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Here is a list of some of the best beautiful places to visit in Bali:

  1. Tanah Lot Temple – A picturesque temple built on a rocky outcrop in the sea, providing stunning views and an opportunity to learn about Balinese Hinduism.

  2. Tegalalang Rice Terraces – A scenic rice terrace landscape in Ubud, perfect for nature walks and soaking in the serene beauty of Bali.
  3. Mount Batur – A volcanic mountain in Bali offering breathtaking views of the sunrise and an opportunity to hike or trek to the top.
  4. Uluwatu Temple – A cliff-side temple located in southern Bali, overlooking the Indian Ocean, and offering a traditional Balinese Kecak dance performance during sunset.

  5. Sekumpul Waterfall – A collection of waterfalls located in northern Bali, providing a serene and scenic place to swim and explore.

  6. The Campuhan Ridge Walk, Ubud – It’s not easy to find walking paths that are easy to reach in Bali, but the Campuhan Ridge Walk is one of the most stunning places we’ve visited in Bali and one of our favorites. Unlike most trails that require a long drive and trek through thick jungle, this ridge walk is located in the center of Ubud and has a paved path that takes you through beautiful valleys and charming local villages. It’s best to start your walk early at sunrise to avoid crowds and the heat.
  7. The Infinity Pool at Hanging Garden of Bali, Ubud – Hanging Gardens of Bali is a world-renowned resort that boasts the most spectacular swimming pool on the planet, earning the title multiple times. This infinity pool is situated at a height above the tree canopies, and appears to defy the laws of physics with water spilling down multiple levels. If you want to experience something similar, you can head towards the east where you’ll find a three-story infinity pool at Wanna Jungle Pool & Bar, inspired by the Tegallalang Rice Terraces. Alternatively, you can travel south to Uluwatu, where you can take a dip in the nerve-wracking glass-bottom cliffhanger at Oneeighty cliff-club.

  8. The Ray of Light at Tukad Cepung Waterfall, Bangli – The importance of lighting in photography cannot be overstated, and Tukad Cepung waterfall has got it mastered. The waterfall is renowned for the stunning rays of light that shine through the rocks when the sun is in a particular position in the sky, making it an absolute dream to photograph. Situated within a cove-like gorge with a wall of water that flows from the divine-looking rays above, it’s no surprise that Tukad Cepung is quickly becoming a must-visit destination for anyone seeking the perfect Instagram shot. To maximize your visit, consider combining it with a trip to Tibumana Waterfall (which is just a 30-minute drive away), or browse our complete list of Bali’s best waterfalls.

     

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  9. The Insta-famous Bali Swing, Ubud – For any adventurer in Bali, a ride on a giant swing through the jungle is a must-do activity and is popular among tourists. The Alas Harum is the most well-known swing located at the Tegallalang Rice Terraces, but other swings are now being set up in various locations throughout Ubud and Bali. Even though queues and photo shoots are a daily occurrence, the experience of swinging high above the treetops makes it worth the effort of dealing with the tourist crowds.

     

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  10. The Holy Water Temple at Pura Tirta Empul, Tampaksiring – Tirta Empul is a well-known water temple in Bali and holds great significance for the Hindu community. It is situated in close proximity to the Presidential Palace of Tampaksiring. The holy springs of this temple are highly revered, and tourists and locals alike can participate in a water purification ceremony, which is also known as melukat. This purification ritual involves taking a bath in the holy water to cleanse oneself of negative energy. Tirta Empul features several shrines dedicated to Hindu Gods, such as Vishnu, Brahma, Shiva, Indra, and Mount Batur. If you plan to visit, it’s important to note that the temple is a sacred place of worship, so it’s essential to dress modestly or rent a sarong at the entrance.

  11. The Cave-like Jacuzzi at Tjampuhan Hotel & Spa, Ubud – The Tjampuhan Spa is a stunning location that looks like it came straight out of a movie, and it’s the perfect spot for a fantastic day out. This spa is situated near the river, allowing you to enjoy the soothing sounds of water while receiving a traditional Balinese massage in one of the semi-open treatment pavilions. The spa is surrounded by breathtaking jungle views, and the central attraction is the exceptional jacuzzi that is sculpted by local artisans with perfectly carved stones. You can purchase a day pass to use the jacuzzi, but it’s best to indulge in the full range of rejuvenating treatments available.

