Lovina Beach is the most popular vacation destination in North Bali.
The coastal town is popular with travelers seeking a more laid-back beach holiday with plenty of opportunity to dive into Bali’s unique cultural heritage. Now, leaders are heavily investing in improving the town in more ways than one.
At first glance, news that the sidewalks in Lovina will be repaved may not seem like such a big deal. Yet, it’s actually a really big move.
Sidewalks, pavements, and public walkways in Bali are famously treacherous, especially in popular destinations like Ubud and Seminyak.
Sidewalks are often uneven or have huge chunks of tiles, concrete, or tarmac missing or cracked wide open.
This is an issue that seriously affects both tourists and local people. It makes what should be a pleasant wander down the high street or beach walk into a bit of a nightmare, even for able-bodied folks.
For those who find it hard to walk on uneven surfaces, use mobility aids, or even for families with pushchairs, walking down a street in Bali can be an adventure, to say the least.
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As leaders in Lovina commit to developing the vacation resort into a world-class destination, serious amounts of funding is being pumped into the essential infrastructure that is needed for everyone to be safe and comfortable.
Local coordinator Agung Kusuma Wijaya told reporters that 3.4 km of sidewalk between Lovina Beach and the road will be repaired in the coming months.
He explained, “For the long-term program, we propose repairs of 3.4 kilometers. According to our calculations, the sidewalks on the left and right of the road require a budget of Rp. 26 billion.”
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He said that work is already underway and that progress is good so far. He confirmed that despite requests, the sidewalk cannot be widened at this time.
He noted that the repairs and reconstructions will make a huge difference to public access to Lovina Beach.
Bali lovers will no doubt be hopeful that similar levels of funding can be pumped into destinations like Seminyak, Legian, Ubud and Canggu to create greater safety for pedestrians.
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While it may seem unimportant, the difference a safe sidewalk or beach walk can make is huge. Sanur Beach, for example, is starting to reap the benefits of its newly established, fully paved beach walk.
The area is now more popular than ever with tourists who are traveling on intergenerational family vacations, those with additional mobility needs, and families with young children.
The sidewalk at Sanur Beach makes it easy and safe for tourists to meander from Mertsari Beach through Sanur Beach all the way to Cemara Beach.
Lovina Beach will soon be even more accessible and enjoyable for tourists. In addition to the investments in the sidewalk, local leaders have committed to improving parking facilities and access to public restrooms.
In fact, it is not only Lovina Beach in North Bali that will benefit from investments by the Buleleng Regency Government and other local stakeholders.
Local tourism leaders have committed to improving public facilities and tourist experiences at Binaria Beach, Celuk Agung Beach, Anturan Village, Kaliasem Beach, Happy Tukadmungga Beach, and Penimbangan Beach, which all sit along the north coast of the island.
This, leaders hope, will help bring more tourists to the north of the island to explore more of what Bali has to offer outside of the most famous resorts in the south.
One of the most popular tourist activities in the Lovina area is the sunrise dolphin-watching tour.
In order to create a more sustainable and ethical tourism model for the dolphin-watching tours, operators from Lovina Beach and the other aforementioned beaches have agreed to a standing pricing model for the experience and a much-needed set of standard operating procedures.
The set fees also include a small levy for the Buleleng Tourism Office, which is responsible for the management of all tourism facilities in the area.
The minimum fee for dolphin-watching tours in the Lovina area is now IDR 100,000 per person.
Though some tour operators are charging more for package experiences that include hotel pick-up and drop-off, breakfast, and drinks.