“Where there’s Bali, there’s beaches” -Ancient Indonesian Proverb
Those beaches are the reasons for going to Bali. Accompanied with the affordable accommodation and beautiful scenery, no wonder I’ve met people who stayed in Bali for a long time. People work as assistants, interns or expatriates in Bali island for a long time and now I know why. These beautiful beaches made it hard to leave.
1. Tanjung Benoa Beach
Located at the south tip of Bali, this beach is about an hour’s drive from Kuta. It is in Nusa Dua area, where there are tons of hotels, villas and resorts. The area is family-friendly. There’s also many companies offering watersports activities as there waves are calmer there, taking advantage of the environment. In fact, the area is the most well-known for water activities.
To get the customised package, the salespeople will come up to you with a list of activities to choose from. You have to choose at least 3, then they will quote it out and you negotiate from there. Well, simply negotiate as much as possible. Also, not every activity is available, depending on the weather. We wanted to parasail, however the wind was too strong. We did not wait, but about 2h later, we saw people parasailing.
Waves: Not for surfing
Activities: jetski, parasail, banana boat, flying fish, snorkelling, diving, visit Turtle Island nearby
Cost: depends on the activities you choose. We chose 3 activities – snorkelling, flying fish and jetski. We paid about IDR 400,000 each.
It is not exactly the best place to snorkel. There are better beaches in Philippines, Langkawi and other parts of Indonesia. The waves are too strong and the water is not clear enough. Nonetheless, you get to see lots of different animals underwater! This beach allows for underwater walking and diving, which is a better choice than snorkelling.
PS: people wore normal clothes to play watersports, but we wore swimwear. Felt like a fish out of water.
2. Padang Padang Beach
Next, we hit this beautiful beach. IT IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL AND GORGEOUS. Most people there were French or Germans (mostly French). It was a perfect place for chilling in the water, suntanning or surfing. We were deadbeat by then, and I sun-tanned a lot.
This beach is pretty hidden, but everyone knows where it is. Take a transportation to the carpark and then walk across it. To access the beach, one has to walk down a long flight of stairs. The stairs is small and surrounded by huge rocks, so it is pretty much a one-way staircase. Once you reach the foot, you’ll be greeted by shops selling drinks, food and clothes. Look ahead, and the beautiful beach is there.
Waves: For surfing
Activities: Snorkelling, surfing, stand-up paddling, long board
Cost: rental of equipment – bargain badly
With a book and tanning mat, anyone can stay there forever. You can also rent a boogie board to play with the waves. Lunch options are available along the road down the street. This is quite a quiet and beautiful beach, great for chilling.
3. Dreamland Beach
To watch sunset, the popular/usual places are as follow: Tanah Lot Beach, Uluwatu Beach, Bingin Beach, Ubud. The original plan was to head to Uluwatu beach to watch sunset and eat seafood there. However, dreamland beach was too gorgeous that we watched the sunset here! I think Uluwatu beach has a more romantic setting anyways. To get to the dreamland beach, the vehicle will be parked in the carpark at 15,000 rupiahs. Then there is a mini-bus that takes you to the beach for free and it’s very frequent. Walk down to the beach and there it is. The interesting thing is that the sand in Dreamland beach is Black sand!
Waves: For long board
Activities: long boarding, tanning, chilling
Cost: rental of long board – about IDR 50,000
It was dark when we left, and we had to return by then. Unfortunately we did not make it to Uluwatu, perhaps next time!
4. Kuta Beach
The sun crept through the clouds and the sea reflected the rays with each wave. It was indeed gorgeous. I played in the sea with my friends and did silly things like jumping when the wave comes.
This is the Kuta Beach that’s just 5min walk from where I stayed. The strong waves make it perfect for learning to surf or to surf. Well, be sure to wear tighter bottoms because the waves are really strong.
Waves: For surfing
Activities: Surfing, sandcastle building
Cost: rental of surfboard
So apparently people just leave their belongings on the beach with their towels and head to the sea. I guess since young, I was very wary and cautious about leaving my belongings around, so in the end, we rented the lockers of the lifeguards.
Also, people sell mats, food, drinks and fans on the beach, so if you really don’t have anything, you can purchase there. Also, the people there usually walk around in their swimsuits or just a simple scarf on them.
Trevellers Tips: Bali Beaches
- bring your own towels if you intend to tan on the beach
- negotiate hard for the prices, especially if you are a westerner
- do not pay unless they stop you. i.e. they have a counter for you to pay when you use the toilets, but we’ve never paid for them
- you can leave your belongings on the beach – just don’t bring too much valuable with you
- those umbrella shelters on the beach are payable
Trevellers is my way to change the world. Through my stories, tips and lessons learnt, I truly hope to inspire you to get out of your comfort zone, see the world and see who you truly are. Travel is more than just taking a selfie at beautiful destinations. Travel is an adventure, where you can truly become who you are, give you the time to reflect and grow to become the person you’ve always dreamt of.