And honestly, there are about a billion photos that we can use as supporting evidence, if you’re not convinced.
It doesn’t matter what way you look at it, Bali is THE place to visit. It’s of the most popular travel destinations in the world, and with good reason — Bali is known as the ‘Island of the Gods,’ because it truly looks and feels like an island made for the Gods.
Surrounded by bright blue seas and golden beaches, Bali is of course a beach lover’s paradise, but there’s so much more to see and do here than just lay out on the sand (though we wouldn’t blame you if you did). Perfect for adventure seekers and history buffs, too, you can explore temples, caves, jungles, waterfalls, museums, markets, hidden Balinese communities and cultures…the list is endless.
In short, whatever you want to do, you will probably find it in Bali. The hardest part of your trip will be choosing where to go first and what you want to see, and we’re about to make it much harder for you.
Here are 20 photos proving that Bali is the most beautiful place on Earth.
1. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
The majestic Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, Ulun Danu for short, is a major Shaivite water temple located off the shores of Lake Bratan, in the North-Central region of Bali. This pretty building is dedicated to the goddess of the lake and is one of the most serene places on the island, but don’t stop here. Be sure to check out all the different shrines, each dedicated to a different God.
A picture here is definitely worth a thousand Instagram likes.
2. Pura Besakih
This stunning photograph by travelling BALI shows us most important, the largest and holiest Hindu temple in Bali, also known as Mother Temple. Pura Besakih is a temple complex located on the slopes of Mount Agung in eastern Bali.
Have you booked your ticket yet?
3. Atuh Beach
The beaches of Bali are absolutely incredible, and there are almost too many to choose from. We’re probably not helping, are we!?
Here, Bali Travel Photography shows us an insane view captured at Atuh Beach on Nusa Penida island, located just south of Bali. Grab your swim trunks!
4. Anantara Uluwatu Resort
Sometimes, you don’t even need to leave your hotel to experience the magic of Bali. The views from Anantara Uluwatu, set on Bali’s secluded southern coast, are among the best the island has to offer —look for yourself!
5. The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah
Or you can stay at the heavenly Chedi Club Tana Gajah in Ubud, where you can explore and saunter through the infamous rice paddies that encompass the grounds. Looks pretty nice, doesn’t it?
6. Uluwatu Temple
If and when you do decide to eventually leave your resort, you’ll probably want to check out this view from the Uluwatu Temple. This spectacular temple, one of the nine directional temples of Bali, is sure to leave you picking your jaw up off the floor.
7. Uluwatu Temple at Sunset
If morning hikes aren’t your thing, take the trek in the afternoon for the sunset views. Perched atop the rocks as if it were guarding the sea, this is one (of about a zillion) you won’t want to miss.
8. Banyumala Twin Waterfalls
We know TLC told you to NOT go chasing waterfalls, but you’re going to have to make an exception here. And what’s better than one waterfall? Two, of course! Located towards the northern end of Lake Buyan, the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls are well worth the chase.
9. Ku De Ta
When you’re ready to take a break from walking, but not from the views, head over to Bali’s beloved Ku De Ta. Simple and elegant with a just-the-right-amount-of-daytime party vibe, this beach club exceeds all expectations. Graze away the afternoon by their oceanfront infinity pool with a cocktail in hand. Savor an epic Balinese meal beachside while you soak up these views. Or simply dance the day away with your toes in the sand.
10. Rice Terraces of Tegalalang
We bet going to see fields of rice has never been on your bucket list, but it should be! Just check out the rice terraces here in Tegalalang. Wander around and get lost in these lush fields of green.
11. Tirta Gangga Water Palace
And when you’re in need for some meditation, take a chance to clear your mind here at Tirta Gangga Water Palace. This stunning site literally means ‘water from the Ganges’ and is definitely considered unmissable, especially for those trying to get their zen on.
12. Tanah Lot Temple
Another thing you can’t do anywhere is go visit the famous Tanah Lot Hindu Temple, built on a rock formation overlooking the ocean. Truly one of the most spectacular views in Bali, it gets quite crowded here during sunset time, so be sure to come early enough to get yourself a good spot.
13. Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
A MONKEY SANCTUARY. Do we even need to say much more? This place really is a sanctuary, and a huge one at that. There are around 700 monkeys in this place just waiting for you.
14. Goa Gajah Elephant Cave
Sorry, no (real) elephants here, but if you’re looking for the literal fountain of youth, you’ve come to the right place. Inside Goa Gajah are six very famous statues of women holding pots that actually are fountains, filling up the pool. It is said that drinking this water has great healing properties and will keep you looking young for years to come. If that’s the case…cheers!
15. Mount Batur
Calling all adventurers! This one’s especially for you! Mount Batur is one of Bali’s most famous volcanoes and a very popular hiking tour to take. The hikes start at around 4AM, but don’t be too upset! They do this on purpose to get you to the perfect spot to watch an indescribable sunrise over the crater.
Also, this is one of the easiest hikes in Bali compared to the other mountains. So if you’re trying to score bragging rights for hiking a volcano, this is a good choice.
16. Bamboo Forest
Why wouldn’t you want to visit the ethereal Bamboo Forest of Bali? We can’t think of any reasons, not even one.
17. Swing Over the Twin Lakes
Like anywhere in Bali, when you’re in Munduk, you’ll want to find the best possible vantage points to soak up all the iconic views. Perhaps the most iconic way to see the Twin Lakes is to literally swing over (kinda) it. They’re called Wanagiri swings, and they’re incredible.
18. Scub Through Usat Liberty Wreck
Where else can you say you’ve swum through a navy shipwreck? We’re betting nowhere.
19. Doors of Heaven, Pura Lempuyang
Do we really need to elaborate on the name? I think not.
20. Penglipuran Village
Don’t forget to take the time to really explore and get to know the communities you’re staying in. There are so many hidden villages filled with such special people and traditions. The beautiful Penglipuran Village has even snagged its spot as the third cleanest in the world!