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Lovina is a relatively new name coined in the 1950s by a local the late king of '''Buleleng''' (Buleleng Regency official ) Anak Agung Panji Tisna, with a good eye for future tourism-based development. It essentially consists started with small lodge built on his own land and named '''Lovina'''. After going through struggle of ups and downs, finally the community accepted the presence of Lovina. Now even, for the sake of tourism, Lovina used for the name of seven traditional villages, which all slightly merge into one on a ten kilometre kilometer stretch of the main road which hugs the north coast to the west of Singaraja: Temukus, Kalibukbuk, Anturan, Pemaron, Tukad Mungga, Banyualit and Kaliasem. '''Kalibukuk''' is the main hub of this area and is often thought of "Lovina town centre".
The whole stretch of coast here is fringed by quite narrow black sand beaches, which are accessed by a multitude of small lanes which run perpendicular to the east-west coast road. The beaches are generally safe for swimming, and the waters of Bali's north coast, in direct contrast to the crashing surf of the south, are relatively calm.
Diving, snorkelling and dolphin watching are the main activities, but perhaps above all else, this is an area in which to relax and take in a very slow, traditional pace of life. It can get a little crowded in July and August, but outside that peak season, this is a quiet part of the island.
Lovina also has a large number of ''cafés''. Some of these establishments are not selling tea and sandwiches. They often provide loud , live music and an expensive and often boring assortment of alcohol. Many of the girls working there keeping the patrons company during the evening may be of questionable or negotiable virtue having little issue in following the which patrons home after closing time. It is also can participate and it's not unusual to see older white men in the company of much younger local girls, foreigners jamming with the girls acting as short-term ''girlfriends'' during the weeks or months the men stay in Indonesialocals.
==Get in==
===By bus===
Perama [] offers transportation from major tourist destinations in Bali and has a local Lovina office in Anturan. Perama shuttle buses to Lovina leave from [[Kuta]], [[Sanur]], [[Ubud]], [[Candidasa]] and [[Padang Bai]]. They use mini buses without air-conditioning , the price from Kuta, Sanur and Ubud, as of 2012, is Rp 125,000. While this is more than twice more than using bemos (and not much more comfortable), you will avoid changing bemos (generally, twice) in Denpasar and the prices are need to bargain with bemo drivers who enjoy to overcharge visitors. For a group of three or four, however, taxi or private car will cost same or cheaper, while much more than reasonablecomfortable.
===By bemo===
Lovina’s '''black sand beaches''' are quite lovely and lend themselves well to exploration on foot at a leisurely pace. The sea is very calm here and is safe for swimming. The feeling on the beaches is one of laid-back tranquility with small, colourfully decorated traditional outriggers called ''perahu'' dotted along the shoreline. These are a reminder that you are in a traditional fishing community. There are a few hawkers, but nothing like as many as on the southern beaches, and this is as good a place as any in Bali to explore quiet beaches at your own pace. At the highest of tides the beaches can get a little difficult to traverse in places, so it is best to time your walks for a falling tide.Be aware that many of the 'black sand' beaches (particularly in the central area) are an unappealing dirty brown with significant amounts of plastic rubbish
The small road that runs down to the beach-front from the main east-west coast route at Kalibukuk is called Jalan Bina Ria. At the beach end of this road is a rather wonderful '''dolphin statue'''(complete with slightly horrific one-jawed rusting dolphins). Apart from being a notable piece of kitsch, this is a reminder of the reason for the initial drive beind tourist development at Lovina (dolphins, obviously). Mini wooden and stone replicas of this statue are for sale widely in the area.
[[Image:Braham_Arama_Vihara.jpg|300px|right|thumb|Brahma Vihara Arama]]
*<see name="Brahma Vihara Arama" alt="" address="Dencarik" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="Donation" lat="" long="">Bali's largest Buddhist monastery located near the village of Dencarik. The monastery is absolutely charming and commands lovely views. Whilst obviously Buddhist with its orange roof, numerous gold Buddhas and stupas recalling those at [[Borobudur]], the carvings and ornamentation are very Balinese. The combination works well and if it were in a location easier to reach, this attraction would recieve far more visitors than it does. A visit here combines well with Banjar Hot Springs. </see>
Your hotel can (and will offer repeatedly to) arrange day tours to the nearby sights including the beautiful highland scenery of [[Bedugul|Munduk]] to the south, the beaches of [[Pemuteran]] to the west, and the city of [[Singaraja]] to the east. All are within easy reach.
