10 Best Things to Do in North Bali, Indonesia

by Jackie
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Pink and orange skies with the views of Pura Ulun Danu Beratan and Lake Beratan in North Bali.

We’ve been to Bali, Indonesia two times and try to explore the less-visited places. While we loved our time in Ubud during our 4 days in Bali, we also enjoyed visiting North Bali and East Bali. Most visitors tend to overlook North and East Bali in their Bali itinerary due to the distance from the popular areas of Kuta, Canggu, and Seminyak. 

In this post, we’re sharing the 10 best things to do in North Bali and how to get to North Bali. We’re also sharing helpful information such as admission cost to each of these places in Indonesian rupiahs and U.S. dollars.

The fewer crowds, incredible waterfalls, abundant greenery, and quietness are great reasons to visit North Bali. While this list of North Bali attractions is not comprehensive, we look forward to coming back to this area in the future. It’s well worth the visit to North Bali and to stay in this tranquil area for 2+ days. 

Before you read more about North Bali, check out this post on what to know before traveling to Bali

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Map of the North Bali Attractions

Map of the things to do in North Bali

Click on the map to see a larger view of the North Bali attractions. Credit: Map data: Google

10 Best Things to Do in North Bali, Indonesia

1. Visit Sekumpul Waterfall.

Sekumpul Waterfall is one of the best waterfalls to visit in Bali. It was the first waterfall that we visited and its sheer beauty spoiled us. You can’t help but awe at the stunning cascading falls that are 80 meters (260 feet) high. Plus, you’re in the middle of the jungle so there are lots of trees and plants everywhere. 

To get to the base of the waterfall, you’ll need to walk down the hill for 15 to 20 minutes from the main registration kiosk. The trail is slippery so be careful. Depending on the water flow from the waterfall, you may need to cross a stream that is calf-deep high.

Feel free to spend a few hours relaxing in the refreshing waters and/or visit the neighboring Fiji Waterfalls

Check out our Sekumpul Waterfall guide to read about our experience. 

Tip: Don’t stop at the fake registration sites as you drive towards the Sekumpul Waterfall parking lot. They are tourist traps. 

Address: Sekumpul, Sawan, Lemukih, Sawan, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81171, Indonesia

Admission Cost: Visiting Sekumpul now requires a tour guide. The cost is 150,000 IDR to 250,000 IDR per person depending on which trail you take. 

Tours Options: 

Justin Huynh, Life Of Doing, sits on top of a rock to get a photo with the Sekumpul Waterfall in North Bali. There are three cascading falls surrounded by a luscious forest.

Sekumpul Waterfall is a must-see attraction when you visit North Bali.

2. Awe at the Banyumala Twin Waterfall.

Banyumala Twin Waterfall is another beautiful waterfall and bucket list-worthy place to visit in North Bali. It’s tucked away on an unassuming narrow road. Drive carefully as the roads aren’t in the best conditions.

From the parking lot, walk 10 minutes down a hill to see the two “twin” cascading falls. Compared to Sekumpul Waterfall, the scale is much smaller yet it is a peaceful area to swim.

A picturesque spot is to take a photo on the bamboo bridge with the waterfall in the background. 

Read our complete Banyumala Twin Waterfalls guide here. 

Address: Wanagiri, Sukasada, Wanagiri, Sukasada, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81161, Indonesia

Admission Cost: 30,000 IDR ($2.10) which includes a complimentary water bottle

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Justin Huynh, Life Of Doing, stands on a rock next to the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls in North Bali. It has several cascading falls that leads to the bottom of the swimming area.

Chasing waterfalls at Banyumala Twin Waterfalls.

3. Enjoy the Buyan and Tamblingan Lakes.

If you’re visiting Banyumala Twin Waterfall, drive along Jl. Raya Pancasari/JI. Munduk Wanagiri road and stop by an overlook area to see the calm Buyan and Tamblingan Lakes. There is a platform where you can see the two lakes (also known as the “twin lakes”) and take photos.

While you’re there, there is a vendor showcasing their large iguana and huge bat. You can take photos with them but you’ll need to pay 30,000 IDR ($2.10). Monkeys are also in the area so be careful if you’re carrying food. 

We heard that there are some hiking trails around Buyan and Tamblingan Lakes but we didn’t have enough time to do them. We’ll return to the area to do this adventure next time.

You can also stop by the neighboring Hidden Hills Wanagiri to have photo opportunities with the lake in the background. 

