17 September 2018 255x Destinations
North Bali consists mainly of the district of Buleleng. In this part of Bali you will find some very interesting places to visit. Singaraja is the main town of the Buleleng district. Once it was the former colonial capital of Bali.
Bali Lovina Beach is one of the famous tourist places in north part of Bali which own beautiful of calm sea water, blackish chromatic sand and the sea with its dolphin. One of the favorite fascinations in Lovina is dolphin watching tour. Hundreds of dolphins can be seen in the morning time around 1 km offshore. We can see the dolphin attractions in this place like jumping. The famous tour to visit this beach for see the dolphin is the Bali Dolphin Tour. It is not fail to draw if the tourist has the time to see the sunset here. Lovina area is also supported by the number of tourism fascination which is can be reached from this location. Places of interests around Lovina are Hot Water Banjar, Wihara Budha (Buddies shrine), Gigit Waterfall and some countryside exist around the location. Lovina Beach is officially located in Kalibukbuk area and covering some countryside like Pemaron, Tukad Mungga, Anturan and Kalibukbuk countryside. Kalibugbug countryside it self is located in Buleleng sub district, meanwhile the Kaliasem and Temukus countryside are located in Banjar sub district where it both of them are belong to Buleleng regency. The eastern countryside is called Pemaron about 5 Km west of Singaraja, and the western countryside is Temukus about 12 Km west of Singaraja.
The centre of activities in Lovina area is located 10 Km from Singaraja town. Nowadays, Lovina area is becoming the center of tourism activities in north part of Bali and offer many kind of accommodations, restaurants, bars, beach activities, art shops, bank, transportations etc. The accommodations in this area are a available from the star hotel class until small hotel even the home stay for the low budget travelers. As a tourist area and center of tourism in Singaraja, Lovina get the biggest visit from tourist who visiting north part of Bali . It is estimated by 90% from tourist who pay a visit to north part of Bali will in Lovina.
2. Bathing with the locals at Air Panas Banjar Hot Springs
The sacred hot springs ‘Air Panas’ of Banjar are set in the midst of the jungle in a beautifully landscaped tropical garden, close to Lovina Beach, and it consist of three public and one private pool.
The sulphuric water is of volcanic origin and has an agreeable warm temperature of 37 degrees Celcius, ideal for people suffering from rheumatic diseases. The hot spring water gushes from the mouths of eight stone carved naga (mythical, dragon-like creatures) into the oblong shaped upper pool.
From the upper pool the water overflows from the mouths of five more nagas into the largest of the three pools, which is square shaped and situated at a lower level. The hot spring water gushes from the mouths of eight stone carved naga (mythical, dragon-like creatures) into the oblong shaped upper pool. From the upper pool the water overflows from the mouths of five more nagas into the largest of the three pools, which is square shaped and situated at a lower level.
3. Snorkeling and scuba diving at worldclass sites
Puri Jati is a shore dive that is quickly taking over the reputation of Secret Bay near Gilimanuk as the best muckdiving site in the north of Bali. It is a 20-minute car ride to the west from the centre of Lovina. There is a dive cafe on the black volcanic sand beach providing lounge, restaurant, equipment washing and toilet facilities. You will spend your surface interval here eating a small lunch of fried noodles, fried rice, sandwiches or similar dishes. Farmers from nearby fields bring cattle to the fresh water creek running into the sea next to the dive cafe. This water brings nutrients from the rice paddies to the huge variety of marine life living in the bay.
Lovina has quite healthy coral reefs that are home to a large number of tropical fish and critters including razorfish, starfish, squat lobster, nudibranchs, vertical fish, catfish, juvenile sweetlips, blennies, giant clams, wrasses, moray eels, shrimp, damselfish, angelfish, butterflyfish and hermit crab. Turtles and even dolphins may also make an appearance on your dive.
In Puri Jati the animals and plants are smaller and more sparse but you often glimpse rare creatures. You do see lionfish in full samurai warrior poses but you would probably be more interested in a mimic octopus that can imitate up to 15 other marine species regarding the color, shape and the swimming action. You may also notice sea urchins, porcelain crabs, sea cucumbers, regular seahorses, sea pens, snake eels, pegasus, leaf scorpion fish, cuttlefish, dragonfish, various shrimps, spider crab, pipefish, frogfish, tube corals, swimmer crabs, hambone scorpion fish, arrow crab, juvenile versions of reef fishes, fish and nudibranch eggs.
4. Budhist Temple
Brahmavira Arama Buddhist Monastery is the perfect place for a serene Buddhist Monastery in Bali. Buddhist Monastery Bali located at Tegehe hamlet, the village of Banjar, near Lovina, in Buleleng Regency. Perched on a slope of a hill, Brahmavira Arama Buddhist Temple and Monastery rise majestically overlooking a sea with lush green hill as a background. It’s located 1,5 km to east from Banjar Hot Springs.
The monastery (Brahma Vihara Arama) was built in 1970 by locals financing by Indonesian and also aids of Thailand government, and it’s consecrated in 1972. It has been damaged by earthquake in 1976. The new Stupa has been repaired and is decorated with splendidly colorful confection.
The temple complex enjoys a wonderful hillside setting such as brilliant orange tile roof stand over an entrance gate guarded by fine two Naga, with bell tower in the corner of middle courtyard. Every step’s up to the temple has Buddha wisdom also around the walls.
5. Viewpoints over Twin Lake ( Tamblingan and Buyan Lake)
Lake Buyan (the bigger one, on the left) and Lake Tamblingan (smaller one, on the right), separated by a thin strip of land, are logically known as the Twin Lakes. This fantastic landscape is the result of the forces of nature.
Twin Lake is surrounded by mountains with little cafe’s who created their own viewpoint. There are so many that you won’t be able to visit them all in one day. There are a few cool ones which are a bamboo lookout point or a swing overlooking the lake.
7. Visit mountain village and traditional market in Bedugul
The Candi Kuning Market, which locals refer to as Pasar Merta Sari Candi Kuning, or simply ‘Pasar Bedugul’, is one of two main markets in the Bedugul area. Candi Kuning Market mostly boasts local farm produce, such as flowers and a wide range of tropical fruits (mangosteen, bananas, tamarillos, tangerines and, most importantly, strawberries – the prize produce of Bedugul. Being a market targeted at travellers, you’ll find souvenirs in the form of generic and kitsch arts and crafts at stalls further inside. Nevertheless, it’s a great place to find a local market scene, with the rule of thumb being (as always): bargain hard! Even the locals do it. A large packet of strawberries – around half a kilo – starts from IDR 25,000 (around USD 1.80). For a simple and very local snack, try some crackers, boiled peanuts or steamed sweetcorn (around IDR 5,000 a cob) sold by peddlers at the roadside. Locals find it an obligatory stop for stocking up on snacks for their ride.
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