Bali is world-renowned for its beautiful scenery, stunning views and desirable social media spots. One of the biggest questions upon arrival being, where should you seek out first for that all-important premier post? We’ve assembled a list of our top Bali Instagram spots, so wherever you’re staying you can discover your special snap.
A must-have on any Bali Instagram itinerary, the islands largest and most impressive waterfall easily crashes onto our list. After absorbing the incredible sights and roaring sounds of this hidden spectacle, you’ll see why it’s one of our favourites.
The journey to the base of the waterfall is a winding dirt road followed by 350 steps down towards the abyss, but it’s definitely worth it for the excellent photo ops.
Just make sure to keep your phone dry with all the spray!
Gates of Heaven – Lempuyang Temple
Known locally as Pura Luhur Lempuyang, this is Bali’s oldest and one is one of the most esteemed temples on the entire island.
The most popular photo-spot for this entire temple is actually at the gates itself – the view behind the temple so beautiful that they have been dubbed the ‘Gates of Heaven’. On clear days, Mount Agung can be seen peering through the entry, creating a stunning backdrop for your photo.
It is worth noting, the glistening pool beneath the gates is actually a trick. Photographers at the site hold mirrors underneath the camera to create the illusion.
Also, this is just the first temple in a complex of six – don’t just stop at the gates and leave! Take a couple of hours and hike through the mountains to discover the others. You might even find one you love more…
The Bali Swing at Wanagiri Hidden Hills
Another one that’s all over your feed, but this is especially easy to see why. This spot is about two hours from Canggu when travelling by scooter.
Concealed in the rural less touristy area of the mountainous north Bali, this spot will be one of your most ‘liked’ from your life changing trip.
Make sure you hold on tight!
There are plenty of other swings popping us across the island, so if the queue for this one is too long, a quick Google search will bring up another a short walk away!
The most popular volcano hike in Bali takes around two hours to reach the summit, but this one is definitely worth the challenge! For the best Instagram shot, arrive at the top before sunrise. By catching the blood-orange sun cascading over the dewy clouds below you’re certain to capture one of the best pictures of your entire trip.
Make sure after taking your shot that you put the camera down. Embrace yourself in that stunning moment before the sun surpasses the horizon and it disappears for another day.
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Bali Twin Lakes Viewpoint
For those short on time and eager to tackle two birds with one stone, you can find the Twin Lakes only down the road from the Bali swing.
In this special spot you will discover first hand the island’s seismic volcanic activity, which caused a landslide in the 1800s that separated Lake Buyon and Tamblingan – hence the name ‘Twin Lakes’.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces
North of Ubud, these agricultural mainstays of the Bali countryside are a popular tourist spot for anyone visiting the island.
Up there with one of Bali’s most beautiful spots, these particular rice paddies stretch as far as the eye can see.
Despite being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these emerald fields are still worked on by local rice farmers to this very day.
A photo across the paddies that catches the levels of the subak irrigation system is a perfect and eye-catching addition to any insta-grid or story.
Bonus: Make sure you keep an eye out for the Love Bali Instagram sign for an extra photo for your followers to swipe across to.
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Located in Ubud lies the village of Padangtegal, home to the Balinese Long Tailed Monkey. Around 1049 monkeys call the sanctuary home, so why not introduce one of them to your Instagram followers.
Snapping a shot of you and your new monkey best friend is a must when visiting the island.
When visiting, also check out the triforce of temples that hide deep within the overgrown sanctuary.
Or better yet get a photo with this cheeky chap.
Tirta Gangga Water Palace
Named after the sacred River Ganges in India, this former royal palace near Abang is home to not only the water palace, but bathing pools and a Partirthan temple.
The complex was completed in 1946 but was almost entirely destroyed by the erupting Mt. Agung in 1963.
Again, watch out for the spraying water from the fountains!
The Abandoned Boeing 737
Situated in the jungle of Kuta Selatan, this abandoned Boeing 737 sits peacefully in a field next to a limestone quarry.
This spot is a source of mystery on the island, as nobody knows how this aircraft arrived at the location in the first place – perhaps a whodunit conversation starter for your more curious followers?
It’s not exactly a hidden gem, it lies a mere five minutes from the popular Padawa Beach. Making it easily reachable if you fancy a break from relaxing in the sun.
It’s a great snap for more bohemian travellers who want to show that Bali is more than temples and nightlife. For a small amount of pocket change, this juxtaposition of nature and man-made machine could colour your camera roll.
Nyang Nyang Graffiti Boat
Buried in the sand of one of Bali’s cleanest and most well-maintained beaches, graffiti artists have claimed this shipwrecked vessel as their own, creating a reward for those who wander down the cliffs and find it.
If you ask us, get your snaps before the midday sun begins setting in the west, to successfully capture the artwork that embraces its form.
Be sure to catch the perfect photo in this spot, with no filters necessary!
Bonus: Nusa Penida Kelingking Beach
Nusa Penida is an island southeast of Bali in the Klungkung regency, separated by the Badung strait. We’ll be creating an article for this island’s very own Top 10 Instagram spots in the near future, but as a taster we’ll share the ‘T-Rex’ at Kelingking Beach.
I’m sure we don’t have to explain where the name comes from…
So that’s our list! Did we miss any that you loved? What is your favourite Bali Instagram spot? Share your pictures in the comments!
Beware of the long-lines at all of these spots, visiting them too late in the day could consume entire days of your trip! If you ask us, get there early and spend the rest of your days discovering the more unexplored areas of the island.
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