* <see name="Banjar Hot Springs" alt="Air Panas" address="Dencarik" directions="about 10 km west by road to Dencarik, then an ojek ride on rough paths" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="7AM-6PM" price="Rp 3,000">Located west of Lovina, this is an enchanting hot springs with stone carved mouths gushing water in a lush garden setting. The waters are naturally a very pleasing temperature and have a high sulphur content. The whole experience here is extremely therapeutic and cleansing. Changing rooms and lockers are provided on site. This is not a straightforward place to get to, and for that reason it is often way less crowded than you would expect for such a lovely spot.</see>
* <see name="Banjar Buddhist Temple" address="Banjar" directions="Head west out of town, turn left in to Banjar, then left at the market area at the center of town.">A spectacular Buddhist temple featuring something of a miniature, modern replica of [[Borobodur]] atop its peak, as well as pagodas, a pond, a meditation grove and gardens. The resident monk is apparently from Bhutan.</see>
[[Image:lovina-distance.jpg|thumb|300px|Lovina coastline from the mountains]]
* <see name="Lovina Hills" directions="Head west out of town toward Banjar, turn left after a few kilometers at the large gateway over the main road, then keep going until you climb up the mountains.">Great views over the coast, some more traditional villages, a temple or two, and fruit orchards.</see>
* '''Public Library Coba Baca.''' The goal of this foundation is to provide education to all (north) Balinese. The library provides books, organizes (educational) activities and (language) courses to the local inhabitants. Beside that a great collection of English and Dutch books is available. Those books can be borrowed by tourists and expats as well. For people interested in the Indonesian language; courses Bahasa Indonesia are available on different levels. Income generated by those memberships and courses will directly go to the foundation. The library/educational center is located on the main road in Kalibukbuk, in between the ATM and the traffic lights in an old hotel called "Bali Jegeg". []
* <do name="Bali Samdahi Spa" alt="" address="Tejakula" directions="east of Singaraja" phone="+62 813 38275206" url="" hours="9AM-10PM" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Offers a variety of massages. The rebalancing massage is the signature treatment and a very nice mixture between therapeutic and well-being massage. Mandi Lulur scrubs are available also Thai Massage, Thai foot reflexology and more.</do>
*< do name : Jagat Herbal : Traditional Balinese Medicine, adress : Front of Purnama Home Stay. phone :087 7626 75039
our product : The Natural Medicine,Healthy Drinks,Massage Oils,Natural Body Lotion,Body Srubs, Bath Sop,and many others.
Our Service : Body Healing and Treatment, Traditional Balinese Massage,Reflexiologi,Body Scrub Natural Massage.Our Place quiet, peacefull, with flower gardens, profesional and friendly Therapist. Come and try...
===Cooking schools===
*<do name="Adjani" alt="" address="Enjungsangiang, Lovina" directions="" phone="+62 812 36232019, +62 857 37642844" url="" hours="Daily 10AM-1PM Book at least 1 day ahead" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]">Small family-run cooking school near the post office on the main road at Kaliasem. Classes include a trip to see the growing of medicine herbs and a spice garden. In 2-3 hr students learn 5 Balinese recipes such as; Balinese curry, sambal goreng tempe, verkedel kentang, gado-gado, black rice pudding. Non Vegetarian, sate ayam, sate lilit, urab, ikan pepes, kolak pisang.</do>
<Name = Jagat Herbal Lovina>, address front of Purnama Home Stay, LOvina Main Road. phone : 087 762 675 039, Contact person : I Nyoman Guna Adnyana. Our product : Tradional Balinese Madicine,Natural Massage Oil,Coconut Sop, Body Lotion, Taru Hangat Balm,Herbal Tea/Drink for healthy, Hio/Incernce Stick,Chocolate powder, butter and exstrack,Vanilla pad,all product are free chemical. Our passion is how to get healthy by naturally.
Our Service are : Body Treatment and Healing, Tradional Balinese Massage, Body Scrub,Reflexiologi Massage, Upper Body Massage, Madycure and Paddi Cure,and Hair Treatment.Our place is quiet and peace full, with flowers garden around it. Close to Rice field and Blacky Sandy Beach.Our Staff with long time experience and friendly. Please try.tanks.
