There is a popular tip on travel that says ‘travel like a local’. This makes sense as locals tend to visit and explore to less-touristy spots, even some time discover hidden gems. If you see yourself as a curious traveller and wish to experience Bali more than other visitors did, here are some not-so-popular yet amazing spots in West Bali.
Tired of the white sandy beaches? Try this one. Pasut Beach is located in Tibiyu Village, Tabanan, approximately one hour drive from Kuta. It is an expansive black sand beach; it’s also firm enough so you can drive your scooter along the shore. One thing that makes Pasut Beach stunning is the palm trees forest just a few steps from the beach. Go in the afternoon so you have enough time to explore and find the best spot. Play with the lines of palm trees, silhouette, composition – amazing sunset picture will be yours!
Batu Belah or Dewasana Waterfall
Hidden in the village of Dewasana, Jembrana Regency, the name describes the beauty of the place. Batu Belah means a huge rock-cut in two; the water flows in between. This calming waterfall has a lagoon area, to which the water cascades gently. Seeing the clear, fresh, and cool water, no wonder if you cannot resist jumping and dipping into the natural bathtub.
Puncak Mawar (Rose Peak)
Experience the sense of freedom as you stand at hundreds feet peak of a hill, overlooking the nature and city view of Negara District. A local initiative to develop the area, Puncak Mawar was opened last year. New facilities are added gradually but for now, you can enjoy the view and take a photo with properties provided, such as the big-size artificial rose (the icon), traditional bike, and swing. Rose peak is situated near Batu Belah Waterfall.
You may already have heard about this one, the Bunut Bolong, a unique, giant Banyan Tree with a big hole at the bottom of the tree. The hole itself is big enough so a small car can pass through it. Make a visit and capture this wonderful creation of nature.
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Juwuk Manis Waterfall
Located near the unique sight of Bunut Bolong Tree, Juwuk Manis Waterfall is one that worth stopping by. You have to do a short trekking to reach the waterfall (the access is getting easier from time to time) through farms and greeneries. Crisp, clean, and cool water are the characteristic of many waterfalls in West or central area of Bali. At Juwuk Manis, water cascades from two adjoining fountains into a small lagoon. It’s quiet and considerably safe here, so take your time to experiment with different poses and angle for an excellent Instagram shot.
Those destinations above are considerably located near to each other. Creating a one-day itinerary to explore them provide you enough time to enjoy the beauty. Consider renting a scooter or use a 4-WD car service due to the hilly area and some parts are muddy tracks.