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Co-written by Dawn Pillay, Fiona Davies
To some photography enthusiasts, Bali makes for the perfect visual oyster and picturesque haven. The tropical island is filled with an endless collection of seascapes, landscapes and iconic landmarks that will stun even the most articulate poet.
In addition to having all these wonderful objects and cultural places, Bali gives yet another reason to bring your trusty photography gear: the all year-round great weather.
Whether you are armed like a pro or just love snapping away with your mobile-phone camera – discover Bali through your lense and bring back a slice of scenic spots, natural idyllic surroundings and all the paradise only the island can offer.
1. Infinity pool with unrivaled ocean views – Peguyangan Waterfall, Nusa Penida
Peguyangan Waterfall on Nusa Penida isn’t a towering vertical torrent of water like the jungle falls in central Bali.
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Instead, it’s a series of short, cascading spring fountains that eventually make their way over a steep ravine and into the sea.
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Away from the ravine, the cascades make a great place for all to enjoy a ‘natural spa’, and a massage from the fast flowing waters as they burble over the shallow ledges and pools.
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Reaching the springs involves a descent down narrow stairs against the wall of the ravine. After some 460 steps, the gorgeous sight of the cascades is both exhilarating and relieving.
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Check out this amazing adventure from Travel Life Love!2. Pool with a view – Lakeside Cottages, Kintamani
Forget the world class resort pools for a minute and get on to Lake Cottages at Kintamani to enjoy what a real Balinese pool dip should be like.
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Tucked on the foot of Mount Batur, this budget lodging overlooks the lake with a full mountain view. We love that the pool itself is well-situated, and you can get the direct front seat (or dip) while taking in the scenery right in front of you!
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The sky above, the freshwater pool and top view of Lake Batur only add to the overall serenity in your getaway.
Accompanied with a drink in one hand and a camera in the other, lounge in style as you take in the exuberant Bali atmosphere.
3. The 3rd abandoned aircraft! – Jembrana Village’s abandoned plane
Jembrana village, which is famous for its black sandy Perancak beach and West Bali National Park, will soon be flooded by tourists for yet another abandoned aircraft.
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Rumours have it that it will soon be developed into a hotspot with a library-meets-airplane theme as its main attraction, along with restaurants and cafes of course.
As this is still a new project in its early phase, head on to capture the sight in all its original and authentic aspects.
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That is, if you can get over the chills and spookiness of how a grand aircraft can end up in such a peculiar spot.
You will also soon see how promising the whole thing is as it follows the previous footsteps of other successfully-transformed abandoned aircrafts in Bali!
4. A flowing sea of green – Bukit Belong, Klungkung (Desa Gunaksa)
Standing among the breeze on Bukit Belong is a true relaxing experience by nature’s comfort.
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The tall grass on the lush hill clashes perfectly with the clear blue skies above speckled with the fiery streaks of floating white clouds.
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Bukit Belong is a hill that greets you with an extravagant expanse of verdant rice terraces as far as the eyes can see, once you get to the top. Of course, getting here requires a little effort as you will have to climb a short 150-metre trek uphill.
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Once there, simply capture the scene with nature as your backdrop and relax like a pro, because you’ve definitely earned it after all that climbing effort!
5. So ‘dam’ beautiful – Tukad Unda, Klungkung
Excuse our language, but Tukad Unda truly is a beautiful place to be!
In local tongue, Tukad means river while Unda means layers, so in essence, this strategic riverside translates to layers of water.
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Located at Lebah Banjar village in Klungkung, this spot is especially famous for its water excursions, such as rafting and also the local sand mining activity.
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The structure of the area is elevated by dam infrastructures, resulting in a gorgeous view of crystal clear water terraces. To add to the beauty, curtains of cascading waters overlap and create several layers of breathtaking ‘mini’ waterfalls.
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Deemed as the “it” place for pre-wedding shots, don’t miss out on this place whether you are a couple or just an eager traveller.
You’ll never know if you would end up with winning shots of flawlessly natural dancing waters.
