Do It for the ‘Gram: 8 Bali Swings That’ll Take Your Insta to New Heights
One quick search for Bali online, and you’ll be flooded with stunning Instagram photos of travelers on swings. But with hundreds of swings throughout the island, how do you even begin to pick? You let us do it for you obviously. Read on to learn about our eight favorite Bali swings that’ll take your Instagram to new heights.
by Kevin McGraw
August 14, 2020
Before we get started, I need you to get in the right mindset. Think back to your childhood. No, don’t think about that time you called your teacher “mom.” Think about the swing set. We all remember that exhilarating feeling of flying we got as we swung back and forth. And let’s be honest, we also remember that kid who claimed they went all the way around when nobody was watching. Yeah, we totally believe you, Jacob.
So, if you love swings—and you’re looking for a way to step up your Insta-game—Bali is the place for you. Hundreds of picturesque swings in Bali have popped up in recent years, each one offering something unique. Whether you want to swing out over wide valleys, lush jungles, or stare straight at a waterfall, you’ll find something that’ll have your Instagram followers saying things like “omggggg coming to meet you in bali!!!!” So strap in (safety first) and come along with us as we take you through our list of the 8 best swings in Bali.
1. Tegalalang Rice Terrace Swing
If you’ve seen photos of Bali, you’ve seen shots of the extraordinary terraced rice fields of Tegalalong. It’s only about a twenty-minute drive from the center of Ubud, and it happens to have one of the best swings in Bali. There are actually a few to choose from, and we recommend opting for the one set on a steeper hill. It’s a bit of a hike, but the views and photos you can get from there are breathtaking. So breathtaking, in fact, that we make a special stop at Tegalalang rice terraces on day six of our trip, Bali: Tropical Escape. If you travel with us, we won’t let you miss it. Plus, if you’re nice, one of your new travel friends might even offer to snap your perfect pic for the ‘gram.
2. Terrace River Pool Swings
If you’re already planning to visit the swings at Tegalalong (you should btw), then a stop at nearby Terrace River Pool Swings is a no-brainer. It’s not quite as popular or crowded as Tegalalong, but that just means you can say you were here before everyone else. With 15 different swings to choose from, including a tandem swing made for the lovebirds in the room, you’ll be armed and ready to post your next Instagram.
3. Bali Swing
Located just 20 minutes from Ubud, this is by far the most popular place to swing in Bali and one of the country's best Instagram spots. Which means yes, it’s touristy, yes, it’s more expensive (about $35/person), and yes, it’s crowded. But it’s truly spectacular, and in our opinion, worth it. Just do yourself a favor and go early. There are 15 different swings to choose from, all different heights with different scenic views. And if you’re not in the mood for swings—but still want that perfect photo for the ‘gram—you’ve got plenty of other options here. Human-sized hanging nests are a great choice, especially if you’re into the whole pretending you’re a giant bird thing.
4. Blangsinga Waterfall Swing
An exhilarating swing that’ll help you get all the likes on your Insta? Check. Waterfall and jungle views? Check and check. An infinity swimming pool to cool off in after working up a sweat finding that perfect angle? Blangsinga’s got it. Just 30 minutes outside of Ubud, this is yet another must-see.
Featured Trip: Bali Tropical Escape
11 days. 3 cities. Plenty of time to mingle with monkeys.
Pros: Go into full vacation mode as you relax on some of the world’s finest beaches; venture to absurdly photogenic rice fields; and learn the ins and outs of Balinese food culture at a traditional cooking class.
Cons: No yoga class ever again will hit the same level of chill as the one you take here.
5. Swing in Love at Bas De Atanaya
This swing is similar to many of the other swings in the area, but at Bas De Atanaya, you’ll fall (or swing) in love, literally. Get that perfect #ilovebali shot as you swing through a large heart-shaped frame. And fun fact: this place has been around since 2001 and was Bali’s very first agritourism spot. Historic and beautiful?!
6. Alas Harum Swing
Yet another nearby swing is at Alas Harum, an agritourism center with plenty of things to do, and plenty of spots for photos. Choose from three different swings, try zip lining, and snap more photos at any of the bird’s nests or in front of a giant moss-covered gorilla face carving (yeah, you gotta see this thing).
7. Wanagiri Hidden Hills Swings
If you’ve been paying attention, you may have realized that most of Bali’s best swings are located near Ubud. If you haven’t been paying attention, I must admit, I’m a little hurt. Located in northern Bali, an hour and half from Ubud, Wanagiri Hidden Hills is stunning. This outdoor complex is right on the edge of Lake Danau Buyan, which means each swing looks out at this striking lake. The Instagram potential here is off the charts, friends. You will not be disappointed.
8. Sidemen Bali Swing
Another exception to the “all good swings are near Ubud” rule, Sidemen Bali Swing is located toward the eastern side of Bali, and tends to have fewer tourists. With this swing, you’ll get views of Mount Agung, a nearly 10,000 ft active volcano. After your likes erupt on the ‘gram from your #BaliSwing post, head out and try some of the famous local palm wine.
That’s all, folks! Eight incredible places that’ll help take you and your Instagram to new heights. And if you think these places look good, just wait until you see what else Bali has to offer. I’ll give you a taste: think pristine beaches, ancient temples, morning yoga, and new friends—of the human and monkey varieties—at every turn. And guess what. We’ve already planned the perfect 11-day trip so you can experience it all, Bali: Tropical Escape.
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by Kevin McGraw
Kevin is a copywriter at EF Ultimate Break. He loves drinking chocolate milk, looking at photos of his parents’ dog, and, for some reason, running for hours at a time. His favorite place in the world is Mürren, Switzerland.
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