Why Honeymoon in Lovina?

A place called Lovina must be a great honeymoon destination, right? With its spectacular waterfalls and amazing marine life (swim with dolphins!), Lovina on the north shore of Bali is perfect for couples wanting to have a calm and romantic stay away from the crowds of South Bali.

Explore Lovina

Lovina is a calm coastal area located on the northern shores of Bali. It contains a series of small villages about 5km west of the city of Singaraja. Even though Lovina is located on one of the world’s most popular islands, it still manages to remain quiet and untouched. It’s a place where you can experience the traditional Bali life.

Unlike the southern parts of Bali, Lovina isn’t your usual type of bustling tourist city. However, there are still a lot of fun and romantic activities you and your significant other could indulge in. Lovina is a prime location for snorkeling, dolphin watching and a chance to see truly fantastic waterfall wonders.

We would personally recommend you to stay two nights in Lovina. Wake up early during your first day for dolphin watching (boats leave at 6AM!), and spend the afternoon at the waterfalls. At night you can explore other aspects of Lovina, including the local restaurants. For shopping you could visit Singaraja, the main city of North Bali, which is around 15 minutes drive from Lovina.

Dolphin Watching

Dolphin watching can be a truly romantic and immersive experience. Just picture you and your partner on a boat (or swimming beside the boat!), on the ocean with wild dolphins swimming all around you!

Dolphin watching in Lovina starts at 6AM in the morning. We therefore suggest you lodge in a hotel the night before and arrange your dolphin watching experience in advance.

Dolphin Watching off the coast of Lovina. Dolphin Watching off the coast of Lovina.

Waterfalls

The hills inland from Lovina are primarily known for having truly stunning waterfalls that will leave you in awe. While there are many waterfalls to choose from, the following three are our favorites:

  • Aling Aling Waterfalls: The most fun one! This is a great place to visit, especially if you’re the type that loves adventures and picturesque locations. It is originally a jungle ravine with two giant waterfalls, three smaller waterfalls and natural pools and water slides. It is perfect for cliff jumping and relaxing.
  • Sekumpul Waterfalls: The most spectacular one! Off the beaten path. You can hear the roar of this 80 meter high waterfall from far in the distance. Bound to take your breath away and leave you with a deeper appreciation for nature.
  • GitGit Waterfall: The best for swimming! This long waterfall is surrounded by foliage and natural swimming pools. It is accessible by a rocky walking trail and is stunning in its beauty. These waterfalls can be accessible by a car or taxi. It is not within walking distance, but the views make the stress and efforts worthwhile.

Sekumpul Twin Waterfalls. Sekumpul Waterfall.

Day Trip to Lovina

While we wish your honeymoon would last forever, reality probably means your time in Bali is limited. If you are staying in South Bali (Canggu, Seminyak or Ubud), an efficient way of experiencing Lovina is by booking a day tour to North Bali. This is a great way to see the dolphins, explore the waterfalls and even see the famous Ulun Danu Beratan Temple on Beratan Lake. All in one day!

Do expect to leave very early in the morning to make it in time for the early morning dolphin watching. However as the drive up to Lovina takes around 2.5 hours, you might continue sleeping in the car.

Honeymoon Hotels in Lovina

If you do plan to stay overnight in Lovina, here are some great accommodations options. You can either stay at the beach or in the green hills (a bit more inland) with amazing views over the area.

Although hotels in Lovina are not as fancy as some you would find in South Bali, they still have a charming quaintness, good ambience and great food and views. These are our favorites:

What are you looking for?

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On the hills
  • ★ Our Favorite!

    Patria Villas

    4 starOn the hills10m drive inland, in the hills.

    Tucked in the hills, this remote estate is perfect for couples and small groups of people. It comes with amiable staff, outstanding cuisine, and superb service.

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    Puri Bagus Lovina

    4 starBeachfrontBeachfront in Lovina.

    The Puri Bagus is a beachfront resort in Lovina which is very affordable for the luxury it offers. You will stay in one of the private thatched roof cabins surrounded by greenery and palm trees, with the calm Java Sea...

