Adjani Bali Cooking School
Cooking classes can be a fun and insightful part of your Bali holiday experience, as they allow you to learn more about local culture through food. One of Lovina’s notable Balinese cooking classes is Adjani Bali, which offers tailored classes for various skill levels and with a varied choice of menus. Classes usually run for three hours, featuring up to five different Balinese dishes. Market trips to source fresh ingredients or spice garden and organic farm tours are included, followed by a traditional Balinese lunch to assess and enjoy your own handiwork. Classes are available for families, at USD 45 per adult and USD 20 per child.
Air Sanih (Yeh Sanih) Freshwater Springs
Air Sanih, also referred to locally as Yeh Sanih, is a locally-run recreational facility located near the village of Bondalem, roughly half an hour’s drive west from the capital town of Singaraja in North Bali. The facility features simply constructed open-air bathing pools with freshwater that is channelled from the natural springs nearby. The springs mostly attract local families looking for a spot to cool off during the weekends. Therefore, weekdays are usually the best time to visit to avoid the crowds. There are separate pools for adults and children, a lazy pool, changing rooms and showers. Tickets are only USD 1 (IDR 15,000).
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 18:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Air Sanih, Kubutambahan, Buleleng, North Bali
Art Patio Lovina Gallery
Art Patio is an art space in Lovina Beach, which regularly presents painting, sculpture and photography exhibitions as well as movie screenings. The gallery mostly features local Balinese and Indonesian artists, either in solo and group exhibitions with displays usually rotated every two months. Movie nights also alternate with the art exhibition openings, featuring two film titles. Besides regular exhibitions, Art Patio also holds on-demand workshops, welcoming anyone interested in developing their art skills and creativity. Classes welcome kids and adults, and cover drawing, painting, clay-modelling, and even yoga.
- Opening Hours: Sat - Thu 13:00-18:00
- Location: Gang Dewi Sri, Kaliasem, Jalan Raya Singaraja-Seririt, Lovina, North Bali
- Tel: +62 (0)81 337 422 248
Bali Museum of Prehistoric Man (Museum Manusia Purba Gilimanuk)
This is one of the lesser-known museums in Bali, perhaps due to its far-flung location on Bali’s north-western tip of Gilimanuk. The museum of prehistoric man houses significant collections of artefacts and remains found in the surrounding area, mostly from the archives of the Bali Archaeological Service from major archaeological expeditions in 1962. Among the items are early ceramics and jars, bronze and beads, together with sarcophagi that feature intact skeletal remnants of early settlers. The museum is a great place to learn about the early history of Bali, long before the influence of Hinduism. There are no entry fees; only a donation box with a guest book at the door.
- Location: Jalan Melaya, Gilimanuk, Jembrana
- Tel: +62 (0)365 613 28
Banjar Hot Springs
Locally referred to as Air Panas Banjar, the Banjar Hot Springs are one of the highlight attractions in North Bali and are located only a 15-minute drive southwest from Lovina Beach. The hot water springs are centuries old and have frequently been upgraded with modern facilities throughout the years to accommodate the regular flow of visitors, Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 18:00
- Location: Jalan Banjar, Banjar district, Buleleng, North Bali
Part of the central coastal strip of Lovina, Banyualit Beach is one of the main harbours for local fishing boats. A majestic local sea temple - the Pura Segara Banyualit - is nearby, which serves as a sightseeing landmark on its own. It is quieter than Lovina Beach and allows for swimming, sunbathing and soothing sunsets with beers with less of a crowd. Traditional warung food stalls sell snacks and refreshments nearby.
- Location: Jalan Raya Seririt, Kalibukbuk, Lovina, North Bali
Beji Temple in Sangsit
This old Balinese Hindu temple in the namesake village of Sangsit in North Bali offers an intriguing sight, with three courtyards featuring intricately carved walls and shrines with floral motifs that are typical of the area. Almost all of its stone surfaces feature artistic carvings. It is believed that the temple dates back to the 15th Read More...
