10 Bali beach spots to explore off the beaten track
There’s no shortage of things to do when you leave Mayaloka Villas for an explore. Seminyak is vibrant, exciting, and a trendy hub for shopping, fashion, eating and night-spotting. It’s impossible to stay in Seminyak without talking about the spectacular surf, the golden sands, the stunning sunsets and the beachside hangouts. But although Seminyak’s beaches may be among the world’s best, what if you venture out just a little further? Here is our list of the Best beaches in Bali.
Hope on a bike, a scooter, or hail a taxi and you’ll find that Bali also has plenty of beautiful beach life that is well off the beaten track.
Here are 10 of our favourite spots:
You’ll need a scooter or a bus and 90 minutes to spare to get there, but the rural river village of Balian is where you’ll find ‘the real Bali’. Leave behind the fashion outlets and the day spas, and discover black sandy surf beaches and rice paddies surrounding a sleepy village – the perfect quieter destination to bring a book or indulge in a long walk.
If you don’t want to travel that far from Seminyak, try Batubelig Beach. It’s quiet because you’ve left the resorts behind. But you’ll still find somewhere cool and quiet to eat, and if you walk a little further up the coastline, you’ll discover bigger waves but more quiet sand to explore at Berawa.
3. Bukit Peninsula
Those who loved Bali before it became a traffic jam-filled tourist spot still rave about ‘The Bukit’. It’s where you can escape to secluded surf spots or the calm and beautiful Green Bowl that require you to descend hundreds of novel slate steps through the thicket.
4. Candi Dasa
You’ll also need some transport to travel from Seminyak to Candi Dasa, but your reward is when you get there. Not completely off the beaten track, but you’ll find the Bali you know on a smaller scale, with local markets and calm, narrow beaches. Head a couple of kilometres further west, and catch a ferry to the beautiful Gili Islands.
Not too long ago, Canggu was little more than rice fields and a tiny surf village – but now it’s one of the trendiest new places to hang out in Bali. You’ll not only find brilliant cafes but some lovely beach spots, like Batu Bolong Beach with its Hindu temple.
You arrive at Keramas’ volcanic sand beaches after driving through a rice field – but the beauty doesn’t end there. The volcanic views and a coastline spattered with temples will almost certainly become a popular tourist spot one day soon, so visit now while it’s serene.
We’ve talked a lot about the bottom end of Bali, but what does the north have to offer? How about Lovina, with its calm waters that are protected from the southern ocean that are perfect for peaceful snorkeling.
Another place to escape the Seminyak action is Medewi, so set aside an hour or two for the trip there. Say goodbye to the crowds and hello to ‘the real Bali’, with a tiny, single-street village, a surf break, and the combo of a Mosque and a Hindu temple.
Back on the north coast, though, is the Pemuteran Peninsula – where perhaps the best part is the long trip across the entire island to get there. You’ll need to set aside the day to travel to and from Seminyak for this one, especially if you want to really explore Bali Barat National Park or the secluded marine and coral reserve called Menjangan Island.
To complete our tour of Bali beaches off the beaten track, find yourself on the east coast of the beautiful island. Tulamben beaches are spectacular, framed by the volcanic gradients and home to Bali’s most exciting scuba dive – the exciting exploration of US cargo ship Liberty, which was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1942.
So while there’s plenty to explore within walking distance of Seminyak and Mayaloka Villas, those willing to venture a little or a long way off the beaten track will find a lifetime of amazing Bali beaches to explore.