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Bali swings have become the most popular attractions since the rice fields were invented. Here is your ultimate guide to swings in Bali complete with maps and entry fees. Swings have been around forever, but in Bali they have gone to a whole new level and turned into a massive Instagram craze. Who would have thought that a couple of ropes tied between some coconut trees could be so much fun?
It’s generally accepted that the first Bali swing was built at Zen Hideaway Villa a little north of Ubud. The owner realised that not only his guests were loving the photos of themselves on the swing but that he could charge non-guests USD$35 for the privilege.
They have since stopped allowing non-guests to use the swing, but just around the corner the Bali Swing Park has been built, so it’s likely that the owner collaborated with others and built a larger, dedicated park.
The Ultimate Guide Map to Bali Swings.
Tegalalang Rice Terrace Swings
Probably the most easily recognisable stand-alone Bali swings are the ones at Tegalalang Rice Terraces. Tegalalang has been a very popular tourist destination for many years, thanks to its terraced rice fields spread throughout a valley 9 km north of Ubud and 40 km from Seminyak.
A few steps down from the roadside at Tegalalang village is the most accessible swing. It’s pretty easy to find. As you enter Tegalalang village with the souvenir shops on the left and the cafes on the downward side of the valley is the first swing just as you see rice terraces come into view.
Across the far side of the valley are two more swings with a very different experience, as they are situated over a much steeper part of the valley, making for some quite dramatic photos to feed the Gram.
Trekking down the very steep slopes and through the rice terraces to get there is half the adventure. Be careful though, as when it’s raining the slopes are very slippery and shouldn’t be attempted unless you are physically fit with decent footwear. The wet slopes are responsible for a lot of sprained ankles.
The hike is worth it though, as the view from the far side of the terraces is magnificent. It was only a few months ago before the swings were constructed that hiking through the rice terraces was the main attraction at Tegalalang.
You get strapped into a harness before swinging out across the valley and be sure not to underestimate the heights you reach — the local guides can be pretty enthusiastic with the energy in which they propel you out for maximum
Entrance fee: IDR250,000
Location: Jl. Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 8am-5pm
Terrace River Pool Swing
Before getting to the swings at Tegalalang Rice Terraces, there is another operator called Terrace River Pool Swings. It’s easy to get confused between the two, but the guide map in this post clearly shows the location of all the swing parks in this guide.
This swing park is becoming more popular with a number of swings of varying heights, plus couples swings (from IDR300,000) and nests to get your Instagram-worthy holiday photos.
Entry fees: From IDR150,000
Location: Jalan Raya Tegallalang, Gianyar
Open hours: Mon-Sun 9am-6pm
Wanagiri Hidden Hills Swings
As Bali swings became incredibly popular, the locals at Wanagiri Hidden Hills decided to get in on the action too, with several swings, nests and overlooks being built with a stunningly beautiful view across Lake Danau Buyan.
You can’t miss the platforms made from bamboo and the often very artistic swings along the left hand side of the main road that comes from Bedugul.
There’s a fair bit of competition among the locals to lure you into their swings and platforms, but you must admire their ability to adapt to a quickly evolving tourism trend and create the swings, nests and platforms that clearly attract tourists and provide an income for the enterprising locals.
My advice is to look for a turn off the main road with a huge sign saying “1 km this way”. This leads to the largest park in the Wanagiri Hidden Hills area with several swings (including the largest in the area), nests, platforms and zip-lines.
Pricing is variable, usually asking for 150,000 IDR per swing or viewpoint, although this can be negotiated lower. I managed to get three activities for just IDR50,000.
Entry fee: From IDR50,000 (varies from place to place)
Location: Jalan Munduk – Wanagiri, Sukasada Kabupaten Buleleng
Open hours: Mon-Sun 9am-5pm (variable)
Bali Swing Park
The most popular swing park is Bali Swing, located 15 km from Ubud. They have 15 different single swings to try, along with three tandem swings so you can be scared witless alongside your loved one.
There are also 4 large stones to pose on (yes, posing on stones is a thing). They also have 6 nests to pose in. And yes, posing in nests is a thing too. They are quite artistic, made from branches and fauna but mostly have a lined interior for comfort.
Bali Swing operates a free shuttle operating from Ubud, but make sure the entry fee you are paying is confirmed up front. They also sell package tours which include other activities like rafting, elephant rides and chasing waterfalls, but these tend to be quite expensive compared to hiring your own driver and making your own custom itinerary.
Entrance Fee: Rp 400,000
Location: Jl. Dewi Saraswati No.7, Bongkasa Pertiwi, Abiansemal
Opening Hours: Mo-Su 08:00-17:00
A note of caution
Bali has many adventurous activities but they are not always safe. The craze for Instagram photos of swinging out over a valley in front of a rice terrace vista has grown dramatically, and along with this growth, many private operators have constructed swings without proper regard for visitor safety. In July 2018 a French tourist died at Tegalalang as he tried to push his son on the swing but failed to let go and was dragged before fatally falling into the valley.