Fell in Love with Bali – Guide to the Bucket List Island
Bali is one of the most desired destinations in the world. People travel here to feel its unique energy, see the incredible natural beauty, visit stunning temples and experience fulfillness. And the island really lives up to those expectations. Days in Bali feel like a never ending adventure. You can hike stunning waterfalls, surf on beautiful beach, do yoga each morning and eat amazing food. This guide will tell you why Bali should be on your bucket list!
The countless waterfalls
Bali is known for it’s astonishing and magical waterfalls. There are so many of them in the different parts of the island, that it would wake months to visit them all. However, there are a few over-the-top waterfalls that you simply must visit during your trip to Bali with this guide.
The stunning fifty-metre-high waterfall is set next to a tiny village surrounded by rice fields and lush green vegetation.
Set in the rainforest around Munduk Village. The waterfall is the fifteen metre high and one of the most spectacular.
The waterfall falls from a steep cliff and is surrounded by lush jungle. The turquoise waters of the pool below are very inviting for an afternoon refreshing swim.
Banyumala Twin Waterfalls
This waterfall is hidden away in the hills of North Bali. The water cascades down steep rocks surrounded by gorgeous greenery.
Located close to Ubud, this is definitely the most visited waterfall in Bali. The access road is easy and is usually crowded. However, it doesn’t take away the beauty of cascading water.
The waterfall is about thirty-five metres high, surrounded by lush greenery. It’s easily accessible by road. There are few cafes on the side.
Sekumpul Waterfall, located in the village of Sekumpul, is touted as the most beautiful waterfall in Bali. There is a bit of challenging hike over slippery rocks to get to the waterfall. However, it’s totally rewarding at the end.
Most valleys of rice paddies are located around Ubud. Some of them are flat, other set on a hill. Yet, the beauty of this surroundings is astonishing. Visiting Tegalalang Rice Terraces is one of the main attractions in Bali.
Unique charm of Ubud
This village set in the center of Bali is already world-famous. There is unique charm in those small streets, lush greenery and stunning surrounding. Days in Ubud start with meditation and yoga. People just seem more relaxed and at ease here.
There are many stunning temples set in breathtaking surroundings. They are still worship places for locals, however tourists can visit them. Discover next in this Bali guide a list of the best temples to visit and admire.
↬ Note : You must have your shoulders and knees covered to enter the temples in Bali.
Tirta Empul Temple
Tirta Empul Temple is a Hindu Balinese water temple. It consists of bathing structures, famous for its holy spring water. Balinese Hindus come here for ritual purification.
It’s an ancient Hindu shrine that sits on top of a rock on the southern part of Bali.
Located on the edge of a cliff in Uluwatu, this temple is the most beautiful spot to watch the sunset from.
Lempuyang Temple is one of Bali’s oldest temples. It lies on top of a high mountain in the north east part of the island. On a clear day, you can see the Mount Agung from there.
Tirta Gangga is a former royal palace in eastern Bali. It has been turned into a beautiful garden with many large pond areas with lots of various Hindu statues.
The foodie paradise
Balinese food is very light, prepared always with a fresh ingredients straight from the islands gardens and is simply beautiful to look at. Delicious acai bowls, great coffee, fresh fruits are just the beginning. There is a big choice of vegan and vegetarian dishes everywhere.
Mont Batur at sunrise
If this is not a bucket list adventure, then we don’t know what is! Hiking a volcano in the pitch dark to arrive at the summit and watch the sun rise from above the clouds is just priceless.
Nusa Penida has some of the most incredible natural landscapes in the world. Hike to Kelingking Beach is probably the highlight of them all. The way down (and up) is not easy, but the beach below is just spectacular.
Paradisiac Gili Air
Gili Islands are located just 2 h ferry ride from Bali. Those idyllic island are true paradise. Spending few days at this worry-free location is must while visiting Bali. Pack your snorkel and bikini. You won’t need anything else ?
Monkey Forest in Ubud
In the heart of Ubud there is a forest where monkeys are the main habitants. The paths will guide you through a lush forest that look more like an open air temple in the heart of Bali, where you will be observed by our monkey friends. You can stroll around the beautiful rainforest and watch the primates play and climb. If you bring a banana they will for sure just come and take it from you! However, this applies to any loose things, so hide your sunglasses and jewellery.?
Uluwatu Cliff at sunset
On the southern tip of Bali, the limestone cliff drop 70 m down into the ocean. Uluwatu Temple located on the edge is the most spectacular spot to watch the sunset from in Bali.
The amazing accommodations
If you ever dreamed of staying in a private villa with a swimming pool, but you are traveling on a budget- Bali will let you full fill your dreams. There are so many spectacular accommodations to stay at reasonably priced.