Lovina North Bali

Lovina Travel Guide: Exploring the North of Bali

by Tsvete Popp

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Located approximately 2-hour drive from Denpasar, Lovina is a coastal area on the northwestern side of Bali that is perfect for those who love to snorkel and sightsee the underwater scenery. This beach has recently become more popular with tourists but nevertheless still remains less crowded than the island’s southern side. Most people who visit Bali never reach the North of the Island. They stay in the South. It’s a pity because there are plenty of things to do around Lovina. The area retains the pretty historical traditions of Bali and is a lot less hectic than the South of the island. Lovina Beach is quite popular among tourists because of the fact that most of the luxury resorts are located here. This beach is also perfect for some water sports and other activities, all of which make it a must-visit place.

Lovina Travel Guide: Exploring the North of Bali

Where to Stay in Lovina

As you would expect from a major travel destination in Southeast Asia, Bali has no shortage of options when it comes to accommodation. As always, I’d suggest you stay somewhere central, to make accessing all the attractions as easy as possible.

The best places to stay in North West Bali are Lovina, Pemuteran, and in the North East Amed.

New Sunari Lovina Beach Resort – We stayed here for 12 days and absolutely loved our experience. Here we experienced a heavenly beach getaway amidst the tranquil charm of North Bali’s black sand beaches, nature’s most stunning shades of green, as well as the enthralling view of the unique Balinese traditional life in the surrounding communities. New Sunari Lovina Beach Resort is a remarkable beachfront resort that offers refined accommodations, each one thoughtfully designed to complement and emphasize the resort’s idyllic natural surroundings . You can also make a direct booking here.

You can find alternative hotels in Lovina here and in Bali here.

You can find villas in Bali here (Airbnb + up to 41 € off).

Read more reviews and compare Bali hotel prices here.

New Sunari Lovina


Why you should travel to Lovina?

Lovina beach has become a popular destination in North Bali due to the area’s resident dolphins. Thankfully, the area still has plenty of other great things to do! Lovina is close to some of the best waterfalls in North Bali – including the most impressive waterfall in Bali – Sekumpul waterfall! Find out everything you need to know about the area with the best things to do in our Lovina guide!

Lovina Travel Guide

Lovina is Bali’s main northern beach resort and tends to be the underdog in Bali, but is actually really worth a visit! It is a nice place to escape the crowd from Kuta, Legian, Canggu, Seminyak, or Denpasar. Lovina has a nice black volcanic sand beach that stretches for a couple of kilometers. Along the beach, you can find plenty of accommodation, food- and shopping possibilities.

New Sunari Lovina

We stayed and enjoyed our time at New Sunari Lovina Beach Resort which offers refined accommodations, each one thoughtfully designed to complement and emphasize the resort’s idyllic natural surroundings, for a rejuvenating and fulfilling experience.

New Sunari Lovina

Things to do in Lovina

1. Dolphin Watching

The longer we spent in Lovina, the better we knew that North Bali is where people can still find the unspoiled nature of the Island of Gods.

This morning was very special. We got up at 5 o’clock, had a coffee, packed the waterproof backpack with all the cameras and drone, and headed to the meeting point with Made (@boatingfun77 on Instagram).

Not far from the black volcanic beaches of Lovina, is where hundreds of dolphins are living all year round, but the best season to visit them is between July and September, when the ocean is calm, crystal clear, and the current is weak.

At exactly 6:00, just 21 minutes before sunrise, we arrived at @newsunarilovinabeachresort, where we are staying for a week and from where we discovered all the wonderful places in the region of Lovina.

After breakfast, the sun slowly started to rise behind the mountains… there is hardly a more beautiful sunrise I have seen so far in Bali. The colors changed from purple to red, to pink, orange, yellow… Hello September! The best first of September ever …

We continued towards Singaraja – the largest city in northern Bali. Today we will meet not far away from here numerous dolphins’ families. Seeing any wild animals in their natural habitat is priceless. There is no guarantee that you will see dolphins here, because in nature the animals do not sit in one place, as in aquariums. And today we were lucky enough to see hundreds of them!

