I would take my niece and nephews out so yes very safe. You wear life jackets. It's a few hours to get there so not something you can do a day trip to as the dolphin spotting is done at sunrise. Best spending a night or two there.
you could also do the dolphin experience closer to where you are staying.
This is a great way to interact with them. You do need to book in advance though as it is such a popular activity.
There is no guarantee that you will see the dolphins at Lovina by going out on the boats. The dolphins that are kept in captivity up there are located at a hotel in less than favourable conditions.
Hi flowertalks, As snooky says it would be better for you to do the balidolphins if you are not planning to stay overnight around Lovina. The boats leave around 6am to go out to spot the dolphins. If you decide on balidolphins leave yourself plenty of time to book as they are very popular and sometimes hard to get a booking.
flowertalks-great to see you want to take your child to see dolphins in there natural habitat . please think carefully about taking the suggestions of using one of the companies that profit from displaying captive dolphins. it doesn't matter how good their enclosures are or how good they are treated they are only there for one reason so greedy people can make money using them.
here is some info if you are interested
great post tony , never felt comfortable with this...
I couldn't agree more. My parents have villas near Lovina and when we are up there we always go for some dolphin watching. The father of our gardener picks us up in his boat. We always see dolphins, lot's of them. Sometimes they come very close to the boat...which makes you feel very special. And the amazing sunrise is just a bonus.
I would also recommend to stay one night in Lovina. There are many affordable places in/near the centre. You could check with Wayan Sueta, lovely guide with extremely good English, who lives close to Ubud. I'm sure he can make all arrangements for you: www.hiddenbali.com/bali.html#bali_moreabout
If your there at peak time there could be hundreds of boats out there which resembles a Kuta traffic jam. And at this time it can be hard to get a seat on a boat.
I've never seen more than 5 boats, but this is probably because we leave from the villa, which is not in Lovina itself....
The morning we went out there was around 20 - 25 boats out. And on our return to the Villa Agung Beach Inn the owner said we had a good morning out there as most mornings there is double the amount.