How did your #stayathome going folks? At times like this, it is essential that we keep our mind occupied with positive stuffs and maintain our health accordingly. But then, we believe nothing is permanent in this world, and this period too, shall pass. So here, we have curated some visually gorgeous places in Bali that you can visit post COVID-19 pandemic for your future reference; divided into 4 nature categories. So, happy reading, stay safe, and see you outside very soon!
A. Grand Greeneries
1. Jatiluwih Rice Terrace
Once a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site candidate, the Jatiluwih rice terraces comprise over 600 hectares of rice fields that follow the flowing topography of the Batukaru mountain range. The cool highlands and the breathtaking scenery of this village at the foot of the mountain makes for wonderful photo opportunities, and serves as a soothing retreat away from the island’s crowded Southern region
2. Bukit Tjampuhan Ridge Walk
Situated amidst the verdant Ubud, Bukit Tjampuhan Ridge Walk scenic mountain valley hiking trail is surely a great retreat to take a breath of fresh air. Along the nine-kilometer hill track journey, you will be accompanied by the most remarkable hillside vista and the lush valley of Sungai Wos River. Try strolling across the paved path by bicycle and get soaked in-between the gorgeous nature scenery!
3. Tegallalang Rice Terrace
Located not far from Jatiluwih, Tegallalang rice terrace is also a splendid spot to visit, offering the same pristine view of undulating paddy fields, green as far as eyes can see. The high roadside location is cool and breezy and it’s a well-known spot for tourists to stop and take photos, so snapping some pictures to post on your Instagram feed or story here is downright mandatory. Painters and nature lovers also enjoy visiting this spot, and there are numerous art kiosks and café near the ledge.
4. Bedugul Botanical Garden
Situated at Bedugul village, Baturiti district of Tabanan regency, approx 1240 meters above sea level, Bedugul Botanical Garden didn’t become a dedicated ‘botanical research center’ for nothing. It is a wonderful place to unwind and enjoy a day-off picnic trip with your family or loved ones. Drive deep into the area’s vantage area through a gorgeous forest and enjoy an uninterrupted view of Lake Beratan while you sit on the green grass and recharge yourself inside out with pristine scenery and cool, breezy air.
5. Petang Marigold Field
Perched near the quite village of Temukus, Petang, Kintamani, a sea of golden petals awaits to allure you with its rugged natural beauty. Called ‘gemitir’ in local tounge, the enchanting marigold flower has been adorning Temukus vicinity since ages, and you may enjoy the beauty up, close and personal. Just remember to visit this place before the harvest season, which can change every year following the local religious festivals of Balinese ancient Saka calendar system.
B. Splendorous Shorelines
6. Karang Beach, Sanur
A small and secluded beach in Sanur, Karang Beach tranquil waves off a coast that’s protected by an extension of Sanur’s reef makes for a great beach scene for families with kids. Like most of Sanur’s beaches, it’s one of the best places for sunset viewing. There are iconic Balinese-style gazebos at the end of artificial wave breakers that jut out to sea.
7. Penida Island, Nusa Penida
As a tourism destination, Nusa Penida is relatively undeveloped, and that’s actually it’s biggest advantage. You wouldn’t find snazzy beach clubs, organic cafes or trendy restaurants here, and all of its natural beauty are pretty much still very well preserved. We won’t specify the spot you should visit in Nusa Penida, but we can name quite a few famous destinations; from Kelingking’s Beach, Angel’s Billabong to Broken Beach. Pick your place and happy exploring!
8. Suluban Beach, Uluwatu
Also known as Blue Point Uluwatu and Pantai Suluban, Suluban Beach is a spectacular beach that can be found in the Bukit Peninsula in South Bali. This shoreline is world-renowned for its left-hand point break that is very popular among surfers, but there are plenty more fantastic things to do at Pantai Suluban other than wave-riding. The best time to visit Pantai Suluban Bali is during low tide, ultimately revealing more sandy beach spaces, easier access to explore the Suluban Beach Cave and small rock openings that lead to the hidden beach area. A perfect place to have a brief adventure time!
9. Nyanyi Beach
Located on the hamlet village of Beraban, Tabanan, Nyanyi beach is a ‘secret’ beach which has just recently become more popular for its serene ambiance and immaculate sunset scenery. This beach is unique for its soft volcanic black sand, sparkling like stars below your feet, and give away a different yet nuanced charm from its southern Bali’s counterpart.
