10 Amazing Places to Visit in Bali
One of the most frequent questions I get asked on the gram is where I take my photos in Bali. I lived in Bai for almost two months in 2018, and it was one of the best periods of my life. Bali is home to amazing caves, waterfalls, rice terraces, beaches, cliffs, food, culture, basically everything awesome. If you’re going to Bali, here are 10 spots you have to visit.
Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Although this waterfall is quite crowded with tourists, Tukad Cepung is an amazing experience and is definitely worth to visit. Located just a few minutes north of Ubud, Tukad Cepung waterfall is set in a cave and the hike down is quite adventurous. Bring clothes that can get wet as you will be wading through knee-high waters, and climbing over a few rocks and steps. As of 2018, there is an entrance fee of 10,00 IDR (or about $1.00 USD), and parking is free. I would suggest visiting on a sunny day around 9-10 AM, where the light rays often shine through creating one of the most surreal experiences ever.
Set 30 minutes away from Ubud, the Bali swing is definitely an experience that you must have…but it comes at a whopping price of $35 USD (relatively expensive for Bali). You get unlimited time on the swings and nests, and this also includes lunch, and pickup from a hotel for $6 USD. There is also another option that my friends and I opted for, which was to rent a hut which has it’s own private swing. These huts can be found on AirBnB for approximately $250 USD a night, which isn’t too bad when you split it up with 3-4 friends. It’s quite a beautiful experience, but make sure you bring some warm clothing as there are no windows!
Sekumpul Waterfall + NEARBY WATERFALLS
Sekumpul is a little bit difficult to get to, but definitely worth it. Most of the waterfalls are found in the northern region of Bali, which is set approximately 2 hours away from Canggu. I definitely suggest searching up a couple of waterfalls around the area, but Sekumpul is definitely one of my favorites, as well as Aling-Aling waterfall (you can jump off a ledge if you’re adventurous! You’d need to pay a bit though).
Tegallalang Rice Fields
One of my favourite places in the entire world is definitely the rice terraces of Tegallalang. The lush greens with the morning light rays and mist is something that comes straight out of a fantasy. You’ll want to do some research (looking up geo-tags on Instagram) to find the best time to go, as there are seasons for harvesting which hugely affects your experience. You generally want to go just before harvest when the fields are full, or when they fill the terraces with water. Otherwise, there will just look terrible/burnt. There are plenty of spots to shoot from including a swing and a bridge, but in general just follow where the crowds go and you will find your way over.
Ulun Danu Bratan Temple
One of the most famous temples is the floating temple of Ulun Dana Bratan in northern central Bali. To get the full experience, go for sunrise/early in the morning, and wait for the boat rental to open and paddle out on the lake. I don’t remember the prices but you can definitely look that up online somewhere.
Ubud Monkey Forest
There are a couple of monkey forests with Ubud probably being one of the most famous of them. You can purchase peanuts there to feed them and they will climb all over you. Just a warning, these little animals are absolute savages. They will sneaking into your bag and steal stuff, and if you run at it, it will probably attack you (I almost died by a monkey attack). Just use common sense and you will be fine! There is a monkey forest that’s a little bit more low-key, and those monkey are calmer than the ones in the village of Ubud. There are entrance fees and parking spaces available at most if not all of the forests.
Tamblingan is probably the one place that I get DMed about the most, as it is still relatively hidden and rarely do people make it all the way there. It’s about 2 hours on a scooter from Canggu, and it gets mighty cold - definitely bring a coat and wear long pants for the ride up. It’s best to visit during sunrise, so start your trip early and get ready to experience a serene temple floating on the lake with the mist covering the water. You can rent a “canoe” to get on to visit the temple, or to take photos with. The directions there are a bit sketchy, but if you search up “Pura Hulun Danu Tamblingan” on Google Maps, you’ll find your way (there are a few signs on the way).
Pura Lempuyang is one of the famous temples in Bali, as it frames Mount Agung perfectly. It’s a tad far away (about two hours and a half from Canggu) and is best seen during sunset or sunrise. The drive up there is a bit strenuous, but definitely worth it. There is technically no entrance fee, but they do ask for a donation so 10,000-30,000 IDR would be reasonable. However, you’ll have to wear Sarong (traditional fabric worn around the waist to cover the legs), which you can bring yourself or rent there for 10,000 IDR. For a cool photo idea, bring a small square mirror along (or there might be someone there with one) and use it to fake a reflection!
Okay so this isn’t technically in Bali, but Nusa Penida is an amazing island that’s just 45 minutes away or so from Bali by boat. Nusa Penida was probably one of the highest of my trip, and you can generally explore the best of the island in a day or two. I was able to visit Broken Beach, Crystal Beach, and Kelingking Beach, and also got to swim with some manta rays in one day, but there are plenty of other spots to visit such as Atuh Beach and Lembongan Island (check out Devil’s Tear). To get around the island, you will need to either hire a driver for the day, go with a tour group, or rent a scooter. The roads on Nusa Penida are terrible, so prepare for that. Also, the ATM there works maybe 15% of the time, so bring cash there in advance. My friends and I went with Nusa Penida Guiding, and they brought us around for the day!
OTHER AMAZING LOCATIONS THAT I DIDN’T GET TO PHOTOGRAPH/GO TO.
Although I spent quite a considerable amount of time in Bali, I was bed-ridden for a couple of weeks due to injuries and poor health. Here are a list of places t my friends have told me about that seems awesome.
Pingann: A beautiful village with a view of Mount Agung and rice terraces. Best to visit for sunrise/early morning for the light rays.
Pig Stone Beach: Great palace to unwind during sunset; you can bring dirt-bikes to rip on the beach, or if you don’t ride you can watch people do it.
Ridge Walk: An amazing pathway near Ubud that you can stroll on; quite beautiful as it is surrounded by forests.
Jatiluwih: A UNESCO heritage site similar to Tegallalang, but massive. I’d visit Tegallalang over Jatiluwih though.
Tanah Lot: A really cool temple on a cliff only the coast. There’s an entrance fee.
Uluwatu Cliff: This one isn’t on the top of my list, but could be cool if you have a sunset to kill.
Gili Trawangan: Lots of amazing things to do such as scuba diving, ancient underwater ruins, water swings, etc., and a lot of partying.
Handara Gate: Similar to Pura Lempuyang, but not on a mountain. I personally think Pura Lempuyang is way cooler with Mount Agung in the background.