The sun is shining, the waves are great. Perfect! But what to do in Bali on a rainy day or when there are no good waves at all? A few good tips for a lay day, check them out!

Part Seven // what to do on a lay day

You have planned to go surfing, but the weather doesn’t play along or the waves don’t fit to your surf level? Let no grass grow under your feet cause Bali got plenty of treasures to offer!

In this blog post we give you some good tips on what to do if your beach and surf plans don’t work out. We focused on the area of Canggu and Seminyak, but we also give some advice for Ubud. If you are interested in getting more impressions of the Indonesian island life, we have also listed some other places around Bali that are waiting to get explored.

How to book

One option to explore Bali is to book a day trip online, as there are lots of offers available (e.g. in Facebook Bali Travel groups). These packages usually include a driver for about 8 hours and a sightseeing trip to the popular attractions in the chosen area.

Another option is to watch out for tourist information booths at the roadside. Their offers are pretty much the same like in the internet, but it’s possible to bargain.

If you stay in a hotel or homestay, you can always book day trips through them as well.


As we are located in Canggu, we might know some interesting things for you to do  here! This area used to be a relaxing place but has lately changed into the new and vibrant hub where plenty of surfers hang out and digital nomads and creatives love to work.

It is still less touristic than Ubud, Kuta and Seminyak, but in the past months this place turned into a tiny hipster village – Welcome to Canggu!



The best thing to do on a lay day is working on your inner harmony and core strength. Yoga can also help you with your breathing, something you can benefit from when you’re back on the board! There are several yoga studios located in Canggu, each offering different classes, styles, timetables and levels. So you should really try out some of them to find out which one you like the best. We really like these:

Desa Seni (140.000 IDR/class), Jl. Subak Sari No. 13The Practice (140.000 IDR/class), Jl. Batu Bolong No. 94aSamadi (130.000 IDR/class), Jl. Padang Linjong No. 39

Tip: Often you can save some money if you buy a pass for five or six classes!

Beach Sports

2befitbali, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7am each Bootcamp on Batu Bolong Beach, just behind the temple (50.000 IDR for 1hr)


S2S Crossfit (Drop-in 200.000 IDR), Jl. Raya Semat No. 1


Bali Climbing (bouldering 150.000 IDR for 2hrs), Jl. Munduk Catu, Canggu


Just because there are no waves, doesn’t mean you can’t have a board under your feet! Join the skaters at Amplitude Skate Park, either on the pump track, in the street park or in the bowl. You can rent a skateboard and helmet there or buy your own gear in their little skate shop. If you’re already used to skating the bowl, you should try and skate Canggu’s famous bowl at Pretty Poison or at Konkrete! And even if you’re not that into skating, it’s fun to watch those who are, while drinking a Bintang!

- Amplitude (Pump track, Bowl, Street Park, 50.000 IDR/session), Jl. Raya Br. Semer, Gg. Nata, Kav 0-5

- Pretty Poison (Bowl, for free, Party on Tue, Thu, Sat), Jl. Subak Canggu (Ricefield Shortcut)

- Konkrete (Bowl, for free), Jl. Pantai Berawa 99, Badung

Tip: On Mondays from 3-5pm the entry for Amplitude is free, yasss!


Canggu is not Kuta, but still has some fancy nightlife to offer: When the sun is setting, it’s time to meet your new friends at Old Mans’ or The Lawn’s happy hour, followed by listening to some live music at DEUS (or join one of their legendary movie nights!). Dance your feet off at Sandbar and proof your star-appeal at the Open Mic Night at Gimme Shelter!

- Old Man’s (Restaurant, Bar), 7am-1am, Live Music on FridaysJl. Pantai Batu Bolong

- The Lawn (Restaurant, Bar, Pool), 11am-11pm, Party on FridaysJl. Pura Dalem

- DEUS (Restaurant, r, Shop), 7am-12pm, Live Music on SundaysJl. Batu Mejan

- Sandbar Batu Bolong (Beach Bar), Wed-Sun 10pm-6am Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong

- Pretty Poison (Bar, Skate Bowl), 4pm-12am, Party on Tue, Thu, SatJl. Subak Canggu

- Gimme Shelter (Bar), 7pm-3am, Live Music on Wed + SatJl. Lkr. Nelayan No. 444

- Luigies Hot Pizza (Restaurant Bar), 5pm-12am, Party on Mondays, Jalan Batu Mejan Br. Canggu


Massages, Facials, Mani/Pedi

There are lots of spas all around Canggu: No matter whether you want a really luxurious and fancy experience or prefer a simple local treatment. From massages to facials to mani and pedicure, Canggu’s got it all! We really recommend a one hour full body massage, which will be a blessing for your muscles and leave you extremely relaxed. Go pamper yourself!

