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Villa Ume Cantik is located in Kayuputih, a village in the beautiful hills just above Lovina beach, at the end of a small road. The property is reached by a bridge crossing a stream that flows part of the year alongside. From there you have breathtaking panoramic views over the rice terraces and the ocean.
Lovina, just about 3 km away, is the famous tourist place in the northern part of Bali. It has a laid back atmosphere and offers great restaurants (including Western cuisine) and (internet) cafés offering live music, bars, shops and even a fresh European bakery. There is also an ATM facility and grocery stores.
Singaraja , the old capital of Bali, is about 14 km away. The town has several hospitals, pharmacies, banks and a big market. Hardy's and other big supermarkets stock everything for your everyday shopping needs.
Snorkeling and diving
Lovina has various PADI diving schools. Bali Spice Dive has a Dutch owner. (See www.balispicedive.com)Approximately one hour east of Villa Ume Cantik is the beautiful diving resort of Pemuteran. From the beach, you can walk straight into the sea to dive or snorkel in crystal-clear, tranquil water. A little further eastward is the little island of Menjangan, a nature reserve and one of worlds best diving and snorkeling havens. The calm sea and the shallow laguna are a veritable diving paradise. Pemuteran has a variety of little restaurants. The local diving school is run by an Australian. He also runs a small nature reserve for sea turtles, which are returned to the wild. (See www.reefseen.com) To visit the stunning snorkeling locations to the east of Lovina all you need to do is make an appointment with a fisherman.
Dolphin watching and fishing
Lovina is renowned for its many dolphins. Local fishermen run daily dolphin watching trips for visitors. To make a reservation, simply speak to one of the fishermen the day before. The tour will last approximately two hours. Upon request, it is even possible to be collected from the villa and returned afterwards. At Hotel Melka, just outside Lovina, they have a pool where you can swim with dolphins. It is even possible to arrange a fishing trip with the fishermen in the late afternoon. Cast your line at sea! Our cook will be delighted to prepare your freshly caught fish in the evening.
Golf fanatics are also catered for, courtesy of "Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club". This stunning 18-hole golf course is a mere one-hour drive from Villa Ume Cantik. This is one of the top five golf courses in Asia and lies immediately adjacent to a 1,100-metre mountain.For more information visit: www.balihandarakosaido.com
In the hills of Banjar, approximately 10 minutes from Villa Ume Cantik is the Buddhist Monastery of Brahma Vihara Arama; this is the only Buddhist monastery in Bali, also known as the little Borobodur. If you would like to visit the monastery on foot, we suggest leaving early to avoid the heat of the afternoon.
Near the monastery are the hot springs of Air Panas Banjar. Some people believe that the sulfur in the water has healing properties. Please do not be intimated by the many salesmen plying their wares along the springs, as a visit is well worth the effort.
The most spectacular waterfall in Bali is a mere 30-minute drive from Singaraja: the Git Git waterfall. A path lined with souvenir stalls winds along a coffee and vanilla plantation to the 40-metre high waterfall.
Bali is renowned for its many temples. To the east of Lovina is the Beji Temple of Sangsit, dedicated to the goddess of rice. The Jagaraja temple commemorates battles with Dutch colonialists. To the west of Lovina lies the Pulaki temple, inhabited by monkeys that are believed to be the descendants of the God Dewa. The Ulundanu temple is located near Bedugul.
National park Bali Barit
If you would prefer to undertake a two-day trip, then we heartily recommend Bali Barat National Park. This huge national park comprises 7,000 hectare of protected coral reef. Excursions through the park are only possible with a guide. Various accommodation options are available in the vicinity of the park. See http://www.natourdata.net/