Located close to the city of Singaraja on Bali’s north coast is a series of fishing villages that collectively make up the popular beach resort of Lovina. It covers around five miles of seafront featuring a wide arc of volcanic black sand beach. It comprises the villages of Kaliasem, Banyualit, Anturan, Tukad Mungga and Kalibukbuk. The latter is the most developed and has the highest concentration of accommodation, dining and beach facilities.
During the day most of the action takes place along the beach with good snorkelling and scuba diving, a little water sports and early morning dolphin spotting boat trips. The beaches are wide and fringed by swaying palm trees and clear, calm waters. There is little else to do but laze in the sun and enjoy a refreshing beach massage. The views across the water are majestic, particularly at sunset and the rugged volcanic peaks of East Java offer a spectacular backdrop.
Lovina guide – black sand beaches with hot springs and waterfalls
Lovina has a laid back atmosphere and despite it being a modern resort, it is easy to soak up a little bit of local life. You can take courses in Balinese cookery at many places or learn the intricacies of traditional dance.
The resort is known for its entertaining bull races and you may even be invited to watch a village cockfight. Lovina is the ideal gateway to north Bali’s spectacular scenery which encompasses everything from the mangrove swamps of the West Bali National Park, misty mountain peaks, hot springs and waterfalls. Many attractions are accessible using public transport and there are always rewarding tours and excursions leaving daily from the resort.
Known primarily as a backpacker’s centre, Lovina actually has a great variety of accommodation for every budget. Despite a rather laid back atmosphere, there is a wealth of things to see and do both in the resort and the surrounding countryside plus great transport links to areas farther afield.