1. Perasi Beach (Pasir Putih)
No hotels, villas or any other tourist accommodations are visible from Perasi Beach, only views of Gili Biaha on the horizon. There are a couple of food stalls and shops that offer local food, snacks and beverages for visitors, and it's also possible to rent an umbrella and sun loungers for the day.
Located about 4.5 km east of Candi Dasa, Perasi Beach is about one and a half hour's drive from Denpasar. Follow the Jalan Raya Candidasa-Bugbug main road to the village of Perasi and look out for a dirt road opposite the village’s Pura Bale Agung temple that leads to the beach.
Signs may display various names such as "White Sand Beach", "Virgin Beach" or "Pasir Putih". It's then a one-kilometer drive down a bumpy track to the beach, where parking is available under shady palm trees.
3. Green Bowl
Green Bowl is known as one of the best surf spots on the island, and is not suitable for beginners. Access is from the long stairway at the temple next to the closed Bali Cliff Resort.
4. Amed Beach
Amed is about two and a half hours from the south, passing through the Karangasem and Klungkung regencies. It's also a great base from which to explore other local attractions such as the Tirta Gangga Water Palace and Goa Lawah Temple.
5. Dream Beach
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Dream Beach is located on the southern shores of Lembongan, with fine white sand behind a row of palms and thorny shrubs. There's also simple beach-style accommodation, as well as a cafe serving local food.
6. Karma Beach
Nammo's Beach Club charges an entrance fee which you can then use against the price of food and drinks, mainly of a Mediterranean style. It may seem a little pricey, but spending a day on a private beach without the hassle of hawkers bothering you every five minutes is worth it. Being waited on hand and foot doesn't hurt either!
7. Finn's Beach
The best part is getting to this beach, via a two-minute funicular ride between two cliff walls. A fee of Rp.250,000 per person is charged for outside guests which is later deducted from the food and drinks bill (an excuse to indulge in the delicious menu created in a semi-open kitchen).
Finn's Beach is family friendly and is the perfect way to enjoy the sun and the sea. To get to the beach, take the road down Jalan Pantai Selatan Gau in Ungasan and follow the Finns signs.
Balian is situated at the mouth of a wide river and is roughly a two-hour drive from Seminyak, depending on the traffic. The road to Gilimanuk can be a bit of a hairy drive, so take care and be patient with all the trucks traveling to and from Java.
9. Dreamland Beach
10. Padang Padang
Grab a bite to eat at one of the local warungs and undoubtedly you'll come back with a new sarong (or two)...