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Written by Nadia Crowe
Co-written by Fiona Davies and Adam Ariawan
Edited by Beverley Lennon

Of all the honorary names bestowed on Bali, the most famous is ‘The Island of the Gods’. The moniker doesn’t just come from the Hindu deities revered by the Balinese people – but is equally inspired by the incredible natural beauty and geographical wonders of the island!

These supernaturally beautiful creations dot the Balinese landscape, like reminders of an ancient time when gods roamed the earth.

Get away from the chaotic bustle of Denpasar and the garish tourist resort strips to explore Bali’s natural beauty. While most of these places aren’t hard to find, some of its most spectacular geological wonders will take a little more effort to uncover.

Some of them, in fact, are rarely visited at all. To experience the untouched splendour of the Island of the Gods at its finest, hook up with an experienced local guide, or arrange your own transport.

Venture off the well-worn tourist trail and uncover some of these extraordinary sights, deep in nature!

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25 Hidden cold places in Bali where you can escape the tropical heat in the highlands

Getting to Bali

This post is made possible by Indonesia Tourism Board

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Direct flight (total cost from SGD 175)

Take TigerairAirAsia,  Garuda IndonesiaSilkAir or Singapore Airlines from Singapore Changi Airport to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. (Flight time: ~2h 40 min)

Direct flight (total cost from RM 400)

Take Malindo AirAirAsia or Malaysia Airlines from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. (Flight time: ~3h)

Direct flight from Perth (total cost from AUD 309)

Take AirAsiaJetstarVirgin AustraliaGaruda Indonesia or SilkAir from Perth to Ngurah Rai International Airport (Bali). (Flight time: ~3h 40min)

This story would not have been possible without the support of Indonesia Tourism Board. For more information, check out Bali’s official website.

Secret canyons filled with mystery and wonder

1. The Sacred and Secret Canyon of Sukawati – Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang

Near Pura Beji Guwang in Sukawati, there’s a sacred, secret canyon that’s so incredible, it’s sure to inspire anyone and everyone. 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 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. And if that’s not enough, the colours around make for an amazing visual feast too.

Photo Via Nashhagen, Iwwm

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!)

Photo Via Imdhendra

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.

Photo Via Alvingwm

Other than that feel free to explore to your heart’s content and fully appreciate this magnificent find!

Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang

Entrance fee: From Rp. 200,000 (Approximately USD $14.20) per person (the more people, the cheaper it is) which includes a local guide, welcome drinks, a locker, face and bath towel, changing room, and wifi
Address: Desa Guwang, Kecamatan Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582 (Coordinates here)

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2. Meditate amongst nature – The Green Cliffs and Little Grotto of Undisan Bangli

Getting here will be an adventure itself, with views of rice paddies, forests and ravines – and waterfalls nearby. The Green Cliffs of Undisan are basically towering moss-covered cliffs making up the sides of a ravine.

What is the bigger secret of the already undiscovered wonder of the Green Cliffs?

If you follow the water under where the green cliffs merge,  you will discover a secret grotto hidden inside!

Depending on how adventurous you are, one might even swim into the cave, just to explore what’s beneath the malachite-coloured cliffs!

If not, simply sit on one of the rocks below the green cliffs, and have a session of peaceful meditation in this beautiful secluded location.

Green Cliffs and Little Grotto, Undisan Bangli

Address: Desa Undisan Kelod, Kec. Tembuku, Kab. Bangli, Bali (Coordinates here)

Cascading waterfalls that will take your breath away

Read More: 18 Hidden waterfalls in Bali to immerse in nature, spectacular scenery, fresh air and clear waters!

3. Plunge in a hidden endless stream of beauty – Bhuana Sari Waterfall

This is by far one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali – unknown to many, untouched and thus spectacular! So why not head up north and check out this lesser-known gem?

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With a 2.5-hour drive from Denpasar and located in a secluded area, this waterfall flies under the radar. However, it is not a force to be reckoned with as its beauty is second to none.

After trekking for 20 minutes, you get to relish on a picturesque gush of water pouring down. Bhuana Sari is actually the second set of the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall; both offer magical experiences!

Photo Via Mdbakta_kardana

Watch it burst out of the rocks and cascade soothingly into a creek. Awaken all of your senses and listen to the soothing flow of water and birds chirping in the background…

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Experience Mother Nature at her finest; jump in the shallow natural pool to cool off after the effort it takes to get there or simply enjoy the droplets from high up a rock!

The waterfall is considered as a hidden oasis and only real adventurers tread this deep to explore an untouched gem! So what are you waiting for to get off the beaten path?

