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7 Hidden Gems Of Bali You Can Get To On A Motorbike

Ayu Melalie

Get away from the tourist crowds and experience the quiet, but no less beautiful side of Bali. Ayu lets you have a glimpse at her travel diary as she shares some of the best kept secrets, most travelers don’t even know about. Grab a motorbike and start exploring the true beauty of the Island of Gods!

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Bali’s 7 best kept secrets

Bali is one magical place, people from all corners of the world love to explore. But with all its beauty, the Island of Gods often gets packed, especially during peak holiday time. Beautiful sites like Uluwatu Temple and Tegalalang Rice Terrace turn into an “Instagram-selfie-melting pot with too many people to count, which can be a pretty frustrating experience while on holiday.

Good news is; Ayu’s journal reveals plenty of Bali treasures that are miles away from all the hustle and bustle of Seminyak, Kuta or even Canggu. Easy accessible and affordable without the holiday crowd, hop on a motorbike and get to know some of the lesser known spots of the island.


1. Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall (North)

Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall


Address: Jl. Bhuana Sari, Desa Wanagiri, Sukasada, Buleleng Regency. Bali Entrance fee: IDR 20K, Parking fee for motorbike: IDR 2500


✍🏻 About Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls:

Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls is a perfect example of a hidden gem. It’s not very well-known amongst tourists, which is why it’s the perfect spot to visit if you’re looking for some peace and tranquility.

There’s not just one waterfall to admire, but four! They are all stunning, unique and definitely worth a visit. Relax to the sound of pure nature and go for a nice swim in the rock pools.


❤️ What I love about Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls:

It’s easy to reach, well maintained, clean and there are a couple of trash bins around. It’s not crowded with many tourists. Moreover, you get to see 4 waterfalls in one go!


👟 How to get there:

The road is pretty smooth and easy, there’s a lot of directional signs on the way there. After paying the entrance fee at the gate, walk about 500m through the greenery, gardens and local houses. The path to go to the waterfalls is clean, trash bins are provided and there are places to sit and rest. There’s a couple of vendors selling snacks and drinks. Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls should definitely be on your bucket list. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.




2. Secret Garden of Sambangan (North)

Secret Garden of Sambangan


Address: Desa Sambangan; 15 mins drive from Singaraja

Entrance fee: IDR 20K, You can enter without a guide, but you can’t swim in, slide down or jump into any of the waterfalls but we recommend to buy trekking tickets.

Short trek: IDR 150K, the trek will take about 2-3 hours and wil take you to Aling Aling Waterfall, Kroya Waterfall, Kembar Waterfall and Pucuk Waterfall.

Medium trek: IDR 250K, the trek will take about 3-4 hours. The trek starts with walking through the rice paddies, stopover in a local’s house for a coconut drink and cocoa beans, then heading to the blue lagoon to explore its surroundings area (there’s a hidden waterfall inside the cavern). Then go down to go to the waterfalls included in the small trek.

Long trek: IDR 500K, the trek will take about 5-6 hours. The trek starts the same as medium trek package and adds 3 more waterfalls to the list. Cemara Waterfall, Dedari Waterfall and Canging Waterfall.


✍🏻 About the Secret Garden of Sambangan:

Sambangan Secret Garden is home to some of Bali’s most beautiful waterfalls. It is located hidden in the mountains, deep in the jungle and surrounded by rice paddies and a locals’ village.

There are 4 waterfalls in the area:

Aling Aling Waterfall The most famous one in Sambangan Secret Garden, height about 35m. To the locals, this is a sacred waterfall so you can not swim in it.

Kroya Waterfall The prettiest and the most fun waterfall among all, you can jump and slide down the 12-meter waterfall.

Kembar Waterfall Two streams, height about 10m.

Pucuk Waterfall Height about 15m.


❤️ What I love about the Secret Garden of Sambangan:

It’s nice to go trekking, you can choose between a 2 hours trekking trail to a 6 hours trail. Walking through the rice paddies, blue lagoon and exploring up to 7 waterfalls is a lifetime experience.


👟 How to get there:

It is only a 15 minutes drive from Singaraja city.




3. Tukad Cepung Waterfall (East)

Tukad Cepung Waterfall


Address: Jl. Tembuku, Dusun Penida Kelod, Tembuku, Bangli Regency, Bali.

