There are plenty of things to see and lots of activities to undertake in Northern Bali, some of which are listed below. You will find more details in our information booklet and, if you are interested in any of the sightseeing tours, bookings can be made through the help desk.
SING SING WATERFALL Only flowing in the wet season, this 3-tiered waterfall is located next to Sing Sing Villas. The 2nd level can be easily accessed directly from the Sing Sing Restaurant and is only a short, 10 minute walk away.
LOVINA DOLPHINS At dawn every morning, locals in their fishing boats take eager tourists out to see the Lovina dolphins. While dolphin sightings cannot be guaranteed, at least 90% of tourists are privileged enough to enjoy the sight of dolphins surrounding their boats as they move through the water on the lookout for a tasty breakfast! For around Rp 150,000 ($AUD15) per person, this is a delightful excursion. Also close to Lovina, about 10 minutes away, there are various places for snorkelling approximately one kilometre from the shore You can hire a boat to take you out and you can see many tropical fish in the beautiful clear water.
KRISNA FUNTASTIC LAND Great for the kids and only a stone’s throw from the villa, the newly opened Krisna Funtastic Land has a variety of rides for the younger ones plus a selection of food stalls for tasty local fare. They have also just finished installing a water park within the complex. www.krisnafuntasticland.com
DIVING & SNORKELLING In Lovina you will find the 2 dive centres: True Scuba and Arrows Dive Centre. They offer (PADI) dive courses and you can book a dive trip to the best diving sites on Bali such as Menjangan (beautiful coral reef) and Tulamben (the famous Liberty Wreck at the east coast). www.truescubabali.com www.arrows-dive.com BUDDHIST MONASTERY Brahma Vihara Arama is Bali’s largest Buddhist monastery and is located a short 15 minute drive away in the hills of Banjar. Peaceful, beautiful and high in the hills with views overlooking Lovina Beach, it’s certainly worth a visit. Entry is by donation and you will need to wear long pants or one of the sarongs provided. Overrun with frangipanis and lush tropical plants you could while away hours exploring Brahma Vihara Arama’s gardens and admiring beautifully carved statues. brahmaviharaarama.com
AIR PANAS HOT SPRINGS Not far from the Monastery, you will find the Air Panas hot springs. Set over 3 levels, the sulphuric waters of Air Panas is volcanic in origin and is a comfortable 37 degrees celcius. Early morning is the best time to visit the hot springs. Here you will also find a cozy restaurant for a refreshing drink or meal after your swim.
GIT GIT WATERFALL 20 mintues south of Singaraja, you will find the Git Git Waterfall, proably the most famous in Bali. For the more adventurous, there are a variety of canyoning trips you can do that include abseiling down through the thundering water of the falls.
KRISNA WATERSPORTS & KRISNA ADVENTURES Based at La Costa Restaurant, Krisna Water Sports has an assortment of activities including parasailing, banana boating, jet ski-ing, seawalker and much more. There is also a recently installed beachfront pool located at the restaurant. Krisna Adventures, about an hour’s drive away, offers the adventurous the choice of ATV, paintball, Flying Fox and waterfall trekking. www.krisnabaliwatersport.com www.krisnaadventures.com
Singsing waterfall, Lovina dolphins, Air Panus Hot Springs, Git Git waterfall and local rice paddies
FURTHER AFIELD - SIGHTS & ACTIVITIES
UBUD The arts, craft and cultural centre of Bali, Ubud is a 2 hour drive from Lovina Beach. There is something for everyone in Ubud - great restaurants, plenty of good shopping, markets, spas & massages, and of course, the famous monkey forest. There are certainly plenty of things to keep you occupied if you decide to take a day trip to Ubud. ubud.com
LAKE BRATAN & ULUN DANU TEMPLE Lake Bratan (or Beratan) sits in the heart of Bali in a volcanic caldera. It is most famous for the Ulan Dana Temple, one of the most photographed sites in Bali. The temple, built in 1633, is dedicated to the goddess of the lake. ulundanuberatanbali.com
MUNDUK WATERFALL Less than an hour from the villa, Munduk is a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole and usually has less tourists than the more well known Git Git waterfall. About a kilometre trek down a narrow track, this waterfall is well worth the walk.
SEKUMPUL WATERFALL Approximately an hour from the villa, Sekumpul is considered by some to be the most beautiful on the island. It is actually 7 waterfalls within close proximity of each other. They are only accessible via a 2, 3 or 4 hour trek - however you should be aware that a relatively high level of fitness is required as you need to traverse over 500 steps, slippery rocks and stream crossings. That being said, it is definitely worth the effort and make sure that you take you swim suit with you for a cooling dip in pools at the base of the waterfalls. sekumpul.net/index-en.html
HANDARA GOLF RESORT An hour from the villa you will find the Bali Handara Golf & Country Club Resort, ranked by GOLF Magazine among the "Top 50 Greatest Golf Courses in the World". The course is located in the central highlands of Bali and is nestled down inside the crater of a dormant volcano at an altitude of almost 1,200 meters above sea level. The resort is surrounded by lush green mountains, crater lakes and an equatorial rain forest that creates dramatic backdrops for approach shots into the well maintained creeping bentgrass greens. handaragolfresort.com
MENJANGAN ISLAND SNORKELLING Snorkelling at Menjangan Island is also very easy with children as you can snorkel right from the beach. The island has beautiful white sand, clear waters and lots of colourful fish! Of course you can also arrange a trip on your own to go snorkelling at the Island of Menjangan. You can arrange a driver to take you there. The drive takes about 1 hour to the Mimpi Resort (located just after Pemuteran) and the boat trip takes 30 minutes. The driver will make arrangements for the boat crossing, including a snorkel instructor. You can rent snorkel gear at the Mimpi Resort on arrival.
TIRTA GANGGA Tirta Gangga, meaning holy water of the Ganges in Balinese, is one of the worlds most beautiful water gardens. Gushing springs flow from an ancient Banyan tree and form the reflecting and swimming pools that make up the Water Palace. Intricate fountains abound and the plants and flowers that grace the palace are exquisite. The palace was built in late 1940’s by the late Raja Karangasem of Amlapura, as his holiday retreat. The waters are renowned by island medicine men for their healing powers. It is said if you bathe in the waters on the full moon, you will be granted everlasting youth and healing of illness. tirtagangga.com
BOTANICAL GARDENS Near Bratan Lake and the Pura Ulun Danau Temple, in the plateau area of Bedugul, one of Indonesia's four official botanical gardens is located. The Bali Botanical Gardens opened in 1959 and cover some 160 hectares of land. It contains more than 1187 plants an flora. Any visitor with an interest in plants and trees could easily spend a whole day here. In the park you will also find a library and gift shop. The gardens are open daily from 8am till 6pm. kebunrayabali.com
GOA GAJAH Goa Gajah is locally known as the Elephant Cave because of its close proximity to the Elephant River. A mysterious cave, relics, and ancient bathing pools set amid green rice paddies and a garden often lure tourists from nearby Ubud.
GOA LAWAH One of nine sacred temples on the island of Bali, the cave temple known as Pura Goa Lawah is home to thousands of bats, but, if local legend is to be believed, it also hides a river of healing waters and a titanic snake wearing a crown.
Ulun Danu Temple at Lake Bratan, dragons at Lake Bratan, Munduk Waterfall, terraced rice fields, Sekumpul waterfall