18 July 2016

Why you should go to Lovina

When thinking Bali, the first thing that usually comes to mind is Kuta or Nusa Dua. After all, these are some of the most popular spots on the whole island. But, if you want to experience more than just the tourist-filled South, we recommend going beyond the beaten path. Lovina is a coastal area on the northwest side of Bali. The Lovina beach area is about two and half hours away from the real hustle and bustle of Bali, so you’ll be sure to find a quiet spot to relax. And, when the family is up for a something adventurous, the area is surrounded by many awesome attractions!

1. Gitgit Waterfall. Not too far away from Lovina Beach is a beautiful, 40-meter high waterfall. Gitgit Waterfall is located in the heart of Sukasada sub-district, about 10 kilometers from Singaraja proper. A kilometer from the falls, there are loads of warungs that sell souvenirs and cheap clothing. If you haven’t packed extra clothes, you can buy cheap stuff from any of these warungs before a refreshing swim at the cascading waterfall. 

2. Dolphin Watching. Dolphins are always a hit amongst kids. If you want to go dolphin watching, you can talk to a local boatman for a tour. Most locals offer tours near the beach. Usually, the boat leaves at 6am, so pack your bags before the break of dawn and make sure to bring your camera! 

3. Buddhist monastery. When you explore the hills of Banjar, you’ll come across the largest Buddhist monastery in Bali. Brahma Vihara Arama is filled with a mix of Balinese designs and Buddhist architecture. Right in the monastery, visitors are encouraged to meditate, say a little prayer, and maybe even explore the abbey. 

4. Hot springs. Since you’re exploring Banjar, why not head to the local hot springs? The famous hot springs have sulfuric water coming out of large water sprouts. This is a popular tourist spot, so expect a few more crowds than in Lovina. We recommend going early, just before breakfast. After a refreshing dip in the hot springs go to the nearby market for local eats! 

5. Beji Temple. From the east of Lovina, you will come across a variety of Balinese temples. Some must-visit temples include Beji Temple in Sangsit –  dedicated to the Rice Goddess, and Jagaraja temple – commemorating battles with the Dutch. To the west of Lovina is the Pulaki temple, which is full of monkeys! 

6. West Bali National Park. The West Bali National Park is Bali’s largest nature reserve. It features a colorful variety of flora and fauna and is a great place to check out various species of birds, including the very rare Bali Starling. However, you will need a guide. There are only two trails that tourists are allowed to hike, as there are many protected species in the park.

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