Text 28 Jun Top 10 secret beaches in Bali

The best beaches in Bali are mostly located in the southern tip of the island, in Bukit. Kupu Kupu Jimbaran is the perfect hotel to stay in within the area if you are interested in discovering this side of Bali.

As the beaches are sometimes difficult to access with a taxi or by car, I strongly recommend to rent a scooter for the day to explore them. You can rent one for as cheap as 4$ per day and there is very little hassle in doing so. You can contact our reservation to assist you. We can also help you to get private transportation or to rent your own car.

Please note that to access all of these beaches, you normally have to pay a small fee to the village (between 1000 and 5000 rupiah). If you come with a taxi, it will generally not be allowed for it to wait for you (drop only). For the way back, you will need to use local transport and bargain hard for the price.

 Here is the list of our Top 10 best beaches in Bali:

 1) Nunggalan Beach

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Nunggalan Beach is a 2 kilometers stretch of yellow sand with rarely any visitors. The reason is that it is a bit long to access as you need to walk down a tiny path for about 30 minutes before you reach it. Swimming is limited and available only during high tide.

 How to find it:

 Take Jalan Uluwatu. 1 kilometer after Pecatu village, you will see Nunggalan beach written on a surf board. Follow this road until you arrive to a private property. Park your car/motorbike outside of it, then follow the path around the private property, which goes down to the beach. Don’t forget to take some water with you as there is nothing to buy there… 

 

2) Bingin Beach

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Bingin is not so secret, but it remains quiet and a great place to spend an afternoon. It is a surfing beach, with a dozens small warung right on the beach. Beautiful for sunset. For swimming, it is average though as it is rocky.

 How to find it?

Take Jalan Uluwatu, then just before you arrive to Pecatu village, take a turn right to Jalan Bingin. About 2 km later, take a right turn when you see a billboard for The Calix Hotel. Continue on 500m, pay a small fee for entrance, park your car and walk 10 min to the beach.

 

3) Nyang Nyang

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Very similar to Nunggalan, but slightly more crowded because more easily reachable. You’ll have to go down the numerous stairs before reaching your paradise. Prepare some water and snacks.

 How to find it?

Take Jalan Uluwatu. 1 kilometer before Uluwatu, there is very old and damaged sign with “Nyang Nyang”. The path to go to the cliff is quite difficult to go through so if you are not too experienced with your motorbike, you’ll better step down and walk. When you arrive to the cliff, there is a few ladies selling snacks or offering massage, they will show you where to take the stairs down. If you are lucky you might see some monkeys as well.

 

4) Gunung Payung

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Small beach, only about a hundred meter long, and rather easy to access.

How to find it:

From Kupu Kupu Jimbaran, go to Nirmala shopping center, then at the intersection turn left and follow Jalan Dharmawangsa until you see a small sign saying ‘Pura Gunung Payung” (Gunung Payung Temple). The access to the beach is located just next to it. You’ll only have a 10 minutes walk to reach the sand…

 

5) Pandawa and Kutuh Beaches

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Pandawa and Kutuh Beaches used to be deserted, but a new road access has made them very reachable. In less than a year, several nearby hotels have managed to make deals with local communities for access to sunbeds and watersport equipment. Now, the beach is rather busy and lively. No longer the secret beach it used to be, but nevertheless still enjoyable and very recommended. Hurry up though because in a few years I am sure it will become overcrowded.

How to find it:

As for Gunung Payung beach, follow Jalan Dharmawangsa until you see a big sign on the street saying “Pandawa Secret Beach”. Then it is very easy, just follow to the village of Kutuh with your car or motorbike.

 

 6) Green Bowl

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Popular beach, it is rather easy to find and quite a fun trip as you might see monkeys on the road. There is a temple on top of the cliff, then about 15 minutes walk down the stairs.

 How to find it:

Go through Ungasan village, then follow the main road going South.

 

7) Sawangan

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Sawangan beach is the beautiful beach used by Hotel Nikko. There is a HUGE hotel being built not far from it, which I believe is the new Ritz-Carlton Bali set to open in 2014.

 How to find it:

Go to Hotel Nikko, in the South of Nusa Dua. 200 meters before Nikko Hotel, you have a street named “Jalan Gunung Payung II”. Follow it for about a 100m and you will have just a few stairs before reaching the beach.

 

8) Balangan Beach

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Balangan is far from being a secret beach for regulars of Bali, but it is still relatively unknown to most people. It is a surfing beach, but you have quite many small cafés and warungs that make it a great place to enjoy a lazy afternoon.

 How to find it:

Go to Nirmala Supermarket in Ungasan. At the junction, just before Nirmala, turn on the right. Follow through then until you arrive at the beach.

 

9) Suluban Beach (Blue Point)

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World-class thrilling waves meet jaw-dropping scenery at the secluded surfers’ paradise of Suluban Beach. Not so secret also, since a resort is named after it (NB: Blue Point Bay Villas & Spa). Located not too far from the picturesque Uluwatu  Temple, this beach is the actual site of the famous Uluwatu surf break. This beach extends right up and joins the Uluwatu Beach. Located near the Monkey Forest in Ungasan, this beach offers a line of cliffs and reefs and amazing blue water.

How to find it:

Located at the Bukit Peninsula, Suluban Beach is connected to Kuta and Denpasar through Jimbaran by the busy Jalan Bypass Nusa Dua and this is the only route in. Approximately 34 Kilometers from Denpasar, the beach is about 30 minutes’ drive from the I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport or about 45 minutes from the tourist resorts of Kuta-Legian. The other popular name for Suluban Beach is Blue Point Beach and this is not without reason since if you want to reach the beach you will have to pass the Blue Point Bay villas and spas and go straight down until you reach the beach..

10) Mimpi Resort Beach

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Mimpi Resort Beach is the most secret of all the above mentioned beaches: So secret that it does not even have a real name. It is a nice beach, used only by local families, fishermen, or teenagers flirting together… Very relaxing and rather easy to access, it is also located only 5 minutes by motorbike from the hotel.

How to find it:

Go to Jalan Four Seasons. After passing the Four Seasons, turn immediately on the right following the indication for Mimpi Resort (the resort is actually closed now). When you arrive in Mimpi Resort, take the small path just left after the gazebo of security. Follow it for about 200m, then park your car/motorbike. Follow the path by foot; it will take you to the beach.


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