5 Best Hidden Gems in Bali
by Denoan Rinaldi
Bali is known as paradise for world tourists, but there is so much more to this island than meets the eye. Beyond Seminyak and Denpasar, there are some of the most stunning hidden gems that are a must-visit on your next trip to Bali. Here are top-five places you need to visit.
This unspoiled island is one of three Nusa Islands off the southeast coast of Bali, each surrounded by crystal clear water. With its tranquil atmosphere and laid-back vibe, this island getaway is ideal for tourists looking to avoid the crowds in Bali.
While Nusa Penida is a lesser-known island among tourists, it is rich in culture and home to breathtaking scenery, lagoons, and Hindu temples. Angela Billabong, Kelingking Beach (with its magnificent cliffs and clean water), Broken Beach, and Diamond Beach are among the most "instagrammable" scenery on the island.
If you're looking for something a little more daring, Nusa Penida is home to some of Bali's top diving locations. This beach is recognized as the greatest snorkelling and diving area on the island, with colourful coral reefs and Mola Mola fish just waiting to be discovered.
Those wishing to unwind might take a more picturesque path on the east side. The Rumah Pohon Tree House (imagine your childhood dream tree house) is located on this side of the island and offers some of the best views on the island. You may also connect with nature by strolling the shorelines of the Atuh or traversing the calm highlands of Teletubbies Hills.
Amed is a tiny seaside town in the Karangasem Regency in Bali's far east. Many claims that this is the most beautiful area to visit in Bali, with stunning vistas of Mount Agung and stunning black sand beaches.
While it is gradually becoming a more famous destination in Bali, Amed remains relatively unexplored by most visitors, ensuring that visitors get a genuine Bali experience.
Amed is calm and tranquil, which makes it appealing to those searching for off-the-beaten-path adventures. It provides something for everyone, with a wide range of activities to accommodate families, honeymooners, and adventurous travellers.
If you're seeking cultural activities, you may learn about the craft of salt-making, a long-standing tradition in the region. This place is especially well-known for its beautiful sunrises! Travellers may rent a boat from a local fisherman to go out on the ocean and watch the dawn, or if they're feeling a bit more daring, they can walk up to the pinnacle of Mount Agung for the finest view in the house.
A dive or snorkel along Amed's shoreline is a must-do activity. This location is well-known for its diving places, with pure and uncontaminated water providing an excellent view of the sea's colourful creatures.
You've seen Bali's beaches and gorgeous coastline, but you're searching for a change of scenery. Munduk is the obvious choice. The highland parts of Bali are sometimes overlooked in favor of the beaches, although this region is famous for its stunning natural waterfalls and breathtaking vistas.
There are several sights to view on your next visit, including Bali's most renowned temple, Temple Pura Ulun Danu Bratan in Tamblingan Lake, as well as amazing waterfalls like Banyumala Twin Waterfall and Munduk Waterfall. Coffee is also a specialty in this area, with several coffee estates. Many people are surprised to learn that Munduk has some of the greatest coffee in Bali.
Munduk will not disappoint adventurous travellers, since there is enough to see and do. The excursion through Munduk Wilderness is a must-do when visiting. You'll be immersed in nature as you visit a forest, a waterfall, rice terraces, and a plantation. This excursion also includes a visit to the sacred peak of Batukaru, which is a must-see religious site for Balinese. Other 4WD adventures include the Banjar Natural Hot Spring in the Munduk Wilderness.
You've undoubtedly heard that the greatest sunrises are generally seen atop Mt. Batur. While this is somewhat true, few people mention the stunning dawn you'll view when you visit Pinggan Settlement, a secluded village in Bali's Kintamani district.
The amazing vista you'll witness as you greet the new day will leave you breathless. Watch as the sky gets painted in a rainbow of orange, pink, and blue hues right in front of your eyes. The heavy layer of mist that blankets Pinggan Town is also unusual; as you watch the sunrise, you'll witness this blanket of mist evaporate, revealing the stunning vistas and bringing the village to life.
Beach is still a favourite destination in Bali. But this beach is just off the beat. This hidden treasure is the smallest of the three Nusa Islands and is any beach lover's heaven. It is located between Nusa Lembongan (perhaps the more renowned Nusa Island) and Nusa Penida.
With its smaller population and little tourist infrastructure, Nusa Ceningan is reminiscent of early Bali. This island is a surfer's paradise, having a spectacular surf break off the island that is easily accessible and not as crowded as its sister island, Nusa Lembongan.
The Blue Lagoon is another well-known feature on the island that you should not miss. If you want to add some excitement to your vacation, you may ride the flying fox across the lagoon. Other island features include Secret Beach, Mahana Point, and the renowned Yellow Bridge.
It's no surprise that this hidden retreat is becoming increasingly popular, with its beautiful lagoons and stunning white sand beaches. Nusa Ceningan should be on your list of places to visit before the secret of its beauty is revealed!