Entrance fee: IDR 10K


✍🏻 About Tukad Cepung Waterfall:

This waterfall is located in the middle of high cliffs


❤️ What I love about Tukad Cepung Waterfall:

It’s easy to get there by motorbike, hidden and surrounded by cliffs. When you visit in the morning you can see beautiful sun rays shining on top of the waterfall.


👟 How to get there:

It will take around 2 hours if you come from the southern part of Bali (Seminyak, Kuta, Denpasar). From the gate / main entrance, you need to walk about 30 - 40 mins to reach this hidden waterfall. Walk through the river and go inside the cliff that looks like a cave. The waterfall is located behind the cave, so you cannot see it when you arrive at the river.




4. The Green Cliffs and Little Grotto of Undisan Bangli (East)

The Green Cliffs and Little Grotto of Undisan Bangli


Address: Desa Undisan Kelod, Kecamatan Tembuku, Bangli Regency, Bali.

Entrance fee: Free


✍🏻 About The Green Cliffs and Little Grotto of Undisan Bangli:

Surrounded by greenery and lush vegetation, the cliffs are covered with a towering moss creates a spectacular yet calming scenery. You can also swim into the cave and found another hidden treasure of a little grotto and explore the underwater world that exists underneath the cliffs.


❤️ What I love about The Green Cliffs and Little Grotto of Undisan Bangli:

It’s very peaceful with nice greenery.


👟 How to get there:

First, you need to go to Undisan village which can be reached in around 2 hours by motorbike, driving from the south of Bali (Denpasar, Kuta, Seminyak). Getting to the cliff itself will be quite difficult passing through the fields, forests and ravines. Make sure to wear a helmet while driving a motorbike!




5. Mende Hill (East)

Mende Hill


Address: Desa Subaya, Kintamani, Bangli Regency, Bali.

Entrance fee: Free


✍🏻 About Mende Hill:

It’s good for hiking with greenery views. It’s famous for the saying “a country above the cloud”. The views from the hill are spectacular, you can see the beautiful views of the green mountains, the blue stretch of the ocean, and terraces from the rice fields of local farmers. With fresh air to breath, it’s surely a good alternative if you ever get bored of the beach.


❤️ What I love about Mende Hill:

I personally like hiking and just walking through the scenery.


👟 How to get there:

It takes approximately 3 hours by motorbike from the Kuta area. Access roads to the hills are a bit difficult, there’s only a small path that is dominated by climbs and descends. So make sure you are fit and healthy and don’t forget to bring enough water with you.




6. Bukit Asah Bugbug (East)

Bukit Asah Bugbug

Address: Desa Adat Bugbug, Sengkidu, Manggis, Karangasem Regency, Bali.

Entrance fee: IDR 10K Note: You can rent a big tent for IDR 300K or a medium tent for IDR 150K


✍🏻 About Bukit Asah Bugbug:

When you want to go out on a different adventure and have a night under the stars, this is definitely a good place to camp.


❤️ What I love about Bukit Asah Bugbug:

For me, it’s the best camping spot place in Bali as it has a spectacular view of the sunrise. Surrounded by lush greenery, cliffs and a breathtaking view of the sea.


👟 How to get there:

It will approximately take you around 2 hours to get there from Seminyak, Kuta area.




7. The Sacred & Secret Canyon of Sukawati / Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang (East)

The Sacred & Secret Canyon of Sukawati


Address: Jl. Sahadewa, Banjar Wangbung, Guwang, Sukawati, Gianyar Regency, Bali.

Entrance fee: Including local guide 1 person - IDR 200K 2 people - IDR 300K 3 to 4 people - IDR 400K 5 to 8 people - IDR 600K

They will provide 1 guide per 4 people. The tickets include a face towel, bath towel for a shower after the trek, locker, changing room, and water.


✍🏻 About The Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang:

The trekking will take you around 1-2 hours depending on your speed. It is recommended to use proper shoes. But if you don’t want to walk through the whole canyon, there is a back entrance via rice fields. Please remember that the hidden canyon is considered a sacred place for the locals. Therefore you need to dress properly when trekking.


👟 How to get there:

Will take approximately around 1.5hrs by motorbike from Seminyak and located just down the road from Tegenungan waterfall.