Five iconic Instagram locations in Bali

After some technical issues, Instagram recently deleted my account after nearly ten years of hard work on that account. Since my efforts to reactivate the account has been unsuccessful, I was forced to open a new one (@jaco.klynsmith). Luckily for me, I reside in Bali at the moment, so finding amazing places to shoot new content is fairly easy to say the least.  I decided to go out for the day and explore the island in hopes of finding ‘Instagrammable’ gems.  

Here are my top five ‘Insta’ locations in Bali: 

1. Heaven’s Gate – Lempuyang Temple

Probably one of the most famous Instagram spots in Bali, the Lempuyang Temple South of the island is a must if you want to shoot amazing footage with minimal effort.  The temple is located about 80 kilometres South of Canggu, taking nearly two and a half hours due to traffic, however the journey is absolutely worth it once you get there.  Even though the images may seem heavily photoshopped it’s not.  The magic of a single mirror and amazing scenery will leave you with an image ready to post with minimal touch ups.  Don’t stress about taking a photographer with to assist you with the shoot as there is a dedicated photographer at the site.  Once you pay your entrance fee you’ll be handed a number indicating your turn to shoot. 

2. Tirta Gangga 

A former royal palace, this place left me inspired.  As with most places in Bali, expect for it to be one of those #nofilter type locations; with endless options for getting that perfect snap.  Feed the Koi fish in the sacred waters or find the perfect backdrop with the endless angles of beautiful architecture and lush greenery. 

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3) Tukad Cepung Waterfall 

Bali is home to many waterfalls, however the Tukad Cepung waterfall is Insta special as the beaming sun rays entering through the dense vegetation sets the perfect scene for some very dramatic photography.  Situated approximately an hour from Ubud, the waterfall is quickly becoming one of the most popular on the island. 

4) Coffee tasting and plantation 

Besides the fact that this is an epic excursion in its own right, any Insta pro knows that food and drinks plays a vital role in the perfect Instagram feed, right.  Here you’ll be able to get amazing shots of the beautiful scenery as well as your coffee tasting experience.  Try a wide variety of amazing coffees and have a go at the world’s most expensive coffee, Kopi Luwak, coffee consisting of partially digested coffee cherries, which have been eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet. 

5) Ubud Rice Terrace and Swing 

Ok, your Instagram journey in Bali cannot be complete without the iconic swing photo overlooking a rice terrace.  Ubud is filled with amazing views of the rice terrance and numerous swing options, so take your pick and pic… 

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