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Lovina North Bali

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In this post, I share with you guys my amazing experience in Lovina, north Bali. Once I arrived there I could immediately see the difference from the north to the more touristy part in the south – feels like a different Bali. In the north of Bali, you can still enjoy the quietness, the beach and the stunning view from the hills. Lovina is a place you should not miss out when you visit the Island of Gods.

How to get there

Lovina is a three hours drive with the car away from Canggu. Even though you could do Lovina in a day trip I highly recommend staying at least one night or more. To get there you will pass the mountains (hello car sickness) and I definitely recommend going with a private driver.

What to see around

Lovina is famous for its dolphin tours and of course, this was also my highlight but on the way to Lovina you can explore a lot of other great things.


Make sure you stop in Bedugul. This mountain lake area is not only great for pictures, having a coffee with a breathtaking view, but of course also to visit the temple which is located on the water.

temple north bali


At the top of the mountains, there are several places, where you can stop and take a picture from above with the lakes. You will experience stunning Bali nature, just be careful with the monkeys sitting around at the street side.

Also, don’t forget to make a stop for this Insta-Shot:

Bali North Bali

Gitgit Waterfall

This waterfall is a must-see on the way to north Bali. You will have to walk around 10 to 15 minutes to get there and if you like you can even swim in the natural pool. Of course, I had a quick dip in the water and swam a little, but I must admit was quite cold.

waterfall north Bali

Where to stay and eat in Lovina

Lovina is divided in the beach part and the mountain / village part. I stayed in a private villa of a friend in the mountains and highly recommend staying at least a night in a nice accommodation in the mountains. The view over the rice fields to the beach is priceless.

Lovina Pool North Bali

BEST places to stay in Lovina..

The Damai is a villa resort next to the place I spent the night. I heard it is amazing to stay and that the villas have a breathtaking view (view pics of it here!), but I haven’t seen the villas in person.

The Starlight Hotel is located directly at the beach. I had my breakfast there and started my dolphin tour in front of the Starlight hotel.

I haven’t see the rooms, but a good friend who lives in Lovina recommended this place to me!

It is also a great option if you don’t want to spend too much money – See for yourself here! 🙂

Restaurant Lovina

The food in Lovina was amazing. I am spoiled from Canggu and Seminyak but was surprised at all the yummy dishes I had there. Check out these places for great food and amazing atmosphere.

The Damai: Impressive Restaurant and place to stay in the hills. I had lunch here and couldn’t have been happier with it. Everything was amazing and they have a big menu.

Spice Beach Club: Hipp Restaurant right at the Beach. The fish was fresh and so yummy and they even have a proper pizza oven – very tasty and amazing atmosphere.

Buddha Bakery: A hidden super cute place, desert heaven and great lunch spot. They have nice little spots where you can sit on the floor with couches or on tables and enjoy the quite and the view to the hills.

Lovina North Bali Lovina Norht Bali view

Lovina Dolphin Tours

My personal highlight was the dolphin tour. I was not sure whether we would even see a dolphin or not, so I was prepared for  disappointment. Early in the morning we took a boat and drove out to the see and after 15 minutes we arrived at a spot where the dolphins were playing around. There were so many of them and they were swimming next to the boat , jumping around and even did flips.

Lovina North Bali Dolphines

If you want you can even go snorkeling, but I just booked the dolphin tour, which is around 1.5 hours and costs 500’000 IDR. The boats usually leave around 6am in the morning and I heard that around this time there were so many boats, that it feels too touristy. I personally left at 8.30 am and there were only two other boats and dolphins everywhere.

This experience left me once again grateful and amazed by wonderful our nature is.


























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  • Reply blondemoments

    I was there last year as well and I agree with everything you wrote. I really loved the area! 🙂

    December 8, 2016 at 2:27 pm
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      Thank you so much! I am glad you liked it too:)

      December 8, 2016 at 11:59 pm
  • Reply chanelle

    Thank you for sharing, I enjoyed reading your post. I’m not a fan of tourist filled areas so I’m always eager to find paces that aren’t over run by them. Bali has been on my list for awhile now, after seeing your blog it’s made me want to bump it to the top of my list. I would love to stay in the village area that you mention.

    December 8, 2016 at 2:37 pm
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      Thank you dear for your comment. You should def. come to Bali there are still untouched places to explore!

      December 8, 2016 at 11:59 pm
  • Reply Natalie

    Wow. These are stunning photos! We had a chance to swim with the dolphins while in Hawaii and it was truly a fantastic experience – being so close to such a large and interesting creature. Seeing SO many in the wild would be thrilling!!

    December 8, 2016 at 3:34 pm
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Yes I agree so interesting creatures – magical.

      December 8, 2016 at 11:58 pm
  • Reply Ticker Eats The World

    Even in the photos Lovina looks different from the southern counterpart. Yea being closer to the mountains it comes across as serene and calm. My parents go there later this month and will let them know even though at this stage they’ll only be able to do a day trip but still would be a nice drive and experience.

    December 9, 2016 at 3:49 am
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      oh cool I am sure your parents will love you. They can always contact me if they have any questions.

      December 9, 2016 at 5:37 am
  • Reply Iza Abao, Two Monkeys Travel Group Writer

    I just watched the video. It was really cool! It was enchanting. I like that you suggested some restaurants. I would like to eat some freshly-cooked fish & seafood near the beach.

    December 9, 2016 at 7:21 am
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      thank you so much! the fish was really amazing and the beach view just priceless!

      December 9, 2016 at 8:07 am
  • Reply Abigail

    Bali is breathtakingly beautiful. Love the view from that infinity pool! I’ll have to take note of this for future travel!

    December 9, 2016 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply Kreete

    Oh wow! Look at that infinity pool! And the dolphins!! Sounds like Lovina has all three things I love about a place: non-touristy, beach and mountains! I am heading over to Bali in a few months and am very excited to have found your blog. I’ll be going through all the blog posts now ha!

    December 9, 2016 at 1:20 pm
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      Awee thank you so much! let me know if you have any questions or need help planning your trip to amazing Bali.

      December 10, 2016 at 1:20 am
  • Reply Leah

    What an amazing place to visit! I’d love to get to Bali sometime, I’m hearing so much about it. Plus, I want to do the dolphin tour!!

    December 9, 2016 at 5:02 pm
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      you should definitly come visit Bali it is such a great island.

      December 10, 2016 at 1:21 am
  • Reply neha

    I would as well love staying in the mountains when I go here. Lovely place. Its climbing up in my bucket list

    December 9, 2016 at 5:42 pm
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  • Reply Sahil

    What an amazing article. This makes me want to visit Bali again and make the most of its beauty.

    May 9, 2018 at 7:24 am
  • Reply brea

    Can you share the names of the resort / restaurant of the pools overlooking the beautiful scenery?! I want to go so badly!!

    July 15, 2019 at 4:49 am
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      Hey lovely! Indeed it was amazing however it is a private place so not able to book it. The Damai is a stunning place in Lovina too <3

      July 15, 2019 at 9:24 am

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