34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With Jackie
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34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali

Bali, Bali, Bali.

My first trip to Bali was at the beginning of 2013 (so literally “at the beginning” that we celebrated New Years on the flight from JFK to Taipei). My friend and I picked a nice big hotel to stay at (for nine consecutive nights) in a super touristy area and we had NO IDEA the culture, the history and the beauty we missed out on, until after the fact.

Safe to say, my second trip around – I intended to make the most out of my trip. I booked hotels all around the island and even on a smaller island about 30 minutes off of the east coast. Some of the most beautiful moments I had in Bali weren’t captured by a camera – in typical “real, genuine” moments for the solo traveler fashion. However, some of the photos below are some of my favorite from Bali and I’m sure they’ll spark some instant wanderlust for Bali.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieA Bali sunrise complete with palm tree silhouettes and sacred “saput poleng” the black and white cloth can be found all around the island, marking statues and even trees to be sacred.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieAnd a typical Bali sunset! Complete with scooters, umbrellas, string lights and palm trees.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieScooters are so typical in Bali that you can even catch a ride on one (usually for only $1-$2 USD!) the same way you can catch an Uber in the states!

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieMany of the properties in Bali have rooms that open right to pools like this one at Inaya in Nusa Dua.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieThe constant debate over sunset or sunrise being better will never end in Bali. This was a perfect #PinkHour sunrise over the Inaya property in Nusa Dua.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieAnother perfect sunrise over the sea in Nusa Dua.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieEven shopping in Bali is pretty! Look how perfect the décor at this home décor shop in Seminyak was!

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34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieLotus flowers are sacred in Bali and you can stumble across charming lotus ponds, like this one at Hotel Tugu in Canggu, all over the island.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieThe only thing better than the topical flora at Hotel Tugu is when it overflows into the spa area and is accompanied by antique Balinese furniture.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieHaving my own private pool at Hotel Tugu didn’t hurt, either.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieThe tropical flora at Hotel Tugu also makes for an awesome selfie opp.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieAnd just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Hotel Tugu is located on the west coast of Bali so you get to capture a stunning sunset like this one.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieThe sunsets at the Breeze, the beach front restaurant at The Samaya Property in Seminyak were almost unbelievable.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieAll of the villas at the Samaya came complete with their own private pool for private floating sessions just like this.

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34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieJust when you think Bali can’t get any better – you make friends with a monkey at the sacred monkey forest in Ubud.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieThe rice paddies all have little walking/bike paths and are the perfect place to get lost.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieThis is your average scenery when walking along one of the rice paddy paths.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieThe only thing better than a rice paddy? A sunset reflecting in a rice paddy.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieWhen strolling along the rice paddies you’ll inevitably stumble upon people ankle deep, harvesting and sowing the paddies.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieThe Balinese’s dedication to their religion is unlike anything I’ve experienced before and signs of it can be found all around the island.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieOfferings can be found all around the island and when you visit a local market you’ll find evidence (in the form of flowers, petals and banana leaves) of how the offerings are made!

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34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With Jackie#IHaveThisThingWithDoors Do you have a thing with doors? You will after you leave Bali!

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieThe yoga house at Kayumanis Resort in Ubud was stunning amongst the morning light and fog.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieThe honeymoon suite at the Kayumanis resort in Ubud had sweeping views and not only its own private pool but also its own hot tub.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieA view from the top! The top of Nusa Lembongan island, with Bali in the backdrop.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieA swing over the aptly titled, “Dream Beach” on Nusa Lembongan.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieThe swing was also a great photo op, of course.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieLunch for one on Lembongan. Can you get enough of these views and hues?

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieNusa Lembongan was so beautiful it brought a smile T H I S B I G  to my face.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieThe only thing better than a sunset over Bali? A sunset over Nusa Lembongan.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieRice paddies, palm trees and pretty skies.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieRice paddies, palm trees and pretty skies *insert heart emoji*

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieSunset over Tanah Lot, one of the many sacred temples in Bali.

34 Images to Inspire You to Visit Bali - Get Lost With JackieTanah lot is divided into two temples and the sunset behind both of them were wonderful.

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This article has 28 comments

  1. Katherine

    Stunning photos – especially the ones of the rice paddy fields! This was one of my absolute favourite things about visiting this beautiful island, particularly around sunset. Now I’m wishing I had gone to Nusa Lembongan though, that sunset photo is incredible.

