What to Do in Ubud
While there is 'so much to see' in Ubud, this centre for Balinese arts and crafts also has 'so much to do', inviting those who wish to have a multi-sensory approach to the highlights of the area, by participating in various nature activities, art and culinary classes, and gatherings the village has to offer.
Dashing through the Ayung River and taking in all the fresh Bali upland air, enjoying the sights and sounds of indigenous bird and butterfly species and their scenic habitat, learning the eloquent movements of a Balinese dancer, or gaining valuable insight on the rare techniques of exotic textiles are just some among the vast choices of activities that visitors to this part of the island can indulge in.
- Highlights Of Bali Full-Day Tour
- Royal Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Excursion
- Private Sunset at Tanah Lot Temple with Dinner
- Kintamani Volcano, Ubud & Barong Dance Performance
- Whitewater Rafting on the Ayung River
- Bali Hai Sunset Dinner Cruise
- Private East Coast Tour
- Bali Hai Dolphin Cruise
- Lembongan Island Leisure Day Trip
- Quad or Buggy Driving Adventure & Tubing Excursion
Other Activities in Ubud
Bali Bird Walks
Established by ornithologist Victor Mason, Bali Bird Walk invites you to meander through countryside neighbouring Ubud on a variety of trails. Watch out for over 100 species of birds, of which you are bound to see 30 or so, including Indonesian endemics such as the Java Kingfisher, Bar-winged Prinia, Java Sparrow, Scarlet-headed Flowerpecker and many other dazzling birds.
You will also have a chance to see Birdwings, Swallowtails, Butterflies, magnificent tress and wildflowers. The walks take place every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and start off at Murni's Warung on Jalan Campuhan.
- Location: Penestanan Kelod, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 975 009
Bali Zoo 'Treewalks'
Another fun and challenging activity with flying fox and rope climbing options can be enjoyed at an arena inside the grounds of Bali Zoo in Singapadu, Gianyar. The 'tree walk' facility at Bali Zoo offers 20 challenges which are safe for children and adults. Specially trained guides assist and supervise during the fun and all material and equipment comply with international standards.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 18:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Singapadu, Sukawati, Gianyar
- Tel: +62 (0)361 294 357
Balinese Art & Culture Classes
Enhance your holiday in Ubud with exciting cultural activities in a perfect setting of countryside tranquility. Sign up for a painting lesson provided by your hotel or even one of the small studios situated everywhere in Ubud.
Although they offer different styles and approaches, it’s all aimed at bringing you into a fun day activity, perhaps with your child, together with the instructor who will teach you how to channel beautiful Balinese scenery through your artistic brushstrokes and onto a canvas.
Furthermore, there are still multifarious cultural activities on the menu you can try, including making offerings (canang sari), wood carving, kite making, wooden fish painting, making Ogoh-Ogoh (statues built for the Ngrupuk parade, which takes place on the eve of Nyepi day, normally in the form of mythological demons) and many more.
Balinese Dance and Music Lessons
Explore Bali's art and culture through Learning in Bali classes and courses, including Balinese dances and traditional instruments. Small studios located on many corners in Ubud allow you to learn and practice, in short session classes or workshops, traditional Balinese dances such as Legong, Joged Bumbung, Cendrawasih, Kecak or Fire dance, Barong, Rangda and Ramayana Epic dance, and traditional musical instruments such as rindik gamelan.
If you are a fast learner, they might even let you join their group to perform in front of a real audience on a real stage with makeup and real costumes. Nerves aside, it could be a once-in-a-lifetime unforgettable experience.
Make your own batik magnum opus and gain valuable knowledge of this heritage textile of Indonesia through a batik-making course in a village just north of Ubud. Widya Batik provides such rare opportunities to learn the art. South Yogyakarta-born Widya Harsana's venture offers instructions, all the necessary materials, and even pick-up services to and from Widya's Studio for those staying in the Ubud area.
Here you will learn the art, from batik tulis, the usage of the canting apparatus for wax applications, the other method via stamping, various dyes and colors, and the boiling techniques for the ultimate finish of your own work-of-art.
- Location: Jalan Sriwedari, Tegallantang, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 971 292
To quench your thirst for an aqua-based adrenaline rush, head up into the hills and hidden canyons of Kerta Village Payangan (just north of Ubud). You can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the canyon while drifting on this semi-wild clear stream for forty kilometres in a single inflatable tube.
