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On the northern coast of Bali, just beyond the reaches of the popular beach resort of Kuta and the relatively bustling (in Balinese terms) city of Singaraja, is the quiet town of Celukan Bawang. Located in the middle of a secluded bay, it's the perfect place to come if you're looking for some rest and relaxation while also being within easy reach of the island's more energetic hotspots.
Everyone knows that Bali is home to some of the most spectacular beaches in the world, and from the moment you arrive in port at Celukan Bawang you'll be spoilt for choice in terms of amazing coastal stretches. For example, you could head to the nearby beach of Lovina, which consists of striking black sand, making for quite a contrast against the sparkling blue sea. Alternatively, you could take the short trip to Kuta itself and watch the experts take on the surf - or even have a go yourself.
Staying in Celukan Bawang itself, you'll find a wealth of excellent shops, restaurants and boutiques, and if you fancy taking in some Balinese culture then be sure to check out the stunning water temple of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan.
Where You're Dock
Cruise port is located in a protected bay at Celukan Bawang is a port located just 40 km west of Singaraja in northern Bali on a protected bay. The harbour is full of Bugis schooners trading in timber and cement between Bali and Kalimantan. Nearby is Lovina Beach with its quiet black sand beaches.
The city of Singaraja is the second largest city on Bali and was the Dutch colonial administrative centre for Bali and the Lesser Sunda Islands from 1849 until 1953. Places of interest in the area include the the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temples, Puri Agung Beleleng compound and Gitgit Waterfalls. This is the most important port in north Bali although not particularly attractive. The docks are really only worth a peek if fishermen from other parts of Indonesia with their beautifully painted wooden boats happen to be visiting. The morning is the best time to find them.
Lovina Beach is only 30 minutes from Celukan Bawang. It offers the opportunity to relax on the black sand beaches away from the crowds of southern Bali. Nearby are restaurants and boutiques. Further afield is the city of Singaraja, the second largest city of Bali. This city has the feel of an old colonial capital, with traces of both muslim and Chinese influences.
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 snorkelling.
Things to See & Do
Puri Agung Beleleng compound
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temples
Gitgit Waterfalls
Nearby Places:
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 Balenese 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.
Shopping and Food:
Shop along the way for handicrafts, and do try 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.

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