Bali is blessed with a multitude of beaches of all types. White sand, black sand, good for people watching, secluded, surf, chill time or just a getaway, Bali has it all. Here are a sampling of beaches for all types on the island…
Sleepy Sanur has a wonderful beachfront promenade that stretches for over 5 km; perfect for romantic strolls or some exercise on bicycles with the family. The boardwalk passes resorts, villas, beachfront cafes and the omnipresent traditional wooden fishing boats or jukungs. Several beaches make up this section of Bali’s coastline. The beaches are perfect for wading, snorkeling, water sports and swimming. There are several sport centers that rent water sports equipment and rides as well as organize lessons, if desired. Insider tip: Get up early to enjoy Sanur’s spectacular sunrises…
Sundays Beach Club
This trendy beach club is hidden among towering limestone cliffs overlooking 180 metres of white sand. Entry is IDR 300,000 per adult and IDR 50,000 for kids aged 3-11 and set against food & beverages. Relax on deck chairs and bean bags or enjoy water sports available for guests. There is also something for every taste at their ocean view restaurant.
Jl. Pantai Selatan Gau, Banjar Wijaya Kusuma Ungasan T: +62 361 8482-111 www.sundaysbeachclub.com
Nusa Dua Beaches
The beaches of Nusa Dua are known to be some of Bali’s most secluded due to their location within a luxury enclave of 5-star resorts and hotels. Nusa Dua Beach, known locally as Pantai Mengiat, is an endless stretch of white sandy beach that curves, creating a lagoon feel, with a promenade perfect for strolls or relaxed cycling. There are some trees on the beach offering shade as well as sunbeds for hire. Sport centers offer water sports, lessons and also offer glass bottom boat trips. The waters near the beach are calm, making them swim and snorkel friendly and the beaches are usually uncrowded. Further out, the waves are quite playful and are great for surfing – catch a ride out in a local fishing boat. Local fishermen also head out to sea from this area.
Some other recommended Nusa Dua beaches to visit are Samuh, Sawangan and Geger. Early birds will be rewarded with magical views of the crimson sunrise over the Indian Ocean.
A lot of water sports are offered in this area, just next to Nusa Dua. The beach is clean and the sea calm and mostly flat due to the reef break being further out. You can water ski, parasail, snorkel, jet-ski, windsurf etc in this area. This is also a hotel and resort area, so there are many restaurants with a multitude of cuisines to pick from, most being kid friendly.
Pasir Putih Beach (Virgin Beach)
Pasir Putih Beach in Karangasem, East Bali, is one of the island’s ‘hidden’ beaches. Despite its remote location roughly 1.5 hours drive from Denpasar, it’s a nice coastal drive through Bali Asli or the “real Bali” to reach this little slice of paradise. Reachable by car or motorbike roughly 4.5 km east of the popular Candidasa beach resort area, this exotic and secluded coastline offers tranquil yet rugged scenery and rewards adventurous road-trippers seeking an escape off the beaten path. Virgin Beach is located in a bay flanked by two hills, Bukit Perasi and Bukit Asah, with views of Gili Biaha island on the horizon. Local warungs serving seafood BBQ line the shoreline and the calm, clear waters make White Sand Beach a perfect spot for swimming. With its soft white sand a dramatic contrast to the volcanic black sand of neighbouring beaches, Virgin Beach has gained popularity in recent times and is referred to by various nicknames including Perasi Beach (the name of the nearby village), Pasir Putih Beach (White Sand Beach), Virgin Beach and simply, Hidden Beach.
Pasir Putih Beach Club & Bar
Housed within an open-sided bamboo edifice, Pasir Putih welcomes walk-in visitors as well as guests of the tented Menjangan Dynasty Resort at Banyuwedang Bay in northwest Bali. Enjoy all-day dining, beach side swimming or have fun kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding in the calm turquoise sea.
On a more serious note, BIMC Hospital is centrally located between all the tourist areas and can provide medical care for the whole family, especially the little ones. This is a western style hospital with multilingual staff and works with insurance and/or emergency assistance companies with ease. If possible, do make an appointment. Ambulance service is also available. Open 24 hours.
T: +62 361 3000-911 BIMC Nusa Dua | T: +62 361 3003-911 BIMC Kuta | bimcbali.com