The island nation of Bali is famous for its beautiful scenery, amazing wildlife, and rich culture. There are many temples, parks, and festivals for visitors to experience all year round, but for those who like to explore nature, Bali also boasts some of the most spectacular mountains, lakes, and beaches in the world. It may take some time and planning to see them, but venturing into nature while in Bali is one thing that no visitor will forget.
1. Mt. Batur
The more accessible of Bali‘s two dominant active volcanos, Mt. Batur can still require a bit of stamina. Many tourists are passionate about the hike at sunrise, which starts at 3 or 4 am. You’ll need a guide to take you to the top, but once you get there, the amazing views of the sunrise over the adjacent Lake Batur are something to remember forever. There are also cycling tours to the mountain, but it’s not advisable to go without a guide, and you want to make sure there is no forecasted volcanic activity, as it could get dangerous!
2. Banjar Hot Springs
Bali has many different hot springs, but one of the most popular and most beautiful is Banjar, in the north. You do have to pay an entry fee to get in, but then you reach three large baths of sulfur water that you can soak in, under the dragon spouts and surrounding tropical garden. The lush jungle location is a steep climb from Banjar Village, or it can be reached by motorbike taxi.
3. Gitgit Waterfall
Also located in the northern regions of Bali, near the old island capital of Singaraja, this famous waterfall is reached by a steep and winding road that diverges into two paths. The falls are surrounded by coffee and clove trees, and you can often see wild monkeys and birds as you walk through the misty air towards the water. The area of the falls is surrounded by rain forest, and local children can be found playing in the waters.
4. West Bali National Park
Known to be one of the best places to see wildlife in all of Bali, the West Bali National Park offers guided treks from nearby hotels that last about three hours. You get a glimpse of the park’s different habitats – coral islands, mangroves, and a savanna – as well as the over 160 species of birds who live there, deer, wild pigs, and a variety of kinds of monkeys.
5. Beratan Lake
Located in the highlands of Bedugul, Beratan is a shallow lake, perfect for canoes and kayaks, or even water skiing. It’s known for it’s breathtaking views and landscape as well as its fruit trees and relaxing location right in the center of Bali – a perfect place to stay if you are traveling all around, as it’s right in the heart of the island.
Bali is considered by many to be a magical place, filled with ancient temples, black sand beaches, caves, coral reefs, and wonderful, kind-hearted locals who are willing to show you all of it. If you take the time to visit, it’s worth it to see as much of the country as you can – for such a small nation, they have a long list of amazing sights.
Tami Therone writes for travel blogs where you can read more about luxury holidays to Bali.