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North Bali Is Perfect For Tourists Seeking To Escape The Christmas Crowds

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Christmas is just around the corner and Bali is gearing up for a busy festive season.

The island is set to welcome hundreds of thousands more tourists during the Christmas and New Year period, the majority of whom will stay in the popular resorts of the south. 

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For tourists seeking a little more peace and tranquility, a retreat away from the bustling beaches of Seminyak, Legian, Kuta, Canggu, and Uluwatu, is there a place to escape?

While Bali’s most popular beach resorts will welcome a huge influx of festive holidaymakers, there are a few small pockets of the island that offer a classic coastal vacation and the most laid-back vibes possible. 

@kennotravels This is Lovina Beach. A resort area on the north coast of Bali. It’s known for its black sand beaches, coral reefs and dolphins. According to Google Maps Lovina Beach is about a 3 hour drive from Kuta but in my experience it can take longer. 📍Lovina Beach 🏖️ Bali Indonesia 🇮🇩 #kuta #kutabeach #kutabali #lovina #lovinabeach #lovinabali #bali #baliindonesia #balitravel #indonesia #indonesiatravel #balilivin #baliliving #balilive ♬ original sound – Kenno

North Bali is an untapped gem of tourism potential. Many would argue that beach resorts like Lovina have *just* the right amount of tourism facilities at the moment.

Lovina Beach strikes the perfect balance between being home to a good range of guesthouses, private vacation villas, and hotels and retaining its quaint Balinese fishing village charm.

Many returning Bali lovers make a B-line straight to the north of Bali when they touch down at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport.

The fishing village sits a 4-hour scenic drive from the airport and is well worth the extra time in the car. 


Good morning from north Bali 🌞

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Whether seeking total relaxation this Christmas holiday or counting on adventure-packed day trips, Lovina Beach is an ideal place to use as a base to explore all of what the north go Bali has to offer.

Nature lovers have a real soft spot for the jungly hills of Buleleng. These forested hills are home to some of the most magical, and untouched waterfalls in all of Bali. 

The waterfalls of Munduk are utterly breathtaking. Red Coral Waterfall, Air Terjun Munduk, and Golden Valley Waterfalls are just the starting point.

While these waterfalls are becoming a little more well known with each passing month they are not visited anywhere near as frequently as the most popular waterfalls in the south of the island.

This means that many tourists either have the whole waterfall to themselves if they get up bright and early or at the very least have the space to really enjoy the grandeur of Mother Nature. 

@tasha.travels north of bali is so underrated get out the hectic traffic from the south and head up north to drive through the jungle with the best views of the hills save this for your next trip to bali #indonesia #bali #munduk #mundukwaterfall #sekumpul #sekumpulwaterfall #tipsandtricks #travellingtipsandtricks #balitips #balitipsandtricks #placestogoinbali #bali #balitravel #backpacking #waterfalls #trekking ♬ i can't help it – JVKE

Travel predictions for the Christmas and New Year holidays in Bali show that tens of thousands of visitors will be arriving on the island every day.

Tourists who are imagining a pristine Bali beach to all themselves will certainly have to look to destinations like Lovina in the north, or the sleepy diving resort of Amed in the east.

This is a really fun time of year to be vacationing in Bali. The vibes are high and everyone is down for a good time.

There are plenty of Christmas events happening at attractions, beach clubs, restaurants, resorts, and nightlife venues too. 


Many returning Bali lovers know that the key to having a great time in Bali over the Christmas holidays lies in planning.

Tourism circles in Bali predict that 30,000 tourists, both domestic and foreign, will arrive on the island every day during the peak of the Christmas holidays.

This starts on 20th December 2023 and runs through when everyone starts to leave again between 4th and 6th January 2024. 


While the majority of international tourists arrive in Bali by flight, the majority of domestic tourists arrive by car.

This means that there are tens of thousands more vehicles on the roads over the festive season.

While many tourists heading to Bali tend to stay in one resort area for the duration of their trip, with so much to explore almost all tourists take a day trip or two during their time away.


Tourists are advised to leave plenty of extra time to compensate for any traffic on the roads especially when traveling to take day trips around the island, and when returning to the airport for their departure flight. 

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Wayan Bo

Friday 8th of December 2023

Exactly at the times where deflation seems to become mainstream economic issue of worlds economies to combat inflation.


Thursday 14th of December 2023


Could he have a motorbike accident? Anything.


Wednesday 13th of December 2023

@Wayan Bo, as usual nothing about your comment makes any sense. Give up.


Friday 8th of December 2023

Quote "The waterfalls of Munduk are utterly breathtaking. Red Coral Waterfall, Air Terjun Munduk, and Golden Valley Waterfalls are just the starting point."

I do not understand all this waterfall promotion. We are into onset of monsoon and any heavy rainstorm can result in landslides, flash floods, trees falling over, slippery roads etc. Flash floods can happen even with blue sky overhead. People are advised to monitor weather forecasts carefully and avoid travelling when risk for rainstorms.

Steve b

Friday 8th of December 2023

No please stay away from Lovina area north Bali it's a really long drive and we don't want share hahaha