- Chillax Spa (140.000 IDR/1hr Full Body Massage), Jl. Munduk Catu No. 4

- Bening Spa (95.000 IDR/1hr Full Body Massage), Jl. Batu Belig No. 100, +62 361 4732366

- Dream Spa (85.000 IDR/1hr Full Body Massage), Jl. Raya Pantai Berawa, +62 0819-9915-6094

Beach Clubs

Are you in for a luxurious experience? Check out one of the Beach Clubs around Canggu and meet some fancy people, hang around by the poolside and enjoy a cocktail while watching the surfers. Just take your your best summer dress and explore places like The Lawn or La Brisa:

- The Lawn, (Bar, Restaurant, Infinity-Pool), Jl. Pura Dalem

- La Brisa, (Bar, Restaurant, Pool, stunning décor, 100.000 IDR minimum charge), Jl. Pantai Batu Mejan Gg.,  Echo Beach

- Lv8 Resort Hotel, (Bar, Restaurant, Pool), Jl. Discovery No.8

- Finn’s Beach Club, (Restaurant, Infinity-Pool, Swim-Up-Bar, DJ), Jl. Pantai Berawa

Sunset Sessions

Take your laid-back time and enjoy a coconut while watching the sunset over the ocean… At Batu Bolong or Berawa Beach you will find a lot of bars with chilly sunloungers or even hammocks. Here are some of our favourite spots for an instagramable Sunset session 😉

- The LawnJl. Pura Dalem

- Sandbar 2, Batu Bolong Beach

- The Naked CoconutBerawa Beach

- Geday Bar (or any other beach bar around), Berawa Beach


Allover Bali you can find countless Hindu temples and a very special one is not that far from Canggu: The Pura Tanah Lot is located right in the ocean at the Balinese coastline and can only be reached during low tide. For tourists it’s not allowed to go inside the temple but the view of the temple in the sunset is really worth the visit.

Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan


Surf Equipment

If you stay in Bali a little longer, it pays off to buy your own surfboard. Your new baby will not just be much better than the boards you can rent at the beach, you will also save some dollars compared to European prices. Besides surfboards, you can find surf equipment like wax, leashes or wetsuits in shops like Good Hood, DEUS or Quiksilver.

- Dylan Surfboards (Surfboards), Jl. Pantai Berawa No.999

- Good Hood (Surfwear, Leashes, Wax, Zinc), Jl. Batu Bolong No.99b (close to the beach on the left)

- DEUS (Surfboards, Wetsuits, Wax), Jl. Batu Mejan No. 8

- Quiksilver’s Boardriders Echo Beach (Surfboards, Leashes, Wax, Surfwear, Apparel), Jl. Batu Mejan (just before Echo Beach on the left side)


You forgot to bring your bikini or some freaky little monkey stole your flip flops? No problem: All around Canggu you will find cool shops where you can buy unique clothes from local brands as well as the big brands. The famous ones are:

- BillabongJl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.56

- Lost in ParadiseJl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.85

- Blood + BoneJl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.56

- SomewhereJl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.56

Souvenirs / Interior

You’re looking for some nice gifts or are in love with the interior style of places like Bungalow Café, you really should take a look at the accessories and textiles at the Bungalow Living Store. The shop is placed right on the opposite side of the café and makes our interior hearts skip a beat!

- Bungalow Living Store (Home, Textiles, Accessories, Beauty Products, Café), Jl. Raya Pantai Berawa No.35

Organic Shops

With its great surf and yoga scene, more and more places focused on organic food and healthy products are opening up in Canggu. From all-natural cosmetics to Jamu (healthy Indonesian shot) to coconut flakes, you will find everything your heart desires. You really should check out:

- Bali Buda (Café and Shop), Jl. Banjar Anyar No.24

- Canggu Shop (Shop), Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.23A

- Bali Becik Canggu (Shop), Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.45

Weekend Markets

Got weekend plans yet? What about a sunny walk whilst shopping handmade accessories and clothes? At Love Anchor Market, you will find great silver jewellery, gypsy rattan bags and decoration. Samadi Market offers regional products such as oils, veggies, fruits and handcrafts. Once a month, there is also a market at Old Man’s, where you will find one of a kind products such as clothes, surf equipment, home decor and accessoires from creative heads from allover Bali. Happy Shopping!

