10 Best Short Things to Do in Bali

What to Do in Bali in One Day

These short Bali tours are great if you don’t have much time in your travel plans for exploring outside of your main resort area, and most of them suit families. Ranging in time from 1 hour up to the whole day, there's a great range of active sports tours and cultural experiences to enjoy.

The best short things to do in Bali include modern theatrical shows and traditional dance performances that will both entertain and deepen your appreciation of the island’s arts and culture, as well as water sports that will get the adrenaline rushing. You can choose to spend your evening in Bali watching a spectacular dinner show, or attending a chic gourmet tasting adventure around upscale Seminyak. Whatever your preference, these Bali day tours offer plenty of choice for one day in Bali.

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Both you and your kids can have a great time at this one-of-a-kind workshop in Kuta. The circus workshop shows you how to do tricks like a stage magician, which you can pick up and show to impress your friends back home. The workshop is in the Bali Dynasty Resort, and includes lessons in juggling and handling diabolos, spinning plates, devil sticks, and even flying trapeze. Safety is of the highest priority, with professional equipment and guidance from experienced instructors. Workshops normally start at 10:00. Read More...

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For some thrilling aquatic action and adrenaline rushes, head down to Bali’s water sports playground of Tanjung Benoa with this package. There’s a lot to try out on the coast here, ranging from jet skiing, banana boating, to even taking to the skies on a birds-eye-view parasailing adventure. Each choice of water sport activity lasts around 15 minutes, which is surely enough time to get you thrilled. Qualified instructors assist with all equipment and during the length of each activity. Activities are normally between 10:00 and 17:00, and you’ll need to check in 30 minutes, prior your booked start time. Read More...

While the Bali Zoo is a great go-to for families by day, this night-time attraction at the zoo offers a fun-filled tour after sundown. It includes a zoo walk, photo opportunities, and animal feedings, particularly with the sounds and calls of nocturnal animals that give this visit after dark its unique appeal. Your evening here concludes with a live show of fast-moving fire dancers performing to upbeat music, and a Balinese dinner under the stars. The experience starts at 17:20. Read More...

When you want to discover Bali’s iconic expanses of green rice terraces, but don’t have the time for an excursion out into the island’s far central regions, then this tour is a good choice. The flowing rice terraces of Kerobokan and Canggu, within only a half hour’s drive from Kuta, are as beautiful as Bali’s more famous Tegalalang and Jatiluwih rice fields. Wander through fields, cross bamboo bridges and learn more about the unique and ancient Balinese irrigation system called ‘subak’, in this only 3-hour tour. Tour times are 08:30 and 15:30. Read More...

Another great nocturnal animal encounter, the night safari rides through the African savannah enclosures at the Bali Safari provide you with a totally different experience from their daytime safaris. Special cage trams are used instead of the regular buses, which gets you even closer to the wild animals, which range from Sumatran tigers, binturongs, and Komodo dragons, in their respective enclosures. A barbecue dinner then awaits you at the end, accompanied by a spectacular fire dance performance. The night safaris start at 18:00. Read More...

There’s no other traditional dance performance on the island of a similar scale and multitude as the Kecak dance. It’s performed by well over a dozen, if not more, male dancers who sing acapella in a circle, providing an all-choir soundtrack to the main characters who depict an episode taken from the Ramayana epic in the centre. The tour starts at 17:00 hours, and takes you to witness the show, along with a tour of nearby Uluwatu Temple, and a delicious seafood barbecue in Jimbaran. Read More...

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Devdan Show – USD 36 Nusa Dua; 1.5 hours

As one of our highest guest-rated tour packages, Devdan is a must-see spectacle. The show takes you on a story of discovery through Indonesia's cultural heritage of its several main islands. This is neatly done through storytelling with elements of traditional and modern dance choreography, heart-pounding acrobatics, dazzling illusions, and amazing stage sound and lighting effects. The show is held at the Nusa Dua Theatre, and is easy to reach from anywhere on Bali's southern coast. Shows start at 19:30. Read More...

This dance show in Bali’s artistic village of Batubulan introduces you to one of the most thrilling showcases of Balinese heritage and rare performing arts—with a touch of trance, magic and mystery included. The show begins with a trance dance known as the Sanghyang, which is an exorcising ritual. Billowing incense, flaming-red coconut husks and chants by the performers add to the mystical aura of the stage. The dancers will then enter a trance-like state, and begin to dance in perfect unison. The performance is followed by the more contemporary Kecak dance, and is concluded by another trance dance, this time with fire dancers spectacularly trampling over burning-hot coals and embers. The stage opens at 17:30. Read More...

Why not escape the crowded spots of Bali’s mainland, even if you only for several hours? This dinner option combines a wonderful cruise off Benoa harbour, with a delicious dinner aboard the Bali Hai catamaran. It’s a great way to enjoy a different kind of Bali sunset with surrounding ocean views, complete with delicious cocktails and a sumptuous buffet served on board. After dinner, you'll be entertained by lively cabaret performances, as well as live bands ready to play your requests. Cruises depart at 17:45. Read More...

This organized ‘mystery dining’ tour takes you to visit some of the best culinary venues across the upscale resort area of Seminyak, which is in fact home to most of the island’s world-class restaurants and bars. You’ll get to sample everything from local dishes, such as succulent pork ribs, to pan-Asian and western favourites, including Spanish-style tapas and Italian delicacies. The progressive culinary journey includes four stops at some of the most renowned restaurants, who each present their best and most popular dishes – great way to spend an evening in Bali before your flight back home. The dinner adventures begin at 17:30. Read More...

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