Bali Reopen for International Visitors: After closing its border in 2020, Bali is going to be accessible for International Visitors in June or July. The President of Indonesia Joko Widodo is currently preparing the whole island to receive International Visitors while still following Covid-19 Health Protocols. One of the preparation is to create a pilot project focusing on Green Zones, which are areas in Bali that are safe from Covid-19. Locals who reside in the Green Zona have been vaccinated two times, to ensure maximum safety. The local government had targeted to finish Vaccination before June. Furthermore, some of these Green Zones or Covid-free areas are Ubud, Sanur, and Nusa Dua. The established zones served to create tourism areas with high health protocol standards.
Procedures upon Visiting Bali
Though Bali will be accessible to International Visitors, there are many health protocols to follow. These regulations will not only apply to foreigners but also Indonesian citizens from another country. First, you will need to take a PCR test within 72 hours before the flight. Second, you will have to fill up personal information data on e-Hac Indonesia. Third, you will have to undergo another PCR test at Bandara Soekarno Hatta International Airport. Fourth, it is mandatory to undergo self-quarantine for five days in Jakarta. If the PCR test result is negative, then you are free to go to Bali. However, if the PCR test result is positive, authorities will send you to the hospital. In conclusion, you will need to maintain your physical and mental well-being prior to visiting Bali.
15 Must-visit Destinations in Bali
1. Pandawa Beach
Located in one of the Green Zones, Pandawa Beach is one of the most popular beaches in South Beach. With the majestic cliff views and scenic turquoise ocean, Pandawa should be on your list to visit. With the international border closed, this beach has fewer visitors and fewer crowds. It is open from 6.00 AM to 6.30 PM daily. The entrance ticket for one motorcycle is Rp.4,000 and for one car is Rp.15,000.
2. Padang-Padang Beach
Another beach located in South Kuta, Padang Padang beach is famous for being in a hidden sight, just like a private beach. This beach is a perfect spot for big surf breaks with high tides. It also has small white sandy areas surrounded by enormous natural cliffs. There are also some locals serving cold beers for you. Meanwhile, you can watch a perfect sunset with your friends and family.
3. Impossible Beach
Just like its name, this beach is very difficult to access. Before you enter the trail, there is a sign impossible to warn the visitors. However, this beach offers a magnificent and charming panorama of the Indian Ocean. The beach consisted of an empty cove with beige sands and natural rocks. Very intriguing for tourists. There is a luxurious way to go down there without having to go through the adventure. The locals built a private elevator which cost a lot of money. The impossible beach is also another perfect option for a challenging surfing experience. It has high powerful tides for the brave.
4. Leke Leke Watefall
Leke-Leke waterfall is a quiet and tranquil waterfall situated in Tabanan regency. It is around an hour and a half drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Though the water stream is quite narrow, it has picturesque scenery with the blue small pool and surrounding floras. Before you get to this spot, there is a beautiful entrance providing snacks and beverages. The entrance fee is Rp.50,000 due to the easy access provided.
5. Alas Harum
Alas, Harum is located in the Pilot Project Green Zone, Ubud. It a beautiful recreation area with a Luwak coffee tasting and a huge swing. They have a few unique spots for your beautiful Instagram pictures, the Dancing Bridge, Birds Nest, Pekak Brayut, Gorila, Glass Flooring, and Education Temple. All of them in one place! My favorite would be this unique Gorilla icon. Then you can continue to explore the tagalong ricefield while enjoying a small river stream. A perfect place to enjoy a family walk in the morning.
6. Suwat Waterfall
Another beautiful hideout in Ubud, Suwat Waterfall is a new location that not everybody knows about. With a small natural pool and beautiful waterfall, you can have a serene and tranquil to meditate, yoga, or just a quick swim. There is a small bamboo raft you can borrow to float around. Surprisingly, you only have to pay Rp.15,000 for the entrance fee! It is only an hour and a half car drive from Kuta. I definitely recommend you this place.
