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Bali’s Beaches

Posted by Heliocentrism on September 5, 2017

Thursday, June 8th – July 4th, 2017

Let’s talk Bali beaches

My quest, while I was in Bali, was to find a nice beach to do nothing around. I wanted to swim a little and then drink some fruity drinks, but essentially that is nothing. I didn’t go to all the beaches in Bali or even many of the beaches there. I did go to all of the beaches that an average backpacker can easily get to.

Mark wanted to surf. There were many beaches where you could rent a surf board and even get lessons. When you rent a surf board (or get lessons) in Bali,  a rashguard is complimentary. I think this is partially so they can easily see the people who have rented their surf boards when they are in the water. So don’t buy one if you don’t already have one.

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Indonesia
(Republic of Indonesia)

How to get there:

You can enter Indonesia by plane, boat, or bus.

Most people can enter Indonesia visa-free for 30 (technically 29) days. If you want to stay longer, you will need to get a visa before entering. The visa-free stay cannot be extended. Check the DGI website for more information.

Phone:

  • Emergency Numbers:
    • Police 110 & 112
    • Ambulance 118
    • Medical Emergencies 119
    • Fire 113
    • Search and rescue 115

Website:

Downloads:

Videos:

Notes:

  • Do not bring illegal drugs into Indonesia. The penalty is death.
  • Do not confuse Bali with the rest of Indonesia. Bali is like the Las Vegas of Indonesia.
    • (Outside Bali) Indonesia is a conservative country. Dress modestly. Act respectfully.

Bali

How to get there:

  • by way of the Ngurah Rai International Airport
    • Also know as the Denpasar International Airport
  • by bus via a ferry
  • by boat

Phone:

  • Tourism information centre 166
  • Bali Taksi/Blue Bird +62 361 701111
  • free ambulance service +62 361 480282
  • Tourist Police +62 361 754599 or +62 361 763753

Websites:

Downloads:

Notes:

  • Known as Island of Gods, Island of Peace, Morning of The World, Island of Hinduism, and Island of Love.
  • You will need to wear a sarong to enter any and all temples.
    • This applies to both men and women.
    • Some temples will lend or rent a sarong to you.
    • You could also buy a sarong (for about 45,000IDR (less than 4USD)) and use that instead of renting.
    • Never buy a sarong from vendors near a temple. They will charge far more than the cost of renting a sarong, which is sometimes free.
  • Women on their period are not permitted entry to any temples. (However, there is no “period police” and no one checks. It’s just the honor system.)
  • There are tons of people trying to sell you drugs. Just walking down the street in Kuta men will ask in the most unsubtle way, “Marijuana?”
    • DO NOT buy any thing from them. Indonesia has a death penalty for drug possession.
    • Sometimes these “sellers” and scouting for the police who are looking for brides at best and promotions at worst.
  • Do not swim near red flags. They warn of rip currents.
  • Don’t drink the tap water! You’ll get Bali Belly.
    • Ask at your hotel’s reception if you can brush your teeth with the tap water.
    • If you hotel places bottles of water in the bathroom, that means that you shouldn’t brush your teeth with the tap water. Use the bottled water instead.
    • The ice in the drinks at restaurants are okay.
      • Most restaurants do not make their own ice. The ice is delivered daily and is safe.
  • There is a complimentary airport shuttle from Lippo Mall. (From the mall to the airport, not from the airport to Lippo Mall.)
    • First ask the concierge.
    • Spend 150,000IDR, total among your party.
    • You will have access to a free Luggage deposit, free charging outlet, and free wi-fi. (The wi-fi at Lippo Mall is always free.)
    • If you chose not to use this serve and you don’t have too much baggage, remember that Lippo Mall is less than a 30 minute walk from the airport.

Legian Beach

How to get there:

  • Coordinates -8.703852, 115.164619
  • Nearest Kura Kura stop: Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa on the Kuta Line

Websites:

Cost:

  • Things in this area are not too expensive
  • 50,000 IDR for a beach chair for 2~3 hours
    • May or may not come with a complimentary towel.

Notes:

This is where most backpackers will spend a majority of their time in Bali. This, along with other nearby beaches, is a great place to watch the sunset.

