Lovina

Travel Guide Lesser Sunda Islands Bali Lovina

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Introduction

Lovina is the name of a coastal area west of Singaraja, facing the villages Kalibukubuk and Kaliasem. Its boundaries are not well-defined, but at its centre one finds the Lovina Dolphin Statue. It has become an alternative for those who find Kuta beach too wild, both the sea and the nightlife. The beach and sea floor at Lovina decline gradually and the sea is very calm most of the year, making Lovina beach suitable for families with children. Accommodation and restaurants have proliferated and during peak season the through road may be congested, still Lovina is first of all a place to relax. The most popular activity is a trip with outrigger boat sighting dolphins, no guarantee though to encounter them. Longer trips take one snorkelling or diving near Menjangan island in the west or Tulamben in the east. In the hills south and west of Lovina are sights like Singsing waterfall, Banjar hot springs and Brahmavihara-Arama Buddhist monastery. Lovina is part of Buleleng regency.

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Sights and Activities

  • Lovina Beach - Watch dolphins hop out of the water joyfully from the shoreside along Lovina beach in Bali. Admire the windswept turquoise water as it expands out across the bay and into the horizon. Sit back and relax at one of the top rated, and most beautiful beaches on the island.
  • Scuba Diving & Snorkelling - Fancy enjoying the underwater beauty of Bali? Lovina is not the best diving and snorkeling location, but you can book trips from Lovina to Tulamben and Ahmed in Karangasem, East Bali, and to the protected marine park off Menjangan Island and Gilimanuk, West Bali. Not only is there a plethora of sea life, from turtles to manta rays, shoals of colorful fish, and even the occasional reef shark, there is also shipwreck diving in Tulamben and Amed.
Singsing falls, highest pool

Singsing falls, highest pool

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  • Singsing Waterfalls - A series of waterfalls and pools in a small river. A popular hike when staying in Lovina leads uphill along a small river past several small waterfalls. No need for a guide really, although one may want to allow a young man to earn some cash. About five kilometres west of Lovina along the main road find the signboard 'Air Terjun Singsing' pointing south. A footpath starts at 600 metres along that road. Do not waste your time at the first pool at 500 metres, but cross the river and follow the rocky path upstream with the river on your right hand. This leads to two consecutive pools, where you may take a dip. But better find the stairs on the right of the pool when facing upstream. These stairs of 200 steps lead up to a restaurant with good views of the valley below. (Actually one can drive to the restaurant.) Pass through the yard of the restaurant and out of the gate, turn left and uphill. Soon the road becomes unpaved and changes into a footpath. Stay on the right side of the river. After 15 minutes you reach the river again. Go on upstream finding your way along the rocky river bed until you reach another large pool.
A. A. Panji Tisna Tomb and Chapel

A. A. Panji Tisna Tomb and Chapel

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  • A. A. Nyoman Pandji Tisna Memorial Park - Few tourists enjoying a Lovina vacation pay the homage due to the man whose vision put Lovina on the tourist map. His name is Anak Agung Pandji Tisna, he was buried on a hill overlooking his favourite coast. It was he who coined the name Lovina, short for 'Love Indonesia'. While for a short time he was ruler of Buleleng, A.A. Pandji Tisna is primarily remembered as author of several novels on Balinese life. One of these, Sukreni, Gadis Bali, has been translated in English and published under the title 'The Rape of Sukreni'. Honor Pandji Tisna's memory by paying a visit to the memorial park in Kaliasem, one kilometre west of Lovina, two kilometres uphill on the road named after him. There is a short biography posted near the entrance gate.
  • Banjar Hot Springs - Banjar Hot Springs or Air Panas Banjar is a well-developend recreational site with swimming pools, spa and restaurant. The water of 38 °C has therapeutic value because of its sulphur content. The Springs are located about five kilometres south-west of Lovina centre, not far from the Buddhist Monastery. Address: Banjar, 81552 Buleleng, Bali, Phone: +62 362 - 92901, Hours: Daily 8.30am to 5.30 pm except Nyepi Day, Price: Adults IDR 20, 000; children IDR 10, 000
  • Brahmavihara-Arama – The largest Buddhist monastery of Bali, founded in 1969. It is also known as the Wihara Buddha Banjar, because it is located on the hillside in Banjar Tegeha village, 10 kilometres west of Lovina, two kilometres south of the main road. One may come here to meditate or just to admire the architecture – including a smaller version of Borobudur temple - and for the view over Bali sea.