P.S. We heard there are 3 other waterfalls in the area that are not yet accessible – let us know if you manage to find a way!

Bhuana Sari Waterfall

Entrance fee: Rp. 30,000 (Approximately USD $2.20); Parking fee: From Rp. 2,000 (Approximately USD $0.15)
Address: Jalan Bhuana Sari, Desa Wanagiri, Sukasada, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81161 (Coordinates here)
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 8am – 6pm

4. A worshipping place to breathe in and dive in – Kanto Lampo Waterfall

The unique combination of four out of the five elements (fire, water, earth and air) make this waterfall a unique location to breath in, breath out and meditate in peace. Picture a clear river, a giant pile of rocks, fresh air  and the gentle flow of water piercing through them; all in perfect harmony.

Photo Via Fabiooliveira

According to the locals, water has been flowing through only since a few years back (apparently since 2015) following an intensive praying ceremony, and since then the waterfall has been considered as a blessing for the villagers as it attracts tourists and brings them a source of income.

Photo Via Vittoriaantonini

Legend also says that a cave appeared following the worshipping event. Today, the cave is used for meditation purposes but is also home to some bat species!

Photo Via Sheilawirjakusuma, Ratuvictoria

The waterfall is rather accessible to all with a series of well-paved stairs leading down but you will also find other basic facilities such as parking lots and changing rooms. Mingle with the locals at the river bank as they spend the day fishing for the night’s dinner…

But that’s not all, there is also a small Hindu temple shaped like a gazebo where locals come to pray. You will also notice several beautiful carvings on the rocks. Culture meets nature at Kanto Lampo Waterfall; don’t miss out on this unique experience!

Kanto Lampo Waterfall

Entrance fee: Rp. 20,000 (Approximately USD $1.50)
Address: Beng, Gianyar Sub-District, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali (Coordinates here)
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 8am – 5pm

5. Step down into rarified beauty – Tukad Cepung Waterfall

You must have heard all about Bali’s majestic waterfalls. Unknown to most people and only recently discovered by travellers, Tukad Cepung Waterfall stands almost virgin and unexplored.

This is as close to nature as you can get! You will have to climb a flight of steps to get to this beauty, so gear up accordingly.

Very importantly, do be gentle with and respectful of the natural space around Tukad Cepung as locals strive to maintain the area. Once you walk down the steps, remember to look up – cliffs encircle your surrounding with the waterfall flowing from a river above.

Photo Via Kelsealoha, Jordhammond

Be very careful though, it’s important to be aware of the river water levels before you head for the falls. Rapid flooding may occur if the water table begins to rise during rain so do check ahead before descending the stairs!

Tukad Cepung 

Entrance fee: Rp. 15,000 (Approximately USD $1.10)
Address: Jalan Tembuku, Dusun Penida Kelod, Tembuku, Bangli regency (Coordinates here)
Opening hours: Sun – Fri, 6am – 5pm; Sat, 7.45am – 5pm

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6. This could well be part of a fairy-tale! – Campuhan Antapan Waterfall

It’s incredible how many waterfalls there actually are in Bali, as it seems almost every month a new one pops up and makes you question how on earth it wasn’t discovered before! Campuhan Antapan is a little bit of a challenging drive to get to, but once you’re there, it’s incredibly easy.

A small path takes you from the entrance to this calm and serene waterfall within seconds. While not the biggest waterfall in Bali, it has its own charm! With its pool blocked off from the river beside it, you can easily soak in the water without worrying you’ll be washed away! Plus, you can even climb the waterfall a little bit and sit under the water!

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Campuhan Antapan Waterfall

Entrance fee: Rp. 20,000 (Approximately USD $1.50)
Address: Jl. Antapan, Antapan, Kec. Baturiti, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82191, Indonesia (Coordinates here)

7. Rugged nature paired with modern amenities and a stunning waterfall – Leke Leke Waterfall

Though having gained a little bit of traction over the last few months, Leke Leke Waterfall is still not the first choice for travellers when it comes to Bali waterfalls… why? A gorgeous singular cascade miraculously falls between the meeting of two cliff faces making it appear as though it’s the entrance to a secret cave!

Photo Via Immadiscoveler

With its entrance and surrounding amenities being well maintained and upgraded as compared to other hidden waterfalls around the island, here you get to enjoy the benefits of a tourist attraction with a lot less of a crowd. If you head there early in the morning (highly recommended), you might be lucky enough to sit and enjoy this magnificent beast all to yourself for a while; but that is if luck is on your side!

Photo Via Prorvina, Travel.vips_

Enjoying the cool waters and surrounding yourself with the peaceful sounds of the forest is the perfect way to start your morning, no? You can also take a few goes on the swings near the entrance if you’re feeling like you want a little bit of an adrenaline rush, or sit in one of their bird nests!

