1: “Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop
2: “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
3: “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
4: “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin
5: “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill
6: “The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton
7: “No place is ever as bad as they tell you it’s going to be.” – Chuck Thompson
8: “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher
9: “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert
10: “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous
11: “The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” – Henry David Thoreau
12: “To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark
13: “The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen
14: “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain
15: “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide
16: “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson
17: “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine
18: “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca
19: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain
20: “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Anonymous
21: “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Anonymous
22: “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley
23: “Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury
24: “Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.” — Peter Hoeg
25: “You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” – Eugene Fodor
26: “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener
27: “People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck
28: “When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.” – Clint Borgen
29: “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson
30: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
31: “Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block
32: “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.” – Babs Hoffman
33: “He who would travel happily must travel light.” – Antoine de St. Exupery
34: “Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” – Irving Wallace
35: “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
36: “The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine
37: “I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” – Caskie Stinnett
38: “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
39: “Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” – Roy M. Goodman
40: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch
41: “Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley
42: “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
43: “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag
44: “Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” – Wendell Berry
45: “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle
46: “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost
47: “There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” – Charles Dudley Warner
48: “Oh the places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
49: “It is not down in any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville
#50: “Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.” ~ Matthew Karsten
Not known exactly where Kecak dance originated and which was first developed, but there are some kind of agreement on the Balinese Kecak was first developed into a performing arts in the village of Bona, Gianyar, as additional knowledge Kecak was originally a song or music that is resultant from a combination sounds that make up melodies that are usually used to accompany the sacred dance Sanghyang. And can only be staged in the temple. Then in the early 1930s by artists from the village of Bona, Gianyar trying to develop a Kecak dance by taking the story of Ramayana who danced as a substitute for Sanghyang Dance so this dance could eventually be displayed in public as a performance art. Part of the Ramayana story in which the first is taken as Goddess Sita was abducted by King Ravana.
The development of Bali Kecak and Fire Dance in Bali
Kecak Dance in Bali continues to change and progress since the 1970’s. Developments can be seen is in terms of story and staging. In terms of the story for staging not only sticking to one part of the Ramayana, but also other parts of the story of the Ramayana. Then in terms of staging also began to experience growth not only found in one place likes the Village Bona, Gianyar, but also other villages in Bali began to develop Kecak dance so all regions in Bali there are dozens of Kecak groups whose members are usually members of the Banjar. Activities such as Kecak dance festival is often held in Bali well by government or by a school of art in Bali. As well as from the amount of much dancers who ever performed in the Kecak dance was recorded in 1979 which involved 500 dancers. At that time kecak performed by taking the story from the Mahabharata. But this record was broken by Tabanan regency government that organizes colossal Kecak dance with 5000 dancers on September 29, 2006, at Tanah Lot, Tabanan, Bali.
Pattern of Bali Kecak and Fire Dance
As a Kecak dance performance is supported by some very important factor, and in the Kecak dance performance presents the dance as an introduction to the story, of course, vital music to accompany the dancers movements. But in the Kecak Dance, the music generated from a combination sounds of members “cak” which were about 50-70 people all of them will make music in akapela. A person will act as a leader who gives the tone early, someone else acting as a suppressor in charge of pressure high or low tone, someone else acting as a solo singer, and someone else will act as the mastermind behind that to deliver the story. the dancers in the Kecak dance motion should not follow the movement of dance accompanied with gamelan. So in the Kecak dancethis gestures of the dancer is more relaxed because the main priority is the storyline and the sound mix.
Bali Kecak and Fire Dance Performance Story
What makes the Kecak special is that the accompanying music is provided by the human voice, the gamelan suara, a choir of a hundred men or more sitting in concentric circles, swaying, standing up, lying prone as the story develops.Amongst the swaying masses the voices of the storytellers can be heard telling the unfolding tale.
The story is a fragment from the Ramayana, the Hindu epic which finds its expression in many forms, not only in dance, but also in painting and carving. Prince Rama, heir to the throne of the kingdom of Ayodya, and his wife Sita have been banished from the kingdom by King Dasarata as a result of trickery by Rama’s stepmother. The story begins with the arrival of Rama and Sita accompanied by Rama’s brother Laksmana in the forest of Dandaka.
The trio have been observed by the demon Rahwana, King of Alengka, who lusts after the beautiful Sita. Rahwana sends his prime minister Marica to try and isolate Sita so that Rahwana can kidnap her. Marica’s magical powers turn him into a golden deer and he enters the forest and when the Sita sees the golden deer she is so enchanted by it that she asks Rama to capture it for her. Rama chases after the deer leaving his brother Laksamana behind with strict instuction to protec Sita. When Sita thinks she hears a cry for help from Rama she forces Laksamana to go after Rama by accusing him of cowardice and he goes off to help Rama with great reluctance after drawing a magic circle on the ground and telling Sita the she should not under any circumstance step out side the circle.
