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5 Best Things To Do in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia [DIY Travel Guide to Denpasar]

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor September 17th, 2021 Posted in Asia Travel Blog, DIY Travel, Travel Blog, Travel Guides No comments

Do you want to travel to Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia? Read our tips below on the things to do in Denpasar with suggested tours.

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Denpasar is the city capital of Bali. Though there aren’t as many tourist spots or views in this part of the province, it’s the center of business. It’s also a gateway to popular spots; Kuta and Seminyak are some examples. However, you can still find places to see and learn more about Balinese culture and life. Read our guide to know what to do, where to stay, and where to eat in this part of Indonesia.


Things to do in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

1. Learn about Sea Turtles at Serangan Island

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Go to the Turtle Conservation and Education Center, where you can see turtles, learn their way of life, and hopefully, help them. Most of the turtles here are rescued and on rehabilitation so that they could come back to the wild. Volunteers work here, and the entrance fee is free. However, you can donate to help the conservatory or adopt a turtle for IDR 150,000 to help make the baby turtle ready for its release. You don’t get to learn but to help, too!

2. Check out Bali Museum

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An interesting place where you can learn the history of Bali is at the Bali Museum. The architecture of the building and the grounds are beautiful and surely good for photos. There are also amazing artifacts, weapons, and sculptures. There are also guides outside who will help you with the tour; however, you might be asked to pay extra fees, but you can decline if you don’t need their services.

Suggested Tour: Denpasar City, Bali Museum and Food Market Tour

3. See Pura Jagatnatha

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Just near Bali Museum is the Pura Jagatnatha, a Hindi Temple built in 1953. It’s a small one located in the center of the town where locals pray at. The temple itself is beautiful, and you will appreciate the carvings and its surroundings. You can come during a full moon as there’s a festival here.

Suggested Tour: Bali Best Food and Denpasar City Heritage Tour

4. Buy Batik Goods

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Batik is an Indonesian technique in making cloth and is popular all over the city. So, if you want to have souvenirs for yourself and your loved ones, go to the market and buy a lot. There are sarongs, clothes, and much more. Plus, you can haggle with the sellers to get a lower price. The market is also very clean plus there is a garden and a river nearby.

Suggested Tour: Denpasar City, Bali Museum and Food Market Tour

5. Enjoy Sanur Beach

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Sanur Beach is the most popular beach in the city, and our travel guide to Denpasar would not be complete without it. It’s peaceful, and you can find a spot to relax and take in the sun and sea. If you want to have some fun, you can enjoy watersports; Kitesurfing is really popular here. There are shops and restaurants around, too.

Suggested Tour: Bali Sanur Sunrise Cycling Tour


Where to stay in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

Budget Hotel

Griya Tunjung Sari

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Set in Denpasar, within 3.1 mi of Ubung Bus Station and 4.3 mi of Bali Museum, Griya Tunjung Sari provides accommodations with a terrace and as well as free private parking for guests who drive. Featuring a garden, the 2-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The units at the guest house come with a seating area. At Griya Tunjung Sari, every room has a desk and a flat-screen TV.

Price: Starts at USD 19 for a Standard Double Room

Mid-Range Hotel

Four Star by Trans Hotel

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Located in Denpasar, 2.4 km from Udayana University, Four Star by Trans Hotel provides accommodations with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool, and a garden. This 4-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, room service, and free WiFi. The hotel features family rooms.

Price: Starts at USD 32 for a Superior Double Room

Luxury Hotel

The Mavilla

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Situated in Denpasar, within 1.3 km of Sanur Beach and 7 km of Udayana University, The Mavilla features accommodation with a garden and as well as free private parking for guests who drive. All rooms at the hotel have air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a DVD player, a private bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer, and free toiletries.

Price: Starts at USD 155 for a One Bedroom Villa

Where to Eat in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

Goemerot Restaurant


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Address: Jl. Tukad Gangga no. 8, Daug Puri Klod, Kec. Denpasar Sel.

Craving for delicious food and dessert? Go to Goemerot Restaurant, a great restaurant to hang out with the family and enjoy great food. Nasi Goreng, Ketoprak, and some ice cream are highly recommended.

Warung Little Bird

Address: Jl. Danau Tamblingan 34, Opposite Villa Ajanta, Sanur

Enjoy Balinese food with live music and a homey atmosphere at Warung Little Bird. There are many local dishes; Nasi Goreng and Satay are the favorites. It’s a little restaurant but definitely has a great impact on your stay, plus it’s super affordable.

Restoran Renon


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Address: Jl. Cok Agung Tresna No.85, Sumerta Kelod, Kec. Denpasar Tim., Kota Denpasar

If you want some Chinese food catered to the Indonesian locals, eat at Restoran Renon. They have the best dim sum in the area. The dining space is also big and spacious and good for groups. The service is fast, and the price is affordable.

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Lyza Paloma

Hey, I’m Lyza! I once was a person who just imagined going to places “one day” but decided to pursue my dreams. My first travel abroad was in Japan, solo, last 2018, and I fell in love with the experience. I aim to visit 10 countries before turning 30 and 2 new places in the Philippines every year. Besides traveling, I love organizing trips, taking pictures, reading, and making new friends. Follow my adventures through my Instagram.

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