Lovina Bali

Lovina Bali

Things to do - general

Lovina Bali Beach (or often simply Lovina) is a coastal area on the northwestern side of the island of Bali, Indonesia. The coastal strip stretches from 5 km west of the city of Singaraja to 15 km west. Singaraja is the seat of Buleleng Regency. The Lovina area contains the small villages (from east to west) of Pemaron, Tukad Mungga, Anturan, Banyualit, Kalibukbuk, Kaliasem and Temukus. It is becoming more popular with tourists but remains far quieter than the tourist hotspots of the island’s south side.

The area takes its name from a home owned by Pandji Tisna (1908-1978), a Regent of Buleleng and pioneer of tourism to Bali in the early 1950s.

Popular activities for visitors include early-morning boat trips off the coast to see dolphins.

The Meaning of Lovina
One might think that “Love” and “Ina” should be read as short for “Love Indonesia”. This was not, however, the intention of Panji Tisna. The term “INA” stands for the Indonesian contingent or group of athletes for the Asian Games 1963. Lovina, however, was founded in 1953. According to Panji Tisna, “Lovina” has a philosophical meaning, it is a mixture of the two-syllable words “Love” and “Ina”. The word “Love” from English and “Ina”, which is a Balinese word meaning “Mother”. The meaning of “Lovina”, according to Anak Agung Panji Tisna, therefore is literally “Love Mom” or more symbolically; “Love Mother Earth”.

Country Indonesia
Languages spokenBahasa Indonesia, English
Currency usedRupiah

Sports & nature

Of lazing by the pool all day is not your thing, you can always get involved in some of Lovina’s holiday activities. From day trips to sightseeing, there is bound to be something that will spark your interest.

Arts and cultures
Balinese girl - Art & CultureLovina is a good place to explore the rich and unique Balinese cultural life. Start by visiting some temples to get a feel of the place, and then move on to the dances – there are many different types so you’ll be sure to catch something going on in the nearby villages. Not to be missed is a gamelan concert.

Git-Git-waterfallA short drive from the resort is the Gitgit village – where you can visit three beautiful waterfalls. The southernmost drops about 50m, the highest and most impressive waterfall on the island. Take a dip in the cool mountain water if you’re feeling adventurous or just sit back and admire natures force.

Dolphin watching
Dolphin Watching One of the most rewarding Lovina activities, is undoubtedly dolphin watching. There is a certain mystery to waking up at sunrise, walking to the beach, to find your local boatman and embarking on your adventure. In no time the dolphins appear in pods of 10 to literally 100’s. Some mornings, they even put on a full dolphin show with back flips, massive jumps and sometimes even tail-walking.

Diving & Snorkeling
pygmy seahorse In North Bali you find some of the best snorkeling and diving spots this beautiful island has to offer. Through the cooperation with our selected partner we are able to provide you a variety of snorkeling and diving activities. People of all levels can choose from an introductory dive up to a multi-day dive course, day or even night dives. Beside the stunning Lovina reef, there are especially two spots that shouldn’t be missed during your North Bali stay: Menjangan Island with its fascinating and best preserved coral reefs in Bali and the legendary Tulamben Shipwreck, a World War I cargo vessel. Both places are renowned for divers and snorkelers alike. With a professional team alongside and Bali’s natural beauty Travelo Bali will make your underwater adventure unforgettable.

Go into town – Explore Singaraja
Explore Singaraja city Singaraja is the largest city in North Bali and the former colonial capital. Singaraja still has some of the feel of an old colonial capital. The streets are wider and grander than elsewhere in Bali and some of the old houses set in large gardens remind us of days long gone. Singaraja is different to other towns and cities in Bali. There is an Arabic influence in the district near the old docks called Kampung Arab and Singaraja also has the largest Chinese temple in Bali. Singaraja is also a major academic center with 2 universities swelling the population to over 100,000.

Golf - Handara Kosaido Country Club
The Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club is considered “One of the 50 Greatest Golf Courses in the World” – by Golf Magazine. Golfers from all corners of the world travel to Bali in order to play golf at one of Asia’s most iconic and classic golf courses.

For a unique golf experience, go golfing in the crater of an extinct volcano at an altitude of 1.142 metres above sea level. This golf course is rated as the only “fully air-conditioned” golf course in the world.

