There are so many incredible things to do in east Bali that many tourists overlook. East Bali is still yet to be fully discovered by the thousands of visitors that come to the island, so you’ll find that these places are way less crowded than the main tourist areas. These are the best places to visit while you’re exploring east Bali!
Best Things to do in East Bali
Otherwise known as the gateway to heaven, Pura Lempuyang is one of the most well-known things to do in east Bali. Although it can get quite busy, it’s definitely a place worth visiting. We’d recommend to get here as early as possible to avoid the crowds which usually start to come just before midday. Pura Lempuyang is quickly becoming one of the most sought out photo locations in Bali due to its mesmerising views of the volcano. The weather can be a bit unpredictable as we’ve been unlucky twice. Thick grey clouds were covering the view both times we visited. However, we waited patiently and were finally able to see what we came for!
Tip: You’ll have to rent and wear a sarong even if you wear long pants or a skirt. Sarongs are traditional to Indonesian culture and since Pura Lempuyang is a sacred area, it is custom to wear one. You will also have to cover your shoulders when entering this temple complex.
For more details on Pura Lempuyang, read our full blog post here.
Bukit Cinta is one of the reasons we keep revisiting east Bali. It’s one of the best views you can get of Mount Agung, especially at sunrise, and the best part is that not many other people know about it. This Mount Agung viewpoint is perfect for anyone that wants to experience an incredible sunrise. The early morning wakeup is definitely worth it to see the soft morning light shine over the incredible countryside landscape and massive volcano in the distance. Bukit Cinta viewpoint is just off to the side of a road. You can park your bike by the side of the road and walk past the banana trees, down towards the tall grass where the view opens up.
For more details on finding Bukit Cinta, read our full blog post here.
Tirta Gangga is a water temple that consists of various ponds and fountains. The most unique feature of the complex are the large stepping stones they have located throughout the main pond. You’re free to walk on them and explore right beside the waters edge. Be sure to also buy some fish food and feed the colourful Koi fish. There are hundreds of them swimming around in the pools. If you get lucky enough to be the only one feeding them, you’ll be completely surrounded which makes for a stunning photo!
For more details on Tirta Gangga, read our full blog post here.
Taman Ujung Water Palace
Taman Ujung Water Palace is the sister temple to Tirta Gangga but it’s one of the lesser known things to do in east Bali. When we visited there were barely any tourists around. This water palace is much larger and has a beautiful royal garden. Without the crowds of people, exploring the place felt quite peaceful and relaxing. Our favourite part of the temple is the amazing view from the top of the hill. There are steps leading up to the unique stone structure which has various archways. The view looks back out over the whole temple complex and you’ll even be able to see as far as the surrounding oceans and rice paddies. The stone archways paired with the scenic backdrop make for some stunning photos!
For more details on Taman Ujung Water Palace, read our full blog post here.
Blue Lagoon Beach
Blue Lagoon Beach is a secluded tropical paradise and one of the best beaches out east. The first thing you’ll notice when you reach the beach is the clarity of the water and the white sand. It’s also a popular spot for divers due to the abundance of marine life. There are plenty of boats just offshore where people are diving in groups. If you aren’t a confident diver, you’ll be happy to know that snorkelling is still a great option. Snorkelling is possible right off the beach where you can spot some fish and coral reefs. You can either bring your own snorkel gear or rent it while you’re down at the beach.
For more details on Blue Lagoon Beach, read our full blog post here.
Stay in the jungle at an Eco Bamboo Home
If you’ve ever wanted to stay in a luxury bamboo home in the middle of the jungle, Hideout Bali is the perfect place. It’s the most well-known Airbnb in east Bali and you’ve probably heard of this place before or at least seen it pop up on your Instagram. Hideout Bali features 5 very unique homes made entirely out of bamboo. We definitely recommend checking this place out if you’re after a luxurious stay in a peaceful environment. There’s nothing better than waking up to the sounds of nature. Hideout Bali is located up in the hills so you’ll find that the air is a lot cooler and fresh. It’s Perfect for escaping the usual hot and humid Bali weather.
Tip: Hideout Bali is very popular and is frequently fully booked out, so be sure to book well in advance to secure a spot!
Where to stay in east Bali
Most tourists heading out east will stay at Amed Beach which is well-known for its popular diving sites. It’s also a popular spot to catch the ferries heading over to the Gili Islands. Amed has a variety of accommodation options available to suit all types of travellers.
The Griya Villas and Spa – Luxury: This 5 star resort is in short walking distance of the beaches. It’s set amongst the lush tropical gardens and has a beautiful view overlooking the ocean. With breakfast included as well as stylish modern rooms, this resort is the ultimate place to relax and unwind.
Villa Sky Dancer – Midrange: Villa Sky Dancer is great value for money being situated right on the beach and each room having its own balcony. The property also has a swimming pool, awesome breakfast, large garden and a bar. It’s the perfect spot to get away from the busy city centre and have a relaxing getaway.
D’uma Amed Homestay – Budget: D’uma Amed Homestay has incredible views of the surrounding rice fields and Mount Agung from your own balcony. They also provide daily breakfast, air conditioning as well as mineral water. For the affordable price, you can’t beat the picture perfect views.
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