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  • Lovina Beach Club & Resort

    5 starBeachfrontLovina Beach

    Right on the beach, this resort offers a 24-hour front desk service, a whirlpool, a terrace with sun loungers, and an on-site restaurant.

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  • Puri Mangga Sea View Resort and Spa

    4 starOn a budgetOn the hills10min drive inland, free beach shuttle.

    Nestled amidst rice terraces and palm trees, with an amazing sea view, Puri Mangga is a family-run resort with seven bungalows. Its a good base to explore the area including the waterfalls. The hotel is highly rated by guests.

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  • Shanti Panorama Hotel

    4 starOn the hillsNature viewsBetween Lovina and Munduk

    We stayed here when exploring the North Bali waterfalls, and loved the experience. Enjoy spectacular views overlooking green hills covered in a lush jungle forest. This affordable but luxury 4-star hotel is right next to the Aling Aling waterfalls, which...

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Honeymoon Activities in Lovina

We’ve already highlighted the waterfalls and dolphins. But there’s more great things could do during your honeymoon in Lovina. Below is a complete overview.

What type of activities would you like to do in Lovina?

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    Aling-Aling Waterfalls

    ActiveNatureThrill20m drive from Lovina

    Not the largest waterfalls in North Bali, but definitely the most fun. Jumping, swimming, sliding: it's all possible at Aling Aling waterfalls. You will need a taxi from Lovina or rent a motorbike to get to the waterfalls. A small...

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    Watch dolphins in the wild

    ActiveNatureBeachLovina

    Get on a boat as the sun rises over the northern shores of Bali, and watch the dolphins either from the safety boat or while swimming together alongside your boat. Watching dolphins can be a truly remarkable experience. Early wake up required!

  • Banjar Hot Springs

    Relaxing & wellnessCulture15m drive from Lovina

    Also known as Air Panas Banjar, this spring is located roughly 5 kilometers from Lovina in North Bali. These are traditional Balinese termal baths. The local population believes that the natural hot water from this spring has a healing...

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  • Gitgit Waterfall

    ActiveNature35m drive from Lovina

    Great for swimming! This long waterfall is surrounded by foliage and natural swimming pools. It is accessible by a rocky walking trail and is stunning in its beauty.

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  • Sekumpul Waterfall

    ActiveNature50m drive from Lovina

    Off the beaten path, but actually the most spectacular waterfall in Bali. You can hear the roar of this 80-meter high waterfall from far in the distance. The walk down the stairs towards its base is an adventure in itself....

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  • Snorkeling Lovina's coral reef

    ActiveNatureBeachAny beach in Lovina

    There are coral reefs around the shores of Lovina, and you can explore them while snorkeling! Many fish can be seen in the area, including the Blue Star and Rainbow Parrotfish. Bring your goggles (or borrow from your hotel) and...

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  • Visit Ulan Danu Temple

    NatureCultureCentral Bali, on the way from South Bali to Lovina

    If you had to capture Bali in a single image, it would feature Ulan Dana Temple. You'll find it on the cover of Indonesia's Lonely Planet, and not without reason. Located on the shores of Beratan crater lake in central...

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Romantic Dining in Lovina

Just like the hotels in Lovina, the restaurants aren’t as luxury as you would find in South Bali. However, there are still some romantic options worth checking out during your Lovina honeymoon!

We love the following places in Lovina!

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  • ★ Our Favorite!

    The 10th Table

    Fine diningPrivate diningJalan Seririt, Lovina

    This is one of the few restaurants in North Bali that offers fine dining. From its 7-course menu of sophisticated dishes, you can definitely expect a high-quality dinner night here.

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  • The Funky Place

    Casual diningJalan Mas, Lovina

    If you're in the mood for some casual, simple dining in a well decorated and funky setting, visit The Funky Place. Popular amongst backpackers.

  • The Lemongrass Resto

    Casual diningCentral Lovina

    This is a more casually inclined bistro just a few minutes away from the Lovina beach. However, don't be fooled. Their delicious and unique menu will be a treat for your taste buds.

