North Bali is the complete opposite of South Bali. It does not offer as many amenities as Kuta but it has the tranquility and serenity you won’t find in the southern part of Bali.
It includes most of the Buleleng district, around Singaraja, which has a rich history behind its casual daily life. Here you can still find remnants of Dutch imperialism, including colonial houses, as it once was the administrative center of the Lesser Sunda Islands.
Take an early morning boat ride from Lovina beach with its volcanic sand, and more often than not you’ll meet dolphins swimming along side your boat.
The Eastern part of Bali is the most mountainous part of the island. It is the home of mount Agung, highest point in Bali. Mount Agung literally means the Holy Mountain, with Besakih Temple, the Mother Temple of Bali, located at its foot. This is the Mount Olympic of Bali, and here you can find here various manifestations of Bali’s religious beliefs.
Klungkung is not only historically significant but also offers varieties of the most beautiful traditional woven and silk fabric. Located next to Kertha Gosa (check out its ceiling that is adorned by Balinese style painting that resembles Wayang, the shadow puppet figures), the courtroom of Klungkung kingdom is one of Bali’s largest textile markets.
East Bali also has the most beautiful underwater world and spectacular sunsets.
Tenganan is the oldest Bali village that preserves traditional culture and traditions, including a strict protocol regarding marriages among kin groups. It is also known for its double ikat (woven) fabric called geringsing.
South Bali is the most densely populated and developed region of the country. It stretches from Denpasar to the very tip of the island, Uluwatu. This is where you can find high-end restaurants, clubs and, international hotels. It’s also a backpacker heaven and boasts a wide selection of affordable accommodations and eateries.
It’s here you will find the Puputan War Museum in Renon, the Ardha Chandra Art Centre in Denpasar that hosts the annual Bali Art Festival, and the 60ha Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park that showcases a 75 foot high statue of Vishnu with his mount Garuda, a masterpiece from world famous sculptor Nyoman Nuarta.
Central Bali is the art capital of Bali, predominantly around Ubud, the birthplace of Bali’s modern paintings.
Puri Lukisan Museum (Palace of Fine Arts) and Museum Neka are two excellent museums with permanent collections of paintings that will give you a clear idea of the evolution of Balinese paintings.
You can find painting and art galleries in almost every building around Ubud.
A little south of the city you’ll find Celuk, the centre of silver and gold jewelry making, where pieces have been handcrafted with the finest and most exquisite details.
You’ll also find the village of Mas, where dancing and other performance masks are carved and crafted.
Further North you can go on cycling a tour to the highland of Bali, Kintamani, and if you’re really fit, you can continue hiking to Mount Batur to enjoy the beautiful sunrise.
It is not as touristy as the rest of Bali but it still has a lot to offer.
This is home to West Bali National Park (Taman Nasional Bali Barat), which preserves the wildlife of Bali with its popular diving destination, Menjangan island.
Gilimanuk, at the western tip of the island is the gateway to Java.
Negara, the capital of Jembrana regency, is famous for its bull racing.
Also found in West Bali is the tomb of Jayaprana, a 17th century king whose Romeo and Juliet style love story is immortalized by local folklore.
Seasons in Bali
Dry season in Bali is between the months of April and September. This is also considered high season, as both the temperature and number of visitors are higher than the rest of the year.
Things get slower when the rainfall increases between October to March, with the exception of the festive period.