Traveling in Bali doesn’t just mean getting into the hectic popular beaches, dining in crowded and happening local eateries, or winding down under the sun among the packs of surfers, peddlers and other visitors. A journey in Bali can be soothing and calming for the soul, especially if you know where to locate these tranquil, pristine and less visited places in Bali.
This list of secluded and remote “secret” beaches in rural areas will serve as a little piece of heaven on earth that is very much different than your usual ones in the denser part of the island. Make sure you include one of these in your itinerary :
1.Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan – Southeast Bali
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A 45- minute boat ride to southeast of Bali will deliver you to three islands with great retreat experience. Lembongan is the most famous as it offers amazing diving and snorkelling spots, along with the perfect waves for surfing. It is recommended to explore the south and western side where it is mostly quiet and relaxing as the main south-western coast is where most of the hotels are located. The smaller island – Ceningan- is connected to Lembongan by a bridge where you can explore the tranquility of fishing area, seaweed farms, turtle nesting place and mangrove forests.
Getting there : Ferries and charters depart from coast of Sanur, Padang bai and Benoa Harbour on certain times. Motorboats and fast boats are also good alternatives to getting to Lembongan.
2. Nusa Penida – Southeast Bali
With minimally built infrastructure, Nusa Penida is still considered to be one of the least visited tourist places in Bali. Regardless, the experience of pure nature and cultural wonder will give an exotic traveling pleasure not often found in most traveling experience. With many mystical cave temples, one of them namely – Goa Giri Putri, the place is filled with limestone stalactites and stalagmites used as meditational spaces. As the appointed bird sanctuary affiliated with Friends of the National Park Foundation ( FNPF), Nusa Peninda becomes the safe house of the endangered Bali Starling which is now the local signature animal of Penida villagers.
Getting there: You may head on to Nusa Penida by ferries or charters departing from Padang Bai Harbour.
3. Amed and Tulamben – Karangasem, East Bali
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For diving enthusiasts, Amed & Tulamben make for a diver’s ultimate paradise. Recent development has shaped this region into a quite modern coastal area. However, the natural and untouched beauty is still apparent in the village outskirts where quiet beaches and hilly bays become the parking space for traditional fishing boats. As the sun rises, fishermen will prepare to set sail making a rhythmical scenes of colorful activity. Their sailcloths filled the horizon like hundreds of butterflies making a dramatic and beautiful scene to behold.
Getting there: There are diving tours or private tours that can arrange transport to both destinations. We have options that can save you the hassle of the public transportations with just approximately one hour’s drive north from the Candidasa area.
4. Tenganan Pegringsingan – Karangasem, East Bali
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There are 3 ancient or old Bali villages still remain in the island of Bali. All of them are located in quiet isolated area with one specifically in Tenganan Pegringsingan. Just a few kilometres north of Candidasa, lies a quaint old Bali village that specializes in the making of the rare traditional woven cloth – geringsing double ikat. This village still holds annual human blood offering where village coming-of-age boys will take part in pandan leaves battle. Lashes of thorny pandan leaves will dance between two warriors who aim to hit their opponent’s back leaving cuts and bloody marks. Held around June or July, these friendly fights are carried out in a raised platform prepared for cheers and shoutings of local villagers.
Getting there: Tenganan village is only a short drive up a hill from Candidasa main area. Contact us for a pre-package tour that includes exciting discovery around the area.
5. Penglipuran Village- Bangli, East Bali
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Welcome to where the heart of Balinese people is, where traditional values and strict moral codes are still a big part of the daily life. This mountain village has long become an icon of traditional Balinese houses. Surrounding these endless and uniform rows of neat houses are lush bamboo forests and coffee plantations. A visit here will give you a clear view of how old Balinese function, down to its traditional family housing. Built with old bricks and traditional kitchens with ancient ovens, these houses have the unique and similar traditional split gateway. You will witness firsthand how the root of old Bali is still intact here.
Getting there: We have a convenient and common tour package that allows visitors to explore around the area along with Besakih Temple, Ubud Discovery, Active Volcano Tour or a Lovina to Ubud sightseeing itinerary.
6. Padangbai – Karangasem, East Bali
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For those heading to Lombok, you will pass through this area during ferry crossings. Many overpass Padangbai since it is deemed as a transit point. However, if you set aside some time to really explore this part of the eastern coast, you will soon be amazed with the wonders it has to offer. Padangbai is essentially a fishing village with idyllic stretch of sands. The clear water makes it extremely ideal for snorkelling and diving activity. There are several hotels and accomodation around the area making it a perfect place to spend the night to further appreciate the beauty of Padangbai.
Getting there: With just 12km away from Candidasa hub, our package of diving tour will allow you to relax and absorb Padangbai at its fullest.
7. Tirta Gangga and Taman Ujung Water Palaces- Karangasem, East Bali
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These water palaces are historic evidence to the royal family that once ruled Bali during late 1800’s to mid 1900’s. The two famous palaces and gardens are named Tirta Gangga and Taman Ujung. The former is built in 1946 during the reign of late king of Karangasem serving as a public hillside retreat. It is a mountain estate decorated with spring pools, ponds and fountains in the beautiful garden lawns, complete with layouts of stepping stones and detailed statues.
Taman Ujung is a water complex that has a touch of European architectural designs with equally strong Balinese influence. This unique combination is enriched with the presence of 3 large ponds, elegant bridge and pathways. The overall look is completed by the towering background of Mount Agung and the Indian ocean.
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8. Jatiluwih – Tabanan, West Bali
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If you are looking to relax and feast in the tranquility of nature, head to Jatiluwih at the bottom of Mount Batukaru in the Tabanan regency. As soon as you arrive, your eyes will be welcomed by the sea of green paddy fields stretching acres and acres ahead. The cool highlands breeze and this magnificent scenery are the perfect combination for a place to relax and appreciate the nature’s creation. This systematic paddy plantation with traditional water irrigation management is famously called “subak” – the local name that dates back to the 9th century. It also hold a reputation of once being the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site candidate. When you are done feasting your eyes, there are plenty of outdoor excursions of ATV rides and off-road tours along the tranquil village roads and rivers.
9. Lovina – Singaraja, North Bali
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Located at the northen part of Bali, Lovina is still a rarely explored “secret” beach by the mainstream tour activity. It has a rather low-key features with calmer waves and black shores but definitely worth a visit, especially for sunrise and sunset watching. Lovina is also the famous spot for dolphin watching tours, with traditional boats setting out for the ride usually during sunrises. In the nearby area are vineyards of growing Alphonse Lavallée grapes and the Buddhist monastery complete with its mini Borobudur temple. A few kilometers away is where the Banjar Hot Springs is located where tourists get to unwind and be spoilt with warm dips among the hilly forests.
10. West Bali National Park – Jembrana, West Bali
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The central western region of Bali is comprised of West Bali National Park taking up space of 19,000 Ha. Like all great national parks, this is the home for dense forest hills with numerous animal species including the rare and endemic Bali Starling. Just north of the park is Menjangan Island which is a pristine coastal areas and also a favourite snorkelling and diving site for protected coral reef gardens and Pemuteran which is where the world coral restoration projects, pearl farms and mangroves are. Menjangan Island is also home to the Javan deer along with over 300 different species of animals and birds. It will be a true safari ride with all the benefits of coastal area, making it simply a nature’s best spot one could ask for.