From magnificent mountains
to volcanic hillsides to black sandy beaches to crystal clear waters, it is no surprise that Bali
is referred to as the Island of the Gods
. With so much to see on this beautiful island, you will find your time spread exceptionally thin as you hurry to explore all the most scenic places. Unfortunately, unless you’re staying at least two months, visiting all the gorgeous sites of Bali is simply not possible, but there is no need to worry because we have compiled a list of our favorite must-see sites. Come explore these stunning lands and see for yourself what the rave is all about.
Locally known as Pura Luhur, Uluwatu temple is a famous Balinese sea temple. It is one of the six directional temples of Bali meant to protect it from evil spirits. This spectacular temple is renowned for its magnificent location, perched on top of a cliff approximately 70 metres above sea level.
Uluwatu temple is definitely one of the best places on the island to go for sunset delights, with direct views overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean. There is also a Kecak and fire dance performance held everyday at 6 PM, just in time for the sunset. Most travelers enjoy the view of this temple from two different vantage points, the north and south areas. The temple is open to visitors daily from 9 AM to 7 PM, and for worship purposes it is open 24 hours a day.
Tegalalang rice terraces
If you’ve ever seen Photos of Bali
you will most likely recognise the shot above of lush green terraced rice fields. A truly awe-inspiring sight, the beautiful rice paddies stretch on for what seems like an eternity. The sun rays peeking through the palm trees and bouncing off the rice fields makes for a magical experience.
Tegalalang rice fields is situated in the centre of the island, just over a 20 minute drive from Ubud
. They are opened from 7 AM to 6 PM. We definitely recommend you visit in the early morning or late afternoon, this will help you avoid the heat and the crowds, and if you love taking photos
these dawn and dusk hours are your best friend.
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, also referred to as the floating temple, is perhaps the most iconic landmark of Bali. The main reason for the temple’s popularity is that it gives off the impression that it floats on the lake. However ,if you visit when tides are low you will not witness this. No worries though, the temple and the grandiose mountains that surround it will still make for an unforgettable and stunning view. The clear lake
is calm and almost perfectly still, save for the occasional soft breeze that sweeps across.
From say, Ubud it is a 1.5 hour drive away and from Seminyak
, it is a bit further away at 2.5 hours. A private driver would be our recommended way to get to Ulun Danu Temple. Our team at Villanovo can help you organise a driver for the day. The opening hours are from 8 AM to 6 PM.
Banyumala Twin waterfalls
There are many amazing waterfalls
in Bali, Banyumala Twin waterfalls being one of them. Despite its incredible natural beauty it doesn't get crowded unlike some of the other popular waterfalls on the island. If you’re lucky you will have the whole place to yourself.
Banyumala Twin waterfalls is located in North Bali, about a 45 drive from Munduk village. You can either rent a scooter or hire a private driver. To get to the waterfall you need to take the Jalan Raya Wanagiri road. As your driving on this road you will see a giant sign for Banyumala Twin waterfalls. Once you turn, expect very bumpy roads. So if you're not a confident driver, we recommend booking a driver. Once you get to the parking area, you have about a 15 minute walk down to the falls. The walk isn't too strenuous and the best part of it is that once you reach your destination you have a plunge pool
to help you cool off from the Bali heat.
Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang
Bali’s hidden Canyon is a stunningly beautiful ravine, created over thousands of years by the powerful waters that hit Indonesia during the rainy season. This rugged and deep rocky gorge along the Oos River and between Ubud and Sanur, makes for an adventurous three hour trek
. The site has seen a growth in popularity over the recent years but due to the fact that locals consider it sacred, it is protected from mass tourism.
The Hidden Canyon is located in the town of Sukawati in Gianyar
. It is very easy to reach by bike, car and taxi. We recommend bringing water shoes or even trainers, as it’s very slippery and rocky. Bring plenty of water and a drybag for electronics. You are going to get wet so dress appropriately. However the area is sacred to the Balinese, so cover up with shorts and a shirt. Admission cost is 15,000 IDR and the guide fee is around 120,000 IDR. Guides are required for first time visitors and once you reach the Hidden Canyon you’ll understand why. It is no easy feat. You must be physically fit and able.