Lovina is a quiet coastal town on the North Bali coastline west of the city of Singaraja.
The Dolphin Statue, Kalibukuk, Lovina
Lovina is a relatively new name coined in the 1950s by the late king of Buleleng (Buleleng Regency) Anak Agung Panji Tisna, with a good eye for future tourism-based development. It 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. Nowadays the name Lovina is used for the stretch of seven traditional villages, which all slightly merge into one over ten kilometersof 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".
If traveling along the main coast road from Singaraja, you turn towards the Lovina coast at the only set of traffic lights on the entire north road. Impressive Balinese gates frame the entrances to the two roads where most of the restaurants and hotels are. Western style minimarts and ATMs are located on the busy main road. Lovina offers very reasonably priced accommodation from no star home stays to about three star resorts with pools. Posh private villas are tucked away all along the coast too. Food is cheaper than Ubud or the south coast by about a third.
The whole stretch of coastline in the north 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. From a distance, the water does not look too clean due to the colour of the sand but it is in fact almost always crystal clear. The locals do make an attempt to clear away plastic flotsam too.
Diving, snorkelling fishing dolphin watching, diving on coral reefs 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. Lovina is ideal for family groups with young children or older adventurers who want to kick back and quickly become part of the community. 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 tourist stalls which are limited to the area of beach between the dolphin statue and the main restaurant road. The stall holders are not as aggresive as those in other parts of Bali. Open air bars often provide loud, live music in which patrons can participate and it's not unusual to see foreigners jamming with locals. Many foreigners have made this locality home and the place gets busy at sundown when both locals and foreigners come down to the beach for 'happy hour' and a good meal. There is a nightly game of beach volleyball happening in the car park in front of the main bars too.
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 November 2014, is Rp 140,000. 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 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 comfortable.
If travelling from other locations along the coastal road, such as Tumbalen in the East or from Gilimanuk (the Java ferry port) in the west, local buses are available. Just flag them down on the road and ask to be dropped in Lovina, if you want an area other than Kalibukbuk, let the conductor know where. A single journey between towns on this road should be up to only 50k RP.
Tourist scam (November 2014): when using these shuttle buses the driver will sometimes drop you off a bit out of town. There will be several people waiting for you. It will look like you're in the middle of nowhere, but just walk a bit further till you hit the town center. The people waiting for you are working for guesthouses and dive centers. Don't listen to them, walk ahead. Look around what the town has to offer and compare guesthouses/diving centers etc.
Long distance bemos are a bit of challenge for all but the most experienced of budget traveller, but you can get to Lovina from most major towns in Bali, almost always via Singaraja. Rattletrap old busses ply the road between Singaraja and Gillimanuk along the north coast, connecting many of the beaches and towns including Lovina and Pemuteran. Just hail them from the side of the main road and haggle over the fare if you are a foreigner.
Public Bus form Gillimanuk to Lovina costs for local 30,000IDR, but for bule it is 50,000IDR, if you bargain you can pay price for local.
If coming from East Bali, at any point north of Amlapura (by Tirta Gangga) you can flag down the dark red bemos heading to Singaraja. From Singaraja Banyuasri terminal take another bemo (40k) or an ojek (15-20k). For directions from further south, see the Padang Bai page.
Most visitors arrive in Lovina from the south in a self-drive hire car or with a car and driver. A journey from Kuta takes about 3 hrs and from Sanur slightly less. Ubud is a 2 hour car journey over the central highland range. Many visitors from the south choose though to break their journey at Bedugul or Kintamani.
A pre-paid coupon taxi direct from the airport will cost you Rp 450,000 and takes about 3 hours.
This is a good area for walking as the roads are relatively quiet and the beaches long and easily passable.
Renting a bicycle is popular and again, easy to find. Many hotels have their own. You should be aware though that away from the coast road, there are a lot of steep hills.
