Sparkling clear waters, early morning dips, sun-drenched days & sunset Bintang’s. Grab your bikini & surfboard as these hidden beaches in Bali’s are our little secret! You can thank us later…
No matter how much we love Seminyak and the trendy surf beaches in Canggu, at some point, it is time to get away from the crowds and explore some hidden gems well off-the-beaten trail. Bali has plenty of stunning beaches where there are wonders of nature taking place every day.
Caves, waterfalls, rock pools and desolate sandbanks nobody has ever heard of, here are 7 beaches you must visit during your Island Holiday to Bali.
1. The ‘other’ Melasti Beach
Many travellers have heard about Melasti Beach in the Bukit hills of Bali but only a few know there is another Melasti Beach near Tanah Lot Temple. This amazing beach has its own waterfall and as the sun sets over the island, all colours of the rainbow are visible in the cascading water of these falls. Beach, waterfall and sunset – it is a unique combination of nature’s spectacles and you won’t find it anywhere else. You can reach this beach within a short 15-minute walk from Tanah Lot Beach. Do note, the waterfall is seasonal. To see it, you have to come during the rainy season.
2. Gili Putih Sumerkima
A secret beach almost nobody knows about, Gili Putih Sumerkima is located in the west of Bali and no, it is not Menjangan Island. Have you found yourself on a desolate beach in the middle of the ocean or did you just get transported to The Maldives? Don’t worry – you are still in Bali. The whitest sands, the clearest blue waters, you can reach this hidden gem on foot during (extreme) low tide, or you can take a boat from Bangsal Harbour. The best thing is, there is absolutely nothing on this sandbank-like island. Most likely, you’ll be the only one and you can take your time, swimming in the sea or swinging back and forth on the ocean swings, snapping Insta-feed others only dream of. Gili Putih Sumerkima boasts magical sunrise and sunset views to the backdrop of West Bali National Park. The best time to come here is in the early morning or in the late afternoon as there is no shade whatsoever. You’ll be dazzled by the colour spectacle of dusk and dawn. Wow!
3. Green Bowl Beach
Green Bowl Beach is a hidden gem in Uluwatu, discovered by more and more people in the last year. Not nearly as easily accessible as other beaches in the area, Green Bowl Beach still remains fairly quiet and it’s a wonderful place to come down for some beach time and a seaside picnic. You have to descend a couple of hundred steps to get there but on these stunning white sandy beaches, there are caves to find shade and open up your picnic basket. The water of the sea is crystal clear. No better place for swimming! If you would like to rent a Uluwatu surf villa near Greenbowl beach all you have to do is contact us.
4. Pasir Putih Beach
One of the few white sand beaches on the east coast of Bali, Pasir Putih Beach is located in Karangasem in between the villages of Bugbug and Perasi. The beach is captured in between two hills and it is a must-visit beach when staying in nearby Candidasa (4,5 km). There are sunbeds and parasols and some great seafood restaurants. The water is clear and perfectly safe for swimming. You can also rent snorkelling equipment to spot exotic fishes and other marine life including sea turtles.
5. Suluban Beach
Suluban Beach is also known as Blue Point, located just a tiny bit further than Padang Padang Beach, beneath Single Fin Beach Club. This place is not exactly a secret but it’s a unique find in the beach sceneries of Uluwatu. Suluban is not really a beach, it is more like a cave from where you can go swim or even better, go surf. It’s a famous surfing hot spot with sensational reef breaks. After the surf, walk up the cliff, passing many souvenir stalls and local restaurants. It is time for nasi goreng and a Bintang! In the evening, you can go party at Single Fin, not missing out on the sunset cocktails, of course!
Bali Villa Escapes Tip: ‘ after the beach make your way up to Single Fin for a few cocktails and enjoy the most amazing sunset you’ll ever see in Bali’.
6. Soka Beach
Ancient sagas say the large rock formation on the sand at Soka Beach was the cooking place of Bali’s mystical figure Kebo Iwa. Soka Beach is located 40 km west of Denpasar on the road to Gili Manuk and the island of Java. This pristine volcanic beach has black sands and clear waters, far away from the crowds in the south of Bali. Surrounded by hills and swaying palm trees, Soka Beach is a place with a very special ambience, great for watching the sunrise and sunset alone or with your loved one. Stroll around, you can even discover a bar cave.
7. Bias Tugal Beach
Most people come to Padang Bai to catch the fast boat to the Gili Islands but surely, most people would stick around a little bit longer if they would know about the gorgeous Bias Tugal Beach that is hidden away behind a hill just minutes from the harbour. A perfect bay with ideal swimming waters, fun waves to play with and snorkelling spots, as well. There are some local beach huts to get your coconuts or even some noodles or fried rice. The perfect place for a carefree, undisturbed beach day somewhere beautiful, unknown and relatively quiet.
This article was written by Steven who is one of the marketing team of Bali Villa Escapes and has travelled throughout Bali to bring you the very best the island has to offer; beaches, cafes, restaurants, cultural highlights, the newest shops and the best surf spots.