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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Beaches of Bali that I explored- Comparison and Photos

Bali has hundreds of beaches all around its coast line. It is nearly impossible to explore all of them. During my 4 day stay I visited about 6 different beaches. This post gives a round -up of these beaches- what to expect, what’s great about them and so on. If you have limited time and need to decide which beach is best suited for your needs and expectations, this might help. Please note that this post compares only 7 of the hundreds of beaches in Bali, so it by no means comprehensive. But these are some of the most popular/frequently visited ones in Bali, so I am sure it will be of some help.

Most beaches are open to public all the time- some are guarded and may have timings (can’t go late night to very early morning). Parking/Entry fee is collected in most beaches- approx. INR 10 to 30 per person.

Blue Lagoon Beach
Pandawa beach
Kuta Beach
Green Bowl
Beach
Blue Point beach
Dreamland
Beach
Virgin Beach
Distance from City (Denspasar Airport
60 kms approx
20 kms
5-6 kms
20km
15 kms
15  kms
75 kms
Distance from Parking lot
Minimum, 20-30 steps
Minimum
Minimum
High, 200+ steps
Minimum, 20-30 steps
Medium
?
Privacy
High
Low
Low
Very high
Low
Medium
Low
Entry Fee/ Parking fee
2000 IDR per person
NA
NA
2000 IDR
5000 IDR per person
2000 IDR per person
?
Famous for
?
Mahabharatha characters
Closer to city and many hotels, easy access, nothing great otherwise
Caves and High privacy
Surfing
Huge rocks and high waves, mild caves, lots of sand
?
Food/ Restaurants available?
Yes, very few
Yes, Many
Yes
Just one
Yes, Many
Yes, Many
Yes
Access Controlled?
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
?
1. Pandawa Beach
This was one of the first beaches we visited. This beach is named after Hindu epic Mahabharatha, which tells us the fight between Pandawas and the Kauravas.
Located next to giant limestone cliff, lots of statues of Mahabharatha's key characters is carved here- you can see statues of Nakula, Sahadeva, Kunti, Arjuna etc. Pandawa beach is very unique in that sense as you are very unlikely to see an idol/statue of Pandawas in any other temples.


Beach seemed pretty standard, with a series of shacks next to it. Great place to simply lie down and sip drinks. We went there too early in the morning, before the shacks opened. The beach was isolated.


Lots of construction work is also happening around Pandawa beach. The hill is being carved out, to make space for buildings and other facilities next to the beach.
I went there along with Raja Selvam.
Reaching Pandawa beach itself was an experience. Nice roads were carved in between huge cliffs. Apparently this beach is very recent one- opened to public only in 2012 as it was located behind a cliff without easy access.
2. Blue Lagoon Beach
I stopped at this beach while returning from Water Palace. I would say this beach is not really worth going all the way- it represents a small stretch of area- high on privacy otherwise nothing much. If you are passing by or staying nearby then it is worth a quick visit, else can be skipped.
3. Blue Point Beach
This beach is famous among surfers. I had good time clicking several close-up photos of surfers in action. Check this post for those surfing action still photographs. Clear waters on the rocky sea bed is a treat to the eye. Highly recommended.


4. Green Bowl Beach

Green bowl beach scores very high on privacy, but one should climb down some 100-150 steps from parking lot to reach this beach. Climbing up will drain all your energy. Few enterprising locals sell stuff like beer and coconut here, for a price tag 4 times more than city price. But the visit was totally worth it. The length of this beach is short.
Lots of limestone caves give Green Bowl beach a unique experience. If it rains or if you feel too hot, you can relax inside the caves

Above left: steps to Green bowl beach, right- limestone cliff at Dreamland beach

5.Dreamland Beach- just a few kms away from Blue Lagoon Beach, Diamond beach offers a different experience- huge rocks next the ocean are ideal resting place for family members who do not wish to get into water. Waves seemed to be a bit stronger here 

6. Kuta beach
Right next to the heavily crowded Kuta area, good for morning walk if your hotel is in Kuta otherwise nothing unique.

7. Virgin beach
Almost everyone recommended this, but I missed going there when I went to Water Palace. Checked photos, didn't find it too exciting worth going all the way one more time. Use your discretion. Beaches closer to mountain area (north Bali) are likely to have blackish sand (because of Volcanic ash) but beaches in South had clear and regular sand.

Below Map shows location of these beaches
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Sadly all my beach visits were in day time. I couldn't be there during a sunrise/sunset, during which one can usually get the best setup for some photography.

Disclaimer: All information as experienced during our visit in October 2016. Individual experience may vary depending on expectations and circumstances.

7 comments :

Yogi Saraswat said...

Really a beautiful place to visit . You have written very well and pictures are beautiful & grand !

Chill Karo Yaar Pooja Bhatt said...

All the beaches are Same yet So different from each Other : plus you have covered 6 beaches on the Same day that too is commendabke.This post will certainly help people like me who are in their Stage of Planning for Indonesia !

rupam sarma said...

Amazing place. Beautiful pics and post.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

@Rupam- Thanks

@Pooja
No, I didn't cover all beaches in one day. Over 2 days I guess, because I visited temples and other attractions nearby

@Yogi- Thanks

Ami said...

Could not have put it any better. What a concise way of presenting the information. Loved it

R Niranjan Das said...

Glad to know about these lovely beaches.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Ami and Niranjan