* <eat name="Barakuda" alt="" address="Jl Mawar, Kalibukuk" directions="" phone="+62 362 41405" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" hours="9AM-9PM" price="">Popular restaurant specialising in Indonesian style seafood. Have a good value set menu options.</eat>
*<eat name="Kakatua" alt="" address="Jl Bina Ria, Kalibukuk" directions="" phone="+62 362 41344" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="11AM-10PM">Popular with tourists and not without reason. The menu is varied, the staff friendly and you can see the food being prepared and cooked from fresh ingredients. Every night there is live acoustic music.</eat>
*<eat name="Kopi Bali" alt="" address="Jl Bina Ria, Kalibukuk" directions="near the dolphin statue" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="11AM-9PM" price="">. Cheap and cheerful Indonesian food. Extremely popular with budget travellers and a good place to hang out to talk travel.</eat>
*<eat name="Warung Bambu Pemoran" alt="" address="on the entrance road to the Puri Bagus resort" directions="" phone="+62 362 27080" hours="11AM-9PM" price="">Balinese and other Indonesian food at excellent value prices. Often has live dance performances and also offer cookery courses.</eat>
*<eat name="Warung Ayu" alt="" address="Jl Mawar, Kalibukbuk" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Warung Ayu serves typical Indonesian and Balinese classics and is one of the best valued places to eat in Lovina, with a great happy hour and Wifi.</eat>
*<eat name="Jasmine Kitchen" alt="" address="Jl Binaria, Kalibukbuk" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A little more expensive than most of the restaurants catering to tourists in Lovina, Jasmine kitchen is great for anyone looking to get a Thai fix. </eat>
*<eat name="Kemiri" alt="" address="Jl Binaria" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Australian owned restaurant located just off the main road. A mixture of western and Indonesian cuisine with an Australian flavor. Free garlic bread and welcome drink is provided.</eat>
*<drink name="21" address="Jalan RAya" directions="Next to Pasha Nightclub" hours="Until dawn!">Live music earlier on, followed by serious drinking. It's not unusual to see patrons pass out on furniture later in the morning in the open, garden courtyard. Try the jugs of flavored arak (Balinese rice-wine), relatively good value at 100k. The mint-one tastes almost like a mohito!</drink>
*<drink name="Pasha Nightclub" alt="" address="Jalan Raya" directions="" phone="0362 700 5272" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Bar and nightclub with DJs and live music.</drink>
* <drink name="Volcano Club" alt="" address="Banyualit" directions="on the main road, can't miss it" phone="+62 362 412222" url="" hours="6PM-late" price="Rp 25,000" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The only disco in town. If you are around on Saturday and want to make some moves with local hot pussiesladies, you should go here. A rather bizarre rustic building which resembles a concrete cave.</drink>
* <drink name="Waru Bali" alt="" address="Jl Mawar, Kalibukuk" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="11AM-late" price="">Cool place to get get a beer and watch the sun go down. One of the oldest warungs in Kalibukbuk and still very popular. Stay late and you might enjoy a singalong with some of the locals.</drink>
 * <sleep name="Lovina Beach Hotel" alt="" address="KalisemKaliasem, Lovina Beach" directions="Located on the road roadside with parking lot and the hotel area extends to the beach, swimming pool, restaurant" phone="+62-362-41005" email="[email protected]" fax="+62-362-41473" url="" checkin="02.00-12.00 PM" checkout="before 12.00 Noon" price="Standard @Rp.150,000.-& amp; DeLuxe Bungalow @Rp.200,000.- ask for special prices" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+62-362-41473"></sleep>
* <sleep name="Angsoka Hotel" alt="" address="Jl Bina Ria, Kalibukuk" directions="" phone="+62 362 41841" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From Rp 100,000">44 room hotel, has been around a long time and it will win no design awards. The cheapest rooms are very cheap indeed though and it is a popular choice with backpackers for that reason. Also have more expensive and grander accommodation options.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Happy Beach Inn" alt="" address="Happy Beach, Tukad Mungga" directions="" phone="+62 362 41017" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rp 100,000"> Just 4 basic rooms with no hot water arranged in a nice little garden. 2 min walk to Happy Beach.