Untouched sands as far as the eye can see to pebbled shores lined with mangroves, Bali has it all. The changing face of each beach and cove make the Indonesian island an ideal location for holidaymakers, water sports enthusiasts, divers and honeymooners alike.
As you can imagine, the shores of Bali can be fit to bursting during the high season. Nusa Dua, Padang Padang and Crystal Bay are undoubtedly beautiful, but good like finding a spot for your towel. To make life easier we have uncovered eight of Bali’s lesser visited beaches so that you can enjoy some peace and quiet away from the usual tourist haunts.
Green Bowl, Ungasan
Although the once popular Bali Cliff Resort closed its doors abruptly in 2005 and failed to reopen, the beach which lays below is still a slice of heaven. Nestled on Bali’s southern coast, the exotic shore is popular with those wanting to unwind or hit the surf. Furthermore, there are two limestone bat caves at the base of the cliff which can be explored.
At high tide, the beach cannot be seen from the cliff top, with bathers nestling on a small strip of sand waiting for the ocean to retract again. For this reason, many assume the sea meets the cliff. However, descending the hidden 75-meter cliff steps will reveal the crystal-clear waters of Green Bowl beach.
Padang Bai and Blue Lagoon, Karangasem
You may be confused as to why the famous seaport of Padang Bai is on the list. Popular with tourists, the cost beach village is surrounded by verdant green hills speckled with hotels and eateries. Whilst it is away from the hustle and bustle of the south-western tourist hotspots, Padang Bai can be busy during the high season.
However, Bias Tugel is a popular hidden beach, concealed between two craggy capes. The 130-meter stretch of untouched beach offers calm waters and plenty of space to sunbathe. A slightly better-known highlight is Blue Lagoon, a small bay northeast of the main seaport. A small white sand stretch with waters rich with sea life. Snorkelers and divers have seen octopuses, blue ribbon eels and reef shark in the Padang Bai dive spot just off the Blue Lagoon’s shores.
Suluban Beach, Uluwatu
Colloquially known as Blue Point, Suluban Beach is nestled in the coastal area of Labuan Sait, which is also home to the popular Padang Padang beach. However, concealed by limestone cliffs and only accessed by those in the know, Suluban is often only distinguished by a couple of cars abandoned on the roadside above.
It is a 10-minute walk down concrete stairs until you reach a plateau. However, pass the cafes and surf shops and keep an eye out for a narrow crag showing a glimpse of azure blue water, this is Suluban Beach.
The best time to visit is during low tide, when much of the soft sand is on show. The tides and currents can be strong and many with children tend to steer clear, although there is often a couple of clifftop lifeguards keeping their eyes on the surfers enjoying the breaks.
Dream Beach, Nusa Lembongan
Nusa Lembongan is a Balinese islet located 27 kilometres from the mainland’s Benoa Harbour. The destination is dotted with countless beaches, but it is Dream Beach which is by far the most secluded and a haven for escape. Heading from the main eastern resorts follow signs for Devil’s Tear and Café Pandan; it may take some searching, but Dream Beach is there. With only a couple of wooden bungalows and a café sharing the spot further inland, visitors can rest assured there will only be a handful of sun seekers at this beach.
The small picturesque beach is best suited to those who want to sunbathe or paddle. Although mesmerising, the under currents of the water can be dangerous and the waves are often more powerful than they seem.