Located just south of Denpassar Airport and a short Taxi ride is Kuta Beach..I arrived at my accomodation..and after the flight and settling things at the hotel, I was ready for some relaxing time at the beach that was just a short walk from where I was staying.
Kuta is a long beach and can get quite crowded with surfers ..The main attraction of course is the enticing surf and board riders come from far and wide to catch a wave or more...from what I could see on my first day...the good waves were way out off the point ...way out..Many "touts" work the beach selling anything imagineable...but that is Bali...it's so easy to say "no thanks" and smile..as they are only trying to make a living ...under the facade of the fancy places here so many of the local people are on heartbreak street..The locals are just so glad to see the many tourists as they depend on the income from tourism so much ..as they found out after the Terrorist attacks some time back here in Kuta beach..
There is some snorkelling to be done straight off the beach at Candidasa, particularly east of the lagoon. But for the best snorkelling sites, it is better to hire a guide or fisherman with a jukung to take you out to the sheer 'gilis' in Amuk Bay or down to Blue Lagoon. Take care when jumping into the middle of the ocean around the rocks as the currents can be quite strong and surface water choppy. There is clearly an abundance of nutrients in the water - you are likely to see very large schools of fish. Lots of fish, but not a great deal of interesting coral. A morning trip will cost between 80 and 150,000 rupiah for the boat depending on distance you want to travel. My guide asked if I wanted lunch - after we had finished snorkelling, he prepared a freshly caught fish on the beach which came complete with homemade spicy peanut sauce.
About 5 km north east of Candidasa, 1 km off the road to Amlapura at Bug Bug vilage is a serene white sand beach. The beach is in a lovely cove with fine white sand (very hot) and good swimming. A little way out is a small reef where snorkelling is possible. There are several warung on the beach selling drinks and basic meals. It is the stereotypical 'postcard' beach - a great place to spend an afternoon. At one stage a Korean company showed an interest in buying some of the land behind the beach to build apartments. Fortunately the village elders realised they weren't getting a good deal and at this stage, the project is not going ahead.
There is a steep little climb out of Padangbai to the north-east - end of Jalan Silayutki - taking you to Blue Lagoon Beach but if you are just out for a late afternoon stroll, veer right at the top of the hill which will lead you to a lovely little temple, Pura Silayukti, and provide some great views overlooking Padangbai. The temple grounds are a great place to marvel at Balinese design.
Pantai Kecil or Little Beach is a walk of little more than a kilometre to the south of Padangbai. It is a pleasant walk up a hill to a cliff top where you get views of Padangbai harbor. If you take the long way - an extra 500 m - you pass a couple of temples and enter the beach from its south side. From here you can take photos of the little bay. The beach is clean and there are little stalls set up selling drinks and a small selection of food. Take care in the water, especially with children, as the currents can be strong - it is far more exposed than Padangbai beach and Blue Lagoon further north. Never seems very crowded so pass the time away relaxing on the sand or watching ferries passing (see photo).
Pura Goa Lawah, opposite a black sand beach on the east coast of Bali 3km before the turn off to Padangbai, is an important ceremonial temple for the Balinese living in the Semarapura and Amlapura regions. There is a large cave at the rear of the temple complex full of bats. It is said that a giant snake, Naga Basuki, lives in the cave. Tourists are welcome to enter the cave even when ceremonies are being conducted but must be dressed appropriately - there is a small admission fee and a small cost to hire a sash and sarung. You can take photos inside the complex but should not walk in front of people who are praying and those receiving blessings. Well worth a visit if you are travelling up the coast to Padangbai, Candidasa or further on to Amed. Opposite the temple there are stalls selling cool drinks.
Well if you looking for a less crowded nice beach with alot Water Sport and Snorkelling I would definitely advice stay at Nusa Dua. The beaches here is very nice and not crowded here like in Nusa Dua. When it`s low tide you can walk deep into the sea and at some places it form little islands and you can do some snorkling around here.
This is very popular beach in Bali. It`s very nice and also a great beach to go surfing at. You can even get some surfing lessons here. It`s a crouded beach but worth the visit. All the restaurants and shops is just across the road from the beach. Definitely a beach I would recommend to visit and lucky you if you live across the road from the beach :-D There is also alot of night life around here so it`s a very popular spot for the tourist.
This was my 2nd visit to Dreamland Beach and wow it`s really looking great. There is a golf coarse and some resort being built and mall that is not yet complete. This is one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali and surfing heaven as the waves is really great here. Not safe for swimming but never the less a great place to come and visit. I can`t wait to visit here again sometime in the future as I think it`s really going to be awesome when everything is completed. Definitley come Highly recommend by me especially if you a surfer.
Lovina Beach is a situated on the coastal area on the northeastern side of Bali.
We stayed in Aditaya Beach Resort. Would highly recommended this hotel. We stayed here so that it is our stop after Bedugul and our start of our trip to Kintamani.
The beach is filled wth black sand which is quite unique. The sand is black due to the volcanic activities. Lovina is a very peaceful beach minus the vendors. It is much quieter than those beaches in the south.
You can arrange with the hotel to book a dolphin watching tour which starts at 6am (if you can wake up early). The price is quite reasonable at 20,000 RP per pax.
The locals associate this beach with deoms, so it's a lot of tourists, but great for surfing and watching the sun go gown with a cold drink. There are people selling food and snacks and offering massage. Nice place to chill out for a bit
We made a day of excursion to the island of Menjangan for snorkeling. We arranged the trip with one of the diving company from Taman Sari Beach Cottages that take their clients out to Menjangan Island on a boat straight from the front of the hotel. It was a great boat trip and we got a chance to snorkel at some of the good points of the snorkeling sites there on the island. It is a small island where it has some nice white sand beach, beautiful coral, colorful fish. It was really a fabulous snorkeling that we had there.
We got back to the resort around 2.30 PM and getting ready to continue our trip to Lovina for our next stay, which is around 50 km from Pemuteran.
We left the hotel at around 3 PM, driving east passing the seaside temple of Pulaki and Pabean Temple where there are hundreds of monkeys there by the area of the temple and also along the side of the road, waiting for the people to stop and feed them. We did not make a visit to the temple as those monkeys seemed to be a little aggressive.
We left the area and kept driving east towards Seririt, a little town west of Lovina. We drove straight to Puri Bagus Hotel for a night stay. It is a nice resort by the beach.
This is a beach which offer so many activities. The sea is calm than the other one in Kuta with its wild wave, so we can do boating to see marine lifes, diving and snorkelling, parachuting and enjoy skiing at the sea. There is also a sanctuary for Bali's green turtle, a bird and Bat show. Tanjung Benoa and Nusa Dua is a real fascinating beach touring in Bali
Located at Bedugul, Lake Bratan is worth to visit if one traveling to Bali, if weather is good, one can see a tranquil lake with a mountain as a back ground, it was a cool place at the northern part of Bali, from Denpasar to Bratan will take about three hours drive or by bus
Sanur beach is worth to explore, one can enjoy its white sandy beach, not so crowded compare to the one in KUTA. Its great for walking or bycycling along the beach. Boating is also a nice experience and one can go sailing to Lembongan island to do surfing , snorkelling and diving