Bali Undderated: Avoid The Crowds At These Hidden Gems

Bali Undderated: Avoid The Crowds At These Hidden Gems

There’s no denying that Bali is a hotspot for tourists, and that can sometimes dampen the experience of visiting this famous Indonesian island. So, why not check out these underrated Bali gems instead? (Left: Image by @nessya_gioric. Right: Image by @diamondbeach_nusapenida.)

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Bali, officially known as the Bali province, is made up of a cluster of islands – the most famous being Bali itself. Pre-pandemic and even now during this endemic we are living in, people can’t seem to stay away from the Island of the Gods and starve themselves from the experience this tropical haven brings.

Admittedly, Bali is one of my favourite places in the world, and what is there not to love? The people are incredibly welcoming, accommodation and transportation are highly affordable, and the food will leave a lasting impression on anyone (hello, Warung Made, I am looking at you). But there is so much to this place than Kuta or Seminyak, the island’s most renowned tourist hotspots.

If you’re adamant about avoiding the rowdy crowds (and honestly, I don’t blame you), then why not try these underrated locations. You’ll surely see a different vibe to Bali that will be your best-kept secret for future visits.

1. Canggu

Canggu is not too far from the busy Seminyak, but in this south coast part of Bali, you will find serenity and some cool cafes, green rice fields, great seafood, and incomparable sunset views. If you’re a newbie surfer, Canggu’s waves will be kind to you, and it’s less crowded than most touristy parts of Bali’s surf scene.

While it’s becoming increasingly popular, Canggu is still not as crowded and overpriced as Kuta or Seminyak. There are plenty of villas to rent here too, and each one will wow you with a view. This part of Bali is also famous for those looking to have a fit-cation as there are plenty of boutique gyms around, and the nightlife here is pretty happening too.

2. Munduk

If you’re looking to get lost in nature’s beauty, book a few nights in Munduk. Situated in the northern part of Bali, a less than three-hour drive from Canggu will get you here. There is something for all kinds of travellers here, so take your pick from affordable Airbnbs or opt to splurge some nights at a luxury villa.

One of the unique things you can do is chase some waterfalls (cue TLC’s ‘Waterfalls’), as there are plenty to be amazed by – Git Git, Banyumala, and Munduk waterfalls are some of the few. I highly recommend a minimum of two nights, but if you have the time, carve out a little more time here in your itinerary.

3. Nusa Penida

To get to Nusa Penida from the Bali mainland is only by boat, so if you get seasick easily, I suggest you tough it out because it is so worth the suffering. Known as a paradise for scuba divers and the most developed one out of all three Nusa islands, you’ll need around two to three days to make the most of your trip. Though, you can opt for a day trip too.

Diamond Beach is undoubtedly the most famous spot with its unmissable cove and azure waters, but unfortunately, it’s not for swimming. It’s all about taking in the scenery by braving the narrow roads. A visit to this stunning island will ensure an adventure filled with unspoiled natural beauty.

4. Ubud

Ubud is best known for its abundance of lush greenery and pilgrim sites. Let’s not forget about their terraced padi fields, which makes Ubud’s landscape the subject matter for many photographers – specifically the Tegallang rice terrace!

Forget beach clubs and busy shopping stalls because this district of Bali is where you go to soak in the cultures of Balinese traditions and people. While you’re in Ubud, visit the Goa Gajah to marvel at the archaeological site, and of course, don’t forget the charming Ubud Art Market for local hand-crafted goods.

5. Nusa Dua

This enclave is for those with little ones. I personally love Nusa Dua because it’s got almost everything you need, and there are no rowdy tourists or overcrowding. All the hotels and resorts here are top-notch, so you won’t be disappointed with the amenities and services.

While there are not a lot of famous restaurants, if you ask any of the locals, they will direct you to some spots that serve the most delicious Balinese dishes, and there are plenty of fine dining options here too. During your stay (and if you have the licence), rent a motorcycle and explore this resort area of Bali.

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A mother of two, Emma is an avid lover of movies, Korean bbq and lululemon. Her favourite form of exercise is CrossFit, and couldn’t live without sunscreen as part of her skincare regime.