Yes, it's true. Although most people think of tropical beaches, Bali is in fact also home to several hot springs that are warm all year round. The country of Indonesia has some of the most active voclanoes in the world and forms part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, so it's no surprise that Bali has it's own fair share of active volcanoes.
○ Toya Bungah Hot Springs (Kintamani)
○ Banjar Tega Hot Springs (Singaraja)
○ Banyuwedang (Menjangan)
○ others, such as Bedugul and Tabanan
Previously we introduced you to the Toya Bungah hot spring and in this blog post we will tell you more about the Banjar Tega Hot Springs (also known as Air Panas Banjar).
When you think of Singaraja in North Bali, the image of an "old-fashioned port town" might come to mind but there's also a beautiful natural attraction worth checking out - a hot spring located in the mountains between Singaraja and Lovina.
Surrounded by forests and rivers, the area attracts local families and young people who come to enjoy the natural beauty.
The style of Bali hot springs is quite different to, say, that of Japan. Most hot springs are outdoor or at least semi-outdoor, and are more like a public swimming pool where you have to wear a bathing suit and both men and woman use the same facilities.
Balinese people often enter dressed in swimwear; the men wearing swim shorts and t-shirts and the women wearing shorts with a one-piece swimsuit or a t-shirt. Tourists and foreigners may choose to wear just a swimsuit but to prevent getting sunburnt you might want to also cover up with a t-shirt.
At the sign for Banjar Tegaha, you may park your car or bike free of charge. The entrance to the hot spring is Rp. 5,000 for adults and Rp. 3,000 for children. ※ Pay at the Ticket Booth near the parking area and you will be given an entrance ticket.
To get to the hot spring from the Ticket Booth it's about a 100m walk down a lane lined with souvenir shops and local stalls on either side.
You can shop for toys, sarongs, towels and clothing, but remember to bargain and not just accept the first price offered. Compared to the more touristy parts of the South where prices are generally higher, you can often get a better deal the further away you head.
After passing through the "shopping" area, you will reach a small bridge that you have to cross to get to the hot spring. Already from this vantage point you will be able to enjoy lush jungle and river views.
Facilities at Banja Tegaha include lockers, changing rooms, an outdoor shower, restaurant and massage room.
Change into your swimsuit at the changing rooms and if you would like to store your belongings, you can rent a locker for Rp. 3,000. Just make sure that you fasten your locker key securely around your wrist so that you don't lose it!
The hot springs are filled with milky, white warm water (approximately 38°C) that flow from a natural hot spring and pour out of eight stone-carved naga into the first pool. This pool then overflows via the mouths of five other naga into a larger pool that has various depths of 1m, 1.5m and 2m.
Besides suitable swimwear and a change of clothes, make sure to pack in sunscreen, a sun hat, towel and some cash (Indonesian Rupiah) for lunch or refreshments. Although you can store your belongings in a locker, it's best to keep any valuables or your passport with you.
It's a bit of a drive (2.5 - 3 hours) from the southern resort areas like Kuta and Nusa Dua. For this reason, we'd recommend including some of the other attractions in Bali's west and northern regions to make the trip worth while.
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People who enjoy relaxing in hot springs should definitely try to visit Banjar Tegaha and take in some of the surrounding sights.
|Location||Br. Tegaha, Singaraja, Bali|
|Entrance Fee||Adults：Rp. 5,000 / Child: Rp.3,000|
|Facilities||Changing rooms, locker (Rp. 3,000), restaurant, massage room, shop|
|Access||~ 30-minute drive from Lovina
~ 1-hour drive from Bedugul Plateau
~ 2.5 hour drive from the southern resort areas (Kuta, Legian etc.)