Attractions in the Lovina Beach area
Bali is one of the smallest islands of the Indonesian archipelago, but it is also the most diverse. The island is 5600 km2 and has about 3.5 million inhabitants, of which more 1 million live in Denpasar. Hinduism is the major religion (90% of the inhabitants). In addition, you will find there the islam, Buddhism and Catholicism.
Bali is full of sights to see. During your travels you will constantly be surprised by beautiful nature, ceremonies, villages, rice fields, temples. Mass tourism is concentrated in the South of the island around the places Kuta, Nusa Dua and Sanur. The island has diverse nature, spread over the various parts of the island. The tropical climate allows for a virtually constant temperature of around 28-30 degrees. The North is the driest part of the island, while in the middle much more rain falls because of the high mountains whose summits often hang in the fog. In the North, the second half of January, February and March are the wettest period. This “rainy season” is still relatively dry with usually only a few showers of rain in the afternoon a few hours a day.
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Direct neighbourhood of Villa Banjar Beach
The nearest big city is Singarajam, 15 kilometers from the villa. It is the former capital of Bali. Some warehouses still remind of the time when the Dutch colonialists ruled here. A famous building from the city is the Gedong Kirtya library. In the city you will find several facilities, such as hospitals, pharmacies, banks, many markets. The city is great for shopping opportunities and recently a large supermarket (Hardy ‘s) also opened here.
This the highest waterfall in Bali, on a half hour’s drive from the villa. Lying on the road of Singaraja to Denpasar. The waterfall has a height of 45 to 80 metres and lies in a tropical rainforest. At the entrance you will find all sorts of stalls with clothes, fruit etc.
After a 5-10 minute drive you will find the only Buddhist monastery of Bali, Brahma Vihara Ashrama. The monastery has beautiful wall paintings and is beautifully located in the hilly landscape.
Hot water sources
These sources are known as hot springs or Air Panas. They lie in the hills nearby. The three pools lie in a beautiful tropical garden and contain medicinal hot water of approximately 35 degrees.
Dolphin watching is a big attraction at Lovina. Early in the morning, at 6 o’clock, you can take a trip with a local boat on the sea. There are almost always dozens of dolphins to be seen. The tour lasts approximately 2 hours. Since recently you can also swim with dolphins put in a basin of Melka Resort in Lovina. The opinions and experiences, however, are divided.
This is the most touristic place of northern Bali. You will find shops, restaurants, bars, live music, discos, ATMs. Here you can also arrange trips and rent a car or scooter. That may, however, also be done via our helpdesk. It is a lively place with many fishing boats.
Snorkeling and diving, Menjangan island
Near the villa and Lovina are small reefs where is much to see. It is an ideal place to easily discover the underwater world of Bali. On a forty minute drive to the West lies Menjangan Island, a nature reserve with great diversity of fish, huge coral reefs and dive schools. Snorkeling and diving trips can also be arranged from the helpdesk or diveshops in Lovina.
A quiet place with delicious water sources. These, however, are not extra warm or healing. The sources are on the Road East of Singaraja. Actually it is a natural pool with water in tanks from the mountains.
On both the left and right sides, the villa is in close proximity to traditional fishing villages. They are colorful with beautiful painted boats cut from tree trunks. The fishermen here still practice the traditional fishing techniques of Bali.
West of Banjar, the village where the villa belongs to, lies Seririt. It is an authentic regional marketplace where you can rightly buy fresh regional products.
A bit farther from the villa
If you wish to play golf, go to the Koseido Handara Golf and Country club, one of the 18-hole top-5 jobs in Asia. The domain is 1 hour’s drive away and is situated in the mountains at 1000 meters altitude in Bedugul. Because of the height the temperature here is moderate, making for pleasant golfing. Bedugul is also a regional centre with a market for fruit, vegetables and flowers.
Bali Barat National Park
In the tropical jungle lies a large national park where you can go bird watching, or admire iguanas and other tropical animals.
Ubud is considered the religious and cultural centre of Bali. Many national and international artists have established here. You can visit galleries, furniture and gift shops, but you can also enjoy delicious cooking, traditional dance, music and rice fields. For many visitors an overnight stay is attractive because of the ambience and because the travel time is over 2 hours.
In the immediate vicinity are many rice fields. The most beautiful, however, lie in Ubud and on hills draped like at Munduk. These fields are very impressive and photogenic.
The Lakes Buyan and Bratan
These volcanic Lakes lie along the road from Singaraja to Denpasar. They lie near Bedugul where you can buy fresh fruit. On the way there you will come pass by a monkey colony. Bratan is also nearby the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple.
The Gunung Batur is the highest mountain in Bali. It is a sacred mountain that occupies an important place within the Balinese Hinduism. It is also the most active volcano with a large crater lake. The environment is impressive with barren walls flattened by eruptions. The last eruption occurred in 1917.
Rafting is possible throughout the whole year on Bali. The best known rivers for rafting are the Ayung river near Ubud, and the Telaga Waja river and Unda rivierclose to Gunung Agung. Rafting on the Telaga Waja includes a waterfall of 4 meters!