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15 Magical Things to Do in Gretek Bali

by Hindarko Luh Setyawanto

Gretek is situated in North Bali, a less crowded area compared to South Bali. The unspoiled atmosphere, breathtaking scenery and the simple life of its residents become Gretek’s charm. Not surprisingly Gretek is considered the hidden gem of Bali. Let’s see the magical things to do in Gretek Bali ..!

1. Staying at Seaside Resort

Gretek has a beautiful beach. You can enjoy the soft sand, the charming blue sea and the fresh sea breeze. So, what’s better than living with Gretek beach as the backyard?

There are many options to stay at Gretek, from resorts to villas. Besides having rooms overlooking the sea, most of them also have an amazing infinity pool. Stay for a few days and enjoy the natural charm of Gretek beach.

How to Get There
You can book a resort through a reputable site such as Agoda.com, Booking.com or Traveloka.com.

2. Hiking Mount Batur

Mount Batur is one of the best places in Bali to enjoy the sunrise. From the top of Mount Batur you can see the beauty of Lake Batur with Mount Agung towering behind. The time required for hiking to the top of Mount Batur is about 2.5 hours.

Hiking should start at 03.00 am and is expected to arrive at the top of Mount Batur at 5.30 am. Sunrise is expected to appear at 6.00 am. The starting point for hiking is Jati Luhur Temple.

How to Get There
Jati Luhur Temple is located at Pendakian Gunung Batur Street, Batur Tengah, Kintamani, Bangli Regency. It’s about 1 hour drive from Gretek. The admission is Rp 10.000. The fee for a guide is Rp 300.000 – Rp 400.000.

3. Visiting Lake Batur

Lake Batur has an area of about 16 km square and is on the slopes of Mount Batur. The turquoise waters of the lake give a feeling of peace and calm. Lake Batur is used solely as a tourist attraction.

You can rent a boat to surround Lake Batur. There are also fishing gear rentals at affordable prices. Lodging and restaurants can also be found around Lake Batur.

How to Get There
Lake Batur is located in Kintamani, Bangli Regency. It’s about 1 hour drive from Gretek. The admission is Rp 15.000. Kintamani is not only Lake Batur. There are plenty of things to do in Kintamani.

4. Pampering Yourself at Spa Village Resort Tembok

Vacation is the time to relax your mind and soul. Then spa is the perfect choice to fill your time in Gretek. It will give you the opportunity to slow down your pace, calm your mind and regain a balance.

Spa Village Resort Tembok offers spa treatments with serene atmosphere and full of privacy. Massage and steam bath are mandatory activities here. Feet washing and yoga is worth a try. You will be definitely lulled by the treatment.

How to Get There
Spa Village Resort Tembok is located at Singaraja – Amlapura Road, Tembok Village, Tejakula, Buleleng Regency. It’s only 20 minutes drive from Gretek. If you love spa, you should come to Dragonfly Village, which is one of great things to do in Ubud Bali.

5. Pampering Yourself at Bali Samadhi Spa

Different from other places, Bali Samadhi Spa offers spa treatment with simple homely atmosphere. This is the right place to restore the freshness of your body. Rebalancing Massage and the Balinese Massage is the flagship treatment.

Bali Samadhi Spa is tidy, clean and very friendly. The therapists really know what they are doing. You will sleep so well after the massage and your body will feel so good

How to Get There
Bali Samadhi Spa is located at Singaraja – Amlapura Road, Tejakula Village, Buleleng Regency. It’s only 20 minutes drive from Gretek.

6. Visiting Les Waterfall

Les Waterfall has a height of about 35 meters with a heavy flow. Its water is clear and fresh, giving peace to anyone who looks at it. The environment around the waterfall is still natural, which can be seen from the green trees.

To reach the location of Les Waterfall, from the parking lot you need to walk about 2 kilometers. Signposts can be found easily along the path. It’s really a great activity to give different color to your holiday.

How to Get There
Les Waterfall is located in Tejakula, Buleleng Regency. It’s about 15 minutes from Gretek. The admission is Rp 10.000. Besides Les Waterfall, you should stop by Sekumpul Waterfall. It’s one of things to do in Singaraja Bali.

7. Soaking at Toya Bungkah Hot Spring

Toya Bungkah Hot Spring has an amazing view as it is located on the edge of Lake Batur. While soaking, you can enjoy the beauty of Lake Batur and Mount Batur. Toya Bungkah Hot Spring has four pools where one of them is devoted to children.

The temperature in the pool ranges from 38 to 40 degrees Celsius, quite comfortable to soak in the cold of the mountain air. The hot spring has facilities such as restaurant, pool bar, dressing room and gazebo.

How to Get There
Toya Bungkah Hot Spring is located in Pekraman Batur Village, Toya Bungkah, Bangli Regency. It’s about one hour drive from Gretek. The admission is Rp 60.000.

More magical things to do in Gretek Bali

8. Exploring USS Liberty Shipwreck

Diving is a mandatory activity while you are in Bali. One of Bali’s best diving spots is the USS Liberty Shipwreck. The ship sank because it was hit by a Japanese torpedo during World War II. The wreck is about 130 m long.

Diving here is relatively not difficult. The calm sea and good visibility will make it easier for you to look at the wreck. The fish that roam around the wreck add to the elegance of the scenery.

How to Get There
USS Liberty Shipwreck is located in Tulamben, about 1 hour drive from Gretek.

9. Visiting Puncak Penulisan Temple

Puncak Penulisan Temple is one of the oldest temples in Bali. The temple has existed before the exodus of the Hindu Javanese to Bali. The temple was built to worship Lord Shiva.

Puncak Penulisan Temple is situated at the top of the hills and has a calm atmosphere. The surrounding environment gives a serene ambiance. In the front yard visitors can see various relics of megalithic era.

How to Get There
Puncak Penulisan Temple is located in Sukawana Village, Kintamani, Bangli Regency. It’s about one hour drive from Gretek. It’s free entry. In addition to sightseeing, there are lots of things to do in Balinese temples.

10. Culinary Tour at Warung Lestari Tianyar Barat

Vacation will be more colorful if you blend with the daily life of the locals. One way is to eat at a local restaurant. Therefore you will experience the real life of Balinese people.

Warung Lestari Tianyar Barat offers daily cuisine with Balinese flavor. You can try the mixed rice, roasted pork, or fried chicken. A simple ambiance, delicious food and affordable prices will give you a memorable experience.

How to Get There
Warung Lestari Tianyar Barat is located at Tejakula – Tianyar Road, Kubu. It’s about 30 minutes drive from Gretek.

Another magical things to do in Gretek :

11. Admiring the Beauty of Art at Art Zoo in Tejakula

12. Learning to Make Balinese Woven Fabric in Pacung

13. Seafood Dining with a Beach Feel at Warung Kelapa in Tejakula

14. Relaxing at Poinciana Oceanside Resort & Retreat Center in Tejakula

15. Visiting Tree House in Kubu

Ok guys, now you have the list of magical things to do in Gretek Bali. Give yourself a break, let’s visit Gretek Bali..!

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