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Leke Leke Waterfall

Entrance fee: Rp. 50,000 (Approximately USD $3.65)
Address: Antapan, Baturiti, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82191, Indonesia (Coordinates here)

8. Introducing a hidden gem that’s going to blow your mind! – Bandung Waterfall

While there are plenty of undiscovered waterfalls in Bali, a lot of them don’t feature the necessary safety features, amenities, and services that a lot of the big ones do. While some people may enjoy that, it can be quite dangerous! Bandung Waterfall is the exception.

Photo Via Dianavitria, Mjmarceanno

The locals around Bandung Waterfall have done a fantastic job at keeping the surroundings clean. Photo spots, jump spots, and dangerous spots are all marked clearly so you can enjoy this gorgeous waterfall with ease of mind!

Photo Via They_kriz, Ystraaa__

Hidden between canyons, discovering this waterfall is an adventure in itself, and being in between two towering cliffs while you swim makes you feel even more secluded than you already are (thanks to the little crowds!). The best way to enjoy it though is to experience river tubing through its rushing waters! Hurry and visit this majestic beast before it gets too popular!

Photo Via Gflorencia, Bysavs

Bandung Waterfall

Entrance fee: By donation
Address: Siangan, Gianyar, Bali 80515, Indonesia (Coordinates here)
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 7am – 8pm

9. Coffee-scented retreat – Blemantung Waterfall

Smack dab in the middle of the island, Blahmantung Waterfall gets few visitors, making the wonderfully scenic hike to the base a truly magical experience.

With a spectacular drop of 100 metres, it’s widely considered to be the highest waterfall in Bali.

Photo Via Bali Trips

Blahmantung is located conveniently within a walk from the picturesque farming village of Pupuan, home to some of central Bali’s most beautiful rice terraces.

Be sure to take a dip in the refreshing pool below and savour the tranquillity of one of Bali’s best off-the-beaten path attractions.

Blemantung Waterfall

Entrance fee: Rp. 10,000 (Approximately USD $0.75) for locals, Rp. 20,000 (Approximately USD $1.50) for foreigners
Directions: To visit Blemantung Waterfall, drive around 75 kilometres, or approximately 2 hours, from Denpasar to the Pujungan village in the district of Pupuan. From the village, the way to the waterfall is well signed, and the walk from the parking area is just 200 metres (Coordinates here)

10. Adventure to seven falls – Sekumpul Waterfall

This hidden gem in the north of Bali is well worth the several hour drive from the main resorts, and the challenging walk from Sekumpul village down hundreds of steps and a river crossing.

‘Sekumpul’ actually means ‘group’, and during the rainy season, you’ll be greeted by a chain of up to seven falls.

All equally impressive, scattered across the high cliffs and cascading down amid emerald green highland forests.

Photo Via ArtStudio23

After the long trek to get here, the chance to bathe beneath the falls will be a relaxing experience that can only be had here – one that soothes mind, body and soul.

Sekumpul Waterfall

Entrance fee: Rp. 20,000 (Approximately USD $1.50) to view only, Rp. 125,000 (Approximately USD $9.15) for the short trek, Rp. 300,000 (Approximately USD $22) for the long trek
Address: Sekumpul, Lemukih, Sawan, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81171, Indonesia (Coordinates here)

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Magical and hidden beaches that will wow you

Read More: 19 Hidden beaches in Bali where you can find pristine shores and secret caves

11. The High Cliff – Melasti Beach (Ungasan)

One of the most captivating beaches on Bali’s southern coast is largely ignored by tourists. It’s mostly in-the-know photographers who make it down to Melasti, drawn to its beautiful rock formations and stunning high cliffs.

Photo Via Sherly Martha
Photo Via Sokolishko

Take note not to mistake this Melasti beach (Ungasan) with the one near Tanah Lot, where after the rain, a spectacular waterfall often appears on the clifftop, tumbling down on the sand and washing out into the ocean.

The High Cliff at Melasti Beach

Address: Coordinates here.
Getting there: Head to the south of Bali, near Uluwatu. From the carpark the cliff is easily accessible by foot, and there are stairs to go down to the beach.

12. Catch the magnificent waterblow – Nusa Dua

Envision majestic Indian Ocean waves crashing against rock cliffs – have you ever seen a waterblow in person? Visit the hidden rock cliff in Nusa Dua to witness one of nature’s prettiest sights.

This natural phenomenon happens when waves hit the narrow space within the rock cliff where pressure builds, and water then blows up!

