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…