Last Updated on October 30, 2021 by Tina
One of the places that my best friend and I are looking forward to going back to when the situation gets better is Bali, Indonesia. We both love posting pictures on Instagram, and there are a lot of Instagrammable spots in Bali. In 2019, we had her bachelorette party there, and we even hired a professional photographer to take our photos.
Two weeks ago, Bali reopened to visitors from 19 countries. Unfortunately, the Philippines is not included. The countries are China, India, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Liechtenstein, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, and Norway. Eligible travelers need to serve a 5-day mandatory quarantine and must pay for their accommodation during this period. They must also be fully vaccinated and must have health insurance with coverage for Covid-19 treatment worth at least US$ 100,000.
If you are from one of these countries and planning to visit Bali soon, here are Instagrammable spots in Bali that you might want to check out:
Tirta Gangga Water Palace
Tirta Gangga Water Palace is located in Eastern Bali. It was a former royal palace and was named after the sacred river Ganges in Hinduism. It is a maze of pools and fountains and surrounded by beautiful gardens.
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Tukad Cepung Waterfalls
Bali has plenty of beautiful waterfalls and Tukad Cepung cave waterfall is one. It is well hidden between rocks, and on sunny days light rays stream into the cave. To get to the waterfalls, you need to walk for around 15 minutes from the parking lot, and it is not an easy walk as the path consists of very steep steps. But I can assure you that it is worth it.
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
Located in the northern part of Bali, Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is a scenic area with lush, undulating rice terraces. In 2012, it has been designated to be a World Culture Heritage by UNESCO.
Pura Luhur Uluwatu
The Uluwatu Temple is a famous Balinese sea temple in Bali perched high above a sea cliff face. It is where you can watch the Kecak Fire Dance, a traditional performance where performers act out a scene from the Ramayana with a mesmerizing trance chant, punctuated by exciting fire dances.
Located in the eastern part of Bali, this beach is not crowded unlike the other beaches in Bali like in Kuta. From the parking lot, you need to walk and go down the stairs for around 10 to 15 minutes to get to the beach. It is quite tiring but in exchange of that, you get rewarded with an amazing view of the sea.
La Plancha is a bohemian beachfront Spanish tapas restaurant and bar located in Seminyak. It is famous for its colorful beach umbrellas and bean bags on the beach.
Pura Ulun Danu Beratan
Located in the northern part of Bali, Pura Ulun Danu Beratan is a water temple. The temple complex is located on the shores of Lake Bratan in the mountains near Bedugul.
The Gates of the Different Temples
The gates of Pura Lempuyang Luhur, also known as the Gates of Heaven in Bali is one of the most famous photo spots in Bali. And because of its popularity, tourists queue for an hour or more just to have their photo taken here. I’m not sure how is the situation there now because there must be fewer tourists now, but if you are not a fan of long queues, there are actually other temples in Bali with nice gates where you can have your photo taken instead. Some of these are Pura Batu Karu, Taman Ayun Temple, or Pura Ulun Danu Beratan.
Bali is also famous for beautiful villas that you can rent at a very cheap price. These villas usually have a swimming pool and have really nice interiors. For my best friend’s bridal shower, I rented a hut in Kampoeng Saya. She enjoyed having her pictures taken there as the villa is very instagrammable.
Another famous activity in Bali is the Bali swing. With the swing, you soar high above magnificent views. I tried it in Satria Agrowisata and it was f*cking scary at first but it is very safe as they attach a harness to you. Bali swings are available in the rice terraces in Ubud as well as in coffee plantations.
The bird’s nest is another popular photo spot in Bali. Just like the Bali swing, you’ll find a lot of bird’s nests in coffee plantations and in the rice terraces in Ubud.
Broken Beach is not located in Bali but I thought of adding it to the list too because I highly recommend that you also visit Nusa Penida if you go to Bali. Nusa Penida is an island located southeast of Bali and where Broken Beach, a spectacular little cove is located.
Also located in Nusa Penida, Kelingking Beach is often referred to as T-rex Beach because of the cliff that looks like a T-rex. It is the most famous tourist attraction on Nusa Penida island.
Another popular attraction in Nusa Penida, Angel Billabong is a remarkable rock formation and amongst the rocks is a naturally formed infinity pool.
Preparing this list made me miss Bali. Hoping next year would be a better year for every one of us. And no longer related to Bali, but I just want to tell you that if you are going through something (I know a lot of us have been affected emotionally and mentally by this pandemic), stay strong and keep on praying. Bad days don’t last forever. I’ve been through bad months (not just days) too, and I am happy to say that I am a lot better now. And very happy with the way things are going for me. As a matter of fact, something happened a while ago that made me super kilig, I just had to write it here. I hope it gives you hope. Anyway, I need to sleep now.
If you want to add some more to this list. Need more information about traveling to Bali? Check out Bali Solo Travel Guide with 5 Days Travel Itinerary.