Address: Jl. Raya Pancasari, Gobleg, Banjar, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia

Admission Cost: Free 

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Justin Huynh and Jackie Szeto, Life Of Doing, overlook Tamblingan Lake from the platform area. The area is stunning with the greenery and the calm lakes.

Overlooking the Tamblingan Lake from the viewpoint

4. Kayak around Pura Ulun Danu Beratan.

Bali never ceases to amaze us with the breathtaking temples. Pura Ulun Danu Beratan is a small temple complex surrounded by Lake Beratan.

Lingga Petak Temple is a famous water temple that contains holy water. Unfortunately, you cannot walk to the temple as it’s located in the lake. To get a closer view of the temple, rent a wooden boat to kayak around the lake.

It does get crowded here so go early in the morning. There is a shopping area before entering the temple and the coconut ice cream is delicious!

Address: Danau Beratan, Candikuning, Baturiti, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82191, Indonesia

Tip: You don’t need to wear a sarong to this temple. 

Admission Cost: 75,000 IDR ($5.20) adults; 50,000 IDR ($3.50) children

Tour Option:

Pura Ulun Danu Beratan is a beautiful temple located in North Bali's Lake Beratan. You're not able to enter the small water temple, yet you can view it from the main walking path or via small boat.

Pura Ulun Danu Beratan is a popular temple to visit in North Bali.

5. Visit Brahma Vihara Arana.

Brahma Vihara Arana is a unique place to visit as it’s the largest Buddhist monastery in Bali. Located in a remote location, you will have the entire place to yourself like us.  We saw two other people when we left the monastery.

This peaceful complex is well-maintained with Balinese and Tibetan architecture stupas, pagodas, and Buddha statues. The highlight of this place is the miniature version of Borobodur Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Java, Indonesia. You’ll love the quietness of this place. The monastery is open from 8:00am – 6:00pm. 

Tip: Please wear appropriate clothing to cover shoulders and legs and take off your shoes when entering places to pray.  

Address: Gg. Sahadewa, Banjar Tegeha, Banjar, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81152, Indonesia

Admission Cost: 20,000 IDR ($1.40)

Tour Option:

Brahma Vihara Arana is a Buddhist temple that has a mini version of Borobodur Temple in Java, Indonesia.

Brahma Vihara Arana is a hidden gem and a highly recommended thing to do in North Bali.

6. Get up early and do the Mount Batur Sunrise Trek

Trekking Mount Batur at sunrise is a bucket list adventure that you have to do while you’re on the island. Located on the northeast of Bali, hundreds of hikers take the daily trek up this inactive volcano to the summit at 1,717 meters (5,633 feet).

It’s an early start with pick up from your Ubud accommodation between 2:00am -2:30am. You’ll start hiking with your group around 4:00am to reach the top of the mountain before 6:30am. 

The hike isn’t too challenging but the pace will be slow due to the single track. Once you reach the top, find a place to sit and enjoy a snack or breakfast. The view of the sunrise overlooking the caldera is breathtaking and well worth the early morning wake up call. 

Tip: The top of the mountain is windy so bring a jacket. Watch out for your food and drinks as monkeys will attempt to steal them after the sun rises. One monkey tried to take my banana that was inside a styrofoam container and tucked away in the front pouch of my backpack.  

Address: South Batur, Kintamani, Bangli Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Admission Cost: Tour prices vary depending on the number of people and the post-hike activity. If you do not pre-book your tour, we recommend that you walk around the main Ubud area and ask around for pricing. We were quoted between 300,000 IDR – 400,000 IDR ($21-$28) per person for the hike and coffee plantation visit. The price is higher if you want to visit the hot springs afterward.

Tour Options: 

Justin Huynh and Jackie Szeto, Life Of Doing, hiked Mount Batur in the early morning to see the sunrise. We're overlooking the caldera and the lake. This is a bucket list item when visiting North Bali.

It’s worth it to see the sunrise at Mount Batur while you’re visiting Bali. Look at that view!

Read More: Check out incredible Indonesian hikes to try!

7. Walk through the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces.

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is a well-known rice field located in the Tabanan area. Technically, it’s in the central part of Bali, yet we wanted to include this on the list as you’ll pass by this rice terrace on your way to the other North Bali attractions or as a side trip from Ubud

Jatiluwih is a great place to walk around as the walking trail is easy to follow. Along the way, stop by the mini visitor’s center to talk with locals about the rice fields and see the farmers tending their crops. 

The fields are mostly luscious green due to receiving water from the subak, a UNESCO recognized water irrigation system of canals and tunnels which connects to over 19,500 hectares of rice fields. Hopefully, on your visit, farmers aren’t burning their crops to make way for the new season.