     

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  12. The Temple In The Clouds, Karangasem – To complete your Bali holiday, a visit to the island’s most renowned temples is a must, and the Pura Lempuyang temple is our top pick for an awe-inspiring experience. As the oldest Hindu temple in Bali, Pura Lempuyang, also known as the “Gateway to Heaven,” is located atop Mount Lempuyang in Karangasem and comprises seven temples ascending the mountain side. Although you’ll need to climb 1,700 stairs to reach it, the stunning valleys, volcanoes, and ocean views from the temple make it worth the effort. Other notable temple destinations in Bali include Tanah Lot’s ocean temple and Pura Luhur Uluwatu, perched on a cliff-face above Uluwatu’s famous surf breaks.

  13. The Sea of Golden Marigolds, Besakih – Marigolds hold a significant place in Balinese culture and are an essential part of Hindu ceremonies. Consequently, they are cultivated in various regions across Bali’s highlands, and numerous small fields of these golden flowers can be seen lining the roadsides. However, for the most stunning location to witness marigolds in Bali, visit Besakih, situated between Kintamani and Bedugul. The fields here span for miles and create a golden vista that shimmers in the sunshine, surrounded by unspoiled landscapes. This is a sight worth capturing in your photo album.
  14. The Rolling Hillside of Sidemen Valley, Sidemen – Compared to the crowded bars and beach clubs in South Bali, Sidemen Valley is a serene and hidden gem located in the eastern region of Bali. This picturesque village is adorned with lush green rice terraces, idyllic farms, and stunning views of majestic volcanoes, making it a great spot for Instagram-worthy photos. Though it may seem remote, it’s definitely worth visiting this quaint neighborhood as there are plenty of high-quality hotels and spas to accommodate a relaxing overnight stay.
  15. The Emerald Green Rice Terraces, Jatiluwih – Bali boasts numerous awe-inspiring rice fields, and you can easily discover them by driving out of the main tourist areas. The Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud are some of the most renowned and equally stunning, with their gorgeous valleys of rice fields that resemble stairs, spanning for miles, and dotted by diligent farmers tending to their precious crops. However, it can get quite crowded there, so if you want to avoid the tourist hordes, Jatiluwih is a better alternative. It is a pristine, green horizon located in the Tabanan Regency that transforms into golden hues during sunset.
  16. The Sacred Bali Lakes, Bedugul – Bali’s lakes offer a picturesque and enchanting scenery with serene waters and breathtaking landscapes that create stunning reflections. One of the most impressive lakes on the island is Danau Beratan, located in Bedugul. It is the second largest lake on the island and is surrounded by Mount Beratan and Mount Catur. The Pura Ulun Danu Beratan temple, located in the middle of the lake, is the highlight of this destination. During early morning or late afternoon when mountain fog creeps in, this stunning and holy temple appears to be floating, creating a magical sight.

  17. The Blooming Beautiful Bali Botanic Garden, Bedugul – A trip to Bali’s Botanic Gardens is the perfect escape from the city, with refreshing mountain air, wide open spaces, and lush gardens as far as the eye can see. This protected park is a paradise for flora enthusiasts, offering a plethora of photo opportunities. You can leisurely stroll through the gardens, explore the tropical rainforest trail, wander through the bamboo jungle, gaze at colorful orchids, and discover greenhouses filled with medicinal plants and cacti. The gardens provide stunning views of the Bratan crater, and you can even buy freshly picked strawberries from local vendors. If you want more garden inspiration, take a 10-minute trip to The Blooms Garden – a recreation park with outdoor adventures, a giant peacock, Dutch windmills, a miniature Marina Bay Sands, a lovely vine-wrapped swing, and many other attractions.

