The sacred hot springs ‘Air Panas’ of Banjar are set in the midst of the jungle in a beautifully landscaped tropical garden, close to Lovina Beach, and it consist of three public and one private pool. The sulphuric water is of volcanic origin and has an agreeable warm temperature of 37 degrees Celcius, ideal for people suffering from rheumatic diseases.
The hot spring water gushes from the mouths of eight stone carved naga (mythical, dragon-likecreatures) into the oblong shaped upper pool. From the upper pool the water overflows from the mouths of five more nagas into the largest of the three pools, which is square shaped and situated at a lower level.Adjacent to these pools is the third and smallest one from which the water poors down via three 4 meter high spouts, giving you a strong, reviving massage. There is a small temple at the spot where the water wells up from the ground, encased by a low, stone structure.
How to reach the hot springs of Banjar
The hot springs can easily be reached from Lovina Beach by bemo or bypublic bus to the junction of the main road (Jalan Seririt-Singaraja) withthe road that leads to Banjar village. From there you can take an ojek(motorbike taxi) or a dokar (horse cart), or make a steep climb on foot.From the village of Banjar it is a one km walk or drive uphill (follow thesignpost shortly after the village market) to the carpark of the hotsprings. Buy your ticket (Rp. 3,000) from the small office and run thegauntlet for a few hundred meters along the hawkers stalls to theentrance of the baths.
Best time to visit
After 10am (and especially in the weekends and national holidays) its starts to get crowded withboth local people and tourists. The best time to visit Air Panas, the hot springs of Banjar is as earlyas possible in the morning when it is still quiet in the pools.