Singaraja is part of Bali Province that is located about 82 km north of Denpasar, the capital of Bali Province. Singaraja itself is the capital of Buleleng Regency. The city was once the capital of Bali Province, but in 1958 the central government moved the capital to Denpasar. Singaraja was founded on March 30, 1604 by King Anak Agung Pandji Sakti. Nowadays, it’s the second largest city in Bali. Its population is multi ethnic, the Hindu people live side by side peacefully with the Muslims and the Chinese Buddhists.
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Singaraja can only be reached by road. In addition to private vehicles, visitors can use buses departing from Denpasar. The distance is about 2 to 3 hours drive. There are also buses departing from Java, namely from Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Surabaya. Tickets of these buses include the cost of the ferry.
Besides being a center of education and culture, Singaraja has beautiful scenery ranging from beaches, lakes, waterfalls, to historic buildings which are still well preserved. Singaraja is a developed city that has modern shops, ATMs, banks, hospitals and pharmacies so that visitors can feel comfortable coming here. So guys, let’s see the top things to do in Singaraja Bali Indonesia.
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1. Visiting Lovina Beach
The main attraction of Lovina Beach is the activity of seeing the dolphins in the middle of the sea. The best time to see the dolphins is at 6am – 8 am, so visitors must already be on the beach no later than 5:30 am. There are many traditional fishing boats that are specifically rented out for sightseeing dolphins. The cost of boat rental is around Rp 150.000 / person. The sea is relatively quiet so visitors can enjoy the ride comfortably.
The dolphins can be found about 1 km from the beach. Some are jumping to the surface and some are just swimming. It’s very interesting to see these intelligent marine mammals. But please note, it’s not always the expectations of visitors can be fulfilled. Sometimes the long-awaited dolphins do not show up due to various factors, for example due to the influence of tidal or wind movement.
If the dolphins are not found, visitors can do snorkeling to enjoy the beauty of Lovina Marine Park or just walk down the wonderful Lovina Beach with its black sand. Lovina Beach is located in Kalibukbuk Village, Buleleng Regency. It’s about 10 km from downtown Singaraja. There is no entrance fee to enter the beach.
2. Visiting Gitgit Waterfall
Gitgit Waterfall is the highest waterfall on the island of Bali with a height of about 35 meters. Location of the waterfall is easy to reach because it’s located not far from the national road connecting Singaraja with Bedugul. Along the way visitors will see the beauty of rice fields, plantations and trees.
From the parking lot visitors must walk about 50 meters through the path that has been paved. Along this footpath there are many stalls selling souvenirs, food and beverages. The roar of the waterfall and the fresh air will welcome visitors. Clear and natural water flow can be used by visitors to try just soaking.In addition to Gitgit Waterfall, this area has another waterfalls that are located close together. If visitors want to see it, it’s recommended to use a local guide to make the trip easier.
Gitgit Waterfall is located in Gitgit Village, Sukasada District, Buleleng Regency. It’s about 11 km from downtown Singaraja. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 5.000 for adults and Rp 3.000 for children. Opening hour is 8 am – 5 pm.
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3. Visiting Sekumpul Waterfall
Sekumpul Waterfall consists of a collection of waterfalls with the number reaches seven waterfalls. Therefore foreigners also named it seven point waterfall. Of the seven waterfalls, only three waterfalls are located close to the main road. The rest is situated in a deeper location. Sekumpul Waterfall comes from the spring in the hills and the river in the Sekumpul Village.
From the parking lot visitors must walk through the path about 300 meters, down hundreds of stairs and cross the river. Along the way visitors can see the scenery of rice terraces and verdant hills. The beauty of the triplets will welcome and wipe out fatigue during the trip. The waterfall has a height of about 100 meters. In the rainy season the water-flow will be more rapid.
Sekumpul Waterfall is located in Sekumpul Village, Sawan District, Buleleng Regency. It’s about 20 km from downtown Singaraja. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 2.000 for locals and Rp 5.000 for foreigners. Opening hour is 8 am – 5 pm.
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4. Soaking in Air Sanih Natural Spring Bath
Air Sanih Natural Spring Bath is perfect for family holidays. From this bath visitors can see the beautiful view of Lovina Beach. The water of Air Sanih Natural Spring Bath comes from the underground river flows from Lake Batur.
