Singaraja

Travel Guide Lesser Sunda Islands Bali Singaraja

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Introduction

Singaraja is located on the north coast of Bali just east of Lovina and has about 80,000 inhabitants. The town was the seat of the king of Buleleng kingdom and also the Dutch colonial administrative centre for Bali and the Lesser Sunda Islands until 1953, as well as the administrative center of the Japanese during their occupation. Nowadays Singaraja is the capital of Buleleng, Bali's northern regency. Buleleng Regency includes popular destinations Lovina, Pemuteran and Bali Barat National Park to the west and some less frequented sights like Maduwe Karang and Jagaraga temples, and Yeh Sanih natural swimming pool to the east.

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Sights and Activities

  • Former Harbour - When Singaraja was the capital of Nusa Tenggara province, its harbour was the trading centre of the province. But its importance declined when in 1958 Bali was instituted as a separate province with Denpasar as capital. The former harbour area has been converted into a recreational area with a ‘floating’ restaurant as its main attraction.
Lontar plam leaf

Lontar plam leaf

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  • Gedong Kirtja - also known as the Lontar Museum is a library where the written record of Bali's cultural heritage is preserved. The library was founded as follow-up of the Pertemuan Kintamani, a meeting of Dutch East Indies scholars with Balinese religious figures and royals in 1928. Today it counts over 3,000 manuscripts on leaves of the lontar palm, covering government, agriculture, religion, healing crafts, spells and magic, as well as ancient Balinese poetry. Interested visitors will be shown how the lontar leaves are prepared, the texts and pictures engraved in them and then coloured by rubbing in the ink. They will only see copies, the ancient originals being kept safe and often re-copied by the same time-honoured technique. Gedong Kirtja is located in the Sasana Budaya compound where one also finds the Museum of Buleleng Regency and the former Royal Palace (Puri Agung). Address: Jalan Veteran 20, Singaraja. Phone: +62 (0)362 25 141. Open: Monday through Thursday 7:30am to 3:30pm, Friday 7:00 am to noon, weekends closed. Entrance fee: Rp.5,000.
  • Gitgit waterfall - There are a lot of waterfalls in the rivers running north from the Bali highlands. The easiest accessible is GitGit waterfall, as it lies close to the main road south, 10 kilometres from Singaraja.

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Weather

Singaraja 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

It takes 2 to 3 hours to drive to Singaraja from the south of Bali. There are three main routes: east via Kintamani, taking in the stunning active volcano and mountain vistas, west via Pupuan, through beautiful rice-paddies, spice and coffee plantations; and central, via Bedugul with its famous market and botanical gardens. Whichever route you take, the journey is sure to be scenic and interesting.

By Bus

Annoyingly for a city of its relatively small size, Singaraja has three bus terminals. Local bemos ferry passengers between the three terminals, many of which seem to be blue.

  • Banyuasri Terminal is just west of the town centre on Jalan Jendral Achmed Yani, and operates buses and bemos to all points west. Buses to and from Gilimanuk (2 hours, about Rp 30,000) and bemos to Lovina (20 minutes, Rp 10,000) arrive and depart from here. There are also several long distance bus companies here who have overnight services to and from Surabaya and further afield in Java. You buy an all in ticket which includes the ferry crossing to or from Java. Expect to pay about Rp 180,000 to get to or from Surabaya (12 hours), Rp 250,000 to Yogyakarta (15 hours) and Rp 400,000 to Jakarata (1 day).
  • Penarukan Terminal is about 2.5 kilometres east of town and is served by buses and bemos from Batubulan terminal in Denpasar (2.5-3 hours). Local bemos arriving from and departing to East Bali also operate from here.
  • Sukasada Terminal is 3 kilometres south of the city and is served by buses from Ubung Terminal in Denpasar. This route goes via Bedugul and is the cheapest way for budget travellers to get to Singaraja (and on to Lovina) from there.

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Eat

Along the front in Jalan Erlangga there are some stilted restaurants with great views out over the water. The most well known of these is called Dewi Sitha.

  • Pondok Cabe, Jalan Kartini (to the south of Kantor Pengadilan). 5:00pm- 10:00pm. A restaurant in the form of a pondok or village house where locals and tourists enjoy Indonesian and western cuisine. Good place to eat if you can't find any Indonesian food which suits your taste. Meals served by experienced chef with work experience overseas. The atmosphere is very quiet and relaxing. A very cheap, sanitary and quiet place to eat. Prices range from Rp 6,000 to 25,000.
  • Warung Kota, Jl Ngurah Rai 22, ☎ +62 362 7009737. 24 hours. A favoured hangout of local students, especially in the evenings. Good place to make friends and chat. You will find the locals very friendly indeed. Decent, standard Indonesian food at budget prices.

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Sleep

  • Sakabindu Hotel, Jl Jend A Yani 104, Banyuasri, Singaraja 81116, ☎ +62 368 21791, e-mail: rolly_bagoes@hotmail.com. Simple accommodation in the middle of the city.
  • Wijaya Hotel, Jl Sudirman 74, Singaraja, ☎ +62 362 21915. Rather uninspiring accommodation but probably the best in the city. Fan-cooled and air con rooms. from Rp 65,000.
  • Cilik's Beach Garden, Air Sanih, ☎ +62 362 26561. A very pleasant all villa hotel set in 3 hectares of beach side land, just east of Air Sanih. The villas are all individually designed. If you are looking to splurge a little on a truly off-the-beaten-path option, then look no further. Owned and run by a group of Germans, Swiss and Balinese. €50-160.
  • Villa Selina, Bondalem, ☎ +62 818 05482938, e-mail: ellksy@hotmail.com. Accommodation varies from serviced bungalows to guest rooms. All have their own ocean views and indoor/outdoor bathrooms, TV and bar facilities. From US$40.
  • Bondalem Beach Club, jalan Arcana, kelod Kangin, Bondalem, ☎ +623623436415, +62 812 3608311, e-mail: bondalembc@gmail.com. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Away from overcrowded touristic places, surrounded by coconut and mango plantations, this quiet, relaxing beachfront resort enables you to see the part of Bali without shopping malls, night clubs and traffic jams. Each bungalow can comfortably accommodate a family of 4 and includes a 2nd-floor balcony overlooking the ocean. Bondalem Beach Club Restaurant, serving Indonesian and European food, is on the premises. You can choose from a menu or ask the staff to cook for you something special, like freshly caught fish you bought from a local fisherman. Free bicycle and scooter hire. Outdoor swimming pool overlooking the sea with poolside sunbeds under large umbrellas. The pool has a shallow end for the kids to splash around in, and there is a kids' play corner complete with lots of toys and books to keep them occupied. Free Wi-Fi. Family bungalow is 160USD per night, Classic double room is 90USD per night.

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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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This is version 20. Last edited at 11:07 on Oct 21, 19 by theo1006. 3 articles link to this page.

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