Bali Travel | Lovina and Dolphin Encounter

We arrived in Lovina with one specific objective – Bali Dolphin Watching. Aside from watching dolphin from confined aquarium, our past encounter with live dolphin was in SeaWorld, Gold Coast Australia. This time, we have chance to watch it live neither in aquarium nor at the theme park!

Seeing Dolphin in Bali

In the beginning, we were quite skeptical, having heard friends who signed up for the tour didn’t spot any dolphin. We asked our driver Mr Agus before arriving in Lovina, “What is the chance of spotting dolphin in Lovina?”. His answer was, “So far, I can see dolphin each time I’m there..and I heard the same from the guest I have driven too. In fact, if you are lucky, you can see over 500, if unlucky maybe around 50-100”. Taking his word, we booked a hotel in Lovina.

Pushing the boat into the water
Pushing the boat into the water

Dark, quiet dawn and calm seawater
Dark, quiet dawn and calm seawater

It was a beautiful Thursday morning, we woke up at 5.30am. Pak Agus was very punctual, and we left our hotel Pandawa Village around 5.45am. About 10 minutes later, we arrived at beachside and the boat captain Pak Komang was already there waiting.

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Greeted by sunshine around 6:30am
Greeted by sunshine around 6:30am

First ray of the day
First ray of the day

We got onto a lovely traditional boat named ‘Lady Luck’. It has an outrigger to keep it stable. The boat is just wide enough to fit a person or max an adult and a child. I sat in the second row from front while my son sat in the center with my husband who is keeping him tucked.

We started off exactly at 6am in the morning, where surroundings was still dark. I felt fairly safe, mainly due to low waves and gentle breeze. It almost felt like cruising in a peaceful lake. About 5-10 minutes to the open sea, we started seeing more boats joined the crowd, at least 40-50 boats!

Best of Lovina

With his eyes as eager as eagle, our captain scanned across the ocean for signs of dolphin. When he spotted dolphin, he shouted and pointed towards the direction. Soon, we began to see more dolphins – on our left, right and everywhere! It seems like each time someone spotted dolphin, all boatmen sped towards that direction..rather an amusing scene.

We asked our captain why the dolphins leap above the water surface? Apparently, this a typical way of travelling for these mammals, enable them to save energy as less friction compared to maneuvering in water.

Hello World!
Hello World!

Hey..we have company ;)
Hey..we have company ;)
Shallow water with corals clearly visible underneath, as we made our way back to shore
Shallow water with corals clearly visible underneath, as we made our way back to shore

Around 6.30am, Pak Komang alerted us to check out the sunrise. Like a golden ball, the sun rose within minutes, kissing the horizon goodbye and soar to the sky. For me, it was my first watching sunrise from the open sea and I would say the experience was priceless!!

Overall, it was a pleasant and exhilarating experience, thanks to beautiful sunrise and thanks to captain Komang too for taking extra miles to enable us to see more dolphins.

Lady Luck, the boat we took. Photo taken at 8am, notice the sun was already on top of our head?
Lady Luck, the boat we took. Photo taken at 8am, notice the sun was already on top of our head?

Bali Dolphin Tips:
Best time to go: all year around, avoid December to February (strong waves & strong wind season).
Duration of tour: 6.00-8.00am
Fees: between IDR 75K-100K per person. We spotted most boats take between 2 and 6 persons.

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