Serangan is definitely our favorite destination if it comes to running. It’s the most serene and peaceful place on the southern part of the island and Serangan has it all; beaches, trails, forest, birds, cows, lakes and fishing villages. The area is massive and you can design your own run as you go, but of course we wouldn’t be Bali Buddies if we hadn’t already set-out a few options for you. The starting point of all runs is behind the PuncakKingkih Temple, because this is where you will have the most wonderful sunrise sceneries of Serangan.
The shortest run (the 4KM loop) takes you around the lake. But although it might be the shortest, it’s probably not the fastest one, as you most likely end up walk-running the course, taking pictures of the most stunning (sunrise) sceneries along your way.
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The 6KM loop takes you around the lake as well, but instead of turning back to the starting point, you follow the path for another kilometer and a half. Then you turn right and pass a turtle conservation center. At the end of the path you keep right again and run back to your starting point through the forest.
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Though the 4KM and 6KM loops are incredibly beautiful, we recommend you forget about the right turns, just keep on going until the bridge instead. The trail takes you all around the peninsula and views of the lakes, the wetlands, Bali’s toll road and Benoa’s harbor surely are worth to be captured on a picture. When you reach the bridge, you turn right (after approximately 6KM) and through the shade of Serangan’s forest, you’ll run back to the starting point.
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The 12K loop explores another part of Serangan Island. From the same starting point, you run north along the main path for a kilometer. Then you turn right and follow the jungle path till you reach a small temple. After this temple, you turn right and you’ll end up at another temple; the Pura BejiTirthaHarum. Here you’ll see the ocean again and you turn left, where you keep on following the path along the water. If you started early enough, you could get served with spectacular orange sunrise skies, but don’t worry, even when the sun’s up the vistas are amazing. You’ll pass by a surfing beach, a fishing village and another mesmerizingly beautiful lake. Just stay on the path and you’ll reach the main road again (just after KM 10), which you’ll follow back to the starting point.
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For those who want to see it all and are confident to complete a 17KM run (or have enough time to walk this loop), we recommend a combination of the 8KM and the 12KM loop. You start off on the 12KM loop, but instead of following the forest path back to the start, you turn right towards the bridge and follow the path along the water. You’re now on the 8KM course and will run this counter-clock wise till you’re back the starting point. Don’t forget to bring water or cash on this run. Along the way you will surely meet one of the locals selling hot and cold beverages, instant noodles and other snacks.
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