This blog was inspired by a piece I read in ‘Adventure In You’ earlier this year, where they explored a ton of unusual things to do in Bali that most tourists just aren’t aware of! Inspired by this, we thought we’d do our own version and provide you with our must go places in Bali that you've probably never heard of! Although they are relatively under the radar compared to some of the top destinations in Bali, they are definitely still worth paying a visit if you have the time!
Located in the South West Coast, Balian is, in my opinion, the best beach in Bali Indonesia as it boasts beautiful Black Sand. The black sand is believed to have originated from the lava of Bali's most famous volcano, Mount Agung.
Some locals believe the black sand possesses healing powers, able to cure diseases like Arthritis, Sciatica, and other joint inflammatory illnesses – so if you are experiencing any knee or back issues from partying too hard this is definitely a beach worth visiting! ;)
One of Bali’s lesser-known beaches, Balian beach is definitely a place to visit if you are looking to get away from all the traditional touristic spots.
Located in the Southern part of the island, Greenbowl is one of the most secluded beaches, perfect for anyone searching for a private beach experience in Bali. Getting there requires a steep descent down hundreds of steps and past wild monkeys, however, once you’re finally down, the crisp white sand beach and beautiful turquoise sea views serve as the perfect reward!
Located in the South West Coast, Sulaban Beach also knows as Blue Point is a real gem! The saying Suluban is taken from the Balinese vocabulary “mesulub” which means to bow down. The beach is one of Bali’s most unique coasts concealed by limestone formations and can only be accessed via steps and log ramps through narrows gaps in the rock. Popular among surfers due to its fantastic surf breaks, Sulaban is a must-see with its beautiful coves and caves if you have the chance!
Located in Gianyar, Bandung Waterfall is a hidden gem that will absolutely blow your mind! It's still very unknown so if you are looking for a secluded experience then this is the perfect waterfall for you. One of the coolest things to do in Bandung is swimming between the two towering cliffs which will make you feel like you are the only one there! Getting to the waterfall is an adventure in itself as it's hidden between canyons. For thrill-seekers - a great way to experience the river is through tubing its rushing waters!
Kanto Lampo Waterfall
The Kanto Lampo Waterfall location is around a 30-minute drive from Ubud, Kanto Lampo is a hidden beauty deep in the jungle. Formed after an avalanche hit the region, this scenic, seasonal waterfall with its water cascading down a stepped rick formation is a stunning view to behold. As one of the lesser-known waterfalls, Kanto Lampo serves as a peaceful escape and is perfect for anyone wanting to get away from the mainstream spots. In addition, its unique rock formations serve as the perfect backdrop for those stunning Instagram photos ;)
Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang
Located just outside of Ubud, Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang is an upcoming hotspot on the island – so make sure you visit it as soon as you can before it gets busy! Perfect for adventurers, expect to get wet when visiting! Climbing the Hidden Canyon is no joke, with chest-high water from the jump. The rocks are very slippery so we would maybe recommend bringing some swim shoes as the trek takes anywhere between 1-2 hours to complete.
The Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang entrance fee is 15,000 IDR (1 USD)
Boeing 737 in the Bukit Peninsula
An abandoned plane in Bali can be found located on the Southern side of the island. The Boeing 737 lays in a random field facing a limestone quarry. Don’t ask me why as no one quite knows how it got there either! There are rumors swirling around that it was part of some failed tourism project or a restaurant – but no one knows for sure! It’s fairly easy to get to so if you are a plane fanatic – we’d highly recommend visiting it as its super cool to see!
Kecak fire show
Located in Uluwatu, Kecak Fire Show is a fantastically authentic Balinese experience. As more and more people seek authenticity on their travels, this show really resonates with us as a place everyone should experience when they come to Bali. The show tells a story of a family feud where a prince, Sri Rama, is sent into exile for wrongly being framed by his evil stepmother Rahwana. His brothers go on an adventure to free their brother and clear his name! The Kecak Fire Dance is on daily from 6 pm and lasts around an hour and a half.
Snorkel Through the Underwater Temple Garden
Located in the seas of Nusa Lembongan, snorkelling through the Underwater Temple Garden is a surreal experience! You can snorkel through Buddha statues which are now home to coral and native fish! Although these 8ft statues look like ancient artifacts, they were purposely put here by Balinese artists over 10 years ago. For those who know about this hidden beauty, this unique location is super special!