5 Hidden Gems In Bali

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First-time travellers to Bali will probably want to hit all the major tourist destinations, such as the Uluwatu Temple, the Uud Monkey Forest, Tanah Lot, and others. But if you’re planning to visit Bali for the second or third time, you might be looking for other attractions that are a little more off the beaten path. These hidden gems in Bali will make you feel like a local and quench your thirst for adventure at the same time.


The tiny coastal village of Les is the ideal place to get a real sense of everyday Balinese life. The slower-paced life of the fishermen and salt farmers will completely relax you as you enjoy the peace and quiet that comes from being away from the major tourist attractions. Relax on the black stone beach, go snorkelling in the clear warm waters, or take part in a local coral reef preservation project. You won’t find a lot of commercial operations in Les, but you’ll enjoy the fresh local food and gracious hospitality.

Beji Guwang

The sacred Sukawati Canyon is one of the best-kept secrets of Bali. Known for its many legends, some of which include faces in the rocks and a crying skull in the wall, the canyon is one of the most beautiful places in Bali. Adventure seekers can hike down to the shimmering river below and even wade into the water for better views. Be sure to stay for the entire day to get the full experience of the undulating shadows as the sun passes overhead.

Desa Temukus Marigold Fields

Marigolds are frequently used in Balinese religious rituals and Desa Temukus is where you can surround yourself with this beautiful golden flower. You’ll want to visit the fields right before harvest because most of the flowers will be used in ceremonies shortly after, and don’t forget your camera because you’ve never seen anything like a field full of these gorgeous flowers. Many residents of Desa Temukus grow marigolds, but remember to ask permission before venturing into their fields.

Pinggan Village

As any traveller to Bali will tell you, watching the sunrise over Mount Batur is an experience you’ll never forget. What they won’t tell you, though, is that you’ll have to fight the crowds to see it on just about any day of the year. Instead, take an early morning hike to the isolated village of Pinggan, which is situated above the clouds. There will be very few others at this location, so you’ll be able to take in the sunrise in a more peaceful setting. It will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Mende Hill

Mende Hill is one of the lesser-known hikes on the island, but it’s also one of the easiest. Once you get to the top of the hill, though, you’ll be treated to a breathtaking view of the hills and valleys below. Since there are very few hikers on this route, you’ll feel like you have the beauty and quiet of Bali to yourself, at least for a little while.


Bali is full of wonder everywhere you turn, but these five hidden gems will make you feel like you’ve seen a side of the island that only locals see.

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