  • Shops & Restaurants nearby:  There are lots of everything nearby.
  • Drinks on the Beach:  Yup! There are many little huts selling cold drinks.
  • Food on the beach: There aren’t as many food huts on the beach, but just cross the street and you will find plenty of restaurants.
  • How clean is the beach: Pretty clean, but by no means spotless.
  • Can I surf: Yes. You can also get surfing lessons here.
  • Can I swim: Swimming is a bit tricky. The waves are rough.
  • Can I relax in quietness: Somewhat…
  • Is there a lot of seaweed: There is some, but not too much.
  • Will I be bothered by touts: Yes. But the beach has so many people, that you will not be harassed for too long.
  • Is the beach crowded: Yes.

Kuta Beach

How to get there:

  • Coordinates -8.716739, 115.168159
  • Nearest Kura Kura stop: Beachwalk Shopping Center on the Kuta Line
    • or J4 Hotel Legian on the Legian Line

Websites:

Cost:

  • Things in this area are not too expensive
  • 50,000 IDR for a beach chair for 2~3 hours
    • May not come with a complimentary towel.

Notes:

This is where most backpackers will spend a lot of their time in Bali. This beach is right next to Legian beach and an easy walk from the airport. It’s hard to tell where Legian ends and Kuta begins. This, along with other nearby beaches, is a great place to watch the sunset.

  • Shops & Restaurants nearby:  There are lots of everything nearby.
  • Drinks on the Beach:  Yup! There are many little huts selling cold drinks.
  • Food on the beach: There aren’t as many food huts, but just cross the street.
  • How clean is the beach: Pretty clean, but by no means spotless.
  • Can I surf: Yes. You can also get surfing lessons here.
  • Can I swim: Swimming is almost impossible. The waves are rough. But, people still try to swim.
  • Can I relax in quietness: Not really.
  • Is there a lot of seaweed: There is some, but not too much.
  • Will I be bothered by touts: Yes. But the beach has so many people, that you will not be harassed for too long.
  • Is the beach crowded: Yes.

Jerman Beach

How to get there:

  • Coordinates -8.734843, 115.162995
  • Nearest Kura Kura stop: It’s a toss up between –
    • The Aston Kuta Hotel on both the Kuta and Legian Lines
    • The Lippo Mall on both the Kuta and Legian Lines.

Websites:

Cost:

  • Things in this area are  expensive.
  • This beach is right next to several up scale resorts.
    • They are not the most expensive resorts, but definitely not within a backpacker’s budget.
  • I don’t think you can rent a chair here. The chairs are for hotel guests only.
  • You will have to bring your own towel.

Notes:

This beach is very close to the airport. It’s between the airport and Kuta beach. You can see planes taking off and landing, in fact you can almost hear them.

  • Shops & Restaurants nearby:  There are shops and stuff at Lippo Mall. Although the mall is close, this beach is not as close to shopping as Kuta and Legian are.
  • Drinks on the Beach:  Yes, but they are expensive. Bring your own.
  • Food on the beach: You can have lunch at one of the resorts.
  • How clean is the beach: Pretty clean, but by no means spotless.
  • Can I surf: No. There are almost no waves.
  • Can I swim: Yes, but the water is not very deep. You can wade in the water for most of the day.
  • Can I relax in quietness: Yes. Most people head for Legian or Kuta beach.
  • Is there a lot of seaweed: Some.
  • Will I be bothered by touts: A little bit.
  • Is the beach crowded: No.

Sanur Beach

How to get there:

  • Coordinates -8.68847, 115.26598
  • Nearest Kura Kura stop:
    • From the Bus bay go to – Gallery Coffee on the Sanur Line
    • Return by – McDonalds on the Ubud Line

Websites:

Cost:

  • This is the most inexpensive beach, if you do it correctly
    • Don’t hang out in front of resorts, go to areas between resorts near coffee or burger shops.
  • 50,000IDR/ beach chair an umbrella for the whole morning
    • with complimentary towel and access to a shower
    • If you come too late, they might run out of towels.

Notes:

This beach is visited more by older, mellower travelers who do less partying. Things here are generally less expensive and if you buy your lunch where the Balinese buy theirs, you will save tons of money. There is also a paved walkway which was so pleasant to walk down, I almost forgot to go swimming.