The easiest way to visit the surroundings of Lovina is by renting a motorbike. There are many roadside outlets and expect to pay between Rp 50,000-90,000 per day. (Caveat emptor: carefully read any agreement you sign and never surrender your passport in exchange for a rental. Sovina Shop on Jalan Mawar/Rambutan is not recommended due to substandard motos and an owner desperate to find imaginary fault with returning rentals. Take your own pictures to document the moto condition ahead of time.) The roads are quite good here and nothing like as crowded as in south Bali.
Local bemos ply the north coast road between Singaraja and West Bali, stopping at all points on the Lovina stretch. You will need some patience and they can be very crowded indeed. As there is only one main road it is though hard to get lost.
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. Turn to the coast just past the only set of traffic lights on the north road. 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.
- Brahma Vihara Arama, Dencarik. 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. Donation. edit
Your hotel can (and will offer repeatedly to) arrange day tours to the nearby sights including the beautiful highland scenery of Bedugul or Munduk to the south, the beaches of Pemuteran to the west, and the city of Singaraja to the east. All are within easy reach.
You can arrange a half day trip to the Les village waterfall, bat cave and coral protection project, which is around 40 km to the East.
- Bali Surya Tour Services Lovina, Jl Binaria, Kalibukbuk, Lovina, ☎ +62 877 622 19251, . daily 10am - 10pm. Bali Surya Tour Services Lovina offers individual guided day tours, trekkings, and activities around Lovina covering all spots worth to see in this area. [email protected]. edit
You will be offered dolphin sighting trips every other minute. These leave the main beaches each morning at dawn, and have mixed reviews as the boats tend to outnumber the dolphins. It can still be an enjoyable ride, and if you do find a lot of dolphins it is of course very worthwhile. The price is fixed by the local boatmen's association, and is currently Rp 100,000 per person, allthough you occassionally find a boatman who might give you a better price. The boats are numbered by this organization for easy recognition. Two boats are especially good choices: 'Beautiful Fish' is a speedboat, which dolphins tend to like and to play in the waves it creates (250.000 Rp). Popeye (boat number 1, since the drivers' father set up the organization) provides very good trips. At dawn, there are at least twenty boats looking for dolphins and when found, chasing them like a hide-and-seek for adults. Some boat drivers look around for an own group of dolphins, averting from the 'crowds'. The Popeye boat takes his time and waits patiently until it can follow the dolphins gently for as long as possible (100.000 Rp).
Canyoning in Gitgit, Bali, Indonesia
Canyoning is praticable in this area, this fun adventure sport will make you jump, slide, abseil waterfall and discover virgin nature of Bali.
A dolphin trip at dawn at Lovina
Cockfights are popular around around Lovina, perhaps more so than anywhere else in Bali. At the fights, huge sums of money change hands as illegal gambling on the outcome is rife. Needless to say this is an unnecessarily cruel and horrible activity.
- Banjar Hot Springs (Air Panas), Dencarik (about 10 km west by road to Dencarik, then an ojek ride on rough paths), . 7AM-6PM. 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. Rp 10,000. edit
- Banjar Buddhist Temple, Banjar (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. edit
Lovina coastline from the mountains
- Lovina Hills, (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. edit
- 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 in Tukad Mungga. From central Lovina, travel towards Singaraja. Turn left into a sideroad with signs 'Gaja Oasis' and 'Bali Rani Hotel'. Pass an S-turn, further down the road, you will see a white building where the library is located. 
- Munduk Rice Terrace Trekking (Munduk Rice Terrace), Jalan raya kayuputih munduk (20 km from lovina), ☎ +6282237804939 ([email protected]), . 09.00 AM - 12.00 PM. Trekking visit beautifull rice terrace,munduk irigation water system and farm activities with traditional tool.reccommended visit morning USD 40/ person. edit
There are several dive operators based out of Lovina that operate daily dive and snorkeling trips to Menjangan Island, Tulamben and Amed, as well as dives from the local beaches. Be sensible and careful as some hotels and counters try to sell unlicensed diving trips that may look official on paper. Do not pay before you have seen the dive centre, and check that you will dive with certified divemasters/instructors.
