Ever since I was a little kid, dolphins have always been one of my favorite animals, so as you can imagine I was incredibly excited when I saw that Bali Golden Tour had a day trip that brought you dolphin watching at Lovina Beach. The tour actually has multiple stops around bali but starts at Lovina Beach, as it is known in particular for its dolphin sightings especially at sunrise. I was picked up bright and early, so that we would arrive at Lovina in time for sunrise. I went in a traditional Balinese boat, which took me about 45 minutes straight out to sea, where I was able to spot them! There were dozens of them. It is one thing to see them in an aquarium, but to watch them swimming in packs in the middle of the ocean, was a once and a lifetime experience!
I could not believe how many dolphins I saw. Before I took the trip, I was a bit concerned that I might miss the one or two that might pop into sight, but that was not the case. I didn’t know where to begin to look first. Some were even jumping out of the water, doing spins. It was like a scene from a movie. I even saw baby dolphins jumping up out of the ocean, which was incredibly cool. Since we were in a boat that was pretty low to the water, I was pretty close to some of the dolphins that popped up. If only they would stay still, I bet I could have reached out to pet one of them!
After the dolphin watching, we went to Git Git Waterfall. Since we had an early start, we arrived just as the park opened so there were very few people there, which perfect, as it was not completely overrun by tourists.
Then, we went to Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, also known as Temple on the Lake, however when I arrived, I was surprised to see that it wasn’t surrounded by water. Since it is dry season and hasn’t rained much, the lake is not full enough to reach the temple. Despite the different look, it was still stunning.
We ended the tour at a buffet restaurant within Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, loaded with a wide assortment of Indonesian foods such as bala-bala (fried vegetables), tuna fish, soya beans and noodles. They also had black rice pudding for dessert which didn’t look too appealing, but I had to try it anyway since it is a traditional dessert in Indonesia. To my surprise, it actually tasted good! It was similar to the rice pudding that I have had in New York, proving that you can’t judge food by it’s appearance!
**Thank you Bali Golden Tour for hosting me, As always, my opinions are my own.