Things To Do In East Bali
Sick of all the noise and traffic in South Bali? If you’re someone looking for a little bit of quiet, culture and tradition, then head towards East Bali for some luxurious tranquility. Here are some of the things you can do while exploring East Bali.
Even if you’re not into mountain climbing, seeing Gunung Agung “up-close” from the ground and from a safe distance, is an experience in itself. It’s a beautiful and picturesque scene surrounded by lush greenery and peaceful village life. The little towns and hamlets in Karangasem, in the vicinity of the mountain, thrive in the shadow of Gunung Agung. Perfect for getaways, everything here is thankfully still fresh, green and pristine.
Pura Besakih is often referred to as the “Mother Temple” by the Balinese. It’s a thousand years old with spectacular architecture dating back to the 10th century. A visit to Pura Besakih will take you halfway up Mount Agung, Bali’s holiest mountain, in the cool and fresh mountain air. A complex of 23 different temples and shrines, Besakih’s highest point is a temple called Pura Gelap. Please remember to follow your guide as there are areas that are restricted for devotees only.
USAT Liberty Shipwreck, Tulamben
One of Bali’s most popular shipwrecks, the USAT Liberty helped put Tulamben on the list for one of the best dive sites in East Bali. Famous with divers from all around the world, it was torpedoed during WWII and sank in shallow waters, just 3 metres away from the surface, while the bottom sits at 29 metres. It is estimated that over 400 species of fish live in the USAT Liberty Shipwreck. Every day, around 100 divers explore the shipwreck, as it’s a muck diving site suitable for divers of all levels.
Originally built by the last King of Karangasem in 1948, Tirta Gangga was a former Royal Bathing Palace for the King and his family. It takes on the form of a Royal Water Garden, a magical setting where a breathtaking complex of uniquely designed buildings are cleverly placed amongst 1.3 hectares of ponds, pools, trimmed gardens, ornately carved Balinese statues and flowing fountains. Tirta Gangga is located in the village of Ababi, just 75km away from Denpasar.