Hot and cold springs
Banjar HotspringLovina hosts the unusual combination of natural cold and hot springs. The cold springs are a peculiar spectacle: cold spring water flows into a large pool made from volcanic rocks and later continues onwards into the ocean. The water is crystalline and for a small fee you can bask in the sun while enjoying the refreshing spring water. Go during the week and you’ll be practically alone and during the weekend, laugh along with the local families.For a therapeutic treatment, make your way to the gorgeous hot springs. Perched amidst the exuberant tropical vegetation of a nearby mountain, warm water flowing from Bali’s volcanic soil gushes out of the stone carved mouths of Balinese statues. The natural smell of sulphur adds a healing touch to the relaxing experience. While you’ll probably encounter a few tourists, the hot springs are not well known and therefore not crowded.

Lake BratanNot to be missed on a North Bali itinerary is a visit to the lakes. Lake Beratan and its exotic Ulun Danu temple is straight out of a postcard. Lake Buyan is a sight to be seen. Once a volcanic crater – it is now surrounded by villages that cultivate tasty strawberries. You’ll probably pass more than a few friendly macaque monkeys along the way! Sports and nature image

Nightlife info

Lovina Beach Bali is a laid back town and although it does not have the wild nightlife you find in Kuta or Legian it does have fair few laid back bars with live music 7 nights a week. The bars stay open late, as long as they have customers they will stay open. Here is list of the best bars in Lovina

Zigiz Bar in Lovina Beach
Zigiz Bar is located in the middle of Jalan Binaria in the heart of Lovina Beach. Zigiz Bar is a small bar with 2 levels. On the street level is the bar and a small stage area where a band plays live music 7 nights a week. Zigiz opens around 5pm and is open until late, usually around 1am to 2am. Zigiz also has a range of food available. A small Bintang beer costs 20,000Rp. They have a red and white wine by the glass, spirits and a huge selection of cocktails. With freeWiFi internet access.

Poco Bar in Lovina Beach
Poco Bar is located just down the road from Zigiz Bar. A large bar on 1 level open 7 nights a week from 5pm till late. A live band plays cover songs 7 nights a week and take requests. A small Bintang beer costs 25,000Rp. With free WiFi internet access

Paasha Nighclub in Lovina Beach
Paasha Nightclub is the only nightclub in Lovina. Located on the main road just opposite the top end of Jalan Binaria, Paasha Nightclub is only open at the end of the week - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. It opens late at around 10pm and is open to the very early hours of the morning. Paasha Nighclub has dancing girls and a very unusual drag show on a Friday night.Nightlife image

Culture and history info

Around the 1950s, Anak Agung Pandji Tisna, had traveled to several countries in Europe and Asia. He stayed several weeks in Bombay (now Mumbai). What attracted him most was the life of the people in India. By observing the people's way of life in the area, he got the thought and the outlook for Bali, especially the development of social welfare in the Buleleng region. While he was in Bombay, Panji Tisna saw a place that was beautifully laid out as a spot for leisure on the beach. The land had much similarity with what he owned on Kampung Baru Beach – Buleleng – North Bali, which also was between two rivers. Pandji Tisna was inspired to create a resort like that. The land he already had in hand.

Returning from abroad in 1953, Anak Agung Pandji Tisna immediately began to build on his land, a cottage called Guesthouse "LOVINA". The place was designed for the "travellers" or tourists for a vacation. The guesthouse was furnished with three bedrooms and a small restaurant near the sea. Some business observers claimed that the plan of Panji Tisna would not work as expected. They thought it was too early to make business of such a kind on a secluded beach like Tukad Cebol. Local cultural observers stated that "Lovina" was a foreign word, not Balinese. Furthermore, there is no letter "v" in Balinese alphabet. In 1959 Anak Agung Panji Tisna sold the Lovina Guesthouse to his relative, Anak Agung Ngurah Sentanu, 22 years, who became the owner and manager of Lovina. Business was going pretty well. However, there were no travellers or tourists. Only a few of Pandji Tisna’s friends came from America and Europe, as well as the regional government officials and businessmen from Singaraja for a vacation. On special days such as Sundays and holidays, like Galungan and Kuningan, many people, including students, however did come to enjoy the natural atmosphere on the beach of Tukad Cebol.(source wikipedia)Culture and history image
Villa Mentari - Lovina

Villa Mentari - Lovina

Jl.Lovina, Lovina Bali
Villa Mentari The moment you drive past the guard house, the giant teak gates and the bridge spannin More info

Unfortunately there are no self-catering offers at this location at the moment.