Things To Do
Famed for its palm fringed beaches, stunning tropical scenery, towering volcanoes and evocative temples, there is much for visitors to see and do in Bali. Whether craving adventure or cultural insights; wishing to explore Bali’s mountainous interior or discover the vibrant markets of Denpasar; wanting to photograph picturesque rice fields, or join a surfing safari, Villa Kubu is your perfect base. Our experienced, highly knowledgeable Kubu Concierge service is available to customise itineraries, give unique insider advice, book tailor-made tours, or just organise a scooter so you can get out there and explore the island on your own.
- Learn the secrets of much-loved traditional Balinese family recipes when you join our chefs for a half-day cooking class, which includes the option of an early morning visit to a colourful traditional market to hand pick the freshest island herbs, fruits and vegetables. The class includes breakfast and lunch and will give you a fascinating insight into the island’s exotic cuisine. View Villa Kubu cooking video.
- Use the villa’s complimentary bicycles to explore the scenic beach board walk, that runs from Seminyak to Legian, and make sure to take a break at one of the atmospheric beach warungs (cafés) for grilled fish, nasi goreng or a freshly blended juice.
- If you’ve always dreamed of galloping along the beach at sunset, now’s your chance. Horse riding tours can be arranged at Masari Stables, with a good selection of well-trained horses with varying temperaments, energies and sizes to suit all ages and levels of experience.
- Bali is renowned as one of the great surfing meccas of the world. The peak surf season is April through October when the south-east trade winds blow offshore and the full force of the solid southern ocean swells hit the reefs around Kuta, Seminyak and the Bukit Peninsula. For novices and intermediate surfers there are also plenty of mellow beach breaks. A number of well-managed surf schools operate on Seminyak Beach, offering adults and children the opportunity to experience the thrill of the waves, teaching board handling, surf etiquette and safety, with an emphasis on the importance of respecting and protecting the coral reefs.
- Take a day trip to Ubud, Bali’s pulsing cultural heart, renowned as a centre for fine art, dance and music. Explore art galleries, buy hand woven textiles, or perhaps tap into Ubud’s holistic side and join a yoga class, have a crystal healing session, or try a raw lunch in one of the many health cafés. You can’t help but feel the natural spirituality and energy emanating from this fascinating town.
- With its warm tropical waters and abundance of marine life, Bali provides an underwater wonderland with ideal diving conditions for novice and experienced divers. Reputable dive schools offer accredited PADI courses, from beginners’ discovery dives to the highest recreational level, with specialty courses including drift dive, night dive, deep dive, and underwater photographer. Cool programmes for kids are available too, the PADI ‘Bubblemakers’ programme offers pure underwater adventure, with lots of fun and games for kids of 8 -12.
- For those wishing to experience traditional Balinese culture. Ask the Kubu Concierge to check the Hindu calendar and organise one of our guides to accompany you to a colourful local ceremony in a village temple or perhaps further afield on a half- or full-day tour to explore the life and landscapes of Bali.
- Take the de rigueur pilgrimage to sacred Pura Tanah Lot, one of Bali’s biggest tourist magnets. Perched high on a craggy wave-lashed rock, this ancient sea temple is best savoured at sunset; be sure to receive a blessing from the Hindu Priests. Alternatively, view Tanah Lot from the far-less crowded 12th hole of Nirwana Bali Golf Course. Bordered by ocean and rice fields just down from the sea temple, it’s little wonder that this championship-standard course (designed by golf legend, Greg Norman) is frequently voted number one in Asia.
- Fashionistas should hotfoot it down to Seminyak, Bali’s most cosmopolitan enclave. Here you can indulge for hours in the glut of stylish, global-inspired restaurants, chic boutiques and hipper-than-thou bars and restaurants – including much hyped, Ku Dé Ta, Potato Head Beach Club, Cocooon and others such as La Lucciola, Metis, and Sarong.
- Those seeking more natural pursuits can head westwards to explore the unchartered West Bali region, where the charming Tabanan regency reveals terraced rice fields of emerald green, volcanic mountains and black-sand beaches dotted with fishing communities – treasures that Bali is famed for.
- For a day of culture and dramatic landscapes, drive to the mountain town of Bedugul. From here, explore three volcanic lakes, including Beratan, with its photogenic and stunningly positioned Pura Ulun Danu – one of Bali’s most important temples.
- Covering 3.8 hectares of tropical parkland in Kuta, Waterbom Bali has 16 water slides (including the Climax with its 360 degree loop) to entertain the young and the young at heart. A great family day out, but go early to beat the crowds.