Lovina is a sprawling beach resort covering several miles of coastline but, in the main, it is a relaxing beach break with an unhurried pace of life. A far cry from the bright lights of Kuta or Legian, there are still a compelling variety of beach activities in Lovina plus natural attractions close at hand.
Most of the action in the resort takes place on Lovina beachfront with a choice of scuba diving and snorkeling, fishing trips and the ever popular dolphin spotting cruises. Water sports are becoming popular in Kaliasem village in the west of the resort and elsewhere, seas are calm and safe for swimming.
The area is renowned for some excellent Lovina health spas which provide indulgent body treatments, or you can partake in yoga and meditation classes. There are many places to watch traditional Balinese dances in the evening and the eastern outskirts of the resort have a couple of interesting Hindu temples that are worthy of a visit.
Lovina is by far the best place in the region for arranging day trips to some of Bali’s most spectacular but rarely visited natural attractions. Within one hour’s drive you can encounter Bali’s only Buddhist monastery, hot springs, waterfalls and majestic lakes and mountains.
Scuba diving in Lovina and snorkelling
Lovina may not boast the best reefs in Bali but fish life is diverse and abundant. It offers accessible snorkelling just off the beach and is a great place to learn the basics of scuba diving. Lovina is equidistant to Bali’s two finest diving areas – Amed in the east and Menjangan Island in the west.
Around a dozen professional dive operators in town offer regular dive trips to these areas as well as Lovina’s own reefs. Spice Dive (website: www.balispicedive.com) are highly regarded and have a huge program of dive excursions and courses for all levels. Many Lovina guesthouses rent out snorkelling equipment for around US$55-US$75 a day and can arrange night time trips out to the reef by boat.
A weird and wonderful spectacle not to be missed is the sight of ornately dressed buffalo careering down a grassy race track cheered on by a large crowd of animated locals. The infamous Kaliasem buffalo races take place weekly accompanied by music, feasting and a good natured carnival atmosphere. Although its origins date back generations, nowadays it is mainly for the benefit of visitors but is good fun nonetheless and a great photo opportunity.
Dolphin spotting in Lovina
Many visitors come to Lovina purely for the opportunity to glimpse the large school of playful dolphins which frolic in the surf. At first light, an armada of boats set sail in search of these playful creatures. It is an incredibly popular event each day and the waters can become very crowded during the busy high season. On rare occasions it is even possible to spot a whale or two. Many guesthouses can book Lovina dolphin spotting trips or you can enquire direct at the boat skipper’s cooperative based at Kalibukbuk beachfront.
Just 20 miles due south of Lovina is the breathtaking scenery of the acclaimed Bedugal region. It comprises the three sacred lakes of Buyan, Tamblingan and most notably Bratan. Here visitors enjoy water sports, rice field walks and exploring spectacular Hindu temples by the water’s edge.
Close by is the traditional market of Candi Kuning, the most famous of its kind in Bali. Other not to be missed attractions here include the lovely Bali Botanic Gardens (website: www.kebunrayabali.com) and Bali Treetop Adventure Park.