Useful Information

Getting Here

Lovina will take you about 3.5 hours to get to from Kuta, and you have a choice of routes.
Route #1 is via Mengwi, then driving straight north, to the west of Ubud and up to Bedugal. This route will give you a chance to check out the lake and stop just before it for some corn on the cob, sold from the roadside market, by ladies carrying them in baskets on their heads. After Bedugal you pass the Botanical Gardens, in Candikuning and the famous waterfall at Gitgit. You can head straight north to Singaraja, then west about 6kms to Lovina.

Route #2 is same as the first, except you can take the Munduk road, after passing through Candikuning, at Yehketipat. This route gets you off of the main road and takes you around the back of Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan, dropping down towards the north coast through Tunduk and Munduk, finally reaching the coastal road at Seririt. Lovina is 10 kms to the east.

Route #3 is via Tabanan, Antosari, Pupuan Seririt, Lovina. This route will take you on a winding course through lovely rice terraces, spending less time on busy straight roads than the first 2 routes. You’ll be looking at 5 hours to Lovina most likely.
By Bus
Perama bus will get you from Kuta to Lovina.

About Lovina

The north coast of Bali is one of the quietest parts of the island. According to some people the resort of Lovina, (which is actually a conglomeration of the villages of Pemaron, Tukad Mungga, Anturan, Kalibukbuk, Kaliasem, Temukus and Banyualit) got its name after the last king of Buleleng, Pandji Tisna (1908-1978), named his holiday home ‘Lovina’ back in 1958. Some say the name means ‘the love in the heart of people’, others say it means ‘Love Indonesia’..

Some Historical Information

Mexican artist and writer Miguel Covarrubias and his wife Rose first came to Bali in 1930. His book Island Of Bali tells about their arrival by ship in Buleleng (Singaraja) on the north coast. They had been filled with images of waving palms, women carrying baskets of fruit in their heads and picturesque rice terraces. Their ship had sailed from New York, through the Panama canal, across the Pacific Ocean and down through the South China Sea. In 1930 Bali was still under Dutch control and Singaraja, the capital of Buleleng was already a trading port complete with Javanese, Arabs, Chinese and Europeans. Back then the southern area of Bali was not very populated and Covarrubias refers to the area as the malarial coasts of Kuta, Sanur, Benoa and Ketewel.

The main tourist center back then (everything being relative, of course) was Denpasar and getting there meant driving through the highlands from Singaraja. He describes Singaraja as having neat Dutch bungalows, gasoline stations, dingy shops where people are unkempt. He complains that the beautiful Balinese people of the steamship pamphlets are nowhere to be seen.

Singaraja has remnants of the era, with a strong Muslim influence, although the town itself is not a major port anymore..