Bali is one of those magical places that you dream about. This amazing Indonesian island is full of waterfalls, mystic dream temples and endless, emerald rice fields. I found that Bali was quite touristy, yes…a lot of travelers from all around the world visits this magical country each year. However, you can still find tons of hidden gems along the way. Josh and I got a little bit of everything while we were there. And we did all of that in just four days!!!
It was a short and hectic trip but we planned it really well. We were so excited about visiting Bali. So, even if it was a short journey, it was an unforgettable one!
1. Nusa Penida
This magical island is only a short ferry ride southeast of Bali. Only 25 minutes away, you’ll find yourself in a lush green paradise with the bluest water I have ever seen in my life. I found it astonishing to be swimming in crystal turquoise waters full of fish and manta ray. Josh and I simply couldn’t believe our eyes! The scenery was purely magical.
Of course, we got the basic stair shot but then I have seen it over and over again and realized that I need something different. Then I decided to climb a tree to get this shot. Spectacular, isn’t it?
2. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Lake and Temple
This one was especially fun for me. I love canoeing, so getting out in the water was so nice. This little canoe costs only $2 to rent. And you can use it for as long as you want! So Josh and I rented it to take some beautiful pictures of the lake. We went there right after sunrise, and there was no one else there, just the two of us. The place appeared so secluded and peaceful. Simply beautiful.
3. Handara Golf
The World magazine ranked this resort among top 50 greatest Golf Courses in the World. Handara Golf is located right after the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Lake and Temple. I think everyone goes to this “gate” – there are a couple around the island. For more details check out my Bali travel guide.
4. Hidden Hills
In this dreamy place, you can get onto a swing or sit in a bird’s nest with a really pretty view in front of you. The place is super touristy. But if you don’t get that swing picture it’s like you never went to Bali. So, visiting is a must.
5. Sekumpul Waterfall
This waterfall was AMAZING. We went early in the morning, so it wasn’t very busy. It is easily accessible, there is a very short walk from the parking lot.
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6. Aling Aling Waterfall
The first of the waterfalls is really super pretty. It is an amazing spot for pictures. The other waterfall at this location is great for jumping. You can climb and jump from the top. However, it costs $12.50 to do that, so I was like, “That’s not worth it, after all”.
7. Sacred Monkey Forest – Ubud Monkey Forest
This forest in Padangtegal Ubud, Bali is a pretty cool place. The forest is the sanctuary of the natural habitat of Balinese long-tailed monkey. I really enjoyed seeing all the monkeys in their lush green surroundings…until one BIT me!
Believe me, this was the most terrifying thing on my journey. However, I’m okay. I got my rabies shot. I would suggest getting one before you go. I honestly didn’t think I’m going to need it, but it turned out that I SO did. So, get vaccinated before you pack and go.
8. Taman Saraswati
Taman Saraswati is a home to a truly stunning temple in Ubud. The detail on this temple is just beautiful and in other news…there is a Starbucks right by it lol. 🙂
9. Telegalalng Rice Terrace
This place is super dreamy. The terraced rice fields are a popular tourist destination and a dazzling spot for Instagram photos. In addition, I was truly amazed by the way rice was made. It takes a lot of work, but the fields are breathtaking. Such great photo backdrop.
10. The Gili Islands
Another day – another island. The group of three Gili Islands on the north-western shore of Lombok, Bali’s is well-known as the party island among tourists, but Josh and I went there for a totally different reason.
Our goal was to get some spectacular underwater pictures. The islands are also famous among divers, and there are diving centers available on all there islands.
The waters around the islands are rich in tropical marine biodiversity, so we were very excited to find turtles here. In addition, the island’s south boasts a variety of partying and dining hubs, so we had a unique opportunity to indulge in the exceptional local food there.
A special shout out to Josh for joining me on this trip and for taking my photos at these instagrammable spots around Bali.
I hope to get back to Bali soon and see more of it! What is your favourite instagrammable spot around Bali?
Bella Bucchiotti is a storyteller, food lover, dog mom and adventure seeker living on the Pacific coast. She shares her passion for food, dogs, fitness, adventures, travel and philanthropy, in hopes of encouraging followers to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places and stand for a cause. Bella lives with Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease.