Located in Buleleng, Bali, Lovina Beach offers a different experience from other beach. You can enjoy the attractions of dolphins somersault in the air. The waves are relatively calm, we can hire a local fishing boat to go to the sea to see the dolphins. Hundreds of dolphins who divide themselves into several groups inhabit Lovina Beach. "These dolphins are very happy to show off the attractions in front of guests!", said one of the fishermen who drove us in the morning to approach the dolphins’ habitat.
The Dolphins Among Us
There are hundreds of dolphins on the beach. You have to go to the sea before the sunrise if you want to watch the dolphins’ attraction. The dolphins will emerge between 6.00 am to 8.00 am. April to October is the best time to visit Lovina. There are also coral reefs that can be seen clearly from the boat. Lovina beach is also famous for its natural black sand, the one which attract so many tourist to come.
The visitor need to book the boat for about IDR 100,000 (about USD 8.00) per person to watch the dolphins at the beach. The boat maximum capacity is for 4 person, so if you book a boat it would be IDR 400,000 (about USD 32.00). The boat is a fishing boats made of wood. It would be easier if you have booked the tickets on the boat the night before, because of the enthusiasm toward the scenery is very high, especially in the middle of the year.
On the day you want to watch the attraction, you should already be gathered at the beach coast no late than 6.00 am. The captain of the ship will take you to the sea. You will enjoy the dolphins’ attraction while the sunrise fall upon you.
"The dolphins are aware, there are many visitors watching they show!” the captain explain to the visitors.
The name “Lovina” itself was a gift from Anak Agung Panji Tisna, the 11th descendent of the Padji Sakti dynasty of Buleleng, Singaraja. He has traveled from Europe in the 1950s. It was him who make these area became open for the general visitors and in turn, for the tourism as a whole. Though it was closed in the 80s, Lovina Beach’s fame was still spreading to overseas and eventually become one of the Bali’s travel destination until now.
Along the coastline you will find a range variety of shells. You can collect it for trinkets and as souvenirs.
How To Get There
Lovina Beach is 85 kilometers (about 52 miles) from Denpasar. You can rent a car to get there and will take about 3 to 4 hours from Denpasar. If you want to use public transportation, you can take bemo from Ubung Terminal through Singaraja. It cost IDR 10,000 to IDR 15,000 (about USD 1.00 plus) for a one way trip.
This is the only beach in Bali where we are still able to watch the wildlife dolphins, live. The water is very calm, so it is safe for swimming. At the peak season, early in the morning, there will be about 20-25 fishing boat which sail to see the attraction. It is better to take the sail at 6.00 am, during the sunrise to watch the dolphins’ attraction.