During Dutch colonial times (from mid 19th to mid 20th century), all activity was focused on the North of Bali rather than the South. It is only since discovery by surfers and backpackers during the seventies that the southern areas have grown to be the popular tourist haven it is today.
Meaning “Lion King” in Indonesian, the north coast town of Singaraja was the seat of Dutch colonial government, evidence of which can still be seen in the wide tree-lined streets, and today is the capital of Bali’s second largest regency, Buleleng. With its bustling city vibe it is less popular than its laid back neighbour to the west (Lovina). There is the inevitable monument to freedom fighters against the Dutch, The Museum Buleleng showcases the history of the region and Gedong Kirtya Library celebrates the art of “lontar” and has a good collection of the dried palm leaf books.
Nearby activities and interests include trekking to nearby waterfalls, diving, snorkelling, the Chinese Temple Singaraja Tempat Ibadat Tridharma and Banjar Hot Springs.