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.
- Perasi Beach
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 4.5 km 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.
- Padang Bai and Blue Lagoon
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 snorkeling. Blue Lagoon, a small bay northeast of the seaport has only a 60 m stretch of white sand. Another is Bias Tugel, a 130 m 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.
- Amed Beach
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.
- Balangan Beach
A favorite 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.
- Dream Beach
Nusa Lembongan is an island destination for the adventurous, a 27 km boat ride from Bali mainland’s Benoa Harbor 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.