Bali’s beauty is no secret. Millions of tourists descend on the Indonesian island every year to unwind on the white sand beaches and explore the tropical interior. But that’s not to say you can’t find your own slice of postcard paradise. To help you escape the crowds, we chatted with island native Nyoman Gede Mahayuna of Bali Private Tours, who’s been a tour guide for 10 years.
What’s your favorite thing about being a tour guide in Bali?
I love meeting new people from all over the world and becoming friends with them. The landscape and the island’s friendly and warm people is what makes Bali so special. You’ll never be lonely while in Bali!
What’s your favorite place in Bali that tourists don’t visit?
Mt Batur’s caldera is my favorite place where tourists rarely visit. From here you can see three volcanoes (Mt Agung, Mt Batur, and Mt Rinjani) as well as Lake Batur, the ocean and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. For the best sunrise in the whole of Bali, make sure to head to the top of the Batur volcano.
Where are the best places to eat dinner in Bali?
You’ll find a lot of great restaurants in Seminyak. The area has a good mix of expensive and cheap dinner options. Some highly recommended restaurants include Breeze at The Samaya, Biku, Sardine, Metis, and Mamasan. My personal favorite is INGKA as they serve cheap yet very tasty dishes. You’ll also find great coffee at Mangsi Coffee.
Where should visitors go for a real adventure?
Head to the Munduk area for a real adventure. Here you’ll find around 100 waterfalls with the most famous being Sekumpul, Git Git, and Manyumala.
Where’s your favorite beach in Bali?
Virgin Beach Karangasem (known locally as Pantai Pasir Putih) on the east coast is my favorite beach.
What are the most Instagram-worthy places in Bali?
Kelingking Beach on Nusa Penida is beautiful although having this beach has seen tourists start flooding the island.
When’s the best time to visit Bali?
May is still considered low season and dry season is just beginning. A lot of cheap deals can be found at this time.
Where are the best places to see the sunset in Bali?
Uluwatu in the southern part of Bali has some cliff-side bars (Omnia, Rock Bar, and El Kabron) that are perfect for watching amazing sunsets.