You have probably heard of the most famous Bali beaches such as Kuta, Uluwatu and Padang-Padang, but did you know Bali has many beautiful beaches which are still hidden from the average tourist. We explored this island paradise and discovered 5 hidden beaches which are true pearls you can enjoy without the crowd. But keep in mind that to reach a hidden beach and enjoy its beauty often requires a strong will, as the road may be an adventure and the path to the beach may be challenging…maybe even hundreds of stairs.
1. Nyang Nyang Beach
Nyang Nyang Beach is close to the Uluwatu temple, in southern Bali. To get the to the beach you will have to go down a small staircase…500 steps! It is a heavy walk, but it is definitely worth it. The beach is really abandoned, so there is a good chance you will have the beach for yourself when you arrive. With white sand and clear ocean this is really a beautiful beach.
2. Gunung Payung Beach
This is beach is close to the very famous Pandawa beach, also located in the south of Bali. The route to get here is absolutely stunning and the view is breathtaking. Clear blue water, beautiful waves, coral and beautiful nature make this view “picture perfect.” Once you get to the beach you surf, snorkel, or simply relax. The pathway to this beach includes about 300 steps but once you are there you will see it is all worth it.
3. Green Bowl Beach
Green Bowl Beach is also located in the south of Bali, to the west of Pandawa Beach. To get there is a real adventure! Walk around tricky turns and down a few tiny roads through the marvellous nature of Bali. Of course the road contains a few steps (just a few hundred!) before you can take a dive in the ocean. Green Bowl is famous not only because of the beauty of the beach, but also because of the bats which are living in the caves at the beach. If you’re brave enough, you can enter the caves to take some pictures. Besides tanning and swimming, Green Bowl is perfect for intermediate surfers!
4. Suluban Beach (Blue Point)
This hidden beach is often overlooked by tourists due to its location below the cliff. The beach lays right at the base of the cliff and looking down from the top you will only see a bit of this beach. 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. Canopied by a looming cliff face, this small beach may not be ideal for sunbathers, but serves pro surfers well as a base to 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 truly rewarding
5. Melasti Beach at Tanah Lot
This beauty is near the famous temple Tanah Lot. Just as Tanah Lot is famous and crowded, especially during the sunset, Melasti Beach is peaceful. What makes Melasti Beach so special is the miniature waterfall that ends at the beach. Stunning pictures during the sunset are guaranteed! The sand is not that white, but the view is very good with big cliffs, a waterfall (except in dry season) and different colors in the sky. Visits to this beach can be combined with a visit to nearby Tanah Lot Temple.