Best Beaches of Bali
For the majority of tourists to Bali, time honored images of palm
fringed beaches are uppermost in the mind and probably the biggest
single reason for purchasing that ticket to paradise.
The reality is all that and more. While those palm fringed
beaches do exist, there is also the wild coastline of the west with
black sand beaches and treacherous waters, as well as the dramatic surf
beaches of the bukit, the aquamarine lagoons of Lembongan island and
the sleepy coves in the north.
most popular strip and extends all the way up to Candu and down towards
the airport in Tuban. Kuta proper remains the whitest stretch of sand
and is a big draw for those who want to test their surfing skills with
both a beach break and a reef break further out.
to grow and for all ages, it is a wonderful place to lay your sarong,
frolic in the waves and soak up the warm sun. These days beach sellers
are kept behind an invisible line, so peace is still possible on this
action packed strip.
SUNSET LEGIAN is
no-holds barred beach where locals, expatriates and tourists mingle,
bargain with the best, play paddle ball and football, indulge in a
massage and manicure, catch up on reading, meditate, exercise, you name
The two camps
recognized; the workers have as many clothes on as possible and the
bules (westerners) wear as little as possible. Be prepared for scantily
clad Brazilians, G-stringed Italians, Coppertone Germans, and
Australians in designer surf gear and pretty Indonesian girls in
multi-platform sandals - it is the United Nations of beaches.
Sunset is peak
Sunset Legian, when the beach bars fill, the football field is at its
busiest and the locals knock off work and wade fully clothes, skirts
swirling, into the waves.
the airport, big hotels line this stretch of beach. A little less
frantic than Kuta, it's a good place to grab a deck chair and a good
book. Swimming here is safe, as the hotel, lifeguards will put up flags
if there are any nps, but mostly it is pretty well protected.
BINGIN, DREAMLAND were formerly the playground of surfers almost
exclusively. The former teak forest was only accessible over rough dirt
tracks and the hike down to some of the beaches deterred just about
everyone but the most dedicated wave riders.
This is no
A number of developments planned on the barren bukit have meant that
tarred roads have been put in, and slowly steps and access paths have
been built down to the more popular beaches. This means that virtually
anyone can take advantage of these stunning beaches, which are still
very quite by Bali's standards.
Small warungs offer simple food and cold drinks, the obligatory massage
people have moved in and a few sellers offer basic Bali merchandises.
When the surf's up you can catch some excellent rides, when there is no
surf the beaches become quiet lagoons with clear water lapping the
Uluwatu is still the busiest, particularly at sunset when the monkeys
play on the spectacularly located temple. Very basic accommodation is
available at most of the bukit beaches.
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