Sita, left alone in the forest becomes an easy prey to the trickery of Rahwana who has disguised himself has an old periest and bags Sita for some food as he is cold and hungry. Sita falls for for his trick, she steps outside the circle to give the old priest some food and rahwana grabs her and takes her to his palace.Once back in his palace in Alengka, Rahwana tries everything he can to seduce Sita without any luck.
In the palace of Alengka, Sita pours out her heart about her cruel fate to Rahwana’s niece Trijata, when Hanoman appears telling her that hi is Rama’s envoy and proving it by showing her Rama’s ring. Sita gives Hanoman a hairpin to show she is still alive and sand him back to Rama with a massage to come to her rescue. In the meantime Rama and Laksamana accompanied by Tualen are wandering in the forest looking for Sita when Meganada, Rahwana’s son, appeares and engages Rama and Laksamana in Battle. Meganada uses his magic powers and shoots of an arrow which magically turns in to a dragon which overpowers Rama and Laksamana and they are trussed up in ropes.
The bird Garuda, King of all the bird, a good friend of King Dasarata, has observed trouble Rama is in from high up in the sky and comes to the rescue freeing the brothers from the ropes. Rama and Laksamana continue on their way to rescue Sita and are joined by Sugriwa, king of the monkeyes, and his monkeys army. This fragmen of the Ramayana come to an end with the bittle between Sugriwa and his Monkeys Army and Meganada and his Demon Army which ends with the defeat of Meganada.
Since the global success of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love the island of Bali has become a mecca of inspiration and personal evolution for solo female traveler. In it’s ecological beauty, depth of ceremony, and thriving wellness scene, Bali is an alluring, safe, and profound place in which to find yourself and discover depths you never knew existed. Traveling as a woman alone is empowering and incredibly liberating. Where no one knows you, you have a chance to recreate yourself, and perhaps because the concept of traveling as a female solo is culturally foreign to the Balinese, you will be met with unparalleled kindness and a feeling of safety in the Hindu culture. Wondering what to do and where to go when exploring Bali alone? We have compiled the ultimate guide for self discovery and expansion in one of the most welcoming places on Earth.
10 Tips for female solo travelers in Bali
Solo Female Traveler in Bali #1 – Purify Yourself
Continually infused with wafting incense, Bali is a place where the very air itself feels pregnant with prayer. It is a place to step out of the mind and into the stillness of body and spirit. The perfect way to prepare yourself for the journey is to visit the water temple. Tirta Empul houses a holy water spring which feeds various purification baths, pools, and fish ponds. Ancient and mystical, the temple dates to around 962 AD and provides holy water for priests and a site of ritual purification for the Balinese. Be sure to dress in a sarong, and begin by making an offering at the main temple before immersing yourself in the crystal clear waters, thought to have curative properties and bring blessings of good fortune and health. While the site is seeped in the energy of ancient ritual and meditative practice, it also presents you with the perfect opportunity to perform your own personal ritual and let go of all that no longer serves you, a great way to kick off solo travelling in Bali!
Tirta Empul temple can also be visited through a Kintamani volcano day tour.
Solo Female Traveler in Bali #2 – Heal
Bali is renowned for it’s intuitive and skilled spiritual healers or Balians. Cokorda Rai is one of the oldest healers in Bali has developed his own way of healing and reading a person’s body/mind condition that is rooted in his knowledge of Sacred Balinese Scriptures, meditation, rituals, and asceticism. He uses the “nadi” meridian points, mantras and mudras, sacred healing tantric drawings, as well as home-made phytotherapy, healing oils, and herbal medicine used in a shamanic way. A visit to this Traditional Healer can be life changing and result in physical, mental, and spiritual rebalancing, aura clearing (where disease is believed to start), enhancing purpose and sense of direction, stimulating passion for life, healing of traumas and scars of the heart, as well an array of conditions such as physical pains and ailments, fertility issues, detoxification, and overall immune boosting. This is an experience only to be had in Bali and perfecting fitting to delving deeper into yourself when traveling alone in Bali.
Solo Female Traveler in Bali #3 – Cook
Bring out your inner chef and take home skills to last a lifetime by taking a Balinese Cooking Class. Indonesia is made up of 6,000 inhabited islands and over 300 ethnic groups, contributing to a cuisine of diverse cultural influence and intense flavours. During a cooking class in Bali, you are likely to find yourself in a rustically charming semi-outdoor kitchen, overlooking terraced rice paddies and nearly drunk with bliss at the wafting aromas, simmered in the traditional way. You will visit the markets with a local, opening up a whole new world of previously unknown spices, fruits, and vegetables. Creatively inspired by a culture that brings art into all it does, you will experience cooking with fragrant seeds, roots, and vegetables all enriched by germination in mineral infused volcanic soils. Among, all the options of things to do when travelling Bali as a solo female, cooking is a wonderfully nurturing and indulgent activity.
