Black sand beach town

Unpretentious, and somewhat sedate, Lovina is Bali’s main northern beach resort. Far removed, both geographically and in essence from its southern counterparts, here the slow-moving days can merge into slower weeks. The laidback pace may be ideal for some, but there’s still plenty to explore around the region to keep more active souls occupied.

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Lovina livens up a little during the months of July and August when it’s popular with European tourists and used as a base for exploring all points to Pemuteran in the west and Amed in the east.

Lovina's central dolphin statue. : Sally Arnold.
Lovina's central dolphin statue. Photo: Sally Arnold

A sweep of narrow blacksand beaches stretch for about 10 kilometres hugging the north coast of Bali between the busy city of Singaraja and the smaller town of Seririt. The string of seaside villages along this strip are collectively known as Lovina, a name coined in the 1950s by the late Raja of Buleleng who actively promoted tourist development of the area. Lovina is said to be a contraction of “love Indonesia”. The village of Kalibukuk is the main hub and is the unofficial centre of Lovina.

Kalibukbuk is by far the most popular destination and enjoys a diverse range of eating options, shops and facilities. Outside of Kalibukbuk, things simplify considerably and you will more than likely need to commute into town to access ATMs and search for a bigger variety of restaurants. Kaliasam and Banyualit, to the immediate west and east of Kalibukbuk, are both easy walking distance, but further afield you may require transport.

Just another Lovina sunset. : Sally Arnold.
Just another Lovina sunset. Photo: Sally Arnold

The iconic landmark of Lovina is the rather kitsch smiling crowned dolphin statue in the heart of Kalibukbuk, a tribute to the most famous attraction here: the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,200 words.)

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