- Love Anchor Market (every Sat+Sun, 11am-5pm), Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.56

- Old Man’s Market (every last Saturday of the month 8am-3pm), Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong

- Samadi Market (every Sunday 9am-2pm), Jl. Padang Linjong No. 39


Beaches, shopping, yoga, nightlife… Seminyak’s got it all! As Kuta is the so-called Mallorca for Australians, it’s all about partying and tacky souvenirs. So if you still want these things but not in a Mallorca-party-kind-of-way, you might wanna check out Seminyak. Find beautiful souvenirs, discover cute little boutiques and get your tan on at Double 6 beach!


Just like in Canggu, you can choose between lots of yoga studios and gyms in Kuta and Seminyak!

Yoga, Gym and Fitness

- Seminyak Yoga Shala (120.000 IDR/class), Jl. Raya Basangkasa No.1200

- Jiwa Bikram Yoga (180.000 IDR/class), Jl. Petitenget No.78

- Olop Iyengar Yoga Studio (100.000 IDR/class), Jl. Drupadi No.7

- Bali Fitness Seminyak (Gym and classes, 130.000 IDR/class), Jl. Sunset Road No. 333

- Daily Gym (75.000 IDR/session), Jl. Petitenget No. 72

- Celebrity Fitness (7 days free trial available; monthly memberships), Lippo Plaza Jl. Sunset Road

- The Art of Body (Pilates, Pole Dance, 160.000 IDR/ class), Jl. Mertanadi No. 25


With all its bars and clubs, Kuta can be a bit overwhelming. To not lose your head, just check out our faves! At La Favela you will find yummy food, urban tunes and a unique wooden decor. Rumours Restaurant means playing billiard while waiting for your burger and the colorful Motel Mexikola offers great mexican dinner and cocktails and is the place to be, if you want to directly start dancing after dinner!

- La Favela (Restaurant, Bar, Party), Jl. Laksamana Oboroi No.177

- Motel Mexikola (Restaurant, Bar, Party after 8pm), Jl. Kayu Jati No.9

- Rumours Restaurant (Restaurant, Bar), Jl. Kayu Aya No.100


You need to completely relax after all the partying and shopping? Enjoy some me-time, get a massage or watch the sunset at the beach.

Massages, Facials, Mani/Pedi

- Carla Spa (75.000 IDR 1hr Full Body Massage), Jl. Raya Seminyak No.19

- Spa Bali (330.000 IDR 1hr Full Body Massage), Jl. Camplung Tanduk

- Think Pink Nails (Mani starts from 140.000 IDR), Jl. Batu Belig No. 108

Sunset Sessions

- La Plancha (Beach bar), Jl. Mesari BeachBeach Bars at Double 6 beach, Jl. Double Six


With a great range of surf related shops, Kuta and Seminyak will be heaven if you are looking for surf inspired streetwear, surf equipment as well as local designer brands and one of a kind garments. You will find many different shops and boutiques around Jl. Raya Seminyak, Jl. Laksmana and Jl. Oberoi.

Surf Equipment

- Drifter Surf Shop (Surfboards, Leashes, Wax, Zinc etc.), Jl. Oberoi No.50

- Rip Curl Shop (Surfboards, Leashes, Wax, Reefboots etc.), Jl. Kayu Aya No.48 and Jl. Sunset Road No.69

- Original Surf Outlet (Surfboards, Leashes, Wax, Reefboots, Drybags, Snorkeling-Equipment), Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai (Sunset Road)

- QuiksilverJl. Laksamana Basangkasa

- RoxyJl. Raya Seminyak


- Bamboo BlondeJl. Raya Seminyak and Jl. Kayu Aya

- SomewhereJl. Raya Seminyak No.22

- Lost in ParadiseJl. Raya Seminyak No. 17


Shop gifts such as textiles, home decor and accessories at the main shopping road Jl. Raya Seminyak and visit stores like Kody & Ko or Souq.

- Kody & Ko (Home, Textiles and Accessories), Jl. Kayu Jati No.3

- Souq (Café and Lifestyle Store), Jl. Raya Taman No.10


You will also find malls in Kuta and Seminyak where you can shop western and Asian brands in a nice air-conditioned environment 😉

- Seminyak VillageJl. Kayu Jati Basangkasa

- Beachwalk Mall Kuta (incl. Kino 21 cineplex), Jl. Pantai Kuta


Ubud is the cultural and traditional heart of Bali. Artisans from this area are specialized in handicrafts and woodcarving which indicates the creative flair. There are also many art shops, galleries and the best art museums around.

