Kuala Lumpur, 20 March 2017 – Bali is a favourite destination for both adventurers and those in need of a little relaxation. The waters off the coast of Bali’s white beaches are an ideal spot for diving, while the dense jungles, teeming with monkeys and hidden caves, call out for exploration. The island is also famous for its blend of art and culture, taking much pride in its traditional markets, sumptuous cuisines and lashings of Balinese history and socio-culture that offers a rich experience unlike any other.
While Bali may be famous for its spectacular sites, we doubt many have had the chance to explore beyond the popular spots. Ever wondered about Bali’s hidden gems? Here are five spots you may want to consider exploring the next time you’re in Bali.
The magnificent view of Lake Batur (sourced from Flickr, user Ming Wei)
- Gaze at the Abandoned House Floating On Lake Batur
Nestling in the middle of Mount Batur crater, this lake mesmerizes tourists with its beautiful sunrise view framed by the magnificent active volcano, Mount Batur and its surrounding intact forest. What’s even more enthralling is an abandoned small house half submerged in the middle of the lake, giving shelter to small fish living in the lake crater. After its discovery, visitors have come here to take its pictures at different moments – in the morning when the first sun ray lights the house up or in the afternoon with reddish sky hanging above. The view is almost mystical as it gives visitors new alternative to enjoy Lake Batur.
Put on your hiking shoes and explore the Sekumpul Waterfalls (sourced from Flickr, user Kai Lehmann)
- Visit Spectacular Hidden Waterfalls and Secret Canyons
Wanderlusts who want to be wowed by nature’s masterpiece should plot in these hidden gems in their itinerary. The Sekumpul Waterfall, a hidden gem in the north of Bali, promises a challenging walk from Sekumpul village down hundreds of steps and a river crossing. During the rainy season, visitors will be greeted by a chain of up to seven falls which are all equally impressive, scattered across the high cliffs and cascading down amid emerald green highland forests. For cave explorers, you can sit on the flat canyon rocks of Sukawati and dangle your feet while admiring the view – or indulge in your adventurous streak and see how much deeper you can go into the canyon.
Beneath the waves lies the underwater temple of Pemuteran (sourced from Flickr, user Selamat Made)
- Dive among Buddha Statues at the Hidden Underwater Temple of Pemuteran
Astoundingly hidden 29 metres under the sweeping waves of the sea, Taman Pura, an underwater temple spanning across 2,500 square metres of sandy seabed, consists of ten large Buddha statues resting on stone plinths and a four-meter-tall temple gateway. This site was initially constructed as part of an underwater conservation programme and has since become a popular attraction for diving enthusiasts and a unique spot for couples to renew their wedding vows. Little sea critters have also set up their homes in the area, creating a beautiful harmony between man and nature. In short, the amazing underwater temple garden in Bali enchantingly combines nature’s beauty with amazing works of art.
Watch farmers harvest seaweed at Nusa Lembongan (sourced from Flickr, user Jean-Marie Hullot)
- Learn about Seaweed Farming At Nusa Lembongan
Bali is such a mythical place that tourists often forget that it is inhabited by some of the hardest working people – seaweed farmers. These farmers toil at low tide to plant and harvest their meagre crops and it is rather humbling to see such labour amid the beauty and luxury that is Bali. If you decide to go for a bike ride in Lembongan, immerse yourself in of seaweed farming in Bali and learn about Bali’s social economy along with the cultural preservation and environmental conservation that comes with seaweed farming. Be sure to look out for the seaweed farm, where you can observe the rare sight of the local farmers caring for their crops and the heaps of seaweed laid out to dry.
Remember to watch the captivating Devdan Show when in Bali (Sourced from devdanshow.com)
- Immerse in a Theatrical Tribute to Indonesia – The Devdan Show
When in Bali, getting a dose of culture is a definite must. Be sure to immerse yourself in dance with a twist at the Devdan Show, a one-of-a-kind performance that was partly designed by stage and artistic directors of Cirque du Soleil. Here, modern and traditional elements come together to form a unique 90-minute theatrical and dance tribute to Indonesia. A must-experience at least once in a lifetime, expect to see everything from fire to colourful kites, bringing life on stage.
Pictures speak a thousand words of Bali’s best kept secrets, but nothing quite compares to exploring and experiencing the beauty ourselves. Tempting? Well, you might just be the lucky one to win holiday tickets to beautiful Bali, courtesy of Samsung Malaysia Electronics! From now until 23rd March 2017, take on the first round of Samsung’s challenge in the #A2017LiveUnplanned Instagram Contest and get ready to relax and bask in the feel-good Bali vibes. The contest runs until 4th May with bi-weekly winner announcements for grand prize holiday tickets to Bali, Seoul, Phuket and Gold Coast.
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