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Of all the honorary names bestowed on Bali, the most famous is the ‘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.

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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, and Bali’s natural beauty isn’t hard to find. But 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!

1. 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 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!

Secret Canyon of Sukawati

Getting there: Coordinates here
Entrance fee: 15.000 Rupiah (Approximately USD $1.15), 100.000 Rupiah for a guide (Approximately USD $7.5)

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2. 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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Peguyangan Waterfall

Getting There: This waterfall is tricky to find – a lot of the locals don’t even know it. To visit Peguyangan, arrange a tour with a knowledgeable Penida tour operator, or hire a private driver on the island who knows how to reach this hidden paradise.


3. The High Cliff at 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.

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Take note not to mistaken 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

Coordinates here

4. Nothing like a Secret Getaway at the Angel’s Billabong

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

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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.

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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

Address: Banjar Sumpang, Desa Bunga Mekar, Nusa Penida
Getting There: It’s not too far from Pasih Uwug (the broken sea). A half-kilometre walk from Manta Point to a nearby reef, climb down one of the sides of the edgy coral walls to swim in this surreal pool.

5. The Secret Gardens of Sambangan

Hidden away in the far north 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.

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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.

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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 waterslides for the daring!

The Secret Gardens of Sambangan

Directions: The nearest resort area to Sambangan is Lovina on Bali’s north coast, and it’s recommended you overnight here 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

6. Bukit Teletubbies on 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’.

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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.

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Bukit Teletubbies

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.

Coordinate here

7. 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.

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

Atuh Beach

Direction: First, make your way to Sanur Beach. From Sanur there are a number of boats journeying several times a day to Nusa Penida. Expect to pay anywhere from IDR 40,000 to 350,000 depending on the boat. You can also reach Nusa Penida by public ferry from the wharf at Padang Bai. A passenger ticket is IDR 31,000 each way.

Alternatively, hire a scooter and brave the rough roads to Atuh Beach in the island’s south-east, or strike up a deal with a local driver.

Coordinates here

8. Mount Batur’s Volcanic Landscape, viewed from Pinggan village

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.

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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.

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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.

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Mount Batur’s Volcanic Landscape

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. Coordinate here

9. 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!

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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.

Getting there:

Desa Undisan Kelod, Kec. Tembuku, Kab. Bangli, Bali. Coordinates here

10. Catch the Magnificent Waterblow at 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.

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

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

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Magnificent Waterblow

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.

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11. 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.

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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.

Nusa Penida

Coordinates here

12. The Blue Lagoon, Nusa Ceningan

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

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)

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

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

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Nusa Ceningan

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.

Nusa Ceningan is just south of better known Nusa Lembongan. Boats from Bali’s mainland regularly depart from Sanur Beach to Lembongan. From Lembongan you should easily find a private boat to take you the short distance to small, walkable Nusa Ceningan.

Coordinates here

13. Picnic with a Twist (or a Slant)

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

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

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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.

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Bukit Asah Bugbug

Address: Bukit Asah Sengkidu, Maggis, Kab. Karangasem 80811, Indonesia. Coordinates here
Entrance fee: Rp. 2.000

14. The Real Treasure of Suluban Beach

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 mystic.

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

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Suluban Beach

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

15. Visit the Broken Sea – Pasih Uwug

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

Why is it known as the broken sea? On 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!

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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!

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Pasih Uwug

Address: Jalan Batu Nunggul, Nusa Penida

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16. Soak in a ‘Jacuzzi’ on the 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.

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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’.

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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

17. 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.

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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.

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Full image credit: Kirana Photography, Budi Astawa

Getting there: Yeh Leh is located at the edge of Denpasar-Gilimanuk at Jembrana. Coordinates here

18. 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.

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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.

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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

19. 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.

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

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?

Location: Desa Manggissari, Pekutatan, Bali 82262, 11 kilometres north of the Denpasar-Gilimanuk road

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20. Blahmantung 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.

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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.

Blahmantung Waterfall

Direction: Blahmantung is a remote destination usually explored via a tour or private driver. To make your way there in your own vehicle, from Ubud or Kuta, head towards Tabanan, taking a right turn at Antosari and following the road all the way to Pupuan and ask for directions to Blahmantung from there.

Coordinate here

21. 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.

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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

Getting There: Sekumpul is about a three hour, or 92km drive from the Kuta area. The long drive is best undertaken by a rental car with driver who can escort you to this not so easy to find hidden gem.

Coordinate here

22. The Natural Pool at Tembeling Forest, Nusa Penida

The azure waters of the natural pool at Tembeling Forest are a dazzling blue that seems almost unreal.

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Dive beneath the surface and the water is as clear as fine blue crystal. The miraculous turquoise colour comes from limestone spring water and tidal sea water.

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Tembeling Forest actually has two pools, both with spiritual significance to the locals – one for men, and one for women.

Visitors are allowed to swim in the pools, and their secluded settings. Surrounded by lush tropical flora and alive with birdsong, this natural pool is nothing short of paradise.

The Natural Pool at Tembeling Forest

Getting There: Reach Nusa Penida on your own via boat services from Sanur or Padang Bai and hire a motorcycle to explore the island. Or, sign up to a tour company offering cruises to Penida with excursions to Tembeling Forest. Some operators offer jungle trekking tours in the forest, with a refreshing dip in the pool afterwards.

Coordinate: here

Are there any more beautiful natural attractions in Bali we have missed? Let us know in the comment section below!

Write up for Suluban Cave, Bukit Asah, Pasih Uwug, Angel’s Billabong, Tegal Wangi beach contributed by Dawn PillayWrite up for Bunut Bolong Banyan Tree contributed by Jiayi Ng, Write up for Yeh Leh beach contributed by Oceana Setaysha

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