Solo Female Traveler in Bali #4 – Adventure
Bali offers an array of adventurous activities that will get your adrenaline pumping and offer you the perfect opportunity for solo female traveler in Bali to work through fears and ignite the dormant fire within you! Depending on what “floats your boat” you might try paragliding, whitewater rafting by night, horse riding, or even sea walking!
You could even adventure off the island and meet fellow solo travelers by joining a cruise to the neighbouring Island of Lembongan. Imagine yourself on board a luxurious catamaran and making lifetime connections while on your way to an island of stunning beauty and colourful underwater gardens. It doesn’t get any better than this!
Solo Female Traveler in Bali #5 – Shop
Bali, particularly the town of Ubud, is a shoppers paradise. With stylish boutiques and eclectic shops you will surely ending up buying another suitcase as well! The local market houses a wide variety of colourful sarongs, many of which are made of silk, and crotched tops galore. For a more upscale experience, you might also visit the high end shops of Seminyak. Traveling as a solo female in Bali is the perfect opportunity for some retail therapy at your own pace and for as long as your heart desires!
Solo Female Traveler in Bali #6 – Make an offering
The act of making a colourful offering of woven palm leaf, flowers, and food is rich in symbolism and deeply embedded in Balinese daily life. To take a workshop in offering making is an unforgettable immersion in Balinese culture and may even influence your own personal practice of seeking balance in your life.
Solo Female Traveler in Bali #7 – Wander
Bali is the perfect place to let your inner voice guide you and delight in the discovery of the unexpected. Rent a scooter for a day and armed with your GPS, just drive! You will be amazed at what you might uncover as the streets are full of vibrant culture and ceremony at every turn. If you prefer to be on foot, stroll the rice paddies around Ubud for a tranquil and reflective inner experience that can be incredibly special to experience as a solo female traveler in Bali.
Solo Female Traveler in Bali #8 – Eat
From succulent seafood on the coast, to a thriving organic raw food and vegetarian scene in Ubud, Bali is a food lover’s paradise. Venture out on your own or join a food safari tour for an exclusive and mysterious culinary experience. A must-do for solo female traveler in Bali!
Solo Female Traveler in Bali #9 – Nurture your mind, body, and soul
Ubud is a special hub of yoga, meditation, and personal development, all ideal activities for a solo female traveller in Bali. You might also delve into natural beauty and learn about making plant-based face creams, scrubs, and beauty masks. In a workshop to empower your radiance, you will also learn massage techniques, Balinese healing secrets, and even get a one hour facial massage!
Solo Female Traveler in Bali #10 – Learn & Grow
Develop a new craft and also master the art of decision making with endless opportunities for learning that include a Silver Making Class, becoming a Balinese rice farmer for a day, making your own perfume, or learning about mask carving, Balinese Batik making, Lontar Weaving, Fruit Carving , Bamboo Carving, Stone Carving, Wood Carving, Ceramics, or Photography. The options are endless! You might also get into your body by taking a Traditional Balinese Dance Workshop and then round it all off by letting loose in ecstatic dance at The Yoga Barn.
Exploring as a solo female traveler in Bali is truly a privilege and an experience many yearn for. Purifying, cooking, healing, adventuring, shopping, offering, wandering, eating, nurturing and learning in your own company is the best gift you can gift to yourself. In Bali, the veil between spiritual and material is thin. Particularly when traveling with the openness going it solo, the island is guaranteed to transform you, as though she knows exactly what you need.
Bali, the Island of the Gods, is a hub of endless opportunity for adventure, exploration, spa hopping, and spiritual growth. There is so much to do that you could spend a whole month on the island and barely scratch the surface! Trying to figure out what to do in Bali to make the most of your holiday can be a bit overwhelming, so we have done the work for you! Keep reading to discover the perfect 5 day Bali itinerary with an ideal balance of physical activity, cultural immersion, and beach time, including varied options depending on your personal desires.
Bali Itinerary Day 1
Surf’s Up, Cocktails on Ice, Temples Stand Silhouetted by the Sunset, and the Party is Thumping
Surf Class on Kuta beach, Bali
9 AM- Open your eyes to the glistening waters of Seminyak and dive right in with a morning surf class in Kuta, or Seminyak. The waves are gentle, consistent, and break over sandy bottoms, making it the perfect place to learn under the safe guidance of experienced and cheerful instructors. If surfing is not quite your style, dynamic and trendy Seminyak is a great place for shopping, with options for everyone from upscale boutiques to wholesale prices. Stylish jewellery, eclectic clothes, swimwear and even art galleries make for fantastic window shopping too!