Photo Via Perfect Travelling
Photo Via Corural

And remember; be careful to keep a distance to avoid getting wet.

Waterblow, Nusa Dua

Address: Nusa Dua Beach, Semenanjung Nusa Dua, Badung, Bali 80517
Getting There: Located near Hotel Grand Hyatt, find the wide grass field, then follow the path to the waterblow entrance (Coordinates here)

13. The Real treasure of Suluban Beach – Suluban Cave

Everyone knows Suluban Beach to be a surfers’ paradise, but Suluban Cave might just be the real treasure here.

Looking almost like a movie set from the Pirates of the Caribbean series with its otherworldly glamour, Suluban Cave oozes both mystery and mystique.

Photo Via Lovethesepics

Located directly under Uluwatu, the cave actually leads up to the beach near Uluwatu Temple, another incredible sea temple you should definitely visit too!

Photo Via Tuulavintage

Suluban Beach

Parking fee: Rp. 5,000 (Approximately USD $0.35)
Getting There: Located at the Bukit Peninsula, Suluban Beach is connected to Kuta and Denpasar through Jimbaran by the busy Jalan Bypass Nusa Dua and this is the only route in, approximately 34 km from Denpasar (Coordinates here)

14. Soak in a ‘Jacuzzi’ – Tegal Wangi Beach

Another wonder of nature that should not be missed – make your way to Tegal Wangi Beach. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by this gorgeous escape.

Ever wanted to soak in your private tub with an amazing view of the ocean? Tegal Wangi Beach gives you exactly that.

Photo Via Ivan Marky

With little holes on the shore filled with seawater fresh from the ocean – you can be sure to have a comfortable soak in your beachy ‘jacuzzi’.

Photo Via Elmadayang

A romantic place to have a lovely date at; make sure to take lots of photos to commemorate the time spent with your loved one.

Tegal Wangi Beach

Address: Jalan Pura Tegalwangi, Badung, Jimbaran
Getting There: Walk down the hill from Pura Tegalwangi (Coordinates here)

15. Mystery Boulder Beach – Yeh Leh

You probably wouldn’t have heard of the Yeh Leh Beach unless you are a local fisherman.

Located in Jembrana, just off the Denpasar-Gilimanuk highway, Yeh Leh is not decorated with soft white sand like your ideal beach.

Instead, thousands of boulders litter the shore, either covered in algae or washed clean by the waves. These mysterious rocks have been smoothed over for hundreds of years, leaving few clues about their origin.

The beach is actually easily accessible, and you can visit at low tide to see Yeh Leh in all its glory, with the boulders unearthed and many interesting marine animals caught in the rock pools.

And if you can, don’t miss its stunning sunset, which lights up every shining rock on the shore.

Photo Via Kirana PhotographyBudi Astawa

Yeh Leh Beach 

Address: Gang Tasik, Desa Pengeragoan, Kecamatan Pekutatan, Gumbrih, Kec. Pekutatan, Kabupaten Jembrana, Bali, Indonesia (Coordinates here)

Hikes that will both challenge and reward you

Read More: 24 Out-of-this-world hiking trails in Indonesia with the most incredible views

16. Together, hike up to greater heights – Mende Hill

If you and your partner don’t have a lot in common, it’s time to share interest in a great hobby that would suit you both.

Greater views come after the hardest climb; relationship-wise too!

Photo Via Juni_artana

Fill your couple life with adventures, get out of your comfort zone, wander where the Wi-Fi is weak but where the connection between you both is the strongest!

As we all know, a relationship is like a hike up a mountain, it needs courage, strength and helping hands from both sides.

We’ve got this on the list as it is one of the most lesser-known hiking spots in Bali, which also means no crowd and privacy assured.

Photo Via Yudhisastra

The hike is relatively easy but oh-so-totally worth it and scenic!  The way up the hill might sometimes be challenging, but what can be better than giving each other mental and physical support? Who knows, you might both fall in love with hiking!

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P.S. Girls, relax – it’s totally fine to be dirty and smelly around your partner… sometimes! They say doing sports together can bond couples together!

Mende Hill

Address: Mende Hill, Subaya Village, Kintamani Bangli Regency, Indonesia (Coordinates here)

17. Mount Batur’s Volcanic Landscape – Desa Pinggan

Mount Batur (1,717m) is the most visited volcano in Bali, but most visitors usually join the tourist hordes at Kintamani village for views of the majestic fire-breather.

Photo Via Made Suwita

For a view of Batur that’s arguably more spectacular, we suggest you head to the more isolated village of Pinggan.

Here you can experience the fierce splendour of the active volcano in a more solitary, meditative setting.

