Bali may be one of many small islands of Indonesia but surely, it is one of the most famous islands of Indonesia. Famous for its beautiful sightings, idyllic mood and never ending fascination, the island is also known as the “Paradise Island”. Bali is located just off the eastern tip of Java, from which it is separated by the narrow Bali Straits. This paradise has a little paradise in north part of Bali. Lovina Beach, located in Kalibukbuk area on the north Bali coastline west of city of Singaraja. Lovina Beach has become the center of tourism activities, art shops, bank, and transportation and off course Dolphin sightings.
Lovina beach is famous for beautiful of calm sea water, blackish chromatic sand and the sea with its dolphins. One of the favorite fascinations in Lovina is dolphin watching tour. Hundreds of dolphins can be seen in the morning time around 1 km offshore. It has a tropical monsoon climate with two distinct seasons: wet (November to March) and dry (April to October). There is onle slight temperature variation from season to season due to warm ocean currents that keep heat fairly constant on land. There is also very little variation in daylight hours from season to season which is very suitable for dolphins. An interesting fact is that the town of Lovina has adopted the dolphin as its mascot.
How to get here?
You can easily reach Lovina by bus from all parts of Bali, but it is a long ride from the East or South. If you want a much easier way to get to the North then you can get your own car with or without a driver. Bemo is the local public transport bus and it plies all the local routes. You can also travel from Kuta in less than three hours and from the airport or Sanur in about 2.5 hours.
If you want to stay longer than a day, then room service is available 24×7 at Lovina. You can get from cheap rooms and hostels to luxury Villas and deluxe Suites with outdoor pools, restaurants and bars.
Dolphin Watching Tours
Different authorities in Bali are offering Dolphin tours at different rates and facilities. You can choose any package as per your budget and needs. There is a luxury package available in which you will get accommodation in Deluxe Suites, complimentary daily breakfast at Heliconia Restaurant, 1 Spa massage for couple, 1 dolphin tour for 2 persons and 1 three course set dinner.
You go out with at least 20 other boats and wait for the dolphins to come up for air, then journey starts. You will see dolphins flying and jumping into the water, not just one or two but a lot of them. There are five different species of dolphins here but one of them is becoming very rare. On your trip you might follow a small pod of only a dozen but just as often you find yourself surrounded by hundreds of dolphins, one after another breaking the surface to perform somersaults and other impressive aerial stunts.
Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursius Truncatus)
Bottlenose Dolphins are the most common type of dolphin. These are found in inhabiting warm seas worldwide. Here you can see these grey dolphins which are between 2 and 4 meters long in large groups. Dolphins are thought to be one of the more intelligent animals of the mammal world. You will be amazed to hear different sounds from them which is their way to communicate to other dolphins through a series of these clicking sounds. Generally, these types of dolphins are known to have calm and playful temperament but they can be aggressive if they feel threatened.
These are the type of the Common Dolphins and are moderately robust with tall, slightly falcate dorsal fins. Common dolphins are strikingly pattered, with dark brownish gray back white belly and tan to ochre thoracic patch. They are quite energetic and sometimes ride the bow waves of large whales but not in Lovina so there is no need to worry about the whales. These dolphins are highly vocal and sometimes their squeals can be heard above the surface.
These are the Spinner Dolphins, mainly found in the tropical and subtropical waters in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. You won’t find much of them here but they are seriously a joy to watch. Spinner Dolphins are six to seven feet long and have a three part color pattern on their bodies. The pattern has a dark gray back, a pearl gray side panel and a white belly.
These Dolphins are known as Pantropical Spotted Dolphins, which are generally slender and streamlined. They have a long thin beak that is separated from the melon by a distinct crease. Spotted Dolphins are often in Lovina with other dolphins including Spinner Dolphins. Their home range is severel hundred kilometers or more and daily movements of 30-50 km are made easily by them. They are quite acrobatic and can swim very rapidly, leaping high into the air. They also can ride bow waves, much like common dolphins.
This small dolphin species is called Dusky Dolphins also and it is simple enough to identify it from other species out there. They feature a bluish black color on the tail and along the back. Their belly is white with a dark color for the lower jaw. These dolphins are quite social and it is common to find them in much smaller numbers.
After all this action when you come back to the beach, you can enjoy the beautiful sunset here. There are a lot of restaurants and café on the beach and the food is worth mentioning. So, plan your visit and experience it yourself.