Bali is full of stunning natural attractions and incredible landscapes that are sure to leave you speechless. There are countless hidden gems to discover around Bali that are off the beaten track and away from the crowds. These are just some of the hidden gems that you can find scattered around Bali, with this route being my favourite.
To experience Bali’s natural beauty, follow this adventure trail and you’ll be able to see some of the best locations in just one day!
Sunrise at Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Start the day off bright and early by catching the sunrise at Tegalalang Rice Terrace. Here, you will experience one of the most magical sunrises in Bali. Although Tegalalang is a popular destination, the rice terraces are so spacious and huge that there are still some unique, lesser-known spots scattered throughout the fields. This particular spot that I am about to share will leave you in awe as you witness light rays beaming past the palm trees onto the lush green rice fields.
To experience this magical moment, do make sure that you are headed for the rice fields well before sunrise. This way, you’ll have the whole place to yourself as you catch the magical moment.
Head down the stairs from the entrance and follow the path to the right where a sign indicates the start of the walk. Be sure to always keep left when the pathway splits. Continue along and the pathway will soon become dotted with stepping stones. Keep heading in the direction of the sun and it will be evidently clear when you’ve reached the right spot. The lush fields open up to the glistening sun and the surrounding palm trees cast some incredible light rays that look perfect in photos!
Tukad Cepung Waterfall
If the light rays at Tegalalang aren’t enough for you, then just a short drive away is where you’ll find Tukad Cepung Waterfall. Quite literally a hidden gem, this waterfall is tucked between the canyon walls and at the right time of the day, light rays will shine right through. Fortunately, the best time to see the light rays is around 10am, which fits in perfectly after a morning visit to the rice fields.
Finding the waterfall itself is a mini adventure. You’ll have to walk up a small stream that weaves its way around some impressive boulders and towering canyon walls. The walk along the river is enchanting, with vines dangling above you and small droplets of water running down the mossy walls. Finally, one last push through a narrow gap between a boulder, and you’ll be able to see the waterfall tucked away between the rocks.
Once you are done admiring the light rays, it is time to head to one of my favourite secluded swimming spots. Tibumana Waterfall doesn’t get many visitors, making it the perfect spot to relax as you find yourself away from the crowds. It is nowhere near as big as the other waterfalls around Bali, but its simple beauty and charm should not be overlooked.
The walkway to the falls leads you through the lush jungle terrain and over a few bamboo bridges. Just a short walk down and you’ll soon be greeted by one of nature’s finest swimming holes, hidden in the middle of the jungle.
Sunset at Pasut Beach
After a full day of exploring in the heart of Bali, there is one last spot to finish off your perfect day. Bali is known for its fiery sunsets and what better way to watch it than from a black sand beach! Pasut Beach is a newly discovered gem, so there aren’t many tourists swarming the place yet. However, it is sure to gain popularity quickly, so do make the most of it while you still can!
Pasut Beach stretches off into the distance, lined with beautiful palm tree forests that overlook the crystal black sand. The beach is also a popular spot among locals for riding motorbikes. For a unique and incredible experience, try it yourself – travel along the black sand coastline and ride off into the fiery sunset.
This short route provides you with just a taste of what Bali has to offer. From its exotic jungle scenery, to its temples and beautiful beaches, you’ll never want to leave this tropical paradise.
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