Avoid the crowds of Bali’s South coast, get lost at the sight of Ubud’s beautiful rice terraces, encounter hidden white sandy beaches, soak in private hot springs, or just chill by an infinity pool hidden in Bali’s jungle just by yourself!
This little guide of the less known places of Bali will fulfill your dreams of travellers.
Explore Ubud‘s surroundings
Ubud has become a highly touristic place in recent years, we can now shop as much as in the touristy area of Seminyak, and get offered all kind of tours and things to buy when heading towards the Monkey Forest.
Even though, it worth having a look at the mystical yet funky monkey forest populated by friendly macaques, Ubud’s surroundings offer among the most unique and non touristy experiences in Bali.
Less than 15 minutes away from the busy Ubud, splendid rice terraces and unspoilt nature await you.
Make the most of your experience by riding a bicycle passing through Ubud’s artsy villages, creative vegan restaurants, art galleries (where prices of painting can be twice cheaper than in Ubud itself!) and other random encounters.
Do not miss the Campuhan bridge for a 2 hours walking excursion, which is also a great romantic walk through Ubud’s nature!
While wandering around Ubud, get the chance to stumble upon hidden warungs (little kitchen) in the heart of mesmerizing rice paddies or even discover a hidden natural spa providing massages with home made natural products and workshops on how to create these homemade products.
You can spend a lot of time wandering around Ubud and discovering your new favourite place every day, just let yourself immersed into the magic of Ubud and its surroundings.
Get into the wild at Nusa Ceningan & Nusa Penida
Tucked behind the touristy island of Nusa Lembongan, a suspension bridge connects the two islands and Nusa Ceningan has nothing to envy to its sister. Enjoy the fact that this island has not been massively invested by the tourism industry and remain free of resorts. Thanks the local people for it who have fought to keep this island what it is today. The weather can be dryer as compared to the rest of Bali, there are no rice fields but seaweed farming and fishing villages.
The place is also well known from the experienced surfers who considers it as one of the secret surf breaks of Bali. Adventurous and adrenaline seekers will also enjoy it for being one of the unique place in Bali for Cliff diving from picturesque hills.
If you feel a bit more adventurous, we recommend you venture to the bigger Nusa Penida, where you will literally get lost in unspoilt and beautiful nature, while being waved by welcoming hellos from the friendly locals. Most beaches are used for the seaweed cultivation, although you can find some secret beaches and hidden spot. Get ready for an adventure into the wild as compared to Bali.
Note that there are no ATMs in Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida.
Explore secret beach & pre-Majahapit Balinese village in Candidasa
Even though Candidasa is not what it used to be, as most of the coral and beaches disappeared because of the mining in the 1980s, it remains one of Bali’s hidden spot and a great base to start your trip through East Bali, the Mount Agung & more.
This seaside town in the East of Bali offers a laid back atmosphere, and you should make sure to stay the nearest to the beach as the town is made of only a street and the other side of the street can be noisy with traffic.
One of the highlight of this location is the Tenangan Balinese village, a village that still lives in the pre-Majapahit Balinese era, 15 mins away in the countryside. While the place welcomes tourists, you may observe Balinese practicing ancient traditions and beliefs remaining apart from the developed Bali, you will also find some typical Balinese handicrafts!
Candidasa’s best kept secret lies on the northeast coast, where few kilometers away you will encounter one of the most hidden beach in Bali : Pasir Putih (literally meaning white sand), enjoy a spectacular turquoise water kissing the golden white sand while you can just relax in a long chair and savour some fresh seafood.
Candidasa is a perfect stop before trekking the Mount Agung. Check out here how to reach the Mount Agung!
Snorkel or Dive in Pemuteran & the majestic Menjangan Island
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.
Making your way there can be a bit costly by private transportation, or very long by public transportation. Check out here our transportation services in Bali or contact us directly.
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.
As you can see, Bali has a lot more to offer than Kuta and Seminyak areas! So, where will be your next stop?
Feel free to share with us your favourites parts of Bali, we hope you will love travelling there as much as we did!