Walking in Bali: A Guide to Getting Your 10,000 Daily Steps

Walking in Bali: A Guide to Getting Your 10,000 Daily Steps

The Challenge of Walking in Bali

Having lived in Bali for 4 years, I am very familiar with the challenge of getting a healthy daily dose of steps. It’s easy to fall into the trap of never walking anywhere – always taking the scooter from home to a cafe, cafe to the gym, and back home again. For a long time, my health data showed me that on most days I would do between 3000 and 4000 steps, and that’s probably being generous (it thinks bumps on the road count as steps sometimes).

Given this challenge that many expats face here, it requires a bit of conscious effort to get our daily step counts up into the healthy range. This article aims to give you some insight and ideas to get out, and plant those footsteps!

Did you know?
Did you know… that the one-size-fits-all goal of 10,000 daily steps might not be optimal for everyone? Research suggests that even a modest increase in daily steps can offer significant health benefits. A 2020 study found that older women who walked 4,400 steps a day notably lowered their risk of death compared to those walking fewer steps, with benefits plateauing around 7,500 steps. The optimal step count can vary based on individual health, age, and fitness levels, making personalized targets more beneficial than a fixed step goal.timated that only 1 in 1,000 sea turtle hatchlings will survive to adulthood due to these and other natural challenges.

What’s the difference between a walk, a hike, and a trek?

You might be wondering (at least I was), what exactly is the difference between a walk, a hike, and a trek? Bali has all of these options available for those looking to get their 10k steps in. To put it in simple terms, the difference primarily relates to the difficulty, duration, and level of preparedness you should consider before embarking.

A walk in Bali is easy and requires no preparation. In most cases, it can be done in flip flops, or even barefoot (especially along the beaches).

A hike is a bit longer, often follows a predefined trail, and generally requires a bit of preparation, like shoes, and some water or snacks.

A trek is longer again, tougher,  multiple hours at least, covers some rougher terrain, and definitely requires a bit of planning and preparation + suitable shoes.

You might be wondering… in this hierarchy of difficulty, what comes above a trek? Many things, actually! Above trekking you have mountaineering (requiring specialist tools and expertise), expeditions (exploring unknown territory), ultra endurance hiking, alpine climbing, and more. Bali is not so extreme in these aspects, and so we really just have walks, hikes, and treks.

Rice Paddy Walk in Bali

The best tools and resources for walking in Bali

First things first, the easiest place to find new walks and explore the walking, hiking and trekking community, is with the AllTrails app. It’s available on both Web and Mobile, and allows you to follow in the footsteps of those who have walked before you.

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Walks on All Trails

Best Walks & Walking Spots in Bali

Starting from the southernmost part of the island and working our way up, here are the best walks available. It would be foolish to try and cram every single walk available into an article, so I’ll keep the focus on the main ones, and the hidden gems you might not have thought about.

Uluwatu

Uluwatu is the southernmost part of the island. It’s actually more places than just “Uluwatu” but for simplicity we often just call that whole area “Uluwatu”.

Melasti Beach

Melasti beach is right on the bottom of the island. While it’s not a super long beach, it’s definitely a great place to go for a walk.

Melasti Beach

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Park

Garuda Park is where the monolithic statue (that looks like a sort of mountain on the horizon) is. The park is fairly large, and is a great place to walk around.

Garuda Park

Uluwatu Golf Course Road

This is a hidden gem for walking. Possibly one of the nicest short stretches of road to drive in Bali, the area also has big sidewalks for walking, nice views, and lots of trees.

Uluwatu Golf Course

Kuta

Kuta used the be the king for places to visit in Bali, but now it’s 2023, and king it is, no more. Visitors have branched out considerably. Nevertheless, it’s still got some great walking.

Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach is the beginning of the island’s southern stretch of beach. This beach arguably collects the most steps per day out of any place in Bali. It runs many kilometres up and around the coast, and is perfect for watching the sunsets. Unlimited step potential.

Kuta Beach

Beach Walk Shopping Centre

A trip to the shopping centre is a great way to get in 5k steps or so. Walking around, and dipping your head into the stores is both enjoyable, cool (with the A/C) and will boost your step count considerably.

Beachwalk Shopping Centre

Waterbom Bali Waterpark

If you’re looking to get your steps in without even thinking about steps, then Waterbom is the place for you. Hitting up the slides, you will cover a decent distance as you walk around the park. Easily 3-4k steps.

Waterbom Bali

Sanur

Sanur is just a small town, mostly popular for the older crowd in Bali. It’s got great views of Penida and Lembongan, and also Mt Agung. For walking, there is really only one great option – the beach.

Sanur Beach

Sanur beach is a really nice walk. If I were giving star ratings in the article, I would rate it highly. It’s got a really great ocean view, and really nice walk ways.

Sanur Beach

Seminyak

Aside from one fantastic beach which spans from Kuta all the way past Canggu, Seminyak does not have the nicest options for walking. Walking on the sidewalk along the roads is mostly possible, but the noise of the traffic can be unpleasant.

Seminyak Beach

Seminyak beach, is the one and only place to go for a walk in Seminyak. Which is good in a way, because it simplifies your options.

Seminyak Beach

Berawa / Canggu / Pererenan

This area is pretty easy to smush into one block. All 3 of these places are extremely popular to visit, and all of them have access to the same beach. One thing to note though, as you go further along the coast towards Seseh and beyond, you start to have the option for a quiet rice paddy perusal along the less busy roads.

Berawa Beach

Canggu Beach

Pererenan Beach

Canggu Beach

Ubud

Ubud is a busy and dense tourist spot in Bali, but also has a fair amount of walking opportunity.

Campuhan Ridge Walk

Probably the most popular walk in Ubud because of how centrally located it is, and how it completely takes you away from the traffic of the roads.

