Beaches of South Bali are beyond the sands of Kuta, Seminyak and Legian. The ones in the Bukit Peninsula region of Bali are a world away from these popular and commercialised spots. The island itself has variety of beaches to offer; from black volcanic beaches in the north to white sand beaches with turquoise water in the south. And, the beaches of Bukit Peninsula in South Bali are nothing less than picture perfect postcards. Some of these beaches are so secluded that if you are lucky you may have the entire beach to yourself! Most of these places are amazing to watch dramatic sun sets while downing them sun downers at the cafes or bars on and around these beaches.
“Beach hopping” in Bali is definitely worth all the time if you want to get in some hiking, as some of them for us required a lot of climbing and bush walking to access the beaches or a get a good view from up above a cliff and if you are a passionate photographer and capturing dramatic sun sets is your thing then you'll definitely not want to miss this. Beautiful Beaches of South Bali are inclined to pop up a few luxury resorts where you can book some stunning beach facing rooms at one of the many resorts on or nearby these sands that is, if you manage to pick your favourite one out of the list below.
We took a day out of our measly 7 days in Bali to discover the beautiful Beaches of South Bali. To do this we rented a car with a driver to take us around and which, was the best decision ever as the roads to get to most of the beaches are narrow, bumpy and dangerous at places. Also, finding parking at some was quite a task. It was good to let someone familiar with the places and who knows the the local language to handle the backend issues of tracing the location and taking care of the car while we enjoyed exploring the beaches and focused on taking pictures.
Things to keep in mind while Beach Hopping in Bali
The Bukit Peninsula beaches in south Bali are white sand beaches with clear turquoise water. Though rugged rocky beaches look beautiful, some have way too many rocks with sharp edges and swimming in the water with them is not recommended.
A lot of walking maybe involved depending on how much you wish to explore as accessing some of these beaches you have to get through flight of rough stairs. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing fit for surviving the hot sun during the day.
Make sure to visit these beaches around low tide if you plan to spend time on the sands because with high tide the beaches tend to shrink. The timing for high and low tides really depends on various factors, however, just to give you an idea; low tides occur around early mornings and in the late afternoons till sun down. Best would to refer to these websites for nearly accurate timings for surfing and/or lazing on the beaches of South Bali: http://magicseaweed.com/Uluwatu-Surf-Report/565/Tide/
Best way to get from one beach to another is to rent a comfortable car with a DRIVER who speaks and understands English as you should be able to communicate with him when required and avoid confusion. I recommend booking your car at YourBaliDriver.com.
Sometimes the driver may recommend taking you to a restaurant or activity not on your agenda and this maybe because he has a tie up with the place to get business. At this, do not hesitate to politely refuse and stick to your itinerary.
Self drive is definitely possible if you are planning to get to a few beaches or a particular beach and not to all of them as mentioned below, in a day. However, we found renting a car for 30 US$ to 50 US$ for ten hours with a local driver is quite a steal.
At most of the entrances to these beaches, locals charge a small fee of around 2000 IDR for visiting. I believe it’s parking charges as in our case our driver took care of that.
Don’t forget to tip your driver a minimum of 20,000 IDR i.e. 1.5 US$ in the end of the day for his services.
You can also hire a metered taxi to these beaches, however, while getting back you might have trouble finding one and end up paying more than the usual fare for a private cab. As most of these secluded beaches do not have taxi services in the area.