List of Most Popular Activities a Perfect Gateway in Lovina Beach Bali
Perfect Gatway in Lovina Beach Bali is one of the popular tourist attractions in the northern part of Bali, Indonesia. It is about 10 kilometres from the township of Singaraja and is also known for its black sand beaches, coral reefs, and dolphins. Moreover, Lovina also features 7 small villages such as Pemaron, Tukad Mungga, Anturan, Banyuait, Kalibukbuk, Kaliasem, and Temukus. Meanwhile, it is positioned quite far from the airport. On the other hand, it is relatively calmer and less crowded, compared to the southern beach in Bali. Lovina Beach Bali becomes more popular with its natural hidden gem and as the best place to feel the tranquillity atmosphere. Besides, it is also easily accessible by road from any part of Bali. From Denpasar, it will take 2 hours through Bedugul over the mountainous central part of the island. Similarly, you can follow the Gilimanuk route of West Bali which takes around 4 hours to drive.
What Activities To Do in Lovina
A lot of popular activities that you can do in Lovina such as diving, snorkelling, and watching wild dolphins. Further, these dolphin sighting trips usually last about two hours and generally cost between IDR 60.000–250.000 or about US$5–$20. It starts early morning before sunrise and you are taken by a local and interesting traditional fishing boat. Likewise, Lovina is well known as a perfect site for watching the sunset and during the night it offers a quiet and calm atmosphere. It is popular for Asian tourists and those who avoid the hustle and bustle of the southern beaches.
Besides, diving on Menjangan Island part of the Bali Barat National Park is generally regarded as the best in Bali. Boats are readily available to take divers over to the island, where there are no residents or hotels. Nightlife activities also abound, as well as chartered boats to go out into the sea. Above all, if you are looking calm and relaxing holiday, Lovina Beach is the perfect place. It is also a good choice to take day trips to the nearby attractions of north and west Bali.
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11 Popular Tourist Attractions in Lovina
The Lovina area is an interesting destination for those who love to experience traditional cultures in the peaceful as well as rural surroundings of tranquil northern Bali. Besides away from the bubbly and touristy spots of the south, you will find the authenticity of Balinese life. So we’d recommend the 11 things you should not miss to do or see in Lovina:
1. Relaxing in Lovina Beach
Lovina Beach like almost all beaches in the north area offers black sand beaches with easy access to the mellow Bali Sea. You will not see big waves or crushing surf meanwhile, it is so ideal for relaxing and swimming with families. Additionally, please make sure or check the high tide before planning to swim. Likewise, please consider there are no facilities on the beaches in Lovina thus you will not find sunbeds or even beach bars. On the other hand, you can buy food and drinks in the local stalls nearby.
2. Trying Famous Dessert Es Campur
Es Campur or Es Buah is a delicious mix of shaved fruits with different kinds of colourful fruity jelly, crushed ice, and also strawberry milk – sometimes topped with vanilla cream. Moreover, you can find this delicious dessert across the road in the Lovina area. Choose your fruits and definitely ask for Beluluk (fruits of the sugar palm), what an amazing mix! Enjoy!!
3. Visit Sekumpul and Fiji Waterfall
Sekumpul and Fiji Waterfalls are for sure the most beautiful waterfalls in northern Bali. About one hour east of Lovina and hidden in the rainforest mountains, it is not overrun by masses of visitors – so you might be the only or one of very few visitors there. Once managed lots of stairs down to the pool level, you will enjoy the twin Sekumpul Falls to the left and triple Fiji Falls to the right. The way is not a plane, so you have to crumble rocks and cross the river twice – but standing close to the falls or swimming in its pools will be amazing. For a day tour, check out our Lemukih trekking!!!
4. Relax at Holy Hot Spring Water
A 30-minute drive from Lovina, the holy hot springs or ‘Air Panas’ of Banjar is set in a beautiful tropical garden. The sulphuric water in the three pitorreske basins is of volcanic origin and has a pleasantly warm temperature of 35 – 39 degrees Celcius. You will see lots of locals coming here to cure rheumatic or other diseases. Additionally, changing rooms, lockers, and restaurants are available. This hot spring water is also great to combine with a visit to the Buddhist Monastery in Banyar.
5. Visit Brahma Vihara Arama
A definitely “must-see” or better “must-feel” place around Lovina is the only Buddhist monastery in Hinduistic Bali, Brahma Vihara Arama. Located in the hills of Banyar, about 30 minutes away from Central Lovina and 5 minutes from Holy Hot Springs, this peaceful place invites you to see the prayer rooms, Buddha statues, and beautiful gardens as well as an impressive mini replica of the world’s largest Buddhist archaeological site, Borobudur, on its highest grounds. This meditation area spreads very special energy and opens the view far over the hills to the ocean.
6. Banyumala Waterfall
Another hidden treasure in untouched nature is Banyumala Waterfalls.
40 minutes away from Lovina Beach Bali, it guarantees spectacular views combined with the sounds of the jungle – and the perfect place for swimming in the natural pool. Perfect day tour in combination with the Holy Hot Springs in Banjar and the Buddhist Monastery Brahma Vihara Arama.
7. Enjoy Live Music with Fresh Seafood Dinner
In central Lovina, a village called Kalibukbuk, there are plenty of possibilities to have a great dinner with fresh-caught fish or seafood. In the afternoon, you can see the fisherman coming back with their booty – which ends up immediately on the grill. Together with some cold beer or local wine and handmade mellow music, you can enjoy your time to the fullest.
To learn more about the Lovina area, mainly all the villages involved.
8. Dolphin Watching Tours Lovina
Lovina Beach is famous for its dolphins. Many guests are coming for dolphin-watching tours from all over Bali and the neighbour islands. In the early morning, the dolphins come close to the coast where you have the chance to spend some time with these lovely creatures. Aboard a traditional fishing boat with max. 4 people, you spend about 2 hours on the sea and enjoy this entertaining journey of the dolphins in the rising sun. Most boats are leaving at 6 am, and going at 7 or 8 guarantees a more quiet atmosphere.
9. Snorkeling and Diving
Directly offshore Central Lovina you have a stunning Lovina Reef for both, snorkelling and diving. For snorkelling, just rent spontaneously a boat on the beach. Many dive centres are located in the village for those who like to try or improve their skills and require the equipment.
The probably most beautiful spot in terms of underwater diversity is around Menjangan Island in the North Bali National Park, about 2 hours drive from Lovina. Most probably you will spot sea turtles – a really touching experience!
10. Private Cooking Class with The Locals
If you like Indonesian and Balinese food but don’t know how to make it? Ibu Dewi invites you to her family home to prepare a delicious 5-course traditional menu together with you. It’s your choice what dishes you cook – as together with Ibu Dewi, you go to the local market first to find fresh ingredients. An informative and super tasty half-day experience for all foodies!
11. Meet the culture and tradition
Balinese culture is an endless roundelay of prayers, offerings, and ceremonies. Because the Lovina area is very laid back and it is easy to connect with the locals, don’t be surprised if you get invited to a family ceremony. Also, the staff in your hotel or restaurant will let you know when some public ceremonies are going on. Don’t be too shy and accept these offers – it will be a colourful experience! And everywhere you will find somebody who speaks good English and is ready to explain what’s going on. Proper clothes (sometimes traditional sarong/sash/udeng) show respect and thus are recommended.