Hugging the north coast of Bali, Lovina is about 99 kilometers from Ngurah Rai International Airport in the south of the island, but light-years apart from the south are increasingly commercial and touristic. The trip itself is an attraction, with the road to Lovina Beach winding and turning through some truly amazing views across the island. As you cross the central plateau, you can see ancient villages, endless green rice, clear freshwater lakes, winding mountain roads inhabited by curious monkeys, and lush forests. The whole journey takes a few hours and finally, you arrive at the sparsely populated lowlands of North Bali.
Located 7 kilometers east of the historic capital of Bali Singaraja, Lovina is a quiet town that grows from several small fishing villages stretching on 10 kilometers of pristine black sand beaches. Unlike much of southern Bali, the influx of tourists has not completely flooded the traditional way of life in Lovina – besides the tourist trade, many local residents still make a living through fishing and agriculture.
The first thing that visitors notice in Lovina is the relaxed and peaceful atmosphere in the place. Gone are the big hotel chains and endless tourist gangs – Lovina is a sea of calm where the loudest sound is often the soft roar of the sea. The waters near Lovina Beach are home to friendly dolphin pods who always prefer to swim aboard passing boats; predictably, dolphin viewing is one of the biggest attractions in the region. It should come as no surprise that Lovina has a strong affinity with dolphins – extraordinary dolphin sculptures adorn the city center. The calm waters of Lovina Beach also make it a popular diving and snorkeling location. Other attractions include hot springs, many fabulous spas, and a variety of very affordable eating and drinking options.
As southern Bali grows to accommodate the growing tourist crowd, lesser-known places like Lovina Beach in the north will increase as the perfect place in Bali to get away from it all. A number of exclusive and secluded 5-star resorts and beachfront property developments have recently sprung up in Lovina to meet the increasing number of tourists who are attracted to the area. The low cost of living in northern Bali has played a major role in making Lovina an attractive prospect for international property investment.