Lovina is a quiet coastal town in the North of Bali – the 12km dark sand beach is quiet. Lovina might be a good stop to rest and to visit less touristy places. Lovina is known for the dolphins watching – if you do want to go, be prepared to get up very early and not to be the only boat chasing dolphins… Alternatively, we recommend you spend time snorkeling, visiting one of the biggest Buddhist temples in Bali or walking to waterfalls. You can go to Bali if you only have a regular 2 day weekend and want to take a break. However, it’s better if you have one or two extra days. You can also stay there for up to two weeks.

Singapore to Bali Lovina journey details

Connections with this trip

If you have more time, go explore the rest of Bali. South Bali is quite different from the North. Ubud is also a great destination and you can explore from there. There are many things to see and do in Bali so you can stay there for a while. However, if you have more time and want to travel somewhere else, you can take a flight and explore Mount Bromo, Mount Rinjani or Yogyakarta and its temples.

Getting from Singapore to Denpasar (Bali)

There are many direct flights from Singapore to Denpasar (Bali)

Getting there: AirAsia – Singapore to Denpasar 9.05 PM – 11.35 PM (2h30 flight)
Coming back: Tiger – Denpasar to Singapore – 7.05 PM – 9.45 PM
Return ticket from SGD 250.

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Getting from Denpasar to Lovina

Lovina is located North Bali – 90km from Denpasar. This means a 3h drive when there is no traffic. The road is in good condition but there is only 1 lane (so overtaking is a challenge and trucks may slow you down).

There are some interesting stops to do (See the To Do & See section below) on the way. Therefore it is recommended to take a private car rather than public transports.

Here are the details of a driver we met and recommend: Ketut Pariasa: +62 (0) 85 237 632 230 / diketutpariasa@yahoo.co.id Ketut is a driver & a guide – Speaks English, French, German & Japanese. Nice car with AC (4 passengers with luggage and up to 6 without luggage), 1 day around USD 40 – 45 depending on the season.

Where to stay in Lovina

There are several options in Lovina beach. If you are looking for a quiet, remote and small resort overlooking rice paddies and the sea, have a try in Puri Mangga Resort (3,5 km from Lovina beach, up in the hill, free shuttle to Lovina available). If you are looking for a villa in Bali, you should try Villa-Bali.com. You will find all kinds of villas and all the information you need to compare, select and book your villa. The site is very comprehensive, easy to use and reliable!

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If you prefer to stay in a hotel, you can use Agoda to compare and book.

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To see & to do in North Bali

Here is a a selection of things to see and do from Lovina. In case you are looking for a driver for 1 day trips or more,  here are the details of a driver we recommend: Ketut Pariasa: +62 (0) 85 237 632 230 / diketutpariasa@yahoo.co.id Ketut is a driver & a guide – Speaks English, French, German & Japanese. Nice car with AC (4 passengers with luggage or up to 6 without luggage), 1 day trip around USD 40 – 45 depending on the season.

Snorkeling & enjoying a sunset cocktail on the beach

On the beach you can ask a fisherman to bring you 10min away from the beach – there are some nice fishes to follow. The fisherman will ask you if you want to give bread to the fish. It’s up to you but there is no need for bread to lure fishes. On top of this, snorkelling among pieces of bread is not really enjoyable… fixed price: 60 000 IDR / pax. After spending time to follow up fish what’s better than enjoying sunset with a nice cocktail? On Lovina Beach there is a restaurant called Sea Breeze from where you can have an amazing view on the sunset

Singaraja local market & the Gitgit waterfalls

Singaraja is a town, 20min drive from Lovina, where there’s a local market every morning – do not expect to buy souvenirs but rather enjoy walking in the alleys, watching Balinese peaceful lifestyle, looking at all the different type of rice they offer, watching colourful offering boxes, etc. Then 11km South of Singaraja, you can walk 40 min up and seek for fresh breezes from the Gitgit waterfall (10 000 IDR/pax) – you might be offered guide service which is not useful at all as the way to the waterfall is obvious.