Photo Via Herykurniawant

Batur is at its most photogenic at sunrise and sunset, and even makes for impressive night photography – with the lights of Pinggan village spread out at the foot of the mountain, and a sky full of stars twinkling above the peak.

Photo Via Farizun amrod

Desa Pinggan

Getting there: Most Mount Batur tours don’t stop at Pinggan village (which is why it makes it so gloriously uncrowded), so you’re best getting there on your own steam. Ubud is the nearest major tourist hub and Pinggan is about 45km, or an hour’s drive away (Coordinates here)

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18. Picnic with a twist (or a slant) – Bukit Asah Bugbug

There’s nothing better than a picnic at the secret paradise known as Bukit Asah Bugbug, Karangasem.

This slanted hillside overlooks the ocean, giving you the perfect setting for a picnic with an interesting twist (or a slant)!

Photo Via Idabagusdanny
Photo Via Haryadi Wijaya

Yet another great romantic spot for lovers, this picnic spot is perfect for catching the sunrise – and panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, its coral reefs and small islands.

Photo Via Wahpoenk

Bukit Asah Bugbug

Entrance fee: Rp. 2.000 (Approximately USD $0.15)
Address: Bukit Asah Sengkidu, Maggis, Kab. Karangasem 80811, Indonesia (Coordinates here)

19. The Twin Lakes of Tamblingan and Buyan

With their serene, mystical beauty, these twin crater lakes sit side by side, split in the middle by a one kilometer stretch of forest.

Photo Via Mario Andi Supria

The lakes are the life-source for the surrounding communities, and you may even see locals plying the waters in traditional dug-out canoes.

To view both lakes together, the best vantage point is from the top of the hill at Asah Gobleg Village.

Photo Via BaliHelloTravel

Trekking the forests around the lakes, you’ll discover some of the most pristine natural habitats in Bali – home to lively troops of monkeys, squirrels and countless birds.

The Twin Lakes of Tamblingan and Buyan

Getting There: A few tour companies specialising in northern Bali offer day trips with the twin lakes on their itineraries. The nearest centre to the lakes is Bedugul, around a 2-hour drive from Kuta if you hire a driver or rent your own vehicle. Budget travellers can hop on a bemo to Bedugul from Batubulan terminal in Denpasar. There’s a variety of places to stay and eat in Bedugul, many with gorgeous mountain and rice terrace views (Coordinates here)

20. Check out the straits that separate Bali and the Nusa Islands – Bukit Tengah

Atop rolling hills and endless greenery, you’ll find a sunrise view that’s worth the insanely early wake up call. You can see both blue oceans and sprawling green hills at the same time which makes for a spectacular energiser. Early in the morning the mist rolls over and gives it an almost magical feel too, so you definitely don’t want to miss it!

Photo Via Sumarmaru, Dedewisantai

Hidden on the east of Bali’s coast, it almost feels like you’re on a different island! It’s the perfect escape from the busy bustling streets of Canggu, and it’s also way less busy than Mt Agung or Mt Batur as it’s still relatively undiscovered!

Photo Via Madewedastra, Junaikd, Edygunawan_

Head over there quick, and keep it cleans so others can enjoy it too!

Bukit Tengah

Address: Pesinggahan, Kec. Dawan, Kabupaten Klungkung, Bali 80761, Indonesia (Coordinates here)

21. A gorgeous view of the majestic mountain that is the gem of Bali – Bukit Cinta

Mt Agung is by far one of the most spectacular views in Bali, and to see it early in the morning covered by mist and surrounded by rice paddy fields is the absolute best way to do so. Take a trip to the east of Bali, an area that’s still so unexplored, and that’s where you’ll find this viewpoint.

Bukit Cinta, directly translates to Love Hill, and it’s definitely fitting as you’ll just love being on top of it, staring at the beast of a volcano and knowing that such beauty can also cause such destruction.

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Photo Via Janes_wonderworld, Bandores11

Bukit Cinta

Address: Abyandauh,Pangi, Karangasem, Kec. Karangasem, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80811, Indonesia (Coordinates here)

Gardens and wonderlands for you to frolic in

22. Marigold fields forever – Desa Temukus

Desa Temukus (also known as ’Temukus Village’) is not green but orange. The place blossoms with pretty yellowish-orange flowers!

Photo Via Liasalikhah

If you’ve ever wondered, there’s one particular flower used in religious rituals in Bali – the marigold flower, or locally known as ‘Gemitir’. It’s easy to imagine how wonderful it could be to be in the middle of flower fields full of marigold!

Desa Temukus is a quiet village in East Bali, close to the holiest (but sadly most commercial) temple in Bali. Many of its inhabitants grow flowers, so you can find many flower fields here. But don’t forget to ask for permission from the locals before entering their fields!

