Squille. Lovina Beach, Bali. July 2008.

First bubbles in Lovina

  Indonesia: Bali - July 2008

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I am reconciled with Lovina Beach ! Thanks to two nice little dives, a traditional ceremony in front of the sea and a splendid sunset.

Diving with Spice Divers

The Lovina Reef is certainly not spectacular. He suffered from dynamite fishing and warming of the water. But to dip his fins after a few months without diving, it's perfect.


It is a gently sloping reef, with coral clusters and some barrel sponges, which slopes down to a sandy bottom. In addition to the usual tropical fauna (angel fish, butterflies, parrots, etc.) and the numerous lion-fishes, there are also a number of interesting critters. Including a turtle, which crossed our path from a distance during the first dive!

-I went out with Spice Miscellaneous, big center installed on the quiet part of the beach, close to my hotel, the Lovina Beach Hotel (not a very original name!), west of Kalibukbuk.

My divemaster guide, a young Balinese from Lovina who calls himself Luxman, finds me two ghost-pipe fishesthese seahorses species with spikes, rather shy, and a few nudibranchs. I have plenty of time to flicker at my ease and adjust my buoyancy, since I am the only customer!

We will make the second outing in the company of a Dutch instructor, Johan, who has even more eye for detail: he will find a beautiful green and fleshy Javanese moray eel, a squid, in the same time. (Manta-shrimp), kind of big green shrimp with globular eyes at once scared and curious. We meet a school of razor fish swimming down the head, another of small catfish grazing the sand.

Squille. Lovina Beach, Bali. July 2008.

On the way back, when the boat docked, I saw from afar people gathered on the beach, in front of the dolphin monument. Some seem to move into the water. It's a ceremony, as there are so many in Bali.

Traditional ceremony on the beach

Quickly, I jump out of the boat and I head for them, with my camera still in its box, without even removing my combi, because already people go back to the big tree that borders the square with dolphins. I'm coming to the end.


I'm pointing my camera at the people sitting there dressed in sarongs. Everyone looks at me with round eyes, then nods and smiles. I must look funny in my black suit, still wet. I realize that I still have my mask around my neck!

Men are wearing the traditional turban. Women wear openwork embroidered tunics. A guy all in white officiates in the middle of the group and baskets of offerings. He seems to be saying prayers, waving a bell.


A teenager explains to me in basic English that it's a ceremony for the dead, so that their souls can join the Gods... At the end of the prayer, the guys pose with their sarongs and musical instruments, delighted that I draw their portrait!

Sunset on the beach

I end this very pleasant day sipping a banana lassie on the terrace of Sea Breeze Cafe, facing a splendid sunset. In the shade, a lady eve, sarong around the waist, topless, washes in the sea, old fashioned. This is the small black silhouette that can be seen on the right in the photo.


I'm in a good mood tonight: I even made friends with a sarong dealer, who apologised very nicely for constantly coming here with her junk for sale and promised not to bother me any more.

Three buses filled with Javanese, presumably Indonesians from Jakarta, landed for the sunset. Muslims in headscarves are not good customers, they do not buy sarongs, only to eat, complained my new friend, shaking her head with a sorry look. These tourists do very organized tours. We put them down for half an hour on the beach, and hop, once the sun is down, they leave. The girls with arms loaded with collars rushed anyway, to try their luck. "Sunset price! » launches again a seller of souvenir notebooks ... I'm tired.

Tomorrow, I go even further west, to Pemuteran, with Spice Miscellaneous, to dive around Menjangan Island, which I've been told is a wonderland. I plan to stay a few days there. The underwater world is said to be one of the most beautiful in Bali!

  Indonesia: Bali - July 2008

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  1. What luck, you still left photos and a comment, so that between two folds 2 t-shirt, a fitting of my jersey last year (to see if he still holds the road ... .or, if I hold the road in relation to him !!!) so I can take your news !!!
    I do not get tired of looking at your photos underwater, with all these small colorful bugs. It's great, because my last exploits in simple fins and snorkel, I doubt that I persevere until the bottle and combination ... .. And then, what's the point to fight because I'm as dry, to dive with you through your photos!
    Thank you!!!
    Glad you finally enjoy Lovina beach, sometimes you have to go a little further than his first impressions ....
    For my part, I am looking forward to leaving tomorrow, to have the heat and the sun but, with the sea air, the smell of the sea, the landscape and the beach, because here in Geneva, we choke! It is super hot, heavy, there is no air and the lake does not replace the sea anyway ... .. (Although I'm glad he is there when I'm in Geneva)
    Finally here, tomorrow I left !!!!
    I kiss you very hard, alas, I doubt to be able to connect regularly to follow you ... ..
    See you soon!!!

  2. Here I am also reconciled with Lovina Beach! after this exciting reading and the beautiful photos that accompany it, bravo! 🙂

  3. @ Helene and Lydie:

    A quick word to say that I found much better than Lovina: Pemuteran! I'll come back to talk about it tomorrow ... I have to go eat fast, because the restaurants close early, in the village.

    See you soon !!!


  4. Thank you Marie-Julie!

    I'm going to put my Balinese underwater pictures online on my other website shortly (time to re-enter the time zone and sort photos):


    But now that I'm back and I found my darling, I'll be able to come and say hello to you on Taxi-Brousse. See you soon!

  5. Good evening,

    What are your recommendations for beginners in diving? I have never done and for my first trip to Bali, I would like to try.
    FYI, we are going to Kuta for a few days, Ubud and Gili Trawangan. As we stay in Bali for two weeks, we can do other cities.
    For beginners, what do you recommend? Do you have dive schools to recommend?

    Thank you for your advice.

    from Yaya & Lili

  6. @ Yaya & Lili: There are so many dive centers in Bali, and so many turnovers, that I would be hard pressed to recommend a particular address. Look for reputable ones (in a travel guide or on the website Plongeur.com, for example) and once there, get in touch. If you like the atmosphere, start with a baptism, and if you are convinced, sign up for the first level of certification. Opt for a center with francophone trainers, if you are not too comfortable in English.
    To my knowledge, we do not dive in Kuta, which is more like a surfing area. For dives, go instead to Amed-Tulamben, where there is the beautiful wreck of the Liberty, accessible to all levels and quite a few other nice sites. In addition, it is a superb region, for the "terrestrial" side.
    For beginners, there are very nice dives, and beautiful snorkeling spots in Gili (Trawangan, Air, Meno), where it is easy to see turtles. Most travel guides give the addresses of dive centers and you will find lots of others on your own.
    Good preparations!