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.
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.
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.
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.
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.