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Lovina Dolphin Watching in Bali

The premier dolphin watching spot in Bali

Best time: May–January

Lovina Dolphin Watching
Lovina Dolphin Watching
Lovina Dolphin Watching

Lovina, located in North Bali, is a quiet resort town with an 8-km beach. It is famous for black sand and dolphin watching tours that have become one of the main attractions of the area. Dolphin pods in Lovina were often following fishing boats leading local fishermen to sardines and mackerels. Now the fishermen make money showing their sea friends to tourists.

Most hotels of Dolphin Beach Bali and The Lovina offer dolphin watching tours all year round. Boats leave in the early morning at 05:30 a.m., like a regular fishing trip. Boats are motorized, but at sea, they shut down the engine and wait for different species of dolphins to come close. Spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) is seen the most frequently. A dolphin watching tour usually lasts for 30 minutes.

Dolphins can be seen all year round. However, between February and April, the sea becomes turbulent and unfavorable. Therefore, the best time is from May to January. Also keep in mind that July–August and December are the peak tourist seasons in Lovina, so it could be crowded.

Practical info

When is the best time to go dolphin watching in Lovina, Bali?

While dolphins can be spotted in Lovina year-round, the sea can get rough during February to April, making it difficult to go dolphin watching. The ideal months are between May and January. Lovina is most crowded in July-August and December since they are peak tourist seasons. Show more

Where is the most popular dolphin watching spot in Bali?

Located in North Bali, Lovina is the place to go for dolphin watching due to its black sand and guided tours. Both Dolphin Beach Bali and The Lovina hotels provide dolphin watching tours all year long. Show more

Do you get to swim with the dolphins in Lovina, Bali?

Visitors are not allowed to swim or interact with dolphins in Lovina, Bali. Touching, swimming, or coming too close to the dolphins is a violation due to conservation efforts aimed at their habitat and welfare. The rules are strictly enforced. Show more

What other activities can you do in Lovina, Bali besides dolphin watching?

Lovina offers a variety of activities besides dolphin watching. You can go snorkeling, scuba diving, exploring at Pemuteran Beach, Banjar Hot Spring, and Gitgit Waterfall, visit religious centers like Brahma Vihara Arama Buddhist Monastery and Adi Assri Beach Resort & Spa, and learn Dhingklik or Cupak geringsing weaving. Terra Balinese Spa is another option. Show more

Are the dolphins in Lovina friendly towards tourists?

Dolphins in Lovina are accustomed to human activity and are not afraid to approach boats, putting their acrobatic talents on full display. However, keep in mind that dolphins are creatures of the wild and may behave differently around visitors. It is important to respect their habitat and follow the guidelines in place to protect them. Show more

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Authors: Olha Savych