This morning it was time to go further north, and then west to reach Lovina on the north coast of Bali. We had heard that northern Bali has less tourists, and not as much development as southern and eastern parts.
It was a nice trip, mainly along good roads and with the same driver as last time. We got to see many people, scooters, small shops, ocean views and different trees along the way. Here in Bali it’s rather common to not only rent a car, but also a driver, and this far we are more than happy to do so. Traffic here runs on the left side of the road, and it’s often busy with lots of things happening at the same time, and the signs of where to go are rather hard to find, if there are any.
To turn off the main road through Lovina, onto the smaller street with the house we’ve rented, was like coming to another world. A narrow, rather quiet little street that reaches down to the ocean eventually.
Arriving here, we came to the Bali we had thought of and hoped for all along. A place where it’s possible to walk without being run over or all the time have heavy traffic passing, and the ocean is close by.
The main road still is rather loud with lots of motor vehicles, but there are side-walks!
Yesterday we were lucky to find a super nice place to rent for five nights, a little more expensive than what we had in Kuta and Amed, but it seemed to be very nice. And it is!
The last two stays here in Bali costed ca €20-22 per night (for the both of us), and this one in Lovina about €34 per night. This and the last place includes breakfast, free coffee and tea during the day, and staff that manages everything around the house and helps out with booking of trips, driver, massage etc.
Here we have an entire two-bedroom villa with a private pool all to ourselves. And there’s a few work-out machines, two bathrooms, and tomorrow morning we will go with the house keeper to the local market to buy ingredients for her to cook us a Balinese meal, so we can learn how to. This is something we’re very excited about!
All in all, we’re more than happy and have both been like 10-years old when splashing around in the pool, enjoying our own little place!
Warm greetings from Lovina,
Anders & Wivan