To guarantee your safety, well-trained guides will escort you and give detailed safety instructions, and you will be provided with a life vest, helmet and other equipment that meets EEC standards.
Along the Siap River, you will discover so many different species of plants and animals. If you are lucky, you could spot a group of monkeys playing in the trees and some rare birds flying through the clear blue sky while you meander downstream in the tube. The adventure is currently being provided by Bali Canyon Tubing, which also operates Bali Buggy and Bali Quad Adventures.
- Location: Siap River, Payangan, North Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 720 766
Opened in 1996, Sari Api features an open-air ceramics workshop, equipped with two electric wheels, a large gas-fired downdraft kiln and plenty of workspace.
The Sari Api studio and gallery is located on Jalan Suweta street, in Ubud offering ceramic classes for children and adults, as well as featuring an open studio time for experienced artists.
It is perfect for those who are already in-the-know about ceramics, and who would like to work on their own and also want a space to explore their creativity at the same time.
- Location: Jalan Suweta, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 977 917
Thinking of cooking à deux during your stay? Then sign up for Cooking Class at once! This activity is available at so many restaurants in Ubud. The class usually starts early in the morning when you’ll make several stops at traditional Balinese markets to collect the ingredients on the list together with the chef, before you slice, stir and sauté your way to savoury success. Normally the class will end after you have enjoyed your own lunch, concluded with a plate of tropical fruit for dessert. Read More...
Cycling activities give you the opportunity to savour the Balinese countryside and to cruise through untouched rice paddies. The trail runs through Tegallalang then makes a stop at Canangsari Village where you can glimpse the real life and culture of these amazing people.
This exciting experience requires a good mountain bike, which you can rent from local vendors at a cost of between IDR 10,000 and IDR 25,000 a day (without helmet or any other safety equipment).
However, for more thrilling multi-terrain trails it’s highly recommended that you book yourself on a cycling tour with any travel agent who will provide you with a suitable mountain bike, safety helmet, knee Read More...
Ride elephants through the cool forest of the Taro village at the Elephant Safari Park, and get the chance to touch and hand feed these giants or watch their antics in the water when bathing time comes.
Have photos taken with elephants, witness live educational shows and an elephant painting session with the park's own pachyderm Picasso. Enjoy and learn about the amazing facts from an onsite information centre, museum and from the park staff. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 18:00
- Location: Taro village, north of Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 721 480
Pump up the adrenaline with this challenging yet extremely amusing activity, flying down the canyon passing splendid views of the Siap River and Payangan forest.
This fun adventurous arena is provided by PT. Bali Canyon Tubing, and is carefully constructed and designed approximately four metres above the river surface for forty kilometres down the canyon. It is suitable for anyone aged seven and over.
- Location: Payangan, north of Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 720 766
Take advantage of an incredible view of jungle, ravine, pristine rice terraces and an amazing Balinese culture in Ubud in a fascinating and unique way.
Hook up with Bali Hash House Harriers – an open membership activity club where tourists, expats and locals gather every Monday and Thursday afternoon to enjoy what this wonderful island has to offer while running or strolling along the track on a gentle walk.
At the end of every run a truck of Bintang Beer is waiting for you to gulp it down. Drop by Beggar’s Bush Tavern to join the regulars.
- Tel: +62 (0)361 975 009
Kidsworld is an indoor play centre and children’s events venue featuring mainly inflatable playgrounds. It is located on Jalan Pejeng in Tampaksiring, 4km north of Ubud centre. Children aged up to 12 are admitted to the venue. The play land enables kids to bounce, slide, and jump on colourful inflated playgrounds featuring various popular children’s characters and fun obstacles to exercise their motor skill development inside a safe and clean environment. The venue is also available for special children’s events such as birthday parties and gatherings. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 19:00
- Address: Jalan Pejeng, Dapdapan, Tampaksiring, Gianyar
- Tel: +62 (0)361 981 867
Bar Luna on Jalan Gootama in Ubud hosts literary discussions every Tuesday and Thursday nights. It is when minds interact and indulge in literary discussions, meanwhile trained baristas serve its best coffee to keep the conversations alive. The event claims to 'celebrate literature in an offbeat way', visiting authors and the public to all things literary.
- Opening Hours: Tue & Thu 20:00 - 21:30
- Location: Bar Luna, Jalan Gootama (behind Nomad Restaurant), Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 971 832
Mountain Cycling and Downhill Riding
Breaking apart from the usual 'cycling' section, this might fall into the more serious category. However, a cycling operator offers a Kintamani-to-Ubud descent that it also refers to as a 'family ride'. This route is one among the range of mountain biking tours catered by Bali Trailblazers.
