BALI, INDONESIA. A tiny island in Southeast Asia, just waiting for people all over the world to experience its beauty! Bali has captured the hearts of many, and with good reason. Good food, gorgeous beaches, and beautiful temples are scattered in every corner of the island. Berty and I have both been here a handful of times, and we’ll definitely be back. For this post, we’d thought it would be fun to give you the inside scoop on the best Instagram spots in Bali! There are SO many places, but here we narrowed it down to our favorite 10. Enjoy!
10 Adventurous Instagram Spots In Bali
1. Tegalalang Rice Terraces
If you’ve ever looked up “things to do in Bali”, hands down this is going to come up in your search. The landscape, located in Ubud, is stunning, and it’s a great place to take pictures and fly drones. This is a UNESCO world heritage site, and each terrace is locally owned and continually farmed to this day! In the terraces, you can explore, drink fresh coconut water, and meet local farmers.
Quick Tip: To avoid crowds, we suggest going early in the morning. Also, many of the main paths will have the owners asking for “donations” to continue on. While these are technically optional, it’s a good idea to bring very small bills just in case you get stopped by a persistent person.
2. Handara Golf Course Gate
This Balinese gate is located in the highlands of Bedugul. Here, the weather is a little cooler and cloudier. While it’s located off the main “highway” going through town, you can easily pass it because of the hustle and bustle going on around you. If you weren’t actively looking for this place, you’d probably miss it!
While it is a beautiful gate, we were expecting it to feel a little different – more secluded. We didn’t expect that there would be so many of us that had the same idea! If you hope to have this place all to yourself, we suggest arriving at sunrise. The pictures above were taken probably around 3 or 4pm. See below for actual “crowd” example. We ended up sort of “taking turns” with others to get the picture we wanted.
Quick Tip: Traffic is horrid up here because the town bottlenecks into two small roads with lots of little feeder streets. Expect it to be an all-day outing, and try to find stops along the way to break up the long car ride. If you really want to avoid traffic, refer to this event guide, and avoid Balinese holiday times at all cost (which are very often, so plan carefully!).
3. Git Git Waterfall
Git Git Waterfall is in North Bali, about 6 miles south of the town of Singaraja. To get here, you take the Highway that connects Denpasar, Bedugul, and Singaraja. (Pretty much on the same road as the Handara Golf Course Gate!) If you’re looking to visit several waterfalls, this area has a lot to explore! Refer to this guide to plan out all your stops.
Git Git Waterfall has a well-maintained path all the way to it. After an easy 20-minute walk, you arrive at the 115-foot beauty with pools to swim in below. There is a little bathroom for changing and a covered gazebo to keep your things safe from potential rain. We spent a lot of time here celebrating our friend Jeff’s birthday and playing in the pools.
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4. Padang Padang Beach
Padang Padang Beach is located right off of Jalan Raya Uluwatu (The Great Uluwatu Road) in the south part of the island. It’s known for white sand, scenic cliffs, and amazing sunsets. It was also used as a location for the movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’! We hear it’s a great place for waves, but Berty and I aren’t surfers. 😉
This past June (2017) was our first time at this beach. It’s easy to get here and easy to park too. However, expect to pay an entrance fee to walk down to the beach. It’s pretty common to pay entrance fees in Indonesia, but don’t worry – this one is only Rp. 5,000 if I can remember.
The water was the perfect temperature, and the sunset we saw made the water and sand shine in the evening. This is definitely a place you’d want to visit in the evening!
5. Pura Lempuyang
Best of 2016: When the universe aligns. – Spending 5 weeks in Indonesia was a really special trip. So much culture and diverse environments. This is one of the many ornate and serene directional temples in Bali. @travisburkephotography and I rode for hours on scooters through villages and windy mountain towns until we realized we were definitely lost. Two boys ended up showing us the way and with no one else around we watched a sublime sunset over Mt. Agung then stayed out until the stars came out. We sat on that step where I’m standing and talked for hours – about hard stuff, deep stuff. In that gateway time seemed to stand still and I felt truly connected to the space around me. #wonderfulindonesia
We actually didn’t make it here because we got it confused with another place (Pura Bekasih, see below) and didn’t have time to make a return trip. However, this place is still on our list of places to visit when we return to Bali. On a clear day you can see Mount Agung in the background.
If you care to reach the top of the temple, expect a two hour hike (!!!) but you will be greatly rewarded with spectacular views and very little crowds. This temple is known to be one of nine temples that are said to protect Bali and its people from evil spirits. Still a sacred place, so make sure to pack your sarong, and refer to our Indonesia packing list for other essentials.
6. Uluwatu Temple
Pura Uluwatu literally translates to “Temple on the Edge of the Cliff”. This place is supposed to be dedicated to protecting Bali from evil sea spirits. Here, there are very long and beautiful walkways that line the steep cliffs. From end to end, the pathway takes about an hour to walk.
One thing to note about this place is the mischievous monkeys that live here. They’ve been here so long that most have actually been born here. The monkeys learned to steal things from visitors, so be careful! The little ones may be cute, but they WILL grab anything in your hand. They’ve learn how to barter, so if you do get something stolen from you, you might be able to get it back by trading some tasty treats like bananas in return.
7. Pura Besakih Temple
If you’re looking for a true Balinese experience, you must visit Pura Besakih. This temple, or should we say, a collection of many temples, is the biggest on the island. It’s perched on the side of Mount Agung, with a significant hike if you want to reach the top! Here, it’s a requirement to cover your legs, so either wear long pants or bring a sarong for your time here. (You can also download our Indonesia packing list here!)
We hiked up to the verrrrryyy top to see this temple. It’s called the Temple of Thunder and the gate looks like huge dragon mouths. I love this shot!
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8. Tanah Lot
This is the most iconic place to watch the sunset in Bali. Tanah Lot is located on the West shore about 10 miles from the city. While you can’t go inside the actual temple (it’s still used for religious ceremonies today), there’s plenty of room along the walkways on the cliff to get the perfect sunset picture. Just be prepared – this place gets BUSY during sunset, and for good reason!
Quick Tip: Crowds and traffic get crazy right before and after sunset. Be patient when leaving and don’t plan anything right after your visit here. When we visited Tanah Lot, we had a plane to catch afterwards and it was the most stressful drive! Don’t do that to yourself.
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Bedugul is located in North Bali, in the highlands away from the ocean. Here, the weather is much cooler and rainier – it almost reminded us of being back home in the Pacific Northwest! The main attraction here is Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, a temple on Lake Bratan. We came during the middle of the day, but this temple would still look gorgeous with still water, probably during sunrise or sunset.
10. Sanur Beach
Sanur Beach is for the people who want a beautiful beach near the main city (Denpasar) but want to avoid the crowds on the busier Kuta Beach. Here, there is a paved walkway up and down the shore. Lined with a good combination of swanky bars, restaurants, and local mom + pop places, you certainly won’t be bored here. You can also rent boats on this shore – many depart to places like Gili Air, Nusa Penida and more.
We recommend staying at least for two meals in Sanur. Our favorites are eating at a local lean-to on the beach with satay babi (BBQ pork) and for dinner, trying a little bit of everything at the Sanur Night Market.
Where are your favorite Instagram spots in Bali? Tell us in the comment section below!
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