6. The lesser known twin beauty – Banyumala Twin Waterfall
This is not an easy waterfall to find, but it will be well worth your effort.
The sight of this twin beauty can be overwhelming as you take in the gush of uninterrupted water pouring against the steep cascading rocks.
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Absorb the thunderous sounds among the rich green plants, trees and ravine around you while taking a cool dip in its freshwater. All you need to do next? Simply aim with your waterproof camera – focus on framing both twins of Banyumala in your shot for the most magnificent results to bring home.
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Located in the Wanagiri district near Lake Buyan, we definitely recommend that you get a local who knows his way around this remote area to guide you here!
7. Your second home in Bali – Omah Apik
True to its literal translation, Omah Apik is indeed a tidy and beautiful Bali home. With a mix of Balinese, Javanese and colonial style, stepping into this place is like a local embrace from the intimate and friendly Balinese people.
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The lush interior setting of indigenous fruits and organically grown flowers, vegetables and herbs makes a splendid place to rest and regroup. The atmosphere is also further highlighted by its location, which overlooks the wide open Tampaksiring terraced rice fields.
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Get in touch with authentic Bali while lounging in its open cabins (and plush pillows no less!) with the company of Jasmine tea and warm homemade snacks, plus your loyal camera in your hands.
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Just 15 minutes east of Ubud at the main road of Pejeng Village, Omah Apik is a Bed & Breakfast business run by a small family who believes in bonding and becoming one with nature.
8. Nature’s best hidden secret – Secret Point Huts, Nusa Ceningan
Only receiving local and international attention recently, Nusa Ceningan had always been one of Bali’s less explored places in the whole island.
Nestled between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida, Secret Point is easily reached with a 5-metre walk from Ceningan Point.
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Secret Point is also home to the stunning Blue Lagoon, which is an alcove filled with tosca blue ocean water hitting the coast area. Feast your eyes on the bluest of blues in the sea and the sky, while the white sandy beach is warm and welcoming.
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This beautiful beach also offers cliff-jumping activities suitable for the adrenaline junkies. Definitely something you want to remember, so get your camera ready!
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9. The most epic and historic sight – Pura Luhur Lempuyang
As the oldest Hindu temple in Bali, Pura Luhur Lempuyang is an amazing pre-historic religious temple complex that shares similar significance to Pura Besakih – the largest, holiest and most important Hindu temple in the whole island.
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Perched on top of Bisbis Hill or Mount Lempuyang at Karangasem, this Hindu temple stands out due to its succession of 7 ascending temples along the mountain side.
You will need to climb 1,700 steps to reach for the glorious views of valleys, a volcano, and the distant seas.
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This epic combination and the temple itself will put you at a loss of words. With the perfect bird’s eye view – fire shots from your camera and we guarantee any angle will give you the same stunning results!
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10. Sereni-Tree at Serenity Beach – Hilton Bali Resort
Hilton Bali Resort itself is every inch instagram-worthy, but you’d be surprised to know that one of its famous spots is basically a tree on the beach.
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Before you dismiss it as just another tree, you should know that it is one of the most sought after spots for all kinds of photoshoots, right next to the popular camel riding excursions.
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It is dubbed as sereni-tree as a tribute to its location – the Serenity beach, and also perhaps due to the fact that this particular tree does exude a certain serene aura.
The majestic trunk and branches with shady foliage make for an odd yet soothing sight against the barren white sandy beach and oceanic backdrop.
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Artistic and iconic, don’t miss out on capturing the silhouette of this beauty during the sunset, complete with the canvas of crimson and orange sky.
11. Super Stylish Spas – AYANA Grotto Spa & Hotel Tjampuhan Spa
If you haven’t gotten a taste of the spas in Bali, you are missing out.
For a business selling relaxation, spas are an incredibly serious business in Bali. Going beyond the normal standard of international spas is done extremely well by the team of AYANA Resort and also, Hotel Tjampuhan.
