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Dolphin Watching Cruises in Bali

There is something truly magical about seeing dolphins in their natural habitat, and taking a dolphin watching cruise in Bali is one of the best ways to see it for yourself.

Head out on a boat, tour the beautiful beaches of Indonesia and experience a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see these enchanting marine mammals on a day tour.

Dolphin watching is guaranteed to be one of the most fascinating outdoor activities in Bali. Find all the information you need before embarking on this memorable experience below.

What are the best dolphin watching cruises in Bali?

You have a number of options for dolphin-watching tours in Bali:

Small group tour with dolphin watching at Lovina Beach

This tour begins bright and early at 3 AM to ensure you have the best chance of seeing wild dolphins. You will watch the sunrise and learn about these gorgeous animals before heading to one of Bali’s best photo stops, Handara gate.

Sunrise dolphin watching & Ulundanu Beratan Temple

Head to the black sands of Lovina Beach to watch the sunrise and experience a morning of dolphin facts and excitement. Then, head to Ulundanu Beratan Temple, a floating temple full of mystical ambiance.

Dolphin watching and north Bali private trip

Several options are available for additional stops and experiences on your private dolphin watching tour.

Your tour begins with a sunrise view of the dolphins off of Lovina Beach, following a relaxing hour or so in the nearby hot springs. Go snorkeling, take a dip, visit the Sea Pearl Farm and enjoy a wine tasting.

How much do dolphin watching cruises in Bali cost?

A small group tour with dolphin watching at Lovina Beach costs around US$30 per person.

The Sunrise dolphin watching & Ulundanu Beratan Temple tour costs US$80 per person.

For the Dolphin watching and north Bali private trip, the base rate is US$50. Add-ons, such as snorkeling and swimming with dolphins are priced by group size.

What is included in a dolphin watching cruise in Bali?

In general, your dolphin-watching experience should include pickup at your hotel, a dolphin watching boat tour and an English-speaking guide.

Some trips will include entrance fees, for example at the Handara Gate, but you should confirm with your tour provider before booking.

Where do dolphin watching cruises in Bali start?

Most of the tours begin with pickup from your hotel if you are staying in the surrounding area. Otherwise, you will meet at a dock location provided to you upon booking.

As the sunrise tours begin very early, a hotel pickup is customary before heading to Lovina Beach.

How long do dolphin watching cruises in Bali last?

The average duration of dolphin watching cruises in Bali is between 7 to 8 hours. Due to the different stops and activities on each tour, some tours last about 5 hours and others go up to 10 hours or more.

When is the best time for a dolphin watching cruise in Bali?

It is better wherever possible to take a dolphin watching cruise in the morning. Not only is sunrise over Lovina beach truly stunning, but this is also the time of day when dolphins are most active.

You will therefore get the best experience full of great pictures and memories in the morning.

What happens in case of bad weather?

If the weather is bad enough to prevent boats from setting sail, you will be offered a refund or free rescheduling.

In addition, most tours offer cancellation and refunds if you change your mind more than 24 hours before the scheduled trip.

Which other water activities can be done in Bali?

Travel tips

  • Make sure you bring a swimsuit.
  • Bring water, as salt water dehydrates and it might not be included in the tour price.
  • Don’t forget your camera to capture the dolphins up close and out in the real world.