10 Amazing Places to Visit on Your Bali Tour
It seems unlikely that someone has never heard about Bali at least once in their life. It is a stunning tropical island dreamed of by many people all over the world. Some may say Bali is a heaven on earth, and one of the most famous names bestowed upon Bali is “The Island of the Gods”, which not only referred to the Hindu deities worshipped in Bali but also refer to the wonderful beauty it offers. These combinations are what makes Bali Tour popular among local Indonesians as well as foreigners.
Due to its popularity, Bali has always crowded with tourists all year round, especially in Denpasar, the capital city of this island where you can find all the gleams and the glamour of the city. It is not hard to find Bali’s wonderful beauty as you can see it almost everywhere you look around you. However, one of the most spectacular ones may require a little more effort to find.
While plenty of places in Bali has been developed for tourists and crowded with tourists, there are some natural wonders in Bali that are still rarely visited. Therefore, if you want to experience the untouched natural beauty of Bali, you may need to turn to the beaten path, getting to know experienced local guide, and leave the ordinary Bali Tour alone.
Here are 10 best hidden natural wonders of Bali that will make your jaw drop.
1. Mende Hill
Do you consider yourself an adventurer who enjoys hiking and immersing yourself in the beauty of nature from above? If so, then Mende Hill is the perfect destination for you. It offers spectacular views of the lush green mountains, a blue stretch of ocean and terraces of rice field, creating a harmonious view that is really hard to forget.
The wonderful view coupled with the fresh air to breath makes Mende Hill a great place to go if you ever get bored with the beach and crowds, two things that are really common in Bali. Here in Mende Hill, you can enjoy the quiet and calm atmosphere with no one to disturb you.
This hill is around 3-hour drive from Kuta area with difficult access to the top of the hills. There is only a small path that leads you to the top of the hill, so you need to be careful. Also, you need to be physically fit and healthy in order to climb Mende Hill as it requires a lot of strength and physical fitness. Don’t forget to bring enough water as well.
2. Marigold Field
For those who love flowers, get ready to immerse yourself in the field of marigold flowers at Temukus Village. The yellow marigold flowers are a common flower used in various religious rituals in Bali, therefore, it is understandable that there will be flower fields in Bali, considering the high demand of these flowers.
Temukus is a quiet village in East Bali and located close to the holiest as well as the most commercial temple in Bali, Besakih Temple. Many villagers here grow flowers, and it is not only marigold but also Edelweiss flowers.
For those who want to watch these beautiful views, make sure to visit this place before the harvesting season so that you can witness these flower fields at its lushes form. You might need to ask local people about the date since Bali uses a lunar calendar which means the traditional ceremony dates can change every year.
Also, you need to remember to be careful when visiting these flower fields and don’t step on these flowers. These are meant to be harvested and is the source of income for these flower farmers.
3. Peguyangan Waterfall
This is not going to be the only waterfall you see in this list, and probably some of the waterfall not listed in various Bali Tour destinations since there is actually plenty of newly discovered waterfall that offers wonderful scenery. However, let’s first talk about this stunning waterfall with infinity pools facing the unrivalled ocean views.
Located in Nusa Penida, Peguyangan Waterfall is a series of short, cascading spring fountains that lows over a steep ravine into the sea. This waterfall feels relaxing as you can enjoy a ‘natural spa’ sensation by a massage from the fast-flowing waters.
It is not easy to get to this waterfall as you need to descent down 460 narrow steps of stairs against the ravine. The view from these steps is both exhilarating and amazing. Aside from the waterfall, you will also see a beautiful infinity pool with clear water facing the blue ocean. Creating an unrivalled magnificent view.
This waterfall is not really easy to find as many locals don’t even know its existence. Therefore, you might need to hire a Bali Tour guide that knows his way to this hidden paradise.
4. Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang
This one is not really a hidden place, but relatively new to the public and not many people are visiting here either. However, you will need to take around 1-2 hours of trekking to reach this beautiful attraction, depending on your walking pace. However, you don’t need to worry about getting lost since there will be a guide that leads you the way.
You will walk through the canyon, so it is advisable to wear proper and comfortable shoes. But if you don’t feel like walking through the canyon, you can walk through the rice field to the back entrance. One thing you need to remember is that the Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang is considered a sacred place for local people, therefore, make sure to dress properly.
Once you go through all the trekking, you will find yourself in the middle of a canyon with clear rivers and pools. The views are incredible with the formation of rocks and lush bushes on top of them. It makes great photos with the wonderful natural colour combination that it offers, and it is also a great experience too for those who love a little adventure.
