Our top 14 Activities to do in Lovina AND NORTH BALI
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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,
breathtaking landscape and loads of fun activities.
As North Bali natives, BALI SURYA TOURS LOVINA welcomes you to Lovina and recommend the
TOP 14 highlights you should not miss to do or see around Lovina:
1. Getting in
Even the transfer to Lovina is perfect for sightseeing! The rather long distance from South Bali or Ubud leads through stunning sceneries at the rainforest mountains with breathtaking views and interesting stops at temples, waterfalls, a Buddhist monastery or vulcanic hot springs.
Starting from the South, three different routes are available heading north.
Just perfect to use the arrival day already to explore Central Bali and the first spots at the North.
2. Lovina Beaches
Like almost all beaches at 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
Please consider there is not much infrastructure directly 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.
3. Enjoy live music and fresh fish
All over Central Lovina, a village called Kalibukbuk, there are plenty of possibilities to have great dinner with fresh fish or seafood. In the afternoon, you can see the fisherman coming back with their catch - what ends up immediately on the grill.
Along with some cold beer or local wine and hand made mellow music you can enjoy your time in Central to the fullest.
Find here more detailed information about Lovina, its villages and what to consider before you decide on a place to stay.
4. Meet culture and tradition
Balinese culture is an endless array 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 to be 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 to your host thus are very recommended.
5. Visit Sekumpul and Fiji Waterfalls
Sekumpul and Fiji Waterfalls are for sure the most beautiful waterfalls in northern (if not whole) 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 just 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 really gorgeous day in that area and recommended by all of our guests, don't miss to check out our Lemukih trekking blog post!
6. wild Dolphin Tours Lovina
Lovina area is famous for its wild dolphins passing the coast every morning. Aboard a traditional fishing boat you have the chance to spend some time with this lovely creatures. At 6:00 am you can go for an two hours sunrise tour or at 8:00 am you go swimming and snorkeling with them. A super nice experience! Please read our guest reviews to see: We are doing a little bit different!
As short note about about the "chasing dolphins" rumours: It is not possible to pushing or hunting them! They come along as soon as they hear the boats – and disappear if they feel bored or disturbed. They have the whole wide ocean to escape. Our captain will explain everything - if you'd like to experience it.
7. 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 1.5 hours drive from Lovina. Please find the tour description to our Menjangan snorkel or dive day tour here.
There is a good chance to spot sea turtles, clown fish, moray or small black tip reef sharks - a really touching experience!
8. Private cooking class with a local family
You love Indonesian and Balinese food and like to learn about how to prepare it? No problem at all!
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 to cook, please find a variety in our cooking class menu. Before coocking, of course, you go to the local market together with Ibu Dewi to find fresh ingredients for your meal.
An informative and super tasty half-day experience for all foodies!
9. Relax at Holy Hot Springs Banjar
A 20 minutes drive from Central 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 so-so).
Great to combine with a visit at the nearby Buddhist Monastery Brahma Vihara.
10. Brahma Vihara Arama (Buddhist Monastery)
A definitely "must see" or better "must feel" place around Lovina is the only Buddhist monastery on Hindu Bali, Brahma Vihara Arama. Located in the hills of Banjar, about 20 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 upper level. This meditation areal spreads a very special energy and opens the view far over the hills to the ocean.
11. Banyumala Waterfall
Another hidden treasure in untouched nature is Banyumala Waterfall.
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. It is also one spot on our transfer tour South Bali to Lovina.
12. Water and Fun Sports Lovina
Lovina area offers a separate beach section as a watersports area. The terrain is super nice and well maintained, so you can spend a lovely time here also between the water and fun sports activities. In addition to jet ski, parasailing and banana boat, you also have the opportunity to try out crazy activities such as fly boards or flying fish.
My personal highlight: The climbing wall right by the pool. 😃
We are happy to organize a FREE SHUTTLE to and from your hotel in Lovina. Just spontaneous, no long lead times necessary (30 minutes are sufficient).
13. Feasting Es Campur
Es Campur 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!
The best one (for me) in Central Lovina is from Warung Ibu Kadek right next to the pier.
14. Meet your alltime favourite Tour Operator
Did we make you curious? Or even almost convinced you to visit the north of Bali? It is really nice here, you will like it !! 😃
Feel free to visit our website and blog for detailed information, prices and online booking, or drop us a line at any time. The team of BALI SURYA Tours Lovina is here to answer all your questions or creating your individual offer to discover the authentic Bali at the beautiful North.
We will do our very best to make your time with us a wonderful experience.
See you soon here in Lovina!
Om shanti, shanti, shanti
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