Off the Beaten Track in Bali
Long associated with sand, surf and good times, Bali is one of those destinations that keeps giving. Beyond the party-hard atmosphere of Kuta, the serene beauty of Seminyak and the mischievous creatures that inhabit Ubud’s Monkey Forest, there is a huge variety of sights to see and experiences to be had. Whether you’ve been to Bali several times before or simply want to avoid the crowds, here’s a quick roundup of some of the lesser known attractions on this diverse island.
Hidden Canyon of Beji Guwang
Walk, climb, crawl and wade your way through this amazing work of nature. Located in the village of Sukawati Guwang, which is about a half hour drive northeast of Denpasar, the canyon is not easily accessible, so you’ll need an experienced guide to show you the way. Once in the canyon, you can put your fitness to the test, gaze up in wonder at the towering rock formations around you, revel in the truly peaceful and quiet ambience and enjoy nature at its finest.
Pura Luhur Lempuyang
Venturing off the beaten track often means getting physical, and the 1,700+ stair climb to reach the Pura Luhur Lempuyang temple definitely meets this criterion. Far from the tourist hotspots in south Bali, this holy temple is located in east Bali within the highlands of Mount Lempuyang. A visit here combines exercise with breathtaking panoramic views and cultural richness. Travellers may even get the chance to say hello to a few grey long-tailed macaques along the way.
For lovers of snorkelling, a trip to this picturesque island is a must. Positioned at the northwest end of Bali, Menjangan Island or Deer Island is about an hour-long boat ride from the mainland. Here, visitors can dive into the startling blue waters and discover a diverse ecosystem teeming with a variety of fish and aquatic life. On the shore, keep an eye out for the famous deer who call this island home.
Almost an hour and a half’s drive directly north of Denpasar is the majestic Nungnung Waterfall. Travelling along hundreds of stairs, the trek to the 50-metre waterfall will be worth it when you feel its refreshing mist on your face, see its waters plunging far below and marvel at its lush green backdrop.
Go on a Cycling Tour
Booking a cycling tour is one of the best (and most fun) ways to really see Bali and its people. Joined by experienced guides, you’ll be led on a cycling path that will take you past rice paddies, temples, villages and, depending on the time, school children making their way home from school (be sure to wave back!). There are many tour providers and operators, so do your research and find an option that is suitable for your fitness level, time, budget and interests. A downhill cycling tour, for example, is a great option for travellers of all ages.
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