Bali is undoubtedly one of the world’s best holiday destinations and it’s easy to see why.
The magical island of Bali has so much to offer and is a destination that everyone can enjoy. Home to some of the world’s most beautiful places like Ubud and Seminyakak, it is no wonder why Bali remains on the top of most people’s bucket list.
From pristine beaches and crystal clear waters to jaw-dropping scenery, sacred temples, adrenaline-packed activities and a bustling nightlife scene, it is rather self-explanatory as to why this paradise island has become such a popular destination.
As Bali is a huge island, it is difficult to fit everywhere you want to go into the span of a few days. That said, you have to do some thorough pre-trip preparations to optimise your time there.
Here is a list of places that we feel would allow you to enjoy the best that Bali has to offer!
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1. Pura Lempuyang Temple
Seems familiar? Chances are that you’ve seen it on Instagram before at least once, maybe even more! This is the famous Gates of Heaven which can be found here at the Pura Lempuyang Temple.
Every year, tons of visitors flock to this beautiful temple to witness the view amongst the clouds and capture some stunning photos. Pura Lempuyang Temple is a Balinese Hindu temple that sits on the highest peak of Mount Lempuyang, 600 metres above sea level.
This revered temple is one of the most highly regarded temples in Bali and has gained soaring popularity in recent years, thanks to Instagram.
2. Bali Swing
Bali Swing is a massive playground in Ubud that overlooks the jungle, boasting spectacular views.
Surrounded by lush greenery, this newly opened playground has five huge jungle swings (5m, 10m, 15m, 20m, and 78m) that visitors can ride and swing against a scenic jungle backdrop.
For the thrill-seekers, you can attempt the 78m swing that is bound to satisfy your adrenaline rush.
The view from up above is so incredibly stunning and unbelievably gorgeous that you wouldn’t want to miss it!
3. Jatiluwih Rice Terrace
Appointed as one of UNESCO World Heritages, Jatiluwih rice terrace is one of the island’s must-see sites, boasting scenic views that are just so breathtaking.
This well-known tourist destination in West Bali is most famous for its picturesque rice fields that are surrounded by lush natural greenery which makes for wonderful photo opportunities!
The pictures you’ve seen online most certainly do not do justice to the beauty of the landscape. As such, you should head down here to witness it for yourself.
If you have extra time, it is highly recommended that you take a walk through the rice terrace. I can assure you that this is one of the most soothing and relaxing experience you can ever have.
4. Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida is the biggest of the three Nusa Islands located just 30 minutes off the coast of mainland Bali. Also known locally as the ‘black magic island‘, Nusa Penida is a gem with a number of spectacular sights well-worth the way over from Bali.
If you prefer peace and serenity, Nusa Penida is the perfect destination for a quick escape from bustling Bali.
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5. Sekumpul Waterfalls
Regarded as the most beautiful waterfall in Bali, Sekumpul Waterfalls are one of Bali’s most scenic natural attractions. Located in the northern part of the island, Sekumpul Waterfalls are made up of 7 majestic waterfalls and are arguably Bali’s most spectacular cascades.
I must warn you though, that a trek up to the waterfalls may get a little exhausting after some time but I can assure you that it’s going to be worth it! The way up shows you the most scenic panorama that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Bali is an island of countless natural wonders, and Sekumpul Waterfalls is surely one not to miss
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6. Ubud Monkey Forest
The Ubud Monkey Forest lies within the village of Padangtegal, which owns it. This sacred sanctuary is home to over 700 monkeys which are divided into 6 groups found in different parts of the forest.
The six groups are forest conservation group, central point group, eastern group, Michelin group, cemeteries group and the main temple group.
A visit here should not be done without caution as these playful monkeys are wild animals after all. Prior to your visit, you should read up on tips and guidelines to avoid getting into a sticky situation
7. Mount Batur
Mount Batur Bali is one of the sacred mountains according to Hindu beliefs. Located in Batur village in the Kintamani District, Mount Batur is just under an hour’s drive away from Ubud.
The Mount Batur sunrise trek is a must for any Bali Itinerary and is a magical way to start the day.
Hikers typically start trekking a few hours after midnight in order to catch the sunrise. Well, the way up most certainly isn’t easy but you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the sunrise at the summit!
As much as we feel that this is one of the best ways to witness the unparalleled views that Bali has to offer, we have to admit that this hike is tough and is not for everyone.
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8. Ulun Danu Beratan temple
The Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is a traditional temple that plays a significant role in the cultural scene of Bali.
Located on the western side of the Beratan Lake, this majestic temple is surrounded by crystal clear water on all sides, giving it a divine look. The Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is one of Bali’s most visited tourist destinations and it is easy to see why.
The Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is not only a famous picturesque landmark but it is also a sacred place of worship for locals. The setting of this temple creates an ambience of calm and peacefulness, giving off a vibe that is so refreshing.
9. Seminyak Beach
Over the years, Bali has earned itself the reputation of a “true surfers’ paradise” and this can be attributed to the pristine beaches and surf-worthy waves on the island.
One of the best places to ride the waves in Bali would be none other than Seminyak Beach which is featured by big and powerful waves, making it an ideal location for surfing.
Looking for something more chill? Seminyak is home to many popular beach clubs in Bali, namely Potato head Beach Club, Ku De Ta and Cocoon Beach Club.
Sit back and relax as you sip on a cocktail while soaking up the sun at one of the most stylish and upscale beach resort areas in Bali.
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Bali is nothing short of magical and is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you simply cannot miss!