Bali is one of the best destinations of the world for beach, nature and culture lovers. Its terraced rice fields, its spiritual atmosphere and its breathtaking beaches are no legend and there’s so much to see and experience here that one trip won’t be enough for sure!
Unmissable landscapes in Bali
Whether you like nature, mountain, waterfall or beach scenery, you won’t be disappointed by Bali’s outstanding landscapes. And some of them are absolutely worth seeing.
Ubud Rice Fields
Ubud is surrounded by beautiful terraced rice fields. Amongst them, the Tegalalang Rice Terraces are probably the most famous and the most photographed. Located about 10 kilometers away from Ubud town center, the Tegalalang Rice Terraces are one of the best places in Bali to hike. And the more you hike within the fields and the less you meet other tourists! If you need a place to stay, find one of the best hostels in Ubud here.
For mountain lovers, a hike to Mount Agung top is an absolute must-do. Mount Agung is Bali’s highest top and most travelers leave their homestay at 2:30 am to hike to the volcano and admire the sun rise from its top. The hike can also be done in the afternoon to see the amazing sunset.
Tanah Lot Temple
Considered as one of the most beautiful temples in Bali, Tanah Lot Temple was built on a huge coral rock and looks like it’s located in the middle of the sea at sea tide. It is therefore only accessible when the seawater recedes. This scenic hindu temple is one of the most sacred in Bali and we would recommend to visit it during the first four months of the year to avoid the crowd.
Ubud Monkey Forest
Ubud Monkey Forest is a natural and sacred sanctuary and one of the top sights near Ubud. More than 1000 monkeys live amongst its ancient temples built during the 14th century. So it’s the perfect place to learn more about Bali’s history and to see the primates interact with each other.
White Sand Beach
Located on the East coast, White Sand Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali. This remote beach is off the beaten track and never too crowded. It’s the perfect place to rest, to swim in perfectly blue waters and to taste Bali’s amazing sea food.
While Bali is mostly known for its perfect white sand beaches, Keramas Beach offers a very different landscape with its black and volcanic sand. Located on the southern coast, this remote beach is surrounded by traditional villages. It would be almost impossible not to fall in love with its wild and untamed scenery.
Located at the Tegenungan Kemenuh village, in Gianyar, Tegenungan Waterfall is easy to access. We’d recommend to visit it early in the morning, when the jungle awakes and the tourists are still asleep. A lot of local people get engaged here and it’s easy to understand why… It’s also possible to take a bath in the pond at the bottom of the natural shower.
3 Must-Have Experiences in Bali
Bali is one of the best places in the world to try new things and experience local life.
Snorkel in Tulamben
Tulamben is a famous diving and snorkeling destination in Bali because of its beautiful coral and fish life and its wreck of the USAT Liberty, an American warship. The ship is at a depth of approximatively 30 meters at its bottom and 5 meters at its top, which makes it easily accessible to scuba divers. But apart from this surprising wreck, Tulamben also gives access to this huge and varied fishlife made of colorful creatures and healthy coral. It’s now forbidden for the local people to fish around the wreck so it’s become a sort of naturel reef for all the marine life. It’s a very good spot to see clownfishes, eels, squids, barracudas, damselfishes, octopus, and more. (See Scuba hotels in Bali here.)
Homestay in a Small Village
Everywhere in Bali you’ll find local families ready to open their doors to you for a meal or an overnight. This is a must-do experience to get to know how the real Balinese people live. In most of these experiences you’ll be invited to participate to the family chores, including helping to harvest the rice, to cut some fresh fruits and to work in the farm. A homestay in Bali is also the best way to taste the real Balinese food and to create new friendships.
A Surf Lesson in Canggu
Located north of Kuta Beach, Canggu is a famous spot for surfers from all around the world. Its wide variety of waves makes it a perfect spot to learn surf or to enhance one’s skills in a beautiful environment. Canggu village is also enjoyable to visit with its local restaurants, its festive night life and its backpacker atmosphere. It’s the perfect place if you want to meet other surfers or other relaxed travelers. Find one of the best hostels in Canggu here if you want to stay awhile, or one of Bali’s best beach hotels.
Essential Bali travel tips
While a visa is not required for a stay up to 30 days for most European citizens, some documents are mandatory in order to enter the territory:
- A passport valid for at least 6 months after you enter the country and showing at least two blank pages
- A proof of sufficient funds for your whole stay
- A proof of onward travel to show you’ll exit the country after the authorized time
This proof of onward travel can be tricky for people traveling on a one-way ticket. But instead of using a fake plane ticket that’s very risky for you and your travel, we’d recommend you rent a real one. Onwardticket and Onewayfly.com, for example, are online services which can provide you with a legit and confirmed flight reservation for as cheap as $12.
If your country is from the 160 nationalities that needs a visa to enter Bali, or if you want to stay longer than 30 days in the country, then you need to apply for a visa in order to enter the country of Indonesia.
Bryan has visited exactly one more country than his wife, and she won’t let him forget it! Also an avid photographer, he enjoys entrenching himself within the local culture in order to learn more about the people of a place. He is the co-founder of Budget Your Trip and loves a good adventure, an exotic meal, or a passionate conversation about global events.