North Bali lies in the rain shadow of the central range of volcanic mountains isolating it from the south and making it dryer and less humid. This district is famous for its artistic heritage and dance tradition. The style of the gold and silver work, together with the weaving, pottery and instrument making are all very distinctive and unique to the area. For hundreds of years this was the part of the island that was most open to foreign influence as Chinese and Muslim traders brought their products, religion and culture through the port of Singaraja. The incredible variety of the countryside, magnificent sunsets, local traditions and artistic culture, together with the slower pace of life, makes this historical area diverse, interesting and delightful, a real contrast to the other parts of the island and well worth a visit. Lovina is a long string of coastal villages on Bali's north coast, with a variety of tourist accommodation and facilities. There are some pretty, dark-sand beaches, swimming is safe and the area is good for the snorkelling, diving and dolphin watching.