After all the adventure and sights that the South has to offer, the North of Bali is a step back in time to a much quieter pace of life. Development to the North has occured at a far less furious pace and this provides those keen on experiencing the country more like a local are sure to enjoy what this part of the country has to offer.
The largest town in the North is Singaraja, and back in the days when the Dutch colonised this part of Indonesia, it was the major trading and administrative hub in the area. Bali beaches aren’t the highlight here, and instead you’ll want to focus your attention on the Dutch colonial influence that can be seen in the wide streets, architecture, and in some of the food fusions in the local restaurants and cafes. It is something unique to Singajara, and those planning Bali travel should consider a visit to appreciate how the colonial history of the country has been folded back into the Balinese culture
Not far up the road and you’ll find the sweet village of Lovina. This area is famed for its volcanic black sand, which provide a truly unique beauty in contrast to the crystal clear azure waters. No doubt, this is a highlight of Bali beaches across the island
While in Lovina, a must have Bali travel experience is an early morning rise and sail out off the coast to catch dolphin pods at play during sunrise. Possibly one of the most Instagrammable sights you’ll ever enjoy, and just one of the many activities that are plentiful in this lush part of the island. Try visiting the Pura Meduwe Karang temple and browse its beautiful gardens. Entry is by donation, but remember to bring a sarong in order to observe the cultural requirements when entering the grounds.
Finally, there’s what you can do underwater, and the reefs off these Bali beaches offer some truly spectacular sights for scuba divers and snorkelers. When you come up for a little bit of air, you’ll find a land also popular for canyoning, hiking, and treks.
To make the most of your Bali travel into the North, you might like to try a visit to the Pegasus Farm, where you can enjoy a horseback tour of the area, enjoy some fresh organic produce straight from the fields to your plate, and enjoy stories about the history of the area from the local team
Once you’ve heard it and seen it all, you’ll never want to leave the Bali beaches.