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  • 10 Natural Wonders in Bali

    A Bali Bucket List for Nature Lovers

    Bali’s great attractions are a fine blend of natural wonders, from highlands with active volcanoes, flowing waterfalls, peaceful lakes and forested mountains. Set in harmony with the environment are centuries-old manmade marvels, from vast expanses of flowing green rice fields to majestic temples. And there’s more than meets the eye under the surface, with its collection of coral gardens and rich marine biodiversity.

    Despite being a considerably small island, Bali is packed with great natural attractions that you might not be able to discover all within the span of a single visit. Nevertheless, here’s a compilation of Bali’s best natural wonders… consider it a bucket list for nature lovers. No need to worry if managed to visit only a few on your last visit; make it a checklist for your next!

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    Bali’s national park is located in the north-western part of the island; a densely forested area that spans 19,000Ha and was the original endemic habitat of the Bali Starling. Some hotels within the proximity such as The Menjangan and Naya Gawana Resort & Spa include nature tours as part of the experience. The inner areas of the park features savannahs and rainforests, while bordering the northern coasts are mangrove swamps, and offshore Menjangan Island, which has pristine coral reefs, making it one of Bali’s best snorkelling sites. Read More...

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    Most of Ubud is made up of cool highlands, with natural scenes of green valleys and rivers filled with flora and fauna. Scenic river valleys include the Petanu, Campuhan and Ayung, which is also one of Bali’s premier white water rafting rivers that gets guests closer to Bali’s nature through a tour of exotic bird and wildlife sightings. Campuhan is the confluence of two smaller twin Oos rivers, and features a savannah with a quiet scenic path. Easily one of the must-visit places of Ubud. Read More...

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    The regency of Tabanan in Bali’s mid-west is one of the island’s greenest areas, with natural forests bordering the lush highlands and the national park of West Bali. Generally known as the island’s major rice producing region, there is one specific area in Tabanan, known as Jatiluwih in the village of Wangaya, which is famous for its vast expanses of manmade wonders – rice fields. The site covers over 600Ha and was once a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site candidate. The flowing green hillsides with Batukaru Mountain looming in the background are a truly remarkable sight. Read More...

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    A few kilometres up from Jatiluwih is the majestic temple complex of Batukaru, one of Bali’s key mountain temples. All around the complex are cool tropical forests, making this a great sightseeing stopover for culture and nature lovers. A holy water source within the temple is fed by natural springs, and its multitude of shrines with tiered roofs and ancient sculptures covered in green moss make it a truly exotic sight to behold. The adjacent forest features a nature trek that climbers can only go on with an official permit. Read More...

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    Beratan is one of Bali’s three mountain lakes, famous for its iconic lakeside temple, known as Ulun Danu Beratan, and great for photo opportunities and water sport action too. The other two lakes, Buyan and Tamblingan, are surrounded by dense forests and feature campsites and nature treks. Another must-see in the Bedugul region is the Bali Botanic Gardens, popular among visitors looking for great scenery, with vast collections of tropical flower nurseries and orchards. The gardens are also home to the Bali Treetop Adventure Park, offering fun for the whole family. Read More...

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    One of the best panoramic mountain viewpoints on the island, the highland village of Kintamani promises great views over the active Batur volcano and its magnificent caldera lake. Head to the ridge of Penelokan for a different angle; the vastness of the range with patches of dark volcanic ash and starkly verdant green forests on its hillsides is as dramatic as it gets. Dotted around the area are the lake shores of Toya Bungkah, the Batur Temple, and a collection of small resorts with hot springs with great views. Read More...

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    Go on a ‘pilgrimage’ to East Bali’s Lempuyang Temple, named after the mountain it is located. The temple sits at the peak of the forested mountain inhabited by hordes of timid grey long-tailed macaques. The climb is for the fit, as you need to go up 1,700 steep steps to get up. The higher you get, the better the views, as you enjoy panoramas across the green forested slopes and neighbouring Mount Agung, Bali’s highest mountain. The prize-view is found at the temple at its peak with the ocean afar. You will also encounter exotic bird sightings along the climb. Read More...

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    Another highlight of Ubud is the viewpoint at the traditional craftsmen’s village of Tegallalang, some 10 kilometres north from the main town hub. Lined with multiple local art shops and cafes and restaurants that make good use of the view for its dining guests, the beautiful green rice terraces adorn the hillsides of the valley and are visible from some parts of the road. Both sunrise and sunset time can be dramatic. When the paddies near harvest time, the terraces take on a beautiful glimmering green, and after harvest, it’s a radiant yellowish gold. Read More...

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    Many of Bali’s finest waterfalls are particularly remote, surrounded by the dense jungles of the island - which simply adds to the adventure. Among the few are Gitgit, Singsing and the cool springs of Yeh Sanih in North Bali, together with the Blahmantung falls in Tabanan. Most are set against dense foliage, and sightings of exotic birds and wild orchids are commonplace. The surrounding neighbourhood of these falls mostly feature lush orchards and local fruit plantations – a great added feature to your trip Read More...

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    For a great offshore experience and to discover great underwater beauty, Nusa Lembongan features crystal clear waters that are superb for snorkelling and diving. Lembongan has a collection of great snorkelling sites, such as Crystal Bay, Manta Point and Toya Pakeh, where sunfish, mantas and sea turtles are common sightings. Nature lovers who don’t dive can still get the opportunity to experience the coral gardens teeming with tropical fish through ‘marine walk’ tours, as well as submarine safari adventures that are part of fun cruises such as Bali Hai. Read More...

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