Kelingking Beach

  • Address: Bunga Mekar, the southwest coast of Nusa Penida Island.

The first suggestion on the list is Kelingking Beach, Asia's second most beautiful beach for tourists. It is also known as "T-Rex Beach" because of its limestone cliff-like dinosaur head protruding into the sea. From the town center, it takes about 50 minutes by motorbike and one hour by car.

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Kelingking Beach located in Bunga Mekar, Nusa Penida Island 

You can ascend the limestone mountain and capture breathtaking panoramic photos from its summit. A narrow pathway leads down to the beach, divided into two distinct sections. The initial stretch starts from the pinnacle and descends to the beach. And the subsequent section poses more challenges as it is steep and lacks adequate protection. This rugged path is strewn with rocks, with only worn tracks created by frequent climbers.

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A dangerous path down in limestone mountain

It is advisable to visit Kelingking Beach before 10:00 AM in order to avoid the crowds and fully appreciate the serene beauty of the sunrise. Additionally, Kelingking Beach is renowned for its picturesque red glow that captivates the hearts of all who witness it. To ensure a safe visit, it is recommended to stay informed about big wave predictions and local weather alerts beforehand. 

Tirta Gangga Water Palace

  • Address: Ababi Village, Karangasem, East Bali.
  • Active time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
  • Price: 15.000 IDR (~ 0.98 USD) - 50.000 IDR (~ 3.26 USD ) per person.

Water Palace or Tirta Gangga Water Palace is one of the best places to visit in Bali for first-timers. Tirta Gangga is derived from 2 words “Tirta”, holy water, and “Gangga”, meaning the sacred river in India. This Water Place was built in a unique Balinese and Chinese architectural style. This structure has been conceived in the form of a beautiful water garden and it is located near a natural spring.

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Tirta Gangga Water Palace is surrounded by green space 

The Tirta Gangga Water Palace has three magnificent complexes, each offering a unique and enchanting experience. The first complex features a stunning lotus pond that captivates tourists with its exquisite sculptures and habitat of golden fish. As you explore further, you will come across a central swimming pool where you can cool off in the crystal-clear waters. And finally, the resting area of kings awaits, providing a tranquil sanctuary.

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The nice picture of tourists in the Water Place

The allure of Tirta Gangga goes beyond its aesthetic appeal. The locals believe that the water sources here originate from sacred land, showing a spiritual significance. This sacred water caters to the needs of locals and plays a role in their daily lives and ceremonies.

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You can swim at central swimming pool in Tirta Gangga Water Palace

Jimbaran Beach

  • Address: South of Denpasar Airport

If Kelingking Beach is called a “dangerous beach” with strong waves, Jimbaran Beach is more romantic for couples. This beach is a small, secluded area so it is suitable for tourists to reduce stress, relax, and put your hair at rest. Furthermore, I bet Jimbaran’s gray sands, calm flow of sea waves, and lovely scenery will attract first-timers.

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Breathtaking view in Jimbaran Beach, Bali 

There is one main road from the airport to Jimbaran Beach so it is easily accessible by taxi or car. Moreover, the dry season, between May and October is the best time to explore and experience activities such as windsurfing and boating. When visiting Jimbaran Beach in Bali, visitors can walk or rent bicycles to cycle around and visit Jimbaran village to discover the lifestyle of indigenous individuals.

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Colorful boat for your experience 

Moreover, Jimbaran Bay is a haven for shopaholics with plenty of traditional boutiques and trendy modern stores. As you wander through its vibrant area, you can choose a delightful restaurant or bar nestled along the picturesque sandy shore. Indulging in romantic meals under the enchanting sunset is suitable for couples. Jimbaran Bay truly offers an unforgettable experience in a breathtaking setting.

Bali Safari & Marine Park

  • Address: JI. Prof Ida Bagus Mantra, Gianyar.
  • Active time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Bali Safari & Marine Park is home to more than 120 species of animals brought in to be raised and preserved from around the world. It would be a pity if you missed this place when visiting Bali. 

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“A day on safari” suitable for family tours and young tourists

The staff at this place are not only knowledgeable in animal care and management skills but they also possess a deep understanding of the natural world. It offers a perfect opportunity for tourists to explore and learn about the fascinating world of animals and their habitats. This allows you to have a unique experience, getting up close with the animals and capturing beautiful moments. 

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The enthusiastic staff in Bali Safari & Marine Park

This park opened in 2007 and is visited by many tourists. In addition to the ecosystem, this place also has many interesting experiential activities for visitors. If you come here, you will enjoy a fun day, full of exciting experiences.

The Jungle Hopper

  • Price: 520.000 IDR (~ 33.88 USD) per person.

This is the best-seller activity in the park. In this activity, visitors will be able to visit and meet wild animals, even species that are threatened with extinction. In addition, you can enjoy Balinese cultural performances. 

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The Balinese cultural performance in Bali Safari

Elephant Safari Experience 

Elephant Safari Journey offers the breathtaking one of the largest land mammals, Sumatran elephants. The educational safari led by our trainers will guide you through the tour where you will learn more about the fascinating behavior, intelligence, and natural habitat of elephants. 

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You can have a chance to interact with cute elephants 

Night Safari Package

  • Price: 880.000 IDR (~ 57.33 USD) per person.

You will enjoy the Bali Safari experience in the dark. Your schedule starts at witnessing zebras to the king of the jungle. Furthermore, you can have a BBQ dinner after this unique activity. 

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You‘ll experience visiting tigers in a dark jungle 

Feed the Predator 

  • Price: 275.000 IDR (~ 17.92 USD) per person.

You can have the opportunity to experience feeding wild animals. This activity will have supervisors and guidance so don’t worry about safety.

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Children are attracted to this interesting activity

4x4 Jeep Safari Package

This is a new activity, it is suitable for families who want to visit the zoo at any time. With this activity, you will be going through the terrain of the rainforest to meet the animals

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The unique activity for international tourist 

Water Play Zone

  • Price: 30.000 IDR (~ 1.95 USD) per child

Children’s favorite activity is playing on the water ride. The water level in the pool is shallow, suitable for children. Besides the lake, there are always supervisors to avoid emergency situations

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Water play zone for children 

Nusa Lembongan Island 

For first-time visitors to Bali, Nusa Lembongan Island is an absolute must-visit destination. As you leave behind the hustle and bustle of Bali, you'll find yourself stepping into a serene oasis that feels like a world of its own. Picture yourself surrounded by pristine white sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and lush green landscapes. 

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Nusa Lembongan Island, Bali 

You should go to the Nusa Island area from May to September, during the dry season. Because this time there is a blue sea, yellow sun, and no rain, suitable for daily activities. To avoid crowding you can also choose the rainy season, from October to April. On this island, there are many things to experience, from beautiful water forests to vibrant sea clubs. Here are my 3 suggestions on where you can visit when you come to the island.

  • You can sightsee the whole island by speedboat.

  • Kayaking into the middle of the pristine Mangrove Forest.

  • Immersing in fresh water on Dream Beach, Jungutbatu and Mushroom Beach.

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The sea here is clear and blue like jade 

It's great to see that you're still with us, exploring the top 5 best places to visit in Bali for first-timers. In this article, we give you a taste of what these attractions offer. If you're someone who craves adventure, then this article is a must-read. Make sure you don't miss out on the opportunity to visit these incredible places. And if you are looking for unique experience, head to our Bali and Vietnam package tour for more details!