Celukan Bawang, with its large wharf, is the main cargo port of northern Bali, trading in timber and cement from Kalimantan (Borneo) and Java. Bugis schooners, the magnificent sailing vessels that take their name from the seafaring people of Sulawesi, anchor here. What you see here is not the westernized tourist potpourri of Kuta Beach.
Find local transport for the 30 km drive east along the coastal road to the town of Lovina. En route get a feeling for village life, stop to browse at small roadside warungs, and photograph the black volcanic beaches, Balinese temples, and roadside rice fields. The beaches are clean, and a small boat will take you out to coral reefs good for snorkeling.
Lovina beach: Distant 30 min from Celukan Bawang and away from the mass tourism of South Bali, the Lovina Beach will offer visitors the opportunity to relax on the black sand beaches with the nearby restaurants and boutiques.
Singaraja: Distant one hour from Celukan Bawang Singaraja is today the second largest city of Bali with about 100,000 inhabitants. The city was the capital of Bali and of the Lesser Sunda Islands (today’s Nusa Tenggara) during the Dutch period and until 1953. The city has kept traces of the colonialism period. In particular, the Gedond Kirtya Library and Museum Beleleng composed of three small houses from the colonial period will be the opportunity for its visitors to see a collection of old Balinese books named Lontar because made from the leaves of the palm.
But the most interesting will certainly be the visit of the adjacent housing compound of the 1st King of Buleleng Regency (which is the local region), Puri Agung Beleleng compound.
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temples: Distant 2 hours drive from Celukan Bawang the Hindu-Buddhist temples complex is the opportunity to visit one of the most well-known temples for the beauty of the temple but also its amazing and unique environment. The two Hindu temples dedicated to Dewi Danu, the goddess of the water, are built on small islands.
Shop along the way for handicrafts, and do try the tasty local food. Be adventurous. Chat with locals who are keen to try out their English. Practise friendly bartering. Whatever you pay for intricate filigree silverware, or a first-grade wooden carving, will be a bargain.
ATMs are common in any major cities in Indonesia.
Be careful when using credit cards, as cloning and fraud are a major problem in Indonesia. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, but American Express can be problematic. At smaller operations, surcharges of 2-5% over cash are common.
The sole official language is Indonesian, known as Bahasa Indonesia.
Internet: Prices vary considerably, and as usual you tend to get what you pay for, but you'll usually be looking at around Rp 5,000 per hour. In large cities, there are free hotspots in certain shopping malls, McDonald restaurants and Starbucks cafes. Some hotels provide free hotspots in the lobby.
mobile phones emergency number: 112
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