Bali is such a popular holiday destination and for a good reason. But sometimes you just want to experience the area like a local and dodge all the tourists.
This can be almost impossible in a place with a constant wave of international travellers, however there are a few little hidden gems in Bali that haven’t been tainted just yet. So grab some cheap flights to Bali and check out the four best places to avoid all the crowds and tourists in Bali.
If you’re a lover of all things yoga and culture than Ubud is perfect for you. Located just an hour north of the airport, up in the mountains Ubud is a traditional country town, oozing in arts and crafts, nature and traditions.
Wander your way through the streets and you’ll see many different shops and stalls selling local crafts, textiles and woodcarvings. Make your way to one of the best art museums in the country to admire some local art or better yet visit a local art studio and get creative.
If you want immerse yourself amongst the local culture make sure you make time to explore some of the best temples in the town. Check out Tirta Empul that is just simply stunning, with a holy mountain spring.
This national cultural heritage site is the perfect place to get spiritual and enjoy the serenity.
Want easy access to all the touristy things in Bali but don’t want to stay in a busy city? Then Legian is the perfect place for you. Sitting in between Bali’s most famous beaches, Kuta Beach and Seminyak Beach, it’s a great place to relax and avoid the crowds.
There are plenty of options when it comes to Legian accommodation. With hotels and resorts galore, you are bound to find the perfect place for you to stay on your trip in this place of optimal relaxation and leisure.
Just because it may not be as popular as its surrounding beaches, doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do. If you’re up for a little adventure and a lot of fun take a day trip to Waterbom Bali. This family fun waterpark is only about 20 minutes away from Legian by taxi, offering a bunch of different water slides, restaurants and tropical gardens.
If you’re not really up for that kind of thrill seeking then perhaps you should make your way to the Legian Art Markets. Jalan Mertanadi is a large art market where you can pick up the classic Bin Tang singlet, or something a little more sentimental like a unique, handcrafted item which will serve as the perfect souvenir in remembrance of your time in the gorgeous Legian!
In Northern Bali, you will find the quaint little gem of Lovina, a 12 km stretch of coast. If you are heading to Lovina from Kuta then the best way to travel there is by car, taking just under three hours.
Lovina has a very relaxed atmosphere, so you can enjoy days sitting on the beach, snorkelling, spotting dolphins and watching some of the most amazing sunsets.
If you feel like exploring this side of the island a little more than go out in search of the nearby waterfalls, Singsing Waterfall. Check out the Brahmavihara Arama, an amazing Buddhist temple and take a dip in the hot springs.
This little island off the southern coast of Bali is remarkably still unknown to most tourists, making it the perfect place to escape the crowds. Nusa Penida is only a short 30 minute boat ride from Sanur, and there is plenty to do here.
Many people venture out this way on day trips to snorkel and explore the island, however if you choose to base yourself here you can! There limited options in terms of accommodation, but even if it’s just for one or two nights I highly recommend it, as it’s a great way to see all the island has to offer.
Head to Atuh beach, the perfect place to go if you want to dodge the tourists. Because it’s so remote and relatively hard to get to, you will most often be one of the only few people there. This is a great place to spend an entire day, there is plenty to look at including an awesome rock formation and stunning views of crystal clear waters.
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