5 must-see places in Bali
When your vacation is limited to just a couple of weeks, you want to see all the absolute best: breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, powerful waterfalls, Martian-like volcanic landscapes, and, of course, top Instagram-worthy locations.
In this article, we've listed 5 very different places in Bali that you simply can't miss!
Mount Batur (Gunung Batur) is an active volcano located on the island of Bali within the caldera of another volcano, which also contains a similarly named lake. This is a favorite spot for tourists to witness stunning sunrises, and they are absolutely breathtaking here! With the first rays of the sun, the summit reveals a panoramic view of the caldera, Lake Batur, the surrounding villages, Mount Abang, Mount Agung, the ocean, and the rugged outlines of the neighboring large island of Lombok. Words cannot truly capture the beauty of this place.
Getting to the Tegallalang rice terraces is quite easy as they are located near Ubud. There are always many tourists here, and for their convenience, charming scenic cafes have been built, swings that can fly right over the terraces for that perfect Instagram photo, and even a daytime club with a pool.
You can stroll between the terraces along winding paths, but it's better to do so before or after lunch. It gets very hot here around noon
You can visit the Tegallalang rice terraces as part of one of our tours. They are conveniently located, so we've included them in several of our programs. One of the most popular ones is the Instagram tour, where you'll travel to the most photogenic spots.
Uluwatu Temple (Pura Luhur Uluwatu) is considered one of the six key temples on the island. It perches on top of a steep cliff, 70 meters above sea level. This Hindu temple was built in the 11th century in honor of Lord Hyang Widhi Wasa. According to legend, the resident monkeys here protect the sanctuary from evil forces.
It's a must-visit for those who want to connect with Bali's religion and culture. On the edge of the cliff, there's an amphitheater that offers guests a mystical spectacle every day – the legendary Kecak Fire Dance. The show begins against the backdrop of the sunset, and right after the performance, you can watch the sun sink into the ocean.
The Kecak Fire Dance is a complete theatrical performance and has become one of Bali's symbols. In the past, only men participated in it, but recently, women have also taken on roles. Up to 150 people perform in the production, sitting in a circle and chanting "CHAK," entering into a trance. The main plot is a scene from the Ramayana. Monkey-like Hanuman helps Prince Rama in his battle against the evil king Ravana. Initially, Kecak was purely a ritual Balinese dance, but in the 1930s, it was adapted for European audiences and turned into a show that is now accessible to everyone.
Sekumpul Waterfall - a complex of 7 waterfalls, the tallest of which reaches 80 meters! It is located in the northern part of the island, quite far from tourist areas, so it's never too crowded here. The trek to the base of the waterfall takes about an hour, and it's a fascinating journey through the jungle. The route is not difficult and very picturesque! You'll definitely encounter friendly monkeys, stunning views of the waterfalls, and local residents going about their daily activities. It's always cool and humid near the waterfall; you can get soaked even from a distance of 30 meters. On sunny days, the rays and splashes create numerous small rainbows - it looks very beautiful.
Nusa Penida Island, located to the southeast of Bali, is home to some of the most iconic natural wonders in the world!
Nusa Penida Island is a must-visit destination with its famous Kelingking cliff, often referred to as the T-rex, Diamond Beach with its crystal-clear waters and diamond-shaped rocks, and the renowned Broken Beach, a massive hole right in the ground.
Spending 1-2 days on Nusa Penida is highly recommended to explore the island, take photos at these iconic spots, relax on its stunning beaches, and, of course, experience the main attraction – snorkeling with friendly giant manta rays.