While traveling to Bali I dreamed of laying out on white sand beaches, surfing the perfect wave, drinking a cool coconut and watching the most spectacular sunsets. Bali is a popular tourist destination with rich culture, delicious food, and famous beaches! I couldn’t wait to begin my tropical getaway! I grabbed my bags and headed off to my homestay in a traditional Balinese guesthouse.
Gorgeous beaches of white, black and even red sand surround Bali on all sides! The volcano Agung that dominates the skyline, is responsible for the unique beachfront landscape. I made a beeline for the jaw-droppingly famous beaches of Uluwatu.
On the southern tip of the main island, Uluwatu attracts bohemian tourists and surfers. The waves here are world-famous and the views are spectacular too! Limestone cliffs drop into a vibrant, turquoise ocean. The many hidden beaches on the peninsula feel like remote islands. After watching the skilled surfers ride frothy white waves in Uluwatu, I drove my scooter to the second beach of the day, Padang-Padang. A short trek down some stone steps will bring you to the most pristine white sand strip of quiet beach. I grabbed a quick lunch of fish and chips from a small cafe before enjoying the water. The waves here are milder than in Uluwatu so you can enjoy swimming in the crystal clear water. There is plenty of solitude to be found on this beach that stretches for ages, framed by staggering cliffs on both sides.
After soaking up the sun, I made a beeline to Jimbaran Bay. Just south of the airport, Jimbaran is famous for the fish markets at sunrise and the grilled fish feasts at sunset. Because it’s on the west side of the island, Jimbaran gets spectacular sunsets that electrify the water and sky with orange and pink. I wasn’t alone as the sun went down. Many others gathered at the beach to find a table overlooking the beautiful show. I dined on fresh grilled fish and seafood served with rice, vegetables, soup and the ever-present spicy sambal sauce. I washed everything down with a cool Bintang, the local beer, and finished off the meal with local tropical fruit. The stars were beginning to come out as I walked off the delicious food with the gentle waves lapping at my bare feet.
To top off the day of sea and sand, I headed up north to Seminyak to dance the night away at one of the many beachfront clubs and bars. Nightlife in Bali means dancing under the stars with sand under your toes and the sound of waves crashing against the shore. The beach is impossible to escape here, and I don’t know why you would want to! In the wee hours of the morning, I made my way back to my guesthouse. I was salty, sunburnt and excited to do it all again the next day!