- Bali Spice Dive, ☎ +62 362 41305 ([email protected]), . PADI centre based in Lovina offering day trips to all of the dive spots on the northern coast of Bali. Guides are available in a variety of languages and multi-day discounts are available. Long-established and the largest dive operator in the area. Has a handy booking office in Jl Bina Ria, Kalibukuk, and the main centre is on the beach at Kaliasem close to the Aditya Beach Resort. US$55-75. edit
- Lovina Dive, Jalan Banyualit, Kalibukuk (just east of Kalibukuk), ☎ +6281 64700936 ([email protected]), . PADI dive centre with a full range of courses and fun dives to the major dive sites in north Bali. US$55-75. edit
- Orca Dive Club Lovina, Puri Bagus Lovina,P.O. Box 225 Lovina Singaraja Bali (Orca Dive Lovina is located inside the Hotel Puri Bagus Lovina), ☎ +62 812 36 86 14 69 ([email protected]), . Orca Dive Lovina is located inside the Hotel Puri Bagus Lovina. The Dive Center is open daily from 8am to 6pm. We speak German, French, English and Bahasa Indonesia. European Management €60-75. edit
- Sunrise Dive Centre, Jl Bina Ria, Kalibukuk, ☎ +62 362 411820. edit
Other sports, adventure and family activities
Lovina as whole Bali has become a famous destination for a practice of the Yoga and there are a few yoga classes and instructors.
- Chaste Yoga by Dr. Vigor, ☎ SMS +62 81337305368, . The Chaste Style of Hatha Yoga. A private class at Your residence in Lovina. edit
Lovina has several spa facilities. Whilst more low key than the spas in south Bali, the service is excellent and the prices are much lower than at the opulent spas in the south.
Also, do not under-rate or overlook the traditional massage women who work on the beaches at Lovina. Most of these women come from families where massage skills have been passed down through many generations, and they really know what they are doing. A beach massage will also cost you less.
- Agung's Spa Massage&Salon, Jl.Damai, Kalibukbuk, Lovina-beach (on the way to Damai hotel, 100m from traｆfic light at Kalibukuk), ☎ +62 362 42018, . 11AM-7PM. Offers body scrubs, facials, massage, etc. The nicest spa facility in Lovina, though it is much smaller and basic than what you would find elsewhere on the island. edit
- Bali Samdahi Spa, Tejakula (east of Singaraja), ☎ +62 813 38275206, . 9AM-10PM. 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. edit
- Warung Jegeg, Jalan Seririt Singaraja Kalibukbuk Singaraja 81153, ☎ +62 81337996096 ([email protected]). Daily 8AM-10PM Book at least 1 day ahead. This family restaurant offers great cooking classes for about 350.000 IDR for two dishes including all the ingredients and a visit at the market. You can learn how to prepare more than 20 traditional Balinese dishes such as satay lilit, betutu ayam, nasi goreng Bali, uraban and others. Cooking class takes about 4 hours - you will learn from the scratch how to prepare dishes. Wayan is a adorable owner who loves Balinese cuisine and she will explain to you how to prepare dishes at home. You will get recipes on your e-mail. She speaks very good English so communication is easy and nice. The place is easy to find - it's on the main street of Lovina Beach, Kalibukbuk, Singaraja city. 350.000 IDR. edit
- Adjani, Enjungsangiang, Lovina, ☎ +62 812 36232019, +62 857 37642844 ([email protected]), . Daily 10AM-1PM Book at least 1 day ahead. 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. edit
Kalibukuk has a number of shops both on the main coast road and on Jalan Bina Ria selling the usual selection of Bali goods. You will find everything from arts and crafts to T-shirts at prices very marginally higher than you would pay in south Bali.
A Lovina speciality though are dolphin statues, usually carved from wood (don't believe those trying to convince they are from ebony!). This is due to the strong association of Lovina with dolphins, and if you want to take home just one souvenir from Lovina, then this is the most appropriate.
