Lovina (or rather Lovina Beach) is the name for a stip of beaches with a total length of approximately 12 km, centrally located at the north coast of Bali just west of Singaraja and within easy reach of most of Bali's natural and cultural attractions. The beaches of Lovina belong to the fisherman's villages of Pemaron, Tukadmungga, Anturan, Kalibukbuk, Kaliasem and Temukus. Lovina offers a wide choice of accommodation, ranging from backpacker homestays to boutique hotels to luxury private villas, and has a growing number of restaurants with national and international cuisines.
The beaches of Lovina are characterized by its rural nature and its unique, dark colored sand which is of volcanic origin. The childfriendly, shallow water of Lovina's reef protected beaches is free of dangerous undercurrents and is of an agreeable warm temperature throughout the year, which makes it very suitable for unconcerned family holidays with safe swimming and snorkeling.
Central Lovina, Kalibukbuk - The beach area of the village of Kalibukbuk is general regarded as the 'center' of Lovina as it was here that the first accommodations were built. Traditionally, you will therefore find the highest concentration of restaurants and bars in this area, in particular the area of Jalan Binaria (Dolphin Street), Jalan Pantai (a boulevard) and Jalan Rambutan.
The very first accommodation, a losmen with a restaurant named Lovina, was built in 1953 by the last Raja of Buleleng, Anak Agung Pandji Tisna. This accommodation was located just west of Kalibukbuk near the outlet of a small river at the beach of Kampung Baru of the village of Tukad Cebol, which name was later changed into Kaliasem. Nowadays this losmen does not exist anymore, but it used to be located in the area where now Villa Swara Segara stands (just west of Sea Breeze restaurant).
Located at the end of Jalan Binaria in Kalibukbuk, and landmarked by a Dolphin Statue at Binaria Square, Binaria Beach is one of the most popular beaches to watch Lovina's famous, romantic sunsets. The best spots to watch the sun set, apart from the beach itself, are Sea Breeze restaurant (located west of the Dolphin Statue) and Santhi Bar (located east of the Dolphin Statue ). A beachside boulevard runs through a treed area and connects Binaria Beach via Binaria Square with Jalan Rambutan and Rambutan Beach.
Food stalls at Binaria - Every day as from ca. 4 pm several kaki lima (foodstalls) can be found along the edges of Binaria Square selling food and drinks. These foodstalls stay open until late at night and are frequented by both local people and westerners. The food that is sold is good and ranges from gado-gado, lumpia's and satays to bakso and nasi campur to fruits, cakes and sweets. Drinks: cool Bintang beers, lemonades, tea, coffee, mixed iced fruit and local sweet drinks. Food prices here range from Rp. 4000 - 8000 per portion.
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