Visiting Banjar Holy Hot Springs (Air Panas) and Sing Sing Waterfall – some of the attractions not too far from Lovina beach – was an enjoyable experience. It turned out to be a nice, relaxing but active day.To get to the Banjar Hot Springs from Lovina we just waited by the main road to catch a bemo – local mini-bus and got dropped at the turning point from where we walked for a few more kilometers. Banjar Hot Springs site is located in a peaceful lush garden – very pleasant for a swim and relaxation among carved in stone mouths ejecting hot water (ideal for soaking and short swim). It’s a lovely place with a restaurant serving good and cheap food and lockers to keep your stuff. Also it wasn’t too busy with tourists and locals and entry ticket cost less than US $1 (10 000 IDR)! We spent here a few hours and had very enjoyable time. (Be aware that water has a high sulphur content so better don’t wear light coloured swimwear). After relaxation in hot springs we set off on a walk to the Sing Sing Waterfall – we knew it was a bit far but we hoped that someone would give us lift perhaps and we didn’t need to wait for too long… Some local guy saw as walking and offered to take us on his motorbike to the falls for a small fee. So there were three of us on one motorbike without helmets – we felt like true locals. From the point where he dropped us we followed easy to find path and finally we reached pretty nice but small waterfall. We were lucky to have Sing Sing Fall just for ourselves and we didn’t even need any swimwear. It’s a very peaceful place with soothing sound of falling water, surrounded by lush green woods – lovely Balinese experience! At the end we felt like we needed some more activities so we have decided to walk all the way back from Sing Sing Fall to our hotel (the Ray Beach Inn) in the Kalibukuk part of Lovina. It was a long distance (at least 8 km) and took us a while. We were hoping to walk most of the distance on the beach but it wasn’t entirely passable – at some points so we had to walk by the road and then back to the beach. We wouldn’t recommend that walk although it was an experience of some sort. We were a bit surprised to see a bit messy beach in some parts, with running ducks, chickens, rubbish – most right by the houses where locals live. It made us sad to see that local people don’t appreciate beautiful nature around them. It also could be that there isn’t a well organised system of collecting rubbish in the area… The closer we got to Lovina, the cleaner beach was. We reached Lovina at sunset and finally we felt like we did enough exercise for the day! Exhausted but satisfied we ended our day with delicious and very cheap meal out in one of the warung near our hotel (next to popular Dolphin warung). Warung is a cheaper version of restaurant geared towards locals rather than tourists but food seems tastier that in more expensive ‘proper’ eateries. We actually enjoyed that meal more than last night dinner in the more expensive restaurant! After yummy food we found some more energy for a swim in the hotel pool (in the hotel next to the Ray Beach Inn as there was no pool in there) and it was great fun to have it just for ourselves.
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