For adventures, hidden means an invitation to explore. Hidden Canyon Bali, lets out a mystery just by its name only. Located in Guwang, Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali. The canyon intrigues adventurers to discover the place, to reveal its secret. Up until some time ago. The place was a secret escapade for tourists who get tired of typical Bali’s beaches.
Guwang Beji Hidden Canyon, the full name, is a set of deep gorge alongside Oos River. The river, flowing from Sanur to Ubud, has eroded the rocks deeply over hundred of thousands of years. The erosion carved the earth creating a natural masterpiece: different sizes of rocks engraved into amazing shapes and patterns.
Before a tourist attraction, locals went to this canyon for fishing, an activity that is prohibited now. Hidden Canyon Bali is a sacred place according to locals. Guwang means holy in Balinese.
The canyon is still within the area of a village temple called Pura Dalem Guwang. Which serves as a religious guardian for the area. The water from the canyon is used for religious ceremony Melukat, a Hindu ritual where worshipers bathe with holy water.
Hidden Canyon Bali Cruising The River
Hidden Canyon Bali is worth a slow trek for about 1-2 hours. There are two trails to choose, the short trail and the long one. The short trail takes 45 minutes to explore while the long trail will also explore the rest of the canyon (around 2 km long). Choose a long trek for the ultimate Hidden Canyon adventure.
Visitors can always decide to midway if tired. Prepare good water shoes or mountain sandals, or go barefoot for a better grip. There will be a lot of walking, paddling, scrambling and rock climbing. Good stamina is clearly required. Carefully follow the guide as visitors venture further into the canyon.
Get knee-deep in the river, and in some part, the water can reach the waist. Small rocks inside the water will gently massage the feet as visitors cruising through the river.
Taking Time And Pause at Hidden Canyon Bali
The key of this excursion is to take time and enjoy nature. There’s no need to rush to get to the end of the trail, it’s about the journey, not the destination. The fascinating rock formations are not just to get passed by. Ask the guide to take a break at some of the best spots.
The tranquil atmosphere is perfect for a quick meditation. Close the eyes and enjoy the peaceful nuance. The guides know this place at heart. So also ask them for the best spots to take gorgeous pictures. Take some photos of the cliffs, or show off that yoga poses at one of the big rock – definitely worth to post on Instagram.
Long roots dangle from above the cliff. These roots are strong enough to handle the human body. Grab one and swing like Tarzan, the tropical jungle surrounds serves as a perfect backdrop.
On the way back from the canyon to the ticket area, visitors will pass through the villagers’ farms. There’s a sight of green carpet-y rice fields among the occasional chili and eggplants farms.
The open sky above provides a relieving view after the claustrophobia-inducing cliffs. Greet the friendly farmers as visitors balance to leg on the narrow path between the fields, or simply observe them while they do their farming work.
Guwang Sukawati Art Market
Guwang Sukawati Art Market is an only 4-minutes drive from Hidden Canyon Bali (1,4 km). It’s always a good idea to visit this market after the canyon excursion. Sukawati Art Market has thousands of vendors on its 1000 square meters area. Sukawati is the biggest and most popular art market in Bali.
Avid shoppers will easily forget the track of time at this market, lost among the endless choices of clothes, accessories, and art products. Haggling is very much welcomed, so do not forget to bargain for the best price.
After shopping, eat at one of the street food stalls. Try Bakso Ayam, Bali’s specialty chicken meatball soup. A bowl is affordable at IDR 15,000.
Hidden Canyon Bali Opening Hours
Hidden Canyon tour operates from 8 AM to 5 PM. Another thing to note regarding the time of the visit. The canyon sometimes is closed during the peak of the rainy season. It is advisable to check before going.
|Hidden Canyon Bali Opening Hours|
|Every day||08:00 – 17:00|
Hidden Canyon Bali Entrance Fee
Tickets come in several packages. An individual package costs IDR 200,000 for one person while group packages start from IDR 400,000 for 4 people. The price includes service such a fresh towel, free mineral water. And a bath towel for a shower after all the activities.
|Hidden Canyon Bali Entrance Fee & Packages|
|Individual package (1 pax)||Rp200.000|
|Pity package (3-4 person)||Rp400.000|
|Family (5-8 pax)||Rp600.000|
|Middle package (13-16)||Rp1.200.000|
|Group (17-20 pax)||Rp1.500.000|
There are bathrooms for changing and washing after the trek. The tour packages also include a guide, locker facilities, dry bags, and two sets of towels (hand & body) for every visitor. There’s even a free WiFi at the ticket area. Tourists can buy food and beverage at food vendors outside the ticket building, just across the parking lot.
How To Get To Hidden Canyon Bali
It takes 45 minutes from Kuta to Hidden Canyon Bali. Take Ngurah Rai Bypass and continue until Ida Bagus Mantra Bypass. Continue to drive until Ketewel intersection, then turn to Ketewel Street. Continue until there’s an intersection with a Garuda statue, turn right. Hidden Canyon Bali is located at the end of the road.
Tourists can go to the canyon by rental cars or motorbikes. It’s best to rent a motorbike since it’s cheap at IDR 50,000 per day. Cars usually cost IDR 600,000/ day. As for public transportation, the only option is by taxi. Find a metered one to avoid being scammed.
Address & Location
The canyon location is in Jalan Sahadewa, Banjar Wangbung, Guwang, Sukawati, Guwang, Kec. Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582.