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Lovina Beach, Bali

Lovina Beach
Lovina Beach

 
There are an amazing array of "beach experiences" to be found on Bali. Many people believe that the whole island is like the Kuta and Legian area. Well, they're wrong. Very wrong. Lovina, on the north side of the island, is about as far as you can get from the crowded southern beaches, both literally and figuratively. Unlike the immensely popular southwest facing beaches around Kuta, there's no pounding surf at Lovina. The sea is extremely calm all the time. Temperatures are also generally warmer than in the south, while the climate is drier.

While the beach at Lovina is often described as 'black' sand, it's more a dark gray, exactly the color you'd expect from a beach made mostly of volcanic basalt, ground up by the forces of nature. The shore gently curves away from the modern Dolphin sculpture that marks the center of Lovina. The sculpture signifies one of Lovina's main claims to fame, the presence of schools of dolphin that frequent the seas around there.

Lovina was well on its way to becoming the next big beach resort, with lots of developments planned, or even under way. But then the 2002 bombings put Bali's tourism business into a tailspin, and Lovina was so remote and unknown that it suffered the most.

Now, it almost seems like it may have been a blessing in disguise. Lovina has been 'saved' from the over-development that has plagued the southern beaches. You won't be harassed as you walk down the street by people offering transports, t-shirts, or anything else. Sure, there are guys around the beach selling seashells, beads, etc. but they are nothing compared to hoards of vendors that harass on you in Kuta.

 

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