Of all the thousands of islands in Indonesia, Bali is arguably the best known. Famous for its beaches, resorts and cafés, it’s no wonder that tourists from all over the globe flock to the Island of the Gods. But if you’re looking for somewhere a little off the beaten path on your next trip, check out these insider tips.
Aldi’s (@skinnymonkey) top pick is Taman Nusa, a cultural park that showcases different ethnic groups from all across the country. Featuring replicas of vernacular houses and temples, it offers visitors a broad overview of Indonesian history and culture. There’s even a mini Borobudur temple on site that’s built with the same types of stone used in the iconic Javanese monument.
How to get there: The park is located 30 minutes away by car from Denpasar.
Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Febrian (@_febrian) recommends this gorgeous waterfall that’s located 30km north-west of Ubud. The cascade is set in a circular cavern, giving the illusion of water falling straight from the sky. It’s a real sight to behold; however, it’s best to avoid visiting during the monsoon season, as the plunge pool can get really deep.
How to get there: From Denpasar, it’s a two-hour drive to Dusun Penida Kelod in Bangli. Once in Bangli, you can trek your way to the waterfall.
This is another of Aldi’s favorite places. Together with neighboring islands Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Penida constitutes a bird sanctuary that’s responsible for the rehabilitation of the endangered Bali starling. Popular spots on the island include Angel’s Billabong (a natural infinity pool), Pasih Uug (a beach enclosed by a natural cliff arch), Kelingking Beach and Pulau Seribu (a gorgeous beach surrounded by high cliffs). Underwater attractions abound, too; check out dive sites like Toyapakeh and Malibu Point, which are home to numerous sharks and beautiful coral reefs.
Also read: The best dive sites in Bali
How to get there: This breathtaking island can be reached via a 45-minute ride aboard a public speedboat from Sanur Beach.
Wahyu (@iwwm) adores Trunyan Hill. Located along the periphery of Mount Batur, within Trunyan Village in Bangli Regency, the hill affords visitors spectacular views of the volcano and its lake. According to Wahyu, sunsets here are especially gorgeous. Fun fact: the hill is surrounded by a village that’s home to the Bali Aga, the original residents of the island.
How to get there: The hill is located around a three-hour drive from Denpasar. It’s advisable to join an organized tour with a local guide, as he or she can help you better navigate Trunyan Village.
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