10 Best Viewpoints in Bali

Bali’s Most Scenic Views

Picking the best viewpoints in Bali can be rather difficult as there are so many to choose from. Among the most famous are the high vantage points in the central upland region, where you can capture stunning panoramas featuring expanses of lush green rice paddies flowing down hillsides or magical mountain ranges with an ancient Balinese Hindu temple gate in the foreground. You get almost as many options along the coastline, from towering limestone cliff-tops to low-lying outcrops, where you can take in beautiful bird’s-eye views of the Indian Ocean against memorable sunsets.

Although some of these elevated vantage points require some travel up to, the prize views at the end are totally worth the effort. Whether you enjoy soothing nature views with cooler climates, cultural encounters with parts of the island’s intriguing history to tell, or cliff edges looking out over exciting waves, there’s something for you. Here are some of Bali’s best viewpoints for you to admire and capture on your next trip.

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Tanah Lot Temple

Tabanan, West Bali
Tanah Lot Temple

As one of Bali’s most important temples, Tanah Lot is famous for its unique offshore setting. It's also best for enjoying a dramatic Bali sunset. Try to reach Tanah Lot in an early afternoon to explore the different courtyards onshore. You can admire the beauty of the main sea temple from the coast. Pura Batu Bolong Temple is another temple at the end of a hollow rock causeway, nearby. Then, wait on for the magical moment as the sun sets over the temple over a dinner. A dedicated Sunset Terrace venue features a variety of small restaurants and bars. Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Raya Tanah Lot, Beraban Village, Kediri, Tabanan
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Jemeluk Viewpoint (Amed Beach)

Amed is one of Bali's most popular dive sites. It's also known as Jemeluk Bay, and is famous for its scenic viewpoint up in the hills just above the bay. It provides one of the most beautiful panoramas in the lesser-travelled East Bali region. From the top, you can overlook the curving bay with fishing outriggers parked in neat rows along the coast. Clear and calm blue waters off the shore. It’s all framed together with the outlines of Bali’s highest peak, Mount Agung, in the background.  Read More...

  • Location: Jemeluk village, Amed, Karangasem, East Bali
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Kintamani (Mount Batur)

Kintamani, Central Bali
Kintamani (Mount Batur)

Mount Batur and its caldera lake are scenic stopovers in Bali’s highland region. The villages of Kintamani and Penelokan are among the favourite vantage points. Penelokan actually means ‘outlook’ in the local tongue. The restaurant and street stall-lined main road runs above the rim of the crater lake. The actual area of Kintamani sits on the western side of the lake .Floating restaurants here let you get closer to the scenery. However, panoramic views are best from the peak itself. Mountain trails usually take at least three hours to hike. Read More...

  • Location: Kintamani, Bangli, Central Bali
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Lempuyang Temple

Karangasem, East Bali
Lempuyang Temple

The Pura Lempuyang Luhur Temple ('Lempuyang Temple' for short) is one of Bali’s oldest and most remote. At 1,175 metres above sea level, the temple is at the peak of namesake Mount Lempuyang in East Bali. You can reach it via a steep staircase with over 1,700 steps. Along the way, you'll pass several other temples and forested pathways inhabited by grey long-tailed macaques. An easier to reach viewpoint is the large Pura Penataran Agung temple at the foot of the mountain. From here, you can see the neighbouring peak of Mount Agung perfectly framed through ornate temple gates. First sight in view on pilgrimages here are the temple's towering dragon staircases. These are perfect backdrop for Instagrammers. Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Pura Telaga Mas Lempuyang, Bunutan Village, Karangasem, East Bali
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Balangan Beach (Balangan Hill)

Jimbaran, South Bali
Balangan Beach (Balangan Hill)

As one of Bali’s popular and most scenic beaches, Balangan features a beautifully rugged seascape. with a stretch of white sand bordered by seaweed-covered rock pools and blue waters. An outcrop known as Balangan Hill is just to the north of the strip. From here, you can take in the great bird’s-eye view of the beach. You’ll see the golden stretch of sand meeting the vast blue ocean. You can also watch surfers having fun on the breaks and people enjoying the pools and the sand. Linger on late into the afternoon for dramatic sunsets.

  • Location: Jalan Pantai Balangan, Pecatu, Jimbaran
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Uluwatu Temple

Jimbaran, South Bali
Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu sits on top of a steep cliff, with the waves of the Indian Ocean crashing at its base 70 metres below. This temple similarly features splendid sunset backdrops as Tanah Lot Temple. There’s an adjacent open-air amphitheatre showing Kecak dance performances daily. The views are great at any time of the day and from many different angles. You can enjoy great seascapes from within the temple courtyard or from the wall-bordered cliff edges. Grey long-tailed macaques inhabiting the surrounding forests can serve as free models to your backdrops. Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Pecatu Village, Jimbaran
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Suluban Beach

Jimbaran, South Bali
Suluban Beach

Suluban Beach boasts many unique natural features, making it a photographer’s paradise. The beach is behind natural limestone formations. Access is via steps and log ramps through narrow gaps in the rock. Canopied by a looming cliff face, this small beach may not be ideal for sunbathers, but is popular with surfers. Among the great vantage points are several cafés right above the surf spot, such as Suluban Café and Single Fin. You can also get a great view over the rolling waves from the Balawista lifeguard tower. Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Mamo, Labuan Sait, Uluwatu
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Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

Tabanan, Central Bali

The Jatiluwih rice terraces in central-west Bali are on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. It's also a favourite on our list of best viewpoints in Bali. They cover 600 hectares of fertile land that follows the flowing hillside topography of the Batukaru mountain range. The rice fields are well-maintained by a traditional water management cooperative known as ‘subak’. The system itself dates back to the 9th century. Entering the farming village, you will instantly discover the lush and panoramic views. Restaurants serving international and local cuisine line the small road overlooking the rice terraces. From most, you can enjoy local selections and buffets, served together with the popular vistas. Read More...

  • Location: Jatiluwih, Penebel, Tabanan
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Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Ubud, Central Bali
Tegallalang Rice Terraces

The Tegallalang Rice Terraces are just north of the main Ubud hub. You can admire the famous view from various outlook points along the main village road that runs parallel the valley. There are several restaurants, cafés and locally run art shops that dot the area, all providing great panoramic views. The high roadside location is cool and breezy. It's a well-known spot for travellers to stop and take photos, especially on tours through central Bali. Painters and nature lovers enjoy visiting this spot. Local artists offer their ware at numerous art kiosks along the ledge. Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Raya Tegallalang, Ubud
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Tegalwangi Beach

Jimbaran, South Bali
Tegalwangi Beach

You can find this unique ‘hidden’ beach along the limestone coast of the Bukit Peninsula’s western coast. It's just to the north of the glitzy Ayana Resort and Spa in Jimbaran. Tegalwangi Beach is named after the temple perched on top of the limestone cliff that overlooks the coast. You can reach it along a paved road, then down a flight of rocky stairs south of the temple. Be sure to take in the fantastic seascapes before you descend. Low tides and crimson sunsets reveal seaweed-covered stony barriers, which add an abstract border and foreground to the wider ocean views. The best time to head up here is just before the sunset ‘blue hour’ (18:00 – 19:00). Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Pura Tegal Wangi, Jimbaran
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