5 interesting facts about Lovina Beach in North Bali
Not as visited as South Bali, North Bali has a distinctive and unique character. Lovina, a sparsely populated stretch of pristine black sand beach, has become the destination of choice for tourists wanting to escape the busy south of Bali. Lovina Beach is home to quaint hotels, secluded resorts, and vacation villas, all built on or near the beach. Visitors to North Bali will find that the region offers a much more rewarding vacation experience than package tours found in South Bali.
Here are five facts you probably don’t know about Lovina:
1. The name “Lovina” is a relatively recent development started by a forward-thinking government official in the 1950s. Lovina is essentially the name given to a 10-kilometer stretch of beach located west of the city. historic capital of Bali, Singaraja. This area was once made up of seven small fishing villages: Temukus, Kalibukbuk, Anturan, Pemaron, Tukad Mungga, Banyualit, and Kaliasem, which have combined to form the resort town of Lovina. Kalibukbuk is the most urbanized area and can be considered the main center of Lovina.
2. Unlike southern Bali, Lovina beach is made up of black sand. While white sand beaches are created from the remains of dead marine corals and crustaceans, black sand beaches originate from volcanic lava flows.
3. An ornate dolphin sculpture in downtown Lovina and the abundance of carved dolphin figurines for sale is a clear indication of the area’s affinity for dolphins. The calm waters off the Lovina coast are home to many pods of dolphins. The friendly mammals love to frolic around passing boats, which is why dolphin watching is one of Lovina’s most popular tourist attractions.
4. Lovina is located a few kilometers west of the city of Singaraja, the seat of Dutch colonial power in Bali. Always worth a visit for anyone staying in Lovina, Singaraja retains the appearance of an old Dutch colonial town. Singaraja also has the distinction of being the most multi-ethnic city in Bali, with clear European, Arab and Chinese influences, testimony to the importance of the city as a major commercial center in the days of yore.
5. Lovina is cheaper than the rest of Bali! This should be good news for budget travelers, as it allows them to get the quintessential Bali experience without having to stay in the increasingly expensive south. Hotels, meals and overall cost of living are lower in Lovina.