Biddulph’s in the Bukit of Bali. At least for another week.
I decided to do a bit more than write eBooks while I’ve been here.
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As I make my way past the endless throng of dudes with thick mops of blond hair and surf boards hanging off of their motorbikes – all topless of course – I realized quickly that the Bukit was all about good surfing. I sometimes body surf. That’s it. I have eaten Surf and Turf back when I did the seafood thing. So even though I won’t hang 10 anytime soon I appreciate beautiful beaches.
The southern part of Bali has some of the best beaches on the island.
What Does “Kick Butt” Mean?
The beach must be:
- somewhere I’ve visited
- not *too* overrun
If I call a pantai “kick butt” I have been there.
So if you have a few kick butt beaches to add, please do in the comments section.
Let’s talk beaches…
1: Ganung Payung
Ganung Payung is the prettiest beach I’ve seen in Bali. It’s in No Man’s Land, a few minutes past Pandawa Beach but a 5 minute motorbike ride through one of the countless projects that are popping up everywhere in Bali these days. You’ll also pass a golf course on the way.
On arriving to Ganung Payung you’ll look down a steep cliff to take in crystal blue, classic waters. Take in some serious surf where the water breaks over the reef, a little ways out.
Get your running shoes folks; Ganung Payung requires walking down and climbing hundreds of stairs with a serious grade kicking your ass in the process. I loved it. But I’m a workout sicko.
Kelli and I were greeted by a troop of over 30 monkeys at GP. Sweet.
Strong Points: jaw-dropping beauty and NOBODY goes there. I saw 2 and 3 people both times I visited.
2: Pandawa Beach
Pandawa Beach is all about clear waters, mild currents and more Air Asia beach umbrellas than you can shake a stick at. PB was my beach of choice early on in the trip because of its amazing beauty and because it’s a 12 minute motorbike ride from the villa.
We loved spending time with locals at the beach.
Note; many Muslim women at Pandawa are competing for the World Record Number of Selfies. Or, for the World Record Number of Group Selfies.
Expect to be interviewed by high school or college students if you’re white and speak English reasonably well. I almost didn’t make the cut on the latter.
Strong Points: Awesome sauce beauty, neat ride through the quarry-type-scenery to get there, local folks/flavor.
3: Jimbaran Beach
This one almost breaks my “is not too overrun” rule but just makes the cut.
Kelli and I take long beach walks on Jimbaran. Sure it’s pretty, but more than any beach in the Bukit I find Jimbie serene. Because of its bay-like quality you don’t hear the savage surf brutalizing the reef all day long, as you do in places like Ganung Payung and Uluwatu.
Strong Points: Lovely, peaceful vibe, and the calmest water in the Bukit…perfect for swimming!
4: Balangan Beach
This is a surfer’s beach. I spot approximately 43,453 surfers driving to Balangan each day via motorbike as I sit and enjoy a complete breakfast at the Balangan Cafe (Check out John’s joint; it’s tight).
Anyway, Balangan is a “damn it’s beautiful” type beach with dramatic cliff views, fab-looking waters and yep, some serious surf action. I enjoyed spending 10 minutes staring up and down the coast, watching the surf break and observing competing surfers either catch waves, wipe out, or get into fist fights over “stolen waves”. As if that’s possible.
Strong Points: That “beauty” thing again, with stunning cliffs, a wicked reef and some of the better surf in the Bukit.
Have you visited any of these beaches?
What beach can you add to this list?
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