With its tapestry of paddy fields, river valleys, white sandy beaches and vibrant Hindu culture, the Indonesian island of Bali has attracted travelers for over a century. Consistently at the top of the lists of the world’s most popular vacation destinations, the tropical island could have become “too touristy” decades ago.
But the majority of visitors stay in the south and at the long-established tourist hubs of Kuta, Seminyak and Sanur – or the more recently developed digital nomad hub of Canggu – and rarely venture west, north, or north. is.
Sacred volcanoes, misty mountains, tranquil fishing villages, centuries-old traditions and rich marine life are just a few of the wonders that await curious and adventurous travelers off the beaten track of Bali.
Accessing these somewhat more remote areas may take a bit of effort, but with such a well-established travel infrastructure, it’s definitely possible. It’s also easy to hop on a speedboat to the three small islands off the southeastern coast of Bali: Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan.
Whether it’s gazing at a cluster of volcanoes on the island’s western tip or sipping an Arabica specialty in Kintamani and sampling North Balinese heritage dishes, Insider offers a variety of recommendations for savoring the hidden gems of Bali as the island continues to raise some of its COVID-19 issues. travel restrictions.
Read on for a comprehensive guide that will ensure your stay on the island is far from “too touristy”.