Another good news for travellers – the area also has a flower field of Edelweiss (or otherwise called ‘Kasna’). And one crucial tip: it’s better to visit the place before the harvesting season, so you can see the lushest flower fields ever (usually before a major religious day, so do check with your local Balinese friends about the dates, as Bali uses a lunar calendar so the dates change every year).

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Photo Via Mdbakta_kardana, Yanii.martini

Desa Temukus

How to get there: Head toward Besakih temple first. Once you’ve reached the temple, ask the local villagers for directions and they will show you the exact location of Desa Temukus, which is located only 2 kilometres from the temple. As the road leading to the village is pretty narrow, we suggest using a motorcycle or a small car (Coordinates here)

23. Trek to the heart of mystery and magic – The Secret Gardens of Sambangan

Hidden away in the far north of Bali is the village of Sambangan. Only the locals and a handful of savvy tourists have experienced the breathtaking splendour of the jungles and waterfalls near Sambangan, known as the Secret Gardens.

The gardens are a chain of natural pools and cascading waterfalls hidden within the lush Balinese rainforest. There are seven falls in total and it takes a three hour trek deep into the jungle to explore most of them. Remote and unspoiled, the scenery here is among the most beautiful in Bali.

The pools are filled with cold spring water, perfect for cooling off after the long jungle trek, and some of the waterfalls even serve as natural water slides for the daring!

Photo Via Princeofparadise

The Secret Gardens of Sambangan

Entrance fee: Starts from Rp. 150,000 (Approximately USD $9.87), depending on the activities you wish to do.
Directions: The nearest resort area to Sambangan is Lovina on Bali’s north coast, and it’s recommended you stay here overnight if you want to make the trek to the gardens. You’ll want a guide to lead you safely through the rainforest to the best spots. Enquire in Lovina about hiking tours from Sambangan village, about a 20 minute drive from Lovina (Coordinates here)

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24. Drown in a sea of Celosia flowers – Belayu Florist

While sunflowers may seem like the King of Instagram, Celosia flowers may just be the queens! This sea of red and yellow is the perfect spot to take some IG-worthy pictures and revel in the moment!

Photo Via Da_karuniadewi, Dayusri07

With an area of ​​60 hectares, you can guarantee that you’ll be satisfied after spending the day roaming around and exploring, it’s also the perfect place to bring your partner so that you can go for a romantic stroll!

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Photo Via Ayuputuratnasari, Iyayueka

If the gorgeous flowers aren’t enough, they also have decorated photo spots like flower arches for you to pose under and incredible wooden walkways for you to stroll through. Talk about a relaxing day!

Photo Via Ayuputuratnasari, Gewiswandewii04

Don’t forget to come early in the morning as it’s quite hot and you don’t want to get a sunburn. For women, there are hats available to rent for just Rp. 5,000 (Approximately USD $0.35)!

Belayu Florist

Entrance fee: Rp. 5,000 (Approximately USD $0.35)
Address: Batannyuh, Marga, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82181 (Coordinates here)
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 8am – 7pm

25. Marvel at a sea of green – Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

We’re all familiar with the rice terraces of Ubud, those classic photos you see on Instagram with the sun peeking out slightly above the clouds, pouring a most spectacular glow on the green fields.

What if we told you there was a bigger, better, and less crowded version? One which houses 600 hectares of rice terraces, and boasts a sea of green with endless layers!

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Photo Via Lezbroz, Noorie.turgen

The best part? You can explore as you like, find hidden photo spots, and sit down to listen to crickets and birds in the early hours of the morning – all to yourself!

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Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

Entrance fee: From Rp.40,000 (Approximately USD $2.90)
Address: Desa Jatiluwih, Kecamatan Penebel, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82152 – Indonesia
Contact: +62 856 9238 1416
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 8.30am – 6pm

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Discover the Nusa Islands, a whole new side to Bali

Read More: Guide to the Nusa Islands (Bali) – Best things to do, where to stay and eat in Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida!

26. 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.

Instead, it’s a series of short, cascading spring fountains that eventually make their way over a steep ravine and into the sea.

Photo Via Travellifelove

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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Photo Via M_magetsari

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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Photo Via Rian

Peguyangan Waterfall

Entrance fee: Free if you bring your own sarong, Rp. 15,000 (Approximately USD $1.10) to rent a sarong; Parking fee: Rp. 5,000 (Approximately USD $0.35)
Getting There: This waterfall is tricky to find – a lot of the locals don’t even know about it. To visit Peguyangan, arrange a tour with a knowledgeable Nusa Penida tour operator, or hire a private driver on the island who knows how to reach this hidden paradise (Coordinates here)
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 6am – 7pm
Note: Do note that you need to wear a sarong here. Bring your own or rent it onsite for Rp. 15,000 (approximately USD $1.10)

27. Nothing like a secret getaway – Angel’s Billabong

The Angel’s Billabong is one of Nusa Penida’s secret getaways in the form of a marvelous natural infinity pool.

