If you’re looking to experience the real Bali, a place where roosters crow at dawn and farmers tend lush rice paddies, Tembok might be your little slice of paradise. Nestled on the north-eastern coast, this tranquil area is a far cry from the bustling beach clubs of the south.

What Makes Tembok Special

  • Black Sand Beaches: Forget powdery white sand. Here, volcanic origins create shimmering black stretches of coastline. It’s dramatic and surprisingly beautiful.
  • Underwater Treasures: Tembok boasts some of Bali’s best snorkeling and diving. Expect vibrant coral reefs, colorful fish, and maybe even a shipwreck!
  • Waterfalls & Jungle Hikes: If you’re craving a bit of adventure, head inland to explore hidden waterfalls nestled amongst lush greenery.
  • Traditional Villages: Get a glimpse of authentic Balinese life by visiting the villages dotting the area. You’ll see daily routines, local markets, and maybe even catch a temple ceremony.

Tembok Bali things to do

  1. Dive the USAT Liberty Wreck: This WWII shipwreck is teeming with marine life, a must for experienced divers. Even snorkelers can see the shallower parts!
  2. Sunrise Dolphin Watching: Start your day with magic! Boat tours depart early to search for pods of dolphins frolicking in the calm waters.
  3. Visit Pura Dalem Jagaraga: This historic temple boasts intricate carvings and a peaceful atmosphere. Remember to dress respectfully with shoulders and knees covered.
  4. Try Arak: This local rice wine packs a punch! Sample it at a small distillery or a local warung (small eatery).
  5. Relax, and Repeat: Tembok is all about slowing down. Grab a fresh coconut, find a quiet stretch of beach, and soak in that Bali serenity.

Where to Stay: From Homestays to Hidden Villas

  • Budget-Friendly: Tembok has guesthouses and homestays where you can experience local hospitality firsthand.
  • Mid-Range: Smaller boutique hotels and villas offer a touch more comfort with stunning views of rice fields or the sea.
  • Off-the-Grid Luxury: If you’re really looking to splurge, hidden villas tucked in the jungle or perched on cliffs offer absolute privacy.

Insider Tips:

  • Rent a Scooter: This is the best way to get around and explore. Traffic is less hectic than in the south.
  • Waterfall Chasing: Les Waterfall is easy to access, while Sekumpul Waterfall offers a more adventurous jungle trek.
  • Foodie Finds: Try local warungs for authentic flavors or find a few cafes serving up smoothie bowls and tasty salads.

Tembok is for the traveler who wants to connect with the quieter side of Bali. If bustling towns aren’t your thing, and relaxation among stunning nature sounds good, this might just be your perfect escape. Let me know if you want specific recommendations for accommodations or tours – with a bit less tourist traffic, finding those gems is part of the Tembok charm!

Written by

Ashwini Timbadia

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