- Location: Jalan Raya Sangsit, Sawan, Buleleng, North Bali
As one of North Bali’s most beautiful and tranquil place to visit, this Buddhist monastery is also Bali’s largest. The place of worship was built in 1970 and is an easy drive past vineyards some 20 minutes from Lovina. Inside are numerous meditation rooms and libraries, all set among well-kept gardens. On the nearby southern hilltop Read More...
Busungbiu Rice Terraces
On par with the famous Jatiluwih rice terraces in the neighbouring regency of Tabanan, the rice terraces of Busungbiu offer picture postcard views. The farming village of Busungbiu is a half-hour drive south over central Bali’s hilly terrain from Lovina Beach. The rice fields follow the contours of the green hills, with a river running through it. The rural neighbourhood also offers a great glimpse into agricultural Bali.
- Location: Jalan Kiskinda, Kekeran, Busungiu, Buleleng, North Bali
Buyan and Tamblingan Lake
Nature lovers and landscape photographers will love the scenic upland views that the central and northern Bali region has to offer, especially with its three lakes, of which Beratan is the most developed and popular. The other two - Buyan and Tamblingan - are protected sites, but welcome campers and trekkers. The main road of the Asah Gobleg village connecting Bali’s north and south runs high past these two lakes, allowing for many vantage points for photo-taking. Tamblingan has forest trails and a mysterious lakeside temple, while Buyan has dedicated campsites and strawberry farms nearby.
- Location: Asah Gobleg village, Buleleng, North Bali
Coba Baca Library
This public library in the village of Kalibukbuk opened in 2009, welcoming locals, expats and visitors. Books can be borrowed or read onsite, with hundreds of titles in its collection available in Indonesian, English and Dutch. The foundation behind the library first set out with the intention to improve literacy among local residents and they manage courses and activities for the underprivileged. When you have old novels or finished books that you wish to donate, feel free to drop them in.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 18:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Singaraja-Seririt, Kalibukbuk, Lovina, North Bali
- Tel: +62 (0)813 3834 7824
Dolphin-Watching Tours at Lovina Beach
Set out on an early morning boat ride to see visiting dolphins in the wild - the highlight attraction that brought Lovina Beach to fame. Life vests are provided as you board and set out into the bay just before the sun rises. The boats are all motorised, usually getting you far out within minutes. At Read More...
- Location: Lovina Beach, North Bali
Gedong Kirtya Lontar Museum
Also known locally as Museum Gedong Kirtya, this old Balinese manuscripts depository forms part of historical tours of Singaraja town. It keeps thousands of old Balinese ‘lontar’ palm-leaf manuscripts in its vast collection, that cover royal chronicles, literature, mythology, history and literary works on religion. Some are deemed the island’s oldest ever written titles. The town Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Thu 07:00 - 14:30, Fri 07:00 - 12:00
- Address: Jalan Veteran No. 20, Singaraja, North Bali
- Tel: +62 (0)362 25 141
As one of Bali’s most popular waterfalls, Gitgit offers easy access. The falls are within only a half-hour drive south from Lovina Beach, or a two-hour drive north from Kuta in the island’s south. The access comprises a forest walk across a gorge and small rivers. The 40m cascade constantly pours into a rocky pool that Read More...
- Location: Jalan Raya Bedugul-Singaraja, Sukasada, Buleleng, North Bali
Jayaprana Temple and Tomb (Makam Jayaprana)
A landmark site with an intriguing story to tell along the Gilimanuk-Singaraja route in the village of Gerokgak in North Bali, the Jayaprana Temple and Tomb is the final resting place of namesake prince Jayaprana, one of the protagonists in a twisted and tragic love story akin to Romeo and Juliet. Known locally as Pura Puncak Luhur Sari or Makam Jayaprana, the actual tomb is a 15-minute walk up a flight of well-paved stairs from the main roadside and offers wonderful views of the north Bali landscape and the bay of Teluk Terima. The fascinating story is told through paintings inside one of the pavilions.
