When thinking Bali, the first thing that usually comes to mind is Kuta or Nusa Dua. After all, these are some of the most popular spots on the whole island. But, if you want to experience all of Bali, we recommend going beyond the beaten path.

Lovina is a coastal area on the northwest side of Bali. The Lovina beach area is about two and half hours away from the real hustle and bustle of Bali, so you’ll be sure to find a quiet spot to relax. And, when the family is up for a something adventurous, the area is surrounded by many awesome attractions! Check out a these five spots near Lovina Bali.

Gitgit

Not too far away from Lovina beach is a beautiful, 40-meter high waterfall. The Gitgit waterfall is located in the heart of Sukasada sub-district about 10 kilometers from Singaraja Town. A kilometer from the falls, there are loads of warungs that sell souvenirs and cheap clothing. If you haven’t packed extra clothes, you can buy cheap clothing from any of these warungs before a refreshing swim at Gigit waterfall.

Dolphin Watching

Dolphins are always a hit among kids. If you want to go dolphin watching, you can talk to a local boatman for a tour. Most locals offer tours near the beach. Usually, the boat leaves at 6 so pack your bags before the break of dawn and make sure to bring your camera!

Buddhist Monastery

When you explore the hills of Banjar, you’ll come across the largest Buddhist monastery in Bali. Brahma Vihara Arama is filled with a mix of Balinese design and Buddhist architecture. Right in the monastery, visitors are encouraged to meditate, say a little prayer and maybe even explore the abbey.

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Hot Springs

Since you’re exploring Banjar, why not head to the local hot springs? The famous hot springs have sulfuric water coming out of large water sprouts. This is a popular tourist spot, so expect a few more crowds than in Lovina. We recommend going early, just before breakfast. After a refreshing dip in the hotsprings, go to the nearby market for local eats!

Bali Temples

From the east of Lovina, you will come across a variety of Balinese temples. Some must-visit temples includes Beji Temple in Sangsit – dedicated to the Rice Goddess, and Jagaraja temple – commemorating battles with the Dutch. To the west of Lovina is the Pulaki temple, which is full of monkeys!

West Bali National Park

The West Bali National Park is Bali’s largest nature reserve. It features a colorful variety of flora and fauna and is a great place to check out various species of birds, including the very rare Bali Starling. However, you will need a guide. There are only 2 trails that tourists are allowed to hike, as there are many protected species in the park.

Have you been to Lovina and the surrounding area, and loved something not mentioned here? Let us know!