The Unspoken Paradise

Bali, Indonesia


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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Aerial Photos Of Bali

Surfer's Paradise

Uluwatu Beach

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.

Surfers return to the cave at Uluwatu Beach
The aqua blue water and cliffs of Uluwatu

Gorgeous looking Uluwatu, Bali
Rocks below the Uluwatu cliffs in Bali
Aerial view of Suluban Beach
Surfers at sunset at Uluwatu Beach, Bali
Bali - Surf or Relax - you choose
The Untouched Paradise

Nyang Nyang Beach

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.

Waves lashing out on the shipwreck - at Nunggalan Beach, Bali
Beautiful blue waters of Nyang Nyang Beach, Bali

The shipwrecked at Nunggalan Beach, Bali
Aerial glimpse of Nyang Nyang Beach, Bali
What it takes to get this shot of the sand, water, and trees - Nyang Nyang & Nunggalan Beach, Bali
Bali's Landmark

Tegallalang Rice Terrace

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, theĀ 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.

Aerial view of the Tegallalang Rice Terrace near Ubud, Bali
Aerial view of Tegallalang Rice Terrace, Bali

Bird's eye view of Tegallalang Rice Terrace, Ubud, Bali
Soak it in - Tegallalang Rice Terrace, Ubud, Bali
Steps of rice fields - Tegallalang Rice Terrace, Ubud, Bali
A top-down shot of the Tegallalang Rice Terrace, Ubud, Bali
Peaceful & Relaxing

Thomas Beach

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.

This turned out to be one of my favourite aerial pics from Bali - Thomas Beach, Bali
Gorgeous looking Thomas Beach, Bali

Thomas Beach, Bali from another angle
The beautiful Thomas Beach in Bali
Sun-loungers at Thomas Beach, Bali
A wider view of Thomas Beach, Bali
What a gorgeous day to capture this gorgeous shot - Thomas Beach, Bali
Incredible Sunsets

Bingin 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.

bingin beach bali
Bingin, baby!
Those rocks are slippery on Bingin Beach, Bali

Aerial view of the sunset from Bingin Beach, Bali
Beautiful abandoned house near Bingin Beach, Bali
Looking straight down on Bingin Beach, Bali
Overlooking Bingin Beach, Bali
Bingin beach looking serene during sunset, Bali
Gushing Through Bali

Tegenungan Waterfall

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.

Aerial view of Tegenungan Waterfall, Bali
Aerial close-up of the Tegenungan Waterfall, Bali

A slight hint of a rainbow as the sun shines through the mist - Tegenungan Waterfall, Bali
Right above the Tegenungan Waterfall, Bali
Gorgeous aerial view of the Tegenungan Waterfall, Bali
The Tegenungan Waterfall with the Tegenungan village in the background

Aerial view of Tegenungan Waterfall, Bali
Beaches & Resorts

Sanur

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.

Low tide at Sanur, Bali exposes the underlying landscape
Aerial view of Sanur, Bali

Sanur has these pretty posts to sit and relax near the beaches
Aerial view of Sanur Beach, Bali
Sun, sand, and sea - Sanur Beach, Bali
As the tide recedes - Serangan, Bali

A lovely day for the beach - Sanur Beach, Bali
The bay at Serangan village, Bali
Boating through the shallow weedy waters - Sanur, Bali
A boat races in front of Sanur Beach, Bali

Simcity anyone? - Serangan Village, Bali
Weedy water, Sanur, Bali
Aerial view of Sanur Beach, Bali on a gorgeous day
Kite flyers and paragliders assemble on Sanur Beach, Bali

One of the resorts along Sanur Beach, Bali
This pier that looked like a teardrop - Sanur, Bali






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