If you’ve already admired the limestone cliffs of Uluwatu, partied in Seminyak and relaxed amid the rice paddies in Ubud, you might be wondering where to go next. Luckily Bali has so much more to offer, and there is always a new unspoilt corner to explore. Here’s our list of Bali’s undiscovered gems, so you can start planning your luxe tropical escape away from the tourist crowds.
Canggu is fast gaining a reputation for being the hipster hangout of Bali. Think cute cafés where you can sip on healthy smoothies, colourful street art down hidden streets and beach clubs that radiate laidback party vibes. Only a short drive from the hustle and bustle of Seminyak, Canggu feels a world away from the touristy chaos of other parts of the island.
It’s here, you can look out at lush green rice paddies from your hotel room or wander through its quiet streets filled with chic boutiques. Or for those who want a truly zen holiday, Canggu offers an abundance of yoga studios, so you can practice your downward dog while feeling fresh ocean breezes. With its relaxed village ambience and great surf, Canggu is Bali’s next big thing.
Tabanan may have received a lot of attention when the Kardashian family holidayed at Soori Bali Resort, but this stunning area in north Bali was a destination in its own right before the reality TV starlets came along. If you’re looking for a truly authentic Balinese experience, Tabanan is the place to be – think terraced rice paddies, majestic mountains and black sand beaches.
This part of Bali isn’t as overdeveloped as other parts of the island, so you can truly embrace peace and tranquillity as you look out on beautiful vistas of untouched natural landscapes. Explore this unspoilt land by venturing to Blemantung Waterfall, hidden amongst coffee plantations, take in the wonder of Tanah Lot Temple or soak in natural minerals at the Angseri Hot Spring. If it’s a luxurious holiday in a serene location you’re searching for, Tabanan is the place for you.
This island off the east coast of Bali is truly paradise. The largest of the Nusa Islands, Nusa Penida is definitely off the tourist track. With plenty of rough terrain, it’s perfect for adventurous travellers who don’t mind making their way down steep cliffs to find beautiful lookouts or sandy white beaches. The most famous part of the island is the Kelingking viewpoint, also known as the T-Rex viewpoint thanks to the unique shape of the cliffs. You may have already seen Kelingking viewpoint thanks to its Insta-popularity, but there is still so much to explore on this incredible island.
Journey to the village of Tanglad and visit the iconic Teletubbies Hill, named for the rolling hills and lush green slopes that might remind you of your favourite childhood TV show. Make your way to the quiet Tembeling Forest and Beach and stumble upon a serene natural pool which is a favourite with locals. Or head to the secluded Crystal Bay for excellent snorkelling and stunning sunset views. Wherever you choose to explore on this mesmerising island, jaw-dropping views and amazing moments are waiting for you.
This incredible part of Bali is already on the radar for being a world-class diving spot. Underneath its sapphire blue waters you will find Japanese WWII shipwrecks and sunken US cargo ships, as well as a plethora of marine creatures including tropical fish, turtles, reef tip rays and colourful coral reefs. Even if you’re not an experienced diver, snorkelling is still a fabulous way to experience this underwater metropolis.
Before it was a diving hotspot, Amed Beach was known as a traditional salt farming community. This practice is still going strong with the locals, so for a change of pace, you can make your way to the area of Purwakerti and see their work in action. Or for a truly special experience, hop on an early morning outrigger boat trip and watch the sunrise over the ocean. As you see the sky turn from deep purple to orange, to dusky pink and bright blue, you’ll realise why Amed is such a special place to be.
This mountainous area of Bali is often overlooked by tourists, which is part of what makes it so alluring. Munduk’s cooler climate means it’s the perfect place for growing coffee beans, so caffeine-addicts will love being able to explore the area’s many coffee farms and sip the best brews in Bali at a local café.
Get out into nature and trek through gorgeous rice fields and clove plantations, and then cool off in one of Munduk’s many stunning waterfalls – we recommend visiting the Banyumala Twin Waterfall and Munduk Waterfall if you’re looking for a relaxing oasis or perfect photo opportunity. Or see the area from new heights – literally – when you visit Wanagiri Hidden Hill and get some happy snaps on their Insta-worthy swing while you take in beautiful views of Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan. Stay ahead of the crowd and delve a little deeper in this breathtaking part of Bali.
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