One of the things the most about travelling is finding off-the-beaten-path places that aren’t part of the usual tourist route. Those are the most unusual places in Bali, Indonesia. While the island of Bali is extremely popular amongst tourists, there are still some pretty sweet places that you that are pretty unusual. From abandoned airplanes to spectacular fire shows, here are a few things to add to your things to do in Bali list.
Witness the Majestic Blow Hole, Nusa Dua
While this attraction is pretty popular and is recommended as a highlight when in Nusa Dua, I still know a few people who have never heard about this natural phenomenon. Surrounded by steep jagged cliffs, there is a footpath leading along the cliff face on one side of the rocks where visitors can feel the sheer force of mother nature as water blows high up to the sky due to the strong surge of water due to the waves and currents. The best time to go see this natural phenomenon is during high tide as the water is at its highest and the splash is strongest. Sometimes, the area is closed, especially if the waves are too big. Do note that the waves and the splash can be rather unpredictable so unless you have a waterproof camera, be a bit cautious. How to Get There: From Nusa Dua Beach, it is possible to walk towards the blowhole. The stroll is pleasant and it takes you about 30 minutes. Located in the Southern Peninsula, this place is easily accessible by car or motorbike.
Explore all the Abandoned Airplanes in Bali
Boeing 737 Kuta, Located in the Southern part of Kuta, there is an abandoned plane sitting about 500 meters from Benoa Square. No one really knows why this plane is there but you can definitely snap a few photos of it from afar. Airplane by the Abandoned Gate 88 Mall, What used to be the setting of a futuristic mall with grand plans of a spa, restaurants, and a sky bar, this now abandoned gate 88 mall is where you can find yet another airplane parked right on top of the rooftop bar. When travelling from Canggu to Denpasar, you can easily spot this plane which now just serves as a jarring reminder of the mall’s failure. Nowadays, there are a few stores and commercial places up for rent in the complex. Boeing 737 in the Bukit Peninsula Probably the most popular, this abandoned airplane is commonly seen all over Instagram. Located 5-minutes away from Pandawa beach, the plane is located on a private property so you can’t technically go close to it. However, there are containers or areas around it which you can scale to take aerial images of the plane.
Snorkel Through the Underwater Temple Garden in Nusa Lembongan
During one of our most recent trips to Nusa Lembongan and Penida, we spent an afternoon snorkeling through the underwater temple garden which has a number of unique Buddha statues that have been submerged. Over the years, these statues have become home to a variety of coral life and fish, making the entire experience even more exciting. While some people opt to dive the area, you can most definitely just snorkel it as well (make sure you get fins!). I suggest making this part of your Nusa islands itinerary when you visit the islands of Penida and Lembongan as it is easily accessible from land. How to Get There: There are daily boats from Sanur or Padang Bai to the islands of Nusa Lembongan or Penida. We hired a local tour operator and asked him to take us to the famous manta ray point near Penida and the underwater temple garden in Nusa Lembongan.
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