- Barakuda, Jl Mawar, Kalibukuk, ☎ +62 362 41405 ([email protected]), . 9AM-9PM. Popular restaurant specialising in Indonesian style seafood. Have a good value set menu options. edit
- Global VIllage Kafe, Jl Seririt-Singaraja, Kalibukuk, ☎ "+62. An excellent spot on the main road. This not-for-profi t, community-supporting venture offers a selection of dishes from around the world, along with Indonesian classics. All reasonably priced. Good coffee and drinks selection, happy hour 1630-1930. Free wifi, free book exchange and movie nights. edit
- Kakatua, Jl Bina Ria, Kalibukuk, ☎ +62 362 41344. 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. 11AM-10PM. edit
- Kopi Bali, Jl Bina Ria, Kalibukuk (near the dolphin statue). 11AM-9PM. . Cheap and cheerful Indonesian food. Extremely popular with budget travellers and a good place to hang out to talk travel. edit
- Kubu Lalang, Tukad Mungga, . 8AM-9PM. A quality restaurant with some excellent takes on local food here and a good value set menu. Located at the bungalows of the same name at the beach end of a quiet lane in Tukad Mungga. edit
- Sea Breeze, Kalibukuk (On the beach just west of the dolphin statue). 8AM-9PM. Very well known eatery on the beach in Kalibukuk. Been around for many years serving good value meals. Fish is especially recommended here. edit
- Warung Bambu Pemoran, on the entrance road to the Puri Bagus resort, ☎ +62 362 27080. 11AM-9PM. Balinese and other Indonesian food at excellent value prices. Often has live dance performances and also offer cookery courses. edit
- Apple Warung, Jl. Mawar (close to the beach). 11AM-11PM. edit
- Warung Ayu, Jl Mawar, Kalibukbuk. 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. edit
- Jasmine Kitchen, Jl Binaria, Kalibukbuk. 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. edit
- Warung Jegeg, Jalan Raya Singaraja-Seririt, Kalibukbuk, Lovina (next Library Coba Baca, under Hotel 'Bali Jegeg'), ☎ +62 81337996096. The really nice lady Wayan offers not only authentic Balinese/Indonesian cuisine but cooking classes as well. Great value for money! Location: http://goo.gl/maps/JcLMz edit
- JB's, Jl Mawar, Kalibukuk. The menu is varied, the staff friendly and you can see the food being prepared and cooked from fresh ingredients. Very good hand made pizza, chicken steak. Best option is "Dinner for 2", for 120,000IDR you get some of 4-5 different dishes, starter, drink and desert, it is hard to eat it all. 18.000-55.000. edit
- Warung Music, Kalibukuk. This Warung is located in the heart of Kalibukbuk and is located next to the Rasta shop, which is run by the same owner. You have some really great food, for a very good price. This place is propably most fitted for younger travellers and backpackers who are looking for some contact with the locals. The owners love to meet people from all over the world and as the name might give away, they love music. Bring any instrument along and have a jam with them! 25,000-40,000. edit
- Kantin 21, Jalan RAya (Next to Pasha Nightclub). Until dawn!. Live music earlier on, followed by serious drinking. Most lively on Saturday nights. Primarily tourists with some locals. Prides itself as having the best live music in town. Closed by 11p.m. most nights; later on the weekends. edit
- Pasha Nightclub, Jalan Raya, ☎ 0362 700 5272, . Bar and nightclub with DJs and live music. edit
- Volcano Club, Banyualit (on the main road, can't miss it), ☎ +62 362 412222. 6PM-late. The only disco in town. If you are around on Saturday and want to make some moves with local hot ladies, you should go here. A rather bizarre rustic building which resembles a concrete cave. Rp 25,000. edit
- Rendezvous Bali, Jl Mawar, Kalibukuk. 11AM-late. 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. edit
- ZiGiZ Bar, Jl Bina Ria, Kalibukuk, ([email protected]), . 4PM-midnight. Acoustic music with 2 guitar players and DJ every night, starts around 8PM. Large cocktail selection. Satellite TV sports broadcasts on 4 screens. edit
|This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
|| Under Rp 200,000
|| Rp 200,000-1,000,000
|| Over Rp 1,000,000
There is a huge amount of budget and mid-range accommodation in Lovina and many visitors turn up without reservations. Options at the higher end are more limited but this is changing.
