GroupHop’s Must See Places in Bali

Heading to Bali? Look no further for the must see spots, tips and tricks to make your Bali trip an unforgettable one.

Bali not only has stunning beaches and mystical temples, but it also is very lush with a massive variety of flora and fauna. Bali is a great spot for group travel because there is sure to be something for everyone. With rich history, culture, food, adventurous water sports and cliff swings, spas, luxury spots, endless shopping options, kind and welcoming locals to top it all off! All of your travel buddies are sure to find something to love in Bali!

Let’s jump right into our top locations!

Tama Tirtagangga is a former palace in East Bali. It is a great place to visit for its cultural and religious significance. Tirtagangga is also a must see for its beautiful gardens. It is lush with flowers, trees, and greenery of all types. You are bound to discover a plant species you have never seen before in this oasis. There are also a ton of great photo opportunity spots at this great tourist stop!

Gate of Heaven

The “gate of Heaven” is one of the most famous and well recognized sites in Bali. It is two beautiful pillars that form a gate at the Lempuyang Temple, which is also locally known as Pura Luhur Lempuyang. Although the gate is the most recognizable part of the temple, the rest of it is absolutely stunning and surreal. 




*INSTAGRAM PRO TIP: I don’t want to burst your bubble, but if you already didn’t know, Heaven’s gate is NOT in front of a pool of water, although most people post reflective photos that make it look like there is a pool of water. It is a piece of glass placed right under your lens to create the illusion of water and a beautiful mirrored photo. ** See the below photos for reference**



Tukad Cepung waterfall

A beautiful and unique waterfall nestled deep in the forest. Definitely a fantastic Instagram location to add some extra travel dazzle to your feed.  Definitely a must see during your time spent in Bali. It is about a 15-minute walk, sometimes through water and 60 steep steps down to the waterfall, but 100% worth it! I would recommend bringing some slippers to change into, so you aren’t walking in wet shoes on your way back.








Bali Swings

Capture some Insta-worthy photos at unique swing spots! I bet you didn’t know that there are a ton of different scenic swings in Bali! Here are our top 3 favourites!

Swing in a heart at BAS DE ATAYANA

Bali Swing 

Alas Harum Swing


Sacred monkey forest sanctuary

Mandala Suci Wenara Wana, also known as Ubud Monkey Forest, is the sanctuary and natural habitat of the Balinese long-tailed Monkey. It is located in the village of Padangtegal. The village’s residents view it as a significant spiritual, economic, educational, and conservation centre for the village. There are many great points of interest that you can see here other than around 700 monkeys, you also can see 186 species of trees in 12.5 hectares of forest. Another great spot for the travelling nature buff!



Ubud Palace

The Ubud Palace, officially Puri Saren Agung, is a historical building complex situated in Ubud, Gianyar Regency of Bali, Indonesia. The palace was the official residence of the royal family of Ubud. This is a great stop for historical, cultural and spiritual exploration!







Mount Batur

Mount Batur is an active volcano located at the centre of two concentric calderas north west of Mount Agung on the island of Bali, Indonesia. The south east side of the larger 10×13 km caldera contains a caldera lake. You will most likely see this beautiful volcano on your flight in or out of Bali and from most higher points on the island. There are also some great hiking trails you can take for perfect photo opportunities and a breathtaking view!







Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

Pura Ulun Danu Beratan, or Pura Bratan, also known as the “floating Temple”, is a major Hindu Shaivite water temple. The temple is located on the shores of Lake Bratan in the mountains near Bedugul. This is a fantastic stop for travelers who want to see cultural sites, religious history and for those who wish to look inward and reflect on their own spirituality. A stop that is both beautiful and historical to see on your many adventures in Bali!






Underwater Art at Nusa Lembongan

The underwater Buddha, stupas, as well as smaller statues of Ceningan are a sight to cherish. It is basically an underwater art museum! These underwater pieces are a sight to behold and any activity that I get to both snorkel, and see historical underwater treasure, is a must see for this adventurous traveler!

Now that you know all of these amazing spots in Bali, you’re almost all set for your trip! Here are a few extra things to keep in mind before you go: 

Round trip flights to Bali from Canada range anywhere from $1000-$2000, but once you arrive in this incredible travel destination, you won’t be breaking the bank.

One thing to keep in mind is if you need a visa! Luckily as a Canadian, if you are staying under 30 days in Bali, you do not need a tourist visa. If you are staying over 30 days, then you would need to apply for an extended tourist visa.

Vaccines! The two required immunizations are Typhoid and Hepatitis A. However, you may also need malaria medication depending on the time of year that you are planning to do your Bali adventure. Contact your local travel clinic for more information customized to you!

Here is a great printable packing list for your Bali adventures!

  • Short Sleeve tops
  • Shorts/Capri’s/Skirts
  • Swimsuits
  • Light Jacket
  • Day pack for trips/hiking
  • Yoga pants
  • Pants
  • Reusable water bottle (although for most, the tap water is not safe to drink, there are tons of places to fill your bottle or to find single use water bottles.
  • Sarong/cover-up
  • Packing cubes
  • Underwear
  • Nice dress/Collared Shirt
  • Runner/good walking shoes
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Travel documents
  • Beach towel/throw
  • Socks (for the runners)
  • U.S dollars for emergency funds
  • Indonesia round two pronged plug converter
  • Staying in a hostel/Ashram? Bring a small padlock to lock your luggage and valuables
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Earplugs/headphones
  • Reusable straw
  • Plastic bags for waterproofing (just in case!)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach bag
  • Aloe

Planning trips with multiple locations, like this one to Bali, can become overwhelming really fast. Especially when you’re travelling with friends who may have a different itinerary than you. To manage the planning process, head over to GroupHop and invite your fellow travelers, to your trip. From the trip dashboard, you’ll be able to find flights, accommodations, and transportation for each of the legs of your trip. Not to mention you’ll be able to communicate with your friends and manage the details of the trip all in one place. 

Now that you have been equipped with some amazing “must see” spots in Bali and have our top tips to keep in mind. With the power and assistance of GroupHop, you are ready to take the plunge and plan an amazing trip to beautiful Bali!


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