Bali hidden gems? Is that even a thing anymore? Bali is one of the most amazing destinations we have traveled and for many reasons. It’s not only comfortable and easy to travel but full of things to do. Perfect for a Bali holiday. It’s funny we have traveled this island for over three months and still have so many beautiful places in Indonesia. During that time we have found some places that are truly Bali Hidden Gems and some that are not as well known that we will cover in this top 5 Bali hidden gems list.
Bali hidden gems are everywhere on the island, including some of the most touristy places like Ubud. On our first trip to Bali, we stayed outside of Ubud center but close enough it only took us 5 minutes by motorbike 10 if traffic was bad. This place we are going to talk about isn’t in the city center but sits back in one of the many rice fields surrounding it.
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This place is by far one of the best places to visit in Ubud (unfortunately they don’t open till 11 Am). If you are on Bali holidays or moved here for good I am sure you will be in Ubud at some point. Kedai D’ Sawah has one of the largest selections of dishes we have seen, while not sacrificing quality or service for a very cheap price. The restaurant sits back from the main road and has a seating area that is right on the edge of a beautiful rice field. Only a short scooter ride from Ubud center its relaxing environment, fast internet, delicious food, and cheap prices are all reasons this is one of the best places to visit in Ubud especially on a budget.
Jimmy’s favorite dish
I loved the sweet and spicy fried chicken dish. It’s more of a Chinese style food but so good I can’t stop myself from ordering it. 35,000IDR
Tah’s favorite dish
Pad Thai, she always orders it extra spicy and say’s it taste just like in Thailand. You can order it with meat or tofu. 30,000 IDR
Jl. Raya Goa Gajah No.93, Kemenuh, Kec. Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia
Located in Munduk Bali is Cemara waterfalls. This is the most hidden waterfall Bali I have ever seen. It’s not only difficult to get to but if it rains it can be nearly impossible but well worth it. Although the main reason people pay (250,000IDR required and comes with a guide) is to see this waterfall, it’s not the only waterfall you get. There is a trail here that leads you to a series of 5 waterfalls Cemara being the biggest and most powerful. All the waterfalls are shallow and swim worthy. Being that the waterfall is in Munduk Bali you could spend a whole day riding your scooter from waterfall to waterfall. This area of Bali has some incredible Indonesian landmarks and the best waterfalls in Bali. With that being said, let’s jump right into the next place for the best Bali travel.
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Sekumpul waterfall, some say this is the most beautiful waterfall in Bali and I can see why. The only reason I like Cemara waterfall better is that it’s really unlikely for you to see anyone there and you really don’t see many pictures of it on the internet yet. Sekumpul is a little more known but still one of the hidden gems in Bali. Just like the last waterfall, you need a guide due to it becoming so popular but you still have some options and price points for entrance.
Entrance option one
Pay 20,000IDR and go to the viewpoint and see the waterfall only.
Entrance option two
Pay 125,000 IDR you get a guide plus you get access to Sekumpul and Hidden waterfall Bali. This is the best bang for your buck and a budget-friendly option.
Entrance option three
Pay 200,000 IDR you get the viewpoint Sekumpul falls, Hidden waterfall Bali as well as triple-falls and Fiji waterfall.
While you are here there are not only amazing waterfalls but some of the best viewpoints and sunrise spots we had. Unfortunately, Mt Batur Sunrise Trek was closed when we went.
Sekumpul, Lemukih, Sawan, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81171, Indonesia
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Wanagiri Hidden Hills is in my eyes the best option for viewing sunrise over Bali Twin lakes if you are looking to take pictures. Not only do you get one of the most incredible views over both the lakes but where this viewpoint is situated it allows you to be parallel with the sunrise ( directly east of the sunrise and facing west ). This means you will have the most incredible sunrays and backlight on a clear day. Wanna Giri Hidden hill does, however, come in at 150,000 IDR per person entrance fee. As a photographer, I believe it’s worth it because the staff here not only make sure everything’s ok and clean but they are always there to hold reflectors and diffusers so you catch that perfect light in each and every photo.
Jalan Munduk – Wanagiri, Wanagiri, Sukasada, Pancasari, Kec. Sukasada, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia
Now after catching the best sunrise, we can’t forget the best sunset in Bali, can we? I think not! Heading all the way south to the east side of the island in Uluwatu is where you want to be. No matter the weather in Ubud or Canggu there is something about Karang Boma Cliff that never fails. It always delivers the best sunsets.
This is only a 10-minute scooter ride from the temple but allows you a beautiful lookout over the ocean at Karang Boma Cliff. Even though you are not beachfront you can catch the fresh air off the water and get the best picture with no one in it! This is privately owned property so upon entering you will be charged 10,000IDR per person but I promise the best budget-friendly option. We went there many times even though it was over an hour from where we stayed. Every time we went there were no more than 10 people there. You can bring a blanket or some food and sit here and take in the views. I don’t suggest coming here too early before sunset or when it’s hot, there is not much shade.
Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
We hope this list of top 5 Bali hidden gems helps make your trip the best one yet! These are what we think are the best places in Bali and we are so happy to share them with you. If it’s your first trip to Bali make sure you check out our free checklist and other post that will show you everything from shopping, markets to attractions, and food. They will help guide you to the best vacation you have ever had. Let us know below if we missed where to go in Bali or should add something!