In the middle of the town you will find a majestic palace that is even open to visitors.



If you come to Ubud and you’re into yoga, a class at the Yoga Barn is a must! It’s surrounded by a lush garden, offers all kind of yoga classes, Sound Healing Ecstatic Dances.

The Yoga Barn, (130.000 IDR/class) Jl. Raya PengosekanUbud Yoga House, (130.0000 IDR/class), Jl. Subak Sokwayah


Besides doing yoga and visiting the local artisan galleries, there are certainly a lot more things to discover around Ubud. When in Bali, seeing rice terraces and some waterfalls are inevitable! Take a walk at Tegallalang Rice Terraces, get impressed by the nature at Tegenungan waterfall, jump from the cliffs at Aling-Aling waterfall and meet some sassy dudes at Monkey Forest.

- Tegallalang Rice TerracesJl. Tegallalang, Gianyar

- Tegenungan WaterfallJl. Ir. Sutami, Gianyar

- Aling-Aling Waterfalls, Jl. Raya Desa Sambangan, Sambangan

- Monkey ForestJl. Monkey Forest, Ubud

- Goa Gajah (Elephant cave)Jl. Raya Goa Gajah

- Tirta Empul (Holy spring)Jl. Tirta, Tampaksiring, Gianyar

Tip: Be careful with the monkeys, they really love to steel flip flops… 🙂


You love to be creative and are seeking some new inspirations? With so many creative hubs, Bali offers lots of workshops and classes for those who like to do things by themselves. Let your creativity flow and make your own one of a kind souvenir: design your own silver earrings, learn Balinese dances or create your batik sarong.

- Silver Jewellery classes, (450.000 IDR/class incl. 5g of silver), Jl. Hanoman No.36

- Traditional Painting classes, WS Art Studios, Banjar Gelogor, Lodtundah

- Batik classes, WS Art Studios, Banjar Gelogor, Lodtundah

- Balinese DanceWS Art Studios, Banjar Gelogor, Lodtundah

- Kecak Dance (starts from 75.000 IDR/ person), Jl. Sri Wedari No.12, Ubud

Bali Trips

As mentioned above, you can book lots of different day trips in and around Bali. Go hike one of Bali’s volcanos, get impressed by all those colorful fish you will see while snorkeling, visit the Gilis or Nusa Lembongan!

- Hiking at Volcano Gunung Agung or Gunung Batur

- Waterbom Waterpark

- Rafting

- Diving / Snorkeling around Amed or Kerangasem3-days sailing trip around Flores and Komodo

- Island-hopping to Gili Trawangan/Air/Meno or Nusa Lembongan/Penida/Ceningan for a weekend (approx. 600.000IDR round-trip with speed-boat by Marina Srikandi)

For more info and detailed tour offers check out: Bali Adventure Tours and Study in Bali.

Also Check Out:

- Jimbaran Fishmarket

- Puri Lukisan Museum (History and Art), Jl. Raya Ubud

- Bali Botanic GardenJl. Kebun Raya (North of Bali)

- Balinese Cooking classes, from $ to $$$, all over Bali

- Bali Bird Park

- Tree Top Adventure Park

- Sekumpul WaterfallTejakula, Lemukih, Sawan

- Trunyan Cementery (skull village 3hrs from Denpasar), Jl. Raya Truyan Kintamani, Kintamani

- Batur Volcano LakeDanau Batur, Kintamani

- Batur Natural Hot SpringToya Bungkah Kintamani, Desa Pekraman Batur

- Swimming with Dolphins (1.250.000 IDR/person), Melka Excelsior Hotel Resort, Lovina

- Kintamani Village (hike Mount Batur from here, do a Coffee Plantation Tour)

- Pura Ulan Danu Bratan (Water Temple) in the North of Bali,  Bedugul, Singaraja

- Pura Besakih (Mother Temple) in the East of Bali, Desa Besakih, Rendang, Besakih

Once you’ve arrived in Bali you will for sure discover a lot more things to do than the one’s we listed. That is what makes Bali one of the most interesting and adventureous places in the world. There is always more to discover!

Driver recommendation

Last but not least we give you some recommendations for nice Balinese drivers we know in person and with who we have done some fun tours!

- Ayik (Whatsapp: +62 812 3767 4717)

- Ngurah