Pasir Putih Beach in East Bali is one of the island’s ‘hidden’ beaches. Despite its remote location, this beach gained popularity being referred to by various nicknames, such as Perasi Beach referring to its village where it is located, including ‘White Sand Beach’, ‘Virgin Beach’ and simply, ‘Hidden Beach’. The secluded coast of Pasir Putih Beach stretches between two hills between the villages of Bugbug and Perasi, both located in the Karangasem regency and approximately 4.5 km east of the main hub of Candidasa.
Getting to Pasir Putih Beach is quite an adventurous ride. From the main area of Candidasa, continue onto the Jalan Raya Candidasa-Bugbug main road until you arrive at the neighbourhood of Perasi village. 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). You’ll also come across various signs with pointers bearing the various nicknames. From here, a kilometer of rocky trails and dirt tracks lead you down to the shore.
Visitors to Pasir Putih Beach can enjoy various water activities, such as swimming, snorkeling, 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, snorkeling 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. Pasir Putih Beach 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.