Beneath the beauty of Bali's famous beaches lies even more beautiful hidden beaches. When staying at Bali hotels, remember to discover these 9 secret beaches!
Every beach around Bali is gorgeous, such as Kuta Beach, Seminyak Beach, Jimbaran Beach, and Nusa Dua Beach, to name a few. No wonder many Bali hotels take advantage of the beaches by being situated near the coastlines. While that helps bring the beaches more exposure, other beaches remain obscured, yet offer a mystique charm, unlike other well-known beaches. Because of that, there are more hidden beaches in Bali you should discover!
But why are there tons of hidden beaches in Bali?
Despite its status as one of the world’s most recommended tourist spots, Bali does its best to preserve its original identity. Thanks to that, many famous traditional landmarks are still preserved, and beaches around are well-maintained and natural as they should be. On the other hand, it also means access to other secluded areas is kept hidden as they always were. It includes access to hidden beaches in Bali where they gain less exposure, lor.
Unfortunately, that means you’ll find some difficulties when travelling to those beaches. Many are located in hidden, smaller islands where you’ll need to rent a boat, while the others aren’t accessible by land vehicles. Furthermore, there aren’t a lot of local Bali hotels around to accommodate travellers around the beaches.
Why should you visit these hidden beaches in Bali? Well, this list of 9 obscured Bali beaches will answer your question.
1. Nyang Nyang Beach
Nyang Nyang Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali thanks to its ethereal ocean water and pristine white sand. Around the beach, you can also find artefacts like abandoned ships, boats, or artistic rocks, along with a marvellous flower field. To reach this beach, however, is quite an adventure.
From Uluwatu Temple, which is rather close to several local Bali hotels, follow a dirt track. It has several signs that say “Nyang Nyang Surfing Beach,” where you’ll end up in a field full of mini shops. Then, park your vehicle and walk toward a long set of stairs before you finally reach the hidden gem.
2. Gunung Payung Beach
Perhaps one of the most accessible hidden beaches in Bali is Gunung Payung, located one hour away from Denpasar. If you’re staying at local Bali hotels in Denpasar, head to Pandawa Beach and head east from there. After several minutes, you’ll be greeted by a gorgeous beach with natural cliffs and soothing wind.
Here, you can do snorkelling and surfing on the sea, or do yoga and sunbathing on the coastline. Locals can also be found around the beach, farming seaweeds and sea urchins for a living. If you want to, you can interact with them and discover the life of local Balinese people.
3. Bias Tugal Beach
Also known as Pantai Kecil, translated as “Little Beach,” this mini beach is also so shiok! Located around Padang Bai, it’s a rather long journey to reach the beach as you need to walk through a 500-metres rocky path. But once you’re there, you can witness and enjoy the beautiful ocean, coral reefs, and blue lagoon. And compared to Nyang Nyang, this one isn’t too deserted because you can find local stalls selling food and drinks.
4. Suluban Beach
Surprisingly, Suluban Beach is located just under Uluwatu, meaning access from many local Bali hotels is easier. But while the beach itself is well-known among surfers as a surfing paradise, the cave is the real deal, lor. Almost like a pirate lair, Suluban Cave is both mystique and glamorous, offering you a unique sight and experience. Plus, a smaller beach near Uluwatu Temple can be accessed from the cave, which is also as beautiful as the main beach.
5. Jimbaran Panorama Point
If you’re staying at Bali hotels around Tegal Wangi, there’s an area you should visit. Just before Tegal Wangi Beach, you’ll find a dirt path surrounded by bushes where it leads to a small cliff. It is Jimbaran Panorama Point, a small cliff where you can cliff jump to the ocean, enjoy makan barbecue, or camping. The ocean view surrounding the cliff is so shiok and private, you’ll enjoy every second there.
6. Green Bowl Beach
There was once a Bali Cliff Resort near Green Bowl Beach, but it was demolished. As a result, the beach lost a significant amount of exposure due to the lack of other Bali hotels around. This is unfortunate because it’s an amazing beach with green algae covering the cliff rocks, hence the name “Green Bowl.” And just around the beach lies several beachside caves, homes to hundreds of bats with gorgeous natural design.
7. Atuh Beach
Several travellers consider Atuh Beach as one of the most beautiful hidden beaches in Bali, and that says a lot. Granted, it’s justifiable thanks to its ethereal turquoise water, natural white sand, rock shelters, and coral reefs. However, you need to rent a boat to reach the location, which is situated around Klungkung regency. Additionally, the beach is best savoured during low tide when the beauty is at its peak.
Getting there: From Denpasar, head to Port of Padang Bai or Pesinggahan, or Sanur Pier. Then, rent a boat all the way to Atuh Beach in Nusa Penida island.