- Location: Jalan Raya Singaraja-Gilimanuk, Sumber Klampok, Gerokgak, Buleleng, North Bali
Kerta Kawat Temple
Around 50km in the village of Banyupoh in North Bali, this unique temple welcomes you to its magnificent architecture with towering gates and Balinese motifs, set against green hills. The temple attracts worshippers from all over, who come here mainly seeking blessings for prosperity and happiness. Unlike other old temples in the area, Kerta Kawat features is features more recent architectural styles. The site and its garden settings provide photo stops along your tours through North Bali via the western route of Gilimanuk. As with any temple visit, proper attire is advised (sarong and sash around the waist).
- Location: Jalan Gilimanuk-Seririt, Banyupoh, Buleleng, North Bali
Krisna Funtastic Land Bali
Krisna Funtastic Land amusement park is located on Bali’s northern coast in Singaraja. The park offers some 16 amusement rides with varying levels of excitement and is sure to be one of the highlights of your kid’s trip to Bali. It has the quaint feel of a summer fair, rather than the thrill of Disneyland, but Read More...
- Opening Hours: 16:00 - 22:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Seririt, Singaraja
- Tel: +62 (0)812 3999 957
Krisna Watersports Temukus
For a whole range of water sports to enjoy while in the bay of Temukus (only five minutes from the main strip of Lovina Beach), head down to Krisna Watersports. The largest and latest activity centre of its kind in North Bali, you can take the family for whacky inflatable rides, from the common banana boats to new takes such as ‘butterfly dolphins’, ‘jet plane’, and ‘crazy sofa’ that are towed behind a speedboat. Available tours also include ATV rides and speed boat tours.
Les Biorock Coral Gardens
The fishermen’s village of Les in Tejakula, North Bali, faced dire consequences following rampant cyanide fishing. Environmental NGOs then taught the locals about sustainable practices, proper netting techniques and replenishing the damaged coral gardens through biorock technology. Visiting divers and snorkelers now may contribute to the local community and conservation efforts through an ‘adopt a coral’ programme, or take part in coral-growing dives to the now thriving artificial reefs. The reefs continue to attract schools of tropical fish besides being unique sightseeing features under the waves in their various frame shapes and sunken structures.
Les Waterfall (Yeh Mampeh)
The waterfall of Les village in the Tejakula community of North Bali - known locally as Yeh Mampeh - is one of the more remotely located, but it is a great site to explore if you’ve got the knack for some adventure. After a 20-minute trek from the main village road, you arrive at the misty falls that pour 30m into a rocky plunge pool. You usually get to enjoy the soothing natural environment all for yourself due to its remoteness. The crystal clear pool welcomes you to take a cool plunge or sit around the rocks and boulders to enjoy the wonderful views.
- Location: Les village, Tejakula, Buleleng
Ling Gwan Kiong Chinese Temple
A great stopover for those interested in historical landmarks, this old Chinese temple is right beside the defunct seaport of Singaraja in North Bali. Ling Gwan Kiong is only a 15-minute drive east from Lovina Beach and features mini gardens with colourful and detailed murals. No entry fees apply, but feel free to drop some cash Read More...
- Location: Jalan Erlangga No.65, Kampung Bugis, Buleleng
- Tel: +62 (0)368 263 32
The main coastal attraction of North Bali, Lovina Beach is where most travellers to this region come to for everything from sunbathing, watching a different kind of Bali sunrise or sunset (yes, you get both), as well as setting off in the early mornings for the dolphin-watching tours, which are a big part of what brought Read More...
- Location: North Bali, west of Buleleng regency’s capital city of Singaraja
The hilly mountain range that overlooks the coast of Lovina is home to rural plantations, rice fields and vineyards, as well as Brahmavihara-Arama - the largest Buddhist monastery in Bali - and the Banjar hot springs. From the main hub of Lovina Beach, you simply head west out of town toward the quaint district of Banjar, where you can instantly enjoy the green expanses of village plantations, as well as various ‘warung’ or roadside stalls selling locally harvested fruits, at local prices.
