Top 10 Attractions in Northwest Bali 

Top 10 Attractions in Northwest Bali 

When in North West Bali, it can be tempting to enjoy our pristine beaches and forget about the rest of the world. We hope that in between those sunshine soaked days, you will have the opportunity to plunge into the cultural and natural heart of our corner of the world. Here are some ideas for exploring North West Bali in a wholesome, exciting way. 

1. Visiting Menjangan Island

Pulau Menjangan (Deer Island) is an uninhabited island, surrounded by a coral reef. The island is situated in the protected marine reserve of Barat National Park and has a diverse ecology. Most visitors claim that this is their favourite snorkelling spot in Bali, due to the pristine marine life and gentle currents. You can reach there by boat in approx. 30 minutes.

2. Biorock structures

In Pemuteran Bay is a gorgeous Biorock coral nursery! These structures are located about 50-100 meters from the coastline and form a natural snorkelling and diving trail. The preservation of the reef in Pemuteran blends technology with traditional knowledge. Electricity is used to stimulate the growth of new coral. More than 115 Biorock coral nursery structures have been installed since June 2000. With a total length of a few hundred meters, this is one of the largest Biorock restoration projects worldwide.

3. Temple Tours

Bali, the island of Gods is known for its rich cultural and spiritual tapestry. What better way to glimpse this than to visit the temples, the very houses of worship where the Balinese seek blessings? Sumberkima Hill offers a temple tour in the area which takes you to the Belatung, Kerta Kawat and Melanting temples. Besides visiting the temples, you can also observe the grape cultivation process and harvest grapes in the vineyards, if the season is right.

4. Canoe Trips with Metamorfosa

In the protected Bay of Sumberkima is a pristine vista, lined with mangrove trees and blessed with shallow water reefs and a white sand island. With a backdrop of mountains and the volcanoes of Java, the views are sensational. The best way to explore these little wonders is with Metamorfosa’s canoe trips. We recommend a sunset or sunrise trip when the skies are ablaze with colour!

5. Underwater Art Gallery


In Sumberkima Bay, Totok and his team at Metamorfosa are restoring the reef. One of the inventive aspects of their approach is placing sculptures underwater that form a strong base for new coral to grow on. Artists are working on a series of sculptures within the theme of ‘change’ that together form an underwater art gallery. One of the structures that is placed in the underwater gallery is a wish tree. You can sponsor a piece of coral by writing down a wish (“a desire for change”). They will get a baby coral attached to it and place it on the wish tree. In a while, your wish and the coral will grow together!

6. Balinese Dancing

Dancing is an important part of Balinese culture. At Reef Seen, they help the children of Pemuteran carry on this rich tradition. Young girls and boys gather here twice a week to train with the older, more experienced dancers. Guests are welcome to join the dancers! On Saturday evenings at 7 pm you can watch the dance group perform at Reef Seen. You can also watch the practice sessions on Saturday and Sunday from 3 pm to 5 pm.

7. Balinese Art and Craft

At the lovely Taruna Homestay is a quaint art gallery called Pandya Gallery which sells local crafts and displays beautiful works of art. It is a great place to pick up genuine, eclectic souvenirs and dive deeper into the rich artistic tradition of Bali.

8. Watching Sunrise & Sunset from Our Favourite Spot

The unique topography and natural diversity of the region makes it possible to glimpse the most sublime sunsets AND sunrises! We’ve got a whole list of delightful spots you can check out to start your day in the most astounding blaze of gold, or end it with a sparkling dash of orangey reds in the evening sky. There are a few spots that involve a bit of a hike, for all you adventurers out there. 

9. Hot Springs of Banjar

Relax and rejuvenate in the natural hot springs of Banjar, known for their healing properties. Set amidst lush tropical surroundings, these thermal springs offer a soothing experience for visitors seeking tranquillity and wellness.

10. Explore Munduk Waterfalls

Embark on a journey to discover the captivating Munduk Waterfalls. Trek through lush forests to reach these stunning cascades, where you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters and admire the lush scenery.

FAQ

How do I get to Northwest Bali?

Northwest Bali can be accessed by road from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. The drive typically takes about 3-4 hours, depending on the specific destination and traffic conditions.

Are guided tours available for these attractions?

Yes, many of these locations offer guided tours, especially Menjangan Island, the temples, and the Munduk Waterfalls. Local tour operators in Northwest Bali can help arrange these.

Is it safe to snorkel at Menjangan Island for beginners?

Menjangan Island is known for its gentle currents, making it a favorite for both beginners and experienced snorkelers. However, always ensure you have the proper safety equipment and are accompanied by a local guide or instructor.

How can I participate in the Biorock coral restoration program?

You can visit Pemuteran Bay and get in touch with the teams working on the Biorock projects. They often welcome volunteers and visitors interested in learning about the restoration process.

Are there specific timings for the canoe trips with Metamorfosa?

The best times for canoe trips are during sunset or sunrise to capture the picturesque beauty. You’ll need to check with Metamorfosa for exact timings and availability.

How can I book a slot to watch the Balinese dancing at Reef Seen?

You can directly contact Reef Seen to book your slot. Watching the performance on Saturday evenings and practice sessions over the weekend are popular, so it’s recommended to book in advance.

What’s the best time of year to visit Northwest Bali?

Northwest Bali is a year-round destination. However, the dry season, typically from April to October, offers the best conditions for outdoor activities and water sports.

Are there entrance fees for any of these attractions?

Some attractions, like Menjangan Island (part of a National Park) and certain temples, may have entrance fees. It’s best to check ahead of your visit.

Is it possible to buy art from the Pandya Gallery at Taruna Homestay?

Yes, the Pandya Gallery not only displays local arts and crafts but also sells them. It’s an excellent opportunity to take home a genuine piece of Balinese art.

Can I swim in the hot springs of Banjar and Munduk Waterfalls?

Absolutely! Both locations offer visitors the chance to enjoy a refreshing dip. Just ensure you follow any posted safety guidelines.

What should I wear when visiting the temples?

When visiting Balinese temples, it’s customary to wear a sarong and sash. You can often rent or buy them at the temple entrances. Ensure you dress modestly, covering shoulders and legs.

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