Lovina is located on the northern shore of Bali and has started to become quite popular with families and couples. Over 15 years ago it was a popular stop off spot for backpackers touring Bali. This is slowly changing now with more mid range accommodation opening and visitors to Lovina are choosing to stay here for 1-2 weeks.
Lovina is a 12 kilometre stretch of coastline which is located to the west of Singaraja: Temukus, Kalibukbuk, Anturan, Pemaron, Tukad Mungga, Banyualit and Kaliasem. Kalibukuk is the main hub of this area and this is the town that is commonly referred to as Lovina.
The beaches in Lovina are very far removed from those in the south of Bali. Lovina's beaches consist of black volcanic sand and are also quite narrow. They are most definitely swimmer friendly as there isn't any crashing surf or riptides here. The beaches themselves are not awash with tourists and you will surely find a quiet spot to sunbathe and take in the northern Bali coast.
Lovina is probably well known for its dolphins that swim off the north coast. You will be asked upon numerous occasions to take a Dolphin Boat Trip. These trips depart from the beach in the morning and you will head out to sea in one of the outrigger boats. It really is a delight to witness the grace of these mammals as they swim around you and follow the boat. Due to the popularity of these trips, in recent years there seems to be more and more boats taking tourists to see the dolphins and at times you may feel that there are more boats than dolphins. That being said, it is definitely worth a trip and will become a very unforgettable experience. Most trips will cost you around Rp75, 000 and take up most of the morning.
There are a few spots along the where you will find some fantastic snorkeling. The reef is located somewhat off shore and is recommended that you take a boat. Most boats will charge you around Rp50, 000 to take you to the reef. You won't be disappointed once you get there as the coral is wonderful and teeming with marine life. There are a few dive operations in Lovina that will be happy to accommodate your scuba needs.
Another beautiful yet not so well known spot is Brahma Vihara Arama. This is a Buddhist Monastery and the largest on the island. The Monastery itself is absolutely breathtaking with great views of the surrounding area. What makes this place unique is that the Monastery has a Balinese touch to it. Of course you will come across golden Buddahs, stupas, and the distinctive orange roof while at the same time typical Balinese carvings and ornamentations. It is definitely worth a visit if you are coming from the Banjar Hot Springs.
Banjar Hot Springs is a popular route on the tourist trail and is a great spot to relax and picnic. These springs are found to have healing properties as there is lots of brimstone in the water. Great for the skin! They are popular amongst locals and tourists alike. It was the Japanese who decided to construct three pools here to localize all the running water into one spot. The best way to access these springs is by car as they are around 24 kilometres from Singaraja town. There is accommodation located around Banjar and you will be greeted with spectacular vistas of rice paddies and lush green forest.
Finding a restaurant in Lovina is not a hard task as there are many great options lining the main road. Some of them being:
Barakuda, Jalan Mawar, Lovina. This is a very popular spot that offers a range of seafood cooked in a very traditional Indonesian style.
Kakatua, Jalan Bina Ria, Lovina. Kakatua is a great hang out for holiday makers and offers a varied menu. The staff here are very friendly and you can see your food being cooked from your table.
Kopi Bali, Jalan Bina Ria, Lovina. This restaurant is popular with the budget traveler and a great place to meet new and interesting people. The food is cheap and very tasty.
Sea Breeze, Lovina. The location of this restaurant speaks for itself: right on the beach offering some great seafood as well as popular Indonesian dishes like Gado Gado.
Lovina is a great spot for those wanting to immerse themselves into a hassle free beach holiday and feel part of a village community. You will no doubt come across some of the friendliest people you will ever meet while at the same time being surrounded by the paradise that Bali has to offer.