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6 of Bali’s lesser known beaches

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6 of Bali’s lesser known beaches

There’s no doubt that the majority of tourists make their ways to the beaches to relax, surf and get a tan. Some beaches are nicer than others and with the sheer amount of them you can pick and choose as you like by popularity, cleanliness or even the time it will take to travel there. In this post we will tell you the beaches to check out and why.

Virgin Beach – Candi Dasa

Virgin beach is one of 2 white beaches on the east and north of Bali. The beach itself is very clean and the water is crystal clear here. The distance from the major tourist areas make this beach a less known place so you won’t have to share the beach with hundreds of other people.

There are basic facilities here including some small restaurants and beach shacks so it’s the perfect place to kick back and enjoy the day. It’s best to get here early and enjoy the small swell as the day gets later the wind and waves begin to pick up and the water can become strong for weak swimmers. 


Virgin Beach, Bali, Karangasem, Paradise, Candi Dasa

Photo courtesy of Bali Water Sports

White beach – Padang Bai

Padang Bai is the main ferry port for long distance travel to Lombok and also to Sumbawa. The harbour here is quite dirty as every 20 minutes the car ferries arrive from the other island bringing an industrialised feel to it.

A little known secret awaits just around the corner where white sand gives way to coconut trees and a secret beach unfolds before your eyes. It’s just a stones throw from Padang Bai yet takes on a relaxing, island paradise vibe. Beach shacks are strewn along the shore line selling anything from coconuts to ice cold beer. You can literally spend the who day here and not even notice. If you are looking for a place to stay many of the shacks can offer you a place to sleep and often for free. Just bring a mattress and sleeping bag and you’ll wake up to the gentle sounds of the ocean welcoming you for a morning swim.

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Photo by Ryan Mazure

Nyang Nyang Beach

Nyang Nyang is a little known beach on the southern coast near Uluwatu. The beach is a favourite place for people looking to get away from the crowds and enjoy the tranquility. It’s a well known fact that not many people venture to Nyang Nyang as the entrance requires a 20 minute walk down via the cliff side trail. With this walk in as a deterrent, Nyang Nyang makes the perfect place to get away from the crowds and you’ll have the whole beach to yourself.

When the conditions are right the sunset is one of the best on the island as the sun reflects off the still water in the lagoon creating the most amazing colours and reflections. There are also 2 parts of an old shipwreck down here which make a great place to check out as it’s the only place in Bali with such a feature.

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Photo by Ryan Mazure

Green Bowl Beach

Green bowl beach is a lesser known beach in the south of Bali and away from the crowds. The draw card here is the world class surf out the front and also the huge beach cave.

You’ll find some women down here selling small snacks to ice cold bintang. Don’t forget to bargain though as they charge a high starting price. The beach is a perfect place to relax and at low tide you can walk around towards the melasti beach and have amazing views of the green, moss covered rocks and sunset.

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Photo by Ryan Mazure

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Pandawa Beach

Pandawa beach is certainly one of the most popular beaches in the bukit but if you choose the time of day and the place you go then you can enjoy this place in peace and away from the throngs of day tourists that come here. Pandawa beach is home to famous 5 star villas and is the backdrop for the famous paragliding flights in southern Bali.

The view from the top of the hill is superb with views out to sea and also along the rugged coast line. To experience Pandawa you have to go to the left hand side of the parking where less tourists go and the water is amazingly clear and refreshing. If you want an even more secluded beach then head around 1km along to the left to Gunung Payung beach. This beach is secluded and seems a world away from the chaos of Pandawa. 

Pandawa, Bali, Beach, Paradise,

Photo by Ryan Mazure

If you’d like to know more about paragliding in Bali then check out the guide to paragliding here.


Tegal Wangi Beach

Tegal Wangi beach is one of the lesser visited beaches on the bukit and one of the least crowded. Just a short drive from the tourist area in Jimbaran Bay, Tegal Wangi sits hidden with the access point being down the cliff side path to reach the bottom. It is famous for wedding and couple photographers so you’ll see plenty of them out and about. The beach is one of the best for swimming with minimal rocks and waves aren’t that big.

For directions to Tegal Wangi click here.

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Photo courtesy of Arian Sahidi

Ryan Mazure is an adventure seeker, photographer and creator of the Bali Adventure Guide.

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