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Lovina Bali

Updated on August 29, 2010

If you’re looking for a beach holiday in Bali but want to get away from the clubs and accommodation like the Bounty Hotel Bali of Kuta and the crowds in Sanur, then Lovina is a great choice of destination for a peaceful, restorative holiday with lots of things to see and do and lots of opportunities for relaxation.

Lovina is situated on the North coast of Bali (most of the popular tourist beaches are on the South and East coasts) and is famous for its black volcanic sand and the schools of dolphins that live just off the coast – you can easily take a boat trip out to visit these friendly dolphins.

The sea around Lovina is very shallow so you can walk out a long way before the water gets deep – this makes it very safe for families unlike a lot of the beaches in bali which have big waves and dangerous rip tides – great for surfers but not for a relaxing swim.

Lovina Beach - photo by edie209 on flickr
Lovina Beach - photo by edie209 on flickr

The sea around Lovina is very shallow so you can walk out a long way before the water gets deep – this makes it very safe for families unlike a lot of the beaches in bali which have big waves and dangerous rip tides – great for surfers but not for a relaxing swim.

Lovina is famous for its sunsets so try and find a hotel room that faces West – you’ll be able to watch the sun set from the comfort of your own balcony evening. Or alternatively find a nice beachfront bar and enjoy the sunset over a large Bintang beer – what could be better?

The highlight of any Lovina trip must surely be the dolphin watching opportunities. It’s easy to commission a small boat to take you out, just by walking along the beach and the best time to do this is early in the morning. Alternatively your hotel can usually organize a dolphin trip for you if you’re not in the mood for haggling.

Snorkeling and diving are also both very popular activities in Lovina, as in the rest of Bali, and there are several companies that will take you out on a boat to the best spots on the coral reef to see marine life.

There is plenty of accommodation in Lovina ranging from small family-run bungalows to large five-star establishments. It’s easy to find a room that will suit your budget and Lovina is rarely busy, even in high season, so there’s no reason to book ahead. View a fiew hotels before you make your choice. You can easily find basic bungalow-style accommodation from 50,000 rupiah per day. If you're staying as a large group or family, you might want to consider Bali villa rental instead.

There are many Lively restaurants and bars in Lovina, so although it’s a quiet town, it’s not boring! Food and drink is also a much more reasonable price than it is in the south of bali so your budget will stretch further.

Lovina is famous for its sunsets so try and find a hotel room that faces West – you’ll be able to watch the sun set from the comfort of your own balcony evening. Or alternatively find a nice beachfront bar and enjoy the sunset over a large Bintang beer – what could be better?

The highlight of any Lovina trip must surely be the dolphin watching opportunities. It’s easy to commission a small boat to take you out, just by walking along the beach and the best time to do this is early in the morning. Alternatively your hotel can usually organize a dolphin trip for you if you’re not in the mood for haggling.

Snorkeling and diving are also both very popular activities in Lovina, as in the rest of Bali, and there are several companies that will take you out on a boat to the best spots on the coral reef to see marine life.

Lovina is situated about 100km from the airport and Kuta area. It will take you about 3 hours to get there by car. Most of the tourist shuttle buses go to Lovina – the price is about 125,000 rupiah from Kuta but will stop off at other places on the way so expect it to take a little longer. Alternatively you can hire a private car with a driver. This should cost no more than 500,000 rupiah for the day – you can stop off at tourist destinations on the way and break up your journey a little.

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