[Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang]
Does the beach ever get old? No, it doesn’t. But beyond the beach, the paradise island of Bali is also filled with spectacular natural wonders, from active volcanoes, stunning waterfalls and lush green rice fields. And most are off the beaten track. Here are seven magical places in Bali to leave the beach for.
Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang
About an hour’s drive from Seminyak, the Hidden Canyon is a great location to reconnect with nature and adventure. The river runs through a maze of hidden passages surrounded by jagged rock formations, waterfalls and lush greenery, offering the perfect setting for a two to three hour trek. Get ready to channel your inner Indiana Jones while you grab a jungle vine to jump from one stone to another. You are going to get wet, so dress appropriately. Swimmers, board shorts, T-shirt and some trekking sandals or water shoes are a good idea. A local guide is advised (on a donation basis) to navigate steep, slippery rocks and varying water levels.
Tukad Cepung Waterfall
This one-of-a-kind waterfall is enclosed within a circular cliff with the open sky above. Sunbeams ray through the gap above the falls during the day, turning this place into something truly magical. Located just outside Ubud, it’s about an hour and a half drive from Seminyak, and an easy 15 minute trek through the jungle. The journey is well worth the effort to experience this hidden gem.
You can’t help but marvel at this incredible spot on the island of Nusa Penida. Angel’s Billabong is a spectacular rock formation with a naturally formed infinity pool overlooking the ocean. The crystal clear waters are perfect for a refreshing swim, but only during low tide. The waters from the open Indian Ocean can be pretty rough outside the right times so be sure to check the tide before your visit.
Most visitors hike up to the top of the active volcano for the breathtaking sunrises and panoramic views hanging above the clouds at 1,717 meters. The two-hour trek is very popular, but if you want to see the splendor of Mount Batur from a different perspective, the views of the majestic fire-breather from the village of Pinggan offer a more solitary and meditative setting.
In Nusa Dua, witness the raw force of nature as the waves of the Indian Ocean come crashing against the jagged rock cliffs and then spectacularly blow upward. This happens because the waves hit a narrow gap within the rock cliff, with the resulting enormous pressure forcing the water to erupt into the air. To see it in action, make sure to go when the tide is high.
The picture-perfect view of the blue and turquoise waters of this lagoon is the main reason why most people visit Nusa Ceningan. The cliffs over the water provide the perfect vantage point to snap the amazing little cove. It’s perfect for watching the sunset or for a romantic getaway. For daredevils, it’s a popular spot for cliff-jumping, with a 12-meter stomach-churning plunge into the ocean below.
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
Jati means “real” and Luwih means “beautiful”. It won’t take you long to agree that the Jatiluwih rice terraces are indeed really beautiful. The scenery and views are pure magic, with a range of trekking options (from 2 km to 7 km) to explore the terraces. You’ll be able to see local farmers working in the fields and witness the different colors of rice ranging from emerald green to mature gold. It’s no wonder this area has a World Heritage listing.
For an unforgettable adventure touring Bali’s natural wonders, book a stay at Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach. There’s no better location from which to explore the island’s most beautiful sites or to enjoy it’s most vibrant beach.