NOON – After working up an appetite in the waves or perusing the shops, have lunch at one of Seminyak’s beach clubs. There is nothing like enjoying a delicious meal surrounded by the energy of the sea. Potato Head Beach Club is a must do on your Bali holiday with an open air restaurant, swanky cocktail bar, and infinity pool facing the beach.
3 PM – After lunch, head back to your hotel for a shower and refreshing rest, grab your camera and depart to one of Bali’s most famed destinations, Pura Tanah Lot; a striking temple dramatically perched on an offshore rock and shrouded in a mystical mythology. Multi-teared shrines create a magnificent backdrop for the colours of a tropical sun disappearing into the vast horizon.
Tanah Lot Water Temple
7 PM – The sun has set, but the night is young! Head to La Lucciola, a romantically lit beachside restaurant with decadent Mediterranean inspired cuisine. Don’t miss the pan seared fillet of coral trout, marinated artichokes, and lemon zesty wild rocket. If you’re in the groove, keep the party going and sample Seminyak’s nightlife at Ku de ta oceanfront nightclub for an aperitif, or to dance the night away. Or try La Flavela and check out their VW bus bar!
Sunset at Ku De Ta in Bali
OR 5 or 6PM – You might prefer to enjoy the sunset on a quintessential culinary adventure! On an exclusive and unique four-hour food safari tour, you will sample 12 exquisite dishes from top restaurants all with a view and by way of a privately guided chauffeur.
Bali Itinerary Day 2
Village Cycling, Riding the Rapids, Spa City, Volcano Trekking, and Hot Spring Soaks
7 AM – Wake up early for the ride up to the artsy and spiritual village of Ubud, a place that has earned so much notoriety, that your Bali Itinerary would not be complete without it! A cycling tour is a must do in Ubud, and a relaxing way to explore, while feeling the fresh tropical breeze as you glide through local life, villages and ornate temples. If you are looking for a bit more adrenaline, a rafting tour is a great way to get your blood pumping and also be refreshed by the cooling currents of the Telaga Waja river. You can even maximise your Bali circuit and do both tours by booking here.
And, of course, do not miss the Monkey forest, which is Ubud most popular attraction for great photo souvenirs with monkeys around you
Cycling Tour from Kintamani to Ubud, Bali
2 PM – After an adventurous morning, you might opt for some self-indulgent spa time in the afternoon. Ubud is renowned for massages, facials, floral baths, or array of other healing modalities. Tasku Spa, Cantika, and Shambala are some of our favourites. For a real treat, have a Treetop Massage at the Mango Tree Spa perched along the upper banks of the Ayung River Valley. If you are feeling more energetic, you might wander the streets of Ubud, where shopping is at it’s best! The market has beautiful silk sarongs and dresses as well as an array of statues, woodwork, and crafts to take home.
Treetop Spa Massage in the heart of Ubud
6 PM – Enjoy an early dinner in Ubud and if you are in a romantic mood, do check out these amazing selection of romantic dinners in Ubud. Be sure to get an early night in preparation for your sunrise hike up the spectacular Mount Batur, a cornerstone to your journey across Bali!
View above the clouds, at Mount Batur
You will be picked up at 2:15 AM, so that your hike will begin under a blanket of stars and unfold beneath the magic transition time to dawn. As the sun rises, the magic of the land around you will be revealed and the colours in the crisp air of altitude will be a display you shall never forget. This tour will carry you into the morning, with a relaxing soak in natural hot springs and a delicious brunch at 11 AM. Book here to experience the once in a lifetime Hiking up Mount Batur and spice your Bali Itinerary with adventure.
Bali Itinerary Day 3
Rice Paddy Roaming, Expansive Yoga, and an Aromatic Balinese Cooking Class
Sari Organic Cafe, in Ubud
9 AM – If Mount Batur, was a bit too adventurous for you, you have the morning in Ubud to enjoy yoga and meditation classes, a rice paddy walk, or shop till you drop! If you choose to wander the rice paddies, a wonderful lunchtime destination is Sari Organic. If you opt to stay in town and shop, try Cafe Wayan, set in beautiful gardens of soothing water fountains and private, luxurious eating nooks.
2 PM – If you opted for the adventure of climbing Mount Batur, you will be dropped off in Ubud at 1 PM. You might choose to squeeze in a yoga class at one of Ubud’s renowned studios such as Yoga Barn, Radiantly Alive, or Intuitive Flow to stretch your muscles.
Yoga Class in Ubud
4 PM – Next try your hand at Balinese cooking, take home skills that you will never forget, and enjoy a gourmet meal prepared by you during an evening Balinese cooking class. In a traditional Balinese compound and overlooking a forested ravine, you will learn about foundational spices, how to make an offering, traditional coconut oil processing, as well how to prepare as an array of mouth-watering dishes.
