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.
Living in Jimbaran gives the advantage of easy access to the beautiful beaches in Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, Uluwatu area. Just to name a few : Muaya Beach, Dreamland (that has a new baptized name : ‘new Kuta Beach‘), Padang padang, Bingin, Suluban…and most of the spots are reachable by my speedy motorbike in 10-15 minutes max of time. But to be able to walk to the beach from my house? Interesting!
So here I am holding tight to the dog lash as Nero, the naughty black dog tried to drag me along the bumpy road on this particular street inside the residential complex of mine that leads me to the entrance gate of the luxurious Ayana Resort on Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera, then we continued to walk to the countryside road to the right. What I thought would be a nice peaceful beach walk with a pair of cute dogs turned out to be a 5K (not so Fun) Run with four barking dogs as Jeff’s friend, Gunawan joined us bringing more tails to the team…The four dogs (specially teckel-rottweiler brown Bimbo!) stopped every 10 min for pee-stop, give them water as they’re drooling and dehydrated and rest under the tree break…This must be the hardest day in their lazy Bali dog’s life..
Just when I thought I would also need a pee-stop and rest under the tree break, the ocean breeze greeted us and right below the large parking space in front of Pura Segara, from this hill you will see this blue water with curling waves hitting the beach. Magnificent view! How do we get down there??…Hike down the off-beaten path, my friends..Make sure you wear non-slippery shoes or sandals. It is not a beach finding path as usual. Tegal Wangi is not really a secluded beach, but it is much less popular than other ones along the Uluwatu coastal lines. There were literally me, Jeff, Gunawan and the 4 tail boys playing with joy in the water, when you see dogs barking and run happily and shaking splashing their tails, on the beach, you know, it’s a good day…A good sunny day in Bali, just right on my Jimbaran backyard!
The view from the top is amazing!…and local fishermen were there just to catch some small fishes for family brunch 🙂
Not only that! This backyard gem has two ‘ocean jacuzzis’ you could only see it when it’s not a high tide. God must have thought I need an affordable luxury leisure time in Bali when He created Tegal Wangi beach! When I came back with my Benny for another jacuzzi time at Tegal Wangi Beach, we made sure we bring a root loofah and coral stone to scrub each other’s back and rough foots..It’s love bird time on the beach! Unfortunately, when the high tide is on, you will not be able to see these two beach basins, it is actually dangerous to stay inside the cave where we usually throw our stuffs and lay down on our sarongs, as the big waves will soon hit the cave and suck everything back to the ocean in seconds!
And so the backyard hidden gem search continues…
All photos by : Benny Risanto
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