AYANA’s grotto spa presents a jacuzzi in a cave filled with surreal stalactites hanging around its ceiling. As the soft motor jets massage in rhythmic motions, take a few pretty poses to remind yourself of the heaven you have once enjoyed!
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A similar experience can also be achieved at Hotel Tjampuhan Spa. With ornate and intricate details around the exotic stone-walls, it is simply a must to reach for your camera and take a picture before you rejuvenate yourself in the warm and cold pools.
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12. Climb Up the Craziest Treehouse – Rumah Pohon Desa Batu Dawa Tulamben Karangasem
Explore one of nature’s amazing quirks when you visit the Tree House at Batudawa Karangasem.
With its branches wrapped around the little house, the tree looks like it pushed the house up in the air as it grew out of the ground!
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Apart from the unique Tree House, there are other interesting structures you and your kids may explore, and climb up – like the little stone terraced hill with steps for you to climb all the way to the peak.
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One of the many off-the-beaten-path finds you’ll be glad to visit, don’t miss out on the quirky little Balinese wonders here!
13. The Sacred and Secret Canyon of Sukawati
Near Pura Beji Guwang in Sukawati, there’s a sacred, secret canyon that’s so incredible, it’s sure to inspire anyone and everyone.
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For any artist, photographer, creative, or simply anyone who wants to be wowed by a real life view of nature’s masterpiece – this secret canyon is a must-visit.
The craziest thing about this canyon is that if you look hard enough – it is so uniquely shaped, one can even see a crying skull and other faces (lions?!) in the abstract landscape.
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And if that’s not enough, the colours around make for an amazing visual feast too.
Sit on the flat of the canyon rocks, and dangle your feet while admiring the view – or get a little crazy and see how much deeper you can go into the canyon. (Make sure you’re as safe and careful as possible, of course!)
When getting here, do be ultra careful as you will have to pass several rivers with a sticky muddy floor, and you might also have to climb some big slippery rocks.
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Other than that, feel free to explore to your heart’s content and fully appreciate this magnificent find!
14. Beautiful love scene – Noah Villa and Chapel
Located in Ungasan, Jimbaran, Noah Villa is a 4-star retreat hotel with a private setting of 14 bedrooms and open-air surroundings. Clean, crisp white dominates the villa, exuding an airy lightness which is further amplified with its own wedding chapel.
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Although placed in a rather secluded area, private weddings are often held at Noah, since the place oozes with a lovely and romantic ambience.
Fresh air, running waters, and a tropical breeze are only some of the many charms Noah has to offer.
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As you walk around, the beauty of this villa complex is so apparent that you simply cannot resist to snap one or two pictures. Noah is also the perfect shooting location for lovebirds, newlyweds or simply any couples looking for moments to remember.
15. The new twin waterfall darling of Bali – Tibumana Waterfall
Once an isolated spot, the Tibumana waterfall is finally getting the hype it so rightly deserves.
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At Apuan village in the Susut Bangli district lies not one, but two remarkable waterfalls shyly shielding a cave opening underneath them.
Locals believe that the entrance is the secret gateway to Raja Besakih’s temple – one of the Balinese Hindu Gods.
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At a 20-metre height for each waterfall, the surrounding area boasts a shallow clear pool guarded by large rocks and moss green cliffs. There is still an ongoing effort from the locals to develop this site as it holds enormous tourist potential.
Our last advice before you head out is: get a water-proof camera (or at least waterproof casing) as you’ll definitely be thirsting for gorgeous photos of your time here.
16. Discover the unique bamboo house (where Bali Unite will be held!) – Rumah Bambu Pengalon
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Trust us, we’re as surprised as you that there are so many amazing things to be discovered around Candidasa – and Rumah Bambu Pengalon just might be the cherry on top.
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While it isn’t fully completed, Rumah Bambu Pengalon is a unique construction of beautifully architectured bamboo houses.
Supposedly the venue for music festival, Bali Unite, the views here are surprisingly incredible with a small and beautifully clear lake just around the area.
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Another instagram-worthy location, finding Rumah Bambu Pengalon might be a little confusing, but it will definitely be worth your journey.