Hidden Gems

Discover another side in Bali

Want to explore more about the real Bali? Here are some of our favourite hidden gems to add to your list of must-see spots while you’re here. Take a few extra days after BATIC event and walk Bali like a local.


Scenic Mountain Valley at Campuhan Ridge Walk

Scenic Mountain Valley at Campuhan Ridge Walk Ubud, Bali

Accessible walking trails are few and far between in Bali, which also to be one of the most beautiful places we’ve been in Bali is the Campuhan Ridge Walk. Unlike most trails that require hours of driving and hiking through dense jungle to reach, this ridge walk sits right in the heart of Ubud, with a paved trail that takes you through breathtaking valleys and charming local villages.

The Campuhan Ridge Walk passes over the lush valley of the Sungai Wos River. On clear mornings or afternoons, you can enjoy a breathtaking backdrop of Mount Agung and outlying small village houses girt by rice fields. Continuing north along the ridge the tall grass transforms into the paddies of the small village of Bangkiang Sidem. There’s a small café here where you can pause for refreshments and admire the view.


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The Blooming Beautiful Bali Botanic Gardens

The Blooming Beautiful Bali Botanic Gardens Bedugul, Bali

Fresh mountain air, wide open spaces and manicured gardens for as far as the eye can see. That’s just the beginning of a day trip to Bali’s Botanic Gardens. This protected park is filled with flora galore, plus plenty of spots to colour up your Instagram feed. Take a leisurely stroll around the gardens and you’ll find a tropical rainforest trail, a bamboo jungle, a horizon of colourful orchids and even greenhouses growing medicinal plants, cacti and more.

The Bali Botanical Garden has 160 hectares (400 acres) of jungle and forest, with thousands of different species of tropical plants and huge trees. It’s the biggest botanic garden in Indonesia! Discover Bali's biggest display of wild orchids, the largest begonia collection in the world, a magical rainforest trail, enchanting fern garden and dinosaur shadehouse, carnivorous plants, bamboo collection and much more.


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The Haunting Graffiti Art at Taman Festival

The Haunting Graffiti Art at Taman Festival Sanur, Bali

With Sanur’s traditional and family-friendly vibes, the last thing you’d expect to find in this ‘hood is a haunted spot. Located in Padang Galak, this abandoned amusement park is not for the faint hearted. For one, it’s decked out with top-notch graffiti for you to feast your eyes on, from super artistic pieces to the fun and quirky, decorated with overgrown vines.

Balinese legend says that abandoned sites become occupied by “roaming spirits,” and Taman Festival is now thought to be the most haunted place on Bali, attracting spirits from all over the island. Locals refuse to enter because of these spirits, and probably also because of the rumoured man-eating crocodile who resides there.


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The Bukit’s Suluban Beaches and Dramatic Cliffs

The Bukit’s Suluban Beaches and Dramatic Cliffs Uluwatu, Bali

A trip to Bali simply isn’t complete without hitting the beach, and you get extra Instagram points if you find hidden bays away from the crowds. To give you an idea, the dreamy Suluban beach sits directly below the famous Single Fin bar, and it’s also the main access point to the world-renowned Uluwatu surf break. Suluban Beach (also known as Blue Point Beach Uluwatu and Pantai Suluban) is one of the most spectacular beaches on the island which can be found in the Uluwatu region, South Bali.

But come low tide, this spot is a true hidden treasure, and the best spot for a secret swim. Set against stunning dramatic cliffs, the water here is as turquoise as it gets. To access this little piece of paradise, you’ll need to walk down the steps at Uluwatu, through the caves and onto the sand.


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