When you’re traveling to Bali, you might not want to get to the crowded scene, and more prefer to go to more peaceful places. So, here are 5 recommended getaway places in Bali.
Padangbai is one of Bali’s less-explored beaches on the eastern coast, mostly thanks to it being a transit point for travelers who go on ferry crossings to the neighboring island of Lombok. Some who spare time to learn more about the region are in for tasty snacks, as the fishing village has some stretches of sand which are quite idyllic. The waters around Padangbai are suitable for snorkeling and diving, and several resorts and lodgings here serve as great bases from where to explore East Bali.
TirtaGangga and Taman Ujung Water Palaces
The majestic palaces of the Karangasem imperial household comprise 2 of the island’s famous water palaces and gardens, namely TirtaGangga and Taman Ujung. The former high hillside retreat is now open for the public, covering 1.2 hectares of mountain spring-fed pools, ponds, and fountains among beautiful gardens lawns adorned with stepping stones, ornate sculptures, and tropics gardens. Mount Agung and the Indian Ocean serve as perfect wallpapers to this exotic site.
The tranquil village of Jatiluwih lies at the base of Mount Batukaru in the Tabanan regency, renowned for its beautiful expanses of green rice terraces. These terraces pretty much cover the entire region, and also the cool highlands and spectacular scenery make for a soothing retreat with fantastic photo opportunities, far from the crowds. The landscape was once a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site candidate, well-maintained by traditional water management combined known as ‘subak,’ dating back to the ninth century. Some action-adventure operators in the region provide ATV rides and off-road tours through quiet village roads and river crossings.
Bali’s northern coast of Lovina Beach offers a very low-key beach scene compared to its southern counterparts, with calmer waves, black-sand beaches, and overland attributes worth seeing. Sunrises and sunsets in Lovina are both magical, and also the former sees traditional boats setting out for dolphin watching tours, which the area is also famed for. Up in the hills nearby are tranquil vineyards growing Alphonse Lavallée grapes and the Brahmavihara-Arama Buddhism monastery with its mini Borobudur temple. Some kilometer from here is the Banjar Hot Springs that offers a fantastic spot to soothe and unwind up in the forested hills.
West Bali National Park
The West Bali National Park covers most of the island’s central-western region. Including more than 19,000 hectares of thickly forested hills — the first habitat of the endemic Bali Starling. The park’s northern coast consists of pristine coast areas including Menjangan Island, a favorite holiday and dive site with secure coral reef gardens. Another is Pemuteranfamous for its world coral restoration projects and pearl farms and mangroves. Overland, you’ll encounter barren savannahs and forests home to over 300 distinct species of animals and birds. Menjangan Island itself is home to the Javanrusa deer. There are a few fantastic resorts here which enable you to escape the crowds and experience Bali’s character at its best.
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