This page will give you an impression of the location and surroundings of Rumah Kita. Rumah Kita is located at a distance of 95 km from the airport (about 3 hours by car) in the direct vicinity of the still unspoilt nature of jungles, plantations and rice fields and close to most of Bali's tourist attractions. Rumah Kita is situated at the Jalan Mawar in the village of Kalibukbuk. The Jalan Mawar is a quiet street leading to the beach with several restaurants, traditional Spa's and fast internet cafes. The area around Kalibukbuk is referred to as Lovina Beach and is situated at about 11 km west of Singaraja, the former colonial capital of Bali.

The site is closed with a gate. Outside the gate it is only a two minute walk to a tropical beach, where you can enjoy a breathtaking sunset every day! The beaches of North Bali are characterized by its unique, dark colored sand, which is of volcanic origin, and its rural character. Here, on Rambutan Beach in Kalibukbuk, central Lovina, you can prepare a big bonfire. After sunset it's bonfire time! You're sitting at the beach around the fire, a picknick basket with some food and drinks within reach, while dad is roasting his fish above the fire, just catched during the fishing trip with the traditional outrigger. And a guitar is present as well, for playing the guitar and singing on the beach is typical Bali too. If only holidays could last forever.....

At the beach you can rent Balinese boats. The boats will take you out to open sea, where in the mornings you can feast your eyes on large schools of dolphins. Each morning around sunrise hundreds of dolphins visit the coast of Lovina, North Bali, hunting for small fish. You can sail out in a traditional outrigger, just before sunrise, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the rising sun above the mountains, while dozens of dolphins tumble and jump out of the sea around your boat. And after this spectacle, enjoy a fresh cup of Bali coffee or a glass of tea with a breakfast of fried bananas in the peaceful garden of Rumah Kita. Or you can visit the exquisite coral reef for snorkeling. The reef lies a little over half a mile into the sea. You can also go out to the sea to do some fishing! Menjangan island - Just off the northwest coast of Bali, near the village of Pemutaran, lies the small island of Menjangan. A true paradise for nature lovers. Snorkel through hectares of coral reef, indulge in diving, or simply watch deer taking a bath on the secluded, natural beaches of Menjangan island. It is possible to do diving courses in Lovin a. Go to Spice Dive, along the beach on the west side of Lovina Beach. Nice people and very well equipped! It is very easy to enjoy several lovely massages around Rumah Kita. On the beach there are always masseuses who can provide a nice, rather cheap massage, either on the beach itself or inside of Rumah Kita. Very close to Rumah Kita there are also two beautiful Balinese spa’s: Agung’s Massage Salon and Araminth Spa & Welness. Again reasonably piced one can enjoy a full body massage, a foot massage, hair treatments, facial massage, manicure, pedicure, waxing, ayurvedische massage, body scrub, tea leaves body mask etc. etc.

Rumah Kita is part of the small village Kalibukbuk. In the village you will find numerous shops, restaurants (also along the beach!), internet-cafes, a small market and even an ATM (automatic teller machine). You will be able to use your mobile phone here as well.
The village of Kalibukbuk lies about six miles to the west of Singaraja, Bali's former capital.

A dozen or so of bars, a number of good restaurants and some cozy cafe's, close to Rumah Kita, provide for a good choice of going out in Lovina Beach. Go to the Jalan Binaria after sunset! Binaria Square is where the Jalan Binaria ends. This square, bordering the beach, with a huge statue of a dolphin, is like a magnet to both locals and tourists. Here you will find some nice restaurants, sunset bars, shops and small warungs. Especially around sunset this square is frequented by many people. Sea Breeze restaurant is situated direct on the beach of Binaria in Kalibukbuk, central Lovina. It is one of the best spots of Lovina to wach the sun set. A great experience is a visit to hotel Damai for a lunch or dinner. Damai is located inlands, in the hills, along the street Jalan Damai (see the map of Lovina also on this site) A little more expensive than the restaurants in Lovina, but it is definitely worthwhile to go there. The quality of the food is very high and the atmosphere and the view on the coastline are superb!

The Puri Agung Buleleng is located in the former colonial capital of Bali, Singaraja. This royal palace is open to visitors who are interested in the history of Bali. Meet the royal family, talk about history, and taste some of the old days when Bali was ruled by raja's (kings) The scenery in the area is excellent. Inland you can make beautiful trips and have fabulous walks. The tourism at the north of the coast is still friendly, quiet and no disturbance at all. Traditional North Bali - in the hills and mountains, hidden in the jungle, you can still encounter the traditional Bali, with circumstances and living conditions of more than 50 years ago. Visit the friendly, hospitable people who live in these out of the way places, and taste some of the nostalgy of the living past, right in the back garden of Rumah Kita.

