Tropical rainforest, endless rice terraces, Hindu temples and dreamy beaches – here are the best Bali travel tips.
Bali is no longer an insider tip, but the Indonesian island offers the perfect program for every vacationer. Surf spots, diving spots, rice fields, temples, volcanoes or endless beaches – Bali is so diverse that you can easily spend several weeks here.
Here Are The Best Insider Tips for Your Bali Trip
Bali Travel Tip # 1: The Pura Lempuyang Temple
There are over 20,000 temples in Bali. You can find them in rice fields, in markets, in caves, on roadsides, in bays, on rocks and by lakes. Every day fresh flowers, fruits, rice and small figures are placed in front of the temples as offerings.
The most famous and tourist temples include the sea temple Tannah Lot, the temple Pura Luhur Uluwatu on the Bukit peninsula and the water temple Tirta Empul. Even if it can usually get quite crowded here, the temples Tannah Lot and Pura Luhur Uluwatu are particularly beautiful to look at sunset, with the latter also taking place traditional Kecak dances every evening.
Our favorite temple in Bali: The beautiful temple Pura Lempuyang Luhur. The temple, also called the gateway to heaven, is located in the east of the island on a mountain in the forest and is one of the oldest temples on the island. To visit the temple, you first have to go on a hike and climb hundreds of steps. But the effort is worth it: a mega view awaits you at the top. If you’re lucky, you can even see the Gunung Agung volcano.
Bali Travel Tip # 2: Bali’s Spectacular Waterfalls
There are plenty of waterfalls in Bali. And one is more beautiful than the other. So if you can make it in time, make sure to try to discover as many waterfalls as possible on the island.
The best known is the Tegenungan waterfall near Ubud. The Sekumpal waterfall, on the other hand, was chosen as the “most beautiful waterfall in Bali” in 2017. And you shouldn’t miss the Kanto Lampo waterfall either. Here the masses of water crash down on a wide wall of large dark stones.
Our favorite: The Tukad Cepung waterfall! This waterfall, which can only be reached through a canyon and is reminiscent of a kind of cave, is not quite as touristic as it is, and just gorgeous. Because the water runs down the steep wall of the canyon from a height of about 15 meters, while the sun shines on the water from above through a small opening.
Bali Travel Tip # 3: Jatiluwih and Tegalalang Rice Terraces
Bali is surrounded by lush green rice fields. The most beautiful and famous rice terraces include the Jatiluwih rice terraces (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Tegalalang rice terraces. You can easily reach both of them by scooter or private driver from Ubud.
You can go on various hikes through the rice fields or simply sit down in a warung (traditional restaurant) and enjoy the view of the fields. Definitely take some time – it’s worth it.
Tip: If the journey is too far for you or if you don’t have enough time to visit the Jatiluwih and / or Tegalalang rice terraces, you can also discover beautiful rice fields on a walk from the center in Ubud, the popular Campuhan Ridge Walk. Although they are nowhere near as big as Jatiluwih and Tegalalang, they are still worthwhile.
Bali Travel Tip # 4: Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang
For those looking for adventure and action, the Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang is just the thing. The Hidden Canyon is also one of the less touristy spots in Bali and is therefore definitely to be recommended.
What exactly can you do at the Hidden Canyon? Together with a guide, you will cross a total of three canyons on a 2-hour trekking tour. You run through different river beds, climb over rocks and shimmy along stone walls. A bit of skill is required when trekking, so the tour is unfortunately not suitable for small children.
Good to know: Since you will get wet during the tour, it is best to have swimwear and water shoes with you (alternatively you can go barefoot). There are lockers and showers at the entrance.
Bali Travel Tip # 5: Gunung Batur Volcano
Have you always wanted to climb a volcano? Then you finally have the chance in Bali. The active stratovolcano Gunung Batur lies in the north of the Indonesian island. You can find various trekking tours in Bali to visit the volcano. Most of them start in the middle of the night in order to be at the summit in time for sunrise. Afterward you usually go to the crater of the volcano.
Tip: Be sure to dress warm! It can get bitterly cold up here.
Bali Travel Tip # 6: The Most Beautiful Beaches
Hardly any other island offers as many beautiful beaches as Bali. These are our 5 beach favorites:
1. White Sand Beach: The White Sand Beach is located on the east coast of Bali, on the Padangbai and is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Right around the corner is the Blue Lagoon, which is perfect for snorkeling.
2. Virgin Beach: Virgin Beach is also located on Padangbai and inspires by its long, white sandy beach. This beach is also ideal for snorkeling. By the way, it is even quieter just around the corner on the black beach Pantai Bugbug.
3. Batu Bolong Beach: Batu Bolong Beach in Canggu may not be the prettiest, but it is definitely the hippest beach in Bali. The most popular activity at Batu Bolong Beach is definitely surfing!
4. Nyang Nyang Beach: If you want some peace and quiet, Nyan Nyan Beach is the right place for you, as there are only a few tourists here. It is particularly beautiful here at sunset. Another popular photo opportunity is the shipwreck right on the beach.
5. Dreamland Beach: Dreamland Beach is no longer an insider tip, but it is still beautiful. The sand is particularly soft and white. There is also a restaurant, beach chairs and a rental shop for surfboards or bodyboards. At low tide, you can also walk from Dreamland Beach to Padang Padang Beach, made world-famous by the movie “Eat Pray Love”.
Bali Travel Tip # 7: The Nusa Islands
If you are on holiday in Bali, you should definitely not miss the three Nusa Islands. They are an absolute must-see and offer just as much for beach lovers and divers as they do for nature lovers.
The Nusa Islands include Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. The islands can be easily reached from Sanur in Bali by speedboat, which drives to the various islands several times a day. You can visit the islands on a day trip, but you’d better stay a few days to discover all the islands’ spots.
The highlights on Nusa Lembongan:
Nusa Lembongan is about 12 kilometers from Bali. You can spend 2-3 days here without getting bored. It’s best to rent a scooter on-site and discover the island on your own. You should definitely see these spots:
- Devil’s Tear
- Dream Beach
- Mushroom Bay
- Panorama Point
- Mangrove forest
- Lighthouse Beach
The highlights on Nusa Ceningan:
Nusa Ceningan is the small neighboring island of Nusa Lembongan. Both islands are connected by a yellow bridge so that you can easily drive from island to island. You should definitely see these spots:
- Blue Lagoon
- Secret Beach
The highlights on Nusa Penida:
Nusa Penida is the largest of the Nusa Islands, but still the most undeveloped. You should definitely see these spots:
- Karang Dawa Viewpoint (Cliff View) + Kelingking Beach
- Seganing Waterfall
- Pererenan’s Sunset Point
- Angels Billabong
- Broken Bay
- Atuh Beach
- Crystal Bay
By the way, the Nusa Islands are known for their breathtaking underwater landscape. There are 20 different dive sites around the islands, and snorkelers will also get their money’s worth. With a little luck, you might even come across the rare sunfish (Mola-Mola) and manta rays. These are the best diving and snorkeling spots around the Nusa Islands:
- Mangrove Point
- Crystal Bay
- Manta Point
- Buddha Point
- Gamut Bay
- Wall Bay