Bali is one of the most beautiful destinations I’ve ever visited. It is the perfect place to relax on the beach or an infinity pool, have an adventure or even update your portfolio as an aspiring photographer. I normally travel with one bag, but I brought two suitcases and a backpack for our girls trip because I knew I needed to pack snacks, my camera with lenses, and enough clothes for the many activities on our one-week itinerary. As a cultural traveler, I love learning about a destination by visiting historical sites, museums, interacting with locals, eating the food, and adapting to the overall vibe so traveling to destinations to visit Instagram spots kind of annoys me. I do however realize that people travel BECAUSE of a post shared on social media. This was surprisingly a frequently asked question on my Instagram stories during my trip so here is a guide of 6 photo-worthy places to visit in Bali we were able to see.
When planning our group trip, I mentioned wanting to take a photo by Blow Bar in Seminyak. Blow Bar Bali is a bar incorporated into a hair and beauty salon, BUT the photo-worthy piece is outside. As a woman with natural hair, I rarely see artwork that “looks like me” outside of the diaspora. When I saw a mural of a black woman with an afro around the words “I want your hair”, I HAD to take a picture.
As mentioned in my previous post, La Laguna is a Boho/Gypsy-inspired fusion tapas restaurant and bar. They have a huge variety of food and drinks and the entire location is one big photo opportunity. The path to enter the restaurant features vintage caravans, gardens, colorfully-painted furniture, alfresco seating, and more. Whether you’re visiting for drinks or a formal dinner, every view is a great view at La Laguna.
For under $40 and unlimited access to food, swings, and nests, Bali Swing is one of the most popular places to visit in Ubud. If you’re a solo traveler or don’t feel like taking photos for the group, you can pay an extra fee for digital copies.
Tegalalang Rice Terraces
The Tegallalang Rice terrace famous for its beautiful scenes of rice paddies. Because the Tegallalang Rice terraces are so popular you will be bombarded by merchants trying to sell everything under the sun. There is no fixed price so negotiate a price that is reasonable for both of you.
Ubud Monkey Forest
The Ubud Monkey Forest is a photo-worthy place to visit in Bali because it is an open forest. The monkeys are not caged and you even get to take pictures with them. If you do happen to visit, make sure to not enter with any food or drinks and try not to run or scream if they jump on you. I honestly don’t know how my friends got me to go inside. I love nature, but I am not very fond of animals. This part of our tour freaked me out, but the views were very beautiful.
The last Instagrammable place in Bali we visited was Tegenungan Waterfalls. Tegenungan Waterfalls is located at the Tegenungan Kemenuh village, in Gianyar, but you can reach the waterfall from another village. The Tegenungan waterfalls have shallow water for bathing and you can take scenic photos in and around the area. Heading to the waterfalls you can also purchase clothing, accessories and other souvenirs.
There are of course more than 6 photo-worthy places to visit in Bali, but we only had a week. Experiencing different areas of the island for travel photography is worth a second visit. While I love taking photos, I feel there is more to a destination than a picture for your Instagram feed. I would also love to do more cultural and nature/eco-friendly activities such as bike riding, hiking, visiting more temples, staying in a remote village, and possibly taking a cooking class.