Bali Itinerary Day 4
The Rugged Bukit Coastline, a Holy Temple, and the Famed Kecak Dance
9 AM – Explore the dramatic and jagged coastline of the Bukit peninsula, an area on the southern end of the island that includes the fishing village of Jimbaran, the clifftop temple of Uluwatu, and resorts of Nusa Dua. You may take some time to wander the crescent shape bay of Jimbaran’s golden beaches. Or perhaps visit one of Bali’s holiest temples, Pura Luhur Uluwatu, which sits upon a rock jetting out into the Indian Ocean and is dedicated to the spirits of the sea. With the temple stairway at you back, follow the pathway to the right for some of the best views of the multi-teared temple atop a wall of limestone and the surrounding coastline.
NOON – Complete your Bali Itinerary by checking out the beaches of Nusa Dua, we recommend Nusa Dua Beach Grill for a beachside lunch & for those looking for a fun afternoon in the sea Nusa Dua is the best part of Bali to enjoy watersports, such as Jetski, Parasailing or even underwater scooter! More info about Nusa Dua Watersports,here.
Watersports on Nusa Dua Beaches, Bali
Another option could be to have a fantastic lunch with a view in Jimbaran, at the famous Rock Bar, a must-do in Bali!
Rock Bar at the Ayana Resort Bali
4 PM – In the late afternoon, you might embark on a journey combining nature and culture, followed by a candlelit dinner on the beach. The Uluwatu Kecak Dance is an experience not to be missed. Balinese men gather cross-legged in concentric circles, swaying and waving their arms in unison, while making hypnotic chattering sounds in an other-worldly way of telling a Ramayana story. The performance, dramatic and memorable, takes place against the backdrop of the setting sun, presenting unparalleled photographic opportunities. Next, you will be chauffeured to an ocean front restaurant in Jimbaran for seafood by candlelight. The entire adventure lasts five hours, and will likely place you in a dreamy state, perfect for enjoying a good night’s sleep.
Kecak Dance Ceremony at Uluwatu temple
7:30 PM – Alternatively, you might prefer to have a sunset dinner at a restaurant of your choosing, followed by the more contemporary Devdan Show at the Nusa Dua Theatre. Inspired by the culture of Indonesia, the professional show is translated by modern acrobatic dance routines and incorporates all the elements of water and fire!
Bali Itinerary Day 5
Beach Club Chilling and a Catamaran Sunset BBQ Cruise to Bid Bali Farewell
Chilling out at Single Finn beach club
9 AM- It is your last day in Bali, and it is time to unwind and relax! A great place to chill is Single Finn Beach Club which lies at the base of Uluwatu’s cliff face and boasts 180m of white sandy beach. You might choose to bask in the sun and enjoy the DJ, while watching the surfers do fancy footwork. For the more actively inclined, you might kayak, stand up paddle, or snorkel the turquoise waters.
4pm – A great to end your trip in style is to embark on a Sunset BBQ Catamaran Cruise. Sipping cocktails and enjoying the breeze, you will cruise around Serangan Bay and Turtle Island, the site of an important temple and turtle conservation center. To experience sunset over the glistening sea, breath in the salt water spray, and see the island from afar is a fitting way to top off your Bali adventure.
Catamaran Cruise off the coast of Bali
Creating a well-balanced Bali Itinerary is not an easy task, but with this guide, you can sit back and relax and enjoy the experience of a lifetime with memories to share for years to come.
Not every traveler in Bali wants to stay in a manicured resort. For those ambitious adventurous tips, we offer this guide to exploring Bali less seen side. Let’s get lost in Ubud’s beautiful rice terraces, encounter hidden white sand beaches, soak in a private hot spring, or soak in an infinity pool hidden in Bali’s hinterland.
Hopefully this guide will help experience something unique while you are in Bali. Here we go!
Exploring Bali’s Alluring Ubud
Although Ubud has become increasingly touristy in recent years, there are still hidden treasures to be found. The upside to tourism is there is an abundance of little boutiques, restaurants, cafes, bohemian wellness centers, etc. in Ubud’s center. While in town a visit to Monkey forest is a must! Officially ‘The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary’ is a nature reserve and Hindu temple complex. It resides on a plot of approximately 10 hectares or 27 acres, and is home to 115 different species of trees and of course, the infamous inquisitive macaque monkeys of ‘Monkey forest’. These hairy bandits are locally known as Balinese long-tailed monkeys. They can be rather mischievous if they think you have some food with you. I recommend you store all your valuables before entering. If not, one of the many tailed inhabitants will surely steal your stuff and hold if for ransom. Usually a piece of fruit is enough of a bribe to have your belongings returned to you. The natural beauty of the forest, coupled with the cultural/architectural interest of the Hindu temple complex (built in 1350) within ‘Monkey forest’ are well worth an hour of your time.
