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Bali Off the Beaten Path

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Discover lesser-known places in Bali, and the best alternative things to do, that only the most seasoned of Bali visitors and local residents know about.

Good for
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

7 Places

2 City Tips

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7 Places

Munduk Wilderness - Day Tours

Nature & Wildlife Tours

White Sand Beach

Beaches

WakaLandCruise

Cultural Tours, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Day Trips

Sekumpul Waterfalls

Waterfalls

Brahma Vihara Arama Buddhist Monastery

Sacred & Religious Sites

Bamboo Forest Restaurant by WHM

Restaurants

Menjangan Island

Islands, Reefs

Stan L's City Tips

  • Some of these activities can be booked through a local provider, who can also arrange hotel transfers for you.
  • Be prepared to cover a fair distance when traveling to these off-the-beaten-path places.
  • Munduk Wilderness - Day Tours
    Nature & Wildlife Tours
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    Stan L Says:

    Munduk Wilderness is a small family run company that offers several adventurous ways of exploring the island. With unusual tour names including 'Haunted Valley Waterfall Expedition' and 'Dragon's Breath Expedition,' you're sure to be in for a unique experience!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If staying in South Bali, come prepared with something to read or listen to while traveling to the remote and pristine basecamp of Munduk.
    • Make sure you don't skip the delicious meal served at their basecamp, complete with stunning views.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 911 Outdoor Activities in Denpasar
    • Never to old to get down n dirty 29/02/2020
    • Haunted Valley Waterfall and ATV 24/02/2020
    • Munduk Wilderness - Day Tours
    Address:
    Desa Munduk Langki, Tamblingan Banjar Buleleng BALI
    Denpasar 80229
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 851-0081-0001
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 20:00
  • White Sand Beach
    Beaches
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    Stan L Says:

    Hidden on the coast of East Bali, just past Candidasa, this beach is lined by coconut trees and small Balinese warung (kiosks) selling soft drinks and snacks, as well as snorkel gear to rent. A great place to escape the hustle of busy South Bali!

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring your own snorkel gear or rent it locally.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 54 things to do in Karangasem
    • Mesmerizing view of Sunrise & Sunset 25/10/2020
    • Sea Breeze Warung Virgin Beach is OPEN! 19/09/2020
    • White Sand Beach
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
  • WakaLandCruise
    Cultural Tours, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Day Trips
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    Stan L Says:

    This is not your usual temple, rice field and shopping tour! The WakaLandCruise transports you by rugged 4x4, along narrow roads and through small picturesque villages that few people ever get to visit. Plus, the day ends with a fantastic lunch at their own Bamboo Forest Restaurant.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Ask for one of their refurbished 4x4 vehicles, with powerful air-conditioning.
    • Many local operators offer similar itineraries (if more on-the-beaten-track than this one). Compare prices and reviews online.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #116 of 911 Outdoor Activities in Denpasar
    • Jatiluwih Trip 12/03/2020
    • Rain Forest Excursion in Bali 05/03/2020
    • WakaLandCruise
    Address:
    Jln. Imam Bonjol no. 467
    Denpasar 80119
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 623 61484085
    Other:
  • Sekumpul Waterfalls
    Waterfalls
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    Stan L Says:

    Probably the best waterfall experience there is in Bali — Sekumpul is a hidden gem that requires quite a bit of exercise to get to! (Hence you'll only ever see a few other visitors there.)

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Bring a bathing suit, change of clothes and strong sandals or shoes that can get wet.
    • If you're not a good walker then consider visiting one of the other, more easily accessible, waterfalls.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Singaraja
    • Best captain boat dolphin whatsapp +6287863229639 28/10/2020
    • Nature of sekumpul 15/09/2020
    • Sekumpul Waterfalls
    Address:
    Sawan, Lemukih, Sudaji, Sekumpul
    Sekumpul Village
    Singaraja 81112
    Indonesia
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
  • Brahma Vihara Arama Buddhist Monastery
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Stan L Says:

    You see so many Hindu temples dotted around Bali that it's easy to forget that a thriving Buddhist community exists here, as well. Brahma Vihara is an active monastery that you can access by donation, and a great place to wind down, and perhaps enjoy a little meditation time.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Bring your own sarong or borrow one at the entrance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 42 things to do in Buleleng District
    • mini Borobudur 24/10/2020
    • Stunningly beautiful, scerene and quiet 01/03/2020
    • Brahma Vihara Arama Buddhist Monastery
    Address:
    Banjar Tegeha
    Banjar
    81152
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 362 92954
    Other:
  • Bamboo Forest Restaurant by WHM
    Restaurants
    Stan L Says:

    This amazing little restaurant is very well hidden and only known by a selected few. With an amazing setting right in the middle of the rain forest and an all-you-can eat buffet style Balinese lunch, it's well worth taking the time to discover.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Ask the front desk or hotel concierge to help call and make a reservation one day in advance.
    • Print a copy of the map: this place is so off-the-beaten-track that there's a good chance your driver doesn't even know about it!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 69 restaurants in Tabanan
    • Excellent lunch 15/09/2019
    • Nice restaurant 05/08/2019
    • Bamboo Forest Restaurant by WHM
    Address:
    Dalam Sari Temple
    WakaLandCruise Resort
    Tabanan
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 484085
    Other:
  • Menjangan Island
    Islands, Reefs
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    Stan L Says:

    Menjangan is a little island on the northwest coast of Bali, situated in the West Bali National Park. It's a paradise for scuba divers and snorkelers alike, with vibrant colored reefs to explore and schools of fish to swim among.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Charter your own boat for half a day or a full day and explore at your own pace.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Pemuteran
    • Good spot for picture and snorkeling 06/06/2021
    • deers island 23/10/2020
    • Menjangan Island
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
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