The Bali Swing has become such a phenomenon that hundreds of others have sprung up all over Bali. It is hard to go 100 yards without seeing a swing or a sign for one. However, the original (and best) Is just outside Ubud, and made our list of amazing things to do in Ubud.
Ever since first seeing pictures of people swinging over the jungle on instagram I wanted to try it for myself. It looks pretty sketchy in a photo but when you get there it actually feels really safe, and is definitely a unique experience. It's not hard to see why it is one of Bali's most instagrammable spots.
The Bali Swing is actually several different swings of varying heights, with more being currently built.
They overlook a beautiful palm tree valley with a river, giving the real Balinese jungle look and feel.
It is a very beautiful setting and you can see why it has become so popular.
Bali Swing Price
The offical Bali Swing does not come cheap. The price of the Bali Swing is $35 USD for unlimited time on the swings and nests (and includes lunch, and pickup from a set location in town. If you want a pick up at your hotel it is $6 USD extra). If you want to come in and take photos but not actually use the swing you still pay $10 USD.
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Best time to go to the Bali Swing
The Bali Swing gets incredibly busy, so it pays to turn up at the opening time, the earlier the better.
Ideally you won't want the feeling of a queue developing while you're trying to get the perfect shot.
When we were there, it was getting really busy even at 9am.
The early morning is also when the light is at its best, soft and not directly in the shot. If you go in the late afternoon you run the risk of shadows and the middle of the day could create harsh contrasts.
Bali Swing opening time
The Bali Swing opens at 8am, but the pickup from town doesn't start until 9am.
Even though a free pick up is appealing it is better to get there earlier, so we'd advise going under your own steam if you are really after that perfect photo.
How to get to the Bali Swing
It's only around 20 minutes from Ubud so you can easily scooter there or take a taxi.
Booking the Bali Swing
The Bali Swing gets really busy, but you can book in advance.
There's plenty of travel agents in Ubud and around who sell tickets, or you can whatsapp the owners (+62 878 8828 8832, +62 877 7708 8801).
We would recommend booking in advance as you may have a long wait.
Bali Swing Alternatives
There are hundreds of other Bali Swings but the most famous other than the official Bali Swing and Tegalalang is at Wanagiri Hills near Munduk.
This one flies over a lake and looks pretty dramatic, it is definitely one of the amazing things to do around Munduk.
It costs 50,000 rupiah (without bartering) to use the swing and various other nests etc, and if you go early there will be no one else there.
They also came out with a huge harness at first but then when we asked offered a much more subtle alternative, so don't forget to ask!
Bali Swing Tegalalang
There are two swings at Tegalalang Rice Terrace: one in the part of the rice terrace you first come to from the road, and another one higher up on the far side of the rice terrace (where all the instagram photos are taken). Both offer beautiful views of the rice terraces, but neither offer the big and expansive view that the official Bali Swing offers.
For photography, the official swing is better at giving the effect of flying over a huge valley. If you are looking for perfect shots, another thing to consider is the harness. At the original Bali Swing it is a lap strap, whereas at Tegalalang it is a harness. You need to wear it under your clothes or be excellent at Photoshop!
However, Tegalalang is a lot cheaper (we were offered 50,000 rupiah and think they would of gone much lower but we weren't actually looking to swing) and you won't have to book in advance.
The swing at the Zen Hideaway
This is the other really famous swing other than the original one in Ubud. You used to be able to pay to swing here even if you weren't staying at the Airbnb. We asked to do this but were told that this option is no longer available.
You must stay at any of the three Zen Hideaway properties. These book out well in advance, so if you have set dates and your heart set on it, then remember to book early. We'll be doing that next time!
Where to stay in Ubud
Our Pick - Eden House
This beautiful guesthouse is tucked away in a quiet street and overlooks a paddy field, providing peace and tranquility after a long day exploring. The rooms at Eden are beautiful, the bathrooms even better and it offers incredible value. The breakfasts are served on a balcony overlooking the rice paddies and are the perfect way to start your day.
Luxury - Kamandalu
A favourite with Instagrammers, Kamandalu is set a little way out of Ubud among the forests and rice terraces to offer a true escape. The rooms are stunning, the views even more and there's an infinity pool that's made to impress. If we had the money, we definitely would have booked in for a night or two.
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