Photo Via Brianpughe

With its emerald hues and crystalline waters, the Angel’s Billabong is the epitome of stunning. And apparently, the green floors of this particular infinity pool are so comfortable to walk on (not slippery), it actually feels carpeted.

Photo Via Kamabtara

Imagine that! We sure wish we were lounging around at Angel’s Billabong this very moment.

PS: Do note that Angel’s Billabong can be dangerous. There have been people swept out to the ocean by waves rushing in!

Angel’s Billabong

Entrance fee: Rp. 5,000 (Approximately USD $0.35) (Together with Broken Beach)
Address: Sakti, Nusapenida, Klungkung Regency, Bali 80771, Indonesia (Coordinates here)

28. Live out your childhood fantasies – Bukit Teletubbies Nusa Penida

In the lush green interior of Nusa Penida, a cluster of unusually shaped, conical hills have been curiously bestowed (we’re not sure by who exactly) with the name Bukit ‘Teletubbies’.

Photo Via Eric__suryadi

Confused? The name is a reference to the rounded green hills that were home to the fuzzy aliens from the children’s television program.

The best time to visit Bukit Teletubbies is during or just after the rainy season when the hills are a vivid green and most resemble the cutesy world of our gobbledegook speaking space critters.

Photo Via Cacatuahuns

Bukit Teletubbies, Nusa Penida

Entrance fee: Rp. 5,000 (Approximately USD $0.35)
Directions: Reach Nusa Penida on your own via boat services from Sanur or Padang Bai. Once on the island, you can hire a motorcycle to take you to the Bukit Teletubbies. Ask for directions to the closest village, Julingan, in the far south of the island (Coordinates here)

29. Rugged and unspoilt – Atuh Beach, Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida is home to some of Bali’s most beautiful, secluded beaches including Atuh Beach on the island’s east coast.

Looking out from the gorgeous, white sand crescent beach, you’ll see the dramatic surf-worn cliffs of Juntil Cape to the left, and on the right, the rock island of Labuan Ampuak with its striking, craggy peaks.

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Photo Via Jokoleo

Atuh is especially picturesque at low tide, when the exposed corals create a vibrant, living foreground for spectacular shots of the island.

Atuh Beach

Address: Coordinates here

30. An amazing feast of nature – Banah Cliff, Nusa Penida

The Banah Cliffs of Nusa Penida rise mightily out of the whirling ocean and are perhaps the most dramatic coastal cliffs in Bali.

Hundreds of metres high and draped in lush green vegetation, they make an astonishing sight seen from the water. When you’re standing on top of them, they are even more imposing with no barrier between you and the abyssal drop below.

Looking out from Banah Cliffs you’ll see an unusual rock formation – a pretty, tiny islet in the middle of nowhere, twisted into shape of an arch. Yet another mysteriously captivating wonder of Bali.

Photo Via Nusapenida, Jalanjalanmen

Banah Cliff, Nusa Penida

Getting there: The easiest way to see all the most spectacular attractions on Nusa Penida is through booking a tour. Many tour companies offer half and whole day excursions to Nusa Penida with pick-up services from Bali’s main resort areas. Banah Cliffs are a popular stop for photo ops (Coordinates here)

31. Incredible azure landscapes – The Blue Lagoon, Nusa Ceningan

The crystal blue waters of Nusa Ceningan’s Blue Lagoon are the picture perfect ideal of an island paradise.

Photo Via Seaductionbali

Most people come to simply admire the million dollar view, but a few adventure seekers and daredevil locals have claimed an overhanging ledge as a legendary cliff-jumping spot. (Cliff jumping is now prohibited due to safety reasons)

The stomach-turning 12 metre plunge into the surging ocean below is a rush you won’t forget in a hurry.

Photo Via NomadicBee

Unfortunately, do note that a few unsuspecting travelers have been washed off the ledge in rough weather, and local authorities actively discourage jumping.

Photo Via Nevi Snever

The Blue Lagoon, Nusa Ceningan

Address: Coordinates here

32. Visit the broken sea – Pasih Uug

Pasih Uug, also known as the broken sea, is one unique attraction in Nusa Penida that happens to be a cool geological phenomenon.

