Bali simply blew me away. I honestly had no idea what to expect. I knew it would be beautiful, but even then some of the beaches on the island were simply breathtaking! The island’s diversity, and natural landscapes offers an adventure for anyone willing to explore it. From the volcanoes, and lakes in the north, to the hip beaches in the south. The party beaches in the west coast, to the resorts in the east.
We had the pleasure to explore a few of these beautiful locations on Bali, from the pristine beaches in the south, to the rice terraces in the centre-north.
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Uluwatu Beach is probably one of the most commercial beaches in the Uluwatu area. But that’s all for a good reason.
The area’s location makes it a prime location for surfers. From the top, we could see massive waves breaking across the sea. But what makes it even more special is how surfers get into the sea.
To get to the waters, we had to descend all the down until we reached a gap in the cliff. Inside this semi-cave area, surfers go into the water by exiting right, whereas beach goers exit left. The beach in fact, is completely hidden from plain sight.
On the top, there are numerous warungs, cafes, and even clubs where you can sit and enjoy the stunning view.
Nyang Nyang Beach was hands down the most stunning beach we visited while in Bali. Aquamarine waters, and white sand stretched out for miles and miles. And to top it off, the beach gets only a few visitors.
Access to the beach makes it hard for just about everyone to visit. The walk down to the beach takes about 20 minutes, and can get treacherous at times. But it’s the walk back up that really sucks the life out of you. It’s steep, and slippery in hot and humid weather. We found only a single lady along the way who sold refreshments. So make sure you come prepared to this beach with ample water.
But if you’re up for the challenge, you will be rewarded with the most pristine beaches ever. Nyang Nyang Beach is where we truly felt like we’d reached paradise.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud are famous for their beautiful scenes of rice paddies that use traditional Balinese co-operative irrigation system. I’m fairly certain that you haven’t seen a single photo of Bali without seeing its famous rice terraces.
Today, the Tegallalang Rice Terraces are a popular tourist attraction with numerous cafes along the area for visitors to sit and enjoy the scenery. In fact, a portion of the money that the cafes earn, goes to the farmers.
Visitors are also allowed to walk down onto the terraces and visit the farmers. Some farmers even sell coconuts, or have restaurants on their rice terraces.
Thomas Beach was one of the closest beaches to where we staying in Uluwatu. It slowly became one of our favourite beaches because it was far less crowded than Bingin Beach. There were plenty of warungs in the area to grab a delicious meal, and also it was much easier to rent a sunlounger.
Neha loved the beach because of the ladies who would come by and offer massages. Who doesn’t love a relaxing massage on a gorgeous beach.
The one thing that I noted was during high tide, more or less the entire beach gets consumed by the water. But come low tide, the water practically disappears.
Thomas Beach felt like an accessible, private beach. And for me, I couldn’t photograph enough of the beautiful rocks at the northern end of the beach.
During our stay at Uluwatu, we stayed at the Melali Guesthouse near Bingin Beach. Naturally, Bingin became our most visited beach.
The beach itself is only accessible after a short but steep descent through warungs, cafes, and home-stays that are established all across the cliff. The beach is also frequented by surfers, both amateurs and seasoned. In fact, Bingin Beach is a great spot if you want to learn how to surf.
The beach also became our favourite spot to catch the sunset. The sunsets at Bingin were simply magical. I’ve never seen such beautiful sunsets in my life. You can see more pics of the sunset in my Bali photo album.
There are countless waterfalls scattered all across Bali. Obviously it’s not possible to visit them all in a single trip. We chose Tegenungan Waterfall because it was easy to combine with the rice fields during a day-trip.
Tegenungan Waterfall is located at sacred Petanu River, Tegenungan Village south of Kemenuh Village. To get to the waterfall involves climbing down a few steps. Along the way to the waterfall, there is also a smaller waterfall hidden next to the steps.
At the bottom, you can get really close to the waterfall, and even climb up to the top where its more secluded. And there is another mini-waterfall for those who reach the top.
The area around the waterfall is filled with warungs, shops, and restaurants. Some of the restaurants offer stunning views of the waterfall from their tables.
Sanur area is located on the west coast of Denpasar, Bali. The area is filled with numerous resorts that run along its coastline.
Staying in Sanur really felt like we were on a very relaxing vacation. Wake up leisurely in our resort, grab a hearty breakfast, and then just laze around on the beach. Once in a while, we’d rent a cycle, and ride up and down the beach. For lunch, there were so many amazing local warungs along the beach that served fresh grilled seafood. In the evenings, we’d again spend our time walking, and admiring all the restaurants along the beach, and then sitting and watching the moon rise.