1. Black beauty – Amed
It’s actually a common sight in Amed, which boasts of unique black sand beaches due to the volcanic deposits in the coastal soil. But this isn’t the only thing appealing about this north-eastern gem. Featuring a flat bottom lagoon, it’s also a perfect spot to learn snorkelling and diving, and the reef is a short distance away by boat in calm waters. There’s numerous local villages with various accommodation options thus you just no worries if you’re on budget. But one thing you shouldn’t miss out is local seafood. It is one of the region’s best, and be sure to also try the locally harvested salt for a taste of the seaside, literally.
2. The private and exclusive – Karma Beach
Karma Beach is the one of the few places you’ll have to pay to experience Bali’s untouched beauty. Located in Ungasan on the Bukit Peninsula, and is also known as Nammos Beach – the name of the private beach club of the same resort. Access down to the beach is via a funicular, with views of the white sand beach and azure waters.
3. Seaweed paradise – Geger Beach
Bali’s luxury villa neighbourhood, nestled in Nusa Dua, Geger Beach has experienced development at one end, while the other remains gorgeously untouched. In fact, what’s left of this little slice of paradise is a hideout for passionate beach-goers looking for a break from the crowd. With calm and crystal clear water, Geger Beach is also perfect for swimmers and snorkellers. Its seaweed farms attract spectacular reef fish into the shallow waters too! And don’t forget to visit its seaweed farms, where the plants are harvested to produce cosmetics. You can even spot the farmers at work on the beach.
4. Abandoned utopia – Green Bowl Beach
Green Bowl Beach is famed for its resident population of bats living in beach-side caves, you can often see hundreds of sleeping bats at noon. If you are not scared of flying creatures, you can even snap a once-in-a lifetime Green Bowl Beach photo from the inside. Located on the southern coast, next to the derelict hotel site of the Bali Cliff Resort, visitors need to walk down hundreds of concrete steps to reach the beach.
5. Down the unmarked trail – Pasir Putih Beach
The gorgeous Pasir Putih (white sand) owes its secluded reputation to its location. Although it’s barely 90 minutes’ drive from Denpasar, the capital, reaching it is an adventurous trip that takes you through a tiny village, down an unmarked trail and along a rough, sandy track. This pretty little hideout is tropical paradise incarnate. You can enjoy swimming in turquoise waters, rent a beaten-up longue chair and have some local eats on the sparsely populated shoreline.
6. Mystery Boulder Beach – Yeh Leh
You probably wouldn’t have heard of the Yeh Leh Beach unless you are a local fisherman. Located in Jembrana, just off the Denpasar – Gilimanuk highway, Yeh Leh is not decorated with soft white sand like your ideal beach. Instead, thousands of boulders litter the shore, either covered in algae or washed clean by the waves. These mysterious rocks have been smoothed over for hundreds of years, leaving few clues about their origin. The beach is actually easily accessible, and you can visit at low tide to see Yeh Leh in all its glory, with the boulders unearthed and many interesting marine animals caught in the rock pools. And if you can, don’t miss its stunning sunset, which lights up every shining rock on the shore.