- Taman Homestay, Jl Bina Ria, Kalibukuk. Probably the cheapest option in Lovina, still very good standard, big room, very clean, nice stuff, quiet, bathroom inside, cool water, just 300m to beach. Unfortunately there is no sign on the gate, it is just 50m before JB's restaurant, almost opposite of Puri Bali Lovina, just aks about "Taman Homestay". There is no wifi at the homestay, but you can use the one at the next-door Taman Lilly's restaurant for free. 100,000IDR. edit
- Lovina Beach Hotel, Kaliasem, Lovina Beach (Located on the roadside with parking lot and the hotel area extends to the beach,wifi, swimming pool, restaurant), ☎ +62-362-41005 ([email protected], fax: +62-362-41473), . checkin: 02.00-12.00 PM; checkout: before 12.00 Noon. Standard @Rp.200,000.-& DeLuxe Bungalow @Rp.500,000.- ask for special prices. edit
- Angsoka Hotel, Jl Bina Ria, Kalibukuk, ☎ +62 362 41841 ([email protected]), . 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. From Rp 150,000. edit
- Elsa II, Kalibukuk (near The Angsoka off Jl Bina Ria, just next of harris homestay). A small but good budget option in Kalibukbuk. Opened in June 2008. Clean rooms, cold + hot water, pool, with fan or A/C and breakfast is included. From Rp 150,000 to 250,000. edit
- Gede Homestay Bungalow, Anturan, ☎ +62 362 41526 ([email protected]), . The rooms are clean with A/C and hot water. A small family run homestay with a good restaurant and nice seats in front of the bungalows. Free Wi-Fi. From about Rp 120,000. edit
- Happy Beach Inn, Happy Beach, Tukad Mungga, ☎ +62 362 41017. Just 4 basic rooms with no hot water arranged in a nice little garden. 2 min walk to Happy Beach. Rp 100,000. edit
- Harris Homestay, Kalibukuk (between The Angsoka and Elsa II, off Jl Bina Ria), ☎ ☎ +62 362 41152. 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. Breakfast is included. From Rp 180,000. edit
- Mas Bungalows, Jl Laviana, Banyualit, ☎ +62 362 41773 ([email protected]), . checkout: 12noon. 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 Wi-Fi but connection is not stable sometimes. Large pool and simple cafe. Nice staff and a green garden. From Rp 150,000 with breakfast. edit
- Mega Ayu Homestay, Jl Raya Singaraja-Seririt, Kaliasem in Central Lovina (Near the Dolphin statue and next to the beach), ☎ +62 813 3803 0275 ([email protected]), . 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. From Rp 50,000. edit
- Mumbul Guesthouse (Pondok Wisata Mumbul), Gang Mumbul, Anturan, Lovina, ☎ +62 362-336-1233 ([email protected]), . checkin: 2:00 PM; checkout: 12:00 PM. Located in the fishing village of Anturan and just a short walk to the beach. 8 rooms with hot water and A/C, all look out onto the adjacent rice field. Large pool and separate kids pool. Free fibre optic Wi-Fi in all rooms. Breakfast and taxes are included in the price. From Rp 350,000. (-8.146439,115.04669) edit
- Puri Bali Lovina, Jl Mawar, Kalibukuk, ☎ +62 362 41485 ([email protected]), . 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. From Rp 180,000. edit
- Rini Hotel, Jl Mawar, Kalibukuk, ☎ +62 362 41386 ([email protected]), . A good budget option and they actually take credit cards. The cheaper rooms do not have A/C. Good sized salt-water swimming pool. From Rp 200,000. edit
- Sanders, Kalibukuk. Situated beach-side. Rooms are clean with no hot water. One of the better backpacker places in town. Rp 120,000. edit
- Villa Agung Beach Inn, Anturan (close to the petrol station), ☎ +62 362 41527 ([email protected]), . A splendid little family run hotel right by the beach. Very quiet location. Offers a range of accommodation, some rooms have A/C. From Rp 300,000. edit
- Perama Bungalow, Anturan, ☎ +62 362 41161 ([email protected], fax: +62 362 41992). checkout: 11:30PM. Clean room with A/C or fan, hot & cold water, and a bathtub in the bungalow. Cold shower with fan for economy room. The bungalow is 200 m from the beach. Restaurant onsite. Bookings for daily tours (1 day or half day tours), dolphin & snorkelling (lovina area or menjangan island), daily shuttle bus, travel bookings and arrangements. From ~Rp 100,000 for economy room and Rp 150,000-250,000 for bungalow. edit
- 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.
