Exploring Lovina - Guide to Lovina, Bali
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Best known for its sunrise dolphin-watching tours, Lovina is a low-key coastal resort in North Bali.
A three-hour drive from the airport, it’s far less developed than the more easily accessible tourist hubs of the South. But that means relatively uncrowded beaches, traffic-free roads, and a charming old-Bali feel.
There are also some outstanding diving and snorkelling spots in the vicinity, as well as water sports opportunities and waterfalls aplenty.
Where to Stay in Lovina , Bali
With less western influence here, luxury hotels and villas are a little sparser on the ground. That said, there are a handful of stand-out properties to choose from — and at great value.
Charming bungalow stays and cute oceanfront hotels are abundant.
We also know of some super sleek ocean-view villas, with space for several families to holiday together.
Luxury Hotels in Lovina
Mid-Range Hotels in Lovina
Budget Stays in Lovina
Know Where to Go for Food and Drinks in Lovina
Unlike South Bali, where the Australian influence is strong in the food scene, Lovina does local fare best.
There are plenty of spots to try Indonesia’s spicy sensations, from nasi campur (rice with assorted veg and meat dishes) to gado-gado (salad of rice cakes, beansprouts, egg and more smothered in peanut sauce).
There are also a few solid western options, including Greek, Italian, American, and a popular bakery.
Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you could hit the local pasar (market) at Seririt. It’s a hot and heady tangle of fruit and vegetable sellers, plus cheap kaki lima (street food carts) selling fried rice and noodles fresh from the wok.
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Things to Do in Lovina
Lovina is a good base for exploring the many attractions that North Bali has to offer. But the No. 1 experience here has to be dolphin watching.
A number of operators offer sunrise dolphin safaris with guaranteed sightings. Seeing these beautiful creatures jump and dance in the wide, open ocean is a spectacle most won’t forget in a hurry.
There is a range of water sports available on the Lovina coast, too. Diving, surfing, kite-surfing and banana boat fun are just a few of the activities to keep you thrill seekers entertained.
Venture inland and you’ll discover Insta-worthy waterfalls encircled by dense tropical jungle.
Sekumpul Waterfall, with its multiple cascades and crisp refreshing pools, is one of the most spectacular on the island. Air Terjun Gitgit (or twin waterfalls), a 20-minute drive south of Singaraja, is also worth a visit. The trek through the ravine to get there is as magical as the waterfall itself.
The natural hot springs at Air Panas Banjar are an interesting experience, too. Take a relaxing soak in the thermal waters or treat yourself to a massage. It’s quite a local clientele here though so probably best to avoid super slinky swimsuits.
Tours and Activities in Lovina
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