Mention the name “Bali,” and you’ll probably be filled with images of lush, gorgeous beaches, wonderful people, and amazing food. And guess what: you’d be right! There’s a reason Bali is one of the world’s most popular destinations. It’s one of Indonesia’s largest revenue-generating provinces. It has been able to maintain its natural beauty despite the influx of millions of tourists every year. Yes, it’s commercialized, but you’ll find local restaurants and temples right next to numerous five-star hotels and international hospitals. It truly melds east, west, and all the best of Asia on a single island.
There’s no one way to capture the magic of Bali, but getting off the beaten path is a great way to get away from the tourists and experience the beauty of Bali in its purest form. Here are three Beautiful destinations in Bali that are a carefully guarded secret:
The White Beach of Nyang Nyang
The millions of tourist who visit Bali often flock toward the west coat (where the big waves make it a surfer’s paradise), the quaint and luxurious resort towns of the east coast, or the tourist hot spots of the Nusa island trio.
But the hive of tourist attractions in Bali is in South Bali, where most of the five-star hotels are located. Within this area, however, is a secret beach called Nyang Nyang, which features stunning cliffside views and mile-long stretches of white sand beach. The best part? It’s almost practically deserted! Nyang Nyang Beach doesn’t have a lot of restaurants or resorts, with many of the places to eat being local restaurants that cater to local fishermen. It’s a unique, hidden gem that many people overlook, but one that the veteran traveler needs to visit whenever they’re in Bali.
The Emerald Rice Terraces of Jatiluwih
Other than its beaches, Bali is home to some of the world’s most unspoiled rural landscapes, with hectare upon hectare of undisturbed farmlands dotting the island. One of the most beautiful and arguably least visited of these landscapes is Jatiluwih. It offers a stunning 360-degree view of the entire island, not to mention offering visitors a glimpse of an emerald sea of rice fields.
Jatiluwih is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it an irreplaceable cultural treasure of the world. The rice terraces are located on the side of a mountain, but the path leading there is tame, mild, and perfect for a relaxed morning stroll.
The Waterfalls of Banyu Wana Amertha
It’s no secret that Bali is home to some amazing waterfalls. But one of the most overlooked areas with arguably the best waterfalls in all of Bali and Indonesia is located right in the heart of North Road (one of the most tourist-dense places on the island). The Banyu Wana Amertha waterfalls are home to not just one but three waterfalls in the heart of Bali. And the best part: during the rainy season, those three waterfalls become four. They are probably the most serene, beautiful, and powerful images of nature that you can encounter in Bali.
If you ever want to escape the hustle and bustle of your life in the city, go on a trip to Bali. Their beautiful beaches and delicious food will make you forget everything that stresses you out in the city.