The majority of travellers head to Bali for its beaches, so when faced with the north’s narrow, sometimes rock strewn stretches of volcanic sand, many immediately write it off. More fool them we say. While spots like Pemuteran lack the golden arc of sand that blesses Jimbaran Bay in the south, these mineral rich coastlines offer some of the best snorkelling and diving in Bali. And there are a handful of light sandy beaches too (which we’ll gladly share with you). If you’re after an all bells and whistles Dubai-esque hotel, Southern Bali has them in abundance. If, like us, you prefer a more laid
back approach with traditional village style properties set in tropical gardens and eco-resorts filled with nooks and crannies, North Bali holidays have your name written all over them. The best part? The north is home to a coral reef regeneration project, which aids conservation of Bali's vibrant reefs and offers some steps-from-shore snorkelling. Here, the beaches are shared with the local fishermen, returning late morning with their dawn catch. Talk about being sustainable…
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Another gem in Northern Bali's crown is the Bali Barat National Park, a vast protected park comprised of reefs, mangroves and coastal savannah. The national park is home to macaques, wild boar, mouse deer and Menjangan Deer, and is a hotspot for birders too, with the majority of Bali's 300 odd species found here including the rare Bali Starling. The Mangrove forest that hugs the coastline is ripe for exploration by kayak, whilst on land, explore by foot, bicycle or horseback.
Just offshore sits Menjangan Island, home to seven fantastic dive sites, and colourful coral gardens shallow enough to offer the best snorkelling around Bali.
The Horse Riding stables at The Menjangan are home to Australian Horses, which are much better suited to European riders than the smaller Balinese ponies.