16 Most Unique Places In Bali - Updated 2021

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Bali, Indonesia, has become a very popular destination. It has a lot to offer. It is breathtakingly beautiful, filled with natural beauty. It has multiple spectacular beaches. If you like the ocean Bali is a superb getaway for you. This is a great place to have a stay-cation as well, in one of the many hotels and resorts available across the island. Bali also has a vibrant shopping scene. There is something for every tourist here in Bali, no matter the budget. If you want to bask in the sun by the beach and partake in activities such as scuba diving, Bali is the place to go. Therefore, check out the most unique places in Bali that you can visit with your family and friends.

1. Have an adventurous experience at Hidden Canyon (from USD 29.0)

offbeat places in bali | have an adventurous experience at hidden canyon

This beautiful canyon offers you the opportunity to trek and even swim. You can consider hiking to nearby places as well. Check out Tegenugan Waterfall, the Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave as well as the Gunung Kawi Temple. There are a number of guided tours available. The duration of the trek is about seven hours. The temples exhibit awe-inspiring architecture. Make sure you pack well for it. Do carry your swimwear, a change of clothes and remember to travel light. If you are taking a tour, check to see what is included in the price of the tour, such as food, drinks, relaxation, etc.

Bali: Hidden Canyon, Waterfall & Temples Small Group Tour

Duration: 7.5 hour

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2. Do not miss the wonderful Nusa Dua blowhole (from USD 51.0)

Nasa Dua is an extremely pretty and clean beach. If you like beaches, check this one out. If you so desire, you can take a guided tour as well and check out nearby beaches along with it. The water blowhole spout at Nasa Dua Beach is worth checking out. Such a spectacular phenomenon is worth a visit. If surfing is what draws you can take a detour to Padang-Padang. In case you are hungry and seek fine options for seafood, visit Jimbaran Bay.

Full Day at Bali Five Best Beaches

Duration: 10 hours

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3. Check out the mysterious Boeing 737

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Source: Photo by user Sabung.hamster used under CC BY-SA 4.0

This is a unique, one-of-a-kind attraction to visit. This airplane is not at an airport or in a hangar, it is in the middle of a field. No one knows how it got there or why it is there. It is a Boeing 737. It is located close to the Raya Nusa Dua Selatan Highway, just a few minutes away from Pandawa Beach. This is a strange and unique attraction, shrouded in mystery. The plane is not clearly visible from the road, so one must be attentive when driving towards it.

Bali's abandoned Boeing 737

Address: Kutuh, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Opening hours: Sat - Thu: 12am - 12am; Fri: 6am - 8pm

4. Drop by Pura Paluang (Car Temple) in Nusa Penida Island


This is a very interesting temple with two main shrines in the shape of cars. The temple is inside a forest overlooking the Indian Ocean. The location is beautiful. The locals have no idea how and when the temple came to exist. They even say that the temple has been there long before cars arrived in Indonesia. The temple is said to be guarded by many monkeys. So, you can expect to see them when you do visit. This is a unique place to check out when you take a trip to Bali.

Pura Paluang (Car Temple)

Address: Karang Dawa, Nusa Penida, Klungkung, Bali 80771, Bunga Mekar, Nusapenida, Kabupaten Klungkung, Bali 80771, Indonesia

5. Spend a day amidst wildlife at Baluran National Park (from USD 35.0)

Have a fun-filled safari here. Explore the wonderful East Java and experience the beautiful Baluran National Park. It is home to many wild animals who roam free in these savannah grasslands. You can see animals such as the Javanese Water Buffalo and the Rusa Deer. You can also see many beautiful birds here such as peacocks. This is a great place to visit with your family. You can even spend time at Bama Beach, which is popular for its white sand. You can consider snorkeling here as well. The park is huge and a wonderful way to spend your day.

Baluran National Park Safari Tour by Dialoog Banyuwangi

6. Have a thrilling experience at Kawah Ijen Volcano (from USD 422.56)

offbeat places in bali | have a thrilling experience at kawah ijen volcano

If adventure or a thrill is what you seek, you have to check out Kawah Ijen. Along with Kawah Ijen, there is also Mount Bromo. The two are among the most well-known volcanoes on the planet. This is a must-visit for anyone who enjoys the thrill. If you think of yourself as a traveler, not a tourist, do check this spot out. Watching the sunrise at Bromo Volcano is a breathtakingly beautiful sight. You even get to climb down into the crater at Kawah Ijen and experience the unique ‘blue fires’ there.

Mount Bromo and Kawah Ijen: 3-Day Volcanic Trip

Duration: 3 day

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7. Enjoy the incredible natural beauty at Bukit Putung

Sea Tanker at Sight
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This beautiful hill attracts numerous visitors every year. It is a site of unadulterated natural beauty, gorgeous and breathtaking. It is like a page out of a fairytale. You can take in the brilliant combination of green mountains with the blue sea. Bukit Putung houses a number of beautiful trees such as ferns and palms. There is also a locally owned palm tree and bark plantation there. If you are looking for a serene and peaceful getaway, this is the place for you.

Bukit Putung

Address: Duda Tim., Selat, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80871, Indonesia

Opening hours: 12am - 12am (daily)

8. Discover the wonders of underwater Pemuteran Temple Garden

discover the wonders of underwater pemuteran temple garden
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This Underwater Temple Garden is one of a kind. It is a dive site as well as a Hindu Temple. This was opened just a few years ago. It is man-made. Also known as Taman Pura, it is located in Pemuteran Bay. It is about 15 to 30 meters (49.2 to 98.4 feet) deep and houses a beautiful statue of the Buddha. It is also a great habitat for a number of fishes. It was thought to be a natural and historical wonder for a while until the revelation that it is man-made. This is a must-visit site especially if you enjoy scuba diving and architecture.

