5 Places in Bali That Are Still on My Bucket List

Let me just start this post by saying that I want to visit the rest of Indonesia as well, but since Indonesia is quite huge and we only scratched the surface on Bali, there are several places and experiences that are still on my Bali travel bucket list. I truly hope I will be able to return there one day and explore more, because this island has so much to offer.

Waterfalls

We’ve only been to one waterfall on Bali and it was breathtaking. But there are so many more stunning waterfalls on this island that we haven’t seen yet, so they are all on my list for the next time. Since I imagine it will be almost impossible to visit all of them, here is my top selection:

  • Tukad Cepung Waterfall
  • Banyumala Twin Waterfalls
  • Aling-Aling Waterfall
  • Sekumpul Waterfall
Tibumana waterfall
Tibumana Waterfall

Temples

We’ve seen quite few temples during our time in Ubud and Canggu, but there are so many more on this island, and some are breathtakingly beautiful. The architecture of these temples is so pretty, with many details and calm feeling to it. Here are few that I would love to visit on my return to Bali:

  • Uluwatu Temple
  • Tirta Empul Temple
  • Besakih Temple (the largest and the holiest of Hindu temples in Bali.)
  • Lempuyang Temple

  • Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

Ubud water palace
Ubud Water Palace
Pura Gunung Kawi, Bali
Pura Gunung Kawi

Amed

I’ve read about this place, but there is just so much you can fit into 11 days, especially when you also want to relax and not just go from one place to another every day, so Amed is also on the list for the next time. Why? Black volcanic sand beaches and great snorkeling spots are enough for me to go to this part of Bali. And if my jet leg will work out the same way as it did last time, I will get to wake up early enough to enjoy the sunrise, and I’ve read that sun setting behind Mount Agung is also quite epic.

Canggu

We’ve spend 2 and a half days in Canggu and it just wasn’t enough. We loved the laid back vibe, numerous cool spots, beach and waves, food, pretty boutique shops and lots of markets. I am very easily impressed by places, but my boyfriend is not, so when he said that he can imagine spending a month here, learning to surf, exploring food scene and just having a great time, that certainly means something. So yes, Canggu is still on my Bali bucket list, and even though I would probably totally suck at surfing I kind of like the idea of at least trying it and then just chilling on the beach, having a massage or go learn how to cook some Indonesian food. On our return to Bali, we will definitely spend more time in Canggu, maybe even rent a bike and just go out there and explore.

Canggu beach, Bali

Canggu, Bali

Nusa Penida

Not being able to squeeze few days on Nusa Penida into our 10 days Bali itinerary is my biggest regret. We could probably do a day tour, but that would probably be exhausting and we couldn’t experience the place at our own pace. Next time few night on this island is at the top of this Bali bucket list. Nusa Penida is far from being off the beaten path already and it will probably become even more popular in the future, but when you see photos of this place you quickly understand why – epic coast, hidden beaches, swimming with manta rays, etc. It does seem like a dream.


Is Bali on your bucket list? Would you return there, if you’ve already been?

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19 thoughts on “5 Places in Bali That Are Still on My Bucket List

  1. You have explored all the most popular places in Bali, it is highly recommended to visit this place while on vacation in Bali. I am waiting for your next vacation on Nusa Penida Island.

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  2. I love Bali and would love to return. Everything there is so different but there are things I wouldn’t recommend, such as Lempuyang Temple. It was full of tourists, the waiting time for one picture takes about 3-4 hours unless you come super early. By time you get to top of the temple, you will be stopped like hundreds times by locals trying to sell you pretty much even their own soul, lol. 😀 On the other side, Amed was my favourite place in Bali. Those sunsets – I have never ever ever witnessed more beautiful sunset than in Amed. If I go to Bali again, I will only stay in Amed. https://karinakeepsescaping.com/first-time-in-bali/

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  3. Great post – completely echo your sentiments that there is just so much to do in Bali it’s impossible to cover it all on a holiday! We ended up going to Nusa Penida and it was incredible, felt largely untouched by tourism (aside from Kelingking of course). I hope to go back and see Uluwatu as I didn’t make it there!

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    1. As much as I always want to see everything I also want to relax and have time to enjoy things I do get to see and experience. And 10 days is definitely not enough to cover everything, even a month would be too short.

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