8. Soka Beach
Have you ever imagined a beach with jet black sand? Well, stop imagining lah, and visit Soka Beach because its black sand is just as real as it is mesmerising. Plus, it hosts several majestic green cliffs, a secret bat cave, and mystique ocean water and coral reefs. The latter two are believed to be the spot where Kebo Iwa, a mythical figure of Balinese, cooked his meal. And the location is surprisingly rather close to several Bali hotels in Tabanan.
9. Karma Beach
Compared to other hidden beaches in Bali here, Karma Beach is more civilised and exclusive. Its gorgeous ocean water and soothing white sand are decorated with one of the best 5-star Bali hotels called Karma Kandara Villa. Visiting the beach will cost you S$48, including luxurious Mediterranean-inspired foods and drinks. And once you’re there, stay after the sunset to enjoy watching a movie right beside the beach.
So, which Bali hotels are best for travelling to these beaches?
All the beaches mentioned above are scattered across Bali, so it’s impossible to find the best Bali hotels with easy access to them all. Several hotels are situated very close to some of the hidden beaches, and they’re worth checking out. Here are 4 of them:
1. Karma Kandara Villa
As mentioned before, Karma Kandara Villa is the only hotel you can find in Karma Beach. But that should be more than enough because this 5-star luxury hotel offers maximum comfort and privacy. Enjoy the full experience of Karma Beach, and no other Bali hotels can provide, and enjoy the Mediterranean-inspired ambience of the villa. The cuisines and cold beers will keep you excited in this exclusive beach, lor.
Address: Jl. Villa Kandara Banjar Wijaya Kusuma Ungasan Benoa Kuta Sel., Ungasan, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80362
Distance from Ngurah Rai International Airport: Around 17 km or 30 minutes drive
2. Villa Soori Bali
Situated right across the ocean, Villa Soori Bali is one of the best luxurious Bali hotels very close to Soka Beach. It has a massive infinity pool, marvellous spa, and two restaurants offering Indonesian and Japanese cuisines that are so shiok. As for the villa itself, it has a luxurious room with a balcony bed and terrace that gives you the majestic ocean scenery.
But the fun doesn’t stop there. Besides Soka Beach, Villa Soori Bali is also very close to Tanah Lot Temple, Kedungu Beach, and Nirwana Golf Course. If you’re looking for a more diverse holiday trip to many different landmarks, then chope a room here.
Address: Banjar Dukuh, Desa Kelating, Kerambitan, Kelating, Kec. Tabanan, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82161
Distance from Ngurah Rai International Airport: About 35 km or 1 hour 10 minutes drive
3. Rimba Jimbaran Bali by Ayana
Still, among the topic of luxurious Bali hotels, Rimba Jimbaran Bali is a 5-star luxury hotel very close to Jimbaran Panorama Point. Every room has majestic views of local tropical landscapes, modern amenities, and access to a lagoon pool for certain rooms. The spa & wellness centre is very well-famed, and so is the Rock Bar. Not to mention it offers Chinese cuisine at Ah-Yat Abalone and international cuisine at Toge Restaurant, also in the resort.
This resort is also close to other landmarks such as New Kuta Green Park, Padang Padang Beach, and Garuda Wisnu Kencana. The latter hosts the largest Garuda statue in the world, a proud mythical Hinduist bird and a symbol of Indonesia.
Address: Jl. Karang Mas, Jimbaran, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80364
Distance from Ngurah Rai International Airport: About 13 km or 20 minutes drive
4. Uluwatu Jungle Villa
Compared to the other luxurious Bali hotels on this list, Uluwatu Jungle Villa is more down-to-Earth and affordable. For the price of S$46, you get a cosy villa with an outdoor pool, private garden, and a sun terrace. The villa also offers amazing local cuisines at the restaurant, perfect for breakfast before you visit local landmarks.
Suluban Beach is just 10 minutes away from the hotel, making Uluwatu Jungle Villa one of the closest Bali hotels to it. Plus, it’s also very close to Uluwatu Temple and Padang Beach, making it a bang for the buck.
Address: Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361
Distance from Ngurah Rai International Airport: About 22 km or 30 minutes drive
To sum it up…
There are a lot of hidden beaches in Bali, most of them untouched by civilisation. They offer unique scenery, characteristics, and overall experience, unlike other more exposed and well-known hotels that most people know. However, travelling to those hidden beaches requires more time and energy because you’ll spend a lot of time on the journey and the locations. Not to mention some of them don’t have local Bali hotels to chope.
Therefore, to make the journey easier, it’s highly recommended to stay at the closest Bali hotels around your destination. Here, the four hotels are very close to several hidden beaches in Bali and offer great service and facilities. Once you’re all set with the lodging, prepare to discover new and exciting things you’ll remember for years to come.