How to get to Lovina

Lovina is not close to Bali’s airport. That is exactly how it has managed to be less touched by mass tourism. It is around 3 hours drive from Denpasar airport or South Bali.

Finding a taxi at the airport that will take you all the way to Lovina is usually challenging, stressful and expensive. You can book a ride from a reputable and safe company to save yourself from all that stress.

If you’re not in a hurry, you could make some stops along the way and explore the lakes and the Ulun Dana Temple. But make sure you agree on such stop with your driver in advance!

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Lovina in Bali?

Lovina is a strip of villages located on the northern shores of Bali, around 3 hours away from the Bali Airport.

How to get around in Lovina?

Lovina is not bustling like the northern part of Bali so getting around is not as easy. Taxi apps like Gojek are not guaranteed to work there. Taxi's can still be found, and you can also easily rent a scooter.

How far is Lovina from Bali Airport

Lovina is 3hrs drive from Denpasar airport.

Is Lovina a good honeymoon destination?

There are other more popular honeymoon locations in Bali, especially south. But if you're looking for a calm, serene environment where you can watch dolphins, go snorkeling, and see impressive waterfalls, then Lovina is perfect.

How long should we stay in Lovina?

We recommend spending a maximum of 2 nights. A night before the dolphin watching, and the second night where you can enjoy a relaxing evening on the beachfront.

What activities can we do in Lovina?

Lovina is famous for watching dolphins. Besides, it offers spectacular coral reef snorkling sites. Nearby you can find amazing waterfalls.

Next destinations

Map with regions of Bali. Bali Regions Map. There are many great destinations in Bali to continue your honeymoon after Lovina. Staying in North Bali? Maybe you and your partner like to learn diving in Amed. The jungle town and cultural heart of Bali Ubud is 2 hours away from Lovina. It’s a great place to visit next as it is located between Lovina and South Bali.

Longing for a more luxurious destination? Consider Seminyak or Uluwatu in South Bali!

More travel ideas: 8 Amazing Bali Honeymoon Itineraries.

Find your next destination after Lovina!

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    Ubud

    LuxuryCultureNatureNightlife

    Made famous by Eat Pray Love. Jungle, art, rice fields, monkeys and spirituality.

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    Uluwatu

    LuxuryBeachNatureSurfing

    Peninsula with cliffs, caves, surf and hidden beaches. Luxury resorts nearby.

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    Munduk

    NatureOff the beaten path

    Hidden gem with spectacular views. Explore crater lakes, waterfalls and temples.

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  • Seminyak

    LuxuryBeachNightlifeSurfing

    Upscale area with wide sandy beach, great restaurants and fancy beachclubs.

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  • Amed

    BeachCultureNatureDivingOff the beaten path

    Tranquil fishing villages, famous dive spots.

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  • Canggu

    LuxuryBeachNightlifeSurfing

    Surf Beach, Party, Hipsers & Foodies.

    Read our Canggu Honeymoon Guide
  • Lovina

    BeachCultureNatureDivingOff the beaten path

    Calm ocean away from the crowds. Watch dolphins and hike to waterfalls.

    Read our Lovina Honeymoon Guide
  • Nusa Dua

    BeachLuxury

    Luxury hotels and (all-inclusive) resorts facing white sand beach with all the comforts you could wish for.

    Read our Nusa Dua Honeymoon Guide
  • Sidemen

    NatureCultureOff the beaten path

    Off the beaten path nature destination between rice fields and mountains.

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  • Sanur

    BeachCulture

    Long stretch of calm ocean beach close to Bali airport. Spectacular sunrise.

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  • Nusa Penida Island

    BeachNatureDiving

    Hilly island of the coast of Bali with spectacular cliffs and rock formations.

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  • Gili Islands

    BeachNatureDivingNightlife

    Real tropical island vibes! Three small islands great for diving, beach and party.

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Written by Olivia & Dirk

Hi! We have put together this guide with a lot of care, based on our own experiences. As a couple, we have lived in Bali for the past 5 years, and we fell in love with the island. We have visited every corner of Bali, especially the romantic places ;-). While our articles do contain affiliate links, you can trust us to recommend only the experiences that we love.

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