Bali may be an enduringly popular holiday destination, but there are plenty of ways to discover the island beyond the surf of Kuta Beach. From lush rice terraces to chocolate-making tours, follow our top tips for what to do in Bali off the tourist trail…
1. El Kabron
Cliff top club with spectacular ocean sunsets
Located on the cliffs on the west side of the Bukit (a peninsula to the south of the island), this beach club and restaurant is one of the finest places to visit in Bali of an afternoon. El Kabron not only boasts some of the best ocean views and sunsets in Bali, but it also has a pool overlooking the ocean. It’s a great place to enjoy a sundowner or a glass of wine or two, with the Spanish chef and local Indonesian team cooking up a range of traditional Spanish dishes. Don’t miss the squid ink seafood paella, and try some chocolate ganache truffles to round everything off!
How to get there
The club can be a little difficult to find, which makes it even more special; just get on the road to Bingin Beach (approx 20 km/45 minute drive from Bali Airport), then you can pick up the signs for El Kabron from there.
Bali sunset over the ocean
2. Big Tree Farms
Chocolate tours and workshops
Real chocoholics, Big Tree Farms Bamboo Chocolate Factory should definitely be on your Bali sightseeing hit list. Working in partnership with farmers across Indonesia, Big Tree Farms support local communities to grow organic coconut, salt, cashews and cacao which is used to make the tastiest products. Join one of the daily tours around their factory (Mon to Fri from 2pm) – there are free samples in it for you, including a welcome Coco Mojo drink. If this is not chocolately enough for you, they also organise group chocolate-making classes.