The Dolphins Waching Activities, Lovina

If you are looking for a completely different holiday, different from South Bali’s  KutaSeminyak vibrant atmosphere, then you should head north to Bali’s Lovina Beach. Situated some 9 Km from Singaraja, capital city of the Buleleng Regency, Lovina Beach facing the Bali Sea is the perfect definition of tranquility, where one can enjoy the true meaning of a laid back and relaxed life.

Lovina stretches across a swathe of over 8 km coastline comprising a string of coastal villages, which are: Kali asem, Kali bukbuk, Anturan, and Tukad Mungga – collectively known as Lovina. The heart of Lovina is the village of Kali bukbuk situated  in the Buleleng District, Buleleng Regency.

Dolphin in Lovina Beach, Bali
Dolphin in Lovina Beach, Bali (Source :

Unlike other white-sand beaches on Bali, Lovina beach is of grey and black volcanic sand. Just as the nearby  Pemuteran Beach, Lovina also features incredible underwater life to plunge in  for those who enjoy diving and snorkeling. But, the main attraction here are the bottle-nosed dolphins (Tursiops truncates) who haved made this coast their playground.

Dolphins normally appear early in the morning just when the first rays of the sun rise on the horizon. These incredibly smart creatures will come and swim near boats and cavort around creating a truly fascinating spectacle of nature. This amazing attraction can be viewed from traditional boats called “Jukung” that are offered by many operators or individuals on shore.

The name Lovina itself is said to be  derived from the word “Love” and “Ina” which is Balinese for “mother”. Therefore, Lovina means Love for the Motherland or the country. The name Lovina was once banned from being used here since it was considered alien, so that tourist businesses in the area used alternatived names such as Manggala, Krisna, Angsoka, or Nirwana. However, when tourism to north Bali grew significantly, the name Lovina was used again since it was easier for tourists to remember and was, therefore, favored by tour operators.

The Lovina beach in Bali
The Lovina beach in Bali (Source :

The history of Lovina cannot be separated from Anak Agung Panji Tisna who had travelled all over Asia and Europe. He became interested in the way of life of the people in Bombay, India, which led him toreplicate this in Buleleng. Returning from abroad in 1953, Anak Agung Panji Tisna immediately applied his ideas and established an inn called Lovina on his plot of land. The facility featured a 3 room cottage with a seaside restaurant. Over time, Lovina grew from a simple cottage to an extensive tourist destination.


There are various foreign and local restaurants that offering international and local food with varied price.

There are a number of accommodation options available along Lovina Beach.

Lovina Beach is perfect for those who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of busy daily life and simply wish to be immersed in the tranquility of pristine nature. A morning or afternoon stroll along the beach accompanied  only by the soft breeze of winds, or simply relaxing on the shore with a cold drink, will truly indulge your senses.

While those who wish to  get right up close to the dolphins at sea can contact the many operators in the hotels or along the shore. Do remember, though, that you must rise early in the morning to catch sight of this magnificent spectacle.

Diving and Snorkeling are also other excellent activities that you can try on Lovina. There are a number of operators in the area who are more than ready to cater to your needs.


From Denpasar, capital city of Bali, you can get to Lovina through Bedugul over the mountainous central part of the island, which takes about 2 hours. Alternatively, you can follow the Gilimanuk route of West Bali which will take about 4 hours drive.


Do remember that dolphins appear only when the weather is right, so that there is no absolute guarantee that dolphins will automatically surface at any time. Dolphins will usually be attracted to rise to the surface of the sea when it is sunny and bright.

The best time to see dolphins is during the dry season, which is between April to October.

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