Things to Do in Denpasar Bali
Denpasar Bali is home to a number of beautiful temples and monuments - all of which are definitely worth a visit if you are interested in learning more about the city's distinctive architecture. However, the monument that you simply cannot afford to miss is the Bajra Sandhi Monument which stands in the centre of the Lapangan Niti Mandala Renon. Not only is the Bajra Sandhi Monument a sight to behold in its own right, but it is also surrounded by stunning greenery and clean, welcoming parks, making for the perfect day out with the family.
There is also a lot to see in terms of nature when visiting the capital of Bali. Shark Island is a tourist hot spot that offers a good dose of adrenaline and an up close and personal experience with the ocean's most feared predator. Along with this, Denpasar Bali is also where you will find the revered Turtle Conservation and Education Centre. Take a look at the adorable turtles and learn more about what the local experts are doing to ensure their protection and conservation.
The Bali Provincial Public Museum boasts the very finest works of art, and provides the curious travel with greater insight into the history and culture of the island. From ceremonial drums to ancient spears, there is plenty to see that is sure to capture the attention of the young and old alike.
For the Shopaholics
Why not spend some money and get your hands on a few special pieces at the Badung and Kumbasari Traditional Market? Located right at the heart of the city, the market is comprised of a variety of different stalls, many of which sell things like homeware, clothing and a few rare items that could be worth a lot in the future - you just need to know how to find them.
The Krisna Bali is another great choice for those looking to indulge in a well-deserved shopping spree. What sets it apart is the fact that it provides a modern spin on the more traditional markets that one can visit in Bali. From traditional snacks to urban accessories - and many excellent options for gifts - it truly has it all.
The Bajra Sandhi Monument is still the favourite when it comes to exploring Denpasar Bali. While there are indeed many other sights just as glorious as this one, its general location is what makes it so special. Aside from its surrounding greenery, it also stands right in front of the governor's office. Make a day of your visit, bring a picnic and take the time to really enjoy this monument as a demonstration of the true essence of Bali itself.
Shark Island is ideal for the adventurous traveller. It is recommended that you invest in a tour in order to really appreciate and make the most of it. These tours will take you to the home of the Serangan Shark Project, provide you with the opportunity to go shark cage diving and visit the wonderful shark nursery, too. All in all, a fun-filled day out for thrill-seekers but also the entire family.
The Bali Provincial Public Museum should be your next stop. This is another hotspot that is sure to fill your trip with value. It is the oldest museum on the island and boasts over 10 000 amazing exhibits (so you can rest assured that there will always be plenty to see) from porcelain statues to shadow puppets and more.
While Denpasar Bali isn't considered to be a party district per se, there is still a lot to do and experience once daytime gives way to nighttime. Most notably, you can pay a visit to one of the popular night markets, or perhaps enjoy a hearty evening meal at one of the local restaurants. We recommend the following:
Akasaka Bali Karaoke, Music Club & Restaurant: This venue offers boundless entertainment in the form karaoke, live music and delicious treats. It is probably the most party-esque venue in the city and is frequented by night owls of all ages.
Serambi Arts Antida: Fancy a quiet evening listening to some jazzy music? Then Serambi Arts Antida is the perfect spot. Open until 11pm, it is the ideal place at which to wind down after a busy day of exploration and adventure.
WBC Bali: The place to be for sports fans, WBC Bali is a celebrated sport entertainment café that stays open later than most local venues. It also offers access to pool tables and 42-inch plasma TVs for the ultimate in viewing pleasure.