Although most of Bali's tourism industry is concentrated in the southern region of the island, there are actually numerous attractions all around Bali. After all, Bali is an island with a rich history and culture that has spread around the island through the centuries. Some of the best destinations you can visit are located outside of the southern tourist hub, with the east region having a diverse mix of things to see and do. Here are some of the best things you can do while exploring east Bali.
Spend a Magical Day at Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida or Penida Island is a magical hidden gem on the east of Bali. This island has some of the most breathtaking views and clearest waters in the region. From the main island of Bali, you can quickly get to Nusa Penida by speedboat. Once there, you can snorkel the clear blue waters and marvel at the reefs and marine animals.
Nusa Penida has a number of beautiful beaches, waterfalls, cliff viewpoints and even a hidden cave temple in the Pura Goa Giri Putri Cave. Taking a day trip to Nusa Penida should definitely be on your list for exploring east Bali.
Hike up Magnificent Mount Batur
Mount Batur is among the most famous volcanoes in Bali. Take an early morning trip to the base so you can hike up the mountain and catch the beautiful sunrise. The track up the mountain is characterised by patches of black rock signifying the volcanic lava and small green shrubs. With the sunrise, you'll also be able to see the neighbouring Mount Agung and the beautiful crater lake at the bottom of the mountain.
Go Rafting on the Ayung River
Bali has a number of rivers perfectly suited for white river rafting, and the Ayung river is one of the best on the south of Bali. This river has a healthy mix of calm waters, small drops, and rocks, making it a suitable white river rafting choice for beginners and intermediate enthusiasts. However, in the rainy season, the river becomes a class IV rapids suitable for those looking for a challenge. Besides maneuvering the rapids, you'll be able to enjoy the scenic forest along the river and authentic Balinese village.
Watch the Dolphins at Sea
Although located at the southeast side of Bali, you shouldn't miss watching the dolphins swim along the coast of Nusa Dua. There are boats that can take you out to sea where you can watch these cute and majestic creatures play and swim about. The dolphin watching sessions are done in the morning, so you'll get to enjoy the pleasant morning sun as well.
Go Scuba Diving off the East Coast
Bali has scuba diving locations around the island with many of them focused around the south and east region of the island. On the east side, you can go on diving excursions to Nusa Penida, Lembongan, Tulamben, and Amed to name a few. Scuba diving in Bali is a unique experience as you'll get to see the local marine wildlife including manta rays, sea turtles, and beautiful coral reefs. At Club Med Bali, we can arrange a scuba diving excursion for you, so don't hesitate to let us know when you stay with us.
Experience the Local Culture at Tenganan Village
Tenganan village is one of the earliest settlements in Bali. Located in the Manggis region, this village one of its kind. It has played a vital role in Balinese royalty. In fact, the people of Tenganan are called Bali Aga, or the original Balinese. The village is a gateway to Bali's history and cultural background, making it a must-visit.
Visit the Lush Tirta Gangga Water Gardens
Tirta Gangga is a beautiful former royal palace built by the King of the Karangasem regency in 1946. This one-hectare complex contains a lush garden with pools, statues, and fountains making it a magical place that you have to experience for yourself. It was destroyed by the Mount Agung volcanic eruption in 1963 but has since been rebuilt, so you can still enjoy it in all its glory while exploring east Bali.
East Bali is a fantastic area to visit thanks to its various cultural and natural attractions. From visiting an ancient village to hiking up a volcano, there are endless things to discover in the region. At Club Med Bali, we have various excursions to east Bali in our all-inclusive holiday package, so make sure to check them out. We hope you have a wonderful holiday in Bali!