- Aditya Beach Resort, Kaliasem/Temukus, ☎ +62 361 8528521 ([email protected]), . Variety of accommodation available in this large beach front resort. Cafe, bar, in house massage treatment and large swimming pool. From US$35. edit
- Bali Paradise Hotel, Kalibukbuk-Lovina Beach (set back about 200 m from the beach), ☎ +62 362 41432 ([email protected], fax: 62 362 41432), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 12 midday. 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 Wi-Fi available throughout hotel. Incorporates the Le Gong restaurant, poolside or inside with A/C, open 09:00-22.30. From US$79. edit
- Bali Taman Lovina Resort and Spa, Anturan, ☎ +62 362 41126 ([email protected]), . Good value beachfront resort with large pool, restaurant, and a notably good in-house spa facility called Arjuna Spa. From US$35. edit
- Banjar Hills Retreat, Tegehe, ☎ +62 815 58083880 ([email protected]), . Beautiful laid back hill resort close to the Banjar Hot Springs, about 10 km west of Lovina proper Rp 250,000. edit
- Chonos Hotel, JL Singaraja Seririt, ☎ +62 362 41569 ([email protected]), . 12 renovated rooms, all with A/C, hot and cold water, minibar. Swimming-pool in the garden. Free Wi-Fi available. Also a nice restaurant with western and Indonesian food, very good breakfast. Rp 550,000. edit
- Nugraha Lovina Seaview Resort & Spa, Kaliasem/Temukus, ☎ +62 361 8070181 ([email protected]), . 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. From US$75. edit
- Puri Saron Baruna Beach Hotel (formerly Baruna Beach Cottages), Tukad Mungga, ☎ +62 362 41252 ([email protected]), . 35 rooms in large pleasant gardens close to the beach. The cheaper rooms are inward looking while the more expensive options have great ocean views. Large swimming pool located right on the waterfront. From US$65. edit
- Rambutan Beach Cottages, Jl Mawar, Kalibukuk, ☎ +62 362 41388 ([email protected]), . A lovely little family hotel near the beach. It has two pools and a pleasant restaurant with a mix of excellent local and western food. This hotel has good rooms and gardens and many amenities for children. The owners and staff are extremely helpful and friendly. US$25-155. edit
- Starlight Restaurant and Villas, Jl Starlight (between Aneka and Sunari), ☎ +62 362 7005271 ([email protected]), . On the beach near the centre of Lovina, opened in 2011. Cottages with double bed, large wardrobe with shelves, tea and coffee making ingredients, a small refrigerator and flatscreen TV with sat channels. Cottages have safes, A/C, fan and a mosquito net, high-quality modern sanitary facilities and walk-in showers with extra large shower heads. 4 person cottages have a second, twin-bedded room. The restaurant has an open kitchen, beachside dining and life acoustic music. Depending on the weather you may be able to sit on the beach with a bonfire or at one of the outdoor areas. Sometimes it is possible to spot dolphins from the beach or the restaurant. Free internet for guests. edit
- Sunari Villa and Spa Resort (formerly the Sol Lovina), Kalibukuk, ☎ +62 813 37536464 ([email protected]), . Large resort by Lovina standards with 129 rooms and eight individual villas. A variety of different room standards, large communal pool and bar/restaurant. From US$60. edit
- Pondok Wisata Grya Sari, Air Panass- Banjar, ☎ +62 362 92903 ([email protected]), . A tranquil villa setting only 100 meters from the hot springs of Air Panass, offering a private hot spring facilities, in-house massages, and Western style food and free wi-fi. Family friendly and quiet with 14 villas with en suites, and run by a friendly Balinese couple. All showers and baths are fed from the hot springs From €20-70. edit
