One of the most photographed spots in Bali, the Handara Bali gates are an unmissable stop if you’re visiting north Bali.
Where are the Handara Bali Gates?
The Handara Bali Gates lie at the entrance to a golf course: Handara Golf & Resort Bali. They are about 1.5 hours north of Ubud and less than 2 hours north of Seminyak. The drive is fairly easy via scooter, but bring a sweater because it tends to be chilly up there. There are many other attractions nearby including Gitgit and Sekumpul waterfalls, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, and Wanagiri hidden hills.
How much does it cost?
Like many other tourist attractions in Bali, if you arrive at sunrise no one will be there and you won’t have to pay. Otherwise, they charge 30k IDR ($2.01 USD at the time of writing) for a “Selfie ticket” which allows you to take photos of the gates for a maximum of 10 minutes. If you actually enjoy golf, you can also just pay 1.8 million IDR ($120.69 USD) for 18 holes at the Handara resort.
Once we arrived at the gates, there were two large groups ahead of us waiting for their Instagram photos. As far as we could tell, no one enforces the maximum time of 10 minutes so we ended up waiting for 30 minutes before we finally got to the front of the line.
Finally when it was our turn, we were a little stressed because there was still a long line behind us, and cars and scooters were constantly passing through the gates as well. We speedily set up our tripod, set our camera to take photos every 3 seconds, ran up to the gates, struck a few poses, and ran back. Afterwards, we were able to fly our drone above the gates without any problems. All in all, the scenery is truly beautiful as the enormous gates are surrounded by mountains and lush trees, and the stress and small entry fee is well worth it in our opinion.