The traditional Balinese temple-like architecture and carvings at Banjar’s sacred hot springs help create the most attractive of Bali’s geothermal baths. Amid lush topical grounds three pools are fed by naturally hot spring water spewing from the mouths of carved stone ... Read more about Banjar hot springs .
Sekumpul Waterfall is arguably Bali’s most spectacular cascades, and less visited than some less pretty, because they take a little bit of effort to reach. If you’re staying in the Lovina region, that minor effort is certainly rewarded as it means that as well as having a good chance of enjoying the area to yourself, fewer souvenir shops and hawkers are trying to sell tourist tat than at ... Read more about Sekumpul Waterfall .
Powerful Git Git Waterfall is one of the most popular spots of the North Bali tour route, but if you time it right, it may be possible to enjoy in relative solitude -- or with fewer of the hordes, anyway. ... Read more about Git Git Waterfall .
Tranquil Brahmavihara Arama is an eclectic hillside Buddhist monastery, known locally simply as the Buddhist Temple. Featuring pretty gardens, meditation rooms and a pastiche of Buddhist styles, it’s a restful detour. Built over a series of terraces, the entry is through a Balinese-style courtyard with a round lotus-filled central pond surrounded by stone guardian figures. Two sets of ... Read more about Brahmavihara Arama (Buddhist Temple) .
Although not really a tourist destination, traces of former colonial glory are apparent in the port city of Singaraja. Add in some interesting temples and museums, and Singaraja makes a worthy day trip, particularly if also combined with a visit to one or more of the local ... Read more about Singaraja .
Great for a refreshing dip on a hot day, Sing Sing is a small but pretty waterfall close to Lovina. Following the Singaraja-Serirt road four kilometres west of Lovina, a signposted turnoff to Jalan Singsing continues for another kilometre to the village of Temukus. The short 10-minute trail through the low forested hill begins at the Bale Banjar (the village's community building). We were ... Read more about Sing Sing Waterfall .
Despite Lovina being a beach destination, the beaches themselves are frankly disappointing. The black volcanic sand is more of a dirty grey, and while they are mostly clean in the tourist villages, some areas are grubby, with piles of rubbish making them decidedly unappealing. ... Read more about Beaches .
In the drier north of Bali, the midday heat can be overwhelming. Yeh Sanih is an ideal antidote: a cold-water natural spring-fed swimming pool where the waters are crystal clear and the temperature is cool year-round. ... Read more about Yeh Sanih .
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