The Lovina beach has, other than the southwest of the island, kept its dreaminess.
There are no shopping malls, no Starbucks and that is just wonderful!
For your travel planning: You can get to Lovina by taxi. Make sure you agree on a price in advance and keep the telephone number of your hotel destination ready, in case the driver cannot find it immediately. From the airport, hiring a cab is the best option.
Those who like to mingle with the locals can take a Bemo from Ubung bus terminal from Denpasar, (a type of minivan with open side windows) to Singaraja.
Once there, you can agree on a fee for the fare to your hotel with a local Bemo driver. In this case it is also crucial to have a telephone number and a mobile phone with local SIM card. My driver did not know exactly where the hotel was.
The journey is the goal: En route we passed the beautiful Darau Benatan Lake and other attractions.
Lovina beach in the north of Bali
At Lovina beach, which is approximately 10km (6 miles) long and located west of Singaraja, one can easily relax for a few days. In the centre of Lovina there is a little street between the main street and the sea around which the nightlife revolves.
By the sea are a dolphin statue, a humble beach as well as a few souvenir shops. Lovina is well known for the fact that you can rent a boat early in the morning, around 6am, to watch the dolphins. Ask at your hotel about the offers, but be quick, otherwise someone will have offered it to you before you know it! 🙂 Snorkelling and diving are also on offer in Lovina, but they don’t come as cheap as the dolphin tours.
The beach is not as beautiful as in the southwest, but the surrounding area is quieter and not commercialised up to breaking point and beyond. The island of Bali is a paradise for nutrition conscious people. Many restaurants here clearly state the ingredients used and label which dishes are vegetarian and vegan. I would like to recommend the Akar restaurant in Lovina, which offers really good smoothies and coffees. Towards the rear are a few tables right next to a little brook. I could have spent hours there!
Pura Beji and Pura Dalem Temple
As an independent traveller it goes without saying that one rents a scooter to explore the attractions, well, independently. This is also the best way to see the two famous Hindu temples east of Singaraja in the locality of Sangsit.
The Pura Beji was built by the local rice growing cooperative (Subak) in the fifteenth century in honour of the rice goddess Dewi Sri. The temple has a front and a back courtyard, which are separated by a kind of portal and the temple’s shrines are placed around these two courtyards.
In close proximity, the Pura Dalem symbolises stories from the Hindu hell and is located beautifully amongst rice paddies.
How to get to the temples: Drive from Lovina through Singaraja on the road that follows the beach eastward. Pay attention to the signage on the left side of the road and turn left when you see the sign for Pura Beji.
To get to the Pura Dalem, turn left on your way back before arriving at the main road and left again after about 500 meters. If you are not sure, ask a local for directions. They are happy to help!
Learn more about Balinese temples here.
This is a well that is used to supply a local swimming pool with good quality water. The pool is beautifully decorated. During my entire visit I was the only western tourist there. From Singaraja you’ll drive about 10 kilometres east; then ask a local where exactly the swimming pool is. The entrance building has a red brick wall and is built close to the road. Just opposite, built into the hill, is a temple. The pool’s entrance fee, at 5,000 rupees, is a steal.
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