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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.

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

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Munduk Wilderness - Day Tours

Nature & Wildlife Tours

White Sand Beach

Beaches

WakaLandCruise - Day Tours

Boat Tours

Sekumpul Waterfalls

Waterfalls

Brahma Vihara Arama Buddhist Monastery

Religious Sites

Bamboo Forest Restaurant

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.
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    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 #29 of 287 Outdoor Activities in Denpasar
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great day 06/11/2015
    • Fantastic day out 29/10/2015
    • Munduk Wilderness - Day Tours
    Address:
    Jl. Raya Sempidi Kompleks Ruko Delta no. 43
    Denpasar, Bali
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 851-0081-0001
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    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 #3 of 37 things to do in Karangasem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice beach 13/02/2016
    • A lovely beach spot to spend a few hours 10/02/2016
    • White Sand Beach
    Address:
    Pantai Pasir Putih
    Karangasem, Bali
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    6281805308373
    Other:
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    WakaLandCruise - Day Tours
    Boat Tours
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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 #253 of 613 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Bali
    • Great day out 03/02/2016
    • Well worth it! 01/02/2016
    • WakaLandCruise - Day Tours
    Address:
    Jl.Imam Bonjol 467,
    Denpasar
    Bali
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 62361484085
    Other:
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    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 40 things to do in Singaraja
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful 07/02/2016
    • The BEST - the walk is fine! 27/01/2016
    • Sekumpul Waterfalls
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 - 17:00
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    Brahma Vihara Arama Buddhist Monastery
    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 #3 of 19 things to do in Buleleng
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Temple🍀 25/01/2016
    • Tranquility and peace 24/01/2016
    • Brahma Vihara Arama Buddhist Monastery
    Address:
    Banjar Tegeha
    Buleleng
    Bali
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    0362 92954
    Other:
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    Bamboo Forest Restaurant
    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 #3,347 of 3,885 restaurants in Bali
    • Elegant design 28/01/2016
    • Beautiful location 24/01/2015
    • Bamboo Forest Restaurant
    Address:
    Dalam Sari Temple
    WakaLandCruise Resort
    Tabanan, Bali
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 484 085
    Other:
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    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 18 things to do in Pemuteran
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • fantastic snorkelling for family with young children 10/02/2016
    • Like swimming in an aquarium 03/02/2016
    • Menjangan Island
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