Lovina Beach is located in the northern tip of Bali Island, or approximately 10 km to the west of Singaraja City. Lovina Beach is located in Kalibukbuk Village, Buleleng Regency. Thus, Lovina is also usually called as Kalibukbuk excursion area.
This beach has natural black sand along its coastline. The situation here is very quiet and peaceful. Usually, tourists who get bored of the hustle and bustle of Kuta area will choose this beach as a place to seek for a more tranquil holiday. Besides that, the most famous attraction in Lovina is observing a herd of dolphins swimming in the vast ocean. You could find these dolphins around 1 km from the coast, so you will need a boat for it. The waters in Lovina is very calm thus you can cross the sea by only a simple fishermen’s wooden boat.
Lovina Beach is widely known as a place for observing the life of dolphins in their natural habitat. You can directly see and feel the friendliness of this sea mammal in the middle of the ocean. They will not hesitate to swim beside your boat, seems like indicating that they are welcoming your visit.
To be able to see them, you will need to wake up early when the sun is about to rise, around 06.00 until 08.00. If you are late, you will miss the chance to meet these cutes dolphins. In those hours, a big group of dolphins will “perform” naturally in the bluish water of Lovina beach showing their activities in the morning. Some of them only swim calmly, but some of them also makes two or three acrobatic moves over the water. The tourists who had visited this beach and observed them directly were all amazed.
Usually, the tourists will gather in the beach around 05.30 for preparation of crossing the sea. You can rent fishermen’s boats which are parked around there. However, the boat could only carry 5 people, including the fisherman himself. Slowly, the boat will bring you one or two kilometers into the middle of the sea. During this trip, you will be offered an amazing ocean view in front of you and captivating land view behind you. When you are already in the middle of the sea, the fisherman will guide you to the favorite place of the dolphins. You do not need to worry, because this fisherman has already memorized the habits of the dolphins so they know what to do. The process of finding these dolphins may take around 3 hours. However, sometimes these dolphins do not show up because of the nature condition, like the tidal or changing of wind direction. Sometimes, your luck could also become a determinant.
Lovina Marine Park
In the area of Lovina, you could also do diving or snorkeling enjoying the beauty of its underwater life. You can see the beauty of coral reefs or see some friendly fish swim to you. This marine park is not as beautiful as the other marine parks in the other regions of Indonesia, but this marine park is fun enough to be explored, especially when you could observe the friendly and colorful fish under its water.
In the area around Lovina there are a lot of affordable resorts or lodges. Some of them even completed with a dolphin attraction and mini zoo. You can choose from the simplest cottage until a luxurious cottage based on your budget.
Lovina Beach is around 80 km from Denpasar and could be reach by 2.5 until 3 hour driving. To reach Lovina, you could use the route of Denpasar-Singaraja or route of Denpasar-Bedugul-Seririt. The second route will be harder because after Bedugul, you will see a lot of winding road. However, this road offers you a better view along the trip. So it is up to you to choose which one is better. Actually, there is another route passing Gilimanuk, but it will take almost 5 hours to reach Lovina. The road is easy and straight but it will take much longer time.
Lovina Beach is one of the most famous tourism objects in Bali. Indeed, this place is a great place for spending holiday. There are a lot of interesting things to be found here, like watching wild dolphins, diving and snorkeling in a marine park, or enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of its beach. If one day you are visiting Singaraja, you must go to this beach at least one day for experiencing all of the great things mentioned above.