North Bali Guide
This is an area far removed from the hectic pace that can be so apparent in South Bali.
In Dutch colonial days, Singaraja with its port and easy access from Java was the administrative capital of the island. Touches of that history still remain with the noticeably wide streets and the occasional old house which has retained the large gardens which would have pleased the Dutch so much. This combines to give Singaraja a different feel and atmosphere to any other town or city in Bali.
Lovina is the other area of the region often visited by tourists. The name Lovina was actually coined for tourism development purposes in the 1950s and consists of three traditional villages along a stretch of black sand fringed coastline. Development has been a bit haphazard here but that just seems to add to its laid back charm. Lovina is popular with visitors who want a beachside holiday in Bali but do not want the hectic pace of the resort regions of South Bali.
Lovina — quiet coastal villages with black sand beaches and coral reefs
Seririt — mostly interesting as a pit-stop and the junction for roads heading south over the mountains
Singaraja — largest town on the north coast and the former administrative capital of Bali
When to Visit North Bali
Peak travel: Jun–Sep & mid-Dec to early Jan.
Climate: warm & tropical year-round, with a rainy season Oct–Mar.
Travelers typically stay 4–9 days.
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Getting to North Bali
By Taxi / Uber:
There are several routes used to access the northern region of Bali, some much more often used than others.
From the south. The main road through the highlands comes down the northern face of the central mountain range and continues into Singaraja. This is a picturesque drive. Driving time from Bedugul in Central Bali about 1 hour, from Ubud about 2 hours and from the main tourist destinations in South Bali, about 3 hours.
An alternative and even more scenic route involves turning west at Lake Buyan in Bedugul and heading through the village of Munduk and onto Seririt on the north coast. From there it is about a 20 minute drive eastwards to Lovina. This journey can take as long as you want it to. Take your time and really enjoy the magnificent scenery.
From the east. The east coast route into north Bali goes through some very barren terrain with stark views of Mount Agung across flat gravel plains. From Amed the drive to Singaraja will take 1 hour to 90 minutes.
There is a less used route which comes in from the highlands at Kintamani hitting the north coast road at Kubututambahan, just east of Singaraja.
From the west. The road follows the coast from Pemuteran in West Bali to Lovina through some lovely, laid-back coastal villages. Driving time about 1 hour.
There are scheduled shuttle buses to Lovina from most major tourist destinations in Bali. These are reliable and cheap. Check the advertised services locally and book one day in advance.
Accommodation in North Bali
Lovina has a huge number of budget and mid-market accommodation options and for that reason is popular with both budget travelers and vacationing families looking for a good deal.
Budget Accommodation ($5-$50)
Mid Range Accommodation ($50-$100)
More Expensive Accommodation ($100+)
North Bali Bars and Clubs
Things to do in North Bali
A day spent exploring Singaraja would be a day well spent by any visitor. The former colonial capital of Bali has long been subject to international influences and this still manifests itself today in the very nature of the city.
- Pura Meduwe Karang
- Air Sanih
- black sand beaches
- Diving and snorkelling
- boat trip to see dolphins
Restaurants in North Bali
All of the main hotels in Lovina have restaurants with indoor/outdoor dining and seafood barbecues are popular. The Lovina beachfront at Kalibukuk is the best bet for independent eateries.