Sometimes, you just want time to be alone, by the sea, listening to the sound of the waves. But that can be hard to do, as most of the known beaches in Bali are quite popular, and there are always people. But what if I told you that there are still some hidden beaches in Bali, only known amongst locals or people who have stayed in Bali for some time. One thing’s for sure, not many people know about these beaches, so you are much more likely to have some me-time with nature.
1. Bias Tugel Beach
Located in the East of Bali, this hidden gem is just a short drive away from Padang Bai. It’s a small piece of sun, sand and sea that boasts a spectacular view and powerful waves. The pristine sand is soft, powdery and glistens magnificently in the golden rays. There are a few small warungs around for a cold, fresh coconut and some light snacks. It’s the sort of place you go to when you want to sit down, watch the waves and let your mind wander.
2. Pantai Geger
Pantai Geger is found in Nusa Dua, in between the 5-star resorts. It’s less touristy, so you can truly enjoy it. This beach is great for kayaking, paddle boarding, or you can simply relax and unwind. You can also find sunbeds and parasols to hire if you are planning to spend a long time here and enjoy water sport activities. Generally, the beach is quiet, clean, and the food and drinks here are affordable.
3. Green Bowl Beach
The way to Green Bowl Beach is a bit of an exercise – it’s no wonder why the natural treasure is hidden till now! To reach the beach, you will need to climb down a 75-meter cliff, and the steps are pretty steep. But at the bottom of the cliff is a small piece of paradise with idyllic white sand and crystal blue water. There is also a small cave for you to hide away from the sun. It also makes the perfect Instagram backdrop where the smooth, pristine beach contrasts greatly with the rugged lines of the cave. Going up the stairs is a challenge, but it’s definitely worth the effort.
4. BugBug Beach in Karangasem
The name of this beach doesn’t really appear on a usual Bali travel guide book. For one thing, it’s located in Karangasem, an off-the-beaten-path location. Second, the beach is huge, so you have plenty of space to find your own quiet spot. It’s so well under-the-radar that you won’t find any warungs or modern facilities here, so bring your own picnic basket, a beach towel and an umbrella!
5. Matahari Terbit Beach
Literally translated as “sunrise beach”, Matahari Terbit Beach boasts gorgeous sunrise views. If you are an early bird, this secluded haven is definitely worth checking out. It’s a lovely place for a morning jog. My suggestion is to wake up before dawn, go for your run and take a breather as the sun gradually comes up. The start of the day can never be better.