In “Part 1” you read about the beginning of our Bali roundtrip. Now our adventure continues:
Just like around Pemuteran area we were cruising through nice Balinese villages. We rarely saw any tourists. Some locals were looking at us with curiosity. Little kids waving and smiling at us in front of their homes made us always cheerful. Singaraja is the area’s centre and there are two additional bigger cities as well (Lovina, Seririt).
Things to do
If you like waterfalls, this is your place. Our absolutely favourite, Sekumpul and Fiji waterfalls are worth that 1,5-2 hour to explore them. If you prefer a more comfortable tour, approaching Gitgit, Banyumala or Munduk waterfalls needs less physical efforts. They all have spectacular scenery though. For those who are not satisfied being completely wet while visiting waterfalls, we advice to jump in Aling-Aling from 5, 10 and 15 metres heights. Believe us, it is an adventurous and unique experience. Cruising in the North, do not miss to take a look at Bali’s biggest buddhist temple, Brahmavihara-Arama in a small village called Banjar. For early morning activities we recommend a refreshening snorkel session in Lovina or having a bath at Air Panas Banjar Hot Spring. A little bit far from the northern centre there are also many interesting opportunities in terms of culture. If you are lucky, you can catch one of those rare moments when it is not raining in Bedugul. In this case be quick and grab your camera: Pura Luhur Danau Bratan water temple on Beratan lake or the entrance gate of Handara Golf Resort are perfect objects for taking photos.
200 metres away from Brahmavihara-Arama we found paradise called Indo Rumah Zen Garden. If you decide to stay here you will enjoy the real Balinese hospitality and a complete recreation. Perfect for those who are dreaming about to escape from the world. Around Singaraja you can find everything easily. Even restaurants and luxury resorts make the area more attractive for tourists.
Getting closer to the East more and more diving and snorkeling companies appear just next to the main road. These are the basis of the local tourism in this area. Around Amed the island’s highest mountain, Agung volcano is visible as well. You can see beaches with black, volcanic sand and crystal clear, blue water everywhere. We could feel the diversity of Bali again. Leaving Amed we headed to Candidasa along the coastline. We rode through small villages and forests which were completely isolated from all the other parts of the island. Our boundless feeling of freedom was disturbed by the low level of petrol in our motorbike and the huge distance to the closest petrol station. Luckily we arrived safely to Candidasa which is a richer area of Bali with clean, tidy streets, shops, houses and (fortunately) petrol stations.
Things to do
Diving and snorkeling fanatics can choose among a wide range of amazing tour offers. The wildlife is very colorful here. You can even approach two underwater shipwrecks – a US and a Japanese one. It is also possible to go snorkeling without a guide at Lipa beach and Jemeluk bay. Riding around the coastline or watching sunset from the pool of your villa are simple but fantastic experiences, too.
Around Candidasa region there are many cultural things to visit. One of our favourites is the beautiful Tirta Gangga Royal Water Garden. It is worth to visit the enormus Taman Ujung Water Palace or to stop by the Candidasa Lotus Lagoon, too. As bringing back your childhood memories you can try a giant swing in Charlie Chocolate Factory.
If you are looking for an accommodation in Amed, in terms of location, comfort and infinity pool Blue Moon Villas is the best choice. It also has an onsite restaurant and bar. Anyway you do not need to search for long if you wish to spend the evening with a romantic dinner or by drinking cocktails. Regarding petrol problems: there are no official stations nearby. But you can always refuel your bike at those „private petrol stations” with Absolut vodka bottles.
As we live here and know this area quite well, this time we skipped the southern region. You can read more about interesting places and things to see here in other articles on our website.
Sure, it is possible to explore these parts of Bali separately by 1 or 2 days long trips. We strongly recommend it as the island of the thousand temples has a thousand faces as well. Bali can always show something new and different which fascinate us all the time.