I was surprised and a bit disappointed – No, I wasn’t supposed to. In Bali, the magic ‘island development’ spell works very well: ABRACADABRAA!!…It turned an off-beaten-path surf beach to a leisure complex with night club and golf course and a new ‘baptised’ name – TADAA!!…It closed the whole road to the beach with thickest sandRead more »
The waiting is over, Benny’s beautiful picture of Far far Away Beach has attracted so many people wanting to know where the location is. I receive so many emails on regular basis from all over the world and most of them telling the same story : It’s their honeymoon, and the secret will only be kept for themselves. It was the period where our favorite weekend getaway is to find the non-touristy beaches in Bali, or if we do find ourselves in Kuta or Legian Beach, we wanted to make sure we are doing something fun and different than just sunbathing.
To date, this blog post of My Top 5 Favorite Beaches in Bali has hit more than 85,513 views (Thank you all!), making it the most read post beat the Dreamland Beach Tragedy post. Both of these have also received lots of ‘spicy’ comments, either on the way I tell the story to the I-am-begging-you-please-pretty-please to reveal the a Far far away beach location. Having been preoccupied with my main freelance job and now have Baby Geo in our life, this secret beach reveal has been put aside.
The reason why I don’t write the location and the name of the no.5 Far Far Away Beach is because I don’t want the Dreamland Tragedy happen again. For instant, Padang padang Beach who used to be one of a nap time beach for me and Benny back then has also now been on top of the list of Bali visitors. It’s like every secret beach is not a secret anymore now because everyone tweeted it, facebook it, foursquare it, pin it, the social media list could go on…oh, and one more: path it!
So here it is : White Sand Beach aka Virgin Beach, on Prasi Village, stretch along the Candidasa coastline, in Karangasem Regency, another off-the-beaten-path beach hidden between Prasi and Bukit Bugbug cliffs. Like any other secret beach in Bali, you need to get through a rough track towards the beach where it can become very muddy after a heavy rain. But once you get there, it all worth it..
My first visit to Virgin Beach was in 2004 where everything about this place felt magical, deserted, out of this world, postcard picture scenery. As the time goes by and people started to notice this piece of heaven and with the help of social media pictures, this hidden spot soon became just another popular beach in Bali with usual scenes : tourist and their guides, tourist cars, umbrellas, shops, more umbrellas, and cafes..This is not the pristine white sandy beach I’ve discovered anymore and became the no 1 most frequent asked question for the location by my dearly beloved readers..And with the big developer planning to build a high-end resort complex in this area, I’m telling you this is your last chance to enjoy the beach peacefully…
How to get there:
From By Pass Sanur, turn right on By Pass IB Mantra, pass Kusamba Village. When you get to Klungkung regency and pass the Goa Lawah, you will notice an intersection : take the Amlapura direction. Once arrive at Bug Bug Village, this means you are almost there. It’s a bit hard to find where to turn off the main road of Candidasa, but do notice on your left side (if you are from Denpasar) a balinese black stone gate elementary school SD Imbas Gugus 2, turn right on the small bumpy road, just across this school. A small wooden sign hanging and almost fall ‘White Sand Beach is ‘almost noticeable’!
Parking space : Two options. The one near village temple, spacious, but you need to walk approx.700m (to the beach and back!) Or park near by the beach under the coconut trees and watch out for the Coco-BOOM!
Trip duration : 2 hours drive from Denpasar. Hire a driver is advisable, so you won’t miss the turn-off from the main road of Candidasa.
What & Where to eat : fresh caught fish, icy cold Bintang, fresh coconut. First warung from your left: Ibu Maria (and she still hasn’t fixed the broken wooden toilet door since 2004!), but my favourite Warung Wayan Gede (two cafes to the right after Ibu Maria’s)
Near by tourist attractions : Goa Lawah temple and bat cave; Tenganan Village for Bali Aga community (the original Balinese); Amed – the fishermen village, Water Palace at Tirta Gangga (20 minutes northeast of Candidasa) and enjoy the beautiful scenery of rice paddy terraces.
– This post is based on my last visit in 2011 and we haven’t been there again ever since.
– All photos are by my husband Benny ‘bartcatapult Risanto, please do check out his beautiful photography work on www.risanto.com
– Thank you all for being patient with me during this long hiatus of pregnancy and maternity, our beautiful son Geo just can’t wait for his Bali’s secret beach adventure. I hope you enjoy the White Sand Beach, Virgin Beach..