This adventurous cycling trip was designed for families in mind opting for a little more challenge on a 29km route, which starts in the village of Abuan at an approximate 1100m above sea level, taking you through various villages, fruit and bamboo groves and the central Bali countryside, and ending in the classic rice paddy realm of Ubud. Encounter some unbeaten tracks along the way. The trip is ideal for families who are staying in Ubud.
- Tel: +62 (0)361 727 354
There are many ways to discover ‘real’ Bali... but what could be more exhilarating than to take on the jungle tracks of Bali’s unspoiled parts on compact buggies and ATVs? The Bali Quad and Bali Buggy tours take you to discover Bali’s heartland and rural village scenes on off-road four-wheelers that whiz through all kinds of terrain with ease. Payangan lies higher up north from the more familiar Ubud area, where cool temperatures and lush hillsides make for the ultimate stress relief. With this tour on site, it just got better. Read More...
- Location: Jl. Wirasatya VI, 9X, Suwung Kangin, Denpasar
- Tel: +62 (0)361 720 766
River Rafting and Kayaking
Challenge yourself and experience the thrill of rafting or kayaking down the Ayung River in a state-of-the-art, two-person inflatable rafts and kayaks complete with safety lifejacket, helmet and paddles.
Well-trained professional guides in a separate vessel lead kayakers through 27 sets of challenging and fun-filled rapids, stretching as far as eight kilometres and lasting approximately 90 minutes for a full-course ride.
Trained experts give full instruction so even first timers can enjoy this thrilling river adventure with a sublime natural backdrop. This challenging activity is provided by Bali Adventure Tours.
- Location: Ayung River, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 721 480
Rice Paddy Trekking
Difficulties in finding a track should not stop you from experiencing the wonderful panorama of rice paddies in Ubud. Many tourists spend the day wandering through the closest rice field to Ubud’s main road, and follow it all the way through the back of Jalan Kajeng to Campuhan.
Although the terraced landscape is not so challenging physically, it would be best to wear your trekking shoes during the activity. Along the rice paddy tracks you will meet the local farmers and notice some small Alang-Alang houses where vendors sell some paintings and woodcarvings made by local artists.
The Bali Zoo has packagees that take you to explore the island's famous traditional irrigation management system called 'subak' through its Zoo'bak Trekking tours. The tour comprises treks, village tours, visits to local schools and traditional village house compounds with all of its insightful cultural features. The package also includes a zoo tour, lunch and friendly animal encounters.
- Location: Bali Zoo, Jalan Raya Singapadu, Sukawati, Gianyar
- Tel: +62 (0)361 294 357
Studio Perak is a silver shop and jewellery workshop in Ubud that presents original designs of sterling silver jewellery. It has three shops all located within central Ubud, namely on Jalan Hanoman, Jalan Dewi Sita and on the Jalan Raya Ubud main road. Studio Perak’s collection feature one-off pieces designed and crafted by its owner and founder, Ketut Darmawan. Besides designing and producing authentic pieces of jewellery, he also provides silver jewellery-making classes through special workshops.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 22:00
- Location: Jalan Hanoman, Jalan Dewi Sita and Jalan Raya Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 973 371
Textile Appreciation Courses
Besides boasting a collection of rare textiles from all over the archipelago, Threads of Life in Ubud features textile appreciation courses at its educational studio.
The appreciation courses can last from one day to a week, and may require extensive travel around Bali, but are worth the experience to the serious traveler seeking a more insightful edge.
- Location: Threads of Life Indonesian Textile Arts Center, Jalan Kajeng, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 972 187
Bali is now considered to be a pivotal spiritual healing place for the renewal of your mind, body and soul. Yoga is one of the most ancient spiritual concepts of the East, and despite a philosophical outlook, it has an equally significant physical basis for healing and renewal. The are many places in Ubud that offer yoga classes for every physical level, including private classes, short-break yoga retreats and meditation classes in private yoga centres such as the Yoga Barn by Bali Spirit; furthermore yoga facilities are often organised by villas and hotels so you can join in and achieve ultimate well-being during your vacation. Read More...
- Highlights: Jalan Hanoman, Padang Tegal, Ubud
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 22:00
- Tel: +62 (0)361 970 992
Hotels in Ubud