I spend the whole last two months in the South of Bali, with one weekend in the North. Now, during the break, I spent one week in the near of Singaraja. I visited my family there in a dive center. Comparing the South and the North, it is surprising how different the areas are, although there are only kilometers between them:
This is definitely not the first choice of the tour guides or agents in Bali. Afterall most of the crowds prefer staying at the south side. However, the north side of Bali is absolutely the perfect hideout. It stretches all the way from Singaraja to Pemuteran, and includes the Buleleng district as well the well-loved Lovina beach on the north coast. Here is where some of Bali’s most beautiful beaches, hidden villages, mountain lakes and most intimate social and night life are. More off the beaten path in north Bali is Lovina, with its quiet beaches of black volcanic sand and beautiful sunsets. There are great snorkeling and diving opportunities around Lovina and you can also take a pre-dawn boat and go dolphin watching.
It is very likely that every tourist who has been to Bali must have been to this side of Bali. This is the heart of Bali, pumping all entertainment and life to the reach of its veins. The South of Bali consists of several important vast regions such as Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and others. Here is where you can get some of nicest beaches in Bali. Seminyak, Legian, Jimbaran, Kuta, Nusa Dua and Uluwatu are among the highlights here. The exclusive Nusa Dua beach resort area is home to five-star hotels and resorts, private beaches and fantastic shopping centers boasting the latest and most exclusive brands. Apart from beaches, you can also find restaurants, boutiques, traditional handicrafts to the world-renowned brands, small cozy bars and the hippest nightlife.
I really enjoyed the time in the North of Bali, but after a week I really enjoyed being back in the South again. It is nice to enjoy the calm North, but after a while it gets boring.