10 Best Traditional Dance Shows in Bali

Evening Balinese Dance Performances

Cultural dinner shows in Bali allow you to enjoy immersive dining experiences, combining visual treats of Balinese dance and drama with an assortment of local culinary fare and a la carte selections. Live performances are presented on dedicated stages and even purpose-built amphitheatres obverse well laid-out tables and buffets, from where you can admire barong and kris performances, kecak dances, and eloquent legong and joged dancers in vivid costumes.

Shows are held regularly and some feature different line-ups of events throughout the week, adding to the variety of colourful highlights that you can appreciate on your next bookings. Keep these great restaurants and venues in check whenever you’re feeling peckish and wish to please that arts and culture buff in you. 

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    Uluwatu Temple Amphitheatre

    Uluwatu Temple remains among the greatest places on the island to watch Bali’s legendary singing and dancing ritual known locally as Kecak, with its main open amphitheatre run and performed by the local Pecatu villagers’ cooperative. There are two Kecak dance troupes performing at the Uluwatu Amphitheatre, namely the Sekaa Tarian Kecak and Sekaa Tari Kecak Karang Boma dance and gamelan groups. The acapella dance involves over a dozen or more male performers dancing and rhythmically chanting, “chaak, chaak, chaak”, hence the name. Kecak performances are held regularly around sunset, 18:00-ish, and usually run for an hour. Read More...

    • Location: Uluwatu Temple, Pecatu
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 904 1163
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    Devdan Show at Nusa Dua Theatre

    Devdan is a 90-minute theatrical show that tells of a boy and girl who decide to break away from their mundane tour group, only to stumble upon an enchanted treasure chest filled with various cultural objects from the different islands in the Indonesian archipelago, hence the shows subtitle, ‘Treasure of the Archipelago’. Their adventure goes on from there, as each ‘discovery’ of an item from their treasure chest brings on a corresponding scene onto the stage, complete with acrobatics on the floor and even aerial silk dancers suspended from the ceiling. Read More...

    • Location: Nusa Dua Theatre, Jalan Nusa Dua, Nusa Dua
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 770 197
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    This theatrical art performance at the Bali Theatre, a modern purpose-built indoor theatre at the Bali Safari & Marine Park in Gianyar, is loosely based on a Balinese legend, and is brought alive through lively dance choreography, vibrant costumes, dramatic music compositions and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. The unique aspect of the show is that it combines traditional and contemporary dances, traditional shadow puppetry using modern techniques – and features the animals of the Bali Safari Marine Park, such as birds and tigers, as co-stars of the show. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 14:30 - 15:30 except Mondays
    • Location: Bali Safari & Marine Park, Jalan Bypass Ida Bagus Mantra, Gianyar
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 950 000
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    ARMA Museum & Resort

    Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud
    ARMA Museum & Resort

    The Agung Rai (ARMA) Museum & Resort in Ubud features an open stage where Balinese performing arts are showcased weekly. Each of these performances is available with a ticket purchase, ranging from IDR 75,000 to 100,000 and with dinner options available from IDR 150,000 to 175,000. Performances include the kecak rina dance, a variant of the kecak, which is performed every full moon and new moon from 19.30 by a troupe from the Teges Kanginan community. The satyabrastha, a dance drama is held every Saturday and legong is performed every Sunday by the Peliatan dance troupe. Wayang wong, a mime-like dance, is every Monday at 19:00, and a similar dance topeng jimat, is performed every Wednesday by ARMA’s own troupe. A barong and kris dance is shown every Friday at 18:00 by the Lodtunduh troupe, and a variant of the legong, known as legong telek, is performed every Tuesday from 19:30 onwards. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 976 659
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    Kampoeng Bali

    RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA
    Kampoeng Bali

    Kampoeng Bali is an open-air restaurant located at the RIMBA Jimbaran Bali By AYANA with views overlooking tranquil water features and green rice paddies. The name of the restaurant translates as “Balinese Village,” which aptly describes just what the venue has been designed to deliver: an authentic experience in a traditional Balinese village, complete with a dramatic live kecak fire dance performances. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: From 18:00 onwards (Mon, Wed & Fri)
    • Location: RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA, Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 846 8468
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    Night at The Zoo at Bali Zoo

