Indonesia’s most iconic island is as picture-perfect as they come. That’s what draws so many of us travellers to this beautiful place. Its lush forests, pristine beaches and deep-rooted culture makes Bali one all-round destination that is truly awesome to explore.
The thing about Bali is that it’s a very diverse island and depending on where you go, or if you stay totally in one area, you’ll likely have very different experiences to someone that explore a little deeper or further away from the main traveller hubs. This makes it one heck of a cool place for us avid travellers to explore.
From hidden waterfalls, gorgeous temples and a huge array of amazing food, the volcanic island of Bali really spoils us travellers. Take a look at some of the very best places you should experience during your next visit.
1. Sunset at Tanah Lot
Possibly one of Bali’s most iconic temples, at least for visitors to the island, is Tanah Lot. Over the years, the coastline around this temple has become increasingly popular with visitors so don’t expect it to be totally quiet. A great time to visit is around dusk, when you can sit back, chill and enjoy one of the prettiest Balinese sunsets.
Deep within the rainforests of Bali is the increasingly popular town of Ubud. Over the last few decades, this sleepy little place has become a hot bed for travellers to use as a base to explore the more northerly parts of the island.
Make sure to take a stroll on the Campuhan Ridge Walk, Head for a truly authentic Balinese massage, explore Ubud Palace and wander through the many little streets that are filled with everything from artists studios, handmade items and, of course, Balinese coffee.
3.) Banyumala Twin Waterfalls
The Banyumala Twin Watefalls are between 2-2.5 hours north by car from Denpasar Airport (depending on traffic) but well worth a visit if you’re looking to get away from the crowds and see a completely unspoilt and pristine area of Bali. Now, directions are pretty tough, so it’s best to locate the falls on a GPS system and follow this completely.
Once you arrive, you’ll need to hike for about 30-minutes to this totally tranquil spot. Make sure to pack your swimming gear and spend a few hours chilling at this amazing spot. The crisp, cool water is so nice when your deep in the humid forests.
4.) Tuckad Cepung Waterfall
Possibly one of the ‘harder’ waterfalls to find, Tukad Cepung is a gorgeous waterfall, hidden away through a deep and enclosed canyon. Make sure to take a good pair of shoes as you might need to scale a few boulders and walk through the river itself but once there, it’s totally worth it. The whole area is completely untouched – just remember to pack lots of water and some SPF.
5.) Rice Terraces Tegalalang
There are quite a few rice terraces dotted around Bali, especially the further north you go from Kuta. For some of the most iconic, head to the rice terraces of Tegalalang, which are beautiful. Best of all, you can actually walk through all the rice fields along some dedicated trails. Just remember to take some small notes and coins to offer as a ‘donation’ along the way. It’s up to you how much you give, just be prepared to be asked a few different times along your route.
6.) Nungnung Waterfall, Bali
Nungnung Waterfall is perched inland and about 60 minutes (depending on traffic) from Ubud. This roaring waterfall is most definitely one of the most powerful and a great spot to chill out for a good few hours. The hike down can be quite steep at places and will take you about 30 minutes or so with about 500 large steps to scale (so take lots of water).
Once there, take a dip in the water, chill out on the shore and enjoy being deep within this beautiful, tropical canyon.
7.) Sunday’s Beach Club
Beach days are the best type of days, right? One of our favourite spots to indulge is at Sunday’s Beach Club, where you can stay all day, gorge at their beachside restaurant and enjoy cocktails on the white sandy beach. What’s more, you can also paddle board at sunset and even find yourself a few quiet coves that are just idyllic.
8.) Pura Bratan
Nestled on the shores of Lake Bratan Pura Bratan is almost 400 years old. The whole complex can be explored at your own pace, just remember to keep a look out for Pelinggih Meru and the bhuddist statues. The region around Pura Bratan is gorgeous to explore and it’s likely you’ll even spot Mt Batur whilst you climb higher into the mountains.
9.) Gunung Kawi Temple
Guning Kawi Temple is almost 1,000 years old and one of the most important historic sites to see on the island. Situated just north-east of Ubud, it’s pretty easy to get to if you have a car or bike. You’ll need to pay a small entrance fee to get in here and they’ll lend everyone a sarong to enter the temple for free. There’s no need to pay from the sellers outside (unless one of them takes your fancy).
Make sure to keep a look out for the shrines that are cut within the rocks themselves. Also, if you missed the rice terraces at Tegalalang, you’ll be guaranteed to spot some here.