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Lovina Beach ... The name is nice, but I'm a little mixed about the place. Here, the tourist pressure is certainly less than in Kuta-Legian-Seminyak. Yet I feel to have been more solicited than elsewhere by the indefatigable sellers of sarongs and other trinkets!
Lovina Beach: black sand beaches
The solicitations of the sellers of trinkets are not very bad, that said. Once again, it is enough to get away from the heart of Lovina, namely the end of the beach and the two streets of restaurants and hotels spread around the dolphin monument (the village of Kalibukbuk), to be painstaking. In short, it is necessary to go squarely to the east or squarely to the west ...
Otherwise, the black sand beach is rather beautiful, and the colors of prahusthe traditional boats with rockers, aligned on the beach, are the most beautiful effect. The coast, protected by the reef, is much better for swimming than the dangerous rolls of Kuta.
Meditation at Brahma Vihara Arama Monastery
Not being a follower of beaches pleasures, I went for a walk on my scooter, again.
This nice walk of a few kilometers led me to a curious Buddhist monastery, the Brahma Vihara Arama, whose decoration mixes Balinese monsters and "bouddhasseries" with a very kitsch aesthetic ...
It's actually a place of retirement, where people come to meditate.
Silence is de rigueur and one crosses the "meditators", many Asians, some Westerners, walking with infinitely slow steps, around pretty water lily ponds and different buildings of prayer. Others are seated, cross-legged, in little huts with transparent curtains, immersed in their silent meditations ...
Me, I was at the show ... A stop at once soothing and fun!
Banjar, the sources of hot and soaked water
Just minutes away, there are air panasBanjar, hot springs. It is a popular place of relaxation.
We come as a family, wade in the basins of water. Color yellow-brown-green not very engaging, and it emanates a vague smell that reminds the chemistry classes ...
I did not really want to go for a dip, but the atmosphere is funny like anything.
And on the way, we cross some nonchalant villages, where men chatter on the doorstep and greet the stranger who rides on a motorcycle, while women carry huge bundles of wood on their heads ...
Finally, the big attraction of Lovina is the sea trips to see the dolphins at dawn. I hesitate since yesterday, but tonight, my decision is made: I will not go see the dolphins.
First, I have already seen. But above all, going to run these poor beasts in motor boats does not tell me anything ... I shuddered at the comment of a young and nice couple who was with me on the bus and I met again tonight: "It was fun chasing them! "
Certainly, the dolphin safarisit turns the local economy and the cartel of boat captains fighting over this precious commodity that is the tourist. But I'm sure it is not at all beneficial to dolphins, this frenzy around them ... To avoid, therefore, because as far as I could judge, these outputs do not respect animals in any way ...
The backcountry villages and quieter places on the beach gave me a sense of what Lovina used to be like. A quiet place and surely more fun than it is today. There is a good choice of hotels and guesthouses, good restaurants, but I will not stay here forever. Lovina is singularly lacking in atmosphere.
Tomorrow, I'm going to take a look below the surface to see the state of the reef here, then I leave the day after tomorrow in Pemuteran, to dive around the island of Menjangan, at the end of the western peninsula of Bali.