Air Panas, Banjar (hot springs). Set in the hills west of Lovina and surrounded by tropical gardens, Air Panas hot springs are among Bali’s most beautiful. Perfectly blended with the lush nature complex, offering pools, dining and spa experience is a great place to visit at the end of the day. The water is warm (38 °C) and a bit sulfurous, to give your tired muscles the much-needed relief. Bathing with the locals at the sacred Air Panas hot springs is a ‘must-do’ traditional Balinese experience when staying in the north.
Brahma Vihara Arama. The largest Buddhist monastery in Bali, located up in the hills of Banjar, only 1.5km west of the Banjar Hot Springs. Opened in 1970, Brahmavihara-Arama comprises a hectare of a hillside, with numerous libraries, beautiful gardens, and an impressive mini replica of the world’s largest Buddhist archaeological site, Borobudur on its highest grounds. In addition to Buddhist worship places, this temple is also a place to meditate. From the monastery altitude, when facing to the north, you will be mesmerized with the beautiful scenery of the North Bali Sea, plantation areas, and rice paddies.
Waterfalls: Aling Aling, GitGit, and Sekumpul (the largest waterfall in North Bali). Juicy-green jungle covering almost every ridge and abyss makes for extra magic when you find yourself swimming at the foot of a waterfall. If walking through dense jungle and ducking under lush green canopies is your idea of fun, then hunting for Bali’s best hidden waterfalls needs to be on your bucket list. Nestled away in the less-visited, Northern part of the island, Aling Aling, GitGit, and Sekumpulare are off the beaten track and unbeknownst to the tourist crowds.
Munduk Village. Up in the mountains (approximately 40-minute drive), the Munduk area is about pure nature with scenic views, lakes, and waterfalls. Located between 500 to 1200 meters above sea level and with average temperatures of 20 to 25°C, the village of Munduk has a rich history. Legend tells that it was settled by people from the mountains who were escaping an invasion of ants. The area is one of the best trekking points in Bali. Hiking through rice paddies, clove, cocoa and coffee plantations, is stunningly rewarding and offers the region’s prime spots for watching sunrises on one side and sunsets on the other.
Golf. The nearest golf course is Handara Golf & Resort Bali – mountain golf resort located near Bedugul is a world-class destination for golf lovers of all skill types. It’s the first golf & country club resort to open in Bali and was voted by Golf Magazine as ‘One of the 50 Greatest Golf Courses in the World.’ It is approximately 1-hour drive from the Nalika Resort, nestled inside the crater of an extinct volcano. The views offer lush green mountains, crater lakes, and equatorial rain forests.
Dolphin watching. Back in the day, every sunrise, local fishermen set out for their daily catches in the bay, and so did the dolphins. Since the 1980s, in Lovina fishermen bring tourists to see dolphins in the wild. Starting at dawn, these trips remain one of the main nature attractions of this quiet and laid back coastal town. Lovina may not be the prettiest beach in Bali, but its gorgeous sunrise and frequent sightings of dolphin pods that favor these calm waters surely make up for the lack of postcard-pretty white sandy beaches of the south.
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