Despite being near the beach, the water in the bath remains tasteless and fresh, without chlorine. There is also a pool for children with a depth of about 1 meter. Air Sanih Natural Spring Bath is located in Sanih Village, Kubutambahan District, Buleleng Regency. It’s about 17 km from downtown Singaraja. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 4.000 for adults and Rp 2.000 for children. Opening hour is 8 am – 6 pm.
5. Visiting Banjar Hot Spring Bath
Banjar Hot Spring Bath is often visited by local and foreign tourists. Its water comes from natural spring that becomes hot because of the influence of volcano in this area. Therefore the water is green and contains sulfur which is believed can cure skin diseases. Banjar Hot Spring Bath consists of three pools. The first pool is at the top and has eight fountains coming out of the mouth of the dragon statue.
The pool has a depth of about 1 meter. The second pool has a multilevel shape and is the most spacious pool. Its depth is about 2 meters. The third pool has three fountains. This pool has a depth of no more than 1 meter and is used by visitors to enjoy the massage from the water falling from the dragon fountain.
Banjar Hot Spring Bath is located in Banjar Village, Banjar District, Buleleng Regency. It’s about 25 km from downtown Singaraja. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 5.000 for adults and Rp 3.000 for children. Opening hour is 8 am – 6 pm.
6. Visiting Lake Buyan
Lake Buyan has an unspoiled natural beauty. The lake is situated at an altitude of 1.000 meters above sea level so the air temperature is cool. The atmosphere here is quiet and peaceful with green trees surrounding the lake. Visitors can tour around Lake Buyan using traditional boats rented by the locals. Fishing can also be done while enjoying the beauty of the lake.
This area has been equipped with accommodation and parking lot. Lake Buyan is also adjacent to Lake Tamblingan so often called Twin Lakes. Lake Buyan is located in Pancasari Village, Sukasada District, Buleleng Regency. It’s about 21 km from downtown Singaraja. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 5.000. Opening hour is 8 am – 5 pm.
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7. Visiting Lake Tamblingan
Lake Tamblingan is one of three lakes formed inside a caldera. The other two are Lake Buyan and Lake Bratan. Once upon a time, the water of Lake Tamblingan was used by a spiritual saint to cure diseases that attacked the community. That’s how the lake got its name, Tamba means medicine and Elingang means spiritual ability. The beauty of Lake Tamblingan is still natural.
There are no souvenir shops and motorboats. To get around the lake or fishing in the middle of the lake, visitors can rent a rowing boat from the locals. Interestingly there are many temples in the area of Lake Tamblingan. These temples are well maintained by the community. Lake Tamblingan is located in Munduk Village, Banjar District, Buleleng Regency. It’s about 25 km from downtown Singaraja. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 10.000. Opening hour is 8 am – 5 pm.
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8. Visiting Ambengan Rice Terrace
Ambengan is a village situated in the hills with the majority of its population being farmers. Being in the hills, the paddies are made with terraced systems as an effort to prevent soil erosion. Thus the water can seep into the soil. Besides ecofriendly, Ambengan Rice Terrace also makes stunning scenery. Green rice fields are beautiful to the eye. Here visitors will find tranquility and peace.
In addition to the rice terrace, the village has some waterfalls and natural ponds to be explored by visitors. Ambengan Rice Terrace is located in Ambengan Village, Sukasada District, Buleleng Regency. It’s about 6 km from downtown Singaraja. There is no cost to enjoy the beauty of Ambengan Rice Terrace.
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9. Visiting Busungbiu Rice Terrace
Busungbiu Rice Terrace has fresh air, natural view and amazing panorama. The vast expanse of rice fields will make a comfort for visitors who love the natural beauty. The atmosphere here is calm and relaxed, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
There are several gazebos that can be used to sit with the family while eating lunch that had been prepared from home. Busungbiu Rice Terrace is located in Kekeran Village, Busungbiu District, Buleleng Regency. It’s about 39 km from downtown Singaraja. No admission, visitors are only expected to donate according to the will.
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10. Visiting Ponjok Batu Temple
Ponjok Batu Temple is located on a promontory. The blue Java Sea and shady trees decorate this sacred temple. Ponjok Batu Temple is made of black stone that symbolizes holiness as well as its uniqueness. The temple is a place of public prayer.
