Lovina Beach Bali
Lovina Beach may not be for everyone but it is one of my favourite places in Bali. Located on the northern coast of Bali, around 2.5 hours drive from the southern tourist areas of Seminyak, Legain and Kuta, Lovina is a quiet beach town which has plenty going for it. One of the biggest attractions to visit Lovina is the dolphin watching to occurs every morning in the waters around Lovina. There is no surf at Lovina, the water is flat most year round, but there is still plenty of activities in and near by to Lovina. Don’t expect a white sandy beach as the sand at Lovina is almost black, from all the volcanic activity in the northern region of Bali.
Dolphins at Lovina Beach Bali
The best time to see the dolphins at Lovina Beach is at sunrise. You can hire a boatman on Lovina beach for your chance to see hundreds of dolphins having their morning feed of prawns or tuna. Mostly the dolphins around Lovina belong to the spinner dolphin family. These dolphins are smaller than the bottlenose dolphin and are a dark grey colour.
Sunsets at Lovina Beach
Lovina Beach has some of the most spectacular sunsets. Most times of the year you will see an amazing sunset over the ocean.
Hindu Temple at Lovina Beach
There is a large Hindu Temple called Pura Segara located right next to Lovina Beach where the Dolphin statue is located on Jalan Binaria. The Hindu temple was recently expanded in 2010 to a larger complex. You can visit the temple though you will need to either wear long pants or wrap a sarong around show your legs are not showing. Throughout the year there are a number of large festivals held at the temple with many locals coming to pay tribute to the gods at the temple.
Buddhist Temple close to Lovina Beach
Just outside the Lovina Beach area, on the way to the hot springs is a beautiful Buddhist Temple, Brahmavihara Arama Buddhist Temple which is well worth a visit. It has beautiful sculptured gardens with many classic Buddhist imagery. Read more about the Buddhist Temple close to Lovina.
The Brahmavihara Arama Buddhist Temple run meditation retreats run by visiting monks from South East Asia. The retreats run from 3, 10 and 14 days. There is basic accommodation within the temple. The retreats are based on donation only. For more information contact Susan on 0852 3804 6181 or contact via their website – Brahamavihara Arama Buddhist Temple
Hot Springs close to Lovina Beach Bali
There are hot springs (air panas) located close to the Buddhist Temple with a choice of pools of varying temperature. There is a small entre fee for entering and using the hot springs for bathing. There are change rooms and showers available. Read more about the Hot Springs close to Lovina.
Snorkelling and Scuba Divina at Lovina Beach
There are small coral reefs a few hundred meters off Lovina beach. Though the coral is not in the best of condition there is still plenty of different variety of fish to view. Day trips can be arranged from Lovina to go snorkeling or scuba diving on Menjangan Island which has some great coral reefs with abundant marine lifeincluding sea turtles, stingrays and reef sharks.
Waterfalls close to Lovina Beach Bali
There are a number of nice waterfalls close to Lovina. Just 5km west of Lovina Beach is Sing-Sing Waterfall (Air Terjun Singsing).
Around 40 minutes drive from Lovina Beach is Gitgit Waterfalls which is just off the main road that takes you to the southern part of Bali. At Gitgit Waterfalls there are 2 nice waterfalls just a few hundred meters aparts.
Attractractions close to Lovina Beach Bali
Just 15 minutes from Lovina is the traditional Balinese town of Singaraja which was the administrative capital of Bali until 1953. It has a population of around 100,000 with 20 – 25% being ethnic Chinese. There are daily day and night markets with good food stalls to try some interesting food.
Singaraja has a spectacular Hindu temple in the centre, Pura Jagatnatha. It is generally closed though it has an intricately carved gateway.
Getting to Lovina Beach
It takes just under 3 hours to drive from Kuta to Lovina or around 2 hours from Ubud. There are buses that go from Kuta though will take a lot longer than 3 hours as they stop along the way to drop off and pick people up. You will not have any troubles arranging a car and driver to take you to Lovina for around 500,000Rp depending on your bargaining skills. The bus is around 75,000Rp. The advantage with your private car is you can stop along the way wherever you like including at Pura Ulun Danau (lake) or Gitgit Waterfalls in the hills before you descend to the coastline into Lovina. There are many monkeys in these hills along the roadside waiting for passing cars to throw food to them. Also a good opportunity to stop to take photos.
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