Have you ever wanted to experience the unique Balinese Culture? With its stunning landscapes, beautiful beaches, and vibrant people, it is no surprise that Bali is a favourite destination for travellers. From the iconic architecture to the mesmerising customs and everything in between, we have rounded up 7 things to do for an immersive Balinese Culture and unforgettable experience.

Visit the Balinese Sacred Temple

Balinese culture is a unique and vibrant culture found on the island of Bali in Indonesia. It is influenced by a combination of Hinduism, Buddhism, and animism. Furthermore, its characterized by a strong sense of community and the importance of art and rituals in daily life. The majority of Balinese temples feature colourful, vibrant architecture of intricate carvings, ornate statues, and intricate designs. One of the most famous temples on the island is the Uluwatu Temple, which is set on a cliff top with a spectacular view of the Indian Ocean. The temple where the famous ‘Kecak’ dance is performed. Kecak is generally performed by a group of men dressed in monkey costumes. The Kecak Dance performance is said to have magical powers that can summon rain during periods of hot weather.

When visiting a sacred temple in Bali, it is important to show respect for the local customs and traditions. This may include wearing modest clothing, removing your shoes before entering, and following the temple’s rules and guidelines. It is also important to remember that a temple is a place of worship, so it is expected that visitors will behave in a respectful and reverent manner.

magical uluwatu temple Source: Unsplash

Watch Traditional Dance

Watching traditional dance is a great way to learn about and experience the rich cultural traditions of Bali. Balinese culture is known for its vibrant and expressive dance forms, which are an integral part of daily life on the island. Traditional Balinese dance is typically performed at religious ceremonies, festivals, and other special events, and is an important way for the Balinese people to honour their gods and ancestors. These dance performances often feature intricate and elaborate costumes, intricate hand and body movements, and live music played on traditional instruments such as gamelan orchestras

There are many different styles of traditional Balinese dance, each with its own unique characteristics and meanings. Some of the most popular and well-known styles include the Legong, a graceful and elegant dance performed by young girls; the Barong, a dramatic dance that tells the story of good versus evil; and the Kecak Dance, a rhythmic and energetic dance that is often performed to the accompaniment of a large choir of male singers.

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Experience the Penglipuran Village

One of the most authentic ways to experience Balinese culture is by visiting a local village. The Penglipuran Village is a traditional Balinese village located in the regency of Bangli. One of the main attractions of the Penglipuran Village is its beautiful and meticulously maintained traditional houses. Almost all the houses are built in the distinctive Balinese architectural style. 

As you wander through the village, you will get a real feel for traditional Balinese life. The architecture is typical of villages across Bali, and the villagers are friendly and welcoming. There is a range of activities and tours available at the Penglipuran Village, including cooking and weaving classes. The village is a great place to discover more about Balinese culture, and it is the perfect way to interact with the Balinese people.

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Shop and Eat in Traditional Market

Shopping and eating in a traditional market is a great way to experience the local culture and cuisine of Bali. Traditional markets, also known as Pasar in Indonesian, are an integral part of daily life in Bali and can be found in almost every town and village on the island. These markets are popular destinations for both locals and tourists alike, offering a wide variety of goods and services, as well as a chance to interact with the local community. 

When shopping in a traditional market in Bali, you will find a wide array of items for sale. All of the local market items include fresh produce, spices, crafts, clothing, and more. Many of these are locally produced, giving you an opportunity to support local artisans and farmers. In addition to shopping, traditional markets in Bali are also great places to eat and try local food. Many markets have food stalls and vendors offering a variety of dishes. They usually sell dishes such as nasi campur ayam (chicken rice), satay (grilled meat skewers), and Babi Guling (roast suckling pig). 

things to do in nusa dua: Babi Guling Source: The Bali Bible

Find the Balinese Ceremonies

Ceremonies are an important part of Balinese culture and are an integral part of daily life on the island. If you are interested in finding and experiencing Balinese ceremonies, there are a few different ways you can do so. One option is to ask your hotel staff for recommendations on local ceremonies or festivals that may be happening during your visit. They may be able to provide information on the dates, locations, and details of these events.

Additionally, you can inquire with the local community about ceremonies that may be occurring during your visit. Balinese people are welcoming and happy to share their culture with tourists. They may be able to provide information about cultural events and ceremonies that are not widely advertised to tourists. Participating in these events is a great way to learn about and experience the island’s rich and vibrant culture. Furthermore, it can provide a unique and memorable cultural experience.

balinese people in bali ceremony Source: Unsplash

Purify Inner Soul in Tirta Empul

The Tirta Empul temple, also called the “Water Temple,” is situated in Tampaksiring, a village in central Bali. It is a Hindu temple renowned for its holy spring. Legend is said to have healing properties and is used for purification rituals. In Balinese culture, purification rituals are an integral part of everyday life. It is believed to rid the body and soul of negative energies. The Tirta Empul temple is one of the most significant and well-known purification sites in Bali. It attracts thousands of visitors each year who wish to purify their inner selves and seek blessings from the gods.

At Tirta Empul temple, visitors can engage in purification rituals by immersing themselves in the holy spring. The spring is supplied by several fountains, which are thought to possess different energies and benefits. To perform the ritual, people generally submerge their heads and bodies three times under each fountain, beginning with the head. It is crucial to follow the temple’s rules and be respectful when participating in a purification ritual at the temple.

woman purify in tirta empul temple Source: Pexels

Take Balinese Cooking Class

Taking a Balinese cooking class is an interactive way to learn about the local culture and cuisine of Bali. Balinese food is known for its flavours and ingredients, which are influenced by the island’s climate and diverse cultural traditions. During a Balinese cooking class, you will have the opportunity to learn about the ingredients, techniques, and flavours that are unique to Balinese cuisine, and to participate in the cooking process from start to finish. Many classes also include a visit to a local market, where you can learn about the local ingredients and how they are used in traditional recipes.

In addition, a cooking class is also a great opportunity to learn about the cultural and historical context of the food.  Moreover, you can gain a deeper understanding of the role of food in Balinese society. Many classes also include cultural activities such as traditional dance or music performances, which provide an opportunity to learn about and experience the island’s rich and vibrant culture.

balinese cooking class in nusa dua SADARA Resort Balinese Cooking Class

Where to Stay in Bali

Are you looking for the perfect place to stay in Bali? Look no further than the SADARA Resort, a beachfront and luxurious Nusa Dua hotel located in the beautiful southern peninsula of Bali. At the SADARA Resort, you’ll experience luxury like no other. The resort offers a range of accommodations, including an ocean views suite and two bedrooms penthouse. Furthermore, it has a range of amenities and facilities such as a pool bar and spa. This Resort also has several dining options to choose from, including a picnic by the beach style and a beachfront candlelight dinner.

sadara resort royal suites a hotel room in nusa dua Royal Suite at SADARA Resort

Let’s Go and Experience the Balinese Culture!

Bali is one of the most unique destinations on earth, and it is a truly immersive experience. One of the best ways to experience Bali is by immersing yourself in its culture and traditions. These seven things will introduce you to the island’s rich Balinese culture and give you an insight into Bali. From the iconic Balinese Dance to purifying the inner soul in Tirta Empul temple, there are plenty of cultural experiences in Bali that will give you a truly authentic Balinese experience.

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