7 Bucket List in North Bali
Escape from the crowded South Bali, rent a car, and go to the other side of the island to find some peace and quiet where natural wonders await you. The following should be on your bucket list whilst visiting North Bali.
There are three lakes that you should visit in North Bali. The first one being Lake Bratan where Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, Bali’s biggest water temple, stands. This is one of the perfect places to have a picnic with your family. You can also explore the lake using a speedboat. The other two lakes are Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan, also known as the Twin Lake because the two sit side by side. The best spot to enjoy a view of the Twin Lake is from a joint on a cliff, right before the gate to Gobleg Village, on the way to Munduk area.
Another wonderful place for a family day out in North Bali is the Bedugul Botanical Garden, home to hundreds, if not thousands, of plants. From a variety of orchids to cactus, water plants, medicinal herbs, and bamboos, the garden has them all and more. On this 157.5 hectare of land in Bedugul, you can also go bird-watching or simply enjoying a picnic with a view of Lake Bratan. But before exploring the garden, you and your family and friends might want to conquer a series of rope-walking challenges between trees at Bali Treetop Adventure Park that is situated near the park entrance.
For adventure seekers, discovering waterfalls in North Bali is a must. Nestled in Buleleng, Gitgit Waterfalls has a friendly trekking path, making it the perfect destination to take your children on an adventure. Other waterfalls to see in Buleleng are Sekumpul, Tegenungan, and Aling-Aling Waterfalls – please note that these three have more challenging path than Gitgit Waterfalls. Don’t forget to bring your swimwear so you can plunge in the refreshing pond.
Water heals almost everything. Experience a Balinese cleansing ritual at Tirta Empul Temple in Gianyar, one of the holiest place on the island to refresh your mind, body and soul. It is better to come early in the morning before it is packed with too many residents and tourists. For a more relaxing water treatment, you can go to Hot Springs of Banjar in the Buleleng region and dip yourself in the sulfuric water.
Ever wonder where the wine, coffee and chocolate beverages you drink come from? Head to Hatten Wines Vineyard in the North Coast of Bali, between Seririt and Pemuteran, to discover about wine making in Bali, tour the vineyard and experience a wine tasting. For coffee connoisseurs, Munduk Moding Coffee Plantation in Munduk area will let you sample their high-quality coffee and learn about how they grow, process and roast the coffee beans. If you bring your children along, the Pod Origin in Carang Sari Village (just north of Sangeh Monkey Forest), is the perfect option for you. This is the first factory of Pod Bali Chocolate, and here you and your children can learn all about the process of making chocolate, from the cacao tree to raw cacao, then select, ferment and roast the beans and turn them into chocolate bars or drinks.
Take a break from the beach and let’s go hiking! Mount Batur in Bangli is considered to be friendly for beginners, and it takes about three hours to trek the mountain. The perfect time is to start hiking between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., and reach the top of the mountain around 6 a.m. Find the best spot, and enjoy a magnificent view of sunrise, accompanied by some hot coffee or tea and light breakfast, provided by a food joint – yes, there are a few of food joints on the top of the mountain to serve hikers. If you’re up for a more challenging trek, Mount Agung, the highest mountain in Bali, is waiting to be discovered. A little tip, it is probably best to go with a local guide. You can also camp out the night before at Toya Devasya Natural Hot Spring & Camping Resort, and trek the mountain with their guides.
One of the activities that are not to be missed in North Bali is to see the dolphins in Lovina. You have to wake up early in the morning, and hop on a traditional boat from Lovina Beach. Then, as you cruise the sea, open your eyes get ready to spot some dolphins swimming in the area. There are some operators to help you arrange this excursion like Voyagin and Bali Golden Tour.
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