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Harris Homestay" alt="" address="Kalibukuk" directions="between The Angsoka and Elsa II, off Jl Bina Ria" phone="☎ +62 362 41152" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From Rp 70,000" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Nice homestay owned by a German-Indonesian aged couple. Cheap, but well maintained and unusually (for budget Indonesian homestays) clean rooms with new furniture. Fan-cooled and without hot water, but price speaks for itself. Good choice for extremely tight budgeted travellers. Breakfast is included.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Mas Bungalows" alt="" address="Jl Laviana, Banyualit" directions="" phone="+62 362 41773" email="[email protected]" fax=""url="" checkin="" checkout="12noon" price="From Rp 150,000 with breakfast" lat="" long="">Quiet bungalow complex offering a range of accommodation options. The cheaper rooms have no A/C but all have hot water. Rooms have fridge, cableTV, free WiFi Wi-Fi but connection is not stable sometimes. Large pool and simple cafe. Nice staff and a green garden.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Mega Ayu Homestay" alt="" address="Jl Raya Singaraja-Seririt, Kaliasem in Central Lovina" directions="Near the Dolphin statue and next to the beach" phone="+62 813 3803 0275" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From Rp 50,000" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Has a very central location at the beach in central Lovina, but is normally not noisy. Some quiet music may be heard in the night. The cheapest you can get in the area with good rooms and ambience, situated nearby to the shops, cafes and bars of central Lovina. Electricity, but no electrical socket for electronic devices. In high season it is often full. All rooms are provided with a fan.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Mumbul Guesthouse" alt="Pondok Wisata Mumbul" address="Jl Raya Singaraja-Seririt, Anturan" directions="" phone="+62 858 5743-8882" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rp 200,000" lat="-8.146439" long="115.04669" email="[email protected]" fax="">Located in the fishing village of Anturan and just a short walk to the beach. 4 rooms with hot water and A/C, all look out onto the adjacent rice field. Large pool and separate kids pool. Free WiFiWi-Fi, breakfast and taxes are included in the price.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Puri Bali Lovina" alt="" address="Jl Mawar, Kalibukuk" directions="" phone="+62 362 41485" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From Rp 130,000" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">30 room hotel with traditional style rooms around a large pool. Standard restaurant, a secondhand book store/exchange and an internet cafe. Free Wi-Fi. 5 minute walk to the beach. The cheaper rooms have no A/C. Also has a nice two bedroom family unit for those travelling in a group or with children. May be relying on its recommendation from lonely planet these days, cleanliness leaves a lot to be desired. Prices have also risen.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Rini Hotel" alt="" address="Jl Mawar, Kalibukuk" directions="" phone="+62 362 41386" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From Rp 150,000" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">A good budget option and they actually take credit cards. The cheaper rooms do not have A/C. Good sized salt-water swimming pool.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Villa Agung Beach Inn" alt="" address="Anturan" directions="close to the petrol station" phone="+62 362 41527" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From Rp 300,000" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">A splendid little family run hotel right by the beach. Very quiet location. Offers a range of accommodation, some rooms have A/C.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Perama Bungalow" alt="" address="Anturan" directions="" phone="+62 362 41161" email="[email protected]" fax="+62 362 41992" url="" checkin="" checkout="11:30PM" price="From ~Rp 60100,000-75.000 for economy room and Rp 100150,000-150250,000 for bungalow" lat="" long="">Clean room with A/C and or fan, hot &amp; cold water (Bungalow), and a bathtub in the bungalow. Family Cold shower with a good restaurant, the fan for economy room. The bungalow is 800 200 m from the beach. Friendly staff will provide assistance boking nature &amp; culture Restaurant onsite. Bookings for daily tours, city (1 day or half day tours), dolphin &amp; snorkelling tours(lovina area or menjangan island), daily shuttle bus, cruise to Komodo island, or a fast boat to Gili islandtravel bookings and arrangements.</sleep> * '''Puri Manik Sari Hotel''', address: Gang binaria, Kalibukbuk. In front of Elsa 2 and Angsoka. Prices starting at Rp 120,000. Rooms are available with hot water and AC, cold water and fan and hot water with fan. All the rooms/bungalows are located in a lovely Balinese garden with Mango trees, a little fish pond and coconut trees. Tours can be booked at the reception. Restaurants, bars and all other tourist attractions are within walking distance.  
