Pasir Putih Beach in Bali
A Hidden Coast East of Candidasa
Bali is blessed with a variety of coastlines and many of its ‘hidden’ beaches have only in recent years been revealed. One such beach that had gained recent popularity is Perasi Beach, often referred to by various nicknames, such as Pasir Putih or ‘White Sand Beach’, ‘Virgin Beach’ and simply, ‘Hidden Beach’.
This secluded coast stretches between two hills and lies between the villages of Bugbug and namesake Perasi, both in the Karangasem regency - approximately 4.5km east of Candidasa.
Pasir Putih necessitates a quite adventurous ride to reach its shoreline. From the main area of Candidasa, continue on to the Jalan Raya Candidasa-Bugbug main road until arriving at the neighbourhood of Perasi.
The best landmark to look out for is the village’s large Pura Bale Agung temple on the northern side of the street (on the left if you come from Candidasa). Here and across the road various signs with pointers bear the various nicknames. From here, a kilometre of rocky trails and dirt tracks descend to the shore.
Upon arrival, a large parking lot welcomes visitors, providing ample space for cars and motorbikes under the shade of coconut trees. The waves and sand are visible from here. The name ‘Virgin Beach’ perhaps was what came into the minds of the first foreign visitors who ‘discovered’ the beach and found a pristine stretch of sand with fantastic views of the small rocky islet of Gili Biaha on the horizon.
The allure of Pasir Putih lies in its serene setting and calmer waves compared to the popular shores to its west. A unique combination of boulders in the sand near the cliffs, and white sand streaked with black – despite one of its given names, ‘White Sand Beach’ - add to its appeal.
Following its growing popularity, several locally-run restaurants and cafes (better referred to as traditional 'warung') can be seen lining the eastern side of the beach near the parking area.
Among the dozen are Warung Maria, Warung Sederhana, Warung Kokak, Virgin Cafe, Warung Sunrise, Warung Gusti & Leo, Warung Budi Ayu, and Relax Cafe. Several others also provide booking services for fishing, snorkelling and sailing tours.
In front of these warung and cafes are colourful parasols and cushioned day beds. At the far western end, traditional jukung outriggers of the fishermen from Perasi and Bugbug can be seen parked in rows, against a backdrop of the rock face known as Bukit Penggiang (the opposite is Bukit Apem).
Good to Know about Pasir Putih
Visitors to Pasir Putih can enjoy various water activities, such as swimming, snorkelling, and sunbathing, or simply indulge in various dishes served with excellent views.
Seafood and grills are the common standard, while international yet simple selections such as sandwiches and omelettes are also available. Optionally, served with refreshing young coconuts cut open on order, cold bottled soft drinks and beers, and fresh blends and fruit juices.
Several warung also provide gear rentals, and some also offer guide services to accompany on various fishing, snorkelling and diving trips.
Along the way up back to Candidasa, a stopover featuring a high vantage point overlooking distant rice paddies reveals the hills of Bukit Apem and Penggiang, with the blue sea and horizon in between.
The Pasir Putih coastline is well hidden from this view, cradled between the hills and behind the greenery. While the beach can be enjoyed at anytime of the day, most of the cafes, especially those that serve grilled seafood, only open near sunset time.
Pasir Putih Beach