The large resort of Lovina hugs Bali’s northern coastline four miles west of the provincial town of Singaraja. It is the only tourist centre of note in this part of the island, however it is a popular traveller’s haven and the largest beach resort outside of the Kuta and Legian area.
Lovina is made up of several fishing villages stretching some five miles in length, all with lovely black sand beaches. From east to west these are Pemaron, Tukud Mungga, Anturan, Banyualit, Kalibukbuk and Kaliasem.
Getting to and from Lovina by public transport is relatively hassle free. Direct mini bus (bemo) services ply the entire length of the resort from all points in west Bali and from the east coast. Coming from Denpasar requires a simple change in nearby Singaraja. Travel to neighbouring Java is simple from Lovina. There are frequent daytime inter island bus services departing from several tour agents in town.
Car and motorbike hire is available from many outlets in the resort, particularly the most developed area of Kalibukbuk. Prices are quite competitive compared to other areas of Bali and a four wheel drive or people carrier should cost no more than rp450,000 per day after a little haggling.
Always check the condition of the vehicle beforehand and ask about insurance cover. Yuli Transport is a well respected and professional company. Bicycle hire can be arranged from many home stays and hotels and is convenient for short journeys within the resort but out on the open road, traffic whizzes by at an incredible speed and many inland roads are extremely undulating.
Cross island tourist buses serve Lovina from all major tourist centres in Bali and through tickets to the islands of Java (as far as Jakarta) and Lombok can be booked at several agents in town. Bali’s premier operator Perama have an office here (website: www.peramatour.com) and Legian-based Tirta Bali (www.tirtabalitour.com) also have two departures a day to Kuta and Legian.
The price is rp160,000 one way and the journey time is approximately three hours. There are several points of interest to explore in the immediate area such as waterfalls, hot springs and Bali’s sole Buddhist monastery. They are accessible by public bemo, however a more rewarding day will be had with your own transport.