Denpasar is the capital of Bali. It is sprawling, hectic and never stops growing. Not many visitors spend much time in this bustling city.
However, they sometimes stop by for shopping in Denpasar. The city is not far from the Ngurah Rai airport. It takes only thirty minutes from the airport to Denpasar. It may not describe Bali as a tropical paradise but still this city with its distinct ambiance offers unique experience to visitors.
Although there are new tourist destinations emerging in Bali, there are still some fun things to do in Denpasar.
Exploring Shark Island
This is a must-visit place for those who like a marine adventure. From its name, we can tell that place is filled by sharks. In this place, visitors can safely interact with the sharks.
This a fun place for all ages primarily for kids. So, if you travel with your family this place should not be missed. There is a 3 hour tour that visitors can join. And there are many fun 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 our kids. More importantly, all of the activities are safe to do even for visitors who cannot swim.
You can get more information from there website here.
Visiting 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.
Many people find this market interesting and worth to visit. This market sells various goods from fruits to snack foods. Producers from around Bali bring their fresh fruits and veggies to this market. This is one of the reasons why this place is always buzzing. Fruits, vegetables, fish, and meat are sold in the lower floors.
The market is a great place to hunt some traditional snacks and foods of Bali. Here you can easily find local snacks such as roasted corn, peanuts, local pies, and many more. The options are nearly endless.
Meanwhile in the upper floor, you can shop for traditional Balinese attire and other fashion products. In addition to groceries and clothing, this place also sells souvenirs. You can buy paintings, statues, and various handicraft products.
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.
If you want to visit this market, it is recommended that you go there early in the morning. The place gets hotter and busier later. Actually there are some other markets in Denpasar such as Kumbasari Traditional Market which has similar characteristics as Badung Market and Jalan Sulawesi Textile Shop for those who want to hunt a rich selections of quality textile.
Visiting 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 will like the architectural design of the monument because it has some unique characteristics.
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.
This place offers visitors complete facilities such as large parking areas, clean public toilets, food stalls, shuttle bus, and many others.
Having a Wonderful Visit to Bali Provincial State Museum
These days probably many visitors are no longer interested to visit museums because most of them think that these places are boring. In fact, not all museums are uninteresting.
The Bali Provincial Public State Museum which is located in heart of Denpasar is an interesting place to visit especially for those who like to learn culture, history, and traditions.
There are about 10 million of public displays exhibited in this museum allowing visitors to learn a lot of Balinese history. The architectural design of the building is also interesting. There are 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 enjoying the surrounding. Near the museum, there is The Jagadnatha Temple allowing visitors to explore both of these attractive cultural and historical spots at once.
Having Culinary Delight in Jebak
Jebak stands for Jejak Bali Kuliner. The place is designed to be like a food court in 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.
The place is very crowded during meal time but it will not reduce the good vibe that you can feel while here. Every evening, there is a live music performance that adds to relaxing and vibrant atmosphere.
Many people who have ever visited said they were happy with the food, price, friendly staff and cleanliness. Overall it is a great place with various foods. If you are really a food lovers, you should definitely list this place in your itinerary.
Hanging out in Level 21 Mall
Going to a mall is probably not one of the top things to do in Denpasar while you are visiting. Instead of hanging out in a mall, which you can actually do in your own city, exploring interesting tourist destinations will be more fun.
However, sometimes travelling can be tiring. You might want to take a little break by hanging out in a mall. There are some 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
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 if you are planning to visit Denpasar Bali.
Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits you interests while traveling.
Rating 9.1, Prices start from $20 for Double room
Akarsa Transit features on-site dining, non-smoking rooms and free WiFi throughout the property. This 2-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk.
At the hotel, the rooms are equipped with a balcony. Akarsa Transit provides some rooms that have city views and every room is equipped with a private bathroom and a desk.
Surya Guest House Sanur
Rating 9.3, Prices start from $28 for Double room
This property is 12 minutes walk from the beach. With an outdoor swimming pool and views of pool, Surya Guest House Sanur is located in Denpasar. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a sun terrace. Each room has a terrace with garden views and free WiFi.
All units at the guest house come with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a private bathroom with free toiletries. The rooms come with air conditioning, and some units at Surya Guest House Sanur have a balcony.
Rating 9.1, Prices start from $18 for Double room
Surfer Garden is 9 minutes walk from the beach. Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Surfer Garden offers accommodation in Denpasar. Every room at this homestay is air-conditioned and features a flat-screen TV.
Finally, once you visit Denpasar you will have plenty of options to visit, explore and with many more things to do in Denpasar Bali. All you have to do is to choose the activities you prefer and start enjoying what Taiping has to offer.
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 too.