Picturesque, Pastoral and Peaceful
At the point where the glitz and glamour of Seminyak fade into lush green fields, it could be said that the real Bali begins. Only a few kilometres north of Kuta, the Canggu and Tabanan regencies, while mostly rural areas full of rice paddies and small villages, also boast a long stretch of uninterrupted coastline, dotted with stunning black-sand beaches. Although development has been slower beyond Kuta's northern spread, this peaceful, picturesque part of the country has some amazing resorts that provide a tranquil, authentic Balinese holiday experience.
The black-sand beaches, while not the best in Bali for swimming, do offer some challenging surfing spots. Among the better beaches in this area are Berawa, Echo Beach and Pererenan. As well as surfing, the quiet beaches are ideal for horse riding, and equestrian fans will find a number of stables along the coast, and most resorts offer horse-riding excursions. The area is also home to Bali's premier golf course; the Greg Norman-designed Nirwana Golf Course, which sits perched on a rugged cliff top, and is consistently voted as one of the very best courses in Asia.
Tanah Lot is approximately 45 minutes from Kuta and Legian by car and a popular tourist attraction. The sacred sea temple of Tanah lot is situated on a rocky island off the southwest coast of Bali. The temple is not accessible to visitors but can be seen from various points and offers a magnificent sunset.
There is something very special about seeing the sun disappear behind Tanah Lot on the east coast, the famous rock formation that is home to the ancient pilgrimage temple. With an absolute oceanfront location only accessible at low tide, Tanah Lot looks much like an antique boat at sea.
- Shop, Shop, Shop: The path down to the temple is lined with markets, a great place to pick up a souvenir or a gift.
- Go for a Hole-In-One: The Pan Pacific Nirwana Resort offers a FREE 3-night villa experience for any myTime guest who hits a verified hole-in-one on the resort's golf course.
- Hard to Find, Hard to Forget: The Beach House Restaurant at Echo Beach is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.
- Local Delicacies: If you are looking to experience an authentic Balinese market, check out the traditional market in Kerambitan.
For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the North of Kuta chapter in our online Bali brochure. Click here.