Lovina beach

If you thought that Bali’s beaches were all about Kuta, Legian and the crowded collection down south, you might have missed out on some great alternatives. Lovina, a combination of smaller beaches spanning several local villages between two districts in the Buleleng regency, is one. Calmer waves, serene black-sand shores, thrills in the offing, and a nightlife scene, are just a few things that sum up this quaint north Bali coast.

Lovina spans 2km east to west, with a small area in the Kalibukbuk village as its main focal point. Sunsets are quite the highlight here, with rather subdued nightlife after dusk. A large parking space borders the beach with rows of cafés and trendy seafood restaurants at its sides. Near the sand, a single towering dolphin statue stands as an official landmark. Walk to the east and you will encounter further rows of art shops and small warung traditional stalls offering snacks and refreshments beside an airy boardwalk.

Lovina’s sunrises are as ‘gently exciting’ as its sunsets, and are when participants of dolphin watching tours board colourful traditional motorised jukung outriggers to catch a glimpse of the several different species in these waters. Keep your camera gear ready as these flippers breach the smooth water surface in a blink of an eye. The most frequently sighted species are the dark-skinned spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) that are present all year round, except during the Chinese Lunar New Year period, when wind and rains are heavy and irregular (roughly from February to April)