The Lovina area in north Bali may not have the surfing beaches of the south but it had more than enough to occupy my family. We went in low season and stayed in a private villa 10 mins out of town. We didn't bother with the overpriced "Melka swimming with dolphins" but going out dolphin watching with a Katut in his wooden boat was a highlight. Five minutes away is a hot springs with a Buddhist temple nearby.
There is plenty of eating places in Lovina and a large fixed price shop out on the main road to buy souvineers.
Getting to and from Lovina takes you through Bedugal mountains, allow about 3 to 4 hours depending on traffic. There is some scenery, if you are inclined you can stop at Git Git waterfall though its more than the signposted 500metre walk in.
We found Lovina to be less developed than the usual Bali tourist spots, but we like that.
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