Tired of Seminyak, Kuta, and Ubud? Even Canggu, Candidasa, Karangasem and Lovina no longer excite you? If you have travelled to almost everywhere in Bali, and want to up your game and venture to places less travelled, West Bali can be your next adventure.West Bali consists mainly of the district of Jembrana. In this part of Bali are some interesting places to visit. The main town of the Jembrana district is Negara. In the far west is the harbor town of Gilimanuk where also the ferry to Java departs. Here are the 15 best West Bali Honeymoon places to visit:
It can be found rather isolated from the rest of Bali, in the utmost west of the island. Gilimanuk is a harbor town where one can take the ferry to Java. A dozen of ferries connect Bali with Java, about every 10 minutes a ferry will arrive or depart here. Gilimanuk has some very beautiful coral beaches with white as well as black sand, and interesting mangrove forests
is most known for its buffalo races, which are held every second and fourth Sunday of the month at 7 am, at about 9 km east of Negara town in the village of Delod Berawah. In the area of Loloan Timur one can admire many Bugis style houses. Pangambengan and Perancak both are fisherman villages located ca. 7 km southwest of the town of Negara. At the shores of the river outlet one can admire many colorful Madurai style fishing boats.
Bali Barat National Park
is the most popular destination for tourists who visit West Bali. The Bali Barat National Park is mountainous and consists of primary monsoon forest, mangrove forest, lowland rain forest, savanna, sea grass vegetation types, coral reefs , sandy beaches, and both shallow and deep sea waters. The park was founded in 1941 and its main aim was to protect the Bali Starling and the last of the wild banteng, from which most of the Balinese cattle descend.
is an island just off the coast of West Bali. It actually belongs to the Bali Barat National Park and is surrounded by hectares of excellent coral reef. The island, a favorite destination for both snorkelers and divers, is situated in the protected marine reserve of the Bali Barat National Park and has a very diverse eco biology.
Pura Tanah Lot
is a hugely popular tourist destination, especially during August, the best month to visit bali for honeymoon. It does have cultural significance to the Balinese, but this can be hard to discern amid the crowds, clamour and chaos – especially for the overhyped sunsets. It’s the most visited and photographed temple in Bali; however, it has all the authenticity of a stage set – even the tower of rock that the temple sits upon is an artful reconstruction (the entire structure was crumbling) and more than one-third of the rock is artificial.
Desa Musi, Gerokgak
Generally known only among locals, Musi Village (otherwise known as Desa Musi) is a refreshing escape for those searching for an authentic experience in a simple Balinese village. There, you’ll discover its secret – a cliff area where a waterfall crashes powerfully into a natural pool. As this waterfall is very hidden, the best way to reach this place is to ask the local villagers for directions when you reach Musi Village. It’s a great opportunity to interact with the locals too!
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Set amid rice fields near the iconic temple of Tanah Lot, Joshua District is a creative complex – coffee shop, gallery, fashion concept store and a number of villas – made out of shipping containers. With the motto ‘recycle or die’, the community space promotes environmental awareness and sustainable lifestyles.
Museum Manusa Yadnya
Established in 1974, this off-the-beaten path museum documents the numerous Hindu rituals involved during a Balinese person’s life, starting from six months after conception to death. The museum is in the Taman Ayun Hindu temple complex, which dates to the 17th century.
Mandala Mathika Subak
You’ll find this museum within a large complex devoted to Tabanan’s subak organisations. It has displays about the irrigation and cultivation of rice, and the intricate social systems that govern these. Staff will show you around; there is info on subak’s Unesco designation, an increasing number of placards in English and a good model showing the subak system in action. A new free booklet in English has a wealth of good content.
Pura Gede Luhur Batu Ngaus
Amid a growing number of villas, there is a dramatic outcrop of black lava rock jutting out into the pounding waves. Perched on top is the photogenic Pura Gede Luhur Batu Ngaus, which has all the classic elements of a Balinese temple and looks like a mini version of Tanah Lot, which is a further 3km northwest.
Bali’s role in Indonesia’s independence struggle is commemorated at the Margarana, northwest of Marga village. Tourists seldom visit, but every Balinese schoolchild comes here at least once, and a ceremony is held annually on 20 November. In a large compound stands a 17m-high pillar, and nearby is a museum with a few photos, homemade weapons and other artefacts from the conflict (Ngurah Rai’s quoteworthy last letter includes the line: ‘Freedom or death!’). Other than weekday-morning school groups, the site is quiet.
A Catholic Church built with gothic and Balinese elements in Palasari Village
It might be strange to suddenly find a church so monumental like the Palasari Church in the island of gods, but not in West Bali! Although in a predominantly Hindu community, in Palasari village, the two religions live together peacefully, merged in this beautiful architectural masterpiece.The first Catholic missionary arrived in Bali in 1936 and a number of people in a village near Denpasar converted to Catholicism. In 1940, a priest, Father Simon Buis, requested the Dutch administration in Bali to allow him to build his own congregation. As it was not possible to build a church near the capital, the officials offered him some land in the forest of Pangkung Senate in Jembrana.
Are you bored with the infinite beach choices? Why not try out a very local type of venture into the wild? Head to a natural river and be spoiled by the fresh and clear river springs. And we all know that in Bali, finding a clean natural river is no easy task.Positioned near the Green Cliff in Jembrana district, and mostly only known among locals, Gelar River is increasingly popular for its crystal clear water, in which residents nearby sometimes bathe in. You can simply bring along your snorkelling goggles, swimming rings, paddles, or even just a swimming suit, and get ready to splash into the water for some fun! The river has become the icon of the area for local visitors searching for authentic Balinese entertainment and Instagrammable places.
Bali Tower Restaurant
One of the best things to do in bali for honeymooners is to visit the Bali Tower Restaurant, located on an open-air platform on a tower that soars over the forest cover.Surrounded by leaves and bathed in sunlight, you can gaze at mountains, valleys and beaches from on high – it will definitely be a Valentine’s Day to remember. The restaurant is part of the lovely Menjangan resort, which is in the Bali Barat National Park. As this is home to myriad wildlife, some endangered, you may come across deer (otherwise known as menjangan) and various birds along the way.
is a popular destination for surfers. There are several hotels and good restaurants in the area with nice views on the surf, an ideal place to relax. This area of West Bali still breaths the atmosphere of the 1970s.
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