The 12 km stretch to the west of Singaraja, on the North coast of Bali is known as Lovina and actually encompasses several smaller villages. However the village of Kalibukbuk tends to be better known as Lovina.
Lovina’s black volcanic sand beach is dotted with traditional Balinese “jukungs”, modified to support outboard motors, which lie in wait for tourists wishing to join the sunrise search for dolphins or to take advantage of the excellent diving and snorkelling.
The general atmosphere in Lovina is laid back. There are market stalls along the beach where vendors half heartedly invite customers to buy their wares and of course the ubiquitous beach vendors selling sarongs and souvenirs. But even their approach is fairly lackadaisical and they are just as happy to have a chat as to sell you something.
There is a wide range of accommodation suitable for all budgets and plenty of restaurants and bars, especially in Kalibukbuk. The nightlife is relaxed and low key, many venues have live music and all are reasonably priced. There is a beach club on Lovina Beach for a slightly more upmarket offering.
Dolphin watching is very popular in Lovina. The trips, involving multiple boats, leave early in the morning and last round an hour, usually with several sightings. The cost is Rp50,000 per person.
The clear water and generous supply of multicoloured fish also makes snorkelling and scuba diving attractive activities which can be done off shore from Lovina or further afield at Menjangan Island. There are several dive shops
from which to choose.