Whilst spots like Pemuteran lack the golden arc of sand that
blesses Jimbaran bay in the south, this 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 will gladly
share with you.
Southern Bali is home to the slick 'n' trendy five star hotels,
whilst the north coast prefers a more laid back approach, with
traditional village style properties set within tropical gardens.
The hub of Pemuteran in Bali's northwest corner is home to a
bio-rock coral reef regeneration project, aiding conservation of
Bali's vibrant reefs, and offering some steps-from-shore
snorkelling. Here, the beaches are shared with the local fishermen,
returning late morning with their dawn catch.
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.