Bali: The Best Places to Visit in North Bali ~ Indonesia 2021

by Tsvete Popp

This post is part of the series Bali

Other posts in this series:

  1. 30 (+2) Crazy Facts About Bali That Will Blow Your Mind!
  2. A Guide To Your Stay In Ubud, Bali Indonesia
  3. Tips for Visiting the Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud ~ Bali
When it comes to popular destinations in Bali, the same few come up time and time again. But after visiting the North of Bali, we were left wondering why it’s often left off of the hotlist. If you ask us though, the North is way less crowded and well worth the effort. The fewer crowds, incredible waterfalls, the cooler temperatures, abundant greenery, and quietness are great reasons to visit North Bali.
The North of Bali is famous for its waterfalls and extremely beautiful nature! Definitely, it was not so easy to reach some of the waterfalls as the way down through the slippery path that goes through the jungle was insane 🤪 My snake paranoia was on the highest level, I tried to make noises and I was whispering the whole time 🤣 One week after the trip, Peter told me that he saw a snake  🐍  while I was taking some photos, but he didn’t tell me, cause he can predict my reactions very well 😀After the first most important temple in Bali, Pura Besakih (which we still haven’t seen as it is very far away from…) comes its second – Pura Ulun Danu Bratan which we visited for the first time some days ago. Although the weather was far away from perfect, the beauty of the temple was not hidden by the clouds and raindrops on our way to it.
The Ulun Danu Temple is situated in the area of Lake Bratan, Bedugul. The Balinese people believe that the temple embodies the meaning of universal balance and piece. The Pura Ulun Danu Beratan was built in the 16th century in dedication to 3 of the main Hindu Gods, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, along with the Balinese lake goddess Dewi Danu.
PS: To answer all the questions about wearing a mask – we do wear a mask the whole time… and every time we take some photos we put down the masks as everybody does here in Bali. The people are strictly following the rules without complaining, so do we. In Indonesia wearing a mask in public is a must. Restaurants, cafes, and beaches are excluded.

Where to Stay in Bali

As you would expect from a major Asian Island, Bali has no shortage of options when it comes to accommodation. There is no doubt – Bali is a very touristy destination! Most of the visitors stick to the southern portion of the island, the party area of Bali. If you like more quiet experience and nature – you should go to the North of the island. And for the “Real Bali”, you should stay in Ubud and Central Bali. Some “Keywords” for the most prominent areas in Bali:

 Kuta: party; backpackers; a lot of Australians; nightlife; cheap accommodations; tasteless; many surfers and surfer schools; sunning; the largest waterpark in Southeast Asia;

 Canggu:  has gained popularity among digital nomads, Instagrammers, and Surfers. Canggu is “Bali’s hipster central full with a quirky smart cafes, boutiques, and cafes selling the now-obligatory avocado on toast and branded coconuts with “I’m Vegan” sign…;

 Ubud and Central Bali: the “real Bali”; a shrine to Balinese Culture; temples; arts; rice fields; yoga retreats; classical artists’ villages; river valleys; five-star retreats; excellent restaurants; wellness programs; heritage museums; art galleries; fashion boutiques; no beaches; from backpacker homestays to luxury resorts;

 Seminyak: lots of designer villa beach clubs; glam cocktails; quiet sunset beaches; luxury five-star resorts; world-class beach clubs; the gay-friendliest place in Bali; fun bars; shopping paradise; designer boutiques;

 Legian: a mix of Seminyak and Kuta; beach resort areas; cheap accommodations; party; nightlife;

 Jimbaran: the best sunset in Bali; five-star hotels and restaurants; Seafood Cafes; High-End Shopping; cocktail bars;

 Amed and Tulamben: snorkeling; diving; chilling; seaport; bridging Bali to Lombok and Gili Islands; good low to middle price range;


 Sanur: middle budget tourism; chilling; good restaurants; first tourism resort area in Bali; laidback and quiet; relaxing atmosphere; perfect for honeymooners; local art shops and high-end boutiques;

 Nusa Dua: Nusa Dua is quiet and secluded. It is predominantly luxury hotels, beaches, and a small shopping center. The beaches are less crowded here and is perfect for honeymooners;

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