I’ve been itching to go to the beach since I started to feel the burning heat in the metro. So when me and my buddies were in Bali, I devoted a day and a half to check out some nice beaches on the island; one of which really captivated me that I instantly stripped off and ran to the clear turquoise waters like a child.
There are more or less thirty four beaches in Bali, and that’s just the major ones. Surrounded by Indian Ocean and Bali Sea, the 5,780 sq. km. island is truly a beach paradise and it would such a shame if we didn’t check out some of it.
Our very cool driver/guide, Made, from our first day of tours in Bali picked us up on time at our home in Ubud. We specifically wanted a day of beach exploration and the guys from Bali Golden Tour happily fixed our itinerary for that day. We opted for a private tour which is quite cheaper than joining group tours.
First was the beach near our home in south Kuta, the German Beach. Locally known as the Pasih Perahu Beach, the German Beach is located near the Ngurah Rai Airport runway thus; huge aircrafts are commonly seen on its horizon. Its name is derived from the airport construction workers (mostly Germans) who lived in this area a few years back.
|German Beach - South Kuta|
|It's so near the Ngurah Rai Airport|
The beach was empty. I was thinking that all the sun worshippers should be here getting the perfect tan, but it was deserted. I wasn’t convinced to jump into the waters at that time. A good stroll followed afterwards, a bottle of beer while lounging should be perfect, but we couldn’t find any.
Me and my buddies haggled for a cab ride from our home in Kuta (60,000 Rupiah | US$ 5) to Kuta Beach and were dropped off at a shopping center. We went across the narrow road and passed through a nice Balinese gateway and were transported to the tropics in no time.
We had some decent lunch on a warung (eatery), grabbed several beach lounge chairs and ordered three Bintang Beers (10,000 Rupiah | US$ 0.75 each) while checking out the beach scene. After finishing the beers, we headed back to the resort. We could’ve waited for the sunset that afternoon (which I heard was lovely) but opted to go back to the resort.
|Beers, massage, chill|
The ocean current wasn’t as strong as in Kuta so children and non-swimmers were enjoying the waters. There’s also a coral reef some few hundred meters away from the shore so snorkeling is also one activity that you can enjoy here.
Me and my buddies were not swayed to take a dip so we went ahead and explored more of the beaches in Bali.
The clear turquoise water was refreshing and I swam like a kid on a hot afternoon sun, alone. I owned the beach for a while. I was unleashing my inner Arielle when a small jellyfish greeted me underneath. I panicked and ran to where my buddies were and never came back. It was a quick but fun swim nevertheless.
Coffee shops, warungs (eateries) and shower areas were spotted at the parking area. We feasted on local chow while being greeted by squirrels from the huge trees, I shrieked every time they went near me.
|Nusa Dua Beach - Badung|
We entered a resort complex that used to be a popular holiday destination in Bali, which is not the case now. The place looked deserted, and although some hotels were still operational and some developments were ongoing the place felt like a ghost city.
|The steps leading to the pathway|
My buddies were having some photo sessions while I ran to the waters and went swimming as if there were no huge waves coming at me. I was having a hard time paddling and kicking but I loved it. I loved the struggle of going under a huge wave. And then it drizzled.
|Dreamland Beach - Bukit Peninsula|
After our chill out session at Dreamland Beach, we went back to our home in Ubud and had a sunset dip at the pool, as if the beach hopping all day didn’t suffice. Bali has so many beaches but each has its own beauty and splendor, you just have to find your happy beach and lounge the whole day.
I think that the Philippines has some of the best beaches in the world. I’m being biased here, but no, I totally believe that we have beach gems tucked somewhere those 7,107islands. I digress.
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