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Weather

Lovina has a tropical climate with hot, humid conditions. Temperatures are mostly between 30 and 32 °C during the day and nights are still well above 20 °C. The April-October period is the dry season and November-March is the rainy season, though showers are still possible during the dry season and periods of dry weather occur during the monsoon season.

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Getting There

By Car

Most visitors arrive in Lovina from the south in a self-drive hire car or with a car and driver. A journey from Kuta takes about 3 hours and from Sanur slightly less. Ubud is a 2 hour car journey over the central highland range. Many visitors from the south choose though to break their journey at Bedugul or Kintamani.

By Bus

Perama offers transportation from major tourist destinations in Bali and has a local Lovina office in Anturan. Perama shuttle buses to Lovina leave from Kuta, Sanur, Ubud, Candidasa and Padang Bai. They use mini buses without air-conditioning and the prices are more than reasonable.

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Getting Around

This is a good area for walking as the roads are relatively quiet and the beaches long and easily passable.

Renting a bicycle is popular and again, easy to find. Many hotels have their own. You should be aware though that away from the coast road, there are a lot of steep hills.

The easiest way to visit the surroundings of Lovina is by renting a motorbike. There are many roadside outlets and expect to pay between Rp 50,000-90,000 per day. The roads are quite good here and nothing like as crowded as in south Bali.

Local bemos ply the north coast road between Singaraja and West Bali, stopping at all points on the Lovina stretch. You will need some patience and they can be very crowded indeed. As there is only one main road it is hard to get lost.

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Sleep

There is a huge amount of budget and mid-range accommodation in Lovina and many visitors turn up without reservations. Options at the higher end tend to be more limited in availability.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet is becoming more widely used in Indonesia, and warung Internet (warnet) - Internet cafés - are emerging everywhere. A lot of restaurants and cafés in big cities normally have wireless internet available for free. Internet connection speed in Indonesia varies between ISP and location. Prices vary considerably, and as usual you tend to get what you pay for, but you'll usually be looking at around Rp3,000 to Rp5,000 per hour with faster access than from your own mobile phone. In large cities, there are free WiFi hotspots in many shopping malls, McDonald restaurants, Starbucks cafes, 7 Eleven convenience stores, and in some restaurants and bars. Some hotels provide free hotspots in the lobby and/or in their restaurants and even in your rooms.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

You can use 112 as an emergency number through mobile phones. Other numbers include 110 (police), 113 (fire) and 118 (ambulance).
The international phone code is 62.

If you have GSM cellular phone, ask your local provider about "roaming agreement/facility" with local GSM operators in Indonesia (i.e.: PT Indosat, PT Telkomsel, PT XL Axiata). The cheapest way is buying a local SIM card, which would be much cheaper to call and especially use internet compared to your own cell phone's sim card.

The Indonesian mobile phone market is heavily competitive and prices are low: you can pick up a prepaid SIM card for less than Rp 10,000 and calls may cost as little as Rp 300 a minute to some other countries using certain carriers (subject to the usual host of restrictions). SMS (text message) service is generally very cheap, with local SMS as low as Rp129-165, and international SMS for Rp400-600. Indonesia is also the world's largest market for used phones, and basic models start from Rp 150,000, with used ones being even cheaper.

Post

Pos Indonesia provides the postal service in Indonesia. Pos Indonesia is government-owned and offers services ranging from sending letters and packages to money transfers (usually to remote areas which have no bank branch/ATM nearby) and selling postcards and stamps. Sending a postcards, letter or parcel is relatively expensive, but fairly reliable. It takes several days at least to send it within Indonesia, at least a week internationally. It is recommended to send letters from a Pos Indonesia branch, not by putting it inside orange mailbox (called Bis Surat) in the roadside, because some of the mailboxes are in very bad condition and aren't checked regularly by Pos Indonesia. Opening times of post offices usually tend to follow general business hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm (sometimes shorter hours on Fridays), Saturdays from 8:00am to 1:00pm, closed on Sundays. Bigger cities, tourist areas and central post offices tend to keep longer hours, into the evenings.

Private postal services based in Indonesia include CV Titipan Kilat (CV TIKI), Jalur Nugraha Ekaputra (JNE), Caraka, and RPX. There are also foreign postal services that have branches in Indonesia, including DHL, TNT, UPS, and FedEx.

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