You might think that there are no secret beaches in Bali left, as the place is mostly visited for its beautiful coastline. However, there's so much more than just Kuta, Sanur and Nusa Dua. With a slight penchant for adventure, a set of wheels and some hints to guide you, you can discover some of the island’s lesser-known coastal gems that don’t generally make it into the travel guides.
Whether you are looking for isolated stretches of soft, white sand, secret coves directly under towering limestone cliffs or black sand beaches that point to the once-potent power of Bali’s volcanic past, there is surely a secret beach for you in Bali.
A favourite surf spot, Balangan is on the northern side of the cliff that forms the signature hole 15 of the New Kuta Golf course. The name ‘Balangan’ itself was thought to apply to the whole coastline, including Dreamland, before surfers nicknamed the specific shore area south of the cliff.
Accessing Balangan is easy, compared to other beaches along the Bukit peninsula’s shoreline, with only a dozen steps down from the limestone hill. Several beach shacks serve simple local ‘surfer meals’, cold refreshments and beer. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Pantai Balangan, Jimbaran, South Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Suluban Beach is one of Bali’s most unique, concealed by natural limestone formations and accessed via steps and log ramps through narrow gaps in the rock. Shaded by a looming cliff face, this small beach may not be ideal for sunbathers, but makes a great base for pro surfers. They can paddle out and ride adjacent reef breaks, including around Uluwatu, just to the south.
Also nicknamed ‘Blue Point’, Suluban's access is narrow and steep, down crags and rocky steps. When you arrive at the sand, the view is very rewarding. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Mamo, Uluwatu, Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Padangbai and Blue LagoonKarangasem, East Bali
Better known for its main seaport in east Bali, Padangbai comprises a small collection of hidden beaches that are great for day-trippers, as well as diving and snorkelling. Blue Lagoon, a small bay northeast of the seaport, has a lovely but modest 60-metre stretch of white sand.
Another is Bias Tugel, a 130-metre-long strip southwest of the port, with calm, blue waters most times of the year. You can relax on the even sand here, or grab some shade from the parasols with beach loungers. The beach that shares the bay with the seaport is not so busy, especially on its eastern end, and you can also enjoy fairly good swimming here, too. Read More...
Dreamland BeachPecatu, Jimbaran
Dreamland might not be too much of a ‘secret’ anymore, but it’s still pretty secluded by limestone cliffs. It has a beautiful stretch of white sand, bordered by the blue seascape of the Indian Ocean. You can find it by heading west down the main road of the Pecatu Indah Resort complex, past New Kuta Golf course.
Despite the major developments around its cliff sides, the beach retains much of its rugged charm on the sand, particularly for beachgoers, day-trippers and surfers who enjoy some of Bali’s best reef breaks near the shore and close paddle-outs to the neighbouring world-class reef breaks of Balangan and Impossibles. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Pecatu Indah Raya, Jimbaran, South Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Padang PadangUluwatu, Jimbaran
Padang Padang Beach is accessible down a few flights of steps and through a limestone crevice beside a large, yellow-railed bridge. Across the road before the bridge, there's a spacious parking lot. Among the island’s favourite big surf breaks, Padang Padang’s white-sand beach offers a great view and a small sandy area for sunbathing.
Local seafood warungs serve grilled fresh catches-of-the-day. It's a nice spot to relax if you're visiting the Uluwatu Temple nearby. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Labuansait, Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Karma BeachUngasan, South Bali
Formerly known as Nammos Beach after the beach club at the Karma Kandara resort, Karma Beach is accessed by a funicular ride down a sheer cliff. A stretch of clean white sand and blue sea awaits on this private beach.
Expect a laid-back tropical setting and 5-star services for guests who want to sip signature cocktails and indulge in a Mediterranean-inspired menu prepared in a kitchen housed under a raised bamboo structure. You’ll have to pay an entrance fee that's set against the price of food and drinks. Read More...
Sundays BeachUngasan, South Bali
Sundays Beach is a private spot that easily falls into the ‘hidden’ category. It's a 165-metre stretch of sand below The Ungasan Clifftop Resort (formerly Semara Uluwatu) in Ungasan, though the signs for the beach along Jalan Pantai Selatan Gau in Ungasan are more prominent than the signs for the resort. If you're not staying at the hotel, you'll need to make a minimum deposit of Rp 250,000, which you can spend on food and drinks.
The beach is only accessible via a 2-minute funicular ride down between 2 cliff walls. The sea here is swimmable and crystal clear. You can also enjoy Mediterranean cuisine from the semi-open kitchen under breezy, thatched-roof shades with ocean views. The club's beach is a great option for a laid-back day on a clean and quiet coast, with fun beach activities to keep you and your family or friends busy. Read More...
Green Bowl BeachUngasan, South Bali
This hidden gem on the southern coast of Bali appeals to lovers of quiet and exotic shores. Green Bowl Beach is found at the end of Jalan Bali Cliff and down hundreds of concrete steps, which gradually drop down the cliff face. Getting down is easy, but getting back up is a challenge, though a scenic bird’s eye view keeps you going along the way. At the base are several bat caves.
There are a few variations in the story behind the name, with one inspired by the view of green seaweed and corals exposed at low tide and another taking the name of the company slated to develop a resort there. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Bali Cliff, Ungasan, South Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
AmedKarangasem, East Bali
Amed spans 7 different seaside villages: Amed, Jemeluk, Bunutan, Lipah, Selang, Banyuning and Aas. All are fishing villages – hence the classic scene of traditional jukung outriggers lining the coast. Famous as a dive spot, the quiet shores with their dramatic sunrises are a not-to-miss sight if you’re staying here.
It's a long drive to reach this stretch of sand, though it's a straightforward one, passing the Klungkung and Karangasem entry points. Various road signs provide you a fail-safe journey. Among the overland highlights that you can find on your way to Amed is traditional salt farming in the area of Purwakerti. Read More...
Perasi Beach or 'Pasir Putih'Karangasem, East Bali
Perasi Beach is a secluded stretch of coast between 2 hills and between the villages of Bugbug and namesake Perasi. Both are in the Karangasem regency - approximately 4.5 km east of Candidasa. There are parasols, sun loungers and various local seafood restaurants on this hidden gem, which goes by various nicknames such as Pasir Putih, White Sand Beach, Virgin Beach or Hidden Beach.
From Candidasa, continue on to the Jalan Raya Candidasa-Bugbug main road to Perasi. A dirt road opposite the village’s Pura Bale Agung temple leads to the beach. Read More...
Gunung Payung BeachKutuh, South Bali
Gunung Payung Beach otherwise referred to locally as Pantai Gunung Payung, is one of the ‘hidden beaches’ on Bali’s southern coast. It’s where you can find a remote and quiet setting overlooking scenic seascapes. The location takes its name from a Balinese Hindu temple site of the same name (Pura Dhang Kahyangan Gunung Payung), which is high up on the cliff above the beach and overlooking the ocean.
Along the main Jalan Gunung Payung road, you’ll also encounter the landscaped greens of the 18-hole Bukit Pandawa Golf Club and rugged limestone terrain. Just outside the temple, catch glimpses of grey long-tailed macaques, which are more of the shyer kind compared to the notoriously cheeky counterparts at Uluwatu. Read More...