Head to the North of Bali to discover the island’s pristine beaches where you can swim and lounge by the beach without being too hassled by people selling sarongs, handicrafts, or offering beachside massage service.
Places such as Lovina, Amed, and Tulamben are great places to swim. These beaches have few tourists.
The downside of these beaches is that they’re kind of remote, so you need to drive there for 3-3.5 hours from Seminyak and Kuta, and oftentimes there are no life guards, so do be careful before you get into the water.
There are also some lovely beaches in the South of Bali frequented both by the expat community and locals, such as Sanur, Blue Ocean Beach in Seminyak, and the Geger Beach in Nusa Dua.
Sanur is known as a lovely sunrise viewing spot, thus occasionally you might see some photographers. It may not be the prettiest beach on the southern part of Bali, since most part of the shoreline is reinforced by concrete to minimize abrasion, but if you’re planning to take your kids with you, the beach is a safer choice than Kuta or Legian. There’s a reef in Sanur, so the big waves break far away from the shore, ideal for those who aren’t comfortable swimming in the open water. The best thing about Sanur is the fact the whole area is family friendly, and it’s only about 30 minutes away from busy Kuta via the Ngurah Rai Bypass.
Blue Ocean Beach, sometimes known as the DoubleSix beach (after the largest nightclub in Bali) can be very busy in the evening, since it’s dotted with restaurants and nightclub. During the day, especially weekdays, the beach offers a more relaxed, friendlier atmosphere compared to Kuta. The beach can be accessed from the Legian beach, or if you’re renting a scooter, just head to the end of the Arjuna street.
Besides known for its clear blue water and white sandy beach, Geger Beach is known for its seaweed farm. It’s also great for families with young children, with warm, calm water and no waves. There are some restaurants nearby if you’re feeling hungry, and close to these restaurants, you can find sea kayaks, beach chairs and umbrella rentals too. The beach is located close to the Nikko hotel in Nusa Dua.
|Apr 25, 2011 12-05-05|