Not as much visited as southern Bali, north Bali has its own distinct and unique character. Lovina, a sparse stretch of pristine black sand beaches, has become a destination of choice for tourists who want to escape from busy southern Bali. Lovina Beach is home to ancient hotels, secluded resorts and holiday villas built on or near the beach. Visitors to northern Bali will find that this region offers a far more rewarding holiday experience than the cookie-cutter travel packages found in southern Bali.
Here are five facts that you might not know about Lovina:
1. The name “Lovina” is a relatively recent name started by forward-thinking government officials in the 1950s. Lovina is basically the name given to a stretch of 10 kilometers from the beach located west of the historic capital of Bali, Singaraja. This area once consisted of seven small fishing villages: Temukus, Kalibukbuk, Anturan, Pemaron, Tukad Mungga, Banyualit and Kaliasem, which have joined together to form the resort town of Lovina. Kalibukbuk is the most developed area and can be considered as the main center of Lovina.
2. In contrast to southern Bali, the beach in Lovina consists of black sand. Whereas white sand beaches are made from the remains of dead coral and crustaceans, black sand beaches come from volcanic lava flows.
3. A statue of an ornamental dolphin in downtown Lovina and the many carved dolphins sold is a clear indication of the region’s affinity for dolphins. The calm waters of Lovina beach are home to many dolphin pods. Friendly mammals like to play around ships passing by, making dolphins see one of the most popular tourist attractions in Lovina.
4. Lovina is located a few kilometers west of the city of Singaraja, the center of Dutch colonial power in Bali. Always worth a visit for anyone who lives in Lovina, Singaraja maintains the look and feel of the old Dutch colonial city. Singaraja also holds the distinction of being the most multi-ethnic city in Bali, with clear European, Arabic, and Chinese influences – evidence of the importance of this city as a major trading center in the past.
5. Lovina is cheaper than in other areas in Bali! This should come as welcome news for budget travelers as it allows them to get the true Bali experience without having to live in increasingly expensive south. Hotel, food, and living costs are generally lower in Lovina.