Bali island offers to its visitors many different options of beaches: white sand beaches with turquoise waters (especially the South of Bali), shingle beaches (East of Bali), black volcanic sand beaches (North of Bali)… and of course cliff beaches (South of Bali, the Bukit Peninsula).
As Bali is not short of beaches, I decided to ask my friends who have been living here (expats and locals) about more secluded beaches compared of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak beaches. They made me discover such a PARADISE: the amazing beaches of The Bukit Peninsula, a dream postcard!
The Bukit Peninsula is connected to Kuta through Jimbaran by the busy Jalan Bypass highway (and also recently from Nusa Dua using the new toll road). Take this main road south to the junction with Jalan Uluwatu II (the famous McDonald’s junction), turn west towards Jimbaran Bay, continue about 2 km and at the four roads junction make a sharp left up the hill (signposted for Uluwatu). Continue on this road into the heart of the peninsula.
There are so many beautiful beaches in this part of Bali. I selected for you my favorite ones.
This is one of Bali’s most spectacular beaches with its cliff backed and its fast and powerful waves. Uluwatu is a dream destination for surfers, reserved for experts only! And for those who like me prefer to admire the incredible sunset seating in one of the multitude of bars and warungs built into the cliff. You can also see if you are lucky turtles swimming in the turquoise water.
♥ Get a drink and enjoy the incredible sunset in Single Fin, a place perched high above the Indian Ocean on the white limestone cliffs of Uluwatu. The live music played every Sundays is amazing.
Discover here more things to do in Uluwatu!
How to arrive: Drive from Kuta on Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai highway, approximately 5kms until you reach an intersection with traffic lights. Turn right between McDonalds and KFC and enter the Udayana University area. The road is called Jalan Raya Kampus Udayana. At the end of this road, turn right. Drive on until you reach the next junction with a gas station on your right. Turn left onto Jalan Uluwatu and follow the Uluwatu beach sign.
This exotic beach is just down the road from Uluwatu. This is also one of the best Bali’s surf spot with its challenging and impressive waves. The silver sand, the turquoise water and the nature scenery makes this place one of the most spectacular spot of the island of Gods. This is the perfect place for surfers but also for couples! The sunset and the colors make this place so romantic!
Perfect for surfing and great for swimming or snorkeling.
♥ Julia Roberts’s movie “Eat, Pray, Love…” had two scenes filmed on Padang Padang Beach.
♥ In August, there is a very famous surf contest in Padang-Padang: IT’S ON WHEN IT’S ON.
How to arrive: Accessed from a stepped pathway on the north side of the obvious bridge 3 kilometers north of Uluwatu Temple heading back towards Pecatu.
One of my favorite beaches in the Bukit Peninsula is Balangan Beach. Each time I go there, I find a different panorama depending on the tide and the size of the waves. Situated under a rocky hill area bounded by white steep cliff, Balangan is an amazing beach, perfect to relax, excellent for swimming and amazing for the sunset. You can spend the day tanning or chilling at one of the warungs built on the cliff. Surf is a culture there, it’s one of the most famous spots of the island, surfboards are available for rent and surf lessons can be done daily.
♥ I advise you the “Sunset warung”, one of my favorite warungs. You can chill, have a drink or eat while watching the ocean.
How to arrive: From Kuta, take the Bypass Ngurah Rai highway towards Nusa Dua. Look for the Uluwatu turn off to the right after about 10 minutes, after which, keep your eyes peeled for signs that direct you to Balangan. From the main route on the way to Uluwatu, you have to turn right when you find a small statue on the middle of the route and Nirmala supermarket on the right side.
You have also the wonderful Bingin Beach: a little piece of paradise. Fabulous views, surf breaks, amazing waves, white sand, blue turquoise waters, bars, warungs and even an internet cafe: just all the ingredients for a fabulous day. You have a lot of guesthouses and places where you can stay to enjoy the surf and the amazing landscape with a stunning view on the Indian Ocean. This place is the favorite spot of many international surfers. You can swim there and chill all day long.
♥ This beach is still very natural and quiet, with few people, although there are quite a number of bungalows and a few warungs. My favorite is the Kelly’s warung, take the baguette chicken sandwich! So good!
How to arrive: From the village of Pecatu head towards Padang-Padang beach and look for signs on your right side directing you to “Bingin Surf”. Keep driving on small roads until you reach the parking area. Then you will need to step down the cliff to the beach via tiny stairs.
One of the most impressive beaches of the island is Dreamland Beach. Located in Unggasan Village, this is one of the most successful beaches with its 100 meters white sand and white stone cliff. Near hotels, villas, the New Kuta Golf, you have a good offer of restaurants, watersports and accommodations there. It’s the perfect spot for surfers, family and couples. The colors of the sunset are fabulous! Having a drink while the sun is going down is a must-do experience in Bali.
♥ The little eOasia advice is to go to Klapa Beach Club. You can chill, take a drink, admire the garden on the cliff, enjoy the two relaxing pools and sun loungers which are artfully designed to worship the breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean.
How to arrive: The entrance road to Pecatu Graha Indah is about 2 km southwest of Ungasan on Jl Uluwatu, and is impossible to miss adorned as it by huge statues and truly massive, intrusive billboards.
Nusa Dua, located on the West side of the Bukit Peninsula is an amazing place divided into two zones. The Nusa Dua enclave of large international stars resorts and the public beach of Nusa Dua. The Nusa Dua enclave is very clean, secure, quiet waters, ideal for families with children. The public one is a splendid white sand beach, safe for swimming, beach side warungs, restaurants and beach beds. It’s also well-known for its various water-sports (parasailing, surf, jetski, banana boats, etc.)
♥ The perfect place to stay if you are looking for a luxurious hotel is the Mulia Resort and Spa.
Find here our selection of the best things to do in Nusa Dua!
How to arrive: Take the sunset road on the direction of the airport, follow the sign of Nusa dua Keep driving, you will see many signs directing to Nusa Dua. Also accessible via the toll road, recently opened.
Jimbaran Beach is situated in the North West of the Bukit Peninsula, just 10kms South from the airport. It’s really a must-do in Bali especially for its delicious seafood! About 15 restaurants are every night grilling their seafood, marinated and seasoned with the island’s traditional spices, over burning coconut husks. So yummy! You can swim at the beach, chill and watch the spectacular sunset. Some restaurants proposes also Balinese shows while you are enjoying your delicious diner.
♥ Jimbaran has been the home to several world class 5 star beach resorts. We advise you the Ayana Resort and Spa (South of Jimbaran Bay). They have an excellent perfume workshop and the Rock Bar is an awesome spot to enjoy a drink while watching the sunset.
How to arrive: Jimbaran is only 15 min south of the airport. Accessible via the Ngurah Rai Highway.