- Location: Jalan Banjar, Banjar district, Buleleng, North Bali
Meduwe Karang Temple
This beautiful temple is located in the district of Kubutambahan. The centuries-old landmark features classical Balinese stone temple architecture and peculiar wall reliefs, one of the most remarkable being that of a highly stylised man riding a bicycle with floral wheels, which seems outright anachronistic. It is a great tour stop on your journey east from Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 17:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Air Sanih, Kubutambahan, East Buleleng, North Bali
Take a boat ride over calm waves to this remote island that is part of Bali’s nature reserve, or go under to enjoy snorkelling and diving with superb year-round visibility. Menjangan Island is one if the island’s most popular dive sites. Overland, the savannahs are home to the rare Javan rusa deer, locally known as ‘menjangan’ (Cervus timorensis) - hence the island’s name. Under the waves are coral gardens teeming with marine life. The impressive Segara Giri Dharma Kencana temple dominates the hilly north-eastern shore with its towering seaward-facing Ganesh statue.
- Location: Pemuteran, Gerokgak, Buleleng, North Bali
Munduk Rice Terraces
One of the places to enjoy long winding roads with scenic views of terraced rice fields is the village of Munduk, which is just a half-hour drive up from Lovina Beach. The rice fields here are steep and interspersed with coconut groves and rural village plantations growing various fruits and spices. Among the notable resorts in this region are the Munduk Moding Plantation and the Puri Lumbung Cottages. The views here are on a par with those of the more popular Jatiluwih, in the Tabanan regency. Stop at the local plantations to buy a packet of super-fresh cloves or coffee beans, or try some fresh fruits.
- Location: Jalan Kayu Putih-Munduk, Banjar, Buleleng, North Bali
Munduk and Melanting Waterfalls
The lush and green highlands of Munduk are home to these two scenic waterfalls, named after the nearby villages. They are located deep within the forested hills, but are reachable on a 300m walk from the main road. At Munduk waterfall, you can wade into a rocky pool, then further treks through the forest leads you towards Melanting.
- Location: Gobleg village, Banyuatis, Buleleng
Pemuteran Bay and Reef Restorations
The coastal area of Pemuteran Bay in Bali’s northwest is not only a premier diving site, but home to a renowned biorock project, overseen by the Karang Lestari Foundation. The bay has the largest area of shallow coral reefs in Bali due to its calm waves year round. You can easily enjoy the views of spectacular coral reef growth near the coastline. Hotel and dive shop owners collaborated closely with the village to protect the area, and The Karang Lesteri Project took off in June 2000, establishing the first coral nursery. Now, divers can enjoy expansive artificial reef gardens built over time, and even ‘adopt’ a coral with a structure built in their name.
This temple is located on the southern side of the Gilimanuk-Seririt road in North Bali. It offers scenic ocean views from its rocky hilltop location, and is home to a horde of grey long-tailed macaques. Locally referred to as Pura Agung Pulaki, the temple is an important historical landmark which commemorates the arrival in Bali of the Danghyang Nirartha, a highly venerated Hindu priest, in the early 16th century. The temple is within an hour’s drive west from the main hubs of Lovina and Singaraja. There are several other separate temples within a kilometre’s radius of Pulaki.
- Location: Jalan Gilimanuk-Seririt, Gerokgak, Banyupoh, Buleleng, North Bali
Puri Singaraja Royal Palace
While in the town of Singaraja, travel back in time to classical Bali with a visit to this central landmark - the royal palace or ‘puri’ of Singaraja. It was the home of the late king and novelist, Anak Agung Pandji Tisna, who is also the founder of Lovina Beach, making him the pioneer of modern Read More...
