Bali... local experiences by the one that make this place their home.

There is certainly no shortage of things to see and do in Bali, but how do you make sure you leave this culturally rich island with the feeling that you truly saw it rather than being just another tourist doing touristy things? While being one of the top travel destinations and seeing millions visitors a year, Bali still has a lot to offer to those seeking authentic travel experiences. So once you cross some key attractions off your list, let us take you beyond the touristy side, bring you closer to nature and connect you with the local life and culture. Enjoy our most unique experiences in Bali!
 

 

In this post we share a selection of some of our favorite local Bali experiences and tell you stories of the amazing people behind each. You can mix and match these experiences as you wish depending on your whereabouts on the island. This map will give you an idea of their locations so that you can easily plan your own itinerary.

Camp, surf or fish with Wayan in South Bali

Being a son of a fisherman, Wayan learned about the ocean from an early age. Growing up in Seseh, which is primarily a fishing village, he learned to fish at the age of five. At the age of ten, he started surfing and later on joined various competitions catching waves at all of the prime surf spots of Bali and the surrounding islands.

Now Wayan is a father of three teaching his own kids to surf and fish. To provide for his family Wayan organizes surf lessons as well as camping and fishing trips. Having grown up between the sea and the rice fields of South Bali, he has developed a strong passion for nature. Therefore, he campaigns for sustainable and responsible fishing and strives to convince the fishing community to use only eco-friendly methods and tools.

If you stay in South Bali (think Kuta, Canggu, Seminyak, Sanur, etc.), Wayan will pick you up at your accommodation and will take you to the activity location. Do one or combine all three. Here are some more details on each activity.

Bali offers surfing opportunities for all skill levels, so it’s a perfect destination to catch the waves or take your existing skills to next level. Get a surf lesson from a pro who knows every current, every reef and shore break in the area. Wayan was mentored by the Balinese surfing legend Made Switra and is now a great mentor himself working with both adults and kids.

 

Enjoy an herbal walk near Ubud with Wayan

Wayan has a passion for nature and in particular traditional herbal medicines. He wants to teach others about Bali’s living pharmacy. He is afraid that this traditional wisdom will die if it is not kept alive. Fueled by his strong desire to preserve Bali’s unique indigenous heritage,he started to take visitors on walks near Ubud.

Ubud is a unique place and is the center of art, healing, yoga and meditation in Bali.  Its name comes from Ubad, which means medicine. The area around Ubud is well known for its medicinal herbs and plants as well as beautiful nature.

Taking a walk with a knowledgable local is a great way to explore the surroundings of Ubud.  Along the way, you will be able to smell the strong fragrances of various plants, taste the nectar out of the red flowers of the hibiscus tree and drink fresh young coconut juice.  A true Bali local experience!

Bali, Local Experiences!

There is no better way to explore the Balinese local life and culture, than through its food!

One of our favorite cooking experiences in Bali is with Wayan and his family. Wayan lives with his wife and two little daughters in a small Balinese compound in Bangli in the heart of Bali, not too far from Ubud. Most of the people who live here are farmers. There are many farms in the area, so nearly everything one needs for cooking grows here. Wayan loves to welcome guests in his family compound and give them a peek into Balinese life.