Bali is one of these islands where you never get bored. There is so much to see and explore. You can hike a volcano or visit temples. You can go surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling or just relax on the beach. Do you need inspiration? We are happy to share 25 Bali photos with you.
The beauty of Bali is no secret anymore. About four million people flock to the amazing Indonesian island to spend their holidays. It was our third visit to Bali and even if it’s a lot busier than before, it’s still magical. We hope Bali can keep up with tourism and take care of their nature.
25 Bali photos to dream about your next holiday
Rice terraces, stretching out as far as your eyes can see
We call the rice terraces in Bali art. Even if we have seen many rice fields before, we are still amazed of the beauty of the landscape in central Bali.
This time, we visit the Jatiluwih rice terraces by motorbike. It’s a one hour drive to the north from Ubud. The most visited rice terraces are the Jatiluwih and Tegalalang.
If you go independently to visit the Jatiluwih rice terraces by motorbike, a rental car or a taxi, don’t miss out the rice fields along the way. There are a few places where you can stop for breathtaking views without the crowds.
There is a marked walkway through the Jatiluwih terraces. We recommend starting at the ticket check booth along the road to avoid the crowds. Tour buses usually stop at the viewing point which is pretty busy during the day.
Beaches and waves for surfers on Bali
Black sand is dominating the beaches along the northern coast. Outside Lovina hundreds of fishing boats are parked along the beach. It’s quite spectacular to watch when all fishermen are heading out to the sea at the same time.
Hilly Bali has awesome spots to watch the sunset. We found one along the road just outside of Lovina.
In Sanur, we found just a few fishing boats but it looks like they only use them for tourists. The colorful boats offer a nice photo opportunity.
The Bukit Peninsula is home to surf pros. Uluwatu is the place where the surfer scene meets and pros surf the sickest waves. Beginners should only watch from the shore. You really need to be a pro to surf the world-class waves at Uluwatu.
The best beaches to go surfing for beginners are in Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and Canggu. You can’t surf yet? There are many places where you can do a course.
If you are in Bali, don’t miss to go to the Gili Islands. The three small islands are paradise on earth.
Temples and ceremonies on Bali
Religion is very important in Bali. If you like to visit temples, Bali is the perfect island to go temple watching. There are probably more temples than houses. Well, that may be a bit exaggerated but there are definitely many of them. If you are driving along the roads, you will see temples on every corner and in most gardens.
We don’t want to bore you, therefore we only show you our favorite ones.
The water temple Pura Danau Bratan is dedicated to the water goddess Dewi Danu. Danau Bratan is an important Hindu-Buddhist temple from the 17th century.
Taman Ayun is 17 kilometers to the west from Ubud. It took us 30 minutes to get there. If you like to enjoy the temple to your own, go there early in the morning.
The split gate is the traditional entrance to Balinese temples and sacred sites.
Our favorite temple is Tanah Lot. The sea temple sits on a large rock just off shore. The best time to visit is during sunset. I’m sure you have seen pictures before because Tanah Lot is one of the most visited and photographed temples on Bali. Every day hundreds of tourists flock here to watch the sunset. Unfortunately, the site is highly commercialized but it’s still worth to visit. Seeing the sun setting behind the temple is stunning.
Pura Besakih is the mother temple of Hinduism. We were very lucky to visit Pura Besakih during important ceremonies held during and after full moon. Our host in the guesthouse tells us that all Balinese have to visit the holiest and largest temple of the Hidu religion in Bali. The believers come to pray and do offerings. It’s fascinating to experience the prayer ceremonies.
From Ubud it’s an hour ride (45 km) to the Besakih temple complex.
Varied nature: Volcano and Jungle on Bali
Bali has so much to offer. There are beaches, rice terraces, waterfalls, jungle and volcanoes. You can see altogether in one day.
Do you like trekking to the top of a volcano? No problem. You can climb up to Gunung Batur to watch the sunrise. Gunung Batur is 1717 meters above sea level. Be prepared, the temperature on 1000 above sea level drops dramatically. The best is to bring a jumper and enough water to do the hike. It’s recommended to book a tour if you plan to hike a volcano.
Gunung Batur is an active volcano. The last eruption happened 17 years ago.
Monkey Forest in Ubud
The Monkey Forest is another famous place to visit. I’m sure you have seen pictures before. We love that moment, when leaving the busy streets behind and enter the wild jungle. Of course, the Monkey Forest is touristy too but really worth to visit. It’s a magical place.
One of the things to do in Ubud is attending one of the traditional dance shows. Firstly, we were skeptical because everybody on the street wanted to sell us a ticket for the show. We are not fans of shows they only do for tourists. Well, finally we went to see the Barong Dance and it was an amazing show. We are happy that the sellers convinced us to watch the show. It was colorful, fascinating and fabulous.
Ganesh is the god of wisdom, knowledge, new beginnings and also remover of obstacles. He’s one of the most worshiped Hindu gods. Ganesh garden statues are very popular for Balinese. You can see Ganesh in many gardens and often he is located at the entrance of buildings.
Balinese are very religious. Their daily prayers and offerings is a nice ritual
That is the last of our 25 Bali photos. That’s the way we see Bali and how we like it.
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