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Electra Gillies
Friday, Aug 22, 2014

Travel, Asia

South Bali's seven best beaches

The Jakarta Post/ANN | Electra Gillies | Friday, Aug 22, 2014

High cliffs overlooking clear cobalt waters and shining white sand is the characteristic setting of Bali's Bukit peninsula beaches.

There are several well-known and rarely explored beaches to discover here, far removed from the chaos of the main tourist areas.

Balangan

Balangan is still a quietly idyllic beach, great for surfing, hanging out at a local warung or cafe and soaking up the sun.

A few short steps down, you'll find a long stretch of white sand that tapers off into a little peninsula.

Besides being famous for surfing, the beach is also ideal for sunbathing and getting a massage.

It is great to explore when the tide goes out as you can walk almost out to the break exploring tidal pools and little inlets perfect for kids to play around with.

It is also one of the best beaches to watch the stunning Bali sunset streaking the sky in a rainbow of orange.

If you want to stay, La Joya is one of the most relaxed rustic chic hotels on the peninsula.

Pandawa

Known as "Secret Beach" for many years, Pandawa is not so much of a secret anymore. But the beach is still breath taking to see when you come around the corner and find the vast blue turquoise ocean sprawling below you.

Now it is much busier than a few years ago, but if you go during the week you can have the whole beach to yourself.

In the higher seasons it gets very busy with lots of schools running kayaking trips here.

If you would like a little more privacy, then head to the left at the bottom of the hill and keep going left along the beach. Just beyond the sun loungers you will find a few little coves and then a long deserted beach with just a few fishermen and their huts scattered around.

You can only get around at low tide, and keep an eye out so you do not get stranded.

Bingin

Perched up on the Bingin cliff, this beach is a stunning surfing spot.

Little houses and hotels are strewn down the hillside creating a slightly haphazard Mediterranean feel.

This is also a quiet and sleepy beach not yet overtaken by crowds - laidback Bali at its best.

There are a lot of steps going up and down but if you take them slowly it is definitely worth it for the turquoise waters, soft sand and really good seafood barbeque at sunset.

Tables are laid out on the sand. Come sundown and you can enjoy fresh fish straight from the boats to your table.

It is by far more relaxed and cheaper than the Jimabaran barbeques.

There are a few great places to stay here too - both Temple Lodge and Mu Bali are easygoing barefoot luxury perfect for a few days of sun, sea and surf.

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