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Written by Candice Neo
Co-written by Beverley Lennon, Oceana Setaysha and Toh Jia En
Are you preparing for your dream wedding? Planning for that exotic pre-wedding photoshoot in Bali but don’t want to take pictures in the typical locations that every couple goes to?
We all know that Bali is a gorgeous island with many hidden gems, untouched beaches, caves and majestic cliffs with spectacular ocean views, so surely, there must be places where people don’t know of!
Here’s a little secret: I did my photoshoot in Bali, and I’m going to share with you some of the most beautiful locations with dramatic views of the island’s spectacular landscape. The best part? Some places are so secluded and hidden, most people don’t know about them – yet!
Editor’s tip: Almost everywhere in Bali, there will be local mafias who will approach couples and demand for a ‘location fee’ if they notice that you are all dressed up and doing a pre-wedding photoshoot. This happens at almost all public places in Bali, even when there’s no entrance fee for the general public who are simply there for sightseeing, and even at the most remote location (it’s scary but they will still notice you, somehow!). This location fee can range from Rp. 100,000 onwards.
In our story, we’ve included the photoshoot location fees for the places we know of, and we hope this will help you when you consider your budget for your photoshoot! But don’t let this put you off – trust us, if you love the Bali landscape, all the hassle will be worth it!
For my photoshoot, we literally hiked up hills in the middle of the night, intentionally stepped into the sea and got up on a treetop swing hanging above a lake!
As most photographers will tell you, if there’s no pain, you can’t get the most majestic photos. But what’s most important is that you enjoy the process – your happiness shows in the photos! And it’s fun getting dolled up and posing in gorgeous dresses (perhaps only the groom may get slightly impatient).
Mine was truly an adventure and we were rewarded with spectacular photos and fun memories to last us a lifetime. And so will yours be!
1. Panoramic view of the sunrise over Mount Batur: Pinggan Village
If you have been dreaming of getting that epic sunrise photo with the majestic Mount Batur in the background, Pinggan Village is the best viewpoint where you can have that unobstructed panorama.
Very few couples and wedding photographers have heard of this hidden scenic spot, so at most, you’ll spot another couple, but most of the people camped at this spot would be travel photographers waiting for dawn to break.
To catch the sunrise, you need to reach this viewpoint at around 5.30 to 6am, depending on the time of year. This means setting off from your hotel (the nearest affordable accommodation option is about an hour away) by 4am to be on the safe side, which means that for brides-to-be, you have to start your make-up at 2am.
And be warned, the journey here can be arduous, if you take the wrong route! As it was our first time travelling to Pinggan Village, we used Google Maps, which naturally recommended the shortest route – and we ended up at a steep and slippery dirt route that our car could not climb.
So we were left with only two choices – either we hike up the slippery and windy road for around 20 minutes (and mind you, this was at 5am; there were no street lamps, there were huge trucks trundling down in the opposite direction and while one side of the road was flanked by high cliffs, the other side was the edge of the hill without any barrier) or we abandon the location.
Being the stubborn travellers we were, we did not want to admit defeat, and chose to go on, guided by our very game and adventurous photographer.
But trust me, it’s NOT fun to have to hike up a slippery dirt road in your gown and suit in almost pitch darkness with only flashlights to guide your way. I could not be more thankful that I was wearing a black dress that was pretty hardy because I actually slipped a couple of times! And getting up to this viewpoint involves some climbing and dirt, so we don’t recommend wearing a white dress!
Our efforts paid off and we caught the sunrise in time, but for safety reasons, we don’t recommend anyone else to do this. Do consult your hotel staff on the sanest directions to get to Pinggan Village when you check in.2. Your romantic oasis: AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI