(Balitrips.net) / 19 Feb 2013
Lovina Beach, several kilometers north of Singaraja in Buleleng, is not
as beautiful as Kuta or Sanur. Yet, the seas off this beach offer
something that no other beach on the island has: pods of dolphins
roaming freely in the wild.The recent closure of a dolphin
entertainment facility at a restaurant in Benoa by Forestry Minister
Zulkifli Hasan is a good reminder that this free-spirited species does
not belong in a cage, any form of cage. Anyone who wants to get a glance
of and admire this species must earn that encounter.
takes around 10 minutes before the boats reach the waters frequented by
the dolphins. Patience is the key and those who get bored easily should
avoid this trip. For a photographer, the waiting time is a mixture of
excitement and exhaustion. Having to grip a heavy camera for around 15
minutes is more than sufficient to pain your arms.
When a pod of dolphins emerges, the boat’s skipper yells to alert his
clients and points out the specific site. The boat changes direction to
approach the pod and the clicking sounds of a multitude of camera
shutters fills the air.
Dolphins are no sloths and they can move
fast, very fast, giving the photographers another difficult challenge.
As the warm morning sun starts to turn the surrounding ocean into a
golden-colored canvas, an increasing number of dolphins make their
presence known. The visitors are awed by these creatures, while the
boats’ skippers thank the almighty for another successful morning’s