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  • 10 Secret Beaches in Bali

    Hidden and Lesser Explored Beaches of Bali

    Here’s a fact: Most people go to Bali for its fine collection of beaches. You might have done Kuta, Sanur and Nusa Dua and would be forgiven for thinking that these are all that make up Bali’s wealth of shoreline. However, with a slight penchant for adventure, a set of wheels and our maps to guide you, you can discover some of the island’s lesser-known coastal gems that don’t make it into the travel guides.

    Whether you are looking for isolated stretches of soft, white sand, secret coves directly under towering limestone cliffs or black sand beaches that point to the once-potent power of Bali’s volcanic past, there is surely a secret beach for you in Bali.

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    Padangbai and Blue Lagoon Karangasem, East Bali

    Better known for its main seaport in east Bali, Padangbai comprises a small collection of hidden beaches that are great for day trippers, as well as diving and snorkelling. Blue Lagoon, a small bay northeast of the seaport has only a 60m stretch of white sand. Another is Bias Tugel, a 130m long strip southwest of the port, with calm and blue waters most times of the year. Here you can relax on the even sand or under shades of parasols with beach loungers. The beach that shares the bay with the seaport is not so busy, especially on its eastern end, and you can also enjoy fairly good swimming here, too. Read More...

    • How to get there: Follow the main eastern road towards Padangbai seaport
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    Balangan Pecatu, Jimbaran

    A favourite surf spot, Balangan is on the northern side of the cliff that forms the signature hole 15 of the New Kuta Golf course. The name ‘Balangan’ itself was thought to apply to the whole coastline including Dreamland, before surfers nicknamed the specific shore area south of the cliff. Several beach shacks serve simple local ‘surfer meals’, cold refreshments and beer. Accessing Balangan is easy, compared to other beaches along the Bukit peninsula’s shoreline, with only a dozen steps down from the limestone hill. Read More...

    • How to get there: Head up the hill to Pecatu. Various signs at the main intersection bear directions to Balangan.
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    Suluban Beach is one of Bali’s most unique, concealed by natural limestone formations and accessed via steps and log ramps through narrow gaps in the rock. Canopied by a looming cliff face, this small beach may not be ideal for sunbathers, but serves pro surfers well as a base to paddle out and ride adjacent reef breaks, including around Uluwatu, just to the south. Also nicknamed ‘Blue Point’, Suluban's access is narrow and steep down crags and rocky steps. When you arrive at the sand, the view is truly rewarding. Read More...

    • How to get there: Take the turn right before Uluwatu Temple and follow down to the end of Jalan Mamo
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    Green Bowl Ungasan, South Bali

    Despite the cease in operations of the Bali Cliff Resort, this hidden gem on the southern coast of Bali beside the hotel site continues to appeal to lovers of quiet and exotic shores. This beach deserves to be in the ‘hidden’ category due to its access – a descent of hundreds of concrete steps down the cliff face. At the base are several bat caves. There are variations in the origin of the name, one inspired by the view of green seaweed and corals exposed at low tide, another owing from the name of the company slated to develop a resort there. Getting down is easy. Back up is a challenge, but a scenic bird’s eye view keeps you going along the way. Read More...

    • How to get there: Follow down the road known as Jalan Bali Cliff, and go around the derelict hotel site to a small parking space before the steps down.
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    Karma Beach Ungasan, South Bali

    Formerly known as Nammos Beach after the beach club at Karma Kandara, this private beach is accessed by a funicular ride down a sheer cliff where a stretch of clean white sand and blue sea awaits. Karma Beach features a laid-back tropical beach setting and five-star services for guests who wish to sip signature cocktails and indulge in a Mediterranean-inspired menu of selections prepared from a kitchen housed under a raised bamboo structure. You’ll have to pay an entrance fee here that is set against the price of food and drinks. Read More...

    • How to get there: Various road signs up in Ungasan lead you to Karma Kandara Resort on Jalan Villa Kandara.
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    Padang Padang Uluwatu, Jimbaran

    This beach is accessible down a few flights of steps and through a limestone crevice beside a bridge. Across the road before the bridge, there is a spacious parking lot. Among the island’s most favourite big surf breaks, Padang Padang’s white sand beach offers a great view, and a small sandy area for sunbathing and doing just nothing. Local seafood warungs serve grilled fresh catches-of-the-day. It is a nice stopover if you have time along your visit to the Uluwatu Temple nearby. Read More...

    • How to get there: Follow the road of Labuan Sait and look for the large yellow-railed bridge.
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    Another private beach that easily falls into the ‘hidden’ category is the 165m stretch of sand below The Ungasan Clifftop Resort (formerly Semara Uluwatu) in Ungasan. A minimum deposit of IDR 250,000 applies for outside guests, later deducted for food and beverage purchases. Its only access is via a two-minute funicular ride down between two cliff walls. The sea here is swimmable and crystal clear. Here you can also enjoy Mediterranean cuisine under breezy, thatched-roof shades with ocean views served from the semi-open kitchen. The club's beach is a great option for a laid-back day on a clean and quiet coast, with fun beach activities to keep you and your family or friends busy. Read More...

    • How to get there: Follow the road down Jalan Pantai Selatan Gau in Ungasan. The beach club's signage is more prominent than the resort's, and which will easily lead you there.
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    Dream Beach Nusa Lembongan, Southeast Bali
    Dream Beach

    Nusa Lembongan is an island destination for the adventurous, a 27km boat ride from Bali mainland’s Benoa Harbour or Sanur coast. And the islet is dotted with several sandy bays that add further seclusion to your escape. Dream Beach is located on the southern shores of Lembongan and features fine white sand, behind a row of palms and thorny shrubs. You’ll find a set of bungalows of the same name here, namely Dream Beach Huts, along with Pandan Cafe.

    • How to get there: Head southward to the villages from the main eastern resort-filled bay and look for the signposts for ‘Devil’s Tear’, ‘Cafe Pandan’ and ‘Dream Beach Bungalows’.
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    Amed Karangasem, East Bali

    Amed spans seven different seaside villages: Amed, Jemeluk, Bunutan, Lipah, Selang, Banyuning and Aas. All are fishing villages, hence the classic scene of traditional jukung outriggers lining the coast. Famous as a dive spot, the quiet shores with its dramatic sunrises are a not-to-miss sight if you’re staying here. Among the overland highlights that you can find on your way back from Amed is traditional salt farming in the area of Purwakerti. A two-and-a-half hour’s journey back to the south will offer you more viewpoints that are scenic and other attractions in the Karangasem and Klungkung regencies, such as the Tirta Gangga water gardens and the Goa Lawah Temple. Read More...

    • How to get there: The long drive east is straightforward, passing the Klungkung and Karangasem entry points. Various road signs provide you a fail-safe journey.
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    Perasi Beach or 'Pasir Putih' Karangasem, East Bali

    Perasi Beach, referred to by various nicknames such as Pasir Putih or ‘White Sand Beach’, ‘Virgin Beach’ and simply, ‘Hidden Beach’, is a secluded stretch of coast between two hills that lies between the villages of Bugbug and namesake Perasi, both in the Karangasem regency - approximately 4.5km east of Candidasa. Boasting parasols, sun loungers and various local seafood restaurants, this hidden gem can be an added adventure to your trips to the island’s east shores. Read More...

    • How to get there: From Candidasa, continue on to the Jalan Raya Candidasa-Bugbug main road to Perasi. A dirt road opposite the village’s Pura Bale Agung temple leads to the beach.
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