Less than 15 minutes from Ubud’s center, you will find emerald rice paddies, meandering rivers dotted with giant boulders, and quaint artsy villages. Take the time to explore by foot or on a bicycle. The 2 hour Campuan ridge walk is a great way to explore Ubud’s natural surrounding. I recommend early morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat of the day. Be sure to bring some drinking water on your trek. Aside from Ubud’s natural beauty, there are dozens of world class fine art galleries. If you take the time to explore Ubud, you will find something new and unique around every corner. Enjoy!
The three Nusa island: Hidden beaches, secret surf and cliff diving
Just east of Bali are three small islands, Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida. All three fall administratively under the Klungkung regency of Bali. Lembongan is the most visited of the three islands, but it is still relatively untouched compared to Bali proper. This is a great starting point to organize a dive to see the disc-shaped Mola Mola (Giant Ocean Sunfish), or to make your open water dive certification with one of many reputable dive companies. The next island to the east Ceningan is less touristy, but you can still find a café latte if in a bind. The two islands are connected by a photogenic yellow suspension bridge. Ceningan highlights include secluded beaches, a somewhat secret surf break and an adrenaline pumping cliff dive. Nusa Penida the largest of the three island offers unspoilt nature to explore, and houses the Nusa Penida Bird Sanctuary. While here, be sure to visit the Goa Giri Putri temple. This unique underground temple is located inside a limestone cave, which is entered by navigating through a small opening at the mouth of the cave. Once inside, the cave opens up into an expansive natural auditorium said to hold up to 5000 people. Aside from being an important Hindu temple, you will also find an altar dedicated to the Buddhist deity Dewi Kwan Eem. All three island offer excellent diving and snorkeling, secluded beaches and a more laid back environment than that of south Bali. Enjoy your trip!
Explore secret beach & pre-Majahapit Balinese village in Candidasa
Candidasa is a seaside town in eastern Bali that rests on the edge of a fresh water lagoon. In the 1970’s and 80’s the area received a large amount of investment in tourism, subsequently a construction boom. The reefs were mined for construction materials which resulted in the erosion of part of Candidasa’s beach. Both a positive and negative affect on tourism. You will find great restaurants with live music, a range of quality accommodations and a strip of assorted boutiques on the main road. What you won’t find is traffic jams and hordes of obnoxious tourists. There is less beach than there was in the 70’s, but there is still great snorkeling and diving. Candidasa is truly a hidden treasure, and most expats in the area are reluctant to tell tourists how great it is, fearing it will loose its charm.
Aside from Candidasa being a base camp for exploring East Bali and Mt. Agung, it also has a pre-Majapahit Balinese culture. The ‘Bali Aga’ or ‘Bali Mula’ are the the indigenous people of Bali living prior to the invasion of the Hindu Majapahit empire from Java. The Bali Aga people of Tenganan village are Hindu like most other Balinese, but they practice it in a unique way. Their customs and traditions are also particular to this village. At the end of the month long Usaba Sambah festival (usually June or July), the men of the village test their strength by battling one on one using a thorny Pandan cane to scratch their opponents back and shoulders. This battle is ceremonial and it is conducted with strict rules, no hard feeling are held after the battle. Tourists are welcome to join in a Pandan dual, as long as the traditional attire ‘udeng’ and ‘sarong’ are worn. Tenganan is also well known for its handicrafts, which make for one of a kind souvenirs.
Candidasa’s best kept secret lies on the northeast coast, just a few kilometers away, you will find Pasir Putih beach (meaning white sand). This hidden beach offers spectacular turquoise and pristine white sand. While you are here relaxing on the beach, be sure to try some of the freshly caught seafood at one of the local beach cafes. If you are looking for a laid back mature seaside town with many nearby places of interest, Candidasa is a must on your vacation itinerary.
Snorkel or Dive in Pemuteran & the majestic Menjangan Island
Pemutaran is located just to the east of Bali National Park. It’s dog-bone shaped bay sporting relaxed beach culture with kids play soccer until after dark. Pemuteran’s laid back culture. Nestled at the footstep of the National Park “Taman Nasional Bali Barat », Pemuteran is a charming and tiny seaside village located in the tip northwest of Bali.
The place is known for offering a laid back atmosphere and its long stretch of black sand beach provides high quality snorkeling on restored reef by the local diving community. Diving around Pemuteran & the Menjangan Island is among the best diving you can find in Bali, with an incredibly colourful marine life.
