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.
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 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.
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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
More travel ideas: 8 Amazing Bali Honeymoon Itineraries.
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.