If you ever visit the island of Bali, don’t miss Lovina! Here is the kingdom of dolphins, eternal peace, and smiling people 🙏

Lovina Travel GuideLovina Dolphin Watching

2. Enjoy the sunny days as much as you can!

The 3 S’s of Happiness: Sun, Sea, and Salty Hair 🌊🧜‍♀️ What else!? New Sunari Lovina Beach Resort is the perfect place if you are searching for all of these!

Lovina Travel Guide3. Waterfalls

Sekumpul waterfall is some of the most beautiful Bali waterfalls located in North Bali. Secluded deep in the jungle and with 80 meters in height, Sekumpul waterfall is one of the tallest and most impressive waterfalls in Bali.

We visited the waterfalls from Lovina as it was only an hour of drive by scooter from our hotel New Sunari Lovina Beach Resort where we were staying for the last 10 days.

The jungle surroundings and beautiful form of Sekumpul waterfall really give you the Jurassic Park jungle vibes. For adventure lovers and photographers this is a great spot as you have so many angles to shoot Sekumpul waterfall.

Sekumpul Waterfall is said to be the biggest and best waterfall in Bali and for a damn good reason! There are not just one but three epic waterfalls in this valley that are a must-see during your visit to the Island of Gods. Sekumpul Waterfall is a huge twin waterfall in Singaraja Bali, with two 80-meter tall streams pouring out of the jungle treetops.

If you’re looking for the biggest and best waterfall in Bali, this is probably it! To top it off, while hiking to these falls you get to see some of the most scenic jungles and rice terraces on the island.

Sekumpul Waterfall BaliWaterfall Bali

4. Snorkelling/Diving

It is possible to go snorkeling on the coast of Lovina, Bali. The corals here are colorful and very healthy! When you would like to go diving, it is nice to take a day trip from Lovina to Menjangan Island, Tulamben, or Amed.

Lovina Travel Guide

Lovina Travel Guide

5. Visit the Buddhist Monastery Brahmavihara Arama

The only thing that stays with you from the moment you’re born until the moment you die is your breath. All your friends, your family, the country you live in, all of that can change. The one thing that stays with you is your breath. When you learn to navigate and manage your breath, you can navigate any situation in life…

And I’m so grateful that we finally “navigated” to this wonderful and ancient Buddhist Temple in the north of Bali – it’s been a very long time since I wanted to visit that place! This is the largest Buddhist Temple in Bali. Located in Java, Indonesia, Borobudur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest Buddhist Temple in the world. We were also surprised to find a similar design to the Instagram-Famous Bali Gateway to Heaven, only without the crowds!

We drone by scooter for about 15-20 minutes from our hotel New Sunari Lovina Beach Resort from where we are staying and exploring the beautiful and peaceful region of Lovina 😊

Lovina Travel Guide Bali

Lovina Travel Guide Bali

6. Visit Singaraja

A day trip from Lovina to Singaraja is also possible. Singaraja is the former capital of Bali and is known for its amazing Chinese temple and the old storage houses and buildings that are built with a particular architecture from Dutch colonialism.

Singaraja Bali

7. Rent a Scooter and Explore Lovina

Another way to explore Lovina and its surrounding is by scooter. A scooter costs around 50,000 – 80,000 IDR a day (not including fuel). A scooter will give you access to the entire coastline, town, and hidden spots, just waiting to be explored.

Lovina Travel Guide Bali

Lovina Travel Guide Bali

Lovina Travel Guide Bali

8. Enjoy the Sunrise and Sunset on the Beach

In between all of the activities above, try to fit in some time to relax. Lovina is a beach destination first and foremost, so spend a few sleepy days on a sun lounger admiring the view of the mountains and sipping on a coconut. The best surprise when arriving in Lovina is that you can actually enjoy the sunrise and the sunset. Amazing!

Lovina Travel Guide

Lovina is Bali’s main northern beach resort and tends to be the underdog in Bali, but is actually really worth a visit. Lovina has a nice tourist area, a long sandy beach coastline, and plenty of beautiful accommodations.  While the area is naturally quieter and more secluded compared to the central areas of Bali, there are still a plethora of things to see and do here. After spending 12 days in Lovina, I can’t imagine taking another trip to Bali without visiting this perfect paradise.

Lovina Travel Guide Bali

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Bali Tours

If you are the type of person who prefers joining a tour, there are all kinds of guided tours around Bali including Lovina.

Enjoy the day!



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