Things to do in Northern Bali

Our villa is located near Lovina, in the North of Bali. More people are discovering the North of Bali and finding it to be the ideal holiday destination. Famous for its early morning dolphin-watching boat trips, Lovina also offers good snorkeling, diving and walking in the nearby mountains. Do not miss the opportunity to soak in hot springs and catch beautiful sunsets! With a wonderful variety of restaurants and bars located on or very close to the calm beach, Lovina offers something for everyone. It is also a good starting point to take day trips to the nearby attractions of the island  or further trips ( like Lombok, Gili Islands, Comodo islands, etc…). Our help desk can assist you in organizing your trips and activities ( visits,trips, sports, culture, …)


Sunrise with dolphins

The beautiful calm ocean assures Lovina to be one of the most inspirational beaches of Bali. Dolphins are often playing there in the waters near Lovina. An absolute must: set sail at, or even before, sunrise to look for the dolphins. The chance of actually spotting  one is over 80%. Sometimes the boat is surrounded by hundreds of jumping, playing and blowing dolphins. A lot of fun and very special! You’ll find information in our villa on how to book a boat. Booking a day in advance is usually adequate. The trip takes about two hours. The boat can pick you up in front of our villa.


Batur Vulcano

If you want to climb the Batur volcano, you will be picked up from the villa as early as 3 am. You’ll climb the volcano in the ark of night accompanied by a guide. When you reach the summit of Batur volcano your effort will be rewarded with the most spectacular sunrise with the view of the 3200 meter high Gunung Agung looking back at you. Agung is a holy mountain to the Balinese people. After that you will walk back to Lake Batur: this volcanic lake is surrounded by beautiful temples. A daytime trip to Batur is of course also one of the possibilities; whether you go climbing or not, the view is more than worth it!


Spice Beach Club

The first and only Beach Club in Lovina. Enjoy the good food and atmosphere at the club: Spice Beach Club Lovina

Join this club for lunch, dinner, cocktails or chill out and experience the ultimate beach club experience. Sample the creative, globally-inspired cuisine, refreshing signature cocktails and entertainment while enjoying the magical view over the ocean and full moon.

The club features a Boutique, and the Bali Spice Dive center.

Free pickup for dinner.
For reservations please call +62(0)362-7012666 or email [email protected]


Mayong Rice Fields

Mayong is a remote mountain village. Ria and Putu can guide through the local rice fields. Guide Putu shares an avalanche of information during a hefty treck. Learn about the ways of the local population, fruits and plants.Those brave enough to face this challenge will be treated by Ria with snacks and dinner. Tip: Start this treck early as the sun can be unforgiving in the afternoon.


Bali Golf

At about an hours drive from the villa you’ll find a beautiful 18-hole golf course named “Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club”. It’s one of the top 5 golf courses in Asia and is beautifully located against the side of a mountain at an altitude of over 1100m. The course is designed by the famous architect Peter Thompson. For more information see:


Bali Barat National Park

Bali Barat National Park is situated in the west of Bali and is 77,000 ha large, which makes up for about 10% of Bali’s total surface. The park is the last refuge of one of the most endangered birds of the world: the Bali Starling. Bali Barat is mountainous and primarily consists out of rain forest, mangrove forest, savannah and coral islands. The peninsular Prapat Agung, with its extensive web of walking paths, is the most accessible part of the park. Here at Tegal Bunder, you will find the Bali Starling Recovery Project where the PHPA is trying to reintroduce Bali Starlings. The Park is a paradise for bird-watchers. They will find about 160 different species in the park. Pulau Menjangan, an island north of the mainland part of the park, is an excellent place to explore the coral reefs.



Munduk is located in the mountains to the south of Lovina. It’s a charming mountain village with beautiful houses and a lot of possible activities. Many picturesque rice terraces are located here. The temperature is a lot cooler because Munduk is located at a high altitude. From this spot you can enjoy great walks to Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblinha, among other things. There’s a magical temple in a lake and you’ll find the most beautiful botanic gardens of Bali located not far from Munduk. The botanic gardens are 130 hectare. You get a good impression of the abundant tropical mountain flora. There are numerous wild (rare) orchids.


