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Exploring Bali’s 13 Most Captivating Natural Wonders

Often referred to as the “Island of the Gods,” Bali boasts beautiful sandy beaches, lush nature, and rich culture. Featuring active volcanoes, stunning waterfalls, and stunning rice terraces of emerald green, Bali has something that appeals to the eye of the lover of nature.

Here’s a deeper dive into 13 of Bali’s most captivating natural wonders

1. Mount Batur: See the majestic sunrise of the Philippines when the sky turns orange from the top of an active volcano. Hike to the rim of the crater early morning and be enthralled by the spectacular view. See rising columns of smoke during dawn break and illuminate the surrounding terrain of the crater. This unforgettable experience is a must-do for any adventurer visiting Bali.

2. Tegalalang Rice Terraces: These perfectly carved rice terraces, descending down the slopes of emerald green hills as the steps, are a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the icon of Bali. Stroll along the maze-like trails that connect one rice terrace to the other, and study the subak irrigation system that has been practiced for generations proving how much the Balinese respect the environment.

3. Nusa Islands: Visit these offshore islands by boat, all of which have something different to offer. There are breathtaking cliffs in Nusa Penida like the one called Devil’s Tears where the waves splash astonishingly. Nusa Lembongan boasts about its beautiful beaches for surfing, diving and sunbathing. Nusa Ceningan which is connected to Nusa Lembongan by a bridge offers a more isolated retreat with cliff-side accommodations and secret beaches.

4. Sekumpul Waterfall: Trek through verdant forests in the northern part of Bali to find this beautiful place. Sekumpul Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall with steep cliffs and clear water pools located in the middle of the jungle. The trek is quite an experience in itself because you get to see rolling hills of rice terraces and some isolated villages.

5. Tirta Empul Temple: Located in the village of Tampak Siring, this temple involves water and purification of pools and is architecturally constructed in the Balinese style amidst springs. Explore the cultural and religious aspects of the location where residents and tourists engage in cleansing ceremonies.

6. Kelingking Beach: Also known as ‘T-Rex Beach,’ Kelingking Beach is characterized by towering cliffs, and small, secret beaches reachable by staircase. The descent itself is an adventure and there are great observation decks during the trip which make you feel that all your efforts are worth it. Sunbathe on the unblemished white sand of the beach, swim in the clear blue waters touching the shore, or visit the rock pools alive with marine creatures.

7. Nyang Nyang Beach: This is a small and not very popular beach that can only be reached through a steep trail at the base of a cliff. Discover pure white sand beaches, crystal clear sea and breathtaking scenery. One of the best for surfers and for those who want to have a quiet time, Nyang Nyang Beach is a slice of paradise.

8. Tegenungan Waterfall: Tegenungan waterfall is less than half an hour’s drive from Ubud and is the perfect spot for a swim or a picnic. Beautiful plants accompany the waterfall, making it one of the most beautiful places. Enjoy a swim in the crystal clear water found at the bottom of the falls or if you do not feel like swimming; it is always a good practice to sit on the rocks and watch the water flowing down the falls.

9. Mount Agung: Mount Agung is Bali’s largest and most spiritual-standing volcano on the eastern coast of the island. Climb up its slopes (preferably when it’s not active, and preferably with a guide) to get a stunning view of the landscape or marvel at the volcano’s grandeur from a distance. Experience the status of the mountain as a sacred place for the Balinese and get familiar with its influence on the geography of the island.

10. West Bali National Park: Discover this nature reserve in the western part of Bali with abundant fauna. Trek through rainforests that are home to monkeys, deer and beautiful bird species. Experience the flow of water over the rocks and watch the stunning scenery of the natural environment. Bird watching is also prominent in the park with more than 250 species of birds including the BALI STARLING which is an endangered list.

11. Tukad Cepung Waterfall: It is one of the lesser-known locations near Ubud that offers great opportunities for photography. One of the scenes shows sunlight streaming through a narrow slot, which makes the falling water look like an enchanting fairy tale. Enter the waterfall through a stream, and there is a trail on the side of the rock that leads to the entrance of the waterfall. The combination of the environment and water of Tukad Cepung makes it a wonderful experience for tourists.

12. Sekreta Canyon: Explore this secluded canyon trail created by the Undisan River to discover a breathtaking piece of heaven. Explore waterfalls, natural pools, and vegetation; good for those who want some adventure away from the norm. The canyon provides a view of the untamed Balinese wilderness that does not attract tourists and their attention.

13. Amed Beach: Located in Bali’s eastern part, this black sand beach is a perfect viewpoint of Mount Agung and more relaxed surroundings. Sunbathe on the black sand beach, swim in crystal clear water surrounding beautiful coral gardens or visit the nearby fishing villages. Amed Beach is the best destination for those who want to enjoy the tranquility of nature and taste the simple Indonesian life.

Whether you are planning an adventurous holiday or want to spend some time away from the hustling and bustling of life, Bali has got you covered. So let the enchantment of the “Island of the Gods” begin.

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