Campuhan Ridge

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

A bit of a drive north of Ubud, but a great place to visit for the sheer beauty of the nature.

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Monkey Forest

You might not have considered the Monkey Forest a great walk, but you’d be wrong! Parks like these are always a good and easy way to bank a few thousand steps.

Monkey Forest Ubud

Expert Tip:
Ubud has many lesser known opportunities for walking amongst the rice paddies. Check out All Trails to see what the community has come up with!

Nusa Lembongan

If you’re making a trip to Nusa Lembongan to visit a relaxed and more laid back little island, you’ll be happy to know that there are some really nice little walks. The main one being on Jungut Batu Beach.

Jungut Batu Beach Trail

This is easily the best walk on Lembongan. You can walk any stretch along the beach that you like. There are beachy cafes and restaurants right on the sand, and beautiful views of the Bali coast (Sanur) and Mt Agung. If you keep on walking south you get to a laneway that goes a bit up with a stretch of beautiful villas, and a nightlife hotspot. Perfect for getting those steps in.

Jungut Batu Beach Lembongan

Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida is a much larger island, and typically to get around you would drive a scooter or take a car. Some of the more picturesque beaches will take you close to an hour to drive to, and while walking will definitely be involved, most of these spots are a bit more challenging. So I’ve reserved these for the “Hikes” guide, because that’s more what they are. They aren’t casual strolls.

Diamond Beach Nusa Penida

Gili Islands

The Gili Islands are traffic free! .. almost. On Gili T you have horses that bus people around the island, which are noteworthy participants on the road. But aside from that, the Gili Islands are a walkers paradise.

Gili Trawangan Loop

Gili Meno Loop

Gili Air Loop

Gili Trawangan Island

Pemuteran (North West Bali)

Pemuteran has a lot of walking opportunities. You have beaches, villages, and hills in the background. The advantage is that as long as you’re not walking on the highway/main road, you have minimal traffic, which means that unlike most other parts of Bali, every road is a walkable road.

Pemuteran Beach

You’ll probably want to do a walk up and down the beach because it’s not very long. Enjoy the ocean and volcano views!

Pemuteran Beach

Sumberkima (North West Bali)

If you are craving rolling hills, and untouched nature that makes you feel like you’re in a Lord of the Rings movie, then you probably want to check out the walking in Sumberkima. The roads amongst the hilly backdrop are all quiet with minimal traffic, and there is

The Happiness Loop

This is a trail that I curated myself while staying at the Sumberkima Hill Retreat. It’s a loop that takes you through the local village area, where every is smiling and so happy. It’s impossible to end the walk with a frown. Impossible!

The Happiness Loop
Sumberkima Hill Trail

But wait, what about the waterfalls?

Waterfalls are great walking opportunities! But they actually fall more under the hiking category than the walking category due to the need for travel, preparation, and the often steeper/jungly terrain. If you’d like to check out the best hikes in Bali, then take a read of our hiking guide!

If in doubt… treadmill it out

The walkers dream is to be able to step out the door directly onto a beaitiful walking trail. There are actually many places you can live scattered across Bali where this is possible. Notably, Sumberkima Hill Retreat has that opportunity, which I discovered in my 2 months of living there. If you don’t feel like driving 20 minutes through traffic just to get to a walk – you can always hit up the treadmill in the gym to get those healthy steps in.

Closing thoughts

While for the most part everyday life in Bali is relatively void of steps, there are many world class walking locations scattered across the island. Having the goal of walking 10,000 steps per day isn’t purely for the health benefits of moving your legs, or even as a way to get from A to B (scooter is faster). It gets you our into nature, and helps to connect you with mother earth. For that reason, it’s a goal worth striving for.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Walking in Bali


Is Bali a suitable place to maintain my habit of walking 10,000 steps daily?

Absolutely! Bali’s diverse landscapes and scenic routes provide plenty of opportunities for walking enthusiasts to hit their daily goal of 10,000 steps.

What are some of the best areas in Bali for daily walks?

Some great areas for daily walks include the beaches of Seminyak and Sanur, the Campuhan Ridge Walk in Ubud, and the peaceful village paths in Pemuteran and Sidemen.

Are there any measured walking paths to keep track of my steps?

While there aren’t many measured walking paths, using a pedometer or a smartphone app can help you keep track of your steps. The well-known Campuhan Ridge Walk in Ubud is approximately 2 km one way, which can help in gauging your step count.

How early should I start my walk to avoid the heat?

It’s advisable to start your walk early in the morning, around 6:00 AM to 7:30 AM, or in the late afternoon, after 4:00 PM to avoid the midday heat.

Can I explore the rice terraces while walking?

Yes, walking through the rice terraces, like the Tegalalang Rice Terraces, is a beautiful and tranquil experience that will also contribute to your step count.

Is walking a common practice among locals for exercise?

Walking for exercise is becoming more common among locals, especially in the cooler early mornings and late afternoons. You may find locals walking along the beach or in urban areas with pedestrian-friendly paths.

Are the beaches in Bali suitable for long walks?

Yes, many of Bali’s beaches like Seminyak Beach, Sanur Beach, and Nusa Dua Beach have long stretches of sand perfect for walking.

What should I wear for my daily walks in Bali?

Wear comfortable walking shoes, light and breathable clothing, a hat, and sunglasses. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to protect against sun exposure.

How safe is it to walk alone, especially as a tourist?

It’s generally safe to walk alone in Bali, especially in well-traveled and populated areas. However, always stay alert, avoid isolated areas, and keep your belongings secure.

Can walking in Bali help me explore the local culture?

Absolutely! Walking allows you to engage with the local environment, interact with the community, and discover hidden gems you might miss otherwise. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in the Balinese culture while keeping up with your health routine.

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