Buddhist temple Brahma Vihara Arama & Hot Springs

About 20 min drive from Lovina this temple is one of the few Buddhist temples in Bali. You need to wear a sarong and you can borrow one at the entrance. It is a temple with many stairs, the first buildings you go through are standard then going up to the plateau leads you to an amazing little temple. The place is very peaceful, surrounded by frangipani trees, facing the mountains. A nice place to stay a while and enjoy the quietness. There is no entrance fees, it is a donation system After this meditation time, what about going to the hot springs? Only 1 km from the temple. 15000 IDR / pax, surprisingly it is more crowded than the temple… 2 big hot water tanks where you can go paddling – water is not very clear due to the natural heating of the water. The tanks are surrounded by a jungle style scenery.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple

On the way to going to (or leaving from) Lovina: the Pura Ulun Danu temple is a nice stop to enjoy a break. On the top of the Central mountain of Bali, there are several lakes. Bratan is a crater lake with a Hindu-Buddhist water temple built on islands. The temple is fascinating, surrounding by mist, adding to the mysterious atmosphere. Located high up in the mountain, the temperature is cool and pleasant. 30 000 IDR/ pax. You may have noticed this temple on your IDR 50, 000 notes – showing the importance of this temple for Indonesia.

Jatiluwi Rice Terrace

On the way to go (or to leave from) Lovina: It is impossible to miss the Jatiluwi Rice Terrace! Did you know it is registered at the UNESCO? The road to get to the terrace is a bit twisted but the view makes you forget about it. There is a toll fee of 3 000 IDR / pax to enter the endless rice fields. You will get an amazing view (thanks to the terrace system), ask your driver to drop you somewhere where you can start a walk among the panel of green plateau, look at the irrigation system, watch Balinese taking care of their rice paddies. You can keep on going through the paddies without noticing time is flying… Keep in mind it gets dark from 6pm.

Dolphins watching

During the peak season, you might feel disappointed  as this Dolphin watching tour is quite popular and you might not be the only boat trying to spot dolphins… The boats usually leave at sunrise. Most boats fromLovina beach offer the same price – about IDR 60,000 per pax for a 1.5h tour.

More info to prepare your trip

 Wifi is available in most restaurants, bars, hotels. It is free in most places.

What to pack for Bali

Your main bag

That’s the one you leave at the hotel. Ideally you want to avoid checking in your luggage when flying. So check the weight and dimensions for hand carry luggage with your airlines (some airlines will allow only 7kg, some will allow up to 10kg). From head to toes.

  • Short sleeves tops: your main outfit. Everybody will see them on all your pictures. You really want to take that old Mickey Mouse T-shirt? Be mindful that you will be in a different environment so it might be a good idea to adjust your wardrobe.
  • Long sleeves tops: to protect yourself from the sun (if you’ve stayed for 5 hours on a motorbike with short sleeves you know what I mean) or to enter religious buildings or to protect yourself from mosquitoes in the evening.
  • Pullover. Yes I know, you’re going to a country where the temperature never goes down below 25 degrees and you need to pack a pullover? You will thank us when you’re back. Remember that flight during which  you were freezing? Or this museum where the aircon is set to the “polar bear” temperature?
  • Short/skirt (you should be able to chose the appropriate one by yourself).
  • Trousers for the same reasons you need to take long sleeves tops. Jeans are usually not a good option. They are heavy and keep you too warm.
  • Underwear: well, you know. If you plan to walk or ride motorbikes for long hours, take something comfortable as the combination heat + friction can make you regret this sophisticated silk underwear. Cotton is good.
  • Shoes: one pair of flip flap and one pair of confortable shoes. Remember that you are going to spend most of the time on your feet. Forget about high heels and leave your Westons at home.
  • Swimsuit: even if you don’t plan to go to the beach, you never know. A nice river, a swimming pool, a heavy rain? Always have one with you.
  • Raincoat and protection for your bag. Even if you are visiting the country during the “best season”, you never know what the sky will be like.
  • Torch: take a pocket torch with you if you visit countries where the power is not reliable… Can come very handy when stuck in the dark in your room.
  • Toilet bag: Shampoo, soap, toothbrush & toothpath, deodorant, sun screen, tiger balm. Ideally, all these in miniature formats.
  • Sleeping bag liner (if you plan to stay in very cheap or dirty places, not required if you are staying in a 5-star hotel…)
  • Your IT stuff: iPad, eBook, laptop, chargers, memory card, batteries, etc.
  • Dryer sheets: they will help keep a fresh smell in your bag.

