top 12 things to do in Lovina AND NORTH BALI
Lovina area is an interesting destination for those who love to experience traditional culture
in peaceful, rural surroundings of the tranquil northern Bali.
Away from the bubbly and touristy spots of the south, you find here the authentic way of Balinese life.
Bali Surya Tour Services Lovina welcomes you here and recommends the
TOP TWELVE highlights you should not miss to do or see in Lovina:
1. Lovina Beaches
Like almost all beaches in the north, Lovina area offers black sand beaches with easy access to the mellow Bali Sea. You do not find big waves, crushing surf, or strong current
here - so ideal relaxing and swimming also for families with younger kids. As all around Bali, make sure you have high tide when planning to swim.
Please consider there is no infrastructure on the beaches in Lovina thus you will not find sunbeds, beach bars or similar. You can buy food and drinks in the local warungs nearby. The most beautiful beach in Central Lovina (from my point of view) is cosy Ganesha Beach at the end of Jalan Kartika.
2. Feasting Es Champur
Es Champur or Es Buah are delicious iced fruits with different kinds of funny fruity gelly, crushed ice, and (mostly) strawberry milk - sometimes topped with chocolate cream. Choose your fruits and definitely ask for Beluluk (fruits of the sugar palm), what is amazing in the mix!
3. Visit Sekumpul and fiji Waterfalls
Sekumpul and Fiji Waterfalls are for sure the most beautiful waterfalls in northern Bali. About one hour east of Lovina and hidden in the rainforest mountains, it is not overrun by masses of visitors - so you might be the only or one of very few visitors there.
Once managed lots of stairs down to the pool level, you will enjoy the twin Sekumpul falls to the left and the triple Fiji falls to the right. The way is not plane, so you have to cramble rocks and cross the river twice - but standing close to the falls or swimming in its pools will be amazing. For a day tour, check out our Lemukih trekking!!!
4. Relax at Holy Hot Springs Banyar
A 30 minutes drive from Lovina, the holy hot springs or 'Air Panas' of Banjar are set in a beautiful tropical garden. The sulphuric water in the three pitorreske basins
is of volcanic origin and has a pleasant warm temperature of 35 - 39 degrees Celcius. You will see lots of locals coming here to cure rheumatic or other diseases.
Changing rooms, lockers and restaurant available. (Also a spa what is la-la).
Great to combine with a visit at the Buddhist Monastery in Banyar.
5. Brahma Vihara Arama (Buddhist Monastery)
A definitely "must see" or better "must feel" place around Lovina is the only Buddhist monastery on hinduistic Bali, Brahma Vihara Arama. Located in the hills of Banyar, about 30 minutes away from Central Lovina and 5 minutes from Holy Hot Springs, this peaceful place invites to see the prayer rooms, buddha statues and beautiful gardens as well as an impressive mini replica of the world's largest Buddhist archaeological site, Borobudur, on its highest grounds. This meditation areal spreads a very special energy and opens the view far over the hills to the ocean.
6. BanYumala WaterfallS
Another hidden treasure in untouched nature are Banyumala Waterfalls.
40 minutes away from Lovina, it guarantees spectacular views combined with the sounds of the jungle - and the perfect place for swimming in the natural pool.
Perfect day tour in combination with the Holy Hot Springs in Banjar and the Buddhist Monastery Brahma Vihara Arama.
7. Enjoy Live Music and Fresh Fish
In central Lovina, a village called Kalibukbuk, there are plenty of possibilities to have great dinner with fresh caught fish or seafood. In the afternoon, you can see the fisherman coming back with their booty - what ends up immediately on the grill.
Together with some cold beer or local wine and hand made mellow music you can enjoy your time to the fullest.
To learn more about Lovina area, mainly all the villages involved, please read >> here.
8. Dolphin Tours Lovina
Lovina area is famous for its dolphins. Many guests are coming for dolphin watching tours from all over Bali and the neighbour islands.
In the early morning, the dolphins come close to the coast where you have the chance to spend some time with this lovely creatures. Aboard a traditional fishing boat with max. 4 people, you spend about 2 hours on the sea and enjoy this entertaining journey of the dolphins in the raising sun.
Most boats are leaving at 6 am, going at 7 or 8 guarantees a more quiet atmosphere.
9. Snorkeling and Diving
Directly off shore Central Lovina you have stunning Lovina Reef for both, snorkeling and diving. For snorkeling, just rent spontaneously a boat on the beach. Many dive centers are located in the village for those who like to try or improve their skills and require the equipment.
The probably most beautiful spot in terms of under water diversity is around Menjangan Island in the North Bali National Park, about 2 hours drive from Lovina.
Most probably you will spot sea turtles - a really touching experience!
10. Private cooking class with a local family
You love Indonesian and Balinese food and like learning how to prepare it?
Ibu Dewi invites you to her family home to prepare a delicious 5 course traditional menu together with you. It's your choice what dishes you cook - as together with Ibu Dewi, you go to the local market first to find fresh ingredients.
An informative and super tasty half-day experience for all foodies!
11. Meet the Culture and Tradition
Balinese culture is an endless roundelay of prayers, offerings, and ceremonies. Because Lovina area is very laid back and it is easy to connect with the locals, don't be surprised you get invited to a family ceremony. Also the staff in your hotel or restaurant will let you know when some public ceremonies are going on. Don't be too shy and accept this offers - it will be a colourful experience! And everywhere you will find somebody who speaks good English and is ready to explain what's going on...
Proper clothes (sometimes traditional sarong/sash/udeng) show respect thus are recommended.
12. See your alltime Favourite Tour Operator
Bali Surya Tours Lovina is always happy to provide information or arrange your individual tour to discover the authentic northern Bali!
Feel free to visit our > website for information and booking < or drop us a line - and we do our very best to make your time with us a wonderful experience.
We are looking forward to welcoming you soon here in Lovina!
Om shanti, shanti, shanti