Get aboard a fisherman’s boat or diving boat from one of the diving school in the area and be greeted by the sumptuous Menjangan island, and its majestic Balinese temple. Menjangan island boasts spectacular diving sites, although one of the hidden gem you’ll find in the area are the underwater temple garden next to Pemuteran.
Surf in less known spots Balian & Medewi
Drive up north on the west coast from Kuta or Seminyak and encounter those little fishermen villages that boast some of the most uncrowded waves you will find in Bali, a dream for the surfers!
After one and half hour drive, you will feel captivated while finding those sea resorts in the relaxed village of Balian. Balian offers an ideal getaway from crowded surf spots in the South of Bali while a yoga studio welcomes yoga retreats in an enchanting atmosphere.
One more hour further north, Medewi is well known from surfers to be one of the longest left handed wave in the world. This tiny fishermen village will give you a glimpse of how Bali used to look like before mass tourism. Bring your surfboard, your yoga mat, some sunscreen and chill by the beach, the best way to enjoy Bali.
Take a bath into hidden natural hot springs
Besides Bali’s exotically beautiful beaches, many people are perhaps unaware that this magical island offers yet another natural wonder where people can soak themselves in – that is Bali’s stunning natural hot baths. With mountains scattered around the island that are surrounded by lakes and/ padi fields, these natural hot baths are blessed with picturesque view, serenity and comfort.
Treat yourself to an unforgettable bath experience at Toya Bungkah, where you will spoil with the unparalleled view of Batur lake and the endless stretch of greeneries that envelope its hills. Located in Kintamani, this is the perfect place to relax your muscles following a trek of the Mount Agung.
However, if you are dreaming for a private bath, then Angseri Hot Springs will be the answer to your prayer. Bordered by the lush paddy fields and flowing streams, you can be sure of not meeting many tourists there. These baths are also home to beautiful waterfalls that also function as natural massager!
Lastly, do not miss the sacred healing sulfuric hotspring of Banjar, and its healing benefits, located a short drive away from Lovina!
Enjoy a wonderful sunrise and dolphin watching around Lovina
Up north in Bali, Lovina is a quiet area made up of several fishermen villages, this is the ideal place to visit with your family and enjoy life at a quiet pace.
Although beaches are not as beautiful as in the south, the black sandy beaches of Lovina will charm you for their quietness and authenticity. Not far from Lovina are the Banjar hot spring, a very popular among tourists and Balinese for its sacred benefits. Lovina is also the only region in Bali where you can witness dolphins in their natural environment, best time is to go for a sunrise with a tour that takes you on a charming fisherman boat.
Free Dive your way into the deep blue with a single breath in Amed
This is surely the right time to visit this picturesque fishermen villages area, painted of black sand beaches and the sacred mount Agung on the background offering stunning sights for the sunrise.
Life is easy and cheap as is the real Indonesia. You will feel being at home and why not give yourself a chance to learn diving with an introductory diving session in paradise. We love Amed for the kind of unique freedive yoga retreat it offers, a two days course where you can combine your newly taught breathing skills on the yoga mat to the beauty of the ocean. This has been for us an amazing experience to see what our body was capable of while feeling in total immersion with the ocean, and also a great way to refill yourself of energy.
Jungle activities away from the crowds, in Payangan’ jungle
Nestled in the north of Ubud, Payangan is an area that offers splendid green lush jungle, fruits and coffee plantation as well as an amazing bamboo forest.
Less known from tourists this area offers unique adventure experiences, rafting and canyoning off the beaten path that will make you avoid the big tourists groups and reward you with unspoilt nature. It will also satisfies your family trips in Bali away from the crowd, as you can enjoy a wide range of activities in a single day from buggy and ATV in the jungle, river tubing, or rafting.
Payangan is also coveted from jet setters wanting to feel on the top of the world while enjoying a view from one of the most stunning infinity pool in Asia, bordering lush green jungle at the Ubud Hanging Gardens.
Enjoy a nature retreat in Munduk’s mountainous village
If you are in search of a break from Bali’s beautiful beaches, Munduk’s mountainous landscape will fill your expectations. Hidden 800 meters above the sea level, this Balinese village offers stunning sights of the rice paddies, coffee plantations and lush green jungle.
Most guesthouses and hotels in the area offer trekking that will bring you to rain-forests where lie plantation of cacao, cloves and other exotic fruits. Off the beaten path, those trek will also bring you to the spectacular Bonansa waterfall, which is still less known from tourists in Bali.
Munduk can also be the ideal place for a romantic getaway staying at the Munduk Moding Plantation where an infinity pool borders the sights of the jungle, spa and fine dining are also on the menu!
Historically used by the Dutch as a nature retreat, Munduk’s cool weather will satisfy nature lovers and adventurers alike.