Your small bag

That’s the one you keep with you, all the time. Hence, a backpack is the best option.

  • Your passportcashcredit cards and other life saving items like your insurance card with emergency contact details. Not a bad idea to put them in a zip-lock bag  in case it rains. It will keep your documents dry.
  • Your driver’s licence if you plan to rent a car or a motorbike (some countries are quite particular about this so take it with you in case you are not sure, even for a motorbike rental).
  • Your emergency medical kit: painkillers, mosquitoes repellent, dressing/plaster, disinfectant, anti diarrhea, eyewash
  • Tissues and toilet paper (you will thank me later). Remember that in a lot of countries, you will not be provided napkins when having a meal.
  • Water – plastic bottles are a good option as they are lighter than a gourd/flask.
  • Biscuits (always buy some before you go when you are not sure what you will find. Always have “emergency” biscuit  and water in case you cannot find food around and need to recharge batteries)
  • Sunglasses: you’ll need them. Take them even if it’s raining. Weather can change very fast in the region.
  • Scarf (krama, or any kind of fabric that you can use to put around your neck, put on your head to protect it from the sun, cover your shoulders in temples, dry your sweat, etc). Can come very handy in some situation. It will not stay clean for long so it’s wise to pick a dark color…
  • Camera and its protection.

Beach pack

Remember that this one comes on top of the Regular pack (above)

  • Beach towel or equivalent (pareos / sarongs are lighter)
  • Snorkeling equipment: mask, scuba, (fins?)
  • Shoes you can wear on the beach or in the water (to protect your feet from being cut by corals)
  • Dry bag if you plan to go on a boat and want to keep your stuff dry.

Well, you will probably adjust your bag after a few trips. Remove the stuff that you have not used and add the one that you missed. Post a comment to share your tips!

Happy packing (it’s the worse part of the trip but it’s worth it…) and travelling!

Indonesia

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  • Language: Bahasa Indonesian
  • Time zone: Jakarta, Sulawesi: GMT + 7, 1h ahead of Singapore;
    Bali has no time difference with Singapore
  • Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
  • Phone: + 62
  • Electricity: 220V 50 Hz

Immigration and airport taxes on arrival

  • If you are eligible you will need to pay for a visa on arrival. The price is USD 25 or the equivalent in other currencies. It is valid for 30 days. Check as it may vary (some airports charge 22 EUR, some others 25 EUR).
  • If you travel to Bintan, Batam, or Karimun, you can get a 7 day Visa on Arrival for USD 10.
  • On busy weekends, expect to wait for quite a while at the immigration counter.
  • Make sure your notes are perfectly clean and without any note or stain. USD bills must be from 2003 or more recent. Coins are not accepted. Change (if any) is given in Ruppiah.
  • On departure, you will need to pay the airport fees. These fees are not included in your tickets when you book your trip (hence the price difference between the inbound and outbound flights to Indonesia). They vary from one airport to the other. They are usually around IDR 150,000 per person. You need to pay these in Rupiah

National Public Holidays in Indonesia

2015

Day Date Holiday
Thursday January 01 New Years Day
Saturday January 03 Maulidur Rasul
Thursday February 19 Chinese New Year
Saturday March 21 Hari Raya Nyepi
Friday April 03 Good Friday
Friday May 01 Labour Day
Thursday May 14 Ascension Day
Saturday May 16 Isra Miraj
Tuesday June 02 Waisak Day
Thursday July 16 Cuti Bersama
Friday July 17 Hari Raya Puasa
Saturday July 18 Hari Raya Puasa
Monday July 20 Cuti Bersama
Tuesday July 21 Cuti Bersama
Monday August 17 Independence Day
Thursday September 24 Idul Adha
Wednesday October 14 Muharram
Thursday December 24 Cuti Bersama
Friday December 25 Christmas Day

* check the exact date as it varies from one year to another, check this website for other years.When Public Holidays falls on a Sunday, the following day will be Public Holiday.