    • Jacklyn Shields

      Thanks so much for your wonderful compliments! Nusa Lembongan is worth the trip back to Bali in itself!

  2. Jean

    You’re photos are wonderful. I’m so glad that you got out past the tourist trap and explored this wonderful place. It certainly looks like you had a lot of fun!! One day I’ll make it to Bali.

  3. The Travel Ninjas

    Mission accomplished! These are fantastic shots of heaven on earth. We are totally inspired to go back to Bali.

  4. Sandy N Vyjay

    These images bring alive the varied beauty of Bali so well. The exquisite beauty of the island and its diverse character is indeed spell- binding.
    The sunrise is really magical and probably one of the reasons for drawing visitors to its fold. hope to get to Bali to experience the heavenly delights.

    • Jacklyn Shields

      Thank you for such wonderful compliments on my photos, Sandy! I hope you get to enjoy Bali, as well. It’s a truly special place.

  5. Leah | Kid Bucket List

    I love the vibrancy in all of your shots. You have captured Bali perfectly. The water is glorious! I wouldn’t mind swimming in my own pool. Do you think the hotel mentioned would be suitable for kids?

    • Jacklyn Shields

      Thanks for your amazing compliments! Hotel Tugu and The Samaya Seminyak might not necessarily be the best options for kids as they’re upscale/luxury and cater to couples/romance but Inaya sure would be perfect for kids!

  6. Gemma

    Love your photography, the pictures are really inspiring my wonderlust. It’s interesting that a lot of the hotels have rooms opening right onto the pool, that’s the dream!

    • Jacklyn Shields

      Thanks so much for the wonderful comments – and the pools in Bali are my favorite!

  7. Global Girl Travels

    Bali is a thing of beauty, right? The sunset shots are beautifully captured and so are those landscape shots. The accommodation are lovely too! A private pool and a swing by the pool? It’s heaven alright!

    • Jacklyn Shields

      Bali is straiiiiight beauty! and having your own pool doesn’t hurt. 😉

  8. Sophie Nadeau

    Wow, your pictures are always gorgeous and you manage to visit the most amazing places! PS SOOOO glad you’ve opened up commenting :P<3

    • Jacklyn Shields

      Haha, thank you darling! I opened the comments specifically for you <3

  9. Sky

    And the wanderlust has sunk in! But seriously, those sunset photos – stunning!

  10. Crazy Travelista

    Literally your Bali picks have always killed me!! In a good way hehe. I can’t wait to go here finally! I’ve always wanted my Eat, Pray, Love solo travel moment here as cony as that sounds hahah. Great pics Jackie!!! And I’m so glad you finally opened up your comments. I’m gonna blow them up now hehehe jk 🙂

    • Jacklyn Shields

      haha I had a ton of pressure to turn them on!! Thank you so much for your compliments on my photos <3 and this trip was totally my own eat pray love moment lol I'd highly suggest a visit there!!! I love it so much that I want to plan a third trip back.

  11. Kyntra Strickland

    Beautiful pictures! I can’t wait to visit Bali one day. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Brooklyn Murtaugh

    Yup, I’m inspired! I’m glad you got the chance to go again after missing out on the culture and “real” Bali the first time!
    I’m sure both trips were incredible though!
    Also, this is my first time visiting your blog and I must say, your blog is beautiful!

  13. Nadine Smith (Scenes From Nadine)

    My husband and I had our honeymoon in Bali and loved it so much that we are planning a second trip this year! It is just so beautiful, the nature is gorgeous, the people are so warm, and the food is delicious! So glad that you went a second time and had a more in-depth experience of the place. 🙂 You are right, though, the sunsets in Bali are always so picture-perfect!

    • Jacklyn Shields

      I’m so glad I went back and explored Bali for a second time, also! You’re spot on – everything from the nature to the people and the food are all perfect! I’m so jealous you’re going back! Enjoy your time there!

  14. Allison

    I love Bali and usually visit twice a year. Loved this photo journey you put together. In the sunrise vs sunset debate I am all over the sunsets with a cold Bintang in hand. I’ll be back in two weeks to enjoy one of those private pools. Yay!

    • Jacklyn Shields

      Oh man I’d kill for a cold Bintang right now! And SO JEALOUS you get to visit beautiful Bali twice a year! Oh, man, to be Aussie lol

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