8 Spots That Prove Bali Is as Gorgeous as You Think It Is

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by Dayana Aleksandrova Sep 25, 2016

1. Tegenungan Waterfall

Tegenungan Waterfall

Kemenuh, Indonesia

Scenic waterfall about 30 min out of Ubud. You can jump, splash or take photos. Go early in the morning to avoid the crowd. Even if you get lost on the winding road and get there by 2pm, it’s not that bad – everyone is willing to share the beauty of this spot and move over so you can strike a pose. Tickets are 2,000idr per person ($1,50). #hiking #nature

2. Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Ubud, Indonesia

Definitely cool to see, especially if you’re a monkey fan. BUT whatever you do, do not bring anything edible with you. I rolled up with a bag of fruit, not realizing I was at the sanctuary, so I immediately got attached and screamed like a total tourist. Don’t be that person. Also, take off jewelry, sunglasses, watches and hold on tight to purses and cameras. #hiking #nature #animals

3. Café Pomegranate

Café Pomegranate

Ubud, Indonesia

Great views and awesome, peaceful atmosphere amid the fields, up on top of a hill in Ubud. To be honest, don’t go there for the food. It’s nothing special and overpriced. I got an iced coffee to enjoy the views on the cheap. It’s located in an area of the town high up, secluded from the rest with a few yoga spots and artisan shops around. #coffee #free-wifi #hiking

4. Ceking Rice Terrace

Ceking Rice Terrace

Tegallalang, Indonesia

A vibrantly-green, polished rice terrace close to Ubud. If you’ve come to Bali and don’t stop by here, you’ve just wasted a good 20 hours of your life flying here. This one is a must. Come around sunrise or sunset to catch the best light for photos. Around halfway through your walk in the terrace, you’ll see someone asking for donations. Travelers usually leave a coin of whatever currency they carry. #free #hiking

5. Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot

Beraban, Indonesia

Tanah Lot, the temple in the wager is a must-see. Sunsets are gorgeous but there is a swarm of people at that time. Foreigners aren’t allowed to go up to the top of the rock, so we can only watch from a distance. Nonetheless, it’s good for photography and it offers a nice ground for spiritual contemplation. The temple area is quite large and surrounded by warungs and souvenir shops on the outside. #history #statue

6. Echo beach

Echo beach

Canggu, Indonesia

Awesome beach, perfect for tanning and splashing around. Rent chairs or bring a towel and enjoy a cold Bantang from the warungs that line the beach. Stick around for the sunset, it’s gorgeous in pink, gold and blue. You can dine at the beach warungs as well and stay to party later on. #food #beach #dancing

7. Uluwatu Surf Villas

Uluwatu Surf Villas

Pecatu, Indonesia

Go to the little opening to Uluwatu beach at the heart of Uluwatu villas. I got there at 6am and had the whole scenery to myself- lush greenery, tall rocks, soft sunrise; the only people around are the few earlybird surfers catching the first waves of the day. I don’t surf, but if I did this would be an absolute paradise. #beach #surf

8. Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple

Pecatu, Indonesia

Absolutely gorgeous place; tall rocks and a temple surrounded by blue waters and purple trees. There are little trails within the property where you see a dozen monkeys playing. Be careful with those, don’t shoot too many photos around them as they may get upset. Also, don’t bring in sunglasses and big jewelry because the monkeys may snag that. Otherwise, go as early as possible (they let us in around 7:15) to beat the crowd. Entrance is 30,000 IDR which is $2,20 usd #nature #view #outdoors #temple

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