NORTH BALI, QUIET & RELAXING
The north coast of Bali is one of the quietest parts of the island. The whole of this region is famous for its black sand beaches, with some of the best at the long stretch of coastline to the west of Singaraja known as Lovina.
Along the way to North Bali are charming villages, sacred temples and waterfalls to explore. It is quiet and very different from the hustle and bustle in South Bali. Singaraja, the main town for the Lovina area, has a colonial feel to it. As the old Dutch capital of Bali during the colonial era the town retains some Dutch influences in the wide streets and old houses with big gardens. The local Balinese have a taste for large monuments and these are dotted around the city, usually at major junctions. The town has accommodation ranging from basic to good quality and some good restaurants.
An interesting place in Singaraja is Kampung Arab (Arab Village) district and the maze of distinctly old fashioned trading streets. Another attraction is the Gedong Kirtya Museum, which is dedicated to the preservation of Lontar scripts. Lontar is a species of palm tree and its leaves are an ancient medium for recording the written word. The museum houses thousands of these delicate pieces covering subjects as wide ranging as religion and the folklore of traditional medicine.
PLACES TO GO, THINGS TO DO
Lovina is actually a string of coastal villages comprising of Pemaron, Tukad Mungga, Anturan, Kalibukbuk, Kaliasem, Temukus and Banyualit. Kalibukuk is the main hub of this area and is often regarded as Lovina Town Centre.
Lovina is the most popular beach destination in North Bali and is famous for its dolphins. Its beaches are different from those in the rest of Bali as they have grey and black volcanic sand. The sea is very calm here and safe for swimming. It is an excellent site for watching the spectacular sunset, dolphin watching and for diving and snorkeling. It is also a convenient base for trips around the north coast or the central mountains. Despite the influx of resorts and hotels around the area it still remains serene and tranquil and popular with tourists who want a quiet and peaceful holiday.
To the west of Lovina is charming Pemuteran with nice resorts clustered around the small bay. It is an emerging destination for diving, water skiing, fishing and parasailing. Nearby Menjangan Island has one of the best diving sites in Bali. There are some restaurants to provide visitors with a taste of local Balinese cuisine.