    Jalan Raya Singapadu, Gianyar
    Night at The Zoo at Bali Zoo

    The Bali Zoo in Singapadu on the farther outskirts of Ubudi ntroduces its Night at the Zoo program, where you can enjoy a wild nocturnal adventure complete with a dinner and show. Your evening at the zoo starts off with elephant feeding and a petting and photo session with tame animals, and even a freshwater crocodile. The tour then continues with a stunning fire dance before you proceed to enjoy your set-menu dinner. The zoo’s Wana Restaurant, Lounge and Bar serves up great Indonesian selections as well as a western inspired menu, and you can sit down in an alfresco setting under the stars right next to a lion family's enclosure. The Night at the Zoo package is available at USD 72 per adult and USD 50 for children under twelve, and is available nightly from 18:00 to 21:30. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 294 357
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    Bebek Tepi Sawah

    Jalan Raya Goa Gajah, Banjar Teges, Peliatan, Ubud
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    As part of a Bebek Tepi Sawah Villas in Peliatan, on the outskirts of Ubud, Bebek Tepi Sawah offers an alfresco dining experience in rustic Balinese pavilions set amid rice fields. Open for lunch and dinner, best experience is in the evening when oil torches along rice field paths are lit and nature sounds blend well with the flowing live music of traditional bamboo gamelan. Around the restaurant’s main foyer, diners are treated to free nightly performances of Balinese dancers performing the fun-to-watch joged bumbung dance and be prepared as you will occasionally be invited to partake in some expressive dance moves. It serves as a fun and interactive way to spend an evening with a relaxed natural ambiance just outside the main Ubud proper. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 975 656
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    Laka Leke Garden Restaurant

    Jalan Raya Nyuh Kuning, Ubud
    LakaLeke Garden Restaurant

    Laka Leke offers an enriching dining experience with its regular cultural shows with a weekly roster of different kinds of Balinese dances. The restaurant features an outdoor setting with Balinese style thatch-roofed pavilions set around rice paddies. Their regular dance nights includes a buffet with chiefly Indonesian cuisine, while an a la carte menu offers specialty selections such as nasi campur mixed rice platter, signature crispy fried duck and satay varieties. On Mondays, witness a 100-strong dance troupe performing the kecak dance. Wednesdays, it’s time for the barong and kris dance; and Thursdays presents the fun and interactive joged, while Saturdays show the amusing ‘frog dance’ performed by Balinese kids. Afternoon arts and craft workshopslet you take part in woodcarving, kite making, bamboo weaving and gamelan. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 20:00 – 24:00
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 977 565
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    Café Lotus Ubud

    Jalan Raya Ubud (near Museum PuriLukisan)
    Café Lotus Ubud

    This café sits right at the front of the lotus pond and amphitheatre of one of Ubud’s temple landmarks, referred to as Taman Saraswati. Performances start around 19:30, with the weekly line-up: Mondays present the joged dance with bamboo orchestral accompaniments; Tuesdays its legong with a ladies’ orchestra, Wednesdays the Ramayana ballet, Thursdays the barong dance, Saturdays the legong with a men’s orchestra and Sundays presents a Balinese theatrical drama. The front row tables beside the lotus pond provide best views, but are available with anIDR 80,000 ticket purchase and at a minimum charge of IDR 200,000 for food and beverages. A la carte selections include Italian and fusion cuisine, as well as local Balinese delights such as ayam betutu slow-roast chicken and bakso ikan fish meatball soup.

    • Opening Hours: 08:30 - 23:00
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 975 660
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    Pasar Senggol at Grand Hyatt Bali

    Grand Hyatt Bali, Nusa Dua
    PasarSenggol at Grand Hyatt Bali

    Within the gardens of Grand Hyatt Bali lies Pasar Senggol, the five-star resort’s Balinese night market-themed venue. Pasar Senggol is well designed with an open-air layout complete with a main dining area that is set adjacent a mini amphitheatre. The venue comes to life every evening with various food stations that each showcases a different course, from salads and grills to a dessert cart full of exotic Balinese cakes. Don’t miss the babi guling spit-roast pork, the fresh salad mixes including the Indonesian favourite gado-gado, and a fresh selection of seafood on ice to be cooked to your preference. Besides dining to the varieties of colourful onstage performances, guests may also try out some crafting activities or browse around the art market-styled exhibitions set around the resort gardens. Prices start from USD 38 per person.

    • Opening Hours: 19:00 - 23:00
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 771 234
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