  • Shops & Restaurants nearby:  At this beach, many of them come to you. But there are also some coffee and burger shops along the paved walkway.
  • Drinks on the Beach:  Yes. They are not expensive and if you sit in the right spot you can get them delivered to your beach chair.
  • Food on the beach: Same deal as drinks
  • How clean is the beach: It’s not too bad, but it would be nice if someone would clear away all the seaweed that washes ashore.
  • Can I surf: No. The waves aren’t big enough.
  • Can I swim: Yes.
  • Can I relax in quietness: Yes. There are some touts, but not too many. And some of them are actually selling things like fruit and young coconuts you might want.
  • Is there a lot of seaweed: Yes!
  • Will I be bothered by touts: A little bit
  • Is the beach crowded: Not so much in the mornings. But, more so in the afternoons.

Jimbaran Beach

How to get there:

  • Coordinates -8.770071, 115.168597
  • Nearest Kura Kura stop:
    • From the Bus bay go to – Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran on the Jimbaran Line
    • To return go to – Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran or Movenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali on the Jimbaran Line

Websites:

Cost:

  • 100,000 IDR/ beach chair
    • No complimentary towel

Notes:

This place is famous for seafood and sunsets.

  • Shops & Restaurants nearby:  There are some restaurants on the beach and a gourmet grocery store at Movenpick Kura Kura stop. Movenpick is a 10-25 minute walk from the beach.
  • Drinks on the Beach:  Yes. You can sit right in front of any of the many restaurants.
  • Food on the beach: Same deal as drinks
  • How clean is the beach: It’s pretty clean.
  • Can I surf: It doesn’t look like you can, but this where beginners go. There is a surf company there giving lessons and tons of kids and new surfers doing their thing at Jimbarab.
  • Can I swim: Yes.
  • Can I relax in quietness: Yes. There are some touts, but not too many.
  • Is there a lot of seaweed: Not really.
  • Will I be bothered by touts: A little bit. Don’t make eye contact, the ones here seem to be persistent.
  • Is the beach crowded: Not so much in the morning. But, more so in the afternoon.

Nusa Dua Beach

How to get there:

  • Coordinates -8.805515, 115.233913
  • Nearest Kura Kura stop:
    • From the Bus bay go to – The Bay Bali
    • To return go to – The Bay Bali

Websites:

Cost:

  • 100,000 IDR / 2 hours for a beach chair
    • comes with a complimentary towel
  • Most of the beach chairs are for guests of nearby hotels and hotel chains. There is one place at the end of the beach who will rent chairs to anyone (pictured above).

Notes:

Don’t forget to check out the Blow Hole. This is the prettiest beach I saw while I was in Bali. I heard that there was another beach that put Nusa Dua to shame, but I didn’t see it on this trip.

  • Shops & Restaurants nearby:  There are plenty restaurants and shops near the beach, but most are not on the beach.
  • Drinks on the Beach:  Yes. Depending on what part of the beach you put your towel. If you are renting a chair, you can buy drinks from the same people you rented you a beach chair.
  • Food on the beach: Same deal as drinks
  • How clean is the beach: There is trash floating around… It’s a shame.
  • Can I surf: Yes. If you swim out away from the beach you can catch a wave.
  • Can I swim: Yes.
  • Can I relax in quietness: You can at times
  • Is there a lot of seaweed: Not really.
  • Will I be bothered by touts: A little bit.
  • Is the beach crowded: People come and go. Sometimes it’s crowded, sometimes it’s not. It’s also a pretty long beach.

Double 6 Beach

How to get there:

  • Coordinates -8.697803, 115.161871
  • Nearest Kura Kura stop Bintang Supermarket on both the Kuta and Legian Lines

Websites:

Cost:

  • 100,000 IDR / 2-3 hours for a beach chair
    • comes with a complimentary towel if you get here early enough

Notes:

This, along with other nearby beaches, is a great place to watch the sunset. This is the most popular with surfers.

  • Shops & Restaurants nearby:  There are plenty restaurants on the beach, but very few shops.
  • Drinks on the Beach:  Yes. Just place yourself near a restaurant and start a tab.
  • Food on the beach: Same deal as drinks
  • How clean is the beach: It’s fairly clean.
  • Can I surf: Yes!
  • Can I swim: No. The water is too rough.
  • Can I relax in quietness: You can for a bit when all the surfers go out. But, not so much when they come back to shore. They will go on and on about their feats.
  • Is there a lot of seaweed: Not really.
  • Will I be bothered by touts: Yes.
  • Is the beach crowded: Yes.

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