Usually the passing riders will worship in this temple first, and then continue the journey. The icon of Ponjok Batu Temple is a stone statue, that shaped the ship, on the edge of the sea. Ponjok Batu Temple is located in Julah Village, Tejakula District, Buleleng Regency. It’s about 24 km from downtown Singaraja. No admission, opening hour is according to worship schedule.
11. Visiting Dalem Jagaraga Temple
Pura Dalem Jagaraga has a spooky-faced sculpture and a unique relief depicting how the Dutch invaders treated the Balinese. On the front wall of the temple, relief depicts Dutch soldiers holding their weapons, a car driven by Dutch soldiers, Dutch soldiers drinking, and the Balinese stalk Dutch troops.
The temple used to be a fortress of Buleleng Kingdom against the Dutch in the mid-XVIII century. Besides the unique relief, Dalem Jagaraga Temple also has a statue of Men Brayut, a Balinese folklore about a mother who has many children. Besides being used as a place of worship, the temple is also often used by Hindus to meditate. Dalem Jagaraga Temple is located in Jagaraga Village, Sawan District, Buleleng Regency. It’s about 11 km from downtown Singaraja. No admission, opening hour is according to worship schedule.
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12. Visiting Banjar Vihara
Banjar Vihara is the largest Buddhist vihara in Bali. It was built in 1958 and was inaugurated in 1973. The vihara is in a hilly area so visitors can see the beautiful ocean scenery. Banjar Vihara has a lot of Hindu influences in its architecture.
Entering the vihara feels like entering the temple. Inside the vihara there are two Buddha statues made of gold plated-bronze that are donations from Thailand and Sri Lanka in 1977. At the top of Banjar Vihara there are stupas that resemble the stupas belonging to Borobudur Temple in Java. Almost every day the vihara is visited by people who want to achieve serenity and enlightenment through meditation.
During the great Buddhist day, thousands of people will come here to pray. Banjar Vihara is located in Banjar Village, Banjar District, Buleleng Regency. It’s about 18 km from downtown Singaraja. No admission, donations are welcome. Opening hour is according to worship schedule.
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13. Visiting Gedong Kirtya Museum
Gedong Kirtya Museum was originally a library built on 14 September 1928 by L.J.J Caron who was the representative of the Dutch colonial government in Bali. The library was established to maintain the wealth of palm leaf literature in Bali. Then the Regent of Buleleng, Dr. Ketut Wirata Sindhu, developed the library into a museum.
Gedong Kirtya Museum has thousands of manuscript collections of palm leaves, inscriptions, manuscripts of paper in Balinese and Roman letters including documents from the colonial era(1901-1953).
The palm leaves contain ancient information about mantras, astrology, black and white magic, medicine etc. There’s also an interesting library of books from all over the world on Balinese culture. For history enthusiasts, this is a great place to visit. Gedong Kirtya Museum is located at Veteran Street, Paket Agung, Buleleng Regency. No admission, opening hour is 8 am – 4 pm from Monday to Friday.
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14. Visiting West Bali National Park
West Bali National Park started from the establishment of the West Bali Nature Reserve on March 10, 1978. In 1984 the government set the nature reserve into the national park with an area of about 19,000 hectares.
West Bali National Park features a variety of flora and fauna, including menjangan deers (Cervus Timorensis), Balinese starling (Leucopsar Rothchildi), gray monkeys (Macaca Fasicularis), wild cats (Felis Bengalensis), bulls (Bos Javanicus), and more birds and reptiles. In addition to the mainland, the national park also has a marine park. The coral reef here is very diverse and varied.
Tourists can also explore the small islands that are part of the West Bali National Park, such as Menjangan Island, Gadung Island, Bird Island, and Kalong Island. The national park provides cottage facilities, camping ground, boat rentals, diving rentals and tour guides. West Bali National Park is located in Buleleng Regency. It’s about 79 km from downtown Singaraja. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 2.500 for locals and Rp 20.000 for foreigners.
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Well guys, now you know the top things to do in Singaraja Bali Indonesia. No doubt Singaraja has the best Places To Visit in Indonesia with its wonderful nature and scenery. Let’s visit Singaraja Bali Indonesia..!
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