March 1, 2024  •  8min read

5 Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Locations for Adventurous Couples in Bali

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Bali is the first thing that comes to mind when couples look for an epic photoshoot location. Over the years, photographers searched for the best pre-wedding locations that reflect the couple to make the results authentic to them. In this article, we’ll be looking at the best pre-wedding locations in Bali that adventurous couples have kept coming back to over the years. 

Note that some locations may require additional fees, and it is normal in Bali to charge extra fees for couples doing a photo shoot for a pre-wedding or engagement. We will explain the regular fee and preceding entrance fee in every location mentioned to avoid confusion. 

So, let’s look at the locations before you journey through them for amazing pre-wedding photo results! 

Tegalalang Rice Terraces, the Classic Favorite

Tegalalang rice terrace in Ubud isn’t the most challenging place to get to, but it still requires couples to step down and walk in between the famous rice terraces you’ve probably seen on Instagram. Unlike other spots around the world spoiled by tourism, Tegalalang Rice Terraces is still considered untouched and is an excellent place for pre-wedding photography. 

The best time to shoot at the Tegalalang Rice Terraces is early morning. We know how painful it is for some people to get up early, but we promise the perfect lighting will be worth it! Also, there won’t be crowds of people here in the early mornings, and the temperature is much cooler during this time. 

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The ticket box usually opens at 8 am, but there won’t be any entrance fees yet as you’ll be shooting here before that time. However, you should prepare small cash from IDR10,000 to 50,000 (USD1-3) as the farmers sometimes ask for donations to use their fields for a photoshoot. 

Nungnung Waterfall, the Tallest Waterfall on the Island

The real adventurer spot starts here, as choosing this place as your pre-wedding location requires you to go down thousands of stairs! However, it will all be worth it as Nungnung waterfall is one of the tallest waterfalls in Bali and one of the best places for a pre-wedding shoot. The waterfall location’s true highlight has to be the spectacular power behind the falls, which creates a dramatic effect in every shot. 

We recommend shooting here in the morning but not as early as in other locations. Be here around 8 am for good lighting and to avoid the crowd. The regular entrance fee is IDR10,000 (USD0,70), while the prewedding entrance fee is IDR 250,000 (USD18). 

Batur Volcano, a True Adventure 

There are few places in the world that offer the kind of beauty, tranquility, warmth, and closeness to nature that you’ll find in Mount Batur. Pre-wedding photographers will easily pick this spot as their favorite place for shooting due to the natural beauty of the black volcanic rocks and sand surrounding the location. Don’t worry, shooting in Batur Volcano doesn’t mean you’ll be hiking the entire mountain as the shoot will take place in the volcano’s surrounding area. 

This location is for early birds as you should be here at sunrise to catch the best lighting, sunset is not recommended. Wear anything light or white colored for the perfect contrast with the black color of the lava. There aren’t any entrance fees, but the locals or Banjar authorities sometimes ask for around IDR250,000 (USD18) for the pre-wedding shoot. 

Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan Island, a Remote Island Paradise

On the southeast coast of Bali are two small islands, namely Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan Islands. These islands have quickly become one of Bali’s favorite attractions as they are a world away from the busy nightlife of South Bali. Besides being surrounded by the gorgeous sunset and white sandy beaches, these islands offer some of the clearest waters with vivid blue colors you won’t find anywhere else. 

Start shooting here during sunrise or sunset, but keep in mind that the boat timing is extremely limited, and you may need to stay on the island overnight to catch the sunrise or sunset. A wedding gown or casual dress should work just fine here. You can also bring multiple wardrobes, as most hotels are close to the shooting locations. There is no entrance fee for the photoshoot. However, the boat ride is IDR300,000 (USD20) per person. 

Tukad Cepung Waterfall, a Hidden Paradise with Rays of Lights

We discovered this hidden gem way back in 2016, when, at the time, there weren’t a lot of people coming here. Tukad Cepung Waterfall is reachable from Kintamani, where you’ll witness a rare and breathtaking waterfall view you can’t miss. Even though plenty of Bali waterfalls offer great pre-wedding locations, Tukad Cepung Waterfall is truly one of a kind and remains one of the untouched waterfalls on the island. 

This waterfall’s enchanting beauty has impressed anyone who has managed to find it. Due to the well-guarded cliffs, the waterfall is hard to find for any first-time visitors. There are a few hundred stairs down the cliff, but it’s worth the effort once you reach the destination. 

Tukad Cepung Waterfall is usually the second location for photographers after their morning sessions, so it’s best to come here around 10 to 11 pm for the best lighting. Wear a medium-length dress for women, and short pants for men as the cave can get flooded. Also, don’t forget your flip-flops! The pre-wedding photoshoot entry is IDR 350,000 (USD23) per couple. 

Up for the Challenge and a Happily Ever After? 

In conclusion, Bali is an unparalleled destination for adventurous couples seeking a breathtaking backdrop for their pre-wedding photoshoot. The island’s diverse landscapes, from the iconic Tegalalang Rice Terraces to the towering Nungnung Waterfall, the majestic Batur Volcano, the secluded Nusa Lembongan, and Ceningan Islands, to the enchanting Tukad Cepung Waterfall, offer an array of settings to every couple’s taste and sense of adventure. 

As couples prepare for their pre-wedding adventures in Bali, embracing the challenge and seizing the opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime photoshoot is crucial. The memories created in these locations will add a touch of magic to the couple’s journey toward their happily ever after. So, if you’re up for the challenge, let Bali be the canvas for your love story, and may your pre-wedding photos be as enchanting as the island itself.

Guntur author at Bali Wedding
Guntur has been writing tips and tricks for weddings in Bali since 2020. He has written everything from preparing a pre-wedding in Bali to the best wedding dress and makeup you should choose for a wedding in paradise.

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