Going to Bali for the first time tomorrow! What should an able-bodied guy do and see here besides surf? I hear good things about Gili Islands. Looking for specific recommendations as possible.
Bali has a lot of things to do and see. What kind of activities do you like? For me, I come to Bali mainly for scuba diving. You can go to Tulamben to have a wreck dive and some spots around there, for more adventurous dives you can head to Nusa Penida. If you are looking for an escape from those noisy holiday you can go to Ubud and enjoy the atmosphere (and maybe try yoga or rice paddy tracking). If you are looking for party, hangout, kind of laid back beach bar you can try Kuta Seminyak or Canggu.
Gili is not Bali, you can go to Gili with a fast boat from Bali :)
my two cents, if you are staying at hostels make sure you keep your belongings safe, be careful of pickpockets, and don't go to sketchy money changers stalls!
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Surfing in Kuta Beach partying/drinking/clubbing/sexing at legian street . Thats all u do as tourist in bali basically. And the 2 places i named are within walking distance. Enjoy.