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“DOLPHIN WATCHING”
Review of Lovina Beach

Lovina Beach
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Bali Dolphin Sunrise Tour
Reviewed September 9, 2012

Lovina is well known in the world for the dolphin going to the bay every morning
Unluckly I had the bad idea of participating to the dolphin wathching excursion .
With great disappointment and sadness and tears in my eyes I realised that the watching was more like a dolphin hunting excursion with a lot of boat running after them and over them
I am disgusted . Please if you love animals do not participate to that excursion

2  Thank sabsfish
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

Recommend finding another nice beach like Candinisa or Nusa Dua. This area is not really an beach but rather a hippy colony. bali can offer more in its small villages and beautiful people.

Thank CanadaAustria
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

Lovina Beach turned into a complete disappointment: black dirty sand, many beggars and unfriendly locals

2  Thank Gabor G
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

Lovina is great, the people are friendly and the pace of life slow. I was last there 13 years ago and the place has the same feel as it did then. As for the dolphin watching, it's GREAT! They were there 13 years ago and tourists were out watching them then and they are still around now so they can't be that bothered by all the chaos.

Thank WanderingFeet_Claire
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

It's absolutely not the Lovina I visited in 1990, but allthough th place has developed a lot, it still has a laid back atmosphere. This is probably due to the fact that there isn't much room between the sea and the hills, so the place is pretty much strung out. We were here end of July, so at the height of the European holidayseason, but allthough most hotels and villa's were full, it did not feel crowded at all. People have to make a living, but shopkeepers and even beachsellers were not too pushy. Strike up a conversation with them and try to find out a bit how to make a living like this. Most of them will admit that it's better than working he ricefields. O yeah, do buy something!

The only time when it does feel crowded is when you go out dolphin watching. Find your boat the day before. The 'official' price boatowners have agreed on is 60.000 rupiah per person. Your hotel might ask 70, 80, or even 100.000. We bargained a bit and got a boat for four persons for 150.000 rupiah in total. I teased Adam, proud owner of the boat "Lightning 02" a bit to provide breakfast and next morning he even brought tea and bananafritters. He also has lifejackets available if you feel you need them.

But as I said, it's crowded at six in the morning. There were about 125 boats on the water and once a dolphin is spotted all boats race to the spot, leaving the dolphins no room to resurface. We did see tens of them though. After a hour Adam stopped for breakfast which we leisurely took. At great speed we then followed the rest of the boats, most of which were allready returning. We did get wet in the outrigger, but that's also part of the fun. When we were back at the center of the action only 15 boats remained. This was much better. The dolphins had enough room and we saw loads of them. We were back at about nine.

So find yourself a boatsman that willing to stay a bit longer. Try to find Adam. He lives on the beach. Walk left along the beach from the Dolphin statue for about 300 metres and you'll find his boat and house. And remember to say hello from Hans.

2  Thank Hansje
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