock formation. Amongst the rhythmic waves, admire this ethereal temple on a giant rock – unlike anything you’ve ever seen!
Enjoy water sports
Thrill-seeking couples are well catered to in Bali; a place where serenity and action go hand in hand. Whether you’re a beginner or a water sports junkie, it’s worth getting in (or on) the water. On top of surfing, try stand up paddle boarding, windsurfing, kayaking, scuba diving and much more.
Explore the Tegenungan Waterfall
There’s no better way to experience nature than to enjoy a wild swim. Tegenungan Waterfall in Bali is a must-visit destination for travelers looking for a true immersion into the sights, sounds, and feels of Bali. The dramatic waterfall offers a picturesque setting that is easily accessible and the cool waters make for a very refreshing dip. Get here early and soak up the lush greenery and cascading waters for the most romantic honeymoon experience in Bali!
Head out to sea on a yacht
When on a honeymoon in Bali, hire a yacht (or just charter one). With its glistening blue water and unmatched verdant views, Bali is just the place to take to the seas. If your partner can sail a boat, then you’re in luck – hire a boat from one of the many hire companies in Bali. Otherwise, join a tour or organize a romantic trip for two aboard your private boat.
Wake up to the sound of nature
If you’re drawn to a nature-filled Bali vacation, consider adding glamping to your island itinerary. Bali offers various unforgettable ‘campsites’ where you can wake up to fresh air, stunning views, and the hypnotizing melodies of tropical birds. For a more traditional camping experience, designated campgrounds by Bali’s lakes allow you to set up your tent and mingle with fellow campers. Prefer the glamping experience? From the jungles of Kintamani with volcano views to beachfront locations in Canggu, there are endless options at your fingertips!
Cycle around Lake Batur
Lake Batur is a phenomenal volcanic crater and it’s worth a visit. And by cycling around it, you’ll pass by Mount Batur, some awe-inspiring black lava fields, villages, and beautiful temples. Grab a hire bike and set off on an adventure you won’t soon forget. If you’re really brave, you can make your trip a long downhill ride all the way back to Ubud!
Swim with sea turtles and dugongs
Sea life is abundant in bountiful Bali, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover the underwater ecosystems. From various spots along the beach and in the main town, it will be easy to hire or buy snorkeling equipment – and you won’t regret it! Venture to Nusa Penida for an immersive experience swimming with sea turtles, or visit Tulamben and Amed, which are renowned for their abundant marine life, including the famous Nemo fish! Hoping for an encounter with friendly dugongs? Head to the surf breaks of Padang Padang and Nusa Dua, where you may catch a glimpse of these fascinating creatures.
Go dolphin watching
No one doesn’t love a dolphin-watching experience. And is there a more beautiful experience to enjoy during your honeymoon in Bali? Head out to Lovina in North Bali for the best chance to make this happen. This pristine spot is bound to stick in your minds for years to come! Before sunrise, head out on a small boat and spot the playful dolphins as they touch the surface of the water when dawn begins to break. We promise, there’s no better way to start your day!
Visit Pura Lempuyang
Ready for a one-thousand-step ascent? Pura Lempuyang, not only offering breathtaking panoramic views, holds immense religious significance in Bali. Revered as the “Gateway to Heaven”, this sacred spot is made totally special thanks to the majestic peak of Mount Agung. On clear days, it’s perfectly framed by its temple gates. Whilst you’re here, there are six additional temples to explore, along with nearby waterfalls and stunning rice terraces.
Take a sunrise hike
Bali’s diverse landscapes, consisting of rice paddies, pristine rainforests, plantations, and villages, make it a dream destination for walkers. Sure, the island is compact and densely populated, but it does offer a range of day hikes that will keep you on your feet for the day. Try a sunrise hike to Mount Batur and witness the stunning Bali sunrise. Otherwise, if you take your hiking seriously, summit Mount Agung – considered Bali’s most sacred volcano – and spend twelve hours with incredible volcanic views. You could also head to West Bali National Park, where well-reserved forests and rare bird species make for incredible hiking experiences.
