Don't bring too much from home .
Bring empty suitcases as you'll be able to grab loads of shopping in Bali Bring a good pair of walking shoes or sandals. You may have trouble finding large sized ladies shoes. Also it's hard to find larger sized ladies bras or swimwear so bring them from home. Elastic type bandages are expensive as are specialised first aid dressings, but all other bandaids , insect repellant, hot rubs etc are cheaper than OZ I always bring 2 sets of re-chargeable batteries , charger and power point adapter to recharge my digital camera batteries Bring along any unused clothing, books & toys from home as there are many charities in Bali who will take these items and distribute them to needy villages in the mountains. We met some of these hard workers on our last trip.
The grounds are full of Hibiscus bushes.
The little sunbirds love the nectar from the flowers.
There was one bush right beside our porch.
We could sit out there and watch the olive-backed sunbirds dart in and out for hours.
THIS IS ACTUALLY MY LOVINA PAGE
"Step Back in time to the Bali of old"
Lovina, is a 12km stretch of beach just west of Singaraja . We stayed here in Jan 2007 at the Rambutan Boutique hotel situated in the village of Kalibukbuk. It felt like we had stepped back in time. This is the Bali we fell in love with 20 years ago. The area feels like a village not a thriving tourist destination like most of the southern part of the island. In fact any local will tell you that tourists are not travelling the 90km from the airport to the north of the island. This is a great pity as I think it well worth the 2.5 to 3 hour drive to see a totally different side to this magical land. The added advantage is there are plenty of places to stop on the way up to Lovina.
"A Livelihood from the Sea"
The locals in Lovina rely on two sources of income. The primary source comes from the sea. Lovina is a village that relies on fishing & dolphin watching. The beach is lined with many boats waiting to take anyone out. You can snorkel and see bright blue starfish on a reef not too far from shore. Or take an early morning ride out to see schools of dolphins frolicking and playing. Secondly the income is from tourists, mainly European tourists that come to lay in the sun and escape their bitter winters. The area has a large range of accommodation available to suit all budgets. Along with this is a great selection of restaurants, shops, stalls and of course the ever present beach sellers.
"Sunsets to Dine for"
A great love of mine while on holiday is to find that perfect spot to end the day. Bali is always a reliable source of great sunset pics to take home to while away the winter months and tease all my friends with. Lovina is no exception, in fact I'd go as far as saying that it is one of the best ways to end a day. Sitting at a beachfront restaurant watching the locals playing volleyball while the sun sets behind a row of fishing boats. Cold cocktail or Bintang and some of the delicious balinese food. Magic......
North coast of Bali
I couldn't get Lovina to come up on VT but it is 4 miles west of Singaraja.
There is a 5 mile stretch of black sand beach made up of several villages that is called Lovina.
The term lovina refers to "love"
The north coast is about a 3 hr drive from the airport and about an hour from the east side of the island.
We were staying on the east side and got a driver to take us there.
We didn't get the chance to see much of Lovina, except for our hotel and the small village of Kalibukbuk
where we walked to use the internet.