Bali is not just an island with amazing waves and deep blue ocean, but it also nurtures a tremendously diverse natural resources beyond one’s imagination – from the volcanic mountains, towering cliffs to the lush paddy fields. The Island of Gods is blessed with such abundance in rich, nature-laden resources. For our readers’ convenience, we have shortlisted eight incredible nature wonders in Bali you should not miss.
Ubud and Campuhan Ridge
Campuhan Ridge Walk, an easy and free nature trek that is popular to returning visitors is located in the central highland town of Ubud. The area offers a fantastic escape from the tumultuous southern parts of the island. This path features a more natural landscape to retreat to – from the guesthouse, the modern boutique to the numerous restaurants of Jalan Raya Ubud. Travelers can sample the cool fresh air while on a hiking trail and enjoy the most attractive hillside scenery presumably, in the region. Visitors get to lose some calories by walking through this nine-kilometer hilly trail.
Mount Batur and Kintamani
Bali Volcano otherwise called Kintamani Volcano, and Mount Batur have always been the favorite spots for travelers visiting the main mountain region of Bali. With its caldera’s magnificent view and the added attraction of Lake Batur that occupies the vast part of the caldera, Mount Batur’s crater estimated to have an area coverage of 13 square kilometers becomes the major and focal interest of this area.
The scenic landscape is undeniably breathtaking and thus is one of the primary attractions of this place. Other than the captivating scenery that surrounds Mount Batur, there are many things visitors could do around the crater including taking the meandering road to Toya Bungkah next to the Lake Shore in Pura Ulan Danu Batur and even to the hot springs.
Guests can start their journey in the tiny village of Menyali. It takes about 45 minutes to go to Menyali from Lovina. This is where travelers get to learn a lot of things about arts, the rare local culture, and unique handicrafts.
Sekumpul Waterfall is lauded as the most striking waterfall in Bali. It is located near Niagara Falls Lemukih which is just about a short 2 km distance. If the goal is to view Sekumpul Waterfall up-close, travelers will have to exert some effort to reach the best vantage point. Additionally, visitors get the chance to learn some facts about Hinduism and Animism in Bali.
Banah Cliff, Nusa Penida
If given the opportunity to visit the beautiful cliffs in Bali’s Nusa Penida, it usually takes some time for travelers to realize that they are not only looking at the enormous rock walls stretching hundreds of meters upwards but they are in fact standing on the cliff. This breathtaking viewing experience while standing on the edge of the cliff with hardly anything protecting you from the dangerous plunge down into the blue sea is absolutely thrilling beyond imagination. It’s truly a heart-melting and exhilarating discovery.
Visitors can rent motorbikes with a driver to ferry them to view the cliffs, starting off from Guyangan Waterfall that dashes straight to the cliff’s bottom on the southwestern coast of the island. The gushing waters can be viewed from a 2-meter long secured wire fence.
Jatiluwih rice terraces extend through the namesake upland village area in West Bali, hugely famous for its scenic landscapes that are undeniably exotic and dramatic. This site is among the must-see attractions comparable with Mount Batur and Kintamani’s caldera.The thrilling landscapes and the cool highlands of the village that’s at the bottom of Mount Batukaru offer picturesque photo opportunities and provide a soothing escape from the crowded southern part of the island.
Ubud Monkey Forest in Bali
Ubud Monkey Forest is the natural habitat of the Balinese long-tailed macaques. It is possibly the most famous among the other nature reserve and temple complex in Indonesia because of how it is managed and its accessible location. It is located on the edges of the Ubud central center and is managed by the Padangtegal community. It is alternatively referred to as the Sacred Monkey Forest, Padangtegal, and officially known as Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana.
Ubud Monkey Forest is both a scientific research site and a spiritual and cultural complex with temples built within the forest premises. While Ubud has always attracted visitors because of the cool highland weather and several dining and shopping landscapes, this site is also considered the cultural center in mainland Bali. Ubud Monkey Forest, without a doubt ushers in a spike in the island’s tourism activities.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Tegallalang Rice Terraces are renowned for the scenic beauty of the lush rice paddies including the Subak – a water management system for the paddy fields developed in the 9th century. Tegallalang covers three major stunning terraced countrysides in Ubud’s sub-region. The others are based in the Pejeng and Campuhan villages.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces provide a fantastic photo opportunity in Bali with its breathtaking and awe-inspiring views.The panorama offers a perfect view of the terraces on the hills across the valley. The local farmers are friendly and hospitable, and they welcome visitors with coconut drinks. Guests can buy woven hats made from coconut leaves and take photos with the locals for a small fee.
The Blue Lagoon, Nusa Ceningan
‘The Island of the Gods’ is the honorary name given to Bali. The name didn’t originate from just the Hindu deities honored by the people of Bali. The name was inspired by the natural scenic beauty and geographical attractions of the island. These beautiful sceneries are found all over Bali – from the Balinese landscape, seascape and the natural surroundings. They serve as a fitting reminder about the ancient times when the gods and deities wandered the earth.
The sacred, secret canyon close to Pura Beji Guwang is guaranteed to inspire everyone with its incredible views.The secret canyon is a must-see for nature enthusiasts and advocates. Guests get to experience looking at the canyon well enough and seemingly seeing a very unique shape that almost looks like a crying skull and faces of lions from the abstract imagery.