- Damai Lovina Villas, Jl Damai, Kayuputih, ☎ +62 362 41008 ([email protected]), . 14 very charming high-end villas in the hills 4 km inland from Lovina. US$160-699. edit
- Frangipani Beach Villa and Hotel Bali, Jl. Kartika, Kalibukbuk-Lovina, ☎ + 62 81 353 077 095 ([email protected]), . 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. From €75. edit
- Lilin Lovina Beach Hotel (ex Karina), Jl Singaraja-Seririt (on beachfront 1 km from dolphin statue), ☎ +62 36241670, . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 12noon. Beachfront villas with private plunge pools, garden courtyards, and beachfront lounges. A/C and fan cooling, TVs/DVDs on request, free Wi-Fi and a full gourmet breakfast served in your room or at your private beachfront lounge. From Rp 1,100,000. (8.1656551361084,115.014434814453) edit
- Puri Bagus Lovina, Tukad Mungga, ([email protected]), . 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. US$100-280. edit
- Zen Resort Bali, Seririt, ☎ +62 365 93578 ([email protected]), . A small boutique resort offering integrated ayurveda, yoga, pranayama & meditation. Very quiet and beautiful location close to Seririt on the coast road between Lovina and Pemuteran. From €90. edit
Visitors to Lovina are often offered magic mushrooms. Although the Indonesian legal position on mushrooms is unclear and they are commonly available around the island, this is very much at your own risk and frankly, best avoided.
The telephone area code for Lovina is 0362.
Free WiFi (of varying speeds) is now available in most restaurants, cafes and hotels.
- Bits and Bytes, Jl Raya Singaraja, ☎ +62 817 522511, . 8AM-8PM, later in the peak season. Decent 256 kbps connection and good range of facilities. Rp 25,000 per hour. edit
- Inet, Jl Pantai Bayualit, ☎ +62 817 522511, . 8AM-midnight. Close to the beach at Banyualit. Check your email in the open air while hearing the the waves. Rp 30,000 per hour. edit
- Spicelink Internet Cafe, Jl Binaria, ☎ +62 81362 41509. Open daily 08:00-22:00. It has A/C and some drinks. They also have landline phones (though not cheap), a scanner and can email you the scanned document, and fax (though fax is not always reliable). Internet is relatively fast and they also sell wireless cards so you can use the internet in and around Lovina w/ your laptop if the signal is sufficient. If you plan to stay in Lovina long-term, they can arrange internet services at your own premises. Rp 2,000/min, minimum 10 min. edit
- Mitsuya Cafe has very slow internet. It is just east of Malibu Dive on Jalan Raya Singaraja.
- Restaurants, cafes, bars and convenient stores are now offering free WiFi if you patronise their venues.
- 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. Pemuteran is the closest starting point to the West Bali National Park island of Menjangan, and there is a wide range of accomodation in Pemuteran itself. Gilimanuk has some very basic hotels but nowhere with wifi, and almost nothing to do; if heading to Java, better to cross with the ferry (40 mins) then find a homestay in Ketapang (there are a couple just 2 minute walk from the ferry terminal, locals can point the way) if wanting to break the journey.
- 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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