Central Bali with it’s amazing tropical landscapes is home to some of the most serene waterfalls. Big and small, they are all beautiful in it’s own way unique. You don’t need to visit all the waterfalls, but include at least one on your list of things to do in Bali. To make your decision easier to which waterfall to visit, here are some of the most outstanding amazing waterfalls in Bali, worth visiting. Some of the waterfalls mentioned below are rarely visited by tourists and tour guides typically don’t like to go here. If you are an adventurous type, you would definitely enjoy exploring Bali and discover hidden places for yourself. Few things to know about Bali waterfalls: In dry season there is obviously less water, but most of them will still have plenty of water to work very well (learn about Bali seasons here) To get to most waterfalls in Bali will require a 15-20 minutes of light hiking. Take a swim suit with you, most of the waterfalls offer an opportunity to get wet. The best time to visit waterfalls is usually lunch time. The water is cool and very refreshing. Your hike through rain forests will hide you from the sun. A great time to avoid Bali’s midday heat! If you are lost on your way to the waterfall, use the local word ‘air terjun’ (pronounced as ‘ah-eer-ter-joon’) because in remote areas locals don’t know the word ‘waterfall’.
This waterfall is called a twin-waterfall and you can easily guess why when you look at it. There is a small lagoon you can swim in and even jump from a cliff. Aling-Aling is one of the tallest waterfalls in Bali, and green scenery makes it really beautiful. There are several waterfalls around this area, I mentioned few other ones in the end of this article. Location: north of Bali, close to Singaraja & Lovina; look for this waterfall in Sambangan village.
Gitgit waterfall is the most famous in Bali. This waterfall is the most visited by tourists during day trips around Bali. Tour guides love this waterfall. Though the most beautiful, it attracts tourist crowds and there are other waterfalls that are more interesting to see. Location: central Bali, between Bedugul & Singaraja; Gitgit village.
This one is very close to Gitgit waterfall but most tourists are unaware and only locals usually visit this waterfall. It’s very different from most waterfalls in Bali, meaning not high, but it’s beautiful in its own way. Location: central Bali, between Bedugul & Singaraja, close to GitGit waterfall.
Sekumpul waterfall is also well known amongst waterfalls in Bali. It’s definitely one of the waterfalls that most people fall in love with at first sight. It’s very high and to get to it requires a beautiful hike. This waterfall is sometimes also called Gerombong. Location: central Bali, 25 km up north-east from Bedugul; located in Sekumpul village.
Sekumpul isn’t the only waterfall in that area. So if you’re into waterfalls, go and see Lemukih waterfall. It’s less known as Sekumpul, but is almost as big. If you stay in that area longer you can find a local guide to do trekking from one waterfall to another. When there’s enough water in the lagoon, you can take a swim. Location: central Bali, close to Sekumpul waterfall; located in Lemukih village.
Five hundred stairs down will get you to one of the tallest and heaviest waterfalls in Bali. There is so much water coming down that it’s extremely loud. The best time for this waterfall is lunch time, you might catch the sun playing in the waterfall and showing you rainbows. Location: one hour to the north-west of Ubud; located in Plaga village.
This waterfall looks a bit different than Sekumpul, Nung-Nung, or Aling-Aling. It’s not that tall but it’s bigger and wider. It has a really nice view, where you can see the waterfall in the green scenery. The best time for this waterfall is afternoon, when sunlight peaks through to brighten the area. You can jump into this waterfall from the cliff (if lagoon has water deep enough). Location: eastern part of Bali, just one hour away from Kuta and very close to Sanur.
This waterfall used to be my favorite. Its so far away from tourist crowds, so you barely see anyone there. I love the hiking to this waterfall too. Location: north-east coast of Bali; located in Les village.
This waterfall is usually called a coffee-scented waterfall. It is settled in the coffee plantations area, so some people say you can smell a light coffee smell when you hiking down to the waterfall. This waterfall isn’t very crowded usually, so it’s a great romantic spot! Location: central part of Bali, more towards West; located in the Pujungan village.
This waterfall isn’t the tallest, or biggest, but worth visiting for the fact that you can swim in it’s large blue lagoons and provides natural slides! This waterfall is not far from Aling-Aling. Location: close to Aling-Aling waterfall, Sambangan village.
Other waterfalls – almost not known & often uncrowded
Munduk waterfall (Location: Munduk village / Buleleng district)
Juwuk Manis waterfall (Location: Manggissari, Pekutatan)
Bertingat waterfall (close to GitGit watefall)
Kembar waterfall (close to Gitgit waterfall)
Colek Pamor waterfall (also close to Gitgit)
Banyumala waterfall (Location: Wanagiri, Buleleng district)
Puncak waterfall (Location: Ambengan, Buleleng)
Dusun Kuning waterfall (not far from Bangli town)
Sing-sing waterfall – Bali (Location: Temukus, Buleleng)