Free things to do in Bali: Baby Sea Turtles, Hidden Waterfalls & More

From hidden waterfalls to boutique spas, the beautiful Indonesian island of Bali has everything you could need for an unforgettable tropical vacation. Whether you’re looking for luxury in Seminyak or sleeping under the stars at a beachside campsite, these brilliant free activities will give you a true taste of what Bali has to offer on any budget.

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Free Activities in Bali

Explore the markets

Wherever you are on the island, you’re likely to be close to some intriguing craft markets. In Canggu, browse for quirky pieces and vintage items at Love Anchor and Old Mans, while in the Ubud District you’ll find traditional silver and art markets, with locals hand-making jewelry and traditional gifts.

Also read: 6 Fantastic Food Tours and Travel Destinations Around the World

Hike along the Campuhan Ridge

Just outside of yoga-haven Ubud, the lush Campuhan Ridge is a stunning spot for a gentle hike, with beautiful views of the nearby rice fields. It’s particularly amazing at sunrise and sunset, and there’s a charming cafe at the top if you need to refuel before the walk home.

Also read: 6 Best Hiking Trips in the U.S. and How to Find Trails Near You

Spend a day at the beach

There are brilliant beaches all over Bali, perfect for swimming, surfing and snorkeling—or even just watching the sunset with a cocktail! To catch a sight of some tropical fish, head to Jemeluk beach for a colorful snorkel session, or surf-enthusiasts should try Canggu, Padang Padang and Uluwatu for epic waves. Once you're done with your active beach day, Seminyak is packed with eateries offering an ideal spot to watch the sunset.

Also read: Top U.S. Beaches for the Best Beach Vacations

Visit the Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Close to the center of the island, Tegalalang Rice terrace is a famous ridged rice field with incredible views. It’s the perfect place to take memorable vacation photos that are sure to make your followers very jealous on social media! But make sure to get there early to avoid the crowds.

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Release hatchling sea turtles into the ocean

Organized by the Bali Sea Turtle Society, this extraordinary event takes place regularly from March-October in the Kuta region. It’s completely free to participate, and you’ll get the chance to help trained volunteers release hatchling sea turtles into the ocean as part of an ongoing conservation program.

Also read: Sustainable Travel Tips: How to Protect the Planet on Vacation

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