When you are wanting for a totally diverse getaway, different from South Bali’s Kuta-Seminyak vibrant surroundings, then you should head north to Bali’s Lovina Beach. Positioned about 9 Km from Singaraja, capital city of the Buleleng Regency, Lovina Beach facing the Bali Sea is the best definition of harmony, where one can delight in the true meaning of a laid back and peaceful life.
Lovina stretches across a swathe of over 8 km coastline comprising a string of coastal villages, which are: Kaliasem, Kalibukbuk, Anturan, and Tukad Mungga – collectively known as Lovina. The heart of Lovina is the village of Kalibukbuk situated in the Buleleng District, Buleleng Regency.
Contrary to other white-sand beaches on Bali, Lovina beach is of grey and black volcanic sand. Just as the nearby Pemuteran Beach, Lovina also features incredible underwater life to plunge in for those who enjoy diving and snorkeling. But, the main attraction here are the bottle-nosed dolphins (Tursiops truncates)n who haved made this coast their playground.
Dolphins typically show up early in the morning just when the first rays of the sun rise on the horizon. These incredibly smart creatures will come and swim near boats and cavort around creating a truly fascinating spectacle of nature. This amazing attraction can be viewed from traditional boats called “Jukung” that are offered by many operators or individuals on shore.
The name Lovina itself is said to be derived from the word “Love” and “Ina” which is Balinese for “mother”. Therefore, Lovina means Love for the Motherland or the country. The name Lovina was once banned from being used here since it was considered alien, so that tourist businesses in the area used alternatived names such as Manggala, Krisna, Angsoka,or Nirwana.
Nevertheless, when tourist to north Bali grew significantly, the name Lovina was used again since it was easier for tourists to remember and was, therefore, favored by tour agents.
The background of Lovina cannot be separated from Anak Agung Panji Tisna who had sailed all over Asia and Europe. He became curious in the way of life of the people in Bombay, India, which led him toreplicate this in Buleleng. Returning from abroad in 1953, Anak Agung Panji Tisna immediately applied his ideas and established an inn called Lovina on his plot of land. The facility featured a 3 room cottage with a seaside restaurant. Over time, Lovina grew from a simple cottage to an extensive tourist destination.
From Denpasar, capital city of Bali, you can get to Lovina through Bedugul over the mountainous central part of the island, which takes about 2 hours. Alternatively, you can follow the Gilimanuk route of West Bali which will take about 4 hours’ drive.