Things To Do in Denpasar Bali That You Should Try

Denpasar is the capital of Bali. It is a sprawling, hectic and never stops growing. Not many visitors to Bali spend much time in Denspasar preferring places like Ubud and Canggu.

Checkout our travel tips to Bali and our post on things to do in Kuta before going.

The city is not far from the Ngurah Rai airport. It takes around thirty minutes from the airport to Denpasar.

It may not be described as a Bali tropical paradise but still this city with its distinct ambiance offers unique experience to visitors.

Fun Things To Do

If you happen to find yourself wondering around the city of Denpasar, here are some of the fun things to do in Denpasar that you might want to try.

Explore Shark Island

This is a must visit place for those who like marine life. From its name, you can tell it is filled by sharks.

At Shark Island, visitors can safely interact with the sharks.

Shark Island Denpasar Bali
Shark Island Denpasar Bali

It is for all ages primarily for kids. If you travel with your family this place should not be missed.

There is a 3 hour tour that visitors join. And there are activities done during the tour such as feeding sharks, visit the turtle conservation nearby and swimming with the sharks.

There is also an education center that will be useful for kids. More importantly, all of the activities are safe to do even for visitors who cannot swim.

You can get more information from their website here.

Visit The Local Markets

One thing you are guaranteed to find in South East Asia is the local markets and Bali is no exceptional.

Some are big and small but undoubtedly you will find some hidden delights.

In Denpasar there is 2 main markets worth a visit.

  • Badung Market
  • Sindhu Market

Explore Badung Market

Although Badung market is not as popular as it was many years ago, many people who go to Denpasar usually visit this market.

For your information Badung Market is not only the biggest in Denpasar but also in Bali.

Market in Bali
Market in Bali

Badung market sells fruits, fabrics, cloths and curios such as carvings, kites, incense and more.

Producers are from around Bali bring their fresh fruits and veggies to this market.

The good think is that they are relatively cheaper than those sold in Seminyak, Kuta or any other places. Of course, you need to have bargaining skills to get cheaper price.

Visit Sindhu Market

This is a small but very friendly market that and is open in the evenings almost every day of the year. It offers excellent food options cooked right in front of you.

If you are looking for a more authentic Indonesian food without the restaurant prices then go where the locals go and eat what the locals eat, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Explore Bajra Sandhi Monument

This monument is probably not the top site in Bali but it is worth visiting when you are in Denpasar. It is located right in the hub of Denpasar.

You can admire the architectural design of the monument because it has some unique characteristics.

Bajra Sandhi Monument Denpasar Bali
Bajra Sandhi Monument in Denpasar Bali

It preserves the cultural value of Bali. The monument was built thirty years ago in 1987.

Visitors can learn about the history, spirit, and journey of Balinese people in the past through more than thirty dioramas showing historical stories.

It offers visitors complete facilities such as large parking areas, clean public toilets, food stalls and shuttle bus.

Visit The Provincial State Museum

These days probably not so many visitors are too interested in visiting museums because most of them think that these places are boring. This not always the case.

The Bali Provincial Public State Museum which is located in the heart of Denpasar is a great to learn about the local culture, history and traditions.

Bali Provincial State Museum in Denpasar Bali
Bali Provincial State Museum in Denpasar Bali

There are about 10 million of public displays exhibited. The architectural design of the building has a beautiful stone carvings reflecting Balinese history adorning the museum.

Outside the museum, there is a tropical garden decorated by statues where visitors can take a short walk.

Enjoy Food At Jebak

Jebak stands for Jejak Bali Kuliner. The was designed to be like a food court in a mall. There are over 200 foods and snacks vendors offering various dishes.

Whether you are looking for local Balinese cuisine or modern foods, you can always get what you want here.

Every evening, there is a live music performance that adds to relaxing and vibrant atmosphere.

If you are really a food lovers, you should definitely list this place in your itinerary.

Visit Sanur Beach

The Sanur beach promenade is it great place to wander along, as it goes on for miles. Along the promenade there are restaurants and bars, that are great for stopping into.

Sanur Beach Sunrise
Sanur Beach Sunrise

The Beach it self is well maintained and the pathways well tended. Also the sun rise is really worth seeing. The sun rises around 6 am.

Go Diving

The Bali is a great spot to go diving for both novice and experienced divers.

There are loads of dive sites around the island so there’s still a lot to explore underwater.

You can do your Open Water certification and go on fun dives, there is plenty of diving operators. Many divers will see sharks and sea turtles.

Shop At Level 21 Mall

Going to a mall is probably not one of the top things to do in Denpasar while you are visiting.

Level 21 Mall in Denpasar Bali
Level 21 Mall in Denpasar Bali

However, sometimes travelling can be tiring. You might want to take a little break by hanging out in a mall. There are malls in Denpasar. The most popular one is Level 21 Mall.

You can easily find this iconic mall because the location is very strategic. The tenants available there are perhaps not really different from the ones in other malls.

There is Cinema XXI, JCO Donnuts and Coffee, Timezone and many more.

Where to Stay in Denpasar Bali

Denpasar has a fairly good variety of guest houses, hostels and hotels. Here are a few places to check out, that give you an idea of what is available in Denpasar.

Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits you interests while traveling.

Akarsa Transit
Rating 9.1, Prices start from $20 for Double room

Akarsa Transit rooms are equipped with a balcony. Akarsa Transit has some rooms that have city views and every room is equipped with a private bathroom and a desk. Free WiFi available.

Surya Guest House Sanur
Rating 9.3, Prices start from $28 for Double room

This hotel is 12 minutes walk from the beach. With an outdoor swimming pool and views of pool. Provides free WiFi.

All units at the guest house come with a seating area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. The rooms come with air conditioning.

Surfer Garden
Rating 9.1, Prices start from $18 for Double room

Surfer Garden offers accommodation in Denpasar. Every room at this homestay is air-conditioned and features a flat-screen TV. Free WiFi available.

Wrapping Up

Finally, Denpasar is not as popular as other places in Bali but as you can see there are fun things to do in Denpasar Bali. Like any trip, you’ll get the most out of it by learning all you can before you arrive.

And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the things to do in Denpasar Bali has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if you go.

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