If you have time, don’t miss out on East Bali. Even though most tourists mainly visit the south of Bali, the east has just as much – if not more – to offer. If you are not sure where to start, take a look at my five favorite things to visit in Eastern Bali.
Tenganan, a small village, is home to the Bali Aga tribe. Here you can observe how the Indonesians used to live before the influence of the Hindu culture – ancient traditions are still kept alive and are strictly followed. For example, it is only allowed to marry someone who is also part of their own culture – if they still marry the “outsider”, they themselves are not allowed to come back to Tenganan, and even after death they are assigned a different cemetery.
2. Pura Besakih
This really is a must. Pura Besakih is the most important Hindu temple in Bali also one of the biggest. The temple complex consists of over 200 separate buildings and smaller temples. It is located at the foot of the active Gunung Agung volcano, but no worries – it last erupted in the early sixties.
3. Padang Bai
This is a small fishermen’s village that is known for its beautiful Blue Lagoon beach. It is perfect for snorkeling or for just relaxing in the sun – of course, white soft sand and turquoise water is included.
Also, the one of the oldest temples in Bali is located in Padang Bai, the Pura Silayukti temple.
Amed is also a fishermen’s village and the perfect getaway. Amed is surrounded by long and wide beach strips, but the sand here is mostly black or grey lava instead of the soft white or yellow sand. Amed is known for its ideal snorkeling and diving conditions and its colorful marine life.
Because Amed is not as touristic yet it can be difficult to reach by public transport, but if you rent a car or a private driver (from Kuta), you can easily get there and it is still relatively cheap for Western standards.