Bali, the island of the Gods, is full of stunning Instagramable spots. In the north of the Island is one of the most popular selfie spots, Wanagiri Hidden Hill. The road is lined on one side with restaurants and on the other are about 6 different selfie spots with picturesque views over twin lakes of Buyan and Tamblingan.
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Wanagiri Hidden Hill overlooks the brilliant blue of Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan far below. The area is surrounded by trees and lush greenery and these spots give you an amazing view over the water and it is the perfect backdrop to your photos.
Each selfie spot along Wanagiri Hidden Hill offers different options. You can pose on swings, with wings, on the bow of a boat, on a bicycle, sitting in a human-sized bird’s nest, in wicker hearts and rounds, in a giant wicker egg and much more.
What to Expect at Wanagiri Hidden Hill
It is worth having a quick drive along to see what is on offer before picking the one or ones you like best. Remember you don’t have to have your photo taken on every piece, just chose the ones you want. There are a few lookout points along the road where you can pose for free, but most of the selfie spots you will have to pay to get into. (see below).
Quick Tip: If you do have to queue, use your time to watch the poses other people are using for some ideas of what works… and what doesn’t!
The entry fee covers the use of the different platforms, swings etc and also the staff who monitor how long people are taking and who is next in on each station.
Yes, unless you get there early, most of the selfie spots have queues, and if you are unlucky enough to arrive just as a bus full of other tourists do, you might be in for a bit of a wait.
The staff are also there to help you on an off and, if you are on your own, they will take photos for you.
Quick Tip: Have fun with your shots, don’t just sit in the same position every time; stand up, lie down, turn your back, look at the camera or away. You can also smile!
What to wear for your Bali Instagram shots
Now, this really does depend on what kind of look you are going for. Long floaty dresses do seem to be de rigeur, but you can change it up and wear what you are comfortable in. I would, however, suggest that clothing that is too restrictive as you may have to get on and off the different stations.
If you want to have different shots wearing a variety of clothing, there are changing rooms and you can even rent Instagram suitable clothing from some of the spots
Be clever with your clothing. I wore things that I could layer; a dress over a vest top and different trousers – leggings and lace ones – that I could quickly pull on and off.
Where is Wanagiri Hidden Hill
Wanagiri Hidden Hill is to the north of Bali on the road between Denpasar and Singaraja.
The drive from Denpasar takes you past the village of Bedugul and Ulun Danu Beratan, the iconic temples which look as if they are floating on lake Beratan. Also on your route is Handara Gate, beautiful gates outside the Handara Gate golf course which is another great Instagramable place.
If you are travelling by scooter, you have a hill to climb, past the monkeys who are always on the lookout for some food, but be careful they can get a bit aggressive, so it is better to keep your distance.
Best Time to Visit Wanagiri Hidden Hill
The best months to visit Bali are from April to October, which tends to be drier. As long as it is not raining or misty, Wanagiri Hidden Hill is perfect at any time. A sunny day with clear skies if best, but a bit of cloud doesn’t affect it too much. The weather can change quite quickly and the clouds can clear.
As it is on a hill, it can be cooler than down on the beach of lower in the valleys and the weather can be quite different. I made the mistake once of leaving the glorious sunny weather in Lovina and by the time I got to Wanagiri it was drizzly and quite cold, not ideal when you are in t-shirt and shorts!
The earlier you can get there the better. Early because there will be fewer people and the light is better, the “golden hour” either just after sunrise or later just before sunset.
Wanagiri Hidden Hill Entrance Fees
Each of the different selfie spots that have platforms and swings charges an entrance fee to use their facilities, but they start around 100,000 IDR.
Wanagiri Hidden Hill Opening Hours
Most of the Instagram spots on Wanagiri Hidden Hill are open for public from 8 am to 6 pm and seven days a week.
Things to do near Wanagiri Hidden Hill
After your visit to Wanagiri Hidden Hill, there are plenty of things to do nearby, whether you are travelling north or south.
Things to do North of Wanagiri Hidden Hill
The north of Bali has lots to offer. There are several waterfalls on the roads downt to Lovina and Singaraja such as Munduk Waterfall, Banyumala Twin Waterfalls and Gitgit. You can also visit Air Panas Banjar, hot springs with three different pools.
Things to do South of Wanagiri Hidden Hill
Ulun Danu Bratan Temple
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
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Larch has had wanderlust all her life, travelling as much as she can whenever she can. Now in her 50’s, she writes about her adventures on her travel blog The Silver Nomad to encourage travellers of all ages to look at different destinations. In early 2019, she qualified as a CAA PfCO Drone Pilot and now travels with her DJI Mavic Pro and Mavic Mini to capture aerial videos and photos to enhance her work.