Are you looking for a unique, off-the-beaten-path experience in Bali? Great, this one is for you! Whether you’re an experienced traveller or this is your first time in Indonesia, there are plenty of activities and hidden gems to find in Bali that are not on most tourist’s itineraries.
Here are some of our favourite alternative places and experiences to uncover on your holiday in beautiful Bali!
If you’ve heard of the popular tourist spots like Kuta, Nusa Dua and Seminyak, then chances are you’ve been stuck around south Bali. South Bali is great for its wide variety of restaurants, beach clubs and nightlife but it can also be quite crowded at times. If crowds aren’t your thing, head up north or east to explore some of the less touristy parts of the island.
Ubud is a great place to start; it has a vibrant atmosphere with many temples, waterfalls and rice terraces to explore. There are plenty of small towns along the way where you can get lost in nature, meet friendly locals and check out traditional markets. Going further east towards Padangbai, you’ll discover untouched beaches with dramatic cliffs overlooking crystal clear waters – perfect for diving or snorkelling! And don’t forget about Lovina Beach on the north coast of Bali with its black sand beach, which is ideal if you want to go snorkelling or dolphin watching!
Visit a Waterfall – While there are plenty of waterfalls throughout Bali, one of the most unique ones is Gitgit Waterfall. Situated in the northern part of the island near Singaraja, it offers spectacular views as well as plenty of opportunities for swimming or taking photos (we’ve seen some funny TikToks where Bali tour guides give you great directions on what poses to create). Another great option is Tegenungan Waterfall in Ubud which is surrounded by lush rainforest and is known for its crystal clear waters.
Explore an Abandoned Temple – Another unusual activity on offer in Bali is exploring one of its many abandoned temples. The most famous example is Pura Luhur Batukaru which was built during the 11th century but has since been left to decay. Set among the lush jungle landscape of Tabanan regency, it’s definitely worth visiting if you have time to spare during your visit.
Gili Meno Turtle Sanctuary – Located off the coast of Lombok in Gili Meno Island, this turtle sanctuary has become a popular spot for travellers looking for something different to do in Bali. Here you can take part in turtle conservation efforts or just observe these endangered creatures from afar while learning more about their plight and how we can help protect them from extinction.
Taman Ujung Water Palace – This historic site located near Amlapura was once used as a summer palace by Karangasem dynasty rulers but has since been converted into an attraction with its own museum complex and gardens filled with exotic plants and flowers. Take some time out during your holiday to explore this beautiful location which offers stunning views across the surrounding area.
Ayam Betutu – This traditional Balinese specialty consists of chicken cooked slowly over hot coals until it takes on a dark colour and develops an intense smoky flavour that will leave you wanting more! This delicious dish can be found at many local restaurants throughout Bali so make sure you give it a try when you have the chance!
Bali offers something unique for all its visitors – whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation. With its lush jungles, stunning beaches and rich culture there’s something here for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable experience as we take you through The Alternative Guide To Bali! As South Africans we know how important it is to find those hidden gems off the beaten path and make sure that every trip is both memorable and enjoyable – so happy travels!
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