7. Lahangan Sweet
Lahangan Sweet is a new recreation area dedicated to sunrise lovers. Situated in Karangasem, Lahangan Sweet offers a breathtaking sunrise alongside the scene of Rinjani Mountain view. It is preferable to visit this area in the rainy season because the surrounding would be greener. There is a camping area for you who would want to stay the night on top of the hill. They also provided electricity access. The best thing is, you don’t have to pay for entrance fee!
8. Akasa Kintamani
This coffee and Brunch spot is widely popular among locals in Bali. Located in Kintamani, this spot offers a luxurious view of Batur Lake and Mountain. Sure it is nice when you visit the place while the weather is nice. However, when the fog covered the surrounding area, the ambiance changes and it created a magical view. This cafe has a lot of delicious foods at affordable prices.
9. Koral Restaurant
Located in Nusa Dua, Koral restaurant is widely known for the fine dining experience under an aquarium dome. It was first opened in 2019, right before the lockdown. Featuring fresh local ingredients from the nearby fishers, the chefs created the archipelago’s grilled goodness. This bistronomy restaurant is now open to serve curious customers! The price started from Rp. 2,000,000 for two people. This restaurant is located right in Ampurva Restaurants.
10. Bali Reopen for International Visitors: Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Tukad Cepung Waterfall is another unspoiled hideout in Bali. The waterfall is well hidden between natural cliffs. If you come in the morning, the sun rays may give you a spectacular show. It is located in Bangli regency which is around an hour and a half from Denpasar. The entrance fee is only Rp. 10,000 per person. There is some warung which sells instant noodles and refreshments. Anyway, don’t forget a pair of sandals!
11. Love Hill
This beautiful hill is located in Karangasem. Though provides nothing like any other recreation area, Love Hill offers an amazing sight of the ricefield with a majestic background of a mountain. Far away from the hustle-bustle of nightlife in Kuta, this Hill has a serene and tranquil ambiance. With a picturesque country side, you can chill enjoying the scenery while sipping a cup of coffee in nearby warungs.
12. Wanagiri Hidden Hills
Wanagiri Hidden Hills is another magical site located deep in the Bedugul area. They offer another perspective of the Tamblingan and Buyan lake. This was established as a rest area a few years ago, but now they have various instagrammable spots to take pictures. Not only that, they have some warungs providing breakfast and lunch. You can eat while admiring the scenery of the beautiful lakes. However, it can take 2 to 3 hours of car drive from Kuta. I recommend sparing one day or two to stay in Bedugul.
13. Bali Reopen for International Visitors: Vihara Dharma Giri
This temple is famous for the sleeping Buddha statue with a background of Bedugu Hills. You need to remember that this is a place for people to pray, so considered your outfit before visiting. The surrounding area of the temple is full of plantations, making it very calming. Far away from the crowded Kuta, this can be an alternative for a spiritual journey. This temple is located in Tabanan regency, around an hour and a half ar drive from Kuta.
14. Bali Reopen for International Visitors: Kawi Temple
Kawi Temple (Pura Gunung Kawi) is one of the oldest temple in Indonesia. This site is protected by the government as a historical heritage. If other temples were made of bricks or other stones, Pura Gunung Kawi is entirely made by carving the cliff Once you enter the site, you will feel mystical vibes. Many people believe that this place is a cemetery for the king’s mistresses. Just like any other sacred site in Bali, you’re expected to respect the place by using appropriate outfits and language. This temple is in Gianyar regency.
15. Tembling Springs
A natural spring in the middle of the lush forest? say no more! You have to try to visit Tembling spring in Nusa Penida island. The diameter of the Tembeling spring pool is estimated to be between five and six meters. the surrounding areas are full of exotic plantations and natural cliffs. You can even drink the water from this spring because it is so clear and clean, many people say it is refreshing. The locals usually come to the spring to held religious ceremonies. If you are lucky, you can see the local animals such as some monkeys use this spring as a source of drinking water.
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