* <sleep name="Aditya Beach Resort" alt="" address="Kaliasem/Temukus" directions="" phone="+62 361 8528521" email=" [email protected]" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From US$35">Variety of accommodation available in this large beach front resort. Cafe, bar, in house massage treatment and large swimming pool.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Bali Paradise Hotel" alt="" address="Kalibukbuk-Lovina Beach" directions="set back about 200&nbsp;m from the beach" phone="+62 362 41432" email="[email protected]" fax="62 362 41432" url="" checkin="2PM" checkout="12 midday" price="From US$79">Ocean and mountain views, huge swimming pool and large rooms. This is a good option for any visitor who wants to stay away from the from the beach but still close to all the facilities. SatTV and WiFi Wi-Fi available throughout hotel. Incorporates the Le Gong restaurant, poolside or inside with A/C, open from 9AM09:00-1022.30PM30.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Bali Taman Lovina Resort and Spa" alt="" address="Anturan" directions="" phone="+62 362 41126" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From US$35" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]">Good value beachfront resort with large pool, restaurant, and a notably good in-house spa facility called Arjuna Spa.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Banjar Hills Retreat" alt="" address="Tegehe" directions="" phone="+62 815 58083880" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rp 250,000" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Beautiful laid back hill resort close to the Banjar Hot Springs, about 10&nbsp;km west of Lovina proper</sleep>
*<sleep name="Chonos Hotel" alt="" address="JL Singaraja Seririt" directions="" phone="+62 362 41569" url="" checkin="" email="[email protected]" checkout="" price="Rp 550,000" lat="" long="">12 renovated rooms, all with A/C, hot and cold water, minibar. Swimming-pool in the garden. Free WiFi Wi-Fi available. Also a nice restaurant with western and Indonesian food, very good breakfast.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Nugraha Lovina Seaview Resort &amp; Spa" alt="" address="Kaliasem/Temukus" directions="" phone="+62 361 8070181" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From US$75">17 rooms in large pleasant gardens, all room type have ocean views. Hotel is in a coconut grove along Lovina Beach waterfront. Small romantic resort with large waterfront swimming pool.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Frangipani Beach Villa and Hotel Bali" alt="" address="Jl. Kartika, Kalibukbuk-Lovina" directions="" phone="+ 62 81 353 077 095" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €75">Two villas, each with two independent deluxe rooms. Located on the Lovina beachfront with views of the Bali Sea, mountains and surrounding rice fields. A short walk from the heart of Lovina in a quiet area.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Lilin Lovina Beach Hotel" alt="ex Karina" address="Jl Singaraja-Seririt" directions="on beachfront 1&nbsp;km from dolphin statue" phone="+62 36241670" url="" checkin="3PM" checkout="12noon" price="From Rp 1,100,000" lat="8.1656551361084" long="115.014434814453">Beachfront villas with private plunge pools, garden courtyards, and beachfront lounges. A/C and fan cooling, TVs/DVDs on request, free WiFi Wi-Fi and a full gourmet breakfast served in your room or at your private beachfront lounge.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Puri Bagus Lovina" alt="" address="Tukad Mungga" directions="" phone="" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$100-280">Pleasant beach front setting in a very quiet part of Lovina. Mature gardens and a decent restaurant. Some of the individual cottages are much nicer than others.</sleep>
==Stay safe==
Visitors to Lovina are often offered magic mushrooms. Although the Indonesian legal position on mushrooms is unclearand they are commonly available around the island, this is very much at your own risk and frankly, best avoided.
==Get out==
*From Lovina you can continue your Bali trip westwards to [[Pemuteran]] and [[West Bali National Park]] for more diving, trekking and birdwatching, then perhaps onwards to [[Gilimanuk]] and [[Java]]. Be advised there is little affordable accommodation beyond Pemuteran, which is quite expensive as it caters largely to foreign-booked diving groups. Gilimanuk has some very basic hotels but nowhere with wifi, and almost nothing to do.
*The old administrative capital of Bali at [[Singaraja]] is just 20 minutes to the east.
*[[Bedugul]] for lakes, mountains and the botanical gardens.
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