10. Masceti Beach
Dubbed as the ‘sacred beach’ due to the nearby Balinese ancient ‘Pura’ temple, Masceti’s mystical charm draws traveler from around the globe to visit and enjoy its gorgeous panorama on daily basis. The beach itself become a spot to do various spiritual activities by the locals, so tourist activities such as sunbathing and surfing are prohibited, but everyone is welcome to visit and enjoy its blissful serenity (and maybe take a picture or two of its scenic natural beauty)
C. Vivacious Vantageviews
11. Wanagiri Hidden Hill
You may notice this place starts popping around your social media feed lately, and all for the right reason. Wanagiri Hidden Hills can be found Just a short drive up from Bedugul, in the mountainous region of Bali. There are several spots on the area that you can enter; each with its own attractions; usually in form of a sitting ‘nest’, swing, or bamboo lookout (check out the boat-shaped one titled ‘Hidden Hill Cruise’!)
12. Mount Batur’s Summit
Up for an adventure? Pack your hiking gears and head to Mount Batur for a (short) trekking trip. Reach the summit and cherish the ‘sea of clouds’ wonderful scenery with a cup of hot coffee (yes, there are locals selling the caffeine fix, so you don’t have to make them yourself if you don’t feel doing so!). Start hiking from 3am in the morning so you could arrive around 5.30 am, right on time to witness the heavenly sunrise view and even have some breakfast directly on the spot. Majestic!
13. Tebing Karang Boma
Karang Boma Cliff, also known as Uluwatu Cliff, has recently become a popular spot for photographers and Instagram fanatics across Bali. You can directly drive and park your vehicle (preferably motorbike) at the top of this hill and head through the nearby bushed to instantly pop at the immaculate viewpoint. Although relatively easy to reach, Karang Boma Cliff is extremely steep and quite dangerous, so mind your step and watch the edge!
14. Lempuyang Temple
One of Bali’s oldest and most remote temple, Lempuyang Grand Temple is situated at 1,175 meters above sea level on the island’s Eastern side. To reach the ‘instagrammable’ gate, you have to walk through a steep 1700 steps staircase, passing several smaller temples and forested pathways along the way. The scenery and fresh air of Lempuyang temple’s gate area worth every bit of energy you spend, though. Don’t forget to snap yourself in-between the gallant gate for your social media prove!
15. Molenteng Tree House, Nusa Penida
The second entry of Nusa Penida in this article, just to show you how much we love Bali’s cute little ‘sibling’ island. Located on Atuh Beach, Molenteng Tree House is a definite destination to enjoy the small isle’s vicinity from a vantage point. From the Molenteng Tree House, amazing views are perfectly presented, the expanse of blue sea, and the waves crashing on high cliffs and small islands in the region combine beautifully with the stretch of hills in this region. Put this one on your future bucket list already!
D. Wanderworth Waterfalls
Hidden watery paradise located up from Rengreng river, Gianyar, Tibumana is one of Bali’s best-kept hidden destination surrounded by pristine, picture-perfect rainforest. This waterfall features a thin curtain of falls that fills a large catch basin below. The depth of the swimming hole at the base is around waist-deep which makes it perfect for swimming. There is a small cave behind the waterfall which you can walk into and get another cool perspective of the falls and the moss-covered rock walls.
17. Leke Leke
Another hidden gem tucked on the Northern side of Bali, Leke-Leke’s stunning view has draws the attention of travel influencers around the world. It’s relatively quiet and secluded compared to other waterfall destinations, and features a gorgeous high waterfall in-between green cliffs. You can dip into the water and swim around, but be very careful, since its not an ‘official’ tourism site, there will be no locals to watch for your safety. Its still count as a (few) place for true adventurers in Bali.
Technically still a part of Tjampuhan area of Ubud, Antapan Waterfall is a charming secluded spot for all adventurers at heart to visit and enjoy. It’s a bit challenging to reach, but worth all the extra effort. While not the biggest waterfall in Bali, Antapan has its own unmistakable 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. Tempting!
As part of the grand Sekumpul Waterfall, Lemukih (named after the village nearby) is formed by three 90-meters smaller waterfalls, which splashed down indefinitely to form an all-natural mountain springs, surrounded by panoramic cliffside. Stroll around and swim in the natural pools, or simply relax or medidate in the powerful energy of the falls before you have to climb up the way back again. It’s quite a long and winding path, so get ready for a little adventure!
20. Tukad Cepung
Located 30 kilometers north-west of Ubud, Tukad Cepung Waterfall is one of its kind. Well-guarded by the cliffs, it is quite difficult to locate for first time visitor, but don’t give up, you’ll eventually get there. A few hundred stairs down the cliff is worth the effort once you arrive at the destination. The circular cliffs give you the feeling of being in a cave, while the open sky right from where the waterfall emerges, gives you the most enchanting view.