Lovina beach is located in the north of Bali, around 3-4 hours drive from Kuta. We took a day trip to swim with Johnny the dolphin at one of the local hotels. What an amazing experience! Apologies for the number of pics and the quality - taken for the kids!
The whole stretch of coast here is fringed by quite narrow black sand beaches, which are accessed by a multitude of small lanes which run perpendicular to the east-west coast road. The beaches are generally safe for swimming, and the waters of Bali's north coast, in direct contrast to the crashing surf of the south, are relatively calm.
Diving, snorkelling and dolphin watching are the main activities, but perhaps above all else, this is an area in which to relax and take in a very slow, traditional pace of life. It can get a little crowded in July and August, but outside that peak season, this is a quiet part of the island.