Underwater Pemuteran Temple Garden

Address: Jl. Singaraja-Gilimanuk, Pemuteran, Gerokgak, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81155, Indonesia

9. Witness Balinese culture through their Omed-Omedan Ceremony


Omed-Omedan is a kissing ceremony that happens in Bali. It is a part of Balinese culture. It has been practiced for over a century by the community of Banjar Kaja. The ceremony involves men and women engaged in a kissing procession as the onlookers pour buckets of warm water over them. It is only open to unmarried youths. It is held in Sesetan in Denpasar. This is a unique sight to behold. As a visitor, you should check this out if you are interested in Balinese culture. Remember to have a cover for your camera to prevent it from getting wet.

Omed-Omedan

Address: Bali, Indonesia

10. Appreciate the Boho vibe at La Laguna Restaurant

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This beautiful and well-known restaurant is located between Berawa and Batu Belig. It exhibits an amazing décor that endowed the eatery with a unique feel. Enjoy fine dining as you eat al fresco. Sit in the beautiful garden, enjoy the spectacular food and the amazing view. You have a great view of the sunset from here. The music and ambiance create a tempting situation and attract you over and over again.

La Laguna Restaurant

Address: Jalan Pantai Kayu Putih Berawa, Tibubeneng, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Website: La Laguna Restaurant

11. Enjoy the traditional Balinese Kecak Fire Dance (from USD 25.0)

Bali culture is unique and has come a long way. A part of that rich culture is Kecak Fire Dance. You can plan a trip here or even take a guided tour. The tour will take you to Luhur Uluwatu Temple, which is an amazing spot to visit and is among the most popular ones in Bali. You get to experience the wonderful Kecak Fire Dance performance. They show an episode of the Hindu epic Ramayana. The dance is accompanied by incredibly powerful chants as well as fire choreography. Be sure to attend this one.

Uluwatu Temple Sunset and Kecak Fire Dance

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12. Plan a trip to the beautiful cave at Goa Peteng (Spelunking)

plan a trip to the beautiful cave at goa peteng (spelunking)
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Goa Peteng translates to ‘Dark Hole’. It is an incredible place to go to. The cave has mesmerizing stalactites and stalagmites. It has a strong guano smell which becomes hard to bear for many people. Make sure when you go exploring or spelunking in this cave you are carrying the proper equipment to do so. If you are not experienced, it is best to go with an instructor or a tour group. There is an incredible pool of very cold water here, which is very refreshing. Check this out for a fun-filled and adventurous experience.

Goa Peteng

Address: Bali, Indonesia

13. Experience the unique underground house at Goa Gala Gala


Goa Gala Gala is an underground house inspired by the Mahabharata. It was made in 1961 and took about 15 years to be completed. It was made with conventional tools like crowbars. It is located in Nuda Lembongan Bali. If you are interested in architecture, this is a great place to check out. It has been built so well that despite being underground it is well ventilated. Go here for a unique experience in Bali.

Goa Gala Gala

Address: Lembongan island, Jungutbatu, Nusapenida, Kabupaten Klungkung, Bali 80771, Indonesia

Opening hours: 9am - 6pm (daily)

14. Feel the dark vibes at Taman Festival Bali


This is an abandoned theme park in the beachside town of Sanur, Bali. The park was to be a huge project and a lot of money was invested to make it, but for some reason it never opened. The construction was not completed. It is said to be haunted. People believe it is home to spirits. The locals steer clear of this place and even calls it a ghost town. If you are a fearless thrill-seeker, this supposedly haunted ghost town should be a must-visit on your list.

Taman Festival Bali (abandoned themed park)

Address: Jl. Padang Galak No.3, Kesiman, Kec. Denpasar Tim., Kota Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

Opening hours: 12am - 12pm (daily)

15. Have lunch at Madu Sari Mountain Restaurant


Located about 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) away from Kintamani, this restaurant is considered one of the enjoyable retreats across Bali. One of the highly rated restaurants, this eatery offers some of the delicious food items to tourists. You can have breakfast and lunch along with your family, enjoying the glorious view of Mount Batur. Don’t forget to taste the delicious Indonesian dishes that you might not come across anywhere else within the town.

Madu Sari Mountain Restaurant

Address: Penelokan Main Rd, Central Batur, Kintamani, Bangli Regency, Bali 80652, Indonesia

Website: Madu Sari Mountain Restaurant

Opening hours: 8am - 4pm (daily)

16. Find out the dark side of Balinese tradition at Trunyan Cemetery (from USD 123.0)

Trunyan Cemetery serves up a slice of Balinese traditions and history. It provides you with great views as well as a spine-chilling vibe. The cemetery is boat accessible and houses 11 prism-shaped bamboo enclosures. Once a cage is full, the most decayed body is removed to be replaced by a new one. A piece of information that is most vital at the moment is that by tradition, villages in Trunyan, do not burn or bury their dead. You would neither see a crematorium or a pyre, nor a grave. The corpses are simply left on the ground to decay. Alternatively, you can also opt for a soothing boat ride across Batur Lake to the village of Trunyan.

Trunyan Private Tour with Cemetery, Volcanos, Lunch and Pickup

Duration: 8 to 10 hours

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Spend some lavish time in Bali

The above spots are all excellent places to visit when you find yourself in Bali. There is something for everybody here. With the help of the above list, you can plan your travel well. Make sure that you capture some great photographs so that you can make your trip memorable.

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Hi, I am Anurag Paul Gummadi, residing in Bangalore, India.

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