Strolling bare feet on a white sandy beach is a meditation therapy. Every time the tiny sand particles touch my feet, my entirety and my soul is touched by countless coral deposits that took millions of years to form. It’s a walk of antiquity, a walk through time, when I was perhaps, a different person in a different lifetime. It’s the same feeling I get when I see sandcastles, for every child’s vision, is perhaps an impression of their reality from another birth. Isn’t it amazing how weathering and pulverization bring together fragments of shelled critters that lay on the coast by the waves, just waiting for you to feel them beneath your flesh and bones? They travel miles and miles for that, so do you! It’s this notion that makes me love beaches all the more. A line of thinking that crossed my mind all over again during my recent trip to Bali. While each of Bali’s Beaches is a retreat, here are a few that will reel you in, more than the usual.
Afar from the hustle-bustle of Kuta, the soft sandy beach of Sanur is Bali’s quaint little slice of the island. Most people arrive here to either attain the state of being calm or to charter a mini cruise to Nusa Lembongan or the Penida Island. Whichever of two given alternatives is the case, Sanur’s serenity stretches along a long trail of natural beauty. What’s fascinating about this beach is that in the early 1900s, Dutch invasion troops entered Bali through this beach. So did the Japanese forces during WWII. Despite which, the silenced lagoons speak nothing of war but only love. When you first arrive here, you will notice a long coastline shielded by reefs. Meaning the warm shallow waters of the beach are safe for water sports including snorkelling and swimming. Additionally, the beachside is also lined with a wide selection of charming bars and eateries. In the evenings, the shoreline is lit up by live musical gigs, and in the daytime, it becomes a launching pad for those who may be interested in exploring the panoplies of the nearby islands.
Kelingking transliterates to the smallest finger of the hand. So to create my own translation of a pinky promise, I would now like to call it a Kelingking promise. But swears apart, the Kelingking Beach in Bali is yet another secluded marvel surrounded by turquoise waters and limestone foreland. Embossed in beautiful white sand, this iconic steep cliff is one of the best attractions to tour in Nusa Penida island. More so, because it offers mesmerizing views of natural formations and a T-Rex Dinosaur shaped cliff.
To find this hidden beach, you will have to travel to the southwestern coast of Bunga Mekar village. However, to get to the beach, you will have to climb down thousands of steep steps.
Angel’s Billabong Beach
Yet another magical beach in Bali is the Angel’s Billabong in Nusa Penida Island. The locals will tell you that this beach is called Angel Billabong as once upon a time, it was a favourite spot for Angels to take a bath. Billabong, on the other hand, means one end of a river being deadlocked. On a clear and a low tide day, this is perhaps, one of the best beaches to swim in. The part reason why it’s a swimmers paradise is that this emerald-coloured, natural infinity pool is one of the best spots to get up and close with Manta-Rays. When nature creates magic, it’s unbounded and free from the shackles of artificial elements. Framed between rock cliffs and seamlessly blending into the ocean, the Angel Billabong Beach is a perfect example of that! To spot Manta-Rays, you will have to go swimming in the ocean below the cliffs.
Broken Beach, or Pantai Pasih Uug as the locals call it, is another quaint attractions of Nusa Penida Island. The reason why it’s called Broken Beach is because of the natural formation of an archway that lets water flow in, as well as, out from the ocean. This spectacular cove is situated near Angel Billabong and even closer to the Manta-Ray viewpoint. Although what makes this beach special, is that its surrounded by up to 600 ft tall cliffs with a 320 ft tunnel-like hole drilled right in the centre. They say that the hole was drilled a million years ago, after a limestone hill collapsed, leaving it on the sea abrasion artisan to work its magic. Nature did craft a breathtaking spot which now makes a perfect destination for panoramic photography. The shallow water makes a splendid natural infinity pool and is a favourite swimming spot of tourists.
Dream Beach, Devil’s Tear
Dream Beach or the Devil’s Tear, is a must-visit spot when you are visiting Nusa Penida Island. They say this is the best sunset point of the island. However, I think just sitting on the natural formations, observing massive waves hit the rock cliffs evoke a massive thought process. Some adrenaline junkies even go cliff jumping, but I’m not sure how safe that is, to advise any of you, to even try it in the first place. I think this spot is also called Devil’s tears because of the magnanimous force of the waves that clash with the cliffs every 5 minutes. This distinctive cave pool is certainly a joy to observe from the other end. Ensure to be careful as you walk through the edgy formations though.