Bali Temples

Bali has many temples, each blessed with a beautiful background story. To the East of Lovina, in Sangsit, you can find the Beji Temple which is dedicated to the Rice Goddess. The Jagaraja temple commemorates the numerous battles with the Dutch. To the west of Lovina you can find the Pulaki Temple, it’s crowded with monkeys who are considered descendants of Dewa (God). The Ulundanu Temple is located near Bedugul.


Taman National Park

Visit nature reserve Taman National Bali Barat or explore Singaraja, the old colonial capital of Bali. The volcanoes in central Bali are also easy to visit. You can expect quite an exciting day when you get a driver to show you around. We did this ourselves. We got wet at the Git-Git waterfalls and visited the peaceful half Hindu, half Buddhist temple complex Ulun Danu. On the way we stopped to feed the monkeys. We got a demonstration how typical Bali kopi luwak (coffee) is made and were strangers amongst the locals in the hot water springs to arrive clean at the Buddhist monastery, located in the hills near Lovina.


Little Borobudur

Little Borobudur North Bali
Buddhist Monastery – Little Borobodur

In the hills of Banjar is a Buddhist monastery with some nice painted walls and praying rooms. It is the only Buddhist monastery on Bali and is sometimes called the little Borobodur. Definitely worth visiting! You can visit the monastery with a driver. It is also nice to walk from the villa.

The roads can be somewhat steep, making it a bit of a challengeu. If you consider walking up to the monastery it’s best to do this in the morning when the sun is less challeging.


Singaraja and GitGit

Singaraja is the former capital of Bali. It is a city with hospitals, pharmacies, various banks, and many markets which will impress you with the color and smell of typical Balinese food. Singaraja is the home of the Gedong Kirtya library, famous for preserving  the  lontar manuscripts and Balinese scriptures. The harbor of Singaraja shows signs of Dutch colonialism with its old storage houses.

Driving southwards from Singaraja for about 30 minutes will take you to one of the most spectacular, breathtaking waterfalls of Bali: the Git-Git. A path of about 1 km filled with souvenir warungs and shops where you can buy cheap clothes takes you to a 40 meter high waterfall. Sit down and relax with the sound of falling water in the bouldered river.


Diving in Lovina and North Bali

Lovina is an ideal place to discover the underwater world of Bali. You can snorkel and dive in calm and crystal clear water; the calm sea and shallow lagoon makes Lovina a paradise to snorkel and dive. You can hire a boat to sail to the most beautiful places, to the east of Lovina. But in the ocean, in front of our villa, it’s great to have a look as well. There are two snorkel sets in the villa that you can use.

There are more than enough Padi dive centers in Lovina. We have experienced diving with the Bali spice dive centre and can highly recommend them. They were the first Padi dive centre in northern Bali and are at the moment the only Padi 5 star dive centre in Lovina. They have English speaking Padi qualified dive masters. You can find more information in the villa or you can find more information at:

The 2 most beautiful places are located near the island Menjangan, in the north-west and Amed and Tulamben (wreck diving) in the north-east. For a photo impression of the coral reef at Menjangan click here.


The Banjar Hot Springs

Not to far away from the Buddhist monastery, in the middle of a beautiful scenery, are the famous hot springs of Banjar. You can visit the famous Hot Springs containing sulfurous water and large water sprouts. Some people believe the springs have a healing effect.

Very relaxing! There are three springs, from hot to moderately warm (you really have to recuperate). You’ll feel refreshed after!

A few kilometers from Singaraja, a curvy road takes you to Air Sanih, a natural fresh water pool.



Close the Villa Branie (walking distance over the beach) you can enjoy watersport activities at Beach Club Costa. They offer a variety of opportunities to enjoy like Jetski, Parasailing, Banana Boats, Jetpack, Flyboard,…). The facilty also has a cosy lounge bar and a very good restaurant, all with view on the Bali Sea !