- Opening Hours: 16:00 - 18:00
- Location: Jalan Mayor Metra, Singaraja, Buleleng, North Bali
- Tel: +62 (0)362 229 74
Segara Penimbangan Beach
This beach is coupled with a majestic temple overlooking the North Bali seas. Locally referred to as Pantai Segara Penimbangan, the beach is right at the end of a small road of the same name, which branches off north from the main Singaraja-Gilimanuk road. There’s not much sand to make it a proper beach, with stones and wave breakers lining the coastline. Nevertheless, it’s a great place to enjoy calm sunsets and sunrises.
- Location: Jalan Pura Segara Penimbangan, Buleleng, North Bali
Segara Temple at the Old Singaraja Seaport
The sea temple (or ‘Pura Segara’) at the old Singaraja seaport is a historical landmark that forms part of the sightseeing highlights in this area. The temple lies to the west of the boardwalk, opposite the Ling Gwan Kiong Chinese temple. Houses on stilts, of which some are now restaurants, feature as part of the seascape. The temple features sea-facing gates that allow for direct access for pilgrims during sea rituals and temple anniversaries, and which provide unique photo and posing opportunities for visitors.
- Location: Old Singaraja Seaport, Jalan Imam Bonjol, Singaraja, North Bali
Sekumpul is one of Bali’s scenic waterfalls, located in the village of Sawan in Buleleng, North Bali. The falls are fed by two upland streams, and is the most accessible of the collection of falls in the area. Even so, getting down here requires a good deal of effort, through dirt tracks, a hundred or so steps and crossing over streams. There are purpose-built gazebos where you can cool down and catch your breath while enjoying the view of the 80m-tall majestic fall from a distance. To get nearer, you’ll need to go further down more steps, but the scenery certainly justifies the effort.
- Location: Jalan Raya Desa Sekumpul, Sawan, Lemukih, Buleleng
Singaraja Old Seaport
This old and defunct seaport is a favourite weekending site among locals, with the Ling Gwan Kiong Chinese temple at one end of it and the Pura Segara sea temple at the other. The port features a sheltered boardwalk and a well-paved open-air space where locals jog, cycle and exercise. Next to the coastline is one of Singaraja’s iconic monuments - the Tugu Yudha Mandala Tama - with a separate statue of a patriotic figure holding a sharpened bamboo with the Indonesian flag, pointing seaward. Local families treat their kids to fun times at the playgrounds and there are also food stalls, a public restroom and a security post onsite. Entry to the port is free.
- Location: Kampung Bugis, Jalan Imam Bonjol, Singaraja, North Bali
Escape to the hills of Banjar in North Bali and discover this tranquil waterfall hidden among the foliage, together with rocky pools and lava stone creeks. The waterfall is up in the forests of the Cempaga village, some 50km west of the town of Singaraja and Lovina Beach. Reaching the falls requires a 20-minute trek on Read More...
- Location: Jalan Air Terjun Sing-Sing, Banjar, Buleleng
Ulun Danu Beratan Lake Temple
This is easily one of the most recognisable of Bali’s temples; a picturesque structure set on a misty lakeside. The temple is the central landmark of Beratan Lake in Bedugul, central Bali, and welcomes visitors to a cool escape with well-manicured flower gardens and recreational activities. When you’ve finished admiring and photographing the ‘floating’ temple and Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:00
- Location: western lakeside of Beratan Lake, Candi Kuning, Bedugul, Tabanan
West Bali National Park
The West Bali National Park (locally referred to as Taman Nasional Bali Barat) is a protected forested region that covers most of the central-western Bali region, spanning approximately 19,000Ha. The park features a mix of open savannahs, dense rainforests, mangrove swamps, and coral reefs and was originally the home of the Bali Starling (Leucopsar rothschildi), which Read More...
- Location: Northwest Bali; Main office is on the Jalan Raya Cekik-Gilimanuk Road, Jembrana
- Tel: +62 (0)365 610 60