Bali will always have my heart. For according to some, the island has been stealing the show from the rest of Indonesia for years, and it’s easy to see why. Come to think of the dreamy infinity pools spilling over into crystal-clear oceans, breathtaking sceneries, exotic beaches, fiery sunsets, lush forests, waterfalls, delicious Balinese cuisine and a fascinating culture! This only means that this small island has no shortage of diversions.
If you’ve never been to Bali, then you owe it to yourself to visit the island which, according to many frequent visitors, is arguably one of the most photogenic islands in the world.
But with so much to see on this beautiful island, how do you even choose? Below I’ve selected my favorite spots in Bali that you, too, shouldn’t miss!
1. Tanah Lot
It is one of Bali’s most important landmarks, famed for its unique offshore setting and sunset backdrops. An ancient Hindu shrine perched on top of an outcrop amidst constantly crashing waves. Tanah Lot is simply among Bali’s not-to-be-missed icons.
If you’re planning to visit Tanah Lot, I’d recommend entering the premises at about 5:00 PM. This will give you enough time to explore the area and just in time to watch the spectacular sunset.
2. Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida is full of unique-shaped locations. The Broken Beach or Pasih Uug Beach is one of them. It is a stunning natural formation on the coast of the island with a natural bridge which makes for an unreal setting. Panorama on the beach is very stunning. There, you can see the combination of the green hills and blue sea attractions. The large hole/tunnel below the hill is a perfect backdrop for photo-ops.
Take note that the waves are really huge, so swimming in this area is strictly prohibited.
To know more about my trip to Nusa Penida CLICK HERE!
3. Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang
Pura Lempuyang is one the most important directional temples in the island, located in the far east hill of Bali. You will need to climb a few stairs to get there though, but the breathtaking and priceless view makes it worth it. Behind this huge Balinese gate, you can see Mt. Agung; the highest stratovolcano in the island. But unfortunately, it was rainy and cloudy that day, so we didn’t get a clear view of the mountain.
We left Seminyak at around 3:30 AM and took a 2-hour drive to reach this place, just in time for sunrise. But take note, Pura Lempuyang is a bit far and not accessible by huge tour buses, so you really have to rent a car to get here.
But don’t worry! By the end of this blog, I’ll provide the contact details of the tour guides and car-rental owners, so it’ll be easy for you to reach these places.
4. Pinggan Village
If you’re an outdoor traveler, like me, and would like to see the best part of the volcano scenery in Bali – head over to Pinggan Village. Here you can see the beautiful sights of the village shrouded in mist and thick fog, with Batur Volcano as its background.
If you’re departing from the South part of Bali, such as Kuta or Seminyak, reaching Pinggan Village will take around 2 hours and 15 minutes drive. There are many locations in the area to see the sunrise view and luckily, our driver took us to the best spot there is. Sun rises around 06:00 AM, so you need to be at the location on or before 5:30 AM.
And if you’re into landscape photography, I highly recommend this place for you!
5. Tirta Gangga Water Palace
This water palace is located in the middle of rice paddies just north of Amlapura, half way between Candidasa and Amed. The water palace was built 69 years ago and has a number of large pond areas with various Hindu statues. The name Tirta Gangga was originated from the large river in India called ‘water from the Ganges‘ — it is where the Hindu worshipers go to cleanse their bodies.
It took us 2 and a half hour drive from Kuta to get here, but you can also combine this with a day trip with some other areas close by. A suggested day trip could include a visit to the Mother Temple which is north of Tirta Gangga at the base of Mt. Agung. Get to the mother temple first thing in the morning, then drive back to Tirta Gangga to visit the water temple.
6. La Plancha
Bali literally has something to offer for everyone – late nights, cool bars and sunsets – a plenty over on the west coast of the island.
And one of my fave “chill spots” is La Plancha. It is located right on the beach in Seminyak and has an awesome ‘Sunday Sesh’ vibe.
I have visited the place twice and I’m still in love with it. It’s a great way to end a day in Bali, for me – just watching the sunset over the ocean, sitting on a bean bag under a sea of colorful umbrellas, drinking an ice-cold Bintang, while listening to some laidback music.
You, too, should add this in your list!
7. Tegallalang Rice Terraces
This famed cliffs of lush, sprawling rice terraces is located in the Tegallalang Village, about half an hour north of Ubud. This isn’t new to me though, since we have this in the Philippines, too. But Bali’s Rice Terraces are breathtaking, so you have to include this in your list.
If you are adventurous enough, you can take a short walk down the the terraces as you find your balance while walking through the paddies. To be honest, my pictures really don’t do justice to Ubud’s beauty. I think you would have to be a professional photographer or have a drone to capture how vast and spectacular the rice terraces are.
8. Pura Taman Ayun
This is one of the most attractive temples in Bali. It is a serene place of enveloping calm. The huge royal water temple was built in 1634 and extensively renovated in 1937. It’s a spacious place to wander around, away from crowds.
A tall beautiful gate surrounded by green meadows and flower garden will welcome you. Before you could come any closer to the gate, you will see a ticket booth. The entrance fee is 10,000 IDR for domestic visitors and 15,000 IDR for international tourists.
Months have passed, believe me, the idea of Bali is still running in my head. It’s definitely on my top list of the most beautiful islands in Asia. For sure, there are a lot of places in Bali that I haven’t included in my blog, but I guess, it’s for you to find out this time.
Here are the people who would be willing to help and guide you for your future visit ( You can connect with them through WhatsApp):
- Bali Golden Tour (Day-Tour Packages) +62 815-5844-9506
- Nice Tour Bali (Nusa Penida Tour Package) +62 851-0043-2001
- Mr. Putu Camarwan (Guide & Driver) +62 878-6268-2375
- Mr. Panca (Guide & Driver) +62 812-3606-239