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Things to do in Denpasar
Written by Nishant Gurav on July 1, 2021 Share on

10 Amazing Things to Do in Denpasar, Bali on Your Bali Vacation

Once you land on this island you will definitely get dazzled by the stunning beaches of Bali but Denpasar will hold a special space in your memory lane. The capital city of Bali is a perfect blend of modernity and Balinese traditional culture. It also connects tourists to various other cities of Bali as it has the International Airport as well. You can get dive right into the history of the city by visiting the ancient temples, palaces and museums and then loosen up at the seashore.

10 Things to Do in Denpasar

  • Bajra Sandhi Monument
  • Bali Provincial Public State Museum
  • Shark Island
  • Diving
  • Ngurah Rai Mangrove Forest
  • Bali Arts Festival
  • Pasar Badung Market
  • Sanur Beach
  • Spa Therapy
  • Neka Art Museum

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1. Bajra Sandhi Monument

The Bajra Sandhi Monument stands as a mark of respect for the heroes of the struggle of Balinese people. Immerse yourself with the artefacts, dioramas and huge wall paintings in the history of the city. You wouldn’t be able to take your eyes off the aesthetic Balinese architecture with tri-mandala construction which holds a lot of metaphysical and philosophical symbols.

2. Bali Provincial Public State Museum 

Get acquainted with Bali’s rich heritage, culture and traditions. Also known as Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali, this is the island’s oldest museum and its architecture is loaded with stone carvings that will surely drop your jaw. If travelling with children, this is a perfect addition to your ‘to-do list’.

3. Shark Island

If marine adventure fascinates you, don’t fail to visit here. The eco tour is fun for all ages and even non swimmers can enjoy feeding the sharks and close encounters with them. They offer a 3-hour guided tour which allows tourists to interact with the sharks. That can actually be a thrilling experience of your lifetime. Further, the turtle conservatory and education centre is included in the tour, so that you can learn and enjoy at the same time! 

4. Diving

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Swim, breathe and discover the underwater with the marine life in their world. You don’t have to worry about the safety as everything is taken care of by the diving centres. If you are an expert, you can choose your diving spots on your own. You can visit to Atlantis International a five-star PADI certified centre, they guide you properly and ensure that you enjoy your diving experience. Expert divers ensure your safety as well the marine life’s.

5. Ngurah Rai Mangrove Forest

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Discover the rarest diversity of mangroves in this massive 1300 plus hectares mangrove forest. This place is an absolute delight for birdwatchers. So grab your binoculars and DSLRs and set your trip to the mangroves to experience the rich biodiversity. 

6. Bali Arts Festival

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If visiting in the months of June and July, there will be an additional surprise for you. The Art Festival at the Taman Wedhi Budaya Arts Centre is a much awaited annual event. Groove with the traditional village music and behold some spectacular dance performances. The theme usually revolves around the authentic Balinese culture and the greatest ballets of Ramayana and Mahabharata. 

7. Pasar Badung Market

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If you love shopping then you can’t afford to miss this place. Denpasar is the best spot for shopping in Bali and Pasar Badung Market is one of the largest markets in the city. This place is unique because it is stuffed with handmade goods and natural products.This market is open 24 hours and on all 7 days of the week.It is recommended to observe what locals are paying for the products so that you can negotiate accordingly and don’t get cheated. Shop handicrafts, fabrics and don’t forget to buy souvenirs for yourself and your family and friends. 

8. Sanur Beach 

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If you just want to relax and spend quality time with your loved ones or with yourself, head to Sanur beach. A drink with the sound of soothing waves will definitely destress you. This is right place to get away from the crowd and enjoy some peaceful and quality time with your loved ones. If you are in this place in the month of July you can experience the Bali Kite Festival, when the blue sky is filled with uncountable colours.

9. Spa Therapy

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Get rid of all the pain and rejuvenate yourself through the organic products used in Balinese spa therapy. Spa Therapy is surely worth your time and money so just close your eyes and relax, you will definitely like it ! There are variety of options you can choose from like foot bath, traditional Balinese full body massage, body wrap scrub, cream bath and facial.

10. Neka Art Museum

History geeks can visit this museum and spend time looking at various art works. It is home to some of the most influential artists in Bali. Neka Art Museum opened for public in 1982 and is home to around 400 masterpieces of art. Here you can witness traditional Balinese painting in wayang style. There is separate section in the gallery where you can see the Indonesian Art which depicts the rural lifestyle of the country. Unique art work is by a Dutch painter who settled in Bali after the World War II.


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