You might have heard that there is no much to things to do in Denpasar, which is not true. Here’s the 10 recommended things to do in Denpasar.
10 things to do in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
1. Visit Denpasar Arts Centre, the Bali Arts Festival centre
The Denpasar Arts Centre, in Bahasa Indonesia called Taman Werdhi Budaya, is where the annual Bali Arts Festival takes place, which is normally held from July to August every year. Annual Bali festival normally goes for week-long exhibits and live art performances in its various indoor and outdoor auditoriums and amphitheatres.
The modern concerts and events are also regularly hosted here on the main open-air Ardhachandra amphitheatre.
If you are not coming to Denpasar during the period of time mentioned above, this Art centre is also great sightseeing to do, featuring its stunning sculptures, leafy gardens and Balinese architectural features. You will also have opportunity to watch the art students rehearse their traditional and contemporary dance routines, it is next to the art centre.
More info and details:
- Opening Hours: Mon – Thu 08:00 – 14:00, Fri – Sun 08:00 – 12:00
- Location: Jalan Nusa Indah, East Denpasar
2. Swim with the shark on Serangan Island on the south of Denpasar
One of definitely worth doing is taking the adventure to the Shark Serangan Island. Serangan is a large pantoon and is a small island located 500 m south of Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.
It is also known as the Serangan Shark Island Project.
The project is in close collaboration with the local fishermen’s group of Serangan Island. The pontoons currently house over a dozen pups, and several releases have been carried out in the open seas and the Gili islands of neighboring Lombok.
The sharks are well-fed and quite placid, and swimming with these species is quite safe and suited for all ages. The tour includes a visit to the turtle hatchery above.
The contact details for the Shark Island tour in Denpasar:
- Shark Island & Serangan Eco Adventures
- Opening Hours: 07:00 – 21:00
- Location: Agus Bar & Restaurant, Serangan Island, South Denpasar Address: Jalan Tukad Punggawa, Serangan Island Tel: +62 (0)361 996 510 1
- Website: www.balisharks.com
3. Visiting the Turtle Conservation and Education Centre (TCEC)
Another things to do in Seminyak is visiting the turtle Conservation and Education centre which is also located on Serangan.
Once a breeding ground for sea turtles, which were a traditional commodity among the Balinese in the distant past, now has an education and conservation site set out to breed and protect the species.
The Turtle Conservation and Education Centre (TCEC) serves as a hatchery, nursery and sanctuary for sea turtles that are accidentally caught by fishermen in the near waters and around the island.
This educational centre is open for the public and is great for kids who wish to see and get to know about these creatures up close.
A shelter houses several pools where turtles are kept according to age and size, and species, and are supervised by a team who also provide information and are happy to show you around the pens.
Next door is a small stall selling snacks and refreshments, as well as turtle-inspired shirts and merchandise.
More info and TCEC contact details:
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
- Location: Jalan Tukad Punggawa, Serangan Island Tel: +62 (0)361 857 7881
- Website : https://tcecserangan.jimdo.com/
4. Enjoy the soothing Ngurah Rai Mangrove Forest
Ngurah Rai Mangrove Forest is the largest mangrove forest in Bali located in Suwung village, on the southern coastline of Denpasar. It is called ‘Taman Hutan Raya Ngurah Rai’ by the local people.
This is a good place to visit to have a soothing time, to get away from the busy Sanur and Kuta for while, as it is located next to these two touristy areas.
The forest has an area of 1,375ha with 200ha utilised for recreational facilities, complete with wooden tracks where you can enjoy leisurely walks through lush scenes filled with nature sounds.
- Location: Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, South Denpasar
- Phone: +62 (0)361 720 063
5. Fingerprint Painting Museum
Museum Lukisan Sidik Jari translated as ‘Fingerprint Painting Museum’ is situated on east of the Denpasar. It is where you can find the private collection of I Gusti Ngurah Gede Pemecutan, a member of the Denpasar royal family, and a noted Indonesian artist who is renowned for his unique painting technique – applying a variety of colourful dots and strokes on canvas with the aid of only his fingers
Among his personal collections are oil paintings that predate 1967 when he invented the technique, while a vast gallery exhibits his newer fingerprint paintings.
