Bali, Indonesia is known for its yoga retreats, hip restaurants and awe-inspiring temples, but if you’re hoping to discover the island via the places that will make your Instagram followers’ collective heart skip a beat, you’ve come to the right place.
1. For architecture buffs
Located in Tirtagangga, where the water is often used for religious temple ceremonies, the Bali Water Palace was designed and built by Anak Anglurah Ketut Karangasem (aka the last king of Karangasem). Set over three levels of ponds and water towers, the gorgeous mix of Balinese and Chinese architecture attracts those who love all things H2O and are seeking lots of Instagram likes.
2. For something off the beaten track
Venture out to the caves of Kelingking Secret Point Beach, just a 30-minute boat ride away from Bali. There are plenty of Instagram-worthy opportunities here; whether it’s climbing a tilted tree or going to the lookout point for amazing snaps, this cliff and its cool caves will make your followers envious.
3. For a snap like the stars
Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o (below), TV star Shay Mitchell and Italian blogger Chiara Ferragni all love the statue-lined Oasis Pool at The Mulia, Bali, in Nusa Dua. There are five other pools at the property, but getting a swimsuit snap at their beachfront location is a must-do for anyone with stars in their eyes when in Bali.
4. For an incredible sunset
Uluwatu Temple on the south-west area of the peninsula is surrounded by Ganesha statues and offers awesome views of the Indian Ocean from a cliff that’s 70m above sea level. With “ulu” meaning “top” and “wat” meaning “rock”, it’s a great spot to catch a sunset and its Balinese architecture makes a good picture. Only worshipping Hindus are allowed into the inner temple.
5. For those who look better in water
Go chasing waterfalls at Banyumala in north-central Bali – the trek through the jungle offers a natural alternative to all of the lovely resort swimming pools in Bali. It also makes the perfect backdrop for pictures and videos to post on social media.