3 Insta-Famous Bali Swings – The Good, The Bad and The Daredevil
October 20, 2018
The Bali Swing has become so hyped up that hundreds of others (okay, I’m exaggerating) have sprung up all over Bali. I lost count of the number of signs I’ve spotted pointing to swings while the driver took us sightseeing around Ubud. It’s actually pretty amazing how a simple swing we grew up playing as children has evolved into an adventurous and scenic one in Bali – all thanks to the power of social media. During my recent trip, my friend and I tried the swings on Hidden Hills Wanagiri and at the Tegallalang Rice Terrace. We’ve determined the good swing, the bad swing and the swing ideal for daredevils.
#1 – Tegallalang Rice Terrace Swing: The Good
The Tegallalang Rice Terrace is a popular spot to catch the sunrise, and people often stay a little longer after the sunrise for the swing. There are more than five swings situated at different heights scattered around the rice terrace, with the favoured ones being the lowest swing that’s right beside the entrance and the highest swing offering a panoramic view.
Each ride costs 10 USD, and you can swing for as long as you desire and take as many photos as you want to. There are different harnesses provided depending on how you want your photo to turn out, but rest assured that safety isn’t compromised. The operators who assist to push you for the swings are friendly and they will stop when you tell them to do so.
In my opinion, although many people have told me that the view at the Bali Swing is the most beautiful among all the swings, I feel that the Tegallalang Rice Terrace Swing is the best swing in Bali – in terms of being reasonably priced, safety issues and the operators being hospitable.
Tegallalang Rice Terrace
Address: Jl. Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561
Entrance Fees: 20,000 IDR for entry into the rice terrace and 100,000 IDR or 10 USD for the swing
Opening Hours: The rice terrace is open 24 hours but the swing starts between 8am and 9am.
#2 – The Bali Swing: The Bad
Don’t be mistaken – it’s not that I dislike the Bali Swing but I’m only terming it “bad” because nowadays, the fee is fixed at 35 USD (according to our driver). In the past, you could still pay 10 USD just to use the swing but due to overwhelming visits, they decided to make it compulsory for guests to have lunch there. Well, I feel that it’s a total rip-off.
However, it does offer a picturesque view. The Bali Swing overlooks a beautiful palm tree valley with a river, allowing you to immerse yourself with nature and experience the authentic Balinese jungle feel. I personally chose not to visit this swing, so huge thanks to Htoo for sharing his photo with me.
Address: Jl. Dewi Saraswati No.7, Bongkasa Pertiwi, Abiansemal, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80352
Entrance Fees: 35 USD
Opening Hours: 8am to 5pm daily
#3 – Hidden Hills Wanagiri: The Daredevil
There are two swings here, mainly the “fake” one which makes a great photo spot, and the real one that allows you to swing high above Lake Tambingan and Lake Buyan. You’ll be able to ride the “fake” swing by yourself or with your loved one. However, I was pretty shaken up by the real swing. The operators do not care whether you’re afraid or not. When you give them the signal to stop the swing, they will push even harder instead. When you start screaming out of fear, they will laugh and think it’s fun which resulted in me being very unhappy (obviously for someone who is afraid of heights like myself). Now, do you understand why I said this swing is appropriate for the daredevils?
That aside, the view at Hidden Hills Wanagiri features two tranquil lakes surrounded by lush green hills. Combined with the cooling air atop the hill, this place is great for relaxing. This place is also value-for-money because paying an entrance fee of 150,000 IDR entitles you to ride the swings and take numerous photos of the nests too.
Hidden Hills Wanagiri
Address: Jalan Munduk – Wanagiri, Wanagiri, Sukasada, Pancasari, Sukasada, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali
Entrance Fees: 150,000 IDR for access to every photo spot including the swing
Opening Hours: 9am to 7pm
Out of these three insta-famous Bali swings, my favourite is the Tegallalang Rice Terrace Swing. I think I’ve had enough of swings after this Bali trip, but if you have any other swings that you feel are worth checking out in Bali, just comment below and let me know. Hope you’re happily swinging into the final quarter of 2018.