Lovina Beach with Dolphin

Most visitors to Lovina beach in Buleleng, Lovina is officially located in Kalibukbuk area and covering some countryside like Pemaron, Tukad Mungga, Anturan and Kalibukbuk countryside. Kalibugbug countryside it self is located in Buleleng sub district, meanwhile the Kaliasem and Temukus countryside are located in Banjar sub district where it both of them are belong to Buleleng regency.

The eastern countryside is called Pemaron about 5 Km west of Singaraja, and the western countryside is Temukus about 12 Km west of Singaraja.

There are more than 300 dolphin spotting guides in Kaliasen village in Kalibukbuk near Lovina beach. During peak season, nearly all of them are busy taking tourists on trips out to sea.

Dolphin watching is much like fishing in that if one is lucky they will get a “big catch” and see the dolphins up close, but if they are not, they will go home “empty-handed”, without seeing so much as a fin. One man returning after a disappointing trip snapped at his guide.

The management of the dolphin watching business has also been criticized. Once dolphins are spotted, the boats race to get into the best position. Many people are satisfied by the experience, but others return from sea complaining the dolphins were chased and cornered by the boats.

The dolphins can become sick from exhaustion after being trailed by the tourist boats, or separated from their pups. Some of the guides acknowledge there are problems with the way in which the trips are conducted, but say there is nothing they can do about it.

Marine scientist Putu Liza Kusuma Mustika said the tours endangered the health of the dolphins. “Dolphins are very sensitive animals. If they feel uncomfortable or disturbed, they will swim away.”

Putu Liza said the guides’ awareness of dolphin behavior needed to be raised so they understood why they should stop using motor boats. She said many dolphins preferred to settle in one area, like those in the Lovina waters.

Based on Putu Liza’s observations, the dolphins around Lovina belong to the spinner dolphin family (Stenella longirostris) or are bottlenose dolphins (Trusiops). Nearly every day these dolphins can been spotted from Lovina beach.

There are some 300 dolphins in the area, “many less than in the old days”.

Buleleng Tourism Office head IB Puja Erawan said the existing method used to get up close to the dolphins was harmful to their health. Erawan said fishermen in Gerokgak, another beach in Buleleng, did not chase the dolphins but waited for them to come closer instead.

There are no clear sources or evidence hit the name of Lovina genesis. Pursuant to the reference of the children from Anak Agung Panji Tisna, the clan of famous Buleleng King that the name of Lovina is given by him which is located in Kaliasem countryside, where at the first time he build a bungalow as a resort.

He said that the name of Lovina is taken away from a name of small hotel in India that is lafeina whereabouts he stayed and write the book with the title of Ni Ketut Widhi. This book is translated into some languages. In memory of the hotel name, hence the ownership lands give the Lovina name.

But there is also other version that is Lovina Name is given caused by its 2 Santen trees are planted by him and grow embracing each other. In this case Lovina is coming from Latin Language that mean is loving each other or love.

Then Lovina’s name is interpreted as abbreviation from Love and Ina and it is interpreted as Love to Indonesia.

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