Sharing the locations visited during our makeshift pre-wedding photo shoot in Bali. Starting from our Wedding Hotel (Alila Ubud) we work North to Kintamani and Mount Batur before turning back down to the Southwest coast. We hire a 7 seat minivan and driver for the day (8 hours, $40US). Myself, Fanfan and friends. Our friends do the photography so no need to pay extortionate prices for Pre-Wedding Photographers in Bali. Ok we probably should have dressed better for the occasion… Check here for our Simple Wedding in Ubud.
1. Rice Terraces of Tegalalang
The first stop on our pre-wedding photo shoot in Bali. Not on our planned itinerary but passing en route to Mount Batur the rice terraces are worth a quick visit. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to capture much. Problem is the tourists (as expected). Constant lines trekking to and from the path route at the foot of the terraces.
2. Ulun Danu Batur Temple
Batur temple is found next to the more famous Mount Batur in the Northeast regions of Bali. Again this temple is a bit touristy (not like I remember it). Slightly disappointing. We didn’t even enter the grounds and instead capture a few photos outside temple walls. We find a better photo shoot location behind Batur Temple with panoramic views of Mount Batur.
3. Mount Batur (Active Volcano)
We stumble on a sneaky alley next to Batur Temple. We investigate. Curiosity pays off with unobstructed, panoramic views of Mount Batur (1st image below). The 2nd and 3rd image were similar photos taken at the touted view point on the drive to Mount Batur. We’ll let you decide which is better.
4. Black Sand Beaches
Avoid the tourist beaches. Volcanic black sand beaches are by far the best option in Bali. Unknown to tourists and relatively untouched. We visit one of the many dotted across the island’s shores. The beach is empty offering unlimited time and opportunities for the wedding photo shoot.
5. Tanah Lot
A successful photo shoot at the iconic Tanah Lot island appeared no less than impossible. Extremely touristy. Cutting losses we salvage our admission fee and capture some rushed images on rock structures surrounding. This was the final location for our pre-wedding photo shoot. The sun sets on Bali.