More info and contact details:
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 16:00
- Location: Jalan Hayam Wuruk, Panjer, Denpasar Tel: +62 (0)361 235 115
6. Bali Provincial Public Museum
It is actually known as ‘Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali’ within local people and translated as ‘the Bali Provincial Public Museum’, located right next to the mayor’s office and ‘Lapangan Puputan Badung I Gusti Ngurah Made Agung’.
The museum is the oldest one on the island, and is home for over 10,000 exhibitions. The main structure of the museum is designed in amazing Balinese architecture, and as the adjacent square was the historical site of the Badung War in 1906 when the Dutch invaded Denpasar.
There are three separate pavilions inside named after Bali’s regencies: Tabanan, Karangasem, and Buleleng. Each pavilion exhibits a collection of art and ethnography, ancient inscriptions, ceramics, porcelain statues, household items, agricultural tools, weapons, ritual tools, paintings, wayang kulit (shadow puppets) and more.
More info and contact details:
- Opening Hours: Mon – Thu 08:00 – 15:00, Fri 08:00 – 12:30
- Location: Mayor Wisnu, to the east from Puputan Square, Denpasar Tel: +62 (0)361 222 680
7. Visit Sakenan Temple
Sakenan Temple which is also known as ‘Pura Sakenan’ within local people, is one of the most important temples in on Serangan Island, Denpasar, South Bali.
Before the reclamations and the road that connects it to the Bali mainland was built, a unique highlight during the ‘piodalan’ temple anniversaries was the throng of pilgrims that walked over the mangrove marshes at low tide or crossing over the calm waters aboard traditional wooden boats – all in their colourful attire while bringing colourful boxes of offerings.
The temple consists of two main temple complexes, each featuring old coral stones that were used in history in place of bricks.
Sakenan Temple’s anniversary coincides with the day of Kuningan, a week after Galungan, a major observance in Bali.
Location: Jl. Pulau Serangan, Serangan, Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80229
8. Visit Bajra Sandhi Monument
The Bajra Sandhi Monument is the centrepiece of the vast civic square known as Lapangan Niti Mandala Renon, and located right at front of the governor’s office.
The monument consists of a diorama gallery on its second floor, which exhibits a glimpse into Balinese history dating back to 3,000 BC, when the people’s struggle against the Dutch during the fight for Indonesian Independence.
On the sunny days visitors can enjoy the cityscape of Denpasar from the Utamaning Utama Mandala section on the third floor.
It also has a magnificent Balinese architecture in its exteriors. Surrounded by tall trees and well-kept gardens.
More info and contact details:
- Opening Hours: everyday, 08:30 – 16:30
- Location: Niti Mandala Renon, Denpasar
9. Visit Pura Agung Jagatnatha (Jagatnatha Temple)
Pura Agung Jagatnatha is a central landmark that adjoins the Bali Provincial Museum and the city square, locally referred to as the Denpasar Puputan Square.
This historical site underwent a series of renovations over time, and now features a towering central Padmasana shrine in bright white.
Inside the temple walls, however, you can still see remnants of the older days such as preserved carvings and stone motifs depicting episodes from the Ramayana epic.
It is open from 07:00 to 18:00, and is located on Jalan Mayor Wisnu, Denpasar
10. Visit Kartalangu Cultural Village
Kartalangu cultural is ‘Desa Budaya Kertalangu’ in Bahasa Indonesia, offers a number of recreational sites on the eastern outskirts of Denpasar, with green paddies, outdoor activity centre, spas, various restaurants, and shops.
You could also enjoy the horse riding, woodcarving, traditional Balinese dancing lessons and painting in this village.
Desa Budaya Kertalangu is located on Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai No. 88X, Kesiman, Denpasar.