North Bali includes most of the Buleleng district, around
Singaraja. It has a rich history of Bali behind its casual
daily life. In Singaraja you can find remnants of Dutch
imperialism as it once was the administrative center of
the Lesser Sunda Islands. Horse-pulled carriages (dokar
or sado) gallantly walk the pleasantly tree-lined streets,
landscaped by Dutch colonial houses. Lovina
Beach, a group of small villages west of Singaraja,
offer popular beach resorts, with much of the amenities
of Kuta but without the crowds. Here you can dolphin watch
out at sea, snorkel in the clear water, and enjoy an active
social and night life.
The Eastern part of Bali is the most
mountainous of the island. The highest point in Bali,
Gunung Agung (literally means Holy Mountain), is located
here. And the Mother Temple of Bali, the Besakih Temple,
is located at the foot of Mount Agung. This is the Mount
Olympic of Bali, and you can find here various manifestations
of Bali's religious beliefs.
The Klungkung area is also historically significant, having
served as a focal point of art and culture in the Gelgel
dynasty. The roof of Kertha Gosa, the court room of the
Klungkung kingdom, is dramatically painted with thousands
of panels, telling the story of justice.
A long stretch of beach marks the East side of Bali -
spectacular sunsets, sun
bathing, etc. Tenganan, a village of the Bali
Aga people, is also here, just west of Candidasa,
where you can see a mysterious water temple submerged
in the water.
Central Bali, predominantly around Ubud,
is the cente of art in Bali. Ubud is the birthplace of
Bali's modern paintings.
And Puri Lukisan Museum (Palace of Fine Arts) and Museum
Neka are two excellent museums with permanent collections
of paintings that will tell the evolution of Balinese
paintings. Galleries are practically everywhere.
A little South of the city you can find Celuk where silver
and gold jewelry has been perfected to fine detail, and
Mas where masks for
dances and other performances are made. And further
North you can enjoy the panorama of the higland of Bali,
in Kintamani by Lake Batur or in Bedugul by Lake Bratan.
In South Bali, from Denpasar to Kuta
to Nusa Dua, you
can find a wide variety of things. Traces of the Badung
Raja of Puputan War fame still exist. Beautiful, tranquil
integrate with the world's most sumptuous and luxurious
hotels in Nusa Dua. And then there is Kuta, where everything
you want as a tourist and everything you hate about tourists
Most of West Bali is not as popular as the other parts
of Bali. (Hint: for those who truly say that they want
to get away from other tourists...) Gilimanuk, at the
Western tip of Bali, is the gateway to Java. The wildlife
of Bali is preserved in the Bali Barat National Park.
Also found is the tomb of Jayaprana, a 17th century king
whose Romeo and Juliet style love story is immortalized
by folklores in Bali.