Something more romantic
Every honeymoon deserves a spot of romance. That’s why in the rest of this article, we’re sharing some of the most idyllic and fairytale moments you can share with your partner during your honeymoon in Bali.
Known for its lush green landscapes and vibrant arts scene, Ubud offers a unique blend of culture and tranquility. Explore the iconic Monkey Forest, visit traditional temples, and immerse yourself in local markets bursting with art and handicrafts. Ubud is a haven for those seeking inspiration, relaxation, and a deeper connection with nature.
Visit Uluwatu Temple
Uluwatu Temple, also known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu, is a captivating seaside temple that offers a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Bali. Perched dramatically on a steep cliff, approximately 70 meters above the crashing waves below, this temple provides honeymooners with a truly enchanting setting, especially at sunset. Immerse yourself in the magic of Uluwatu in the evening hours, when Balinese Kecak and fire dance performances take place at the nearby amphitheater. Then, as twilight descends, a troupe of 75 male dancers takes the stage for a thrilling performance! All this with a backdrop of the ocean. Could it be more romantic?
Experience a Balinese spa
Indonesia and in particular Bali, has long been a destination for wellness, with its hillside yoga retreats, healthy cafes, and raw and rugged natural beauty. But on top of all this, Bali’s spas are certainly something to add to any wellness-focused honeymoon. So take a moment to indulge in a relaxing spa treatment or Balinese massage to rejuvenate your body and mind. Whether it’s at a 5-star resort like the Four Seasons, or on a massage table by the beach, kick back and relax in Balinese paradise.
Take a Balinese cooking class
Now that you’re married, you’re going to be cooking meals together for a long time. So why not learn some new recipes? Opt for a cooking class and learn to prepare traditional Balinese dishes. Discover the vibrant flavors of the local cuisine with a Balinese teacher and bring back your recipes to friends and family back home.
Relax on the Balinese beaches
A honeymoon in Bali isn’t complete without some laid-back beach time. Across the tropical paradise of Bali, world-class beaches aren’t hard to find. Kuta Beach, with its golden sands and vibrant atmosphere, is a favorite amongst surfers and sun-seekers alike. Seminyak Beach exudes all things luxury, attracting visitors with its upscale resorts and trendy beach clubs. Meanwhile, Nusa Dua Beach provides a tranquil escape with its crystal-clear waters and pristine white sands. You could also try Jimbaran Beach, which is enchanting with its picturesque fishing village ambiance.
Go to the local hot springs
If you’re not a fan of spas, how about hot springs? Bali offers a variety of these gorgeous spots, mostly located in the north and north-east. In the north in particular, near Lovina Beach, the sacred Air Panas Banjar Hot Springs are nestled in lush jungle and beautifully landscaped gardens. Here with your partner, you’ll have the chance to soak in three public pools and one private. Filled with gushing hot water sourced from volcanic origins, it’s a truly picture-perfect and therapeutic experience.
Walk through the marigold fields
Flowers make for great photo opportunities! And that’s why during your honeymoon in Bali you should visit the Marigold fields. Located in Desa Belok, these golden fields simply exude happiness. Take a leisurely stroll here hand in hand, savoring the marigold beauty. And make sure you bring your camera for some stunning shots. Get ready to be swept away!
When on a honeymoon, enjoy a sunset dinner. The picturesque Jimbaran Beach is famous for its stunning sunsets and romantic sunset dinner experiences. Restaurants and cafes here set up tables on the sand, providing a magical setting for dining while enjoying the breathtaking views. Feast on fresh seafood like grilled fish, prawns, and lobster, infused with traditional Balinese flavors whilst you take in the beautiful surroundings, and listen to the sound of crashing waves.
Watch a movie on the beach
Experience pure romance in Bali at Karma Beach. Watch movies under the stars every Monday night, nestled on comfortable seating with the sound of waves as your backdrop. Enjoy cocktails, dinner, and breathtaking views. It’s an enchanting, unforgettable experience to share with your loved one. So, grab your popcorn and get ready for a magical movie night!