Address: Jalan Jatiluwih No No.Desa, Jatiluwih, Penebel, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82152, Indonesia

Admission Cost: 40,000 IDR ($2.80)

Tour Options: 

Jatiluwih Rice Terrace has the cascading layers of rice fields. Plus, it's a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Jatiluwih Rice Terrace is one of the largest rice fields in Bali. Consider stopping by when you’re in North Bali.

8. Enjoy the quietness at Pura Luhur Batukau.

Pura Luhur Batukau is a smaller temple located at the slopes of Mount Batukaru and nearby Jatiluwih Rice Fields. While this temple doesn’t have the same allure as Pura Ulun Danu Beratan, we loved the intimate feeling of this place and the rustic look of the moss covering the temple grounds. There is a nice lake surrounded by tall trees in the back of the complex.

Pura Luhur Batukau Entrance Fee: 20,000 IDR ($1.40), includes sarong rental

Address: Jalan Penatahan-Wongayagede, Wongaya Gede, Penebel, Wongaya Gede, Penebel, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 85125, Indonesia

Pura Luhur Batakau's entrance way and the temple ground has moss covering on everything which provides a rustic look.

Peace and quietness at the charming Pura Luhur Batakau.

9. Take your IG shot at Handara Gate.

This is the famous Instagram-worthy gate located at the entrance of the Handara Golf and Resort. If you’re passing through the area, take a few minutes to showcase your creative pose with the Balinese-style gate. There will be a line of people waiting for their turn.

Since we already had an amazing photo with Pura Lempuyang’s Gateway to Heaven, we skipped Handara Gate and proceeded to our next destination. Plus, our driver said that there was a fee to take a photo with the gate. We would prefer to support a local temple than a resort. 

Address: Desa Singaraja-Denpasar, Pancasari, Sukasada, Pancasari, Buleleng, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81161, Indonesia

Admission Cost: 30,000 IDR ($2.00)

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10. See Dolphins at Lovina Beach. 

Our Bali driver recommended us to come back to Bali to see wild dolphins at Lovina Beach. He said that it was a fun experience to see them swim around your boat at sunrise. If you’re not into dolphin watching, you can see the dolphin statue or hang out and relax at Lovina Beach.

Address: Off of Jl. Seririt-Singaraja, Bali, Indonesia

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How to Get to North Bali

You’ll either be fortunate enough to stay in a North Bali hotel or need to travel into the area. Since we visited North Bali as day trips from Ubud, we had a driver to take us to the various attractions. It’ll take at least two hours to drive from the center of Ubud to North Bali. Here the transportation options in further detail.

1. Ride a motorbike. 

Riding a motorbike provides you the flexibility to travel around Bali. It’s a cheaper option as it’ll cost between 60,000 IDR – 300,000 IDR ($4.20–$21 USD). If you do not know how to ride a motorbike, please do not use this option as your chances of getting into an accident is very high. Book a motorbike and check out the options here. 

2. Hire a driver for the day.

Hiring a driver is the best investment that did for our trip. We didn’t want to deal with navigating the windy and narrow roads. Drivers can range from 500,000 IDR – 650,000 IDR ($35-$46 USD). Book a driver here

Or, you can hire the driver that we used. Contact us and send us an inquiry. We loved our driver as he was safe on the roads and an awesome person to hang out with. He gave us tips to ensure that we didn’t get cheated by the local people too. 

3. Go on day tours. 

We’ve provided tour options for each of the attractions which will help save you money and time.

As you can see, there are so many popular and hidden gem North Bali tourist attractions to visit. We highly recommend that you take the time to explore this area fully. If you’re looking for more things to do in Indonesia, check out our other posts for inspiration:

What do you want to see in North Bali? If you have questions about these attractions, ask us in the comments below. 

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Our post highlights the top things to do in North Bali, Indonesia. This photo is of the Pura Ulun Danu Beratan with the pink and orange skies.

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Nishi May 19, 2020 - 6:24 pm

Wow! You had an awesome trip to Bali. All these places look amazing I love the waterfall very much. The view of Pura Luhur Batukau temple is just amazing too beautiful. Thanks for sharing these wonderful attractions with us!

Jackie May 20, 2020 - 11:36 am

Thanks Nishi for stopping by and learning more about the North Bali attractions. Hope you can make it out to Bali when we’re able to travel again.

Trina Welch September 11, 2020 - 9:01 pm

Yes! This is definitely on my “must visit” list. Great pictures!

Jackie September 18, 2020 - 3:56 pm

Thanks Trina. Glad you enjoyed these photos of North Bali!


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