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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.
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!
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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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.
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!
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.
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!
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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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.
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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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!
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.
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.
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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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.
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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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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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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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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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.
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.
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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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.
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?
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.