  18. The Grazing Wildlife In The Best West Bali National Park, Buleleng – Escape the crowds of South Bali and venture north to Taman Nasional Bali Barat, also known as the West Bali National Park. This vast area spans 77,000 hectares of pristine nature and is a habitat for various plant and animal species. Take a walk in the park and you’ll be surrounded by stunning scenery of mountains, forests, and mangroves. Keep an eye out for the indigenous Jalak Bali birds too. You can also visit Menjangan Island nearby, where you can dive and explore the colorful corals and maybe even spot Nemo.
  19. The View Over Kelingking Beach, Nusa Penida – Undoubtedly, Bali is renowned for its stunning beaches that offer crystal-clear water and pristine white sands. However, one particular beach, Kelingking Beach, has gained worldwide recognition due to its breathtaking beauty. Everyone has seen that iconic view from above of the emerald green cliffs ascending from the turquoise waters below. This Insta-famous destination is situated on Nusa Penida, which is just a 40-minute boat ride from Bali’s mainland and adjacent to Nusa Lembongan. It is recommended to visit Kelingking Beach to capture that essential photograph, but it is also worth exploring the rest of the island.
  20. The Romantic “Tarzan & Jane” -Esque Tree House, Nusa Penida – The tree house, also known as Rumah Pohon, is another popular landmark on Nusa Penida, offering spectacular views of Diamond Beach’s rocky coastline. The charming wooden tree house is decorated with alang-alang thatched roofs and situated in a prime location that offers a full view of the coastline and vast ocean. Despite its somewhat isolated location, several notable tourist spots such as the Thousand Islands viewpoint, Diamond Beach, and Atuh Beach are just a short distance away.
  21. The Yellow “Bridge Of Love”, Nusa Lembongan – If you’re on the beautiful island of Nusa Lembongan, make sure to check out the renowned Yellow Bridge, also known as the Bridge of Love, which links Lembongan to its smaller sister island, Nusa Ceningan, and is only a 40-minute boat ride from Bali. This bridge is a must-visit on any island trip and is widely featured on Instagram, with its bright yellow color contrasting beautifully against the turquoise waters beneath. It’s especially breathtaking at night when the bridge is illuminated, providing a completely different view.
  22. The Less Crowded Boho Beach Club, Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan – After experiencing Bali’s bustling beach clubs, consider a visit to the tranquil beaches of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan for a more relaxed beachside experience. Choose from a variety of beach destinations including Sandy Bay Beach Club, Ohana’s Beach Club, and Agung Beach Club. Le Pirate Beach Club is a particular favorite, situated on Nusa Ceningan just a short walk from Lembongan via the iconic Yellow Bridge. This hidden gem is decorated with bohemian beach huts, large parasols, and a nautical atmosphere. Relax by the pool surrounded by turquoise waters and swaying palm trees, and end your day watching the breathtaking sunset over the lagoon. A trip to Nusa Lembongan is not complete without a stop at Le Pirate.

  23. The Sunset On The Sunset-West Coast, Kuta – The sunsets in Bali are renowned globally, featuring a blend of blazing red shades merging with fluffy clouds of many colours. There are several excellent locations to witness the ideal sunset, but undoubtedly, Bali’s southwestern coast provides a prime view of the nightly spectacle. You can enjoy the show from one of the island’s top sunset bars, or stroll along the beachfront and observe the deep blue waves transform into pastel pink.
  24. The Interiors at Almost Every Canggu & Restaurant, Canggu – Canggu is a hub for Instagram-worthy experiences in Bali, with plenty of charming cafes, restaurants, and beach clubs featuring unique and eye-catching interiors. The food is equally impressive and beautifully presented. The Lawn offers a bohemian-chic atmosphere, while Penny Lane boasts alternative art, indoor palm trees, and vintage chandeliers. La Brisa, on the other hand, exudes a castaway vibe with reclaimed wood from over 500 old fishing boats. It’s best to enjoy these spaces while admiring the sunset in the background.

     

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  25. The Bukit’s Secluded Beaches and Dramatic Cliff, Uluwatu – Visiting Bali and not spending time on the beach is like missing out on the most important part of the experience. But, for those looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience, finding secluded bays can really up your Instagram game. For instance, Suluban Beach is located right under the famous Single Fin bar and is the main entrance to the world-famous Uluwatu surf break. However, during low tide, Suluban Beach transforms into a hidden gem that offers the perfect spot for a secret swim. The turquoise water is set against the dramatic cliffs, making it an ideal location for taking amazing photos. To get there, you’ll have to walk down the stairs at Uluwatu, go through the caves, and make your way onto the sand. But remember, it’s only accessible during low tide, so be sure to check the tide times and pack your swimsuit.
  26. The Abandoned Aircraft on The Clifftops, Pecatu – It’s hard to find any other place except Bali where you can see abandoned airplanes perched right on the cliff’s edge. This is the case with a huge Boeing 737-200, located 150 meters above Nyang Nyang beach in the southern part of the island. The plane was abandoned in Pandawa village and was later relocated to its current spot in 2021. For the adventurous, it’s possible to climb up and sit on the wing during sunset, and in the near future, it will even be possible to book a night’s stay here as it’s being converted into a villa.

  27. The Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, Ungasan – For those interested in Balinese artistry, the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park is a must-see attraction in Bali known for its rich cultural significance. One of its main highlights is the towering GWK statue, which is among the tallest monumental statues globally and portrays Wisnu riding Garuda. Besides the statue, visitors can also enjoy strolling through the park to admire stone carvings, participate in cultural activities like the Kecak dance held every night, and witness the unprecedented collaboration between Kecak and Ogoh-Ogoh – a cultural procession that showcases a colossal Garuda puppet. Be sure to bring your camera to capture this spectacular event!

     

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Written by
Angeline Karina

A vibrant soul living her best life in the tropical paradise of Bali, Indonesia. Born with an insatiable curiosity for flavors and a passion for the written word, Angeline has seamlessly blended her love for food and writing into a delectable journey.

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