I need a lift, please…
Happy New Year 2012! The year of 2011 had been so colorful, I have so much to be thankful for over this past year! Some highlights of 2011 : Being hospitalized for a surgery – Getting married and had 3 weddings in Bali and Bangkok – Honeymoon and family trips to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Bangkok – and as I’m writing this post, I’m having this little baby in my tummy, that is due on March 2012!
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all my blog readers for the love and support during this year, I know I’m not as productive as I used to be, but I’m hoping to write more about the beauty of Bali in the year of 2012. There are just too many places and spots that still haven’t been revealed and told! Please stay with me as I’m revealing Bali best kept secrets…
One of Bali’s most favorite culinary spot in Jimbaran area is the by the sea side seafood restaurants, either in Muaya Beach, near Four Seasons Resorts, or the other spot in Kedonganan. For some people, seafood dining is not a very cheap option, the price for one kg of shrimp could reach Rp 170,000 and you don’t just order rice + shrimp when you eat seafood. And because most of the restaurants lining up at these spots have the kitchen located near the sitting area, it is not surprised your hair, your cloth will smell like a grilled fish when you get back to the hotel.
We are glad to find this one and only cafe called Wali Beach Cafe, located at the end of Kelan Beach, with a spectacular view of fishermen boats, white sand beach, children playing on the sand, so tranquil and far from the busy streets with big buses of tourists and most importantly..it’s grilled fish smell and smoke free! Giving it’s very special location, Wali Beach Cafe is an ideal place to hold a special event, ie. wedding, party, group dinner, as they are ready to set up the place and make it your celebration spot, like..our wedding that took place here a while ago. It has a very romantic background setting with spectacular sunset to enjoy after our wedding ceremony.The sky was magical that day…
Orange highlight on Jimbaran sky
Table Setting preparation for our wedding reception
Thank you to Hermien bali-inmotion.com for the spectacular Fire Dance show!
Photo by Bali based Web Developer & Photographer www.risanto.com
Price is relatively lower than those cafes in Muaya and Kedonganan Beach, plus WBC has some set menu options to choose should you wish to book the place for your event with limited budget per person. I would strongly suggest to make a booking at least one day before if you are going to enjoy seafood at WBC. This is not a touristy seafood resto, and not too popular either, so you want to make sure when you call to book, that they provide only fresh and catch of the day fish or shrimp. Sometimes it’s a bit tricky in Bali, they always say the fish is fresh, but you know they’re not – only by looking at them before they grill them.
Bali and its culinary spots are growing…By the time I write this post, Benny just told me there are now two new restaurants, adding more competitors to WBC.
Photo by Bali based Web Developer & Photographer risanto.com
Thank you to Michaela MacDonnell – Balistarz for the beautiful rose petals
WALI BEACH CAFE
Go straight down to Jl Uluwatu II,
Pass Bali Intercontinental Hotel and Kasih Ibu Hospital,
Look for blue sign board of WBC on the left side of the road.
Jl Segara Madu (it’s a one way street, so take the second alley after)
Kelan Beach, Jimbaran
Tel : (0361) 743 5460
Contact Person : Bapak Putu Maryana
It was one lazy Sunday morning, my (one & only) lovely neighbor, Jeff, asked me to join him walking his two dogs to the beach. Walk? To the beach? Where? yawning me as zapping this remote control seemed much easier and sweat-free. He promised it would be just a quick dog walking around the neighborhood and that I won’t regret when I see this hidden gem located behind our residential complex in Puri Gading, Jimbaran, Bali.Read more »
Can you be peaceful and have a Me Time in a touristy (or semi-touristy) beach? YES, YOU CAN! said Obama :p . I Love Bali, I love living in Jimbaran, and Nusa Dua – the rich and famous neighbour – is just 5-10 minutes away from my house. Just heading towards Nusa Dua, on the intersection at HARDY’S Supermarket, turn right to Siligita road, follow the road, you will see a small statue on an intersection and notice the sign board to Geger and Sawangan Beach direction where it will lead you to the main road on which Bali Golf Resort Nusa Dua is located, and you’ll pass one of the newest hotel in Bali : St Regis as well. Then you’ll arrive at Geger Beach. Easy breezy..