Two weeks into my visit... I'm in love.

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OrangeDragon

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You know, as I was making the plans to move here I thought I had a pretty good idea of what I was in for, how much I would enjoy it, and so on.... Nope. I mean, yes... But more. From the absolute wonderfulness of most of the people, to the breathtaking beauty I wake up to every day... I can't get enough.

I made a pretty good tour of the island from southwest to north, and after landing in Lovina am disinclined to move much further. Pretty sure it's the ideal for me... Quiet, peaceful, no traffic, friendly people not constantly trying to sell me something (or someone), gently lapping waves for good swims and easy dives in crystal clear water over fun a life abundant reefs 5 min from shore. As for a place to live, seems idyllic.

Started off in Kuta/Legain/etc. Sure, fun place to visit if you're in the mood to party, and the big waves are pretty awesome to see. But the ocean/waves are just too hard to relax enjoy with someone trying to sell you something every 30 seconds, and I'm past my partying prime... 1 night of fun costs me 2 days of recovery.

Also popped in Ubud for a few days... Meh. Too much traffic, no ocean, expensive, loads of tourists, not what I'm looking for.

Heading to Sanur next, sadly to prepare to go home (to get my affairs in order for coming back)... So we'll see how I like it there... But as of now Lovina has my heart.
 
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Thanks for the report. I'm sure you are aware of the huge coal-fired power plant (Celukan Bawang) located only 20km west of Lovina...emitting fine particles travelling as far as Denpasar (although here in Denpasar that is not the main source of pollution).

 
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You know, as I was making the plans to move here I thought I had a pretty good idea of what I was in for, how much I would enjoy it, and so on.... Nope. I mean, yes... But more. From the absolute wonderfulness of most of the people, to the breathtaking beauty I wake up to every day... I can't get enough.

I made a pretty good tour of the island from southwest to north, and after landing in Lovina am disinclined to move much further. Pretty sure it's the ideal for me... Quiet, peaceful, no traffic, friendly people not constantly trying to sell me something (or someone), gently lapping waves for good swims and easy dives in crystal clear water over fun a life abundant reefs 5 min from shore. As for a place to live, seems idyllic.

Started off in Kuta/Legain/etc. Sure, fun place to visit if you're in the mood to party, and the big waves are pretty awesome to see. But the ocean/waves are just too hard to relax enjoy with someone trying to sell you something every 30 seconds, and I'm past my partying prime... 1 night of fun costs me 2 days of recovery.

Also popped in Ubud for a few days... Meh. Too much traffic, no ocean, expensive, loads of tourists, not what I'm looking for.

Heading to Sanur next, sadly to prepare to go home (to get my affairs in order for coming back)... So we'll see how I like it there... But as of now Lovina has my heart.
Not to piss off all the Lovinians here but bear also in mind the dry season in Lovina can be really dry. That means everything dead and brown up into the mountains - not every year, for sure but often enough to matter. Especially when you have to pay 1 million a week for a water truck. Sounds like you didn't make it to the east yet, worth a visit.
 

OrangeDragon

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Not to piss off all the Lovinians here but bear also in mind the dry season in Lovina can be really dry. That means everything dead and brown up into the mountains - not every year, for sure but often enough to matter. Especially when you have to pay 1 million a week for a water truck. Sounds like you didn't make it to the east yet, worth a visit.
East is on the list to check out next trip in, I'll have some time before I really get settled into a more permanent spot. But thankfully the reefs don't dry up, so I'll be fine. ;-) As for a water truck, I'll just supplement with beer where called for.
 
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Not to piss off all the Lovinians here but bear also in mind the dry season in Lovina can be really dry. That means everything dead and brown up into the mountains - not every year, for sure but often enough to matter. Especially when you have to pay 1 million a week for a water truck. Sounds like you didn't make it to the east yet, worth a visit.
Summer in Lovina means a pilgrimage to Bedugul and surrounds, always green, always cool, frequently raining, my favourite place on the planet.
 

YachtRock

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Happy to hear you love Lovina so much! My dad has been itching to get up there - and myself too. Can't believe after 6 years here I never stopped there. Came about 3km close to it but it just wasn't in the cards that day.

My dad is in Sanur right now and the busy city life is getting to him. I think you convinced me to take a trip up to Lovina and see what the vibes are like there.
 
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My dad is in Sanur right now and the busy city life is getting to him
"Busy city life" in Sanur ?
Where did your Dad lived before ?

Globally Bali is a good compromise, a good price / quality ratio. Decent lodging, medical facilities, western supermarkets and restaurant, cheap taxi / Grab...
But falling in love with it or calling it paradise is pushing it a bit far.

Triple my pension and I am on a flight to the Seychelles, Mauritius, St Barthelemy, St Martin......
 
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YachtRock

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"Busy city life" in Sanur ?
Where did your Dad lived before ?

Globally Bali is a good compromise, a good price / quality ratio. Decent lodging, medical facilities, western supermarkets and restaurant, cheap taxi / Grab...
But falling in love with it or calling it paradise is pushing it a bit far.

Triple my pension and I am on a flight to the Seychelles, Mauritius, St Barthelemy, St Martin......
He's from a quiet suburb out of Boston. Sanur may seem like a sleepy seaside town to some but to him, all the motorbikes whizzing around - and now ebikes on the beachwalk - it can feel a bit hectic sometimes.

Obviously not as wild as the west coast but if was I retired, I'd go for something far more low-key. Still love Sanur though and it's easily one of my favorite places to visit in Bali.

But yes, I agree with you 100%. Bali is a great compromise for those that want to live a certain lifestyle for a certain price. If money was spilling out of my pockets, I'd be elsewhere too probably. But then I'm not so sure. Some of the cultures of those other tropical islands doesn't really do it for me.
 
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