Welcome to what has become a 12 hour guide series! I love my day trips since it gives me a taste of an area without the cost of having to stay over night (a budget friendly option for a student who has serious wanderlust). This weeks edition is North Bali, also known as the more 'authentic bali' but this is dependent on whereabouts you go cause I was still surrounded by many many tourists.
No trip to Bali is complete without venturing past Seminyak and Ubud towards the more untouched part of the island which can be found by exploring the north of Bali. In the northern parts there are many temples and waterfalls that can be explored, which is essentially how I planned my day trip up north. With the ultimate destination being the stunning Sekumpful Waterfall I noted different places that I could fit in seeing along the way up from my villa in Ubud.
An important thing to note before planning your trip up north is figuring out your preferred mode of transportation. Essentially, there are three different ways of getting there; signing up for a group tour, hiring a driver for the day or renting a scooter. While I would have preferred to do the latter since it’s the cheapest option, I instead went for the second option since I can’t even drive a car let alone drive a scooter through the hectic Bali traffic. My driver for the day was the lovely Darma who also works as the manager at Bisma Cottages. DM him on Instagram if you’re looking for a great tour guide for both North Bali as well as in Ubud (make sure to check out the blog in a few weeks to hear about the epic tour of Ubud I had or check out previous posts such as my stay in Canggu).
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
Address: Danau Beratan, Candikuning, Baturiti, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82191, Indonesia
Entrance Fee: 50,000 IR
The first stop of the day was Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, also nicknamed the ‘Floating Temple’ since it sits about 1200 metres above sea level in Lake Beratan. It’s the perfect place to spend a couple of hours wandering and enjoying the sun. Also, if you’re feeling hungry they have a reasonably priced buffet restaurant, but keep in mind you get what you pay for.
Address: Desa Singaraja-Denpasar, Pancasari, Sukasada, Pancasari, Buleleng, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81161
Photo Fee: 30,000 IR
Right next door to the temple is the Handara Bali Gates. These gates are in fact the entrance to a golf club, and yes there is a fee to take a picture. The power of Instagram has meant that these gates have become a must see in Bali. The pictures did in fact turn out gorgeous, but I really wouldn’t recommend visiting unless you’re visiting other places in the northern part of Bali since the gates themselves were a bit of a let down in person.
Buyan Bali Twin Lakes
Lake Buyan (the bigger one, on the left) and Lake Tamblingan (smaller one, on the right), separated by a thin strip of land, make up what is know as the twin lakes in Bali. It is a spectacular example of what mother nature can do. And in true Bali style there are multiple stops to take pictures of this gorgeous view.
Address: Danau Buyan Pancasari Sukasada Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali
The true star of the show was Sekumpul Waterfall, named the most beautiful waterfall in Bali by our tour guide. But oh how they make you work for the experience. An hour hike down pretty dodgy stairs you can find the waterfall. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had. Playing under the waterfall and climbing the rocks around was so fun that I don’t think a trip to Bali would be complete without this experience