30 August 2016

Nice places in Bali to visit. Part 1

The Angel’s Billabong
The Angel’s Billabong is one of Nusa Penida’s secret getaways in the form of a marvelous natural infinity pool. With its emerald hues and crystalline waters, the Angel’s Billabong is the epitome of stunning. And apparently, the green floors of this particular infinity pool are so comfortable to walk on (not slippery), it actually feels carpeted. Imagine that! We sure wish we were lounging around at Angel’s Billabong this very moment.
PS: Do note that Angel’s Billabong can be dangerous. There have been people swept out to the ocean by waves rushing in!
Getting There: It’s not too far from Pasih Uwug (the broken sea). A half-kilometre walk from Manta Point to a nearby reef, climb down one of the sides of the edgy coral walls to swim in this surreal pool.

The Secret Gardens of Sambangan
Hidden away in the far north Bali is the village of Sambangan. Only the locals and a handful of savvy tourists have experienced the breathtaking splendour of the jungles and waterfalls near Sambangan, known as the Secret Gardens.
The gardens are a chain of natural pools and cascading waterfalls hidden within the lush Balinese rainforest. There are seven falls in total and it takes a three hour trek deep into the jungle to explore most of them. Remote and unspoiled, the scenery here is among the most beautiful in Bali. The pools are filled with cold spring water, perfect for cooling off after the long jungle trek, and some of the waterfalls even serve as natural waterslides for the daring!
Directions: The nearest resort area to Sambangan is Lovina on Bali’s north coast, and it’s recommended you overnight here if you want to make the trek to the gardens. You’ll want a guide to lead you  safely through the rainforest to the best spots. Enquire in Lovina about hiking tours from Sambangan village, about a 20 minute drive from Lovina.

Bukit Teletubbies on Nusa Penida
In the lush green interior of Nusa Penida, a cluster of unusually shaped, conical hills have been curiously bestowed (we’re not sure by who exactly) with the name Bukit ‘Teletubbies’.
Confused? The name is a reference to the rounded green hills that were home to the fuzzy aliens from the children’s television program.
The best time to visit Bukit Teletubbies is during or just after the rainy season when the hills are a vivid green and most resemble the cutesy world of our gobbledegook speaking space critters.
Directions: Reach Nusa Penida on your own via boat services from Sanur or Padang Bai. Once on the island, you can hire a motorcycle to take you to the Bukit Teletubbies. Ask for directions to the closest village, Julingan, in the far south of the island.

Atuh Beach, Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida is home to some of Bali’s most beautiful, secluded beaches including Atuh Beach on the island’s east coast.
Looking out from the gorgeous, white sand crescent beach, you’ll see the dramatic surf-worn cliffs of Juntil Cape to the left, and on the right, the rock island of Labuan Ampuak. Atuh is especially picturesque at low tide, when the exposed corals create a vibrant, living foreground for spectacular shots of the island.
Direction: First, make your way to Sanur Beach. From Sanur there are a number of boats journeying several times a day to Nusa Penida. Expect to pay anywhere from Rp. 40,000 to 350,000 depending on the boat. You can also reach Nusa Penida by public ferry from the wharf at Padang Bai. A passenger ticket is Rp. 31,000 each way.

Mount Batur’s Volcanic Landscape, viewed from Pinggan village
Mount Batur (1,717m) is the most visited volcano in Bali, but most visitors usually join the tourist hordes at Kintamani village for views of the majestic fire-breather. For a view of Batur that’s arguably more spectacular, we suggest you head to the more isolated village of Pinggan.
Here you can experience the fierce splendour of the active volcano in a more solitary, meditative setting.
Batur is at its most photogenic at sunrise and sunset, and even makes for impressive night photography – with the lights of Pinggan village spread out at the foot of the mountain, and a sky full of stars twinkling above the peak.
Getting There: Most Mount Batur tours don’t stop at Pinggan village (which is why it makes it so gloriously uncrowded), so you’re best getting there on your own steam. Ubud is the nearest major tourist hub and Pinggan is about 45km, or an hour’s drive away.

The Green Cliffs and Little Grotto of Undisan Bangli
Getting here will be an adventure itself, with views of rice paddies, forests and ravines – and waterfalls nearby. The Green Cliffs of Undisan are basically towering moss-covered cliffs making up the sides of a ravine. What is the bigger secret of the already undiscovered wonder of the Green Cliffs? If you follow the water under where the green cliffs merge,  you will discover a secret grotto hidden inside! Depending on how adventurous you are, one might even swim into the cave, just to explore what’s beneath the malachite-coloured cliffs! If not, simply sit on one of the rocks below the green cliffs, and have a session of peaceful meditation in this beautiful secluded location.
Getting there: Desa Undisan Kelod, Kec. Tembuku, Kab. Bangli.

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