The Hot Springs 'Air Panas' of Banjar, North Bali, are situated in the middle of the jungle. They are set in a beautiful tropical garden. It has several basis, one of which is ideal for swimming. There are water jets that will give you a reviving massage. The water is of volcanic origin and its temperature is of an agreeable, constant 37 degrees celcius. Since the water is sulphuric, this is especially ideal for those who suffer from rheumatic diseases. There are showers, as well as cabins where you can change clothes. Furthermore there is a small restaurant. A treat for children, and a blessing for adults!

The Buddhist Monastry Vihara in Banjar, North Bali, is situated at a hill top with stunning views over the coastal area. You will find a smaller replica of the famous Buddhist "Borobodur" temple of Java here. If you are around with Waisak Day (Buddhist New Year) a visit to this temple certainly is a must.

Bali can easily be travelled in day trips from Kalibukbuk. A 15 minute drive (by car) will take you to volcanic hot springs (air panas) in the middle of the jungle. You can have a lovely bath and swim there. A treat for children and a blessing for adults! There are also many Hindu temples - some still inhabited by colonies of apes - and in the hills lies a magnificent buddhist monastery.

From Kalibukbuk it is fairly easy to travel to Lombok or Java for a few days. The travelling distance to both islands is about six hours. During day trips the amah is prepared to babysit your children at a small price!

Travelling to the east is the direction of the vulcano Agung. On the slopes you’ll find Tirtaganga, the old waterpalace which is built by ancient kings of the city of Amlapura, where you can swim in the beautiful baths. Then travel to Amlapura itself, to the former palaces, which are actually no more than big houses which gives you a broad impression of the living conditions of the old royal Balinese kingdoms. Take the road to the village of Rendang, right through one of the most beautiful areas of Bali and find your way to the vulcano Agung again. Along the slope there’s Pura Besakih, the most holiest and biggest Hindu temple in the world. It was almost completely destroyed in 19963, during an eruption of Agung, but the Balinese rebuilt the temple complex, which contains 22 temples. From here you are able to overlook the whole of south-Bali. From Besaki we go back, a little to the south before we are able to go north, in the direction of Lovina. The road leads us to the mountain village of Kintamani, with its amazing views on the Batur lake and the vulcano’s Batur and Agung. Finally we travel back home tot Lovina, through the city of Singaraja. This is only one of the many day trips which you can do from Rumah Kita.

In the west of Bali you’ll find the huge national park with its tropical rain forests. With professional guides (easy to arrange when you get there) you can do amazing tracks through the jungle. Right above you in the trees you will see black monkeys chasing eachother. There are huge old trees are considered holy in Bali and are said to be the realms of invisible creatures. The routes will lead you through dry rivers, along old and deserted jungle temples and along the cave of the last Balinese tiger, which was shot somewhere in the sixties. In the north west of Bali it is easy to go to the island of Menjangan: great snorkling and diving! Diving courses are easy to book in Lovina: to Menjangan, as well as to Tulamben in the north east, where one can dive to the amazing shipwreck Liberty. There is no better place to dive and you can reach the shipwreck right from the beach!

The Kintamani area is often referred to as 'the Roof of Bali'. At an average height of 1500 meter lie the mountain villages of Kintamani, Batur and Penelokan on the highest ridge of the caldera of the Batur volcano. In the caldera itself, at the shores of Lake Batur, you will find the traditional 'Bali Aga' villages of Trunyan, Toyabungka and Kedisan. Climbing mount Batur can be done with local guides, starting at night time and arriving at the top at sunrise to be rewarded with splendid views in all directions over Bali. In the village of Batur you will find the famous Pura Ulun Danu temple, which is dedicated to the goddess of the lakes and rivers Batari Ulun Danu. The village of Trunyan, down in the caldera, is known for its typical funeral rites, where the deceased contrary to the rest of Bali are not cremated, but placed under a special tree until the elements, in particular the wind, has dissolved the remains and only the skeleton remains. Then the skulls are placed on a special, stone altar. Visit the giant waterfalls of Lemukih in the Sawan area, North Bali. There are no roads leading to these waterfalls. You will trek through rice fields, coffee and fruit plantations, cross small jungle rivers, and be in the midst of nature, with stunning views on your way. This trekking tour can be done by anyone, young and old, if you have a basic walking condition.

The Sawan area in North Bali is famous for its gamelan factories. This area is the cradle of 'gamelan gong kebyar', the type of gamelan music that is heared all over Bali. It emerged for the first time in 1917 in the village of Jagaraga, where it was 'invented' by one of the local gamelan ensembles. Since that time this type of gamelan music has been 'copied' by groups all over Bali, and nowadays it is the most popular form of gamelan music in Bali. You can visit the small factories where traditional Balinese craftsmen produce the gamelan instruments. You may try out the instruments, and it is even possible to take lessons, learning how to play them. Of course you can also buy an instrument to take home, to have a typical, traditional Balinese music instrument in your house back home, a truly original and unique souvenir of Bali.