BEST BEACHES ON THE BUKIT PENNINSILA

Bingin Beach

Our local! Bingin Beach is unique in the fact it remains one of the last bastions on the Bukit Peninsula yet to be overrun by big development. It is dotted with quirky beach huts and local warungs offering food, drinks and shelter from the hot Indonesian sun.

From Melali it's a 10 minute walk (or 2 minutes by scooter) to the cliff top. From here you will traverse the famous stairs and snaking alleyways leading you to the beach below. Its relaxed village vibe is immediately felt as soon as your feet hit the sand. Scattered across the beach watching the world go by are surfers, swimmers, sun bakers and local ‘Ibu’s’ (women) peddling their wares.

Grab a smoothie (or a frozen margarita if that's more your poison) from Kelly's Warung and watch the waves roll in. Then as the day crawls to a close and hunger sets in, there are a handful of dining options. One not to be missed is the the nightly seafood BBQ offered by a few local warungs. Their fresh, daily caught seafood is cooked on beach grills, all you have to do is choose your seafood, order a beer, sit back and feel the sand between your toes. Facing west, Bingin Beach is the perfect spot to watch the sun go down into the shimmering Indian Ocean.

 photo by  @robsonimages

photo by @robsonimages

Uluwatu (Pantai Suluban)


Surf’s always up at perhaps the most recognisable beach of Bali’s southern shores. A magnet for surfers from around the world, Uluwatu has carved itself out a reputation as one of the best surf spots on the planet. Spend the day exploring the beach and caves below or take a seat at one of the many local warungs and bars built into the cliff and just take in the scene. A sunset here is not to be missed!! The famous and very popular Single Fin Bar is open every day until late and is a perfect spot to watch the sun go down. Sundays and Wednesdays they have live music and DJ’s.

TIP - If you’re heading to Uluwatu, why not include a trip to the famous Uluwatu Temple (Pura Luhur Uluwatu) or stop for some healthy and delicious food at Lands End Cafe or Muzz’s Kitchen at Yoga Searcher.

 Uluwatu. Photo via The Asia Collective 

Uluwatu. Photo via The Asia Collective 

 

Padang Padang Beach

One of the most famous beaches in Bali (and also one of the busiest) its definitely worth a look when you’re in the area.  Its protected beach and cove is a perfect spot for swimming. To get to this beach, you will pass a small but very important temple (often visited by monkeys) then descend the stairs through a natural cave. There are stalls selling colourful sarongs and plaited friendship bracelets, guys hiring out a range of different surfboards including paddle boards, and a bunch of warungs selling fresh coconuts, cold drinks and freshly-caught seafood. Great place to learn to surf!

TIP - AWAS! Don't leave your belongings too close to the tree line. If you do, expect to donate your things to the local monkey tribe! 

 Padang Padang Beach. Photo by: unknown 

Padang Padang Beach. Photo by: unknown 

 

Pantai Labuhan Sait  

With the popularity of instagram, this one ain't as secret as she was just a few years ago. Alas, we are still going to keep the mystery alive (and make it more fun) by not telling you her name. The This beautiful stretch of beach is situated about 10 minutes away from Melali by scooter, and is definitely worth a visit while you're in town. Come stay with us and we might just divulge the not so secret-secret! 

TIP- Take sunscreen as there isn't a lot of shade. However you can rent a deck chair from one of the locals on the beach.  Hungry? Back on the main road, break up your beach day with a visit to Suka Cafe for lunch and then La Baracca for dinner. 

 Pantai Labuhan Sait. Photo via Melali Bingin 

Pantai Labuhan Sait. Photo via Melali Bingin 

 

Balangan Beach

Yet another beautiful, sleepy stretch of beach on the Bukit Peninsula. It is situated under a rocky hill area bounded by steep cliffs, Balangan stretches along a white sandy beach, fringed with a grassy knoll that's dotted with palm trees. Its idylic setting is the perfect place to relax, swim or catch a few waves. You can spend the day tanning or chilling at one of the warungs built on the cliff or rent a sun lounger and have food and drinks delivered to you.

TIP - If you’re heading to Balangan, we highly recommend heading inland a little and stopping at “The Smoothie Shop” for some delicious food. You’ll find their location on maps.  Cafe La Vida is also a good option.

 Balangan Beach. Photo via Melali Bingin

Balangan Beach. Photo via Melali Bingin

 


Nusa Dua Beaches

Nusa Dua, located on the eastern side of the Bukit Peninsula is home to many of the big branded hotels and five star resorts. Beaches here are clean and offer great places to swim. Some of our favourites are, the beach next to the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Gerger Beach and Nikko Beach further south.

TIP - If you’re heading to Nusa Dua, you may like to stop in for a massage at the famous “Jari Menari” or have a cocktail at Nikki Beach Club next to the Sofitel Hotel.

 Nusa Dua Beaches. Photo: Melali Bingin 

Nusa Dua Beaches. Photo: Melali Bingin 

 

BEACH CLUBS

“Karma Kandara" & “Sundays” Beach Clubs are located on the southern tip of the Bukit Peninsula about a 15-25 minute scooter/car ride from Melali, boasting stunning white sandy beaches. Entry fees range from Rp 300,000 - Rp 500,000 per person and include credit for food & beverage, use of day beds, stand up paddle boards, snorkels, wifi & towels. We highly recommend a day at either one.

Tip -In order to get a good spot, aim to arrive around 10am!! Especially in the busy season (June - September), weekends and school holidays. Bookings possible for groups of 8 or more. 

 Karma Kandara Beach Club, Uluwatu. Photo by: unknown  

Karma Kandara Beach Club, Uluwatu. Photo by: unknown