Photo Via Anandagotama

Why is it known as the broken sea? At first sight, you’ll see a natural arch created by the rock cliffs. The arch – or the hole in the rock cliff as some would say – actually used to be a cave!

Photo Via ManButur Photography

The floor of the cave had collapsed, creating the arch we see today. The hole in the cliff has also allowed ocean waters to flow through – creating a gorgeous natural pool on the other side to marvel at, and even swim in!

Photo Via Polyailchenko

Pasih Uug

Address: Jalan Batu Nunggul, Nusa Penida (Coordinates here)
Getting there: From the parking lot, you can walk to Angel’s Billabong by following the signs. The signs will then lead you to Broken Beach and you will also pass by the Manta Ray viewpoint

Other weird and wonderful natural occurrences

33. Drive (or no) through a hole in a tree – Bunut Bolong Tree

In the Manggissari village, located in the western part of Bali, stands yet another majestic tree that’s renowned for its supernatural powers.

But unlike the giant banyan tree that supposedly grants wishes, the Bunut Bolong Tree (meaning “tree with a hole in it”) has a far more ominous history.

The tree has roots on either side of a stretch of road, forming an archway that visitors can drive through. Brides and grooms are advised to refrain from passing through this way, though – legend has it that those who do will end up separated.

To protect people from the power of the tree, another road has been constructed next to it for believers to pass through.

Photo Via Bali Jeep Adventure

But regardless of your belief in the legend, there’s nothing like a bit of risk to pique the adventurer’s interest, isn’t it?

Bunut Bolong Tree

Address: Desa Manggissari, Pekutatan, Bali 82262, 11 kilometres north of the Denpasar-Gilimanuk road (Coordinates here)

34. Immerse yourself in magic healing waters – Toya Devasya Hot Springs

On one of my many trips to Bali, I found myself in the car, on the way to something very different according to my dad. We drove through winding roads, up hills and back down again, and over some incredibly bumpy dirt tracks. Finally we arrived, and I could see where we were at last!

Hidden far away in the mountains of Kintamani, where Mount Batur reigns as king, lies an incredibly unique hotel. Thanks to the bubbling, boiling lava underneath, Toya Devasya is home to hot springs! How welcome they are in contrast to the cold air surrounding it – you’ll almost never want to get out!

Photo Via Vlada_bastieieva, Bychandrawijayaa
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Photo Via Wii_chan79balitou_gaido, Neriswari
Photo Via Toyadevasya, Jessicalukito

The rooms are incredibly comfortable, and some even come with their own private swimming pools. Just imagine yourself lounging in the warm waters whilst staring out at the lake and the majestic volcano that surrounds it.

Toya Devasya Hot Springs

Rates: From USD $215 a night (Approximately Rp.3,000,000)
Entrance Fees: Rp.300,000 for adult foreigners (approximately USD $21), Rp.200,000 for child foreigners (approximately USD $14), From Rp.100,000 for locals (approximately USD $7)
Address: Jalan Puri Bening (STA), Toya Bungkah, Kintamani, Bali – Indonesia (80652)
Contact: +62 366 512 05/+62 818 0232 2888/+62 819 3309 4796/+62 811 3960 6880/+62 8113960 6887/+62 811 3960 6889/+62 811 3960 6893/+62 819 9994 4323

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Getting Around

One of the drivers that we have had a good experience with is Pak Wayan (or Wayan Bogler), who charges a rate of Rp.500,000- 650,000 (approximately USD $40 – $50) per day depending on the type of vehicle. The charges include parking fees, drinking water and petrol.

You can email him at [email protected] or contact +62-81236733969.

Best Time to Travel to Bali

Bali has a reliable, warm and tropical climate all year round.

Temperatures generally linger between 26°C and 28°C, except for places located on higher grounds like Ubud and Bedugul (where it would be more chilly!).

The dry season is generally from May to September, and the wet season from October to April.

In May, June, September (non-peak period), you will find that prices of accommodation are 30% to 50% cheaper than peak season rates. Plus, you still get great dry season weather most of the time.

April and October are great if you enjoy watersports, such as surfing, as the waves are good at this time of year. You might have some refreshing rain showers, but you will also see plenty of sunshine. These are also great months to travel with children as most theme parks and attractions are quieter, and getting around would be less crowded and stressful.

Peak season in Bali is July and August, as well as Easter holidays, Christmas and New Year.

Note: Nyepi is the day of silence that falls on the Balinese New Year. All attractions will be closed, and everyone observes a day of fasting and silence. It’s an inspiring spectacle to be part of, but please respect the local rules and culture, and stay indoors while remaining quiet.

This post is made possible by Indonesia Tourism Board.

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