When you are travelling, there are always 'must-see' tourist sites. Although it is great to say you have been to the top of the Eiffel Tower or experienced the grandeur of Bangkok's Grand Palace, it is always satisfying to find an unknown place off the beaten track. The problem is that finding those hidden gems can be tough.
The beautiful Indonesian Island of Bali offers stunning accommodation, delicious cuisine and a long list of popular attractions and so much more. So, with that in mind, here are some of Bali's best kept secrets.
Green Bowl Beach
This beach was once forecast as the upcoming tourist spot – that was until the nearby cliff top resort was demolished, leaving the area desolate. As is often the case with the best hidden gems, this beach is difficult to reach. Located off a few small twisted roads, visitors have to descend several hundred steps to reach this white sand and turquoise paradise. Green Bowl is also a great place to view wildlife, as the large caves here are known for their bat population.
Big Tree Farm
Also known as Bali's Bamboo Chocolate Factory, this relatively unknown attraction offers a great way to spend an afternoon. This organic farm is made almost entirely from bamboo and the site is also home to a bamboo cathedral. Simply drop-in or sign up in advance for a private tour to learn about chocolate production and taste some samples. Plus, located close to popular Ubud, this is an easy-to-find attraction to add to your itinerary.
Cook With Locals
While there are a number of highly rated restaurants in Bali offering all kinds of cuisine, the best way to experience true local food is to cook with local people. There are food classes and schools across the island suitable for every budget and preferred experience. Whether you would like to cook in a luxury setting, or use traditional techniques and ingredients in a more humble setting, this is the best way to experience true Bali cuisine.
Giant Banyan Tree
Found in the small village of Gesing, this ancient tree is approximately 700 years old and has a long history. True to its namesake, the tree measures an astonishing 85 metres in height. The roots look like an intricately formed maze that locals say concealed them during the island's Dutch occupation. Legend has it that a visit to this tree will make your dreams come true, so it is definitely worth a visit.