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Munduk
Located in the mountains

The village of Munduk, actually in the Buleleng administrative regency, is located on a ridge along the mountain road leading from Wanagiri, just north of Pancasari to Mayong, some 25 km south of Singaraja as the crow flies. Overlooking coffee and clove plantations, the area comprises the pristine Lake Tamblingan with its traditional fishing community, as well as nearby forests, waterfalls and some of the most beautiful views on the island.

Munduk is a perfect base for treks into the mountainous Balinese hinterland. You can walk to Mt. Lesong (1,860 m), around Lake Tamblingan or visit the area's five waterfalls.

Munduk is the center for an innovative community tourism development project. The village, which has strong links with the Hotel and Tourism Training Institute in Nusa Dua, has set up a number of activities for visitors, centered around Puri Lumbung Cottages (see below).

Getting Around

Go from Bedugul to the Pancasari bemo terminal for Rp. 1.000, then take a bemo to Munduk for Rp. 1.500. Alternatively hop on the bemo at the Pempatan crossing. If you hire a car or motorbike, drive cautiously on the road down to Munduk-it's steep and treacherous.

Restaurants and Nightlife

Nearly all hotels in the area have restaurants. Janur's Dive Inn has one that is great value for money. Very pleasant, serving favorites for 1 euro.

The most famous restaurant is Khi Khi in Lovina. If the food is to your liking, go to their open-air kitchen and take notes on the recipes. Grilled fish and fried prawns are favorites here. Bali Bagus has seafood and vegetarian dishes, and is highly recommended. Another popular restaurant is the Kakatua, near Lovina beach. Try their fried fish for 2 euro. Or you can go to Srikandi for fried rice, which you eat sitting on a mat. For those who want live music, go to Wina or Malibu. The latter turns into a disco on Fridays. Bali Aga on the south side of the street, across from Tip Top Shop, has spaghetti, burgers, and traditional Balinese specialties.

Water sports

Most hotels can arrange water sports, not only for the Lovina area, but for Pulau Menjangan to the west (around 18 euro). The usual rates are as follows: snorkeling: 3-4 euro per person. Trip to the dolphins: 5 euro per person. Fishing trip: 5 euro per person.

Wayang

Lovina is not known as a center of Balinese culture. However the area is famed for its puppet shows. Hotels with regular performances are: Puri Bedahulu, Happy Beach Bungalows and Mandhara Beach Cottages.


Last revised on January 24, 2010
    
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