Although Bali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia when it comes to partying and enjoying the nightlife, it has a lot more than cheap alcohol and a good time to offer. Sure, it can be nice to stay in Bali villas or resorts for a few days and just relax, but I would recommend getting off the beaten track and experiencing a few of Bali’s hidden secrets.
To help you do this, I’ve put together a list of a few of my favorite hidden gems in Bali. Some of these will take a bit of effort to get to, but others don’t need more than a bit of time and a sense of adventure. Consider visiting the following places on your next trip to Bali:
Munduk is a small town in the mountains in the north of Bali. It sits roughly 800 meters above sea level, and boasts relatively few tourist amenities. As a small rural town, Munduk will give you the chance to experience the true Bali.
It’s worth basing yourself here for a few days and exploring the area. You will find things like waterfalls, lakes, and beautiful rainforest where you can hike, swim, and just relax in general. Be sure to speak to the locals when you get there, as they can recommend the best things to see at the time of year you’re visiting.
If you love beaches, but can’t stand the huge crowds that frequent Bali’s more famous destinations, then consider visiting the Amed area. When you hear people talking about Amed, they may mean one of two things. In some cases, they will mean the small fishing village of Amed. In others, they will be referring to the region itself.
Regardless, visiting Amed gives you the perfect chance to experience true Balinese island life. With pristine black beaches, wonderful dive and snorkel sites, and no public transport, you will have the time of your life while you’re there. The Amed area also offers a wide range of traditional food options for the adventurous traveller.
If you want to experience the true beauty of some of the small islands near Bali, then you can’t miss Nusa Penida. Although it it just 90 minutes from central Kuta, Nusa Penida gives you the chance to experience some of the best ocean activities that Bali has to offer.
The best way to get around the island is definitely renting your own moped or motorcycle, but be aware of poorly maintained roads. Visit pristine white beaches, go snorkelling with manta rays and reef sharks, and spend a day or two just relaxing in the sun. If you’re a beach lover, then Nusa Penida should be the first place on your list of must-see locations in Bali!
If you’re serious about getting off the beaten track when you’re visiting Bali, then be sure to do a bit of research before you leave. There are plenty of hidden gems spread throughout Bali – it’s just a matter of finding them. Make sure that you stay safe and enjoy yourself!