Information before you go
The best part of the North Bali beaches can be found around Lovina beach. This black volcanic beach is famous for its calm sea, the beaches with rows of palm trees, magical sunsets and the morning dolphin sightings.
Along the north coast you will black volcanic sand, but soft and clean...
Lovina is a collective name for the 6 fishing villages which are from west to east Temukus, Kaliasem, Kalibukbuk, Anturan, Tukadmungga and Pemaron.
Many people are surprised when they arrive at Lovina. The majority of visitors expect to see a white tropical beach however the northern beaches have black sand beaches. Maybe this is one of the reason why this part of the island doesn't attract a large crowd.
Nevertheless the beach of Lovina is nice. The sand is also soft and in many parts of the beach it is clean, sspecially at the beaches in front of the beach resorts and in Kalibubuk, the most tourist oriented fishing village.
Lovina is known for its dolphins
The beach also offers a great opportunity to walk along the shore as it goes on and on for 8 kilometers. Here you can see the fishermen going off to or coming back from sea with their load of fresh fish and enjoy then nice views of the ocean. In the late afternoon you can also watch the magnificent sunset.
If you are an early riser it is just as beautiful as the mist slowly unveils a purple colour over the sea.
An ideal time to experience the sunrise is during the dolphin tours. Don't expect to be the only ones headtng out to sea in a tiny fishingboat as dolphin watching is a popular activity in Lovina.
A sighting of a dolphin is always something special but usually it looks more like a race between boats then dolphin watching.
Like many other Bali beaches, there are many hawkers selling things from sarongs to massage treatments. In Lovina this is especially the case as many hawkers hunt for potential sun bathers who want to buy something.
They are more persistent than in other villages, but this may be due to the low numbers of travellers visiting the area. So be prepared...
While the beaches in the south of Bali are famous for their waves, there is no surfing in Lovina. The sea is as calm as a lake, which makes it ideal for other activities such as swimming, diving and snorkelling.
The quality of the reef in Lovina is however poor, so if you are planning to go snorkelling make sure you go more offshore where there is more to see.
If you are searching for a beach to relax which is less crowded, than Lovina beach is an ideal place to spend some time. The tropical, laid back atmosphere will give you a holiday feeling in no time.
For those who are on the lookout for a totally deserted beach, you can hop on a motorbike and drive along the north coastal road. Take the small roads that take you to the beach where you are likely find deserted patches of sand. As you can imagine, facilities are limited so take enough water and food with you.
Just like the beaches in the north, the west Bali beaches can get pretty deserted. But for those into diving and snorkeling, these are definitely the beaches to go to.Read more
Padangbai, Candidasa and Amed are the popular beaches in East Bali. But if you are in the in the area make sure you discover Bias Tugal and Pasir Putih too.Read more
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