Seven Reasons why the North of Bali is Great for Adventure Travelers

From once-in-a-lifetime experiences to unforgettable adrenaline opportunities, north Bali is a playground for fearless adventure travelers. Not only is the north of Bali quieter and lesser trodden than the south, but this part of the island is far more diverse, with untouched terrain, incredible natural wildlife and plenty of opportunities for excitement. So, if you’re planning things to do north of Bali then take a look at our dream adventure guide, which is sure to get your heart racing and your Instagram account buzzing! Here, we explore why the island’s northern landscape is so fantastic for adventurous globetrotters, as well as where to stay north of Bali – don’t forget to pack your hiking boots (and your bikini)!

Natural attractions free from tourism

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Untouched and unspoiled nature wonders in northern Bali

Thanks to the popularity of the island’s major resorts, north Bali benefits from many natural attractions that are free from the crowds associated with its south coast. In fact, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for solo adventure, with Menjangan Island in particularly offering numerous reasons to visit. With Ijen Volcano rising from its shores, Menjangan is a spectacular isle positioned off the northwesterly edge of Bali. Go snorkeling on the island’s world-renowned coral reefs (untouched by mass tourism), climb to the crater of Ijen for incredible panoramic vistas, or explore the natural beauty of Bali Barat National Park (also known as West Bali National Park), a conservation area with incredible wild animals, secluded bays and forest terrains. While you’re there, explore the pristine white sands of Pemuteran Beach or visit nearby Bedugul town, where local markets, the iconic Ulun Danau temple and Beratan Lake can be explored.

Adrenaline sports in amazing locations

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, there are plenty of wild things to do north of Bali! Far removed from the everyday, the island’s northerly landscape harbors plenty of hidden gems to get even the most jaded heart thumping. If you’re wondering where to stay north of Bali, then Gitgit offers an abundance of waterfalls and ravines for keen explorers to, well, explore! Kalimudah is the best destination for canyoning while nearby Aling-Aling, Silangjana and Kadek waterfalls offer the perfect backdrop for abseiling. Hard core hikers can endure a six-hour canyon adventure through Tukad Hijau, trekking across forests and gorges and abseiling down cliffs and waterfalls along the way. Diving fans can visit the famous US Army Ship, Liberty, wrecked off the coast of Tulamben. Perfect for free and scuba diving, this historic wreck, submerged since 1942, attracts divers of all ages and abilities. Those who prefer dry land can check out the mountain bike trails of Bali Bike Park in Sukasada, where there’s a wild route to suit all skills and whims!

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Diverse terrain

The beauty of Lakes Buyan and Tamblingan is just unbelievable

From rising mountain passes to deep valley gorges, north Bali offers immensely diverse terrain for adventure travelers to explore. From the rice fields to valley plateaus of Watukaru, the north of Bali has something for all types of traveler. Try your hand at Jungle Trekking through the rich canopy of the Buleleng Regency, walk around the Twin Lakes of Tamblingan and Buyan or visit the Blue Lagoon of Sambangan Secret Garden. Those with more energy can climb to the summit of Mount Batur or take in vistas from the viewing platform in hilltop Asah Gobleg Village. With so many things to do north of Bali, there really is something to keep every adventurer entertained!

Once-in-a-lifetime experiences

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North Bali has plenty of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities awaiting you

From incredible wild animal encounters to magical moments only available in the island’s quieter spots, north Bali has plenty of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to help you tick off your bucket list. Take a trip to spot dolphins at Lovina Beach, go diving at Biorock Coral Gardens, or book a speed boat to Ulun Danu water temple – experiences only possible in the north of Bali! Head to the National Park on Bali’s northwestern tip, where rare holiday opportunities are rife – from spotting the island’s iconic and endangered Bali Starling, to simply strolling through its breath-taking mangrove forests, savannas and unsoiled coves. Those with more energy can try river tubing or white water rafting in Tampaksiring, or diving off the coast of Gerokgak on the lesser-known Pulau Kisik reef. If you were struggling for ideas of things to do north of Bali, then you shouldn’t be anymore!

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Romantic moments for adventurers

For those with love on the brain, northern Bali is rife with romantic locations for adventure travelers, and it doesn’t get more magical than a couples’ sunrise trek up Mount Batur! This beautiful active volcano lies in Kintamani, with companies offering sunrise hikes to its crater, some 1,717 meters above sea level. The four-hour walk will see you take in unforgettable scenery as the sun rises over the landscape of north Bali. Those with less energy can simply spend time relaxing on the white sand beaches of Pemuteran or Lovina, or slip into the warm waters of Air Panas Banjar Hot Spring, a tropical outdoor spa with natural thermal pools. Plus, with an abundance of waterfalls across the northern landscape of the island, including Banyumala Twin Waterfalls, there are plenty of secluded bays and ravines awaiting your discovery.

Something new to do each day

If you’re thinking there aren’t enough things to do north of Bali, then we’re here to change your mind! Thanks to its unique and diverse landscape, the Island of the Gods’ northern territory offers the chance for a new adventure every single day. From rare wildlife spotting in Bali Barat to laid-back beach days in Gretek, the north of Bali has an offering for every type of traveler. Kayak through the waters of Scared Tamblingan Lake, jetski in the ocean at Temukus, visit the iconic temple of Pura Ulun Danu Beratan or enjoy true pampering at the the spa of the Munduk Moding Plantation, with incredible views towards the volcanoes of Java. With such an abundance of things to do north of Bali, adventure travelers are guaranteed to never get bored!

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Where to stay north of Bali

So, if we’ve tempted you to avoid the tourist traps and explore somewhere new, you’ll be wondering where to stay north of Bali! Choose Gitgit in the Buleleng Regency to spend your days exploring waterfalls and pristine natural landscapes, including Air Terjun Colek Pamor. Opt for Buyan if mountain trekking, jungle adventures and lake swimming are more your scene, or go to Banjar for day trips to the coast, natural hot springs and hidden shrines. For pristine beaches and temple hopping, stay in the quiet village of Pemuteran, and for wildlife adventures and coral reef diving head to Gilimanuk. If you’re seeking a romantic island retreat, then Menjangan should be top of your list of things to do north of Bali. Offering snorkeling, white sands, hidden coves, mountain passes and magnificent temples, this northern Balinese isle has it all! Depending on your holiday plans, there is a destination north of Bali that is perfect for every adventure traveler!

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