5. Bhuana Sari Waterfall
It may not be exaggerating to say that Bhuana Sari Waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali. This waterfall is located in a secluded area, 2.5-hour drive from Denpasar, and with an additional 20 minutes of trekking. These pristine and untouched waterfalls are not known by many, so can be sure that you can enjoy a nice and quiet moment here and only accompanied by the sounds of nature.
This lesser-known gem is actually the second set of the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall, which also offers a magnificent view and magical experiences. Upon arriving at the waterfall you will be welcomed with the sounds of water gushing out from the rocks.
Once you get close to the waterfall you will see the magnificent view of water burst out of the rocks and cascaded into a creek below. The view of a beautiful waterfall with the lush trees surrounding it, creating a scenic beauty that you will never forget. Something that a usual Bali Tour will not be able to offer you.
6. Kanto Lampo Waterfall
Kanto Lampo Waterfall, another pristine natural wonder in Bali worth to visit. The clear river that gently flows through a giant pile of rocks creates this beautiful waterfall. Local people say this waterfall flows only since a few years back, around 2015, after an intensive praying ceremony. That is the reason why this waterfall is considered as a blessing.
Legend also says that aside from the waterfall, the worshipping and rigorous praying also cause a cave to appear nearby. Today, this mysterious cave is used for meditation as well as a home for some bats.
The waterfall is easy to access with series of well-paved stairs, so you don’t really have to trek on some beaten path to reach the Kanto Lampo Waterfall. There are also basic facilities available already such as parking lots and changing room.
7. Angel’s Billabong
If you are around Nusa Penida, make sure to stop by at the Angel’s Billabong, one of Nusa Penida hidden natural pools. This is where you can find a natural infinity pool facing the vast blue ocean and surrounded by cliffs. This combination creates a wonderful landscape that you will not easily forget.
The emerald hues and crystal clear waters look wonderful in pictures but even more amazing in real life. The green floor of the infinity pool even feels comfortable to walk on and doesn’t feel slippery.
Despite the beauty, however, you need to be careful when visiting Angel’s Billabong as it can be dangerous. There have been cases that people swept out to the ocean due to the waves rushing in. So, be sure to watch the water level at all times when you are visiting this place.
8. Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Another stunning waterfall that is practically unknown and not listed in many Bali Tour services. It is a waterfall located in the middle of high cliffs, and hidden from a lot of people, and located behind the cliff that looks like a cave, making it the perfect place to visit for those who enjoys a little solitude.
This majestic waterfall has just recently been discovered, making it a virgin and untouched. The waterfalls are surrounded by cliffs, and when you look up, you can see the beautiful sun rays shining on top of the waterfall in the morning, creating magnificent views. This is where you can be as close to nature as you can get.
You need to be careful when you are visiting this waterfall since the river water levels can increase dramatically during rain and may cause rapid flooding. So do check before you descend the stairs to get to the waterfall.
This waterfall is located around 2 hours from the southern part of Bali like Seminyak, Denpasar, and Kuta. After you reach the main entrance, you still need to walk for about 30 to 40 minutes to reach this hidden waterfall. It is quite a journey to take, but the stunning views welcoming you makes it all worth it.
9. The High Cliff at Melasti Beach (Ungasan)
Melasti Beach or Ungasan is a stunning beach on Bali’s southern coast. This beach is already known by plenty of people and some Bali Tour service usually includes this destination in their tour as well. However, the cliff in this area is still largely ignored by tourists, although the views it offers are spectacular.
The high rock formations create wonderful high cliffs looking over at the ocean. From this high cliffs, you can see the amazing views of the Melasti (Ungasan) Beach below. Although it is not really visited by tourists, this place is popular among photographers who want to capture the scenic panorama of this cliff.
10. Secret Gardens of Sambangan
Last but not least is the Secret Garden of Sambangan, which is home to some of the most beautiful waterfall in Bali. This stunning garden is located hidden in the mountains and deep in the jungle, surrounded by rice paddies and local village. But don’t worry about getting lost since there are guides that you can hire with various trek offers. But you can also enter without a guide too, although you will not be allowed to swim in any of the waterfalls.
Secret Gardens of Sambangan is a chain of natural pools and cascading waterfalls surrounded by lush forests. It creates a combination of the stunning colour of blue, green, and other wonderful colours that everyone will immediately fall in love.
There are seven waterfalls here in total and it takes 3 hours of trekking deep into the forest to reach them. Therefore, make sure you wear appropriate clothes and shoes for trekking to get into these magnificent gardens.
Those are some of the best-hidden places you can still find in Bali. Most of them are not offered by the usual Bali Tour service, so you might need to go there yourself and get to know some local people to help you reach these beautiful and stunning paradises. Although it may involve difficult trekking, the views and experience you will get are worth it!