Discover a different side of Bali
Far beyond the nightclubs and hawkers of Kuta and Legian, outside the gated villas and resorts of Seminyak and Nusa Dua, the vibrant North and East coasts of Bali hold some of the island's best kept secrets. Bali is smaller than most travellers think - you can drive around the entire coast in one long day - so it does not mean travelling to the ends of the earth to experience Bali's 'off-the-beaten-track' resorts.
The north-west tip of Bali has some of the island's best scuba dive sites. Menjangan island, in West Bali National Park, is only a 3.5 hour drive from the airport, but a whole world away from the Bali most tourists get to know. The pebble-clad beach of Tulamben is also home to some spectacular dive sites.
Lovina is the collective name for a string of seven villages along the black-sand northern coast; diving, snorkelling and dolphin watching are the main activities, but perhaps above all else, this is an area in which to relax and take in the slow, traditional pace of life. Bali's newest major development is the resort of Candidasa, a once-tranquil village offering varying accommodation, from basic, to five star resorts, and some good restaurants in between. Lembongan island, just off the coast of Sanur, has become an adventure playground; focussing mainly on the younger backpacker market, the island is like Kuta Beach was 20 years ago.
- The Blue Lagoon - Candidasa: Just south of Candidasa, you will find a hidden cove in the village Padangbai know as The Blue Lagoon - home to some fantastic snorkelling.
- Visit the Bat Cave - Candidasa: Bat Cave Temple of Goa Lawah is an 11th-century temple and home to thousands of fruit bats that hang on the the rock wall caves.
- Gitgit Waterfall - Lovina: A path about 1km filled with